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WA's first bike boulevard complete33414Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html4/12/2016 2:00:49 AM2016-12-04T02:00:00Za ​Mount Hawthorn Bike Boulevard a first for WA Shakespeare Street route to connect with existing cycling networks Western Australia's first bike boulevard has been completed, improving safety and bicycle network connectivity for the Mount Hawthorn community. Speaking at the official opening today, Transport Minister Bill Marmion said building bicycle boulevards was one way to provide people with the infrastructure needed to cycle for short trips. "The Liberal National Government is committed to providing integrated and intelligent transport services and solutions for West Australians," Mr Marmion said. "Innovative transport infrastructure such as bike boulevards encourage more people to cycle by creating slower speed environments that connect to the wider cycling network. "This project involved extensive community consultation, ensuring residents and families in the area were given their ideal facility." The $835,000 Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard runs from Green Street in Mount Hawthorn and connects to the dedicated, separated bike lanes along Scarborough Beach Road. Key elements of the project include a 30kmh speed limit and traffic calming to ensure a bicycle/pedestrian friendly space restriction of turning movements for cars at Green Street reversal of intersection priority to make Shakespeare Street the through road landscape enhancements to improve the overall look and feel of the street. The project was funded through the State Government's Safe Active Streets Program, with construction delivered by the City of Vincent. "Possible future stages of the boulevard could potentially connect to the Leederville town centre, Aranmore Catholic College and Medibank Stadium," the Minister said. "This Government is providing safe, easy options for getting around our city and continuing to enhance Perth's reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world." Fact File The bike boulevard is part of the $3 million Safe Active Streets Program - a key action generated by the Cycling Imagineering Workshop held in March 2015 For more information about the Safe Active Streets Program, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
Cash back for volunteers to separate waste33415Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/12/2016 2:25:29 AM2016-12-04T01:30:00Za ​Litter collection groups can get up to $500 cash back for separating waste $5 per bag for recyclables or weeds, $3 per bag for general household waste Volunteer groups will be rewarded with cash payments under a new Liberal National Government program aimed at diverting recyclable waste from landfill in Western Australia. Under the Clean Communities Initiative, Adopt-a-Spot litter collection groups and Department of Parks and Wildlife volunteers could be eligible for free collection bags, and claim $5 for every bag of recyclables or weeds and $3 for each bag of general household waste. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said eligible groups would be able to claim up to $500 for separating waste into the bags provided through the initiative - green bags for weeds, yellow bags for recyclables and red bags for general waste that cannot be recycled. These bag colours replicate the Australian standard bin colours used in the Liberal National Government's $20 million Better Bins three-bin kerbside collection systems. "The Clean Communities Initiative encourages volunteers who already do community litter work to separate rubbish from reusable items so more recyclable materials can be recovered," Mr Jacob said. "Everyone wants to see tidy, litter free public parks and community spaces, and weeds removed to protect the State's wildlife, parks and wetlands. "However, waste collected at community clean-up activities is often sent to landfill, which represents a missed opportunity to recover waste that can be recycled. By providing these free bags, more waste can be separated at the source and less ends up in landfill." The Minister said the program would also help volunteer groups prepare for the introduction of the State Government's container deposit scheme from mid-2018. "Once the container deposit scheme is in place, there will be an even greater incentive to sort recyclables from the waste stream, and the additional income will be a welcome boost to those groups that collect containers as part of their volunteer activities," he said. Fact File For more information on the program, visit http// Become an Adopt-a-Spot participant by going to http// The State Government initiative is administered by the Waste Authority WA and supported by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council Minister's office - 6552 5800
Australia's favourite dog returns to the screen33273Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html3/12/2016 11:30:22 AM2016-12-03T11:30:00Za ​RED DOG True Blue to open in cinemas on Boxing Day Prequel to Red Dog - the tenth highest grossing Australian film of all time Supported by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Program The story of a legendary dog from Western Australia's Pilbara region will continue in cinemas across Australia this summer, with RED DOG True Blue, the follow up to the 2011 smash hit Red Dog, opening in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the movie promised to build on the massive box office success of the first Red Dog instalment. "Red Dog was the tenth highest grossing Australian film, the highest selling Australian DVD, and was recognised nationally by winning the AACTA award for Best Film," Mr Day said. "The RED DOG True Blue film is the prequel to Red Dog, and follows the events leading up to Red Dog's rise from an ordinary dog to Australian legend. It stars Australian actors Bryan Brown, Levi Miller and John Jarratt with UK actor Jason Isaacs who audiences will recognise from Fury and the Harry Potter films. "Producer Nelson Woss and his team at Woss Group Film Productions are to be applauded for the films. Their contribution to WA's screen industry has been significant. RED DOG True Blue is a great example of the impact filmmaking can have, with short and long-term benefits for the community and the State. The film tells a uniquely Western Australian story, showcases the landscapes of the Pilbara to the world and provides opportunities for industry." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said 2016 had been a terrific year for WA's screen industry with the introduction of the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions $16 million Regional Film Fund and the excitement around the release of RED DOG True Blue. "2017 is also shaping up to be an exciting year for the screen industry with the planned releases of Jasper Jones, Breath and Ben Elton's Three Summers," Mr Redman said. "Eighty per cent of the filming for RED DOG True Blue took place in the Pilbara, so it's fitting the world premiere of the film is in Karratha with a free screening for the community this weekend. "The film will put a spotlight on the Pilbara as a destination by highlighting the spectacular scenery and rich ancient Aboriginal culture." RED DOG True Blue is being screened in Karratha, Roebourne, Port Hedland and Perth before its national release on Boxing Day. Fact File RED DOG True Blue was produced by Nelson Woss (Woss Group Film Productions) and Bryce Menzies, written by Daniel Taplitz and directed by Kriv Stenders The film is distributed by Roadshow Films and was funded with the assistance of the State Government through Screenwest and the Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities Initiative, and also supported by Screen Australia, Woodside and Rio Tinto For more information, visit http// Find out how Royalties for Regions is transforming your regional community at Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Waterfront skate park a winner for Esperance33270Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html3/12/2016 5:00:18 AM2016-12-03T05:00:00Za ​New skate park in Esperance opened, catering to all ages and skill levels Complements award-winning Esperance Waterfront redevelopment Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today officially opened the $1.52 million Esperance Skate Park, providing a unique, multipurpose and multi-generational public space for locals and visitors. Catering to skaters of all ages and skill levels through its practical design, the park is expected to become a social hub for youth and the wider Esperance community. Mr Redman said the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program contributed $664,987 towards the latest addition to the Esperance Waterfront, which complements the existing waterfront recreational precincts within Esperance and enhances the town as a tourist destination. Lotterywest contributed a further $415,000 and Tourism Western Australia also contributed to the skate park, as part of a $225,000 Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure grant to develop the foreshore promenade and install new cruise ship landing infrastructure. "In consultation with the local community, the Shire of Esperance has created a practical and well-designed skate space that will provide an important meeting place in the heart of the community for young people in Esperance," the Minister said. "This addition is the latest in a range of significant Royalties for Regions projects for Esperance, which have had wide-reaching benefits for the Esperance community and surrounding areas. "Royalties for Regions has also supported the Esperance Waterfront redevelopment, Esperance Residential College, Esperance Primary School, Esperance Hospital emergency department and the Lucky Bay Campground Stage 1. "Opportunities for community engagement and interaction are critical to building sustainable communities in regional Western Australia, and this Royalties for Regions investment will help support that in Esperance." The official opening event of the skate park, Edge of the Bay Esperance, runs from December 3-4, 2016 and will include pro skater workshops, competitions, demonstrations, live music and food vendors. Fact File The skate park is on the foreshore at the base of William Street, south of the boat ramp Its design incorporates a number of different skate elements and obstacles to provide continued progression for beginners through to experienced users For more information on Royalties for Regions, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6700
Heavy Vehicle Hackathon for transport industry33265Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2090html2/12/2016 8:01:22 AM2016-12-02T08:00:00Za ​Hackathon to explore safety and productivity solutions for heavy vehicle industry Focus on developing a 'smart' licence plate Nine teams from four Western Australian universities competing for $10,000 prize The brightest minds from Western Australia's universities will come together today to explore opportunities for delivering innovative, cost effective safety and productivity solutions for the heavy vehicle industry. Transport and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion today launched the Heavy Vehicle Hackathon at Curtin University's Internet of Everything Innovation Centre as part of the Liberal National Government's commitment to innovation that benefited industry. "We want to harness the brightest minds from our WA universities to generate ideas and information to assess the viability of digitising heavy vehicle number plates," Mr Marmion said. "A digitised 'smart plate' could be made available to heavy vehicle users seeking to increase their vehicle size and/or load capacity to improve efficiency, productivity and profitability. "Part of the increased profits generated by this initiative could then form a contribution to the continued development, improvement and modification of heavy vehicle routes and services. "Less heavy vehicle trips delivering the same or greater capacity will not only improve the safety of all road users, but less wear and tear on vehicles and the road network also means reduced maintenance costs." Four Western Australian universities are taking part in the Hackathon - Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia. The Minister said the Hackathon aligned with the objectives of the recently released Western Australian Innovation Strategy. "This is about bringing together different people and talents, and providing opportunities for learning, networking, mentoring and collaboration to foster creativity and innovation," he said. "This Government is committed to creating and developing innovative solutions and services for the heavy vehicle industry." If a successful 'smart plate' design and functionality is presented at the Hackathon, Main Roads Western Australia will then proceed to a prototype and testing of the design. Fact File The winning Hackathon team will be announced at an award night to be held on Friday December 16, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6800
Joint media statement - Governments agree the way forward for NDIS in WA33262Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18790html2/12/2016 4:30:15 AM2016-12-02T04:30:00Za The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments today agreed to commence the final negotiations, on a no prejudice basis, on a nationally consistent but state-run National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Today's announcement provides a firm basis for further negotiations toward a final bilateral agreement on a WA-delivered NDIS model which would meet Commonwealth conditions for national consistency, with the NDIS transition to begin on 1 July 2017. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the Commonwealth and WA Governments were equally committed to national consistency on key elements of the NDIS such as choice and control, and the Commonwealth is open to a locally-administered model run by the WA Government. "While it remains the Commonwealth's strong preference for WA to join the NDIS on a similar basis to other states and territories, I acknowledge WA's firm commitment to a WA-delivered model that builds on WA's existing disability service system," Mr Porter said. "The people of Western Australia deserve an NDIS that is effective, sustainable and nationally consistent. The Commonwealth is willing to consider a locally-run NDIS that incorporates the current WA disability system. "The Commonwealth has stipulated 11 clear conditions that must be met in a WA-administered scheme, and the WA Government has agreed to those parameters. "Those fixed conditions include national consistency for key elements such as eligibility and access, the WA Government funding 100 per cent of the administration and operating costs, and clear sharing of governance responsibilities. "We will now work closely with the WA Government to negotiate a bilateral agreement that consolidates the detail, recognising that these negotiations are complex and it's important to get them right – including ensuring national consistency. "While the timeframes are challenging, we continue to aim for the NDIS transition to start on 1 July 2017 as planned." Western Australian Minister for Disability Services, Donna Faragher, said both governments were committed to the wellbeing of people with disability and were working closely to finalise the full scheme model. "The lives of people with disability, their families and carers, are being changed for the better by the NDIS," Mrs Faragher said. "The Western Australian Government is strongly committed to the NDIS and is clear that eligibility criteria, the provision of reasonable and necessary supports and, most importantly, choice and control for people with disability in WA will be the same as in all other States - facilitating a fully portable national system. "We have a strong existing disability sector in Western Australia and we want to build on this with the delivery of a State-run NDIS which is nationally consistent. "WA is vast and unique in geography and diversity and the NDIS we roll out here must meet the needs of all West Australians no matter where they live. "I look forward to finalising the details in partnership with Minister Porter." The Commonwealth will also negotiate arrangements for full scheme consistent with the arrangements with other jurisdictions, where the Commonwealth would make a capped, fixed per capita contribution for participants under the age of 65 and agree an escalation rate consistent with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) response to the 2017 Productivity Commission's review of scheme costs. Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 5300 The 11 agreed elements under a future WA-delivered NDIS model 1. The WA-delivered model would operate under WA based legislation which must mirror key elements of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, including with respect to a. access and eligibility; b. reasonable and necessary support; c. Quality and Safeguards framework; and d. governance including Rules under the NDIS Act 2013. 2. WA contributing 59.4 per cent of care and support package costs for an agreed number of eligible participants each year for the transition period. The Commonwealth would contribute the remaining 40.6 per cent for care and support package costs. 3. WA and the Commonwealth would equally share the cost of all non-package related costs for information, linkages and capacity building supports and local area co-ordination. 4. WA funding 100 per cent of the administration and operating costs of the agency and any Board or Advisory Council established under WA legislation. 5. WA remaining responsible for quality and safeguards throughout the transition period. 6. WA funding 59.4 per cent of care and support package costs for non-Indigenous participants who turn 65 and Indigenous participants who turn 50, and choose to remain in the scheme, until such time that WA agrees to implement changes to roles and responsibilities in line with the National Health Reform Agreement 2011, including arrangements for cross-billing, budget neutrality and administration responsibility for over 65s in aged care and disability services transferring to the Commonwealth. 7. The Commonwealth funding a maximum of 25 per cent of the risk of any increase in costs associated with higher than expected participant numbers or higher package costs, with WA funding the remaining risk. 8. WA being responsible for managing the upfront cash flow risks of the agency in delivery of the WA delivered NDIS model. 9. The Commonwealth and WA equally sharing any savings due to lower than expected participant numbers and/or lower package costs. This will occur through a reversal of the funding mechanism available in other states, in that the Commonwealth will provide funding in arrears based on actual participants that have transitioned. 10. The Commonwealth and WA having shared responsibility for governance, including the appointment of any board or independent advisory committee. 11. Payments to WA from the DisabilityCare Australia Fund will be consistent with arrangements in other jurisdictions, noting the current proposal for proportional access presented at Disability Reform Council throughout 2016, and subject to the passage of required legislation.
New magistrate appointed33261Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4890html2/12/2016 4:02:33 AM2016-12-02T03:30:00Za ​Matthew Walton appointed to the Magistrates Court of WA New role begins this week Former senior State prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Matthew Walton has been appointed as a magistrate at the Magistrates Court of Western Australia. Attorney General Michael Mischin said Mr Walton was suitably qualified for the role, having been involved in numerous complex cases throughout his career. Mr Walton has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Law from The University of Western Australia and was admitted to the Supreme Court in 1999. He worked in commercial litigation for Cocks Macnish from 1999 to 2000, before joining Marks and Sands Lawyers in 2000. From 2003 to 2006, Mr Walton was employed as an associate and principal solicitor for Slater and Gordon, where he practised criminal, commercial and general litigation. Mr Walton joined the DPP in 2006, where he worked for the next 10 years as a practice manager and senior State prosecutor. During this time, he conducted numerous jury trials in both Supreme and District Court matters, performed circuit trial work throughout regional WA and was trial counsel for State prosecutions in the Children's Court. Fact File Mr Walton is also automatically appointed as a magistrate of the Children's Court of WA Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
New lease of life for Hedland key worker housing33255Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1510html2/12/2016 2:06:27 AM2016-12-02T02:05:00Za ​Almost 50 homes earmarked for transitional housing for Aboriginal workers 13 properties repurposed for public housing 17 homes available for affordable housing opportunities, including shared equity The Liberal National Government has today announced 125 homes that were built and refurbished for Hedland's key workers, will be repurposed for a range of affordable housing options, including social and transitional housing. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the Hedland 125 project had provided vital support to local businesses during the mining construction boom, when rental costs averaged above $2,000 per week and far beyond the reach of service workers. "Hedland 125 was established as a time-limited government intervention to rapidly improve the availability of affordable housing during a period of unprecedented demand," Mr Grylls said. "The project always had the longer-term aim of making home ownership in the region attainable, with properties being made available for either full market or shared-equity sale." The Hedland 125 project was launched in 2012 with properties head-leased to Foundation Housing Limited for rent to low-income workers, with rental income to be reinvested into the region's housing sector. As leases have come to an end, tenants have successfully transferred to the local housing market. "Without affordable accommodation options, the town would have been unable to maintain services that those in the metro area take for granted," the Minister said. "Now that the resources sector has moved into production phase and housing supply can largely meet demand, these homes can now be repurposed for the changing needs of businesses, workers and the wider community." A total of 45 properties have been earmarked for a transitional housing program for local Aboriginal workers that has been successfully introduced in Kununurra, Broome and Derby. Thirteen are being repurposed for public housing and 17 will be made available for sale on the open market, including under shared equity. Six properties will be sold to Foundation Housing Limited, who will lease the remaining 44 for social and affordable housing. Fact File The Hedland 125 dwellings comprise of two, three and four-bedroom units In 2013, the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program invested $93 million in the Hedland 125 program Minister's office - 6552 6100
40-bed Kalamunda facility to help young women33254Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4920html2/12/2016 2:00:31 AM2016-12-02T02:00:00Za ​$3.4 million upgrade to St Emilie's convent in Kalamunda Improved facility will help young women with a history of abuse, domestic violence, depression, self-harm or teenage pregnancy who are at risk of homelessness Work has started on a new facility in Kalamunda that will provide supported residential accommodation for young women in need. Premier Colin Barnett today turned the first sod to mark the start of construction works on the St Emilie's project on Kalamunda Road. The Liberal National Government purchased the property - formerly known as St Emilie's convent - in 2010 for lease to the Esther Foundation for use as an accommodation facility. The Esther Foundation provides an extensive residential health, development and leadership program for young people that includes education, vocational training and support services. "The St Emilie's project will provide housing and support to young women with a history of abuse, domestic violence, depression, self-harm or teenage pregnancy who are at risk of homelessness," Mr Barnett said. "The State Government is proud to be part of a three-way partnership between the Housing Authority, the Esther Foundation and Community Housing Limited to develop a new 20-bedroom, 40-bed facility on the St Emilie's site." Community Housing Limited will finance the works thanks to Lotterywest funding of $3.4 million. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the new facility's amenities would be improved, while preserving much of the original convent's rich heritage. "The Priests' House will be retained along with the original arched facility, stained glass windows and the commemorative tablet from the chapel," Mr Grylls said. Major works have already been completed to remediate existing asbestos and lead paint used in the original building. The facility is scheduled to open in late 2017. Fact File Initial construction on the St Emilie's site dates back to the early 1880s The property has been used as a private residence, a holiday guest house, a hospital, a convalescent home and a convent WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations For more information, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100
Keep WA free of 'unwanted gifts' this holiday season33253Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3250html2/12/2016 1:08:30 AM2016-12-02T01:00:00Za ​State Government spending $7.6 million on border biosecurity Department of Agriculture and Food's Quarantine WA, the frontline for defence Keeping Western Australia free of 'unwanted gifts' this holiday season will help to protect our State's $7.9 billion agriculture export industry. Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said December and January were not only busy months for travel but also for the Perth Mail and Parcel centres, with many gifts arriving from interstate for Christmas. "It is vital we prevent the introduction of exotic pests, weeds and diseases into WA to protect the State's global reputation for providing clean, green and safe premium agriculture and food products," Mr Lewis said. "This will ensure our agricultural industries benefit from lower production costs and greater market access opportunities. "It will also help maintain WA's natural environment, biodiversity and social amenity." The Minister said the Department of Agriculture and Food's Quarantine WA worked on the frontline checking air, road, rail, mail and sea entry points into the State for unwanted risk materials. "The State Government, through the Department of Agriculture and Food, will spend $7.6 million over 2016-17, protecting our borders," he said. "Part of this commitment is having quarantine inspectors stationed in various locations across WA, and six quarantine detector dogs working at the Perth domestic airport terminals. "Some recent interceptions by quarantine inspectors at the Perth Mail Centre include a grapevine, 3.5 kilograms of bananas, five mangoes, 21 potatoes and various packets of seed. "Almost two tonnes of quarantine risk material was seized from 4,000 passengers at the Perth domestic airport. "Inspectors at both the WA-SA and WA-NT road checkpoints inspect or facilitate entry requirements for every vehicle coming into WA, whether it be car, truck, bus or bike. This adds up to more than 100,000 vehicles every year." Mr Lewis said travellers may not realise that products such as honey and walnuts in shells, or even apples in the car, posed a real and significant threat to WA's agricultural industries and environment. "Should a disease carried in honey, such as European foulbrood, establish in WA, it would have a devastating impact on the bee industry, with the potential to wipe out up to 90 per cent of young bee larvae," he said. "Other pests WA is free of, such as Queensland fruit fly, give our horticulture producers a competitive edge in global markets." Fact File During the 2015-16 financial year Nearly 78,000 vehicles were inspected for quarantine risk material at the WA-SA road checkpoint At the WA-NT road checkpoint, nearly 43,000 vehicles were inspected 17,104 parcels were inspected at the Perth Parcel Centre 7,152 parcels were inspected at Express Mail Service 24,152 interstate border inspections were undertaken at the markets and at metropolitan premises Minister's office - 6552 6400
Seniors and government workers to call Osprey home33249Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1580html2/12/2016 12:55:06 AM2016-12-02T00:45:00Za Up to 90 homes available for seniors, government workers and local businesses, including start-ups The Liberal National Government today announced the repurposing of some of the homes in South Hedland's Osprey Key Worker Village, to meet changing needs in the region. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the normalisation of demand for affordable housing from businesses and workers had freed up homes in the village, which will now be made available for seniors, government employees and workers on short-term assignments. "Osprey Village was an intervention by government to rapidly increase available housing in a time of unprecedented demand, and delivered quality outcomes for local businesses and their workers when affordable housing options did not exist," Mr Grylls said. "It provided fully contained, contemporary housing options for key workers in an attractive setting, designed to encourage a strong sense of community. "Many people have chosen to remain at the village because of its amenity, affordability and sense of community. These things will not change and will actually be enhanced by additional occupants who are unlikely or unable to access existing housing options in town." During the peak of the mining construction boom, some properties in South Hedland attracted rents of above $2,000 per week. Since the village was established, the Hedland property market has normalised, leading to a lower level of demand from workers who are more able to afford housing in the local market. "In response to changing market conditions and housing needs in Hedland, the Liberal National Government is progressively repurposing vacant dwellings, such as those in the village, to accommodate a broader range of workers and their families," the Minister said. "Fifteen homes built for people with mobility issues are suitable for senior members of key worker's extended families and the village also provides a community network for them, with onsite staff delivering maintenance services. "Some Government Regional Officers Housing properties in Hedland are reaching the end of their useful life, while homes in the village offer increased levels of amenity and peace of mind for government workers, especially those who may be away for extended periods of time. "Utilising the village will allow us to refurbish those older dwellings." Osprey Village dwellings will also be offered on short-term leases for businesses, such as start-up enterprises, to facilitate their establishment in Hedland before they eventually move employees into the private housing market. Fact File Osprey Village comprises 293 one, two and three-bedroom units on 12 hectares of land within the Osprey Estate subdivision Minister's office - 6552 6100
IRONMAN event to attract thousands to Busselton33248Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3110html2/12/2016 12:00:47 AM2016-12-01T23:30:00Za Busselton to host SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia and IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia this weekend About 2,500 participants, nearly 70 per cent from interstate and overseas Supported by Liberal National Government through Tourism WA A bigger and better SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia is set to take place this weekend in Busselton, with the addition of the IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia to the event schedule. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the event would be a major tourism boost to the region, with about 2,500 competitors and many thousands of spectators expected to visit Busselton. "About 70 per cent of participants are from interstate or overseas including countries such as Singapore, the United States of America, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany and Japan," the Premier said. "In addition, thousands of spectators are expected to witness all the action as competitors undertake a swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty, a ride through the Tuart Forest National Park and a run along the shores of Geographe Bay. "Three hundred children are also expected to participate in the IRONKIDS event, scheduled to take place on Saturday along the Busselton foreshore." IRONMAN Western Australia offers 40 qualifying places to the iconic IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and the 70.3 event offers 30 qualifying spots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Tennessee, USA. Mr Barnett said supporting events, such as the IRONMAN Western Australia, was vital to growing tourism in the State. "The State Government has a strategy in place to increase the value of tourism, from the current $9.6 billion to $12 billion by 2020," he said. "Supporting mass participation events such as the IRONMAN will help us achieve our goal. "Last year alone, IRONMAN Western Australia delivered an economic boost of $10.06 million to the local economy. It also generates national and international media coverage and is broadcast into many of our key international markets, highlighting the South-West region to a worldwide audience." The Liberal National Government is proud to support the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia and IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia through Tourism Western Australia. Fact File The SunSmart IRONMAN WA and IRONMAN 70.3 will be held on Sunday, December 4 For more information on IRONMAN WA, visit http// For more information on IRONMAN 70.3, visit http// Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000
Steel sector set for new industry grants33247Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2860html1/12/2016 11:51:42 PM2016-12-01T22:30:00Za New funding for WA's steel fabricators, galvanisers and finishers Businesses offered support for certification to new national standard Up to $10,000 each in funding or majority of certification costs Western Australia's steel fabricators, galvanisers and finishers are eligible for funding under the 11th round of the Liberal National Government's Industry Facilitation and Support Program. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the program had helped Western Australian small and medium sized enterprises hire more staff and improve their competitiveness, capacity and capability to deliver steelwork to major markets since 2011. Mr Mischin said funding from the latest round aimed to support the steel industry in its efforts to meet new national requirements for the fabrication of structural steelwork. Companies will be eligible for up to $10,000 in funding or 75 per cent of certification costs for the new requirements, which will be introduced next week by the Australian Steel Institute. "The steel industry is a highly competitive business in WA and the sector is under increasing pressure from cheaper imports, particularly from China," the Minister said. "Local fabricators have a well-established track record in delivering reliable, value-for-money products and the State Government is committed to ensuring they have appropriate opportunities to enter significant supply chains." Mr Mischin said the new standard had the potential to improve WA's investment and operating environment, given its emphasis on risk management, traceability and accountability. "The new national standard has been introduced to improve local companies' attractiveness in important markets such as resources, tourism, government and defence," he said. "The Liberal National Government is committed to further growing the industry and securing local jobs for decades to come." Fact File Since 2011, $4.4 million in Industry Facilitation and Support Program funding has been allocated to 257 small-to-medium sized enterprises, including 171 regional businesses This has resulted in more than $330 million in contract awards and 625 new employment opportunities, including 73 apprenticeships For more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 5600
Students benefit from TAFE concession fee cut33228Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6680html1/12/2016 11:45:56 PM2016-12-01T22:00:00Za State Government caps fee increases across the board at CPI Thousands of concessional students only have to pay 30% of fees, down from the current 50% concession The Liberal National Government has strengthened TAFE by capping 2017 fee increases to the consumer price index (CPI) while increasing the fee concession from 50 per cent to 70 per cent for eligible students. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said about 20,000 concessional students would only have to pay 30 per cent of course fees under the changes, which were aimed at encouraging those people to start or continue training. "As the Western Australian economy transitions from the mining construction phase, we need to ensure as many people as possible are learning skills which lead to jobs," Ms Harvey said. An example of the new fee structure is the course fee for a Certificate III in Business, which currently costs a concessional student $1,055 but after the fee changes are applied, will reduce to $615. The Deputy Premier also announced capping TAFE fees across the board at CPI instead of the budgeted four per cent increase. "This is the second year I have been able to cap fee increases to ensure TAFE is a viable option for school leavers and workers looking to re-train or upskill," she said. "The State Government introduced Future Skills to ensure the biggest taxpayer subsidy went towards courses where we know there are jobs for graduates with those skills. "Since its inception, there has been a 21 per cent increase in enrolments in those priority courses and the State Government still subsidises the total cost of all training by an average of about 85 per cent." Ms Harvey said the Liberal National Government had invested $288 million in training facilities since 2009, to ensure students were equipped with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving the Western Australian economy. Fact File Concessional students have a health care card, pensioner concession card, repatriation health benefits card; are recipients of Austudy, Abstudy, or Youth Allowance; or are of secondary school age, or a custodial inmate In 2015, there were 19,500 concessional students at TAFE WA Liberal National Government has invested $288m in training facilities since 2009 Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900
Airport funding to benefit regions33098Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6470html1/12/2016 7:50:52 AM2016-12-01T07:50:00Za ​Regional Airports Development Scheme grants awarded $3.88 million made available for regional and remote airport upgrades The Liberal National Government is continuing its commitment to regional transport infrastructure by awarding grants to a number of airports across Western Australia, as part of the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS). Visiting Geraldton today, Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the grants would fund upgrades to regional and remote aviation infrastructure. "Regional airports play an important role in WA, not only for economic and tourism support; they are also critical for community access to services, such as medical transport," Mr Marmion said. "This Government wants to ensure everyone in this State, regardless of geographical location, has access to safe and efficient aviation services. "A wide range of projects have received funding including; installing fencing at Tjuntjuntjara to stop animals wandering over the runway, resealing the Katanning airstrip, and constructing a helicopter landing site at Manjimup airport." The City of Geraldton received the largest grant of nearly $300,000 to purchase and install X-ray and explosive trace detection equipment to increase airport security and safety. Funding allocations for each WA region include Goldfields-Esperance - $204,005 Great Southern - $140,670 Kimberley - $39,218 Mid-West - $294,050 Pilbara - $55,584 South-West - $497,859 Wheatbelt - $16,422 The above projects have been allocated from the $3.88 million set aside for the 2017-19 RADS funding round, with $2.6 million remaining for future project applications. Fact File The RADS scheme is delivered by the Department of Transport in partnership with local governments and communities The 2017-19 RADS funding round opened on July 4, 2016 and received 31 applications, some of which are being considered further Minister's office - 6552 6800
Multimillion-dollar expansion of Margaret River SHS33095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5020html1/12/2016 6:31:42 AM2016-12-01T06:30:00Za ​Margaret River Senior High School to receive $30 million upgrade Investment will deliver 22 new classrooms and suite of specialist facilities Margaret River Senior High School will receive new classrooms and high-quality specialist facilities worth $30 million, the Liberal National Government announced today. Education Minister Peter Collier said the investment would see the school's capacity increase to cater for 1,200 students in permanent facilities by 2020. "Margaret River Senior High School has become increasingly popular, and transportable classrooms have been required to cater for this surge in demand," Mr Collier said. The first stage of works will include a double-storey building with 16 classrooms, inclusive education classroom, staff study, toilets and storage; a science building with five laboratories, preparation areas; and a sports hall, fitness centre and change rooms. More facilities will be added in Stage 2 to the school's administration and student services areas, and two sports hard courts will be re-located. The Minister said architects would be appointed to begin planning in early 2017, with the new facilities expected to be completed for the 2020 school year. "The State Government is committed to providing outstanding education facilities right around Western Australia," he said. "Since 2009, we have spent $2.8 billion on 32 new primary schools, nine new secondary schools, 15 replacement schools, 1,424 new classrooms in other schools, and a host of upgrades to laboratories and workshops." Fact File Margaret River SHS currently has about 950 students from Years 7 to 12 A master plan has been completed for the entire school redevelopment The proposed Stage 2 will increase permanent facilities to cater for 1,450 students Minister's office - 6552 6300
Funding scheme to benefit recreational boaters33093Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4360html1/12/2016 5:30:34 AM2016-12-01T05:30:00Za ​Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme calling for funding applications Up to $1.5 million available for new or improved WA boating facilities The Liberal National Government is encouraging recreational boating enthusiasts to improve their boating experience through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme. Visiting boating facilities in Geraldton today, Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the scheme was an ideal opportunity for recreational boaters to identify worthy projects and apply for project funding. "Boating is extremely popular throughout Western Australia, and the State Government is committed to providing safe and sustainable infrastructure," Mr Marmion said. "We want to ensure everyone, who uses recreational boating facilities, gets a voice in terms of how new or existing facilities, can be developed or improved for the benefit of all boaters." The Minister said recreational boat owners needed to discuss project proposals with their local facility manager, as only eligible authorities could apply for grants. "We are providing up to $1.5 million to make this happen - it's now time for eligible facility managers to engage with users, to identify worthy projects and submit funding applications," he said. Boating facility managers can apply for up to 75 per cent of the cost of a project, with the maximum grant available set at $750,000. "State Government agencies and statutory authorities can apply for funds for the planning, construction or upgrade of boat launching ramps, jetties, moorings, breakwaters and new channels directly related to a public recreational boating facility," Mr Marmion said. "Land-based infrastructure at public boating facilities, such as trailer parking areas, toilets and boating signage, are also eligible. "This is great news for the recreational boating community of WA." Fact File Application forms and more information are available at http// or by contacting the Department of Transport on 9435 7612 Applications close on February 7, 2017 Boat owners make a direct contribution to the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme, as it is funded from boat registration fees Minister's office - 6552 6800
New appointments for the MRA33047Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9660html1/12/2016 4:28:08 AM2016-12-01T04:15:00Za ​Paul Lakey and Mayor Jo Dawkins appointed to MRA board Outgoing members Mayor Carol Adams and Fiona Kalaf thanked for service Planning Minister Donna Faragher has today welcomed Paul Lakey and Mayor Jo Dawkins to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority board, for the next two years. Mrs Faragher said the new appointments would bring a wealth of experience and knowledge for the establishment, delivery and management of planned communities. "Mr Lakey brings more than 25 years' experience in the construction and development industry, and a history of strong leadership skills that has delivered a number of awarded and sustainable developments," she said. As Peet's Regional General Manager Development, Paul Lakey is responsible for a significant number of commercial, retail and residential projects across Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. "Mr Lakey is extensively involved with the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the lead body representing the property development industry throughout the country, having held numerous roles on the board over the last six years," the Minister said. Ms Dawkins, local mayor at the Town of Cottesloe, has enjoyed a 30-year career in the commercial property industry focusing on retail operations. "Mayor Dawkins will bring her highly regarded negotiation and management skills to the board ensuring wide representation for the organisation across industry, government and the community," Mrs Faragher said. The Minister thanked outgoing board members, Mayor Carol Adams and Fiona Kalaf for their years of service. "I would like to sincerely thank both Mayor Adams and Ms Kalaf for their commitment and input into what has been a significant time for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, and wish them the very best in their new endeavours," she said. Fact File The board, in consultation with MRA Executive, is responsible for setting strategic direction, monitoring performance, managing risk and maintaining compliance Current board members include Richard Muirhead (chairman), Jeff Dowling (deputy chairman), Charles Johnson, Nick Bruining and Eric Lumsden For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Targets set to boost Aboriginal employment33046Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8810html1/12/2016 4:18:29 AM2016-12-01T04:10:00Za ​Mandatory regional targets for Aboriginal employment in public sector Part of State Government's regional services reform in remote communities The State Government is set to generate hundreds of job opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional Western Australia, with changes to the way the public sector recruits staff, awards contracts and buys goods and services. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman announced today the introduction of mandatory regional targets for Aboriginal employment, procurement and contracting at the Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference. "Jobs and business opportunities are big drivers of family and community wellbeing," Mr Redman said. "Yet many Aboriginal people are not seeing these benefits because they are far less likely to be employed than non-Aboriginal people, especially in regional and remote areas. The public sector can help turn this around as a major employer, capital investor, asset manager and purchaser of goods and services in regional WA. "The sector has a responsibility to leverage these roles to create local opportunities for Aboriginal people to move from welfare dependency to employment." Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said education and economic opportunities had emerged as major themes of the Liberal National Government's consultation, with WA's 274 remote Aboriginal communities, about regional services reform. "Aboriginal people are telling us they want their communities to prosper but they recognise that this means being sustainable and economically viable," Ms Mitchell said. "The State Government is making systemic changes to improve employment and economic prospects for Aboriginal people in regional and remote locations. "These changes have the capacity to make a big difference to the lives of Aboriginal people who take up the opportunities available." The Aboriginal Regional Employment Package will be delivered without increasing staff numbers in the public sector and by adjusting existing policies for contracting and procurement. The package is a major initiative of the State Government's regional services reform, and one of 10 priority actions to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in regional and remote WA. The package sets mandatory regional targets for Aboriginal employment in the public sector requires government agencies to ensure contractors take on local Aboriginal staff when delivering regional contracts, such as housing construction mandates government agencies to purchase more goods and services from Aboriginal-owned businesses in the regions. The State Government will also work with Aboriginal organisations and government partners to better co-ordinate efforts to train and place Aboriginal people without work. Fact File The Aboriginal Regional Employment Package targets take effect from July 1, 2017 The package applies to State public sector bodies, such as government departments, which employ staff, let contracts or procure goods and services in a region Western Australia has about 95,000 Aboriginal residents, of which nearly half live in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields and Mid-West More information about the package is at http// Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400
Landmark lease signed in Broome32726Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4490html1/12/2016 4:08:07 AM2016-12-01T04:05:00Za Lease allows Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation access to more than 600 hectares of Water Corporation land, 13 kilometres out of Broome Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation will establish a native fruit tree orchard on the land More than 600 hectares of State Government land, near Broome, will be leased at no cost to the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to establish a native fruit tree orchard. Water Minister Mia Davies said this was the first lease of its kind to be signed by the Water Corporation. "I'm pleased to see the Water Corporation building on its partnership with MAC to support local projects to create employment, economic, environmental and social benefits for Aboriginal people," Ms Davies said. "MAC will establish an orchard of native fruits to supply growing international and domestic markets with functional foods, nutritional supplements and ingredients for cosmetic products. "The project paves the way for a new industry producing native foods, using a blend of traditional and modern horticulture techniques that are chemical free, water efficient and environmentally sustainable. "One of the first fruit trees to be planted at the site will be gubinge, a native fruit called the Kakadu plum, common in northern Australia and in demand for its health food properties." The Water Corporation joined forces with MAC in February 2016 to establish thousands of native trees, irrigated with recycled water at the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant. The native trees will be used to provide seeds for land restoration programs in the Kimberley, and has generated training and employment opportunities for the community. In October 2016, the native tree project at the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant was recognised as a WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards finalist in two categories; Sustainability and Agricultural Innovation. Fact File By early-2018, about 10,000 fruit trees are expected to be established across 25 hectares of land The orchard will use a blend of traditional and modern horticulture techniques that are water efficient, chemical free and environmentally sustainable The land will be leased to MAC at no cost for the first several years, and the agreement will be revisited once the operation becomes commercially viable Minister's office - 6552 5500