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Premier opens Perth International Arts Festival10433Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html11/02/2016 3:00:09 AM2016-02-11T03:00:00ZPIAF runs from February 11 to March 6, 2016 showcasing the best in arts from around the worldNew location at Elizabeth Quay for Chevron Festival Gardens Premier Colin Barnett tonight launches the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival at a special festival eve celebration at Elizabeth Quay, the new location for Chevron Festival Gardens. PIAF is the longest running international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere, with performances in about 350 events by more than 1,000 artists from Australia and around the world. "Perth is cementing itself as a key destination for the arts and this year's festival promises an exciting program of music, literature, theatre and free community events," Mr Barnett said. "It is a special time of year to be in Western Australia and to experience the excitement, vitality and magic that an arts festival can bring." The Premier said a highlight of this year's festival would be the free opening event, Home, on Saturday evening, featuring a stellar line up of Western Australian talent. Lotterywest has contributed $7.6 million to the 2016 festival, which includes support for the new PIAF Connect program. "State Government support, through Lotterywest, has enabled the launch of this new program which will foster the development of local artists and industry," Mr Barnett said. "PIAF Connect provides important opportunities to link local and international artists together to explore ideas and share their practices, which will contribute to the long-term future of the arts industry in WA." The Premier also acknowledged founding partner The University of Western Australia, and the role that Lotterywest played in supporting the Lotterywest Festival Films, which brings the best films from around the world to two unique outdoor cinemas in Perth. The Festival Films will also travel to the Great Southern with a selection of films screening in Albany and Denmark. Fact FileThe Lotterywest Festival Opening, Home is a free community event at Langley Park on February 13, supported by Tourism WA and the City of PerthFor more information, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000
More than $8 million in grants for medical research10430Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html11/02/2016 1:18:08 AM2016-02-11T00:00:00ZTwo research infrastructure support programs to provide more than $8 million for medical research Grants to support institutes and high-performing researchers Western Australia's health and medical research community will benefit from more than $8 million of State Government funding that supports researchers by helping meet costs associated with delivering their projects. Announcing the funding, Health Minister Kim Hames said 138 high-performing researchers would share in $6.125 million of Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund grants while six Western Australian research institutes would benefit from grants totalling $2.09 million under the Research Institute Support program. "The Government takes great pride in supporting research that has the potential to make big improvements to the health and wellbeing of West Australians and the wider community," Dr Hames said. "These programs will support research across a broad range of fields including gastroenterology, psychiatry, cardiology, neuroscience and respiratory medicine. "Both programs allocate grants according to the level of income obtained from nationally and/or internationally competitive, peer-reviewed research funding bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council, so our money is supporting research excellence in WA." The Minister said both programs helped researchers meet the costs of administration and infrastructure such as clerical support, computer equipment and laboratory equipment - items not normally covered by competitive research grants. Recipient institutions for 2015-16 areCurtin UniversityEdith Cowan UniversityHarry Perkins Institute of Medical ResearchInstitute for Respiratory HealthLions Eye InstituteMurdoch UniversityTelethon Kids InstituteThe University of Western AustraliaWestern Australian Neuroscience Research InstituteWest Australian Sleep Disorders Research InstituteWomen and Infants Research Foundation. Fact FileRound 19 of the Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund grants brings to more than $84 million the amount provided since the program started in 1997Research Institute Support program is in its second year, with more than $3 million provided so far to research institutes for infrastructure and clerical support For more information, visit the WA Health website Minister's office - 6552 5300
Gas to energise new Eastern Goldfields projects10429Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements60html10/02/2016 11:57:18 PM2016-02-10T23:00:00Z$140 million pipeline delivers jobs, efficiency and environmental benefitsPotential energy supply to new gold, uranium and rare earths ventures The commissioning of the 293 kilometre Eastern Goldfields Pipeline will bolster the development of new mining projects and increase returns from existing operations in one of the State's most promising resources regions. Officially turning on the gas at the Tropicana Gold Mine, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the $140 million pipeline, constructed and owned by APA Group, would help energise the Eastern Goldfields. "This is a game-changer for the area, with eight operational or proposed projects in line to benefit, potentially employing 3,000 people," Mr Marmion said. "While Sunrise Dam and Tropicana gold mines will reap the rewards of dependable, cleaner fuel, some of the State's most exciting new gold, uranium and rare earths ventures are now within reach of the gas network. "Not only did the pipeline support up to 330 jobs during construction, it will underpin even more jobs and opportunities in this rich and diverse mineral province." The Minister said the pipeline was a great example of how lead agency work by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) and industry collaboration could drive down costs and deliver infrastructure ahead of schedule. It was completed in less than 12 months, extending from the existing Murrin Murrin/Yarraloola terminus of the main Goldfields Gas Transmission Pipeline to AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd's Sunrise Dam Gold Mine and on to Tropicana (AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd 70 per cent and manager, Independence Group NL 30 per cent). "Replacing diesel and LNG for power generation by piping in natural gas at Sunrise Dam and Tropicana will slash fuel truck movements by 1,450 per year, a huge benefit to graziers and other local road users," he said. Mr Marmion congratulated APA Group, AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd, local pastoralists, the shires of Laverton and Menzies, and the DMP for their collaborative approach. "The pipeline is a major milestone but I believe even more discoveries will be made in the vicinity, with the State Government's successful Exploration Incentive Scheme helping fund deep drilling, plus seismic and airborne geophysical surveys," he said. Fact FileThe pipeline, made up of 16,700, 18m lengths of line pipe, now extends the Goldfields gas system to almost 1,800kmAnnual fuel truck movements at Tropicana and Sunrise Dam mines will drop from 1,900 to 450DMP played the lead agency role in the approvals processExtensions could see gas supplied to the Granny Smith gold, Gruyere gold, Mount Morgan gold, Red October gold, and Mount Weld rare earths operations Pipeline extensions could also supply the proposed Mount Morgan and Gruyere gold projects and the Mulga Rock uranium project Minister's office - 6552 6800
Artists sought for public art at new museum10427Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements130html10/02/2016 11:50:56 PM2016-02-10T22:00:00Z$1.6 million allocated for public art at the new museum Public art to reflect and interpret the stories of Western Australia Artist teams to develop either a single work or multiple works Artist teams are being asked to register their interest in creating the public art for Western Australia's new museum. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the public art would reflect and interpret the stories of WA. "The new museum is a truly exciting project that provides a unique opportunity to showcase the stories of our people and places to the world," Mr Day said. "Public art will be a key element of the visitor experience helping to define what makes the new museum different and memorable." Local, national and international artist teams, including Aboriginal artists, are encouraged to register their interest. The public art commission will be offered to an artist team to develop either a single work or multiple works. They will work closely with the successful managing contractor and WA Museum content teams. The Minister said public art was part of the ongoing transformation of Perth as a vibrant, modern and creative city. "Public art significantly contributes to the quality of the built environment and major projects such as the Fiona Stanley Hospital, new children's hospital and Elizabeth Quay have already benefited from innovative artworks that bring a new level of design excellence and visitor engagement to these sites," he said. The new museum public artist team is expected to be appointed in mid-2016. Fact FileThe new museum is scheduled to open in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020The Government has committed $428.3 million to the new museum projectFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Thousands find a new way with WA NDIS My Way10368Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4800html10/02/2016 3:00:24 AM2016-02-10T03:00:00Z2,058 people now taking part in the WA NDIS My Way trial1,724 people have a completed planLevels of satisfaction continue to be positive The State Government's WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) My Way trial continues to support people with disability to achieve positive outcomes, with the latest report showing 90 per cent of goals are being achieved. Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said people with disability were continuing to benefit from the increased choice and control they had over the supports and services they required. "Now that we are three quarters of the way into the two-year trial there are many individuals, especially in the Lower South-West, who have completed and reviewed multiple plans, making the consistently high achievement of plan goals even more pleasing," Mrs Morton said. "When speaking with individuals and families involved in the trial, I consistently hear how choice, flexibility and the localised approach have been key contributors to the benefits they are experiencing. "There are now 100 endorsed providers that provide a wider range of supports and services, allowing people with disability and their families to choose what best suits them. We cannot underestimate the key role service providers play in supporting individuals to turn their plans into reality and achieve their goals. Overall, the quarter six report showed that 2,058 people are now eligible to access supports and services through the WA NDIS My Way trial with no waitlist for people applying to be part of the trial. The Minister said discussions between the Australian and State governments about the future governance arrangements of an NDIS in WA were already under way. "I will be seeking to have conversations with the community to ensure we develop a model that best meets people's needs and is nationally consistent with the principles of the NDIS," she said. Fact FileFor more information, visit http// The two trials being run in WA are the State Government's WA NDIS My Way trial in the Lower South-West and the Cockburn-Kwinana area, and the Australian Government's NDIS National Disability Insurance Agency trial in the Perth HillsFor more information, phone 1800 996 214 or email Minister's office - 6552 6900
Harvard partnership to drive innovation in WA schools10364Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7590html10/02/2016 12:27:59 AM2016-02-10T00:00:00ZTop principals to join leadership program with Harvard University Up to 20 Independent Public School principals will participate in 2016 Exceptional Western Australian principals will travel to Harvard University to learn from the world's best educators in the first-ever partnership of its kind in Australia. Announcing the partnership with the Boston-based university, Education Minister Peter Collier said up to 20 Independent Public School principals would participate in a two-year leadership development program. "This amazing opportunity will help drive the next era of innovation and reform in public schools," Mr Collier said. The Independent Public School Principals' Fellowship Program includes an intensive course delivered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, online learning and executive mentoring. The Minister said the fellowship program aimed to acknowledge the very best principals. and extend their influence and expertise within schools and into the community. Harvard was chosen because of its international reputation for excellence in school leadership development, and the opportunity it gives WA principals to meet their colleagues from around the world. "We must always strive for improvement, share ideas and give our best leaders the skills to advance our public school system even further," Mr Collier said. There will be another intake of up to 20 more principals into the fellowship program in 2017. Fact FileThe first Independent Public Schools in WA started operating in 2010There are now 445 Independent Public Schools in WAUp to 50 more schools will be operating as Independent Public Schools in 2017 Minister's office - 6552 6300
Wiluna project highlights State’s uranium future10363Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5400html10/02/2016 12:24:12 AM2016-02-09T23:00:00ZPotential 900 tonnes annual productionWA industry promises up to 1,300 long-term jobs The proposed Wiluna uranium project highlights the importance of the Liberal National Government's long-term support for Western Australian uranium mining and the business and job opportunities it will generate. Visiting the Toro Energy Ltd's site today, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said it was well positioned to become the State's first uranium exporter. "Our determination to back this industry has already seen more than $300 million invested in uranium exploration and development," Mr Marmion said. "Toro's Wiluna project is expected to employ up to 350 people during construction and then support 170 full-time jobs, with a production life of at least 25 years." The Minister said it was also good for the global environment, with Toro aiming for annual uranium concentrate exports of 900 tonnes a year from four mine sites in the Wiluna area. "That translates into a potential saving of 33 million tonnes a year of carbon dioxide emissions, compared to coal-fired power generation," he said. "Despite challenging market conditions, I have no doubt that world uranium demand will grow in the wake of December's Paris climate change agreement and the renewed focus on lowering carbon emissions." Mr Marmion said Western Australia was now well-placed to capitalise on this expansion, with world-leading regulation ensuring safe and responsible development. "WA's four uranium projects promise to employ 1,300 people and create a $1 billion export industry, so uranium is good news for local communities and the State as a whole," he said. Fact FileWA's four potential uranium projects are Yeelirrie, Wiluna, Mulga Rock and KintyreYeelirrie is the largest resource (127.3 million pounds), followed by Wiluna (80.5 million pounds), Mulga Rock (75.03 million pounds) and Kintyre (55 million pounds)China has 30 operating reactors, with plans to double nuclear power generation by 2020India is building six reactors and has a further 22 plannedThe World Nuclear Association lists 439 reactors operating worldwide, with 64 being built and 159 on order or planned Minister's office - 6552 6800
New IR commissioners appointed10362Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10310html10/02/2016 12:19:14 AM2016-02-09T22:00:00ZTwo new commissioners for the WA Industrial Relations CommissionAppointments begin in March 2016 Barrister and solicitor Damian Matthews and head of the Employment Law Centre of Western Australia Toni Emmanuel have been appointed as commissioners of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the pair had a wealth of experience in industrial relations matters and would further enhance the commission's standing as the State's independent industrial umpire. "Ms Emmanuel has headed up the not-for-profit Employment Law Centre of Western Australia for the past nine years, while Mr Matthews has been a barrister and solicitor at the State Solicitor's Office for 23 years," Mr Mischin said. "Ms Emmanuel has spent most of her legal career tirelessly helping vulnerable employees in a wide range of employment matters. "Mr Matthews has worked for both Liberal and Labor governments over the years and has proven his professionalism and impartiality in many complex matters. "The appointments demonstrate the State Government's commitment to ensuring the commission is able to deliver the sort of service West Australians are entitled to expect." The Minister said the commission was well respected and played an important role in maintaining harmonious industrial relations in WA, particularly in the public sector. Its role has become more complex over the years. With a public sector workforce of about 138,000 employees, it is inevitable that disputes will arise. It is in everybody's interests to have a strong independent body to prevent and settle these disputes, balancing the competing interests of the parties dispassionately, and with professionalism and objectivity," he said. The appointments were made after expressions of interest were advertised for the roles and fill the vacancies left by the resignations of commissioners Jennifer Harrison and Stephanie Mayman last year. Fact FileThe Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission is an independent quasi-judicial tribunal. The commission's primary objectives are to prevent and settle industrial disputes in WA by conciliation and arbitration if necessaryThe commission also sits as the Road Freight Transport Industry Tribunal and the Occupational Safety and Health TribunalWith the appointments of Ms Emmanuel and Mr Matthews to the commission, there will be five commissioners (to conciliate and arbitrate disputes) and one acting president (to chair appeals)For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5600
Farm deposits good news for farmers3670Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4230html9/02/2016 7:58:51 AM2016-02-09T07:40:00Z​Farmers can bank up to $800,000 for times of hardshipChanges to Farm Management Deposits scheme welcomed The Australian Government's decision to help farm operators better manage their finances during periods of uncertainty has been welcomed. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the Australian Government would tomorrow introduce legislation delivering on a key Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper initiative to strengthen the Farm Management Deposits scheme. "This will help farmers use income generated in good years to prepare for the inevitable bad ones," Mr Baston said. "These farm managed deposits are the greatest thing since sliced bread to help with drought management and bushfire, so I welcome any reforms that make them more attractive for saving." The Minister said he had been lobbying the Australian Government for many years for such help. "This is a positive move. It's important for farm operators because it allows them to put away money pre-tax in good seasons and fall back on it during periods of hardship. It makes good sense and I fully support these reforms for the business structure of agriculture in Australia," he said. From July 1 this year, farm operators will be able to double the deposit limit for farm management deposits from $400,000 to $800,000. The changes allow financial institutions to offer the schemes as farm business loan offset accounts and re-establish early access provisions in times of drought. Fact FileAustralian farmers had deposited $3.96 billion in farm managed deposits by December 31, 2015For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5400
More specialist doctors choosing Albany3668Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5480html9/02/2016 6:11:07 AM2016-02-09T06:00:00ZState-of-the-art health campus attracts specialistsExpanded range of specialties offered locally The Great Southern region now has more than 24 medical specialists living in the region with the appointment of the first resident geriatrician who will be based at Albany Health Campus at the end of this month. Health Minister Kim Hames said the facilities at the recently constructed Albany Health Campus provided an excellent opportunity for doctors wanting to work in a state-of-the-art facility in a regional location. "The increasing number of highly regarded specialists choosing to live and work in Albany has resulted in improved medical services, increased capacity to treat more patients locally and has provided a more sustainable workforce in the region over the past three years," Dr Hames said. "The resident specialists include an oncologist and general physician who together have been providing a highly valued service to the Great Southern community for 30 years. "That's in addition to a well-known and respected Western Australian respiratory physician who moved to Albany in 2015 and an orthopaedic surgeon who has performed almost 1,000 elective and emergency procedures in the past two years." The Minister said the health campus now had three resident general surgeons who, with their visiting colleagues, performed the second highest number of elective surgery cases each year in the WA Country Health Service. Other specialists work across areas such as general medicine, critical care, mental health, medical imaging, public health, palliative care and obstetrics. The increase in local specialists and regular visiting specialists has been credited with a reduction in the number of patients accessing Patient Assisted Travel payments to travel to Perth to attend specialist appointments. There had also been an increase in the number of junior doctors at Albany Health Campus with eight resident medical officers, six interns and nine registrars, and the facility is expanding its telehealth service to reduce the number of patients needing to travel out of the region. Dr Hames said Albany Health Campus had earned a reputation for its high-tech education and simulation training facilities, plus its adoption of cutting edge technology such as electronic discharge summaries to improve communication between hospitals, specialists and GPs. Fact File$170.4 million Albany Health Campus opened in May 2013, including $60.9 million Royalties for Regions fundingA geriatrician is a specialist who focuses on health care of elderly peopleFor more information visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Lead adviser appointed to work with Keystart3666Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9310html9/02/2016 5:30:06 AM2016-02-09T05:30:00ZGresham Advisory Partners appointed as lead adviser for the partial sale of Keystart's loan bookAnother milestone in the State Government's asset sales program The State Government today announced that Gresham Advisory Partners had been appointed as the lead financial adviser for the partial sale of Keystart's loan book. Treasurer Mike Nahan said Gresham was appointed following a competitive process with a deep field of responses from financial advisory firms. Gresham will lead a competitive process to select a private financing partner to acquire part of Keystart's loan book. "Gresham's level of recent experience in conducting similar transactions was a major factor in their selection," Dr Nahan said. "This is an important milestone in the Government's asset sales program and the partial sale of Keystart's loan book will reduce gross debt. This initiative will not change the service levels or terms and conditions for existing Keystart customers and will not impact upon Keystart's existing interest rate setting policy, lending eligibility criteria or rigorous loan assessment process." Housing Minister Colin Holt said Keystart's lending had reached record levels under the Liberal National Government, allowing it to help thousands of West Australians on low to medium incomes. "We want more people to have this same opportunity by ensuring Keystart's ability to approve new loans is not hampered," Mr Holt said. "Keystart has helped Western Australian home owners for more than 25 years and is a great success story envied by other States. Keystart will continue to play an important part in the Government's Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020 Opening Doors to Affordable Housing, a strategy that has already delivered more than 20,000 affordable housing opportunities with an aim to deliver 30,000 by 2020." Fact FileKeystart provides low deposit and shared equity residential home loans to eligible West Australians on low-to-medium incomes who are unable to obtain finance from private lendersFor more information, visit http// Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100
Kimberley family violence model gets national tick3664Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3060html9/02/2016 3:00:07 AM2016-02-09T03:00:00ZResearch confirms community-led responses the best approach to indigenous family violenceNational body confirms State Government's Safer Families, Safer Communities Kimberley Family Violence Regional Plan 2015-2020 is on the right track A national research paper has shown the State Government is on the right track in its response to family violence in Aboriginal communities. Child Protection Minister Helen Morton launched the paper Innovative models in addressing violence against Indigenous women, commissioned by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), in Fitzroy Crossing today. In an event at the Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource and Legal Centre, Mrs Morton said the centre was a leading example of a community-led approach to family violence. "This centre is singled out because it recognises that violence against women is a whole-of-community problem which needs a whole-of-community response," she said. "For a service to be successful it needs a community-led response involving elders, community leaders and representatives and input from local government and community sector organisations. "Women need to be central to the design of programs to address violence, and services that provide access to justice and safety need to include a healing centre." The Minister said these concepts were all central to the State Government's Safer Families, Safer Communities Kimberley Family Violence Regional Plan 2015-2020. "Like Marninwarntikura, our Kimberley plan focuses on strong partnerships between government agencies, community sector services, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and community members," she said. ANROWS chief executive officer Heather Nancarrow travelled from Sydney to attend the co-convened event. Fact FileANROWS was established under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022ANROWS is funded by the Australian and State and Territory governmentsLiberal National Government contributes $150,600 per year to ANROWS Minister's office - 6552 6900
Edible wall garden wins invention award for students3654Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5700html9/02/2016 1:03:26 AM2016-02-09T01:00:00ZCarey Baptist College wins Young Re-inventor of the Year AwardVertical garden from re-used plastic containers provides food to school and keeps waste out of landfill A school in Perth's south-eastern suburbs has won the Young Re-inventor of the Year Award by re-using waste materials to build a vertical herb garden for food technology classes. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the entry from the 2015 Year 11 students at Carey Baptist College in Harrisdale was the outstanding project among the 111 other contenders. The students built the garden with plastic milk containers from the school cafe and wooden pallets collected from nearby street verges. Mr Jacob today presented the students with a $1,500 prize pack, including composting bins, worm farms, re-useable sandwich wraps. The students will also be able to attend workshops on composting and worm farming. "I am encouraged that these students were able to realise their vision for this clever garden," he said. "Through this project they have looked after the environment and delivered so many benefits to their school. "By participating in this project, young people were able to learn how to create a more sustainable environment and reduce landfill." One of the judging criteria was the entries used items that were routinely thrown away. Judges were impressed that the students' vertical garden invention was made from milk cartons from the school and the food from the garden was used in food technology classes. The finalists for the Young Re-inventor of the Year Award includedPrimary school finalist Coco Hasler from St Denis School in JoondannaHigh school finalist Darcie Watts from Exmouth District High School Community and individual finalists Ben Salter from South Yunderup and William Catchpole from High WycombeSwitch your thinking finalist Jillian Kien from Rossmoyne Senior High School. The award is co-ordinated by the South East Regional Energy Group, with support from the State Government through the Western Australian landfill levy. Fact FileMore than 700 people from schools and community groups submitted 112 entries For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800
Trial of autonomous vehicle3648Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12850html9/02/2016 12:46:23 AM2016-02-09T00:30:00ZAutonomous vehicle trial the first of its kind AustraliaWill allow RAC, with support from the State Government, to understand and learn about autonomous vehicle technology Western Australia is leading the way in automated vehicle technology with the staged trial of a driverless and fully electric shuttle bus to take place this year. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Department of Transport was working closely with the RAC to ensure compliance with road and vehicle safety standards while they trialled an autonomous shuttle bus. "It is not a matter of if this technology will come to WA, but when it will, and that time is fast approaching. Initially, the trials will be conducted at RAC's driving centre, but eventually the shuttle will take to Perth roads," Mr Nalder said. The Minister said the Department of Transport was working with the RAC to identify the routes on Perth roads where the trials would take place. "It is important West Australians are aware this technology is not confined to Hollywood blockbusters, but is actually coming to Perth. "To ensure we are working towards providing the best integrated and intelligent transport services and solutions for the State, it is important to trial new innovative modes of transport, and this is one of those modes," Mr Nalder said. These types of vehicles are being tested and trialled in other countries and have autonomous features such as radar cruise control and lane detection warning systems. "Another of the safety features of the shuttle bus is its multi-sensor technology, providing 3D perception that allows it to map the environment, detect obstacles on the road and interpret traffic signs," the Minister said. Mr Nalder said the State Government would benefit from the partnering between RAC and the Department of Transport, as experts from both worked together on this innovative and important transport project. Fact FileThe shuttle bus has been developed by NAVYA SAS, a French company specialising in intelligent transport systems The shuttle bus can transport up to 15 passengers and has a maximum speed of 45kmh with an average speed of 25kmh Minister's office - 6552 6400
Resource approvals record saves time, money3647Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4860html9/02/2016 12:40:27 AM2016-02-09T00:00:00ZFaster turnarounds for mines and petroleum applicationsContinuous red tape reduction benefits business Thousands of Western Australian resources companies, explorers and prospectors have benefited from record-breaking approval processing times by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP). Announcing WA's best-ever quarter for mineral title approvals speeds, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said it highlighted the success of the Liberal National Government's continuous red tape reduction campaign. "This is about backing the resources industry, and I congratulate DMP for its commitment to cutting red tape and encouraging exploration," Mr Marmion said. "Despite variations in the number of applications, there has been a steady increase in processing speeds since 2010, when changes were implemented." The Minister said the red tape reforms saved operators time and money and sped up job creation, while maintaining responsible regulation of the industry. "The 2015 Eastern Goldfields Gas Pipeline project is a great example of the department's pro-active approach," he said. "Efficient processing allowed construction to get under way, employ up to 300 workers and reach its destination more than a month ahead of schedule." During the December quarter of 2015, the department approved91 per cent of Mining Lease applications within 65 business days92 per cent of Mining Proposal applications within 30 business days100 per cent of Petroleum Environment Plans within 30 calendar days. "The department has surpassed its target of finalising more than 80 per cent of applications within those timelines," Mr Marmion said. "The department is on track to cut time-consuming paperwork to nil by performing all of its operations online this year." Fact FileDMP received 5,629 mineral title, exploration and mining activity applications during 2015, with 97% of these were finalised within the 65-day target DMP finalised 2,459 Programme of Work and Mining Proposals during 2015, with 95% finalised within the 30-day target All Petroleum Exploration Permit applications were finalised within the 120-day target 374 petroleum environment and oil spill contingency plans submitted, with 97% finalised within the 30-day target All resource safety Project Management Plans and 85% of Radiation Management Plans were finalised within the 30-day target Minister's office - 6552 6800 DMP APPROVALS PERFORMANCE DEC QUARTER 2009 - 2015
More than $1 million helps get under the skin3645Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4540html9/02/2016 12:25:01 AM2016-02-08T23:00:00ZProject to tackle high rate of skin infections in remote Kimberley communitiesResearch funded by State Government through FutureHealth WA program More than $1 million in State Government funding will help research ways to treat skin conditions and improve the health of children in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Health Minister Kim Hames said the project, a partnership between the Kimberley Aboriginal Health Planning Forum and researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute, was funded for three years with $1.05 million provided through the FutureHealth WA program. "This project will combine the research expertise of the Telethon Kids Institute with on-the-ground know-how of local Aboriginal services to reduce skin infections in this region," Dr Hames said. "Tackling skin conditions among children in remote communities is a major focus for regional health and one I've been involved in for a long time. "Skin infections such as impetigo, or 'school sores', scabies and crusted scabies are major problems in remote Aboriginal communities but they are preventable. "Without prompt and effective treatment, these common conditions can lead to serious health complications such as chronic kidney disease and possibly rheumatic heart disease." This study will look into the effective treatment and prevention of the spread of these infections, including mapping of available resources, strengths and gaps in the delivery of skin disease controlcomprehensive training for health workers to better recognise and treat skin infectionsinvestigation into oral treatments versus topical medication used to treat scabies. "In the hot and dusty environment of the Kimberley, an oral tablet may be a preferable alternative to the thick cream currently prescribed to patients and those they are likely to be in contact with," the Minister said. "If we can improve medication compliance among patients and their contacts, we may find ourselves a step closer to controlling the spread of these highly contagious infections." Fact FileFutureHealth WA is a State Government initiative providing $30 million over four years for health and medical research in WAStudy is part of a broader skin health program already under way in the KimberleyState-wide data suggest skin infections account for a big proportion of clinic attendances in regional areas, particularly in children under five Minister's office - 6552 5300
Indigenous crime prevention initiative expanded3644Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4870html9/02/2016 12:17:52 AM2016-02-08T22:05:00ZSuccessful regional open days program to extend to Perth Armadale, Swan, Rockingham and Stirling the first locations chosen A landmark regional program delivering services to Aboriginal people across the State to help them keep out of the criminal justice system is now being expanded into the metropolitan area. Attorney General Michael Mischin said 194 open days had been held in mainly regional areas since August 2011, providing 'one stop shops' where Government agencies came together in a central location to deliver services, free wherever possible, to the local Aboriginal community. "Last year, open days were held in regional areas such as Broome, Wyndham, Roebourne and Morawa, helping more than 2,000 people," Mr Mischin said. "Attendees can obtain identity documents like birth certificates from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages; arrange to pay off their outstanding fines with the Fines Enforcement Registry; sit theory and practical driving tests through the Department of Transport; access community support services; and explore employment opportunities "Facilitating access to these services helps in diverting Aboriginal people, particularly youth, from becoming involved in the justice system." Positive outcomes from the Open Days held in 2015 included$1 million in outstanding fines converted to time-to-pay arrangements65 people regaining a driver's licence through having their fine suspension lifted332 births being registered797 people lodging applications for a birth certificate146 people gained a driver's licence learner's permit151 people passed their practical driving assessment. The Attorney General said the open days had already allowed the State Government to deliver services to some of the most remote communities in Western Australia. "Many of the challenges facing Aboriginal people in the regions are common to Aboriginal people living in Perth," he said. "Therefore we will expand the program this year into the metropolitan areas of Armadale, Swan, Rockingham and Stirling, as well as maintain a regional presence." The next series of open days planned up to the end of June 2016 include Carnarvon on today and February 10; Roebourne on February 22-23; Warakurna on March 14; Warburton on March 18; Armadale on March 18 and May 20; Nullagine on April 4; Newman on April 5; Rockingham on April 29 and June 17; Beagle Bay on May 2; Balga on May 6 and July 1; Midland on June 3; and Port Hedland on June 13-14. Fact FileA trial of open days in Armadale late last year resulted in $173,494 in outstanding fines converted to time-to-pay arrangements, 39 birth certificate applications, 17 births registered, 24 birth letters issued and 10 theoretical driving tests passedFor more information, contact Bob Taddeo, Director, Policy and Aboriginal Services on 9264 1908 Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Preferred Perth Stadium operator named3631Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21630html8/02/2016 5:15:09 AM2016-02-08T05:15:00ZStadium Australia Operations is preferred respondent The State Government will enter into exclusive negotiations with Stadium Australia Operations to become operator of the Perth Stadium, following a three-month evaluation period and subsequent approval by State Cabinet. Premier Colin Barnett said Stadium Australia Operations' proposal offered the best value for money and an operating approach which put fans first. "The 60,000 seat Perth Stadium will be a world-class venue and it is fitting that a world-class operator is appointed," Mr Barnett said. The Premier thanked all four short-listed respondents for their detailed submissions. "Stadium Australia Operations currently operates Stadium Australia (ANZ Stadium) in Sydney, which was built for the 2000 Olympic Games. The 83,500 seat venue has already attracted more than 23.5 million fans to a variety of events, including AFL, rugby union and English Premier League games, plus acts such as AC/DC, the Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift," he said. "The State looks forward to working with Stadium Australia Operations in the coming weeks to finalise matters ahead of signing the contract." The operator will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the stadium and sports precinct, including catering, securing event content, event management and ticketing. Mr Barnett said the Government would ensure that the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) would have a stream of revenue to continue to manage, support and grow local football at the West Australian Football League and community level. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said AEG Ogden was also approved as reserve respondent, in the event the State Government could not conclude negotiations with Stadium Australia Operations. "This decision is the result of 12 months of work since the Government first called for Expressions of Interest," Ms Davies said. "A detailed brief was prepared which was responded to by the shortlisted applicants over almost three months, culminating in a three-month review and evaluation by a panel of senior Government officials - supported by a range of independent technical advisors. "Ultimately the team determined that Stadium Australia Operations' bid represented the best value for money. A key feature of the bid was the depth and breadth of proposed events to be held at Perth Stadium and the strategies to secure them." Fact FileShortlisted respondents (in alphabetical order) AEG Ogden, Nationwide Venue Management, Perth Stadium Management and Stadium Australia OperationsCriteria for assessment of proposals included the respondents' delivery approach, operational performance, communication with users and financial benefit to WAFor more information, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Yellow box junctions to keep our traffic flowing3630Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9490html8/02/2016 2:00:26 AM2016-02-08T02:00:00ZYellow box junctions trialled at four busy Perth intersectionsTrial aims to remind motorists to avoid stopping within intersections The State Government has revealed a concept new to Perth to deter motorists from stopping within intersections and blocking other vehicle movements. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said yellow box junctions were used successfully around the world to show the extent of an intersection and indicate the area where drivers should not stop. "Quite simply, a yellow box is painted on the road and motorists should not enter the marked area unless their exit from the intersection is clear," Mr Nalder said. The yellow box junction trials are one of the many new initiatives of the Main Roads' Traffic Congestion Management Program, which looks at getting the most out of our current infrastructure to keep traffic moving. "We will be trialling two types of yellow box junctions to determine which line markings are most effective in reminding drivers of the road rules," the Minister said. "I get feedback from motorists about them being frustrated when they are at a green light, but cannot move because a motorist has entered an intersection, without being able to exit, and is blocking their progress. "This trial will be important to reinforce the message not to enter an intersection unless they can exit it." Fact FileThe following four locations have been installed with yellow box junctionsCanning Highway and Kintail Road, ApplecrossQueen Victoria Street and Tydeman Road, North FremantleJon Sanders Drive and Herdsman Parade, GlendaloughMitchell Freeway southbound off-ramp/Vincent Street/Leederville Parade, LeedervilleFor more information, visit https// Diagrams underneath Minister's office - 6552 6400
Funding on offer for waste reduction projects610777Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5330html8/02/2016 12:30:02 AM2016-02-08T00:30:00ZCommunity groups encouraged to apply for fundingUp to $20,000 available for eligible individual projects Applications are now open for community groups to seek State Government funding for innovative waste management, and recycling projects and practices. Community groups that work to protect the environment through innovative waste management practices can apply for State Government funding through a new round of the Waste Authority's Community Grants Scheme. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Community Grants Scheme supported community projects aimed at reducing waste generation, recovering resources and minimising environmental impacts. Mr Jacob said supporting community-focused projects was important in helping achieve the State Government's Waste Strategy target of diverting 65 per cent of metropolitan waste from landfill by 2020. "Effective waste management is everyone's responsibility and I encourage all community groups looking to implement projects in this area to submit an application," he said. "Since 2008, the Community Grants Scheme has provided more than $1.1 million to more than 100 community groups. "This funding has helped many projects with worthy environmental and social objectives to get off the ground." Previous projects funded by the scheme include community-managed gardens for recycling organic waste, waste education workshops for non-English speaking migrants, and new collection points for aluminium cans and other materials. The Community Grants Scheme is funded by the State Government through the Western Australian landfill levy. Applications for the latest round close on Friday, March 11, 2016. Fact File In the last round of funding for the Community Grants Scheme, $76,000 was awarded to six WA community groupsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800