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Finalists announced for WA Seniors Awards48007Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/10/2016 12:00:49 AM2016-10-01T00:00:00Za ​15 finalists selected for the 2016 WA Seniors Awards Winners to be announced on November 6, 2016 during WA Seniors Week An Aboriginal elder, a veteran volunteer and former local government councillor are among the finalists in this year's WA Seniors Awards. Announcing the finalists on the International Day of Older Persons, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said the finalists included 15 exceptional individuals, as well as local governments and community organisations. "The Liberal National Government is pleased to continue to be a part of these awards which are an opportunity to recognise the incredible work done in the community by and for seniors," Mr Miles said. "It is wonderful to see such a wide array of finalists who have demonstrated significant dedication and commitment to their work in the community and to the lives of seniors in Western Australia and I am honoured to congratulate them all." The awards recognise the important contribution of seniors to the community, as well as those who work to improve the lives of older West Australians. Media personnel who positively promote seniors are also acknowledged in the Deborah Kirwan Media Award category. The Minister said individual finalists in the Community Service and Arts and Culture award categories were inspirational individuals who were challenging the stereotypical image of seniors. "I'm looking forward to next month when I can officially announce and congratulate the winners," he said. Fact File The WA Seniors Awards are presented by the Council on the Ageing WA in partnership with the State Government The 2016 Juniper WA Seniors Champion Award will be chosen from the winners of the Community Service and the Arts and Culture award categories Minister's office - 6552 6600   2016 WA Seniors Awards Finalists Community Service Award John McMillan, 80 John is a senior vice-president of the board of Connect Victoria Park and is a strong supporter of its activities, including the provision of social housing to local seniors. He was instrumental in securing land and resources to build 70 housing units in Victoria Park and has been involved in the community for more than 50 years. Mariette Cowley, 65 Mariette is an Aboriginal elder who was born in Broome and raised in Derby with strong cultural connection with Bardi, Worrora and Ngarinyin country. She has spent her lifetime working to improve health, social and justice conditions for Aboriginal people. Pamelia Barrett, 76 Pamelia has been volunteering for most of her life, as well as being a single mum to three children and providing support to eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was heavily involved with the establishment of Joongari House, a family and financial service centre. Arts and Culture Award Lynne Tognolini, 76 Lynne is a specialist arts teacher who joined the Uthando Project when she retired, helping to make dolls for children in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa who have been affected by the impact of HIV/AIDS. She has been involved with the project from the outset and provides community education about the project in schools and groups. Roberta Chapman, 78 Roberta has worked as a teacher, school principal and a registered nurse and has directed school choirs and classroom musicals. She jointly founded the Catholic Performing Arts festival in 1989, which attracts more than 25,000 students to perform annually. Jenny Davis, 67 Jenny is a well-known actress and director in Perth and was artistic director of the WA Youth Theatre for 10 years. In 1993, Jenny founded Agelink Theatre, a reminiscence theatre company which creates shows based on oral histories and Western Australian history. The productions involve seniors recounting their stories and sharing memories, cups of tea and laughter in reminiscence workshops. Group or Organisation Award Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren (Greenwood) A not-for-profit group which provides mentoring, care and support to it members and their families through multiple activities. Members receive mutual support and encouragement, which reduces the isolation felt by these seniors who have put 'retirement' on the back burner. Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Service (Mandurah) A not-for-profit that provides services to more than 500 clients originating from 52 different countries in Perth and Mandurah. Umbrella offers 20 innovative programs, including a Community Visitors Scheme for people experiencing social isolation and loneliness. Agelink Theatre (Perth) Established in 1993, Agelink Theatre provides high quality, original and professional intergenerational and interactive theatre productions that are based on the oral histories and recollections of seniors. It is based in Perth and the productions travel into the community and have been performed in metropolitan and regional areas. Local Government Award City of Wanneroo The City of Wanneroo receives funding through the Home and Community Care to deliver a range of services within the community. The council also provides a range of opportunities for seniors to continue to engage within the community. Shire of Collie The Shire of Collie has a plan which prioritises access and inclusion strategies for seniors, including a purpose-built art gallery and a bushland block. The shire holds social activities for seniors, including lunches during Seniors Week. Business Award Garden City AMP - Capital Shopping Centres (Booragoon) Garden City has partnered with the City of Melville to achieve their vision of an age friendly city. Garden City is the only retail centre in WA to implement strategies to achieve this vision and provide outstanding service to seniors. Garden City employs older staff, supports a community information centre which is staffed by senior volunteers, and incorporated feedback from staff, customers and external stakeholders to improve its service to seniors. Deborah Kirwan Media Award Steve Butler, The West Australian For three stories on iconic West Australians - Herb Elliott, Jon Sanders and Jimmy Chadwick. Laura Pond and Andrew Ritchie, Community Newspaper Group For a story on the relationship between Alex Poor, aged 74, who shared the stage at the Quarry Amphitheatre with his 14-year-old granddaughter in a production of Don Quixote. Claire Tyrell and Nic Ellis, The West Australian For a story on 91-year-old Shirley Mort who rattled a tin for 26 years for the Salvation Army and single-handedly raised $1.7 million.
KidSport’s fifth birthday more than child’s play47624Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 8:00:14 AM2016-09-30T08:00:00Za More than 113,000 KidSport vouchers distributed since 2011 valued at $17 million Award-winning program helps disadvantaged kids aged 5-18 play sport KidSport families receive up to $200 to join a community sport or recreation club The Liberal National Government's award-winning KidSport program is growing up fast - celebrating its fifth birthday this month. More than 60,000 West Australian children have joined a sports club in the past five years courtesy of KidSport. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies, who is in Broome today to mark the anniversary, said the program was designed to help disadvantaged families. "When families are struggling financially, one of the last things they can afford is registration fees to allow their children to play sport," Ms Davies said. "KidSport steps in to fill the void and since launching in 2011, has encompassed more than 90 sports and activities in 122 local government areas across WA. "The fact that most of these children - nearly 40 per cent of which are girls - had never been part of a club prior to KidSport means they and their families have now been able to feel the full benefits of healthy, organised sport and recreation." Vouchers worth $17 million have been distributed through KidSport up to the value of $200 each. The top KidSport club is the Albany Junior Soccer Association, which has had 928 KidSport sign-ups since 2011. "Clubs such as the Albany and Southern Districts junior associations, the Armadale junior footy club and the Mandurah Basketball Association really benefit from the increased registrations and having more of the local community participating," the Minister said "Broome is fairly new to KidSport but is now really hitting its straps with more than 800 children joining local clubs through the program." Fact File KidSport families can receive up to $200 assistance for club registration fees and uniforms per season per sport, per child Registration fees are received by local governments and passed to sports clubs Nearly 63% of all KidSport recipients have never been a member of a club before The top sports are Australian Rules football, netball, basketball, athletics, hockey and gymnastics Broome has distributed 1,194 KidSport vouchers worth more than $115,000 to about 800 kids The top sports in Broome are basketball (309 kids) and netball (176 kids) For more information, visit http//www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/individuals/kidsport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Upgraded Broome pool set to make a splash47620Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 7:43:48 AM2016-09-30T07:30:00Za Construction starts on the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre's $3.3 million upgrade Expected completion mid-2017 A $3.3 million upgrade to the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre has begun with Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today inspecting construction activity. The upgrade has been made possible by a $1.25 million grant to the Shire of Broome through the Liberal National Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF). The shire will contribute the remaining funding. Ms Davies said a complete rebuild of the centre's plant room and replacement of the filtration system would increase the capacity and efficiency of the pool, resulting in financial, environmental and health benefits for the Broome community. "A new concourse and tiling for the pool and surrounding wet area will also improve the visual amenity of the facility," she said. "Other upgrades include renewing the swimming pool bulk heads, resurfacing the pebblecrete children's lagoon and improving pool lighting. "We know that when people are active, not only does it benefit their physical health, but it benefits their mental health too and helps keep them connected to the community. "The refurbishment will allow the shire to provide activities year-round and encourage more people to use the facilities during the cooler months." The Minister said the CSRFF, which had funded more than 1,000 projects across Western Australia worth $157 million since 2008, had a direct benefit to participation in community and grassroots sport and recreation. "This is a valuable grants program because providing sporting facilities all across WA encourages people of all ages and abilities to be active," she said. Fact File A grant of $1.25 million was approved for the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre upgrade through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) The CSRFF exemplifies the State Government's commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation across the State $157 million to 1,000 sport and recreation facility projects across WA since 2008 through the CSRFF Minister's office - 6552 5500
New local government areas join the WA NDIS47617Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 6:34:50 AM2016-09-30T06:30:00Za The WA National Disability Insurance Scheme expands from tomorrow Additional West Australians with disability supported Community event celebrates expansion From tomorrow the WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) expands into the local government areas of Armadale, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Murray. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said an expected 1,400 additional people with disability across the three areas would be able to access the benefits the scheme had to offer. "I'm pleased more West Australians with disability will be experiencing the flexibility, choice and control over their support and services that the WA NDIS brings," Mrs Faragher said. "Through the WA NDIS, people have the opportunity to create a plan for their lives which includes the support and services that work best for them." The expansion into the new areas was marked with a community event in Armadale today. "In addition to the activities on offer and the chance to meet the local WA NDIS team, it featured an expo which saw more than 40 organisations available to talk to people with disability, their families and carers about the support and services they provide," the Minister said. People can check their eligibility for the WA NDIS by using the online 'Am I Eligible?' tool available at http//www.disability.wa.gov.au Fact File As at June 30, 2016, 2,239 individuals were eligible for support and services under the WA NDIS The WA NDIS started in the Lower South West in 2014 and Cockburn-Kwinana in 2015 For more information, visit http//www.disability.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5300
WA leads the way with project bank accounts47616Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 6:06:21 AM2016-09-30T05:55:00Za Liberal National Government adopts project bank accounts on construction projects managed by the Department of Finance Subcontractors to benefit from greater certainty and speed of payment Finance Minister Sean L'Estrange has launched the roll-out of project bank accounts across construction projects delivered by the Department of Finance's Building Management and Works. "The Liberal National Government has led the way with this important initiative. Western Australia was the first jurisdiction in Australia to trial project bank accounts, and now it will be the first to roll them out more broadly," Mr L'Estrange said. "Project bank accounts will play an important role in addressing the security of payment concerns of subcontractors working on Government-funded projects, and complement recently announced changes to the Construction Contracts Act 2004." There has been a concerted effort to ensure the adoption of project bank accounts does not impose unnecessary red tape for industry. "Engagement with industry has formed an important part of the policy formulation process, using feedback received from trial participants and consulting further with subcontractors over the last few months to refine the project bank account model," the Minister said. The broader use of project bank accounts is expected to benefit a significant number of small and local businesses. Project bank accounts will be applied to projects tendered by Building Management and Works from September 30, 2016, with a construction value of more than $1.5 million and involving one or more subcontractors. "The State Government is taking action to ensure subcontractors are paid for the work they do on a project," Mr L'Estrange said. Fact File By June 30, 2017, it is expected that up to 30 contracts incorporating the use of project bank accounts will have been awarded with a combined value of about $220 million The roll-out will start with projects that use an Australian Standard (AS2124) form of contract, but will be extended to other forms of contract used by the Department of Finance in 2017 The first project to use the simplified model is expected to be the Rapids Landing primary school in Margaret River, which has an estimated value of $12.8 million For more details on how project bank accounts work, visit the Department of Finance website Minister's office - 6552 6900
Australia's largest distributed energy microgrid47613Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 4:05:34 AM2016-09-30T04:05:00Za Renewable energy to power more than half of Onslow's electricity needs The Liberal National Government today announced the development of Australia's largest distributed energy resource microgrid, which aims to deliver more than 50 per cent of Onslow's electricity needs with renewable energy. Energy Minister Mike Nahan said the new Onslow microgrid would include a mix of distributed solar energy generation and battery storage. The project includes essential electricity network infrastructure, a new transmission line and substation, as well as a 5.25 megawatt gas-fired modular power station, designed to efficiently contract in size as the renewable energy contribution expands to meet energy needs. "This project connects traditional energy sources with solar power and battery storage to deliver more than half of Onslow's electricity needs with renewables," Dr Nahan said. "This will be Australia's largest distributed energy microgrid, creating a new era of energy competition and efficiency for households and businesses. The development of a renewable energy microgrid in Onslow is another great example of how the State Government, by partnering with industry, is leading the way in renewable energy." State Development Minister Bill Marmion said innovative technological advances presented the opportunity to revisit the approach previously negotiated under the State Development Agreement for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project. "The State Government, Horizon Power and Chevron agree the redesign of the gas-fired modular power station is the best way to integrate with the latest renewable energy technology and ensure a more sustainable energy supply," Mr Marmion said. "As part of its obligations under the State Development Agreement, Chevron will provide a financial contribution for Horizon Power to build the power infrastructure." Fact File Works on the power station are set to start in early 2017, with completion expected in early 2018 The Chevron-operated Wheatstone project has committed more than $250m to social and critical infrastructure projects in Onslow including health, recreation and utilities The State Government has committed about $70m to the project The Wheatstone project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by JERA Energy Minister's office - 6552 5700 State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800
Check SharkSmart before entering water47612Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 4:00:04 AM2016-09-30T04:00:00Za New campaign launched encouraging visits to SharkSmart before entering ocean All shark sightings should be reported to Water Police A new digital campaign promoting the importance of using the SharkSmart website has been launched as daily metropolitan beach helicopter patrols prepare to begin operations for the 2016-17 season. Premier Colin Barnett said the SharkSmart website provided the very latest information on shark activity and always checking this valuable resource before heading into the ocean was strongly advised. "Whether you plan to go for a swim, dive or jump on your surfboard in the ocean, remember to make a habit of always checking the SharkSmart website before entering the water," Mr Barnett said. "SharkSmart displays the very latest shark activity information available, giving the public details of known shark sightings which provides useful guidance, particularly when away from patrolled beaches." The Premier said the Liberal National Government provided funds to Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) for the beach and aerial patrols, which begin daily from tomorrow and run throughout the season, and had also funded beach enclosures which provided extra safety for beach users, as well as a broad range of other shark hazard mitigation strategies. Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the SharkSmart summer campaign also reminded everyone to report shark sightings to the Water Police as this information was communicated through the SharkSmart website, the SLSWA twitter, and via SMS to the relevant beach safety authorities and organisations so they could take a variety of safety actions if required. "If you see a shark, after alerting anyone around you, make sure you then immediately report it to the Water Police on 9442 8600," Mr Francis said. "Using our great beaches is an important part of the wonderful way of life in Western Australia, and quickly reporting sharks and regularly using SharkSmart will make the experience safer and more enjoyable for all of us." Fact File Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has committed more than $30 million to beach safety and shark hazard mitigation The State Government allocated $400,000 for beach enclosures in 2016-17, $200,000 for a new enclosure at Quinns Rocks and $200,000 to supplement funding committed last year for an enclosure at Sorrento The Government provides $3.3 million a year to SLSWA for beach and aerial patrols Premier's office - 6552 5000 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500
New advanced meters for regional customers47610Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 3:45:09 AM2016-09-30T03:45:00Za Horizon Power customers now benefiting from new advanced meters Works start for last Karratha suburb in Pilbara Underground Power Project More than 47,000 old electricity meters have now been replaced with new advanced meters, with Energy Minister Mike Nahan today announcing the completion of the project. Visiting the Pilbara today, Dr Nahan said the new meters - which automatically read electricity consumption, resulting in more accurate and timely billing for customers - had been installed across Horizon Power's network on budget and ahead of schedule. "The Liberal National Government invested $34.1 million in this project to ensure the new advanced meters were provided and installed free of charge, allowing regional customers to be the first in Western Australia to enjoy the benefits of this new and exciting technology," he said. "Previously, many customers were receiving estimated reads because of locked gates or dogs, but the new meters will mean estimated bills will largely be a thing of the past, except for some very remote customers. "The new meters enable Horizon Power to reconnect or disconnect customers more quickly if they are moving house, and identify faults faster because they will be able to see whether the fault is inside the house or on the network. "In the future, customers will also be able to access the data from the advanced meters to help them better manage their electricity use and ultimately their bills." In Karratha, Dr Nahan also announced that work undergrounding the overhead electrical network had kicked off in Nickol, the last Karratha suburb to be part of the Pilbara Underground Power Project. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said an extra 1,159 lots had been undergrounded in the light industrial area, Bulgarra West and Pegs Creek, as well as the CBD and the remaining lots in Roebourne, since the project recommenced in November 2014, thanks to additional Royalties for Regions funding of $75 million. "Underground networks experience fewer outages during cyclones, eliminate dangers associated with fallen power lines and improve the aesthetic appeal of towns," Mr Redman said. "This is a significant investment by Royalties for Regions and it reflects the State Government's continued commitment to regional economic development." Dr Nahan said the second phase of the project was ahead of schedule and on budget, and he expected all of Karratha, including the 1,000 remaining lots in the suburb of Nickol, to be completed by the end of 2017. Fact File More than 47,000 old meters have now been replaced with new advanced meters Karratha was the last of Horizon Power's service area to have the new meters installed The project started in July 2015 and the final meters were installed in late September 2016 Customers can use Horizon Power's online My Account to arrange new connections or disconnections when moving in or out of a home The Pilbara Underground Power Project has started in the Karratha suburb of Nickol Underground works are also expected to start in Onslow in the coming months, subject to final funding arrangements with the Shire of Ashburton For more information, visit https//www.horizonpower.com.au Energy Minister's office - 6552 5700 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Greater mobile phone coverage for South-West47607Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 2:45:15 AM2016-09-30T02:45:00Za Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage Wilyabrup, near Yallingup, the latest location to benefit Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The South-West region continues to gain better access to mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband with a new tower officially launched today at Wilyabrup, as part of an $85 million investment through the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the new mobile tower, activated in June this year, provided modern mobile coverage to Wilyabrup extending along Caves Road between Gracetown and Yallingup, including a portion of the Margaret River coastline. "The State Government's investment of $85 million since 2012 in regional telecommunications is providing 266 new mobile phone towers across regional Western Australia," Mr Mischin said. "These are exciting times for the Wilyabrup community who can now use their computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and other wireless devices in more places, with faster speeds and fewer drop outs." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Wilyabrup phone tower was the final of 23 towers the State Government pledged to deliver as part of the initial stage of the Regional Telecommunications Project, launched in 2014. "The new connectivity will make it easier for families to keep in touch, ensure motorists feel safer and better equipped, and improve emergency service response times," Mr Redman said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions making significant improvements in the lives of people living, working and travelling in our State's vast regional areas. "The next rollout of regional mobile phone towers will deliver 130 towers in partnership with the Australian Government as part of the Regional Telecommunications Project and the Mobile Black Spot Program." Fact File The Wilyabrup tower is delivered in partnership with Telstra The State Government's significant investment in regional telecommunications since 2012 is driving economic growth through the development of 266 new mobile phone towers in regional WA For more information, visit http//www.commerce.wa.gov.au Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Rhodes grass sales drive community projects47606Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 2:30:47 AM2016-09-30T02:30:00Za Five community projects receive a combined total of $30,895 through the Liberal National Government's West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme Minister meets with recipients in Broome Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the successful recipients of the inaugural Liberal National Government's West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme near the Water Corporation's Rhodes grass pasture. The Water Corporation has partnered with the Lions Club of Broome to distribute $30,895 to five community projects that support education, culture, the environment, health and tackling drug and alcohol abuse. Among the recipients are Broome Senior High School, which received $7,500 for an interschool science, technology, engineering and mathematics event; and Centacare Kimberley, which received $7,700 for 'Cooking up Good Tucker', a project aimed at teaching traditional Aboriginal food preparation. Ms Davies was in Broome today to meet representatives of recipient organisations and said the grants would deliver benefits across the West Kimberley. "The funds were raised through the sale of Rhodes grass, which is grown with the help of recycled water from the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant, and sold to farmers as cattle fodder," she said. "I am pleased the State Government is able to help hardworking not-for-profit organisations and schools deliver projects and I look forward to seeing positive outcomes for the West Kimberley." The total value of each round of funding under the new scheme will depend on the amount of hay sold at each harvest, which is conducted about every six to eight weeks. The Minister said the next round of the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme would be opened in early 2017, with applications opening twice a year. Fact File For more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/wkcgrants The West Kimberley Community Grants scheme is delivered by the Water Corporation in partnership with the Lions Club of Broome The corporation produces Rhodes grass at its Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant as an environmentally friendly means of disposing of recycled water About 306 million litres of recycled water is used to irrigate Rhodes grass each year, which is then processed into hay and sold for stock feed to local cattle stations Minister's office - 6552 5500 West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme - Round One Recipients Dampier Local Drug Action Group received $5,188 for a community empowerment project to tackle drug and alcohol abuse in the remote Aboriginal community of Beagle Bay Broome Senior High School received $7,500 for an interschool Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education event to encourage Year 9 and 10 students to study science and maths, particularly girls Centacare Kimberley received $7,700 for 'Cooking up Good Tucker', a project aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyle choices by teaching traditional Aboriginal food preparation Broome Historical Society received $8,107 for an upgrade to the iconic Broome Museum to house the Indonesian fishing boat display Native Animal Rescue Broome received $2,400 for a new portable structure to help the group spread their message through community education.
Pilbara iron ore development to create jobs47604Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1210html29/09/2016 11:25:49 PM2016-09-29T23:00:00Za Development approval for Western Turner Syncline mine Expected $18 million capital expenditure 40 new construction jobs The Liberal National Government has approved development of iron ore deposits at Rio Tinto's Western Turner Syncline mine near Tom Price in the Pilbara. State Development Minister Bill Marmion said capital expenditure on the project was expected to be $18 million, with 40 construction jobs to be created. "The Western Turner Syncline production capacity is currently 25 million tonnes to 30 million tonnes per year," Mr Marmion said. "The approval will ensure Rio Tinto can maintain this level of production by bringing new sources of ore online. "This is great news for resources and great news for Western Australian jobs. "The development proposal was approved under a State Agreement and clearly shows these agreements ensure WA remains an attractive place for investment and continued development." Works covered by the approval include the development of deposits to the north and west of the existing mining operation, and associated works such as the construction of haul roads, site access roads, storage areas and water treatment facilities. Fact File The Western Turner Syncline development proposal was approved under the Iron Ore (Hamersley Range) Agreement Act 1963 Earlier this month, the State Government approved the expansion of Rio Tinto's Silvergrass iron ore mine, near Tom Price in 2015, WA's iron ore exports were valued at $49.8 billion Rio Tinto celebrated 50 years of iron ore exports from the Pilbara in August this year Rio Tinto operates 15 mines in WA and about 1,700km of dedicated railway Minister's office - 6552 6800
New Onslow homes for Government workers18637Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3570html29/09/2016 7:28:19 AM2016-09-29T07:15:00Za 10 new homes for key Government workers in Onslow Funded by the State Development Agreement for the Wheatstone Project Onslow is now a more attractive place to live for Government employees after the completion of 10 new homes under the Government Regional Officers' Housing (GROH) program. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls announced the completion of the homes today and said it would improve service delivery to the Pilbara town. "The delivery of essential public services to people in regional and remote Western Australia is a priority of the Liberal National Government," Mr Grylls said. "Government employees often relocate to live and work in these areas, and having good quality, affordable housing available is crucial to attracting the right people." The properties are located in LandCorp's Barrarda Estate subdivision and were built at a cost of about $5 million. State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the housing was funded by the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, a major liquefied natural gas project 12 kilometres west of Onslow. "Through its commitments under the State Development Agreement, Wheatstone provided funding to build the homes, which the Housing Authority will own and manage," Mr Marmion said. "Additional State Government funding of $3 million was used to pay for the land. "This is a great example of industry working with the Government to deliver positive community outcomes in regional WA." Fact File The 10 new homes comprise 4 x four-bedroom, 2 x three-bedroom and 4 x two-bedroom dwellings The new homes join 12 units for service workers in Onslow, completed in 2014 The Housing Authority manages 5,500 homes for Government employees across the State under the GROH program The Wheatstone Project has committed more than $250 million to social and critical infrastructure in Onslow including health, recreation and utilities. The State Government has also committed about $70 million to local facilities Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100 State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800
Sniffing out threats to protect agriculture18632Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3050html29/09/2016 2:40:06 AM2016-09-29T02:40:00Za Two new detector dogs for WA quarantine service Western Australia has two new quarantine detector dogs sniffing out potential threats to protect the State's agriculture and food sector from harmful pests, weeds and diseases. Two new labradors - Molly and Sam - joined the Department of Agriculture and Food's Quarantine WA service detector dog unit earlier this month, replacing two retiring dogs. Molly and Sam have come from Sydney where they have been training for 10 weeks. The dogs are continuing to train at Perth domestic airport terminals with Quarantine WA to be ready to protect the borders. Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the Quarantine WA service worked hard to maintain WA's biosecurity status by preventing the introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds found in other States and Territories of Australia. "The detector dog unit is one example of this work. The unit has six dogs who work in shifts at the Perth domestic airport meeting passengers off flights and checking luggage for unwanted items such as fruit and vegetables, honey and plant material," Mr Lewis said. "Last financial year there were more than 4,000 intercepts of risk material at the airport. Detections included 68 large bananas, 10 kilograms of honey, 29 mangoes, 10kg of eggplant and 46kg of cassava. "By keeping WA free of serious weeds, pests and diseases such as khapra beetle, varroa mite and Queensland fruit fly, our agricultural industries enjoy lower production costs and greater market access. "Strong border biosecurity also limits the impact of pests, weeds and diseases such as myrtle rust can impact on the environment and our social amenities. "Preventing new pests and diseases entering the State is more cost effective than trying to eradicate them when established." Fact File Sam is a chocolate labrador who is 19 months old and comes from a NSW kennel facility. Molly is a golden labrador who is 17 months old and comes from Labrador Rescue in NSW Sam and Molly replace retired dogs Oscar and Charlie Brown Minister's office - 6552 6400
The quay to showcasing WA talent18631Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5570html29/09/2016 2:35:12 AM2016-09-29T02:35:00Za Liberal National Government investment in Elizabeth Quay project continues to pay back Award-winning architect Kerry Hill leads design $300 million estimated construction project to create hundreds of jobs Concept designs have been unveiled for Elizabeth Quay's next premier hotel, residential and commercial buildings as Planning Minister Donna Faragher confirmed the sale of two lots on the western promenade. Mrs Faragher was joined by developers CA & Associates which plans to build a hotel and apartments on the site. Concept plans are the result of an international design competition for the development which was won by architect Kerry Hill. The winning design includes two towers comprising about 300 residential and 170 short-stay apartments, a hotel and a range of dining and retail options. CA & Associates plan to submit a version of the design for development approval. "Elizabeth Quay continues to attract the best Western Australia has to offer - internationally renowned architects and artists, premium restaurant operators, highly experienced developers and some of the highest land sales on record," the Minister said. "With an estimated construction value of $300 million, and a substantial injection in job growth, this development will continue Elizabeth Quay's role as an important economic driver for the State. "I would like to congratulate Kerry Hill and his team on their approach to design which maximises public access via walkways, a ground-floor plaza, art museum and viewing deck; features that will be enjoyed by the millions of annual visitors to our city. "Elizabeth Quay was always intended to showcase Perth on a national and international stage and these attractions offering sweeping views of Kings Park, the Swan River and Rottnest Island will go a long way to achieving that objective." CA & Associates will pay $85 million for the two sites, keeping the project on track to return well over half of the Liberal National Government's initial $440 million investment. "There continues to be strong interest in investment and business at Elizabeth Quay which has shaped the timing of the release of the last remaining lot which will go to market next week," Mrs Faragher said. Fact File CA & Associates is a collaboration between AAIG Pty Ltd led by Victor Goh and the Fini Group. Subject to development approval, construction of the new Elizabeth Quay development is expected to start in late 2017 Lot 4, the last remaining Elizabeth Quay lot available, on the corner of William Street and The Esplanade, will be released to the market on October 4, 2016 For more information, visit http//www.elizabethquay.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5300
Restoration for historic Ellensbrook property18630Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2370html30/09/2016 1:17:34 AM2016-09-29T02:30:00Za 19th century Margaret River estate of Alfred and Ellen Bussell to be conserved The historic Ellensbrook property, near Margaret River, will be conserved and made more accessible to the community and visitors with $676,291 funding from Lotterywest. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said restoring the 1857 homestead and other buildings was important because the life of the Bussells at Ellensbrook added to the understanding of Western Australia's colonial heritage, rural development and relationships with Aboriginal people. "Alfred and Ellen Bussell overcame many struggles on the land to become successful pioneers and their Ellensbrook home shows the social and economic conditions of the time," Mr Jacob said. "Over the decades, the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The family sold beef, butter and cheese with much of their success due to the practical skills and energy of Ellen and two of her daughters." Between 1871 and 1877 the eldest Bussell daughter Fanny managed the homestead, dairy production and beef cattle. In 1899, the second daughter Edith established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. "Ellensbrook can also be seen as a leader in the early tourism industry in the South-West by providing accommodation and quality produce from a region that is now known around the world for excellent food," the Minister said. The Lotterywest funds will go towards stabilising walls, timber conservation, drainage and removing inappropriate restorations which are damaging the original building. Landscaping will include paths, fencing, reinstating the water wheel and conserving the weir. Outdoor furniture will be provided for picnics and to encourage more people to visit. Archaeological and historical research will look more closely at the Aboriginal significance of the site and fill in gaps in understanding the European developments. Signs will be installed to interpret Aboriginal and European heritage values. The Liberal National Government is also revitalising key heritage sites through the $4 million Heritage Revolving Fund. This fund has enabled the restoration of the Fremantle Warders' Cottages and the former Coogee Hotel and Post Office. Ellensbrook is on the Register of State Heritage Places and has been managed by the National Trust of Australia (WA) since 1978. Fact File WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $281.41 million to support the WA community For more information, visit http//www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants Minister's office - 6552 5800
State Government to establish Rural Fire Service18629Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14550html29/09/2016 2:15:04 AM2016-09-29T02:15:00Za Rural Fire Service to be established A new Office of Emergency Management to be established The Liberal National Government will support all 17 recommendations of the Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire by Euan Ferguson AFSM, including the implementation of a Rural Fire Service, Premier Colin Barnett said today. "Mr Ferguson has recommended the establishment of a Rural Fire Service and emphasises the importance of local knowledge and experience in fighting bushfires in his report," Mr Barnett said. "The State's volunteer firefighters do a magnificent job and their expertise in fighting bush fires needs to be better utilised. "The State Government will establish a Rural Fire Service as either a separate agency or sub-department of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). "Consultation will take place with relevant agencies such as the Department of Parks and Wildlife, DFES, local government, volunteer firefighters and the United Firefighters Unions of WA to investigate the best model." Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said that significantly, the implementation of many of the recommendations had already started ahead of this year's bushfire season. "Western Australia has suffered terrifying and catastrophic fires in recent years, and we will do everything we can to respond accordingly," Mr Francis said. "The State Government also supported in principle all 23 agency opportunities for improvement identified by Mr Ferguson." Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman said work was underway to address bushfire risk on Government-owned land which would be supported with an additional $15 million over four years from Royalties for Regions. "The need for a greater emphasis on preventing and mitigating risk on Crown land was identified as a key issue by Mr Ferguson and the Government has reacted swiftly to allocate additional funding to this area ahead of the 2016-17 bushfire season," Mr Redman said. "The increased funding will be accessible to various State Government agencies responsible for land within and adjacent to regional townsites as part of Government's strong desire to see a more co-ordinated approach to address risks on Crown land." Many of Mr Ferguson's recommendations were being implemented ahead of the upcoming bushfire season. These included establishing five pre-formed multi agency incident management teams for level 3 incidents, which include representation from both Government and volunteers installing Automated Vehicle Location Systems in vehicles and appliances at a cost of $2.4 million establishing a $2.8 million critical messaging system by November 2016 which will issue warnings and provide advice on fire danger ratings and total fire bans. The information will be available on a new Emergency WA website to be promoted through the Are You Ready bushfire campaign issuing identification cards to DFES volunteers in high-risk regions. A new Office of Emergency Management (OEM), comprising the State Emergency Management Committee Secretariat and the Office of Bushfire Risk Management will also be established. There would also be an independent review into the Emergency Services Levy. "The new OEM will have a quality assurance role and report directly to the Minister for Emergency Services," Mr Francis said. "From the public comments received in response to the Ferguson Report, the majority of stakeholders and community members were supportive of his recommendations. "While the Government is moving as quickly as possible to enact measures ahead of the bushfire season, structural recommendations will be developed in a considered way to ensure that as a community, we are more resilient to emergencies in the future." Fact File Of the 142 public submissions in response to the Ferguson Report, 88% supported a Rural Fire Service To view the report, visit https//news.wa.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Government-response-to-Ferguson-Report-Online.pdf The Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire was tabled in State Parliament on June 23, 2016 Premier's office - 6552 5000 Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6500 Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Digging the past to make way for new museum18625Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3970html29/09/2016 12:30:17 AM2016-09-29T00:30:00Za Archaeological research aims to uncover information about WA's built heritage An archaeological excavation is underway at the Western Australian Museum's Perth site - the location of the new museum for WA - to uncover materials and structural remains of some of the State's early 20th century buildings. The excavation is being conducted by expert archaeologists and third-year archaeology students from The University of Western Australia, in partnership with the WA Museum. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said results from the research would contribute to the interpretation of the site. "The concept for the new museum includes a dramatic and bold modern design, but a vital part of the project is to incorporate the site's heritage values through its building and archaeology," Mr Jacob said. "The stories and uses of the heritage buildings will be shared in the interpretation of the new museum and the research will provide a richer understanding of the buildings that were formerly here." The archaeology teams are excavating shallow trenches to determine the presence of any footings or foundations associated with the former Victoria Public Library 'stack' building and Government Geologists' Laboratory. The buildings were built between 1902 and 1904. It is anticipated the excavations will also recover historical material from activities in the buildings and help answer questions about the development of the museum precinct in the early to mid-20th century. "The Government Geologists' Laboratory was one of the earlier buildings on the museum grounds, and the WA Museum's geological collection includes specimens collected by the Government Geologist and Chief Mineralogist from those early days," the Minister said. The investigation will also provide valuable information on the extent to which structural remains may exist for the Victoria Public Library, which includes the apartment of former Chief Librarian, J.S. Battye, and his family. Fact File New museum is on schedule to open in 2020 in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre Victoria Public Library was renamed in 1904 as the Public Library of Western Australia and was later renamed as the State Library of Western Australia For more information, visit http//www.museum.wa.gov.au/new-museum Minister's office - 6552 5800
Partial divestment by Keystart agreed at $1.35b18624Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7340html29/09/2016 12:19:26 AM2016-09-28T23:30:00Za Keystart's partial loan book divestment to be completed at $1.35 billion It will be the second transaction in the Liberal National Government's asset sales program Business as usual for Keystart customers - no change to service levels or existing terms and conditions The Liberal National Government today announced that Keystart had entered into an agreement with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for the partial divestment of Keystart's loan book, with the equitable assignment to the private sector to be completed at $1.35 billion. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the selection of a partner was an important consideration for Keystart and the State Government, after running an open and competitive process which demonstrated Bendigo and Adelaide Bank had a strong track record in partnering and offered the best value to the State. Dr Nahan said Bendigo and Adelaide Bank was Australia's fifth largest retail bank and had a long and established history in the Australian residential mortgage market. "When finalised, this will mark the second transaction in the State Government's asset sales program and will achieve a reduction in gross debt," he said. "This also represents an important step in ensuring a sustainable future for the home loan program by reducing its reliance on Government borrowings." Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said it would be business as usual for Keystart customers. "There will be no change to the service levels or terms and conditions for existing Keystart customers and the transaction will not change Keystart's existing interest rate setting policy, lending eligibility criteria or rigorous loan assessment process," Mr Grylls said. "The Government remains committed to supporting Keystart, which will continue to play a critical role in the Government's Affordable Housing Strategy and ensure West Australians have access to low deposit loans that allow them to enter the housing market." Fact File Bendigo and Adelaide Bank are Australia's fifth largest retail bank Keystart provides low deposit and shared equity residential home loans to eligible West Australians who are unable to obtain finance from private lenders Keystart has helped more than 85,000 West Australians into home ownership For more information, visit http//www.keystart.com.au Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100
World’s finest cyclist joins South-West tour18623Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7440html29/09/2016 12:13:49 AM2016-09-28T22:30:00Za World Champion and Dutch Olympic Gold medal cyclist Marianne Vos to compete in WA Riding in Tour of Margaret River and mass participation event, Breakaway WA Tour of Margaret River is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions One of the superstars of world cycling will take part in the Tour of Margaret River and a new curtain-raiser mass participation event, Breakaway WA, thanks to a new sponsorship deal with the Liberal National Government. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett today announced the State Government, through Tourism WA and the Royalties for Region program, would provide a funding boost to the Tour of Margaret River which would see the three-day event grow to a week-long tour through some of the State's extraordinary southern destinations. Mr Barnett said the funding had also helped the event organisers attract 13-time World Champion and Dual Olympic Gold medallist Marianne Vos to take part in both Breakaway WA and the Tour of Margaret River. "Marianne Vos is arguably the finest cyclist of her generation having won world championships in road, mountain bike, cyclo-cross and track racing and it will be a privilege to welcome her to Western Australia," he said. The Tour of Margaret River is the only Pro-Am team road race in Australia and started in 2009 with a small group of around 30 riders. The Premier said the 2016 race was expected to attract about 660 riders with some of the biggest names in professional cycling to join Vos including Australians Robbie McEwen, Tiffany Cromwell, Simon Clarke, Luke Durbridge, Matt Keenan and Scott Sunderland. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said events such as the Tour of Margaret River strengthened local tourism-related businesses and contributed to the vibrancy of regional communities. "The Tour of Margaret River will have a great impact on the local economy and is expected to bring more than $3 million into the region over the next three years," Mr Redman said. "Tourism has a strong influence on regional development and the Royalties for Regions investment in the Regional Events Program will bring significant social and economic benefits to the region and throughout WA." Mr Barnett said tourism generated $9.6 billion in 2015-16, including $4.5 billion in regional areas. "The State Government has a strategy in place to increase this value to $12 billion across the State by 2020," he said. "Events such as the Tour of Margaret River and Breakaway WA contribute to this goal by attracting visitors to regional areas." Fact File Breakaway WA runs from November 6-10, 2016 starting with The Amazing Albany Bike Ride The Tour of Margaret River is on from November 11-13, 2016 For more details about both events, visit http//tourofmargaretriver.com In 2015-16, Tourism WA sponsored 83 events, including 68 in regional WA. For more information, visit http//www.tourism.wa.gov.au To find out more about Royalties for Regions, visit http//www.drd.wa.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
State applauds WASO firsts in China and UAE18621Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3770html28/09/2016 11:44:19 PM2016-09-28T22:00:00Za First United Arab Emirates visit by a major Australian performing arts company First Australian orchestra performance at prestigious Beijing Music Festival $250,000 from Liberal National Government for first international tour in more than a decade Tour film to be broadcast to audience of 40 million in China and Australia In international firsts for an Australian orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has been invited to perform at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival and the Abu Dhabi Classics Season. Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberal National Government was proud to support this exciting WASO tour, its first international foray in more than a decade. "These invitations speak volumes for the excellence of our local arts sector and the vital role Western Australian arts companies play in promoting the State to the rest of the world," Mr Barnett said. "This promotion will be further extended through a film on WASO, titled Harmony, and the tour to be broadcast to an audience of 40 million across China and Australia next year. "WASO has also been invited to perform an all-Wagner program for the opening concert of the Abu Dhabi Classics Season, in the first visit by a major Australian performing arts company to the United Arab Emirates." The Premier said WASO's international engagement strategy had resulted in a cross cultural partnership with the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) during the past three years. "WASO is the first Australian orchestra to attend the Beijing Music Festival, where it will play works by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler and French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saens, at the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall," he said. "The orchestra's performance at the Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall will include Peter Sculthorpe's Kakadu, showcasing the seminal work of the legendary Australian composer." Acting Culture and the Arts Minister Mike Nahan said the theme of cultural collaboration would be extended to education. "In another first, WA's reputation for music excellence will directly benefit Chinese students, with WASO's Education Chamber Orchestra and Brass Quintet performing at two leading Beijing schools," Dr Nahan said. Fact File WASO performs in Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Shanghai from October 3-14, 2016 Renowned film producer Alan Lindsay will document the WASO/CPO partnership Details at https//www.waso.com.au/tickets/2016_season/waso_international_tour Premier's office - 6552 5000 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200