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Roadmap talks begin in remote communities33184Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/08/2016 3:06:03 AM2016-08-30T03:00:00Za Liberal National Government working to strengthen regional and remote Aboriginal communities Talks underway with remote communities in the Kimberley, Goldfields and Pilbara The Liberal National Government has begun talking with remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley, Goldfields and East Pilbara about the priorities for regional services reform. Announcing the start of consultation in the Goldfields today, Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said this latest stage in the regional services reform followed months of engagement with Aboriginal leaders and other stakeholders, leading to the release of the roadmap in July. "The reform unit is looking specifically at how living conditions, housing and family wellbeing can be improved in each community, as well as increased opportunities for education and employment," Ms Mitchell said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, who is in the East Pilbara this week to talk to residents, said consultation would help the State Government respond to specific regional and local needs. "Consultation with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations is essential if the directions outlined in the Resilient Families; Strong Communities roadmap are to be successful," Mr Redman said. "Knowing the unique circumstances of each community will enable us to improve housing, education, employment and human services for Aboriginal families living remotely." Discussions have also recently been held with Aboriginal leaders in Bidyadanga, south of Broome, and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, marking the start of on-the-ground consultation with all remote communities in Western Australia about the reform roadmap. Consultation will expand into the Fitzroy Valley, East Kimberley and West Pilbara this month and is expected to begin in the Mid-West later in the year. The roadmap sets out 10 actions the Government will take in partnership with Aboriginal people to strengthen families, improve living conditions, increase job prospects and accelerate student progress at school. Fact File To view Resilient Families; Strong Communities A roadmap for regional and remote Aboriginal communities, visit http//www.regionalservicesreform.wa.gov.au About 12,000 Aboriginal people live in remote communities in WA Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Historic Hartog dish returns to WA 400 years on33172Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/08/2016 1:30:56 AM2016-08-30T01:30:00Za Dish marking 1616 landing to be reunited with 1697 plate Oldest known European object found in Australia comes back to WA State-funded commemorations invite West Australians to celebrate heritage The inscribed pewter dish left at Shark Bay by Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog in 1616 will return to Western Australia, to mark the 400th anniversary of European contact. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the dish, usually kept on permanent display in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, would feature in the major international exhibition Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World at the WA Maritime Museum from the end of October. "The Hartog dish is the oldest known European object found on Australian soil and it is very exciting to have it back," Mr Day said. "Given the fragility of the dish, this will probably be the last time it travels to Australia. "This will be a unique opportunity for West Australians and visitors to WA to share in a precious piece of history that marks the beginning of our enduring connections with the Dutch people and their culture. "The exhibition will reveal how the Indian Ocean emerged as the world's first cultural super highway, spreading trade, wealth and ideas across the world, a role that continues today." Dirk Hartog landed at what is now called Cape Inscription on October 25, 1616, leaving a pewter dish inscribed with details of his voyage nailed to a post. By the time another Dutch explorer, Willem de Vlamingh, landed at the same windswept spot in 1697 the dish had fallen down and de Vlamingh replaced it with a dish of his own, copying the Hartog script and adding his own words, then took the original dish which was eventually sent back to the Netherlands. The de Vlamingh dish is part of the WA State Collection and is permanently on display at the museum's Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle. The two dishes have only been displayed together once before, during Australia's 1988 bi-centenary celebration. The Minister said the exhibition was a world-first, bringing together more than 100 paintings, sculptures and historical artefacts, many which had never been seen in Australia. "Like those early mariners, Travellers and Traders will take visitors on a journey of discovery, introducing them to the rich heritage of the Indian Ocean and providing a unique understanding of WA's part in that story," he said. "The exhibition has been created by the Western Australian Museum, in partnership with the British Museum, with support from the Rijksmuseum and other major lenders." The Liberal National Government, through its Royalties for Regions program, has made a significant investment to mark the 400th anniversary, including supporting a five-day festival in Denham. "Replicas of the Hartog and de Vlamingh dishes, along with interpretive signage, will be placed at Cape Inscription and unveiled on October 25," Mr Day said. "With the Duyfken replica now in Bunbury, part-way through her 70-day commemorative voyage to Denham, I encourage everyone to discover an important chapter of our shared history." Travellers and Traders will be on display at the WA Maritime Museum from October 31, 2016 until April 2017. Fact File Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World brings together precious objects from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Museum, the art galleries of South Australia and New South Wales, Museum Victoria, the Berndt Museum at The University of WA and the WA Museum, as well as private collections, including the Kerry Stokes Collection The exhibition has been supported by the Government of the Netherlands and Shell Australia For information and tickets, visit http//www.museum.wa.gov.au The five-day Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery Shark Bay 1616 Festival, hosted by the Shire of Shark Bay, runs from October 21 to 25 The Duyfken is open for tours at Bunbury (until September 4), Mandurah (September 5-14), Hillarys (September 15-27), Jurien Bay (September 29-October 3), Dongara (October 4-7), Geraldton (October 8-15) and Denham (October 19-24) For more information about the State Government-funded celebrations, visit http//www.dpc.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6200
Focus on fauna as finalists compete for 2016 Golden Gecko Awards33169Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/08/2016 12:51:30 AM2016-08-30T00:00:00Za 10 finalists announced for annual awards Community Partnership Awards included for the first time Bilbies, bandicoots and woylies are among the fauna being protected by companies vying for the Department of Mines and Petroleum's coveted Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence. Announcing the 10 finalists for this year's awards, Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange said five of the companies represented had submitted projects aimed at conserving species native to Western Australia. "This year's entries come from a wide range of resource companies from across the State, ranging from the South-West to the Goldfields, Mid-West and Pilbara," Mr L'Estrange said. "All of the finalists are committed to environmental sustainability and are a credit to the minerals and energy sector, using innovative thinking and new technologies to safeguard our environment." The Minister will be presenting the 25th annual Golden Gecko Awards and the inaugural Community Partnership Awards at the Pan Pacific Hotel on Thursday, October 27. The Community Partnership Awards acknowledge the support, effort and benefits provided by mining and petroleum resource companies to their local communities. The 10 Golden Gecko finalists will showcase their projects during a seminar before the formal awards ceremony. This will provide guests with a greater understanding of the efforts being made to support the environment. Fact File 2016 Golden Gecko Awards finalists below The Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence recognise leading practice and innovation in environmental management For more Information, visit http//www.dmp.wa.gov.au/goldengecko Minister's office - 6552 6900 2016 Golden Gecko Awards Finalists Iluka Resources Limited Project Name Native Vegetation Linkage The project involves rehabilitation of a historic mined area in the Whicher Scarp to create a sustainable ecological linkage between two areas of significant remnant native vegetation. Iluka developed and implemented innovative rehabilitation techniques which set a new standard for the industry. Buru Energy Limited and Murdoch University Project Name Disturbance Ecology of the Greater Bilby in the Canning Basin The project tackles the lack of information regarding bilby ecology in the Canning Basin to better understand the impact of petroleum activities and other disturbances on bilbies. The project uses a range of methods and involves participation and data sharing by traditional owners. The results will be made publicly available to benefit other operators, stakeholders and researchers. APA Group and Kingfisher Environmental Consulting Project Name APA Eastern Goldfields The 293 kilometre Eastern Goldfields Pipeline is a high-pressure gas transmission pipeline which transports natural gas from Karratha to the AngloGold Ashanti's Sunrise Dam and Tropicana Gold Mines and Goldfields Australia's Granny Smith mine site. The pipeline extends from the current Murrin Murrin/Yarraloola terminus to the mines, traversing a large section of previously undisturbed Great Victoria Desert including potential habitats for the endangered small carnivorous Australian marsupial, the sandhill dunnart. The APA Eastern Goldfields Pipeline Sandhill Dunnart Monitoring Program was developed with zoologists from Kingfisher Environmental Consulting who also lead the field works. Methodologies introduced new processes, facilitated by improvements in remote sensor cameras and radio-tracking transmitters, which have led to the accumulation of new species habitat and predation data. Newmont Boddington Gold Project Name Large Scale Fauna Relocation Program In recognition of the importance of fauna in the jarrah forest near its Boddington mine, Newmont conducted a two-month fauna translocation program that included a number of species identified as significant for conservation including the chuditch, woylie, brush-tailed wambenger, southern brown bandicoot, Dell's skink and carpet python. Downer Mining Project Name Downer Mining Environmental Education and Training Program Downer Mining has been working through education and training to minimise environmental risk. The company's Environmental Education and Training Program was a top priority during 2016 and focused on targeted training, including the incorporation of environmental sustainability into the compulsory supervisor core training module. Environment and sustainability awareness training is now a requirement for all employees with direct environmental responsibilities. Spiecapag Lucas and CNC Project Management Project Name Eastern Goldfields Pipeline Front Foot Package The project developed and implemented a pro-active and innovative package of measures aimed at being 'on the front foot' to mitigate impacts on fauna during the construction of a 293km gas transmission pipeline. The project's focus was on bottom-up delivery, adoption of new technology and strong leadership. Awareness of the importance of fauna management was raised through innovative approaches, including the use of an ArcGIS Collector geographical information system to improve the efficiency of data gathering, and a trial of Go-Pro technology to assist in efficiency of trench checking, reduce fauna mortality and lower overall environmental management cost. Karara Mining Limited Project Name Micro-Mist Dust Suppression System for Primary Crusher Karara needed to solve the problem of excessive dust emissions at the mine's primary crusher Run of Mine (ROM) bin. Working collaboratively with Enviromist Pty Ltd and Bulk Materials Engineering Australia, the company implemented an innovative micro-mist dust suppression system which eliminated excessive dust and reduced water consumption at the ROM bin by 60 per cent. Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd Project Name Going above and beyond to minimise impact to mangroves in Port Hedland During development of its port project, Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd (RHI) focused on reducing the environmental impact on mangroves. RHI has completed construction of the port project with significantly fewer total impacts to mangroves than allowed under approvals. RHI have also gone beyond regulatory compliance in its ongoing monitoring program. Vimy Resources Limited Project Name Innovative Camera Trapping of the Sandhill Dunnart in the Great Victoria Desert Vimy Resources Limited's Mulga Rock Project is located in the south-western portion of the Great Victoria Desert, which is home to a number of fauna species with conservation significance, including the elusive nocturnal ultra-small sandhill dunnart. Vimy has developed an innovative, standardised and peer-reviewed Camera Trapping Protocol to identify the sandhill dunnart. Because the protocol has a number of advantages over traditional fauna sampling techniques, it has a wider application for the scientific community. Strike Drilling Pty Ltd Project Name Strike Drilling X350 Track Mounted Drill Rig and Support Unit After consultation with exploration clients, Strike Drilling designed a drill rig and support unit able to significantly reduce the machine's environmental footprint, while being mobile enough to operate in previously inaccessible areas.
Water pressure management extended33168Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/08/2016 12:40:52 AM2016-08-29T23:00:00Za Water Corporation's pressure management program to be expanded Expected to save more than 10 billion litres of water each year once complete Erskine and parts of Falcon will be the next areas included in the Water Corporation's 10-year pressure management program. Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the next stage of the program, which aimed to prevent leaks and pipe breaks, and was expected to help save more than 10 billion litres of water each year once completed. "Pressure management works by reducing high water pressure in pipes and is proven to lower water use," Ms Davies said. "The Liberal National Government is supportive of the program and we are already saving about 260 million litres of water each year in Rossmoyne, Shelley, Waterford and Beckenham, where pressure management has been introduced." The Minister said suburbs were prioritised by the corporation based on existing water pressure, the historical frequency of leaks and breaks in the pipe network, as well as overall water use. All pressure managed areas are designed to deliver a water pressure of more than 35 metres head at all times, which is more than double the required minimum standard of 15 metres head. Erskine and Falcon have higher than average water pressure, in the range of 51 to 53 metres head, with pressure changing depending on the time of day and peak demand periods. The corporation will gradually reduce water pressure in stages starting early next year. Ms Davies said a community liaison team would work closely with residents and businesses which were part of the program to keep them informed before any pressure reductions took place. For more information about the program, including an interactive map of potential and existing areas being pressure managed, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/Pressure Fact File The Water Corporation introduced the pressure management program in Beckenham in 2014 following a successful trial in Rossmoyne, Shelley and Waterford between 2008 and 2010 The area in Falcon selected for pressure management is south of Old Coast Road, bordering Erskine The corporation's community liaison team can be contacted via emailing pressure.management@watercorporation.com.au or phone 9420 3667 Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​
Grants support Moora recreation facility33160Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/08/2016 6:42:42 AM2016-08-29T06:30:00Za New $563,000 Moora Men's Shed to be built for community A new purpose-built men's shed at the Moora Recreation Centre is in the works, thanks to Liberal National Government investment and community collaboration. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson today presented the Shire of Moora with a Lotterywest grant of $350,000 towards the construction of the Moora Men's Shed. "The new shed will go a long way in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of men in the community and strengthening social networks," Mr Simpson said. "It provides a safe environment where members can pursue hobbies and interests, learn new skills, socialise, find support and participate in community life." A Royalties for Regions Community Chest Fund grant of $50,000 will contribute towards development of the $563,000 facility, which will also serve as an office for the Central Midlands Agricultural Society and provide storage for the Central Midlands Netball Association. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the development of the Moora Men's Shed was a perfect example of a community working together to create vibrant regions. "The Shire of Moora, Moora Men's Shed and Central Midlands Agricultural Society have collaborated to make this project possible, contributing a combined $163,000 towards the construction of the facility," Mr Redman said. "Royalties for Regions investment in community-based projects such as this helps to support a better quality of life in regional Western Australia and enables regions to grow and contribute to a stronger economy." Fact File The Moora Men's Shed development has a total project cost of $563,000 made up of $350,000 from Lotterywest $50,000 from Royalties for Regions $100,000 from the Shire of Moora $51,000 from the Moora Men's Shed $10,000 from the Central Midlands Agricultural Society $2,000 from both the Moora Men's Shed and Central Midlands Agricultural Society In 2015-16, Lotterywest raised $281.41 million to support the WA community Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Versatile new patrol vessel for Mid-West33159Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/08/2016 6:11:41 AM2016-08-29T06:00:00Za $934,000 PV Lesueur joins Department of Fisheries patrol fleet Patrol vessel designed for shallow water work and at-sea inspections Fisheries Minister Joe Francis today visited Jurien Bay to inspect and officially launch the newest vessel in the Department of Fisheries' patrol fleet. Mr Francis said the 12 metre diesel-powered patrol vessel (PV) Lesueur would increase patrol capability in the Mid-West by monitoring fishing activity along the coast between Lancelin and Dongara. "With its waterjet propulsion, PV Lesueur will be able to work in the shallower areas of the Jurien Bay Marine Park, reef inshore areas along the Mid-West coast and also at the Abrolhos Islands, if required," he said. "The Jurien Bay Marine Park is sheltered by islands and reefs that make the surrounding ocean perfect for water activities, and suitable vessels are needed to enable Fisheries and Marine Officers to carry out compliance work. "While the region is popular with recreational fishers, commercial activity includes rock lobster fishing and wetliners catching sharks and demersal species, such as pink snapper and dhufish. There is also a developing octopus fishery and deep sea crab operations." The $934,000 PV Lesueur is capable of operating up to 100 nautical miles offshore, providing wider flexibility for at-sea operations. "Like the majority of the department's patrol vessels, PV Lesueur is fitted with a soft collar to allow it to come alongside commercial and recreational vessels at sea," the Minister said. "This means inspections can not only be conducted at sea, but also in a range of weather conditions, while reducing the likelihood of property damage or injury to people." Fact File PV Lesueur replaces the Abrolhos Piper which operated in the region for 19 years New patrol vessel named in honour of maritime figure and artist Charles Lesueur PV Lesueur was built at Henderson shipyard Fisheries has 15 patrol vessels ranging in length from 8.5m to 23m Keep up-to-date on fishing rules at http//www.fish.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6500
Mid-West tourism to benefit from investments33158Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/08/2016 6:02:43 AM2016-08-29T05:55:00Za Investment to boost local economy and create jobs The redevelopment of Jurien Bay Boat Harbour, an extension of a cycle trail from Jurien Bay to Cervantes and upgrades to Mid-West campgrounds will reinvigorate tourism in the region, according to Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett. In the Mid-West for Regional Cabinet, Mr Barnett said the Liberal National Government would invest $8.7 million through Royalties for Regions in the Southern Harbour Precinct Redevelopment at Jurien Bay. This investment was considered a major economic driver for tourism development to complement existing attractions and activities. The Premier said the funding facilitated a broader investment in not only the harbour itself, but into short stay accommodation, which was in great demand. "This infrastructure is critical to growing visitor numbers, and achieving the State's target to double the value of tourism in Western Australia from $6 billion a year in 2010 to $12 billion a year by 2020," he said. Mr Barnett also revealed the Shire of Dandaragan, the Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce and Ardross Estates had partnered to deliver a cycle trail to the Wheatbelt's Central Coast sub-region. A successful application for a $200,000 Royalties for Regions Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme by the Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce will see the completion of Stage 1 of the project, which will extend the trail 2.7 kilometres south from Jurien Bay's Beachridge Estate to Booka Valley. Stage 2 of the project will see a 3.9km extension of the trail to the mouth of Hill River, opening the Wheatbelt's Central Coast region to cycling, running, duathlon and triathlon events. It has been made possible thanks to a $1.2 million State Government investment from the Department of Transport and Royalties for Regions. The Premier and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman also officially opened the first stage of the Mid West Coastal Nodes camping project at Sandy Cape campground, near Jurien Bay. The campground upgrades are part of a $2.52 million injection, including $1.5 million from Tourism WA through the WA Caravan and Camping Action Plan 2013-2018 and $1.02 million from Royalties for Regions, to the shires of Irwin, Coorow, Dandaragan and Northampton. In addition to Sandy Cape, there are also upgrades to campgrounds at Cliff Head, Lucky Bay and Milligan Island, which are among 200 campsites in the Mid-West. "Caravan and camping holidays are an important part of WA's tourism industry," Mr Barnett said. "In 2015, about 1.3 million visitors spent 6.5 million nights in caravan or camping accommodation in WA, contributing $893 million to the State's economy." Mr Redman said the campground project had also delivered on one of the six priorities identified through the Mid West Regional Investment Blueprint and the Mid West Tourism Development Strategy. "Tourism is a vital industry for regional WA," he said. "In the year ending March 2016, visitors spent $9.3 billion in the State, including $4.3 billion in regional areas. "Investment by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program continues its commitment to growing the Western Australian economy and regional jobs. "The investment in the Jurien Bay to Cervantes cycle trail and the harbour achieves significant development in the Western Australian tourism industry, grows the economy and regional jobs, right on Perth's doorstep." Mr Barnett said the harbour redevelopment would revitalise the harbour. The Premier said the project would prepare the site for an 80 unit visitor accommodation hub, establish a waterfront market-style retail avenue and grassed public open space. It would also facilitate the expansion of the commercial area of the harbour-proper. Fact File The total project cost for the Southern Harbour Precinct Redevelopment is $8.97 million with Royalties for Regions investment, through the Growing Our South initiative, of $8.48 million over two years and $492,125 from the Department of Transport Stage 1 of the cycle trail has been made possible by an investment of $200,000 through the Royalties for Regions Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme. Stage 2 will see $1.2 million investment from the Department of Transport and Royalties for Regions For more information on the WA Caravan and Camping Action Plan, visit http//www.drd.wa.gov.au/projects/Tourism/Pages/Western-Australian-Caravan-and-Camping-Action-Plan-2013-2018.aspx Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Major upgrade for Moora Residential College33156Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/08/2016 4:04:43 AM2016-08-29T04:00:00Za $8.7 million upgrade for Moora Residential College Bright future for Wheatbelt students living away from home New area with computers for student studies Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Students at Moora Residential College in the Wheatbelt will soon enjoy new and refurbished facilities. Education Minister Peter Collier said the college would receive $8.7 million from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program for the extensive upgrade. "The upgrade - which includes a new learning area with computers - will give students the best facilities for studying and living away from home," Mr Collier said. "Modern and comfortable accommodation will ensure students feel safe and supported while learning for many years to come." The upgrade also includes significant renovations to courtyards, student dormitories, toilets and showers; a new kitchen and laundry; and general building maintenance. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Moora Residential College had been providing boarding facilities for secondary students in the Wheatbelt for more than 40 years. "These refurbishments will be great for current students and ensure the college is a comfortable home away from home for years to come," Mr Redman said. "This is an important investment for Royalties for Regions that will boost essential services for country students and allow them to be part of a regional community." Construction is scheduled to start in March 2018 and is expected to be completed in December 2018. Fact File Moora Residential College provides boarding services for up to 50 students Current students are from the local Wheatbelt area and the coastal towns of Cervantes, Jurien Bay and Green Head The college is co-located with Central Midlands Senior High School Education Minister's office - 6552 6300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
$150,000 grant for Aboriginal suicide prevention33154Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/08/2016 3:05:37 AM2016-08-29T03:00:00Za Kaata-Koorliny Enterprise and Employment Development Aboriginal Corporation to create Cultural Brokers in Wheatbelt pilot project Cultural Brokers will develop a long-term relationship with families to help build resilience and promote culturally secure suicide prevention activities Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell today announced a $150,000 grant to the Kaata-Koorliny Enterprise and Employment Development Aboriginal Corporation (KAATA) to provide Aboriginal suicide prevention training in the Wheatbelt. The grant, which is part of the Liberal National Government's $25.9 million suicide prevention strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020, will enable the organisation to train 'cultural brokers' to engage families and ensure they can access the care they need following a suicide within the community. "This grant will make a significant contribution to strengthening the capacity of the Wheatbelt community to reduce the incidence of suicide and will deliver long-term change in groups of people who are especially vulnerable," Ms Mitchell said. "The pilot program will engage families over a 12-month period to ensure they are can recognise and respond to signs of suicide and self-harm and then access the most appropriate services. "Working on the ground with families over an extended period will allow more meaningful relationships to develop and provide the opportunity for honest conversations about mental health and suicide." The pilot is a grassroots program developed by KAATA, which is re-applying the skills and experience it has gained through engaging Aboriginal students in education to suicide prevention. Fact File On average, one person loses their life to suicide each day in WA For support, contact Lifeline 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300 22 4636 Minister's office - 6552 5400
Ageing in the Bush Report officially launched30365Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2290html28/08/2016 8:06:11 AM2016-08-28T08:00:00Za Report outlines care models to address increasing regional aged population Is guiding more than $70 million investment in regional aged care Report made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program The Ageing in the Bush Report, which is changing the delivery of aged care throughout regional Western Australia, was officially launched by the Liberal National Government today in Moora. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said regional WA had an older population profile than the State as a whole and would encounter an increasing need for aged care not yet experienced in metropolitan areas. "The State Government understands the value of retaining older residents in regional WA and it is important we provide opportunities that allow them to remain in their communities," Mr Redman said. "Staying connected with the community is a real concern for seniors, especially in regional areas. "Seniors have contributed greatly to our communities over many years and the report identifies ways in which government, communities and the aged care sector can work together to enable people living in regional WA to better access care they require." Health Minister John Day said the report identified a series of innovative aged care solutions based on four key principles and had already guided more than $70 million of investment in aged care through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. "The Ageing in the Bush Report will continue to provide a critical evidence base to guide intelligent and targeted investment," Mr Day said. "Addressing needs for aged care services presents real opportunities for economic and jobs growth across WA. If we can get it right, the social and economic dividends are considerable." Mr Redman congratulated the Regional Development Council on leading the development of the Ageing in the Bush Report and said it identified fundamental and realistic solutions based on evidence and community need. Fact File The State Government's more than $70 million Royalties for Regions investment in aged care includes more than $25 million towards aged care housing in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern; $20.2 million for Ageing in Place from Growing our South; the $16.5 million, 38-bed Carnarvon aged care facility; $4.8 million for the South West Ageing in Place Pilot; and $2.5 million as part of the Creating Age Friendly Communities in Small Towns Project The Government is committed to supporting contemporary models of care that enhance the wellbeing of older people and ensures sustainability To view the report, visit http//www.drd.wa.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Health Minister's office - 6552 6200
Lead role in canine disaster response training30363Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1350html28/08/2016 2:07:00 AM2016-08-28T02:00:00Za Australian-first canine handler course in urban search and rescue Urban Search and Rescue dogs taught life-saving skills to find people buried under rubble Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today inspected an Australian-first training course specialising in canine response to disasters such as earthquakes and cyclones. The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) canine course, at the Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Academy in Forrestfield, is aimed at strengthening Western Australia's capacity to respond to the collapse of buildings and other structures. "This innovative course is the first of its kind in Australia, and is being attended by international and interstate emergency services personnel," Mr Francis said. "The course will provide volunteer canine handlers with the expertise and knowledge to teach their dogs to detect people buried under rubble, with a focus on agility skills to enable them to access hard to reach areas. "Canines are superior to people and equipment in undertaking this lifesaving work. When disasters such as earthquakes or cyclones strike, it is essential we have highly trained and skilled search dogs ready to be deployed at a moment's notice." The Minister congratulated the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) for its work to develop and implement the specialised training course. "This course will enable us to increase our USAR capacity not only in WA, but also our ability to help interstate and internationally," he said. "The course will help in fast-tracking USAR canine handlers, who come from DFES and the general public, to become operational." Fact File Six WA canines and their handlers are participating in the course The course is presented over four days, with ongoing training for 12 to 24 months to meet competencies Minister's office - 6552 6500
Rio Tinto gifts archive material to State Library30331Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2140html26/08/2016 11:12:08 AM2016-08-26T11:00:00Za Donation of documentary heritage materials contributes to understanding of how the mining sector has influenced the growth and development of the State Premier Colin Barnett tonight accepted a donation of 50 significant, historic materials from Rio Tinto Iron Ore on behalf of the State Library of Western Australia. Speaking at the company's 50th anniversary gala dinner, Mr Barnett congratulated Rio Tinto on half a century of iron ore mining in WA. "By donating these materials to the State Library's Mining and Energy Archive, Rio Tinto leaves its legacy in WA's documentary heritage materials," Mr Barnett said. "So many people have either worked for, or with, Rio Tinto and its precursors Hamersley Iron, Pilbara Iron, Robe River or Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company over the past 50 years. "This donation ensures future generations will understand the importance to our State of the resources sector, and how these companies and the people employed by them have shaped the social and economic development of WA." The donation of archival materials to the State Library includes historic photographs, films, corporate reports, newsletters, oral histories and books. It conveys a range of historic and scientific themes of local, State and national significance, including the history of exploration and geology of the Pilbara, as well as the development of local communities. The donation was gifted by Chris Salisbury, the recently appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto's Iron Ore Group, at an event held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 26. Fact File The Mining and Energy WA archive is an initiative of the State Library of Western Australia which will build on existing collections; manage and digitise important records; and create opportunities to access the materials in a variety of formats The archive presents a unique and exciting opportunity for businesses and individuals to become involved. To make a contribution of materials, or for enquiries relating to sponsorships and donations, contact the State Library on 9427 3111 For more information, visit http//slwa.wa.gov.au Premier's office - 6552 5000
New autism program for Gosnells Primary30330Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3790html26/08/2016 5:57:42 AM2016-08-26T05:30:00Za Gosnells Primary School the first to run specialist learning program 16 schools to have autism spectrum disorder programs by 2020 State Government investing $32 million in the programs Gosnells Primary School will run a new program for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from next year. Education Minister Peter Collier said the school was the first of 16 primary schools announced, with all due to be up and running by 2020. "This first specialised program at Gosnells is for students who have very complex support needs and it will help them to achieve their best at school," Mr Collier said. Students will be taught in small groups by specialist teachers for some of the time and in mainstream classes with additional support for the rest of the time. The program at Gosnells will link with nearby Southern River College's specialised secondary program for students with autism. "Together with the Child and Parent Centre at Gosnells Primary School, children with autism can now get support locally from before they start school, right through to Year 12," the Minister said. Work is being done to refurbish some classrooms at Gosnells Primary School to meet student needs, and expert staff are being selected. "Additional training for staff in how best to teach and meet the needs of students with autism will be done before the program begins," Mr Collier said. Other schools to be part of the program will be selected in due course. Fact File More than 4,000 students with ASD are enrolled in local public schools The new ASD programs will focus on students' academic engagement, organisation skills, social thinking, peer relationships and self-regulation For more information, visit http//www.education.wa.edu.au Minister's office - 6552 6300
Grants available for Disability Awareness Week30327Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2880html26/08/2016 4:10:03 AM2016-08-26T04:05:00Za $500 grants available for events to promote accessible and inclusive communities during Disability Awareness Week The seventh annual Disability Awareness Week will be held at the end of November and grants are now available for community, local and non-government groups planning to run events highlighting the week. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said the Liberal National Government's grants program had supported a diverse range of events in past Disability Awareness Weeks, including film festivals, barbecues and arts initiatives. The $500 grants are for community events that support and promote the importance of access and inclusion in community facilities, services and events. "These grants support and help community groups to become involved in Disability Awareness Week," Mrs Faragher said. "They are designed to support the development of creative and inclusive events that are both accessible and inclusive to a wide range of people." Disability Awareness Week will run from November 27 to December 3, marking the annual International Day of People with Disability on the final day. Grants are available to organisations which work with partners and also involve people with disability in the development and planning of events. Applications can be made from today until October 7. Information on how to apply is available on the Disability Services Commission's website. Information on events being held during Disability Awareness Week will be announced in November. Fact File For information on Disability Awareness Week, visit http//www.disability.wa.gov.au For information on International Day of People with Disability, visit http//www.idpwd.com.au Visit the Disability Services Commission on Facebook for news on issues related to disability Minister's office - 6552 5300
Calling young leaders across Western Australia30325Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5730html26/08/2016 2:01:37 AM2016-08-26T02:00:00Za Nominations open for a young West Australian to lead youth week events More than 100 events to take place across WA during National Youth Week Nominations are now open for a driven, creative young person to lead Western Australia's 2017 National Youth Week celebrations. Youth Minister Tony Simpson said the role of National Youth Week Ambassador was a great platform for a young person looking to take on a leadership role in the State-wide celebrations. "The ambassador will play an important part in guiding and promoting the week's events and will chair the planning committee," Mr Simpson said. "This is a rewarding opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to showcase their creative flair and inspire other young people across WA to become involved." The Minister said 2016 ambassador Georgie Carey had been an invaluable part of this year's activities and commended Georgie for her commitment to the role. "Georgie started out by getting involved in her local community through the Youth Advisory Council in Mosman Park," he said. "Through her appointment as ambassador, Georgie demonstrated admirable leadership skills, actively promoting, informing and influencing National Youth Week events in WA. I thank her for a job well done." To be eligible to apply for the National Youth Week ambassador role, candidates must be aged between 18 and 25 years. They must be accessible by phone and email and available for meetings and media activities relating to National Youth Week 2017. Fact File National Youth Week 2017 is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities Applications are available at http//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au and must be received by 5pm on September 16, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6600
Peel cancer fight blossoms on Daffodil Day 201630322Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1960html26/08/2016 1:30:13 AM2016-08-26T01:30:00Za Permanent BreastScreen WA clinic replaces mobile service New Mandurah centre to complement breast cancer awareness campaign Growth forecast for local breast cancer risk group Daffodil Day 2016 marks the start of a new era in the Peel region's fight against breast cancer, with a permanent BreastScreen WA clinic to help spearhead the campaign to increase local screening. Officially opening the $550,000 centre today, Health Minister John Day said screening rates remained steady in Western Australia but fell short of the national target. "We have to do better with breast screening," Mr Day said. "This state-of-the-art clinic is about saving lives and improving the quality of life for cancer sufferers, through early diagnosis. "The female population in the eligible 40 to 74 year-old age group in the Peel region is expected to grow by 19 per cent in the next decade. That means there will be 21,700 women in the higher-risk category, with research showing that about 2,700 of these will likely develop breast cancer." The new, purpose-built facility replaces the visiting mobile unit which has been servicing Mandurah and the broader Peel District. "As a result, the mobile van will now be able to spend 15 more months during each two-year testing cycle to meet the growing demand in other regional areas across the State," the Minister said. "The Liberal National Government is proud to contribute about $1.1 million per year towards the operations of BreastScreen WA, as part of our commitment to delivering quality health care services closer to home. "This will include jointly funding a new $296,000 awareness campaign to help lift screening rates in women aged 50-74, from 54 per cent towards the target of 70 per cent." Testing takes less than 20 minutes and can detect tiny cancers that cannot be identified by touch. More than 75 per cent of breast cancers are found in women aged over 50. Fact File The number of WA women receiving breast screens has grown from 103,111 in 2011-12 to 120,656 in the 2015-16 financial year BreastScreen WA provides free breast screening mammograms every two years to women aged 40 years and over - including those with no breast cancer symptoms One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime WA now has 11 permanent and four mobile BreastScreen WA clinics 80% of funding for the new clinic has come from the Australian Government under the Expansion of BreastScreen Australia Services Project Agreement For appointments, visit http//www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au or phone 13 20 50 Minister's office - 6552 6200
New community centre for Paraburdoo30321Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3060html26/08/2016 11:15:30 AM2016-08-26T01:00:00Za $14.39 million project to refurbish and expand ageing recreation infrastructure Improving health and wellbeing key to building vibrant communities $5 million investment made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program A redevelopment and expansion of a community centre in Paraburdoo is set to become a reality with a $5 million investment through the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new facility would become a vibrant hub for the community, giving residents access to high-quality services not previously available in Paraburdoo. "The new sporting and community hub will deliver a range of services and facilities that will improve the health and wellbeing of residents living in Paraburdoo," Mr Redman said. "This is an example of Royalties for Regions investment into key infrastructure that facilitates social and economic development in regional Western Australia." The redeveloped centre will give residents in the inland Pilbara town access to a new gym, multi-purpose indoor courts, neighbourhood centre, multi-purpose community rooms and an upgrade to the swimming pool. The $14.39 million sporting and community hub will be the biggest investment in community infrastructure in the Pilbara town for 30 years, with the Royalties for Regions funding adding to a $6 million commitment from Rio Tinto and $3.39 million from the Shire of Ashburton. The Minister said the development would be located in the town centre, alongside the new childcare centre, which was nearing completion. "Once completed, along with the new childcare centre, this development will play an important part in attracting and retaining residents in Paraburdoo," he said. More than 18 jobs are expected to be created as part of the construction and ongoing operation of the community hub. The project is part of the State Government's $1.7 billion Pilbara Cities initiative. Construction is expected to start in early 2017. Fact File The Government's Royalties for Regions program has allocated $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 projects across regional WA since 2008 For more information about Pilbara Cities, visit http//www.pdc.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6700
Laughter the tonic for Mental Health Week 201630316Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3650html26/08/2016 12:38:28 AM2016-08-26T00:00:00Za State Theatre Centre of WA to host Mental Health Week finale Stand Up! For Comedy event to raise mental health awareness After a sell-out performance in 2015, Mental Health Week 2016 will again officially close with a night of stand-up comedy designed to raise community awareness of mental health issues. Featuring local and national comedians, Stand Up! For Comedy is expected to attract an audience of nearly 600 people. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said part proceeds from the comedy night would be reinvested back into community mental health. "The aim of Mental Health Week is to reduce stigma and promote mentally healthy communities," Ms Mitchell said. "If we can build awareness through comedy while raising funds to continue awareness raising for the rest of the year, that's a great outcome." Relocating to the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia from His Majesty's Theatre, Stand Up! For Comedy will feature a stellar line-up of comedians, including Ben Darsow, Matt Dyktynski, Damien Callinan, Suns of Fred, Cameron McLaren, Sian Choyce, Hayden Stevens and other special guests. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the event marked the second time the Perth Theatre Trust had partnered with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health. "This event demonstrates the role the arts can play in raising issues with the community, as well as increasing public awareness," Mr Day said. "Laughter is a vital ingredient for mental health and wellbeing. I encourage everyone to get out to as many events as possible during Mental Health Week, including Stand Up! For Comedy." Mental Health Week 2016 will have a special focus on suicide prevention, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message 'Together we can save lives'. Mental health consumers and carers have been allocated tickets to the comedy night. Fact File Mental Health Week runs October 8-15, 2016 Proceeds from the event will go to local charity, the WA Association for Mental Health, to reinvest back into community support services The event is supported by Perth Theatre Trust and WA Association for Mental Health To buy tickets, visit http//www.ticketek.com.au or phone 1300 795 012 For Mental Health Week events and information, visit http//mhw.waamh.org.au Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200
Albany waterfront sees surge of investment30315Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4080html26/08/2016 12:31:20 AM2016-08-25T23:30:00Za Prime Albany waterfront lot sold, with another under offer Zoning encourages more accommodation options in Albany Follows last month's sale of the adjacent waterfront lot; the site of a new hotel The redevelopment of Albany waterfront continues to progress with Lands Minister Terry Redman today announcing the sale of a prime waterfront lot, with another under offer. Mr Redman said the two lots - 3,309 square metres and 4,564sqm - had been taken up by local developer Aquavista Holdings. "It is envisaged the developments, which can be up to three storeys, will have retail and commercial on the ground floor, and potentially short stay accommodation on the upper floors," he said. "The purchase follows last month's confirmation of the $1.5 million sale of the hotel/short stay site which is located next to the Albany Entertainment Centre, the first major building to feature on the new waterfront. "The sale of two prime lots within weeks of each other, with a third also under offer, is great news for Albany as the business centre of the Great Southern region." The Minister said the Liberal National Government had taken a keen interest in the progress of Albany waterfront to help bring greater choice of visitor accommodation and business facilities to the city centre, in turn supporting the economic growth of the city. "The State Government was keen to secure developers who would help create a vibrant and functional waterfront space right on the doorstep of Albany's CBD," he said. One lot remains available at Albany waterfront. Located between the Albany Entertainment Centre and the ANZAC Peace Park, the 4,338sqm lot is zoned for commercial use. Fact File The redevelopment of the Albany waterfront is being managed by LandCorp Once complete, the waterfront will feature restaurants, cafes, shops, hotel/short stay accommodation, 74-pen marina (with expansion capacity to 130) and a purpose-built entertainment centre Albany waterfront overlooks Princess Royal Harbour and reconnects the foreshore with the city centre For more information, visit http//www.landcorp.com.au/albanywaterfront Minister's office - 6552 6700
Aquaculture project highlighting opportunities30314Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4600html26/08/2016 12:22:19 AM2016-08-25T23:05:00Za First 90-day red tape reduction project off to a flying start Opportunities identified in a number of areas Streamlining processes to encourage investment and jobs The Liberal National Government's new red tape 'flying squad' has already identified areas to streamline approvals and provide greater certainty for aquaculture businesses. Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the first 90-day regulatory mapping project had wasted no time in identifying opportunities in application processes, licencing arrangements, reporting requirements and tenure security. "The State Government is seeking to strike the right balance of policies, rules and regulations to ensure the aquaculture industry continues to flourish, attract investment and generate jobs," Mr Marmion said. "Consultation meetings have been held throughout a number of regional areas as well as Perth. Findings from those meetings have informed the mapping project to date, with industry now providing further feedback." Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the project was a great example of government collaborating with industry to simplify and streamline processes without compromising high biosecurity standards. "The Department of Fisheries is working hard with the Department of Finance, industry and other government agencies to make practical changes," Mr Francis said. "We need a purposeful regulatory environment to ensure we continue to build a clean, safe and sustainable aquaculture industry." Both Ministers are encouraging industry stakeholders to continue to share their ideas to improve regulation via the 90-day aquaculture survey on the Department of Finance website. The survey will close August 31, 2016. Fact File The Department of Finance's Economic Reform unit is collaborating with the Department of Fisheries on the 90-day regulatory reform project The project commenced on July 1, 2016 and will report by the end of September For project details, visit the Department of Finance website Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the aquaculture industry survey Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500