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New regulations to tighten alcohol home deliveries8745Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/12/2021 8:35:51 AM2021-12-07T08:35:00Z Regulations introduced to regulate the home delivery of liquor Amendments aim to reduce alcohol-related harm and the risk of juveniles accessing liquor Anyone accepting a liquor delivery must show ID to prove they are over 18 Liquor cannot be left unattended for same day delivery purchases The McGowan Government has introduced new regulations to strengthen requirements around the home delivery of liquor to help minimise alcohol-related harm. The new measures will see bans on unattended same day deliveries and the delivery of alcohol between the hours of midnight and 6am. Additionally for same day delivery orders, anyone accepting a liquor delivery must show identification to prove they are over 18. Consultation has taken place with the industry, public health bodies and delivery companies following the proposed amendments. The key provisions of the regulations are liquor cannot be left unattended for same day delivery purchases - anyone accepting a liquor delivery must show identification to prove they are over 18; if liquor is delivered on a day after the day it was ordered, it can only be left unattended if the customer has specifically requested this and it cannot be left in a place that is visible to passers-by; liquor must be delivered within the hours permitted by the licence but never between midnight and 9am for same day deliveries and never between midnight and 6am for other deliveries; liquor cannot be delivered to an intoxicated person, to a liquor restricted premises or to a liquor restricted community; and for same day deliveries, the person delivering the liquor must have completed a Responsible Service of Alcohol training course or an alternative course of training approved by the Director of Liquor Licensing. The regulations will come into effect on February 1, 2022 and will be reviewed after 18 months with feedback from the relevant stakeholders. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby "The way we purchase alcohol is changing, but with this comes the increased risk of alcohol-related harm. "The State Government's move to tighten regulations around alcohol home deliveries is just another way we are working to reduce alcohol abuse and the destructive behaviour that comes with it. "By introducing a requirement to show ID upon delivery, we are minimising the risk but not imposing an unreasonable burden on consumers who require the flexibility of unattended home deliveries." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Funding helps increase healthy options at WA sport clubs8744Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/12/2021 5:00:48 AM2021-12-07T05:00:00Z 24 Western Australian sporting clubs have been awarded funding to create healthy clubs Funding received through Healthway's Summer Healthy Sporting Club Program The McGowan Government, through Healthway's Summer Healthy Sporting Club Program, has awarded more than $75,000 to 24 sports clubs from across the State. Summer sports clubs received up to $4,000 in funding to help build healthy club environments and improve knowledge and awareness of healthy eating and drinking. The clubs will now work with Healthway and the Western Australian School Canteen Association to increase healthy food and drink options at club-run canteens or kiosks. The funding will also go towards purchasing equipment so clubs can improve their ability to offer healthy food and drinks and assist staff to complete training to gain a better understanding of healthier options. Since the program began in 2019, approximately 220 Healthy Sporting Club Grants have been awarded, providing approximately $750,000 in grants to clubs across the State. Applications for the Winter Healthy Sporting Club Program will open in February 2022. For more information visit https//www.healthway.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Congratulations to all the sporting clubs that have received funding in the Summer Healthy Sporting Program. "Sports clubs not only provide physical, mental and social benefits, but are ideally placed to promote healthy food and drink. "These grants will help clubs make the small changes needed to influence healthier lifestyles in our communities." Minister's office - 6552 6500 Successful club Funding amount Alkimos Ball Club Inc $3,558 Boyup Brook Tennis Club Inc $3,450 Bunbury & Districts Hockey Stadium Inc $3,999 Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club $4,000 Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club Inc $2,311 Geraldton Netball Association Inc $3,245 Hills Night Hockey Association $4,000 Mirrabooka Squash Club Inc $2,028 Morley Eagles Baseball Club Inc - Tee Ball $3,740 Mount Walker Sports Club Inc $3,925 Mounts Bay Sailing Club $3,985 Nickol Junior Soccer Club Inc $3,752 Northam Swimming Club Inc $1,300 Onslow Park Tennis Club $3,959 Pearl Coast Gymnastics Club Broome Inc $2,100 Quinns Rocks Sports Club Inc $2,670 Rockingham City FC Inc $3,863 Secret Harbour Pirates District Tee Ball and Baseball Association Inc $2,800 South Mandurah Cricket Club Inc $500 Swan Valley Sporting and Community Club Inc $4,000 Tom Price Tennis Club Inc $770 Warnbro Strikers Junior Soccer Club $3,350 Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club Inc $4,000 Williams Football Club Inc $4,000 Total $75,305
Making waves! New rescue boat for Canning-South Perth SES8743Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/12/2021 4:00:34 AM2021-12-07T04:00:00Z Flood rescue boat for Canning-South Perth SES State-of-the-art vessel designed with input from local volunteers, to ensure it meets the unit's needs Canning-South Perth State Emergency Service (SES) received a boost today, with Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby presenting the unit with a new state-of-the-art flood rescue boat. The vessel, which helps to locate people stranded in floodwaters, was designed with local volunteers to ensure it meets the needs of the unit and the local conditions. It features the latest navigation and communication technology and boasts a new polymer hull to increase durability. The flood rescue boat can transport up to five crew members and is equipped to provide transport for stretchers, casualties and paramedics. The replacement boat was one of the vessels featured at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services' new fleet launch last month. In addition to the new flood rescue boat, the Canning-South Perth SES unit already has two utilities, two rescue trailers, a logistics support trailer, a heavy flood boat and a 12-seat bus. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby "The State Government is providing our frontline personnel with state-of-the-art vessels to allow them to do what they do best - protect Western Australians. "During the design process, we tapped into the extensive knowledge of the local volunteers who will use the new rescue boat, to ensure it meets their needs. "This boat is a great new addition to the Canning-South Perth SES, which currently has 50 active members and has the capability to respond to a range of emergencies. "Earlier this year the unit assisted in the South West Land Division when storms struck the area, causing flooding and storm damage." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Carnarvon Health Campus welcomes state-of-the-art CT scanner8742Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/12/2021 3:00:35 AM2021-12-07T03:00:00Z Latest technology CT scanner online at Carnarvon Health Campus The brand new Siemens Healthcare machine is one of three rolled out in regional WACarnarvon residents have access to world-class diagnostic imaging technology with a new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner now fully operational at Carnarvon Health Campus. The rollout of the state-of-the-art Siemens Healthcare CT scanner in Carnarvon, along with similar machines in Narrogin and Esperance, is part of a $2 million upgrade to systems to help put patients in regional Western Australia at the forefront of innovation in rural and remote healthcare. The CT scanners use mobile technology to allow imaging staff and clinicians to stay by the patient's side and talk to them during the set-up, improving patient comfort and wellbeing. With significantly faster scan times, ultra-low dosage and consistent high-quality imaging, the scanners will assist clinicians in making more effective and accurate diagnoses. The installation of the new CT scanner in Carnarvon follows the completion of the $19.9 million Gnullingoo Mia residential aged and palliative care facility co-located with Carnarvon Health Campus and the $26.8 million redevelopment of the hospital completed in 2016. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government is delivering on our commitment to provide Western Australians with access to world-class healthcare, regardless of where they live. "We know that patient comfort and satisfaction go a long way to improving the overall healthcare experience and these new CT scanners will do just that. "Faster, with drastically reduced wait times and high-quality imaging will assist our clinicians with a much-improved diagnostic tool and smoother patient journey. "The system is yet another enhancement to the outstanding care we are providing to the Carnarvon community." Minister's office - 6552 6500
‘Don’t be silent’ amid high family violence risk this festive season8741Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/12/2021 2:45:58 AM2021-12-07T02:45:00Z Festive period associated with annual spike in family and domestic violence incidents, with new figures showing related police call-outs increased by 16 per cent last year Support available for Western Australians experiencing family violence this Christmas 16 Days in WA campaign encouraging people to take a stand against violence and call out disrespectful behaviour The McGowan Government is reminding Western Australians experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence that help and support is at hand during the festive season. Sadly, the Christmas and New Year break is characterised by a spike in family violence incidents with financial pressures, increased alcohol consumption and more time spent at home creating a stressful environment for some people. New Police figures show a 16 per cent spike in family and domestic violence related police call-outs was recorded during the months of December and January last year when compared to the monthly average for the year. Today, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk and Police Minister Paul Papalia visited the Family Violence Special Case Team to highlight their important work in tackling the scourge of family and domestic violence. The specialist team focuses on identifying and apprehending intimate partner perpetrators who commit multiple and very violent family violence related offences. Significantly, the McGowan Government provided $2.5 million to ensure every frontline police officer has access to specialist family and domestic violence training and is more effective in responding to these incidents. The visit coincides with the State Government's 16 days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which has a theme of 'Don't be silent when you see violence' this year, and encourages bystanders to speak up when they see violence or disrespect towards women. More information on the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign, including a campaign kit with a list of 16 ways to take action, is available online. Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "Last financial year, there were more than 58,000 police call-outs to family violence incidents. "The high rates of family and domestic violence are unacceptable and it's highly likely that there are many more incidents that are never reported. "It is a devastating reality that, as many other Western Australians celebrate and enjoy the festive season, incidents of family and domestic violence typically increase. "I urge victims and people concerned about violence to come forward so we can help. "If you know someone who is suffering, or you may have experienced it firsthand, then please speak up." Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia "It's a disturbing fact that over the Christmas and New Year period, our police are called out to an increase in family violence incidents. "It should be a time when families come together. "We are determined to do what we can to tackle the scourge of family violence. "Our police do a tremendous job responding and supporting victims, but we must take a stand against this in our community. "If you are a victim of family violence, please don't suffer in silence. Say something and Police will help you. "If you're a perpetrator of family violence - there is help available and you can break the cycle." Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister's office - 6552 6600 Police Minister's office - 6552 5600 *Where possible, please include the following numbers in media stories about family and domestic violence to assist people concerned about violence with seeking help. Women's Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 007 339 Men's Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 000 599 1800RESPECT is a national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. In an emergency, or if someone is in immediate danger, call 000.
Carnarvon’s $19.9 million Gnullingoo Mia Residential Care officially opens8739Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/12/2021 2:01:19 AM2021-12-07T02:00:00Z Carnarvon's $19.9 million residential aged and palliative care home has officially opened The new 38-bed facility ensures residents of Carnarvon and surrounds can access world-class care close to home Health Minister Roger Cook has officially opened Carnarvon's $19.9 million Gnullingoo Mia residential aged and palliative care home. This new aged care home has been integrated with the existing hospital to ensure residents have access to skilled aged care assessment, older patient initiatives and subacute programs, education and telegeriatrician services, while feeling comfortable, supported and at home. The new building has more than doubled the capacity of the old aged care home, has the capacity for up to 38 beds and provides on-site accommodation for couples and family members visiting their loved ones. Gnullingoo Mia Residential Care will also provide culturally appropriate palliative care for residents with life-limiting conditions, with a $5 million contribution from the End of Life and Palliative Care initiative to ensure the facilities match the needs of people with advanced stage illnesses. New residents as well as residents transferring from Poinciana Lodge began settling into their new home from late October. Gnullingoo Mia follows the extensive redevelopment of the Carnarvon Health Campus, completed in 2016. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "It is great to be in Carnarvon to officially open Gnullingoo Mia, a bright, modern aged care home that will provide care and home comforts to residents for many years to come. "Carnarvon is a vibrant community that maintains a strong connection with their older residents. "The development of Gnullingoo Mia Residential Care has been embraced by the local community from the beginning. "Gnullingoo Mia means 'our home' in the local Inggarda language and I'd like to thank the community, staff and residents who have come together to make this truly fantastic care service a home." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "I'm delighted the local community is already benefiting from the additional beds. "The extra beds have enabled existing Carnarvon aged care residents to move into their new home, and it has also allowed aged care residents to return home from other parts of the State. "I'd like to commend WA Country Health Service on the delivery of this key project, allowing older Western Australians in the Mid-West to age on country and close to home." Minister's office - 6552 6500 ​
Summer Vax Drive in for second innings at cricket and supermarkets8740Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/12/2021 2:21:45 AM2021-12-07T01:45:00Z Summer Vax Drive continues with events and opportunities for vaccination Supermarkets extend their fight against COVID-19 Big Bash League vaccination clinic gets second innings The 'Summer Vax Drive' campaign - a three-week targeted initiative to help Western Australia reach its 90 per cent vaccination rate - has been ramped up to provide more opportunities for people to get vaccinated. With last week's success of clinics in supermarkets, we have extended the initiative in the lead up to Christmas and are providing shoppers the opportunity to 'roll up' and protect themselves and their community. Clinics will continue at various Woolworths and Aldi supermarkets until Sunday, December 12. Visit Roll up for WA for locations and times. These convenient opportunities will give shoppers the advantage of getting vaccinated whilst collecting their weekly groceries. The Summer Vax Drive Vaccination Clinic will also return for a second innings at the Men's Big Bash League cricket match at Optus Stadium on Wednesday December 8, offering up another chance to get vaccinated. The 'Keeping Culture Safe and Strong Vaccination Focus' also continues to run across the State to drive up the vaccination rates of Aboriginal communities. WA Health State COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue to operate with no appointment necessary at more than 100 locations across WA. Western Australians can also get vaccinated at GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics, which are managed by the Commonwealth. Dates and opening hours vary depending on people's preferred location and people are urged to visit http//www.rollupforwa.com.au to find out where they can get vaccinated as soon as possible. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The Summer Vax Drive is a great opportunity for anyone not vaccinated to simply walk straight in and get vaccinated. "The continued support of these venues allows us to further provide opportunities to Western Australians to get vaccinated and helps cement the great job Western Australians have done so far, but we need to keep that momentum going. "This intensive effort to vaccinate as many people as possible is required now to ensure Western Australia is both protected and prepared for the inevitable arrival of COVID-19. "This is all about ease and convenience. Not only can you get your vaccine at more than a hundred clinics across the State but also at your local GP, pharmacy and now - grocery store. There are no more excuses. "I would urge anyone who has not been vaccinated to get vaccinated sooner rather than later and enjoy the summer ahead knowing you've protected yourself and your loved ones." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Landmark exhibition of Aboriginal art from the Pilbara to open8738Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6750html6/12/2021 7:04:09 AM2021-12-06T07:00:00Z More than 200 works from Pilbara Aboriginal artists and art centres to go on display First time the Aboriginal art of the region has been documented so extensively Exhibition is a key outcome from the multi-year, multi-artform project initiated and managed by FORM in partnership with Pilbara Aboriginal art centres and artistsTracks We Share Contemporary Art of the Pilbara is a landmark exhibition of Aboriginal art from the Pilbara region opening at The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) on March 11, 2022. Featuring over 200 works from more than 70 artists, the exhibition will highlight and celebrate the diverse art of the Pilbara region. The exhibition is one of the outcomes from the multi-year project that has mapped the Pilbara's Aboriginal art movement for the first time. It provides insight into the context and development of the region's unique Aboriginal art, artists and art centres. The exhibition is a collaboration between WA non-profit arts and cultural organisation FORM, AGWA and Aboriginal art centres; Cheeditha Art Group, Juluwarlu Art Group, Martumili Artists, Spinifex Hill Studio and Yinjaa-Barni Art, along with independent artists Katie West, Curtis Taylor and Jill Churnside. Initiated by FORM in 2019, and supported by the Pilbara Development Commission, the Tracks We Share project includes the major AGWA exhibition, touring exhibitions, training and mentorships, and workshops for artists and their communities providing much needed economic, professional and cultural development opportunities. Tracks We Share is supported by the McGowan Government's Regional Exhibition Touring Boost (RETB) program to provide regional access to world class art. The RETB is supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, and administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. It encourages the social, cultural and economic growth of regional communities. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "This nationally and internationally significant exhibition not only highlights but also celebrates the incredible contemporary Aboriginal arts in the Pilbara region. "The exhibition promotes and drives awareness of the immense cultural value of this North-West region of our State, showcasing WA's extraordinary world-class artistic talent along with our natural and cultural riches. "As Minister for Tourism and Culture and the Arts, I encourage you to visit the exhibition and consider making a trip to the amazing arts centres in the Pilbara." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The RETB is a terrific initiative that continues to support our regions, generating economic, social and cultural growth. "Tracks We Share is helping Pilbara artists and art centres to reach their full potential through training and development opportunities, while bringing the region's truly stunning art to the rest of Western Australia." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Regional Skills Summit series wraps up in Albany8737Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4030html6/12/2021 6:44:03 AM2021-12-06T06:40:00Z Final in series of 10 Regional Skills Summits (RSS) being held in Albany today More than 40 business leaders, peak bodies, unions and training representatives attending, bringing total RSS series attendance to around 350 people State Government supporting unique workforce needs of regional WA Low fee course enrolments up by 17 per cent in the Great Southern region Western Australia's Great Southern region is today hosting the last of a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits hosted around the State by the McGowan Government since August 2021. Local business and government leaders are meeting in Albany to generate innovative ideas and practical actions to grow the skilled workforce in the Great Southern region. Today's summit fulfils a commitment by the McGowan Government to take its series of Skills Summits State-wide before Christmas. Strong industry representation throughout the Regional Skills Summits has seen total attendance for the series reach more than 350 people. Around 40 government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors are attending today's summit including the Great Southern region's biggest employing industries of agriculture, forestry and fishing, health care and social assistance, retail, education and training, and construction. Insights from the summit will form the basis of a local action plan to meet the region's unique workforce needs. Recognising the importance of training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the McGowan Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State. Great Southern locals are snapping up affordable training opportunities offered through the State Government's 'Lower fees, local skills' (LFLS) initiative, with a 17 per cent increase in LFLS enrolments in the region this year. Employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Peel region in 2021, with commencements up by more than 98 per cent in the 12 months to September 30, 2021. The McGowan Government recently expanded the LFLS program by a further 30 courses from 2022 to include a total of 210 courses with heavily reduced course fees in priority industry areas including hospitality, health care, construction, retail and others. Workers in industries which have a critical need to upskill workers, including childcare, aged and disability care, and civil construction, will be able to access low fee existing worker traineeship places to help meet the skills needs of these sectors. The new initiatives respond to workforce issues raised by industry leaders at the Perth and Regional Skills Summits held to date and are jointly funded through a $103.5 million agreement between the State and Commonwealth Governments under the expanded JobTrainer Fund agreement. Other initiatives progressing from the Perth Skills Summit include attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA, supporting mature age apprentices, promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce, extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive, freezing regional government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions, and boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities. The State Government is also providing support for job seekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver's licence, progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA, has smoothed the pipeline of construction work, and has run the series of 10 Regional Skills Summits wrapping up in Albany today. Fostering strong links between regional TAFE colleges, government, industry and the education sector, the VET Regional Partnerships Program also continues to grow. With a focus on creating more apprenticeships and traineeships in regional WA, the program supports the Government's plan to increase the number of jobs in regional WA by 30,000. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Today's Regional Skills Summit in Albany completes a thorough, State-wide examination of the unique skills needs of regional WA. "Our Government has now heard directly from industries across the State about their ideas to increase the capability of their local workforces and to fill local jobs." Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training Terry Healy "Through local action plans for each region, our Government and industry will continue working together to progress ideas from the summits. "Thank you to all who have shared their ideas or are involved in actions to enhance their local workforce." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens "I am really pleased to be hosting the final Skills Summit here in Albany. "Having worked as a training and careers manager before entering Parliament, I know that it is critical for business to work alongside government and the broader community to ensure we have enough local people to fill local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5700
New CEO to drive opportunities in the Kimberley8736Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12790html6/12/2021 4:06:17 AM2021-12-06T04:05:00Z Charles Berger appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Kimberley Development Commission Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has today announced the appointment of Charles Berger as Chief Executive Officer of the Kimberley Development Commission. Mr Berger has worked as Manager of the Kimberley Community Legal Services since 2016, leading a team of 20 staff delivering critical services for the region. He has previously worked as Chief Executive Officer of industry association Outdoors Victoria and in senior management and as a legal adviser at the Australian Conservation Foundation. An extensive recruitment process was conducted by the Public Sector Commissioner for the role, following which the Public Sector Commissioner recommended the appointment of Mr Berger. Regional Development Commissions are key to the McGowan Government's job creating agenda on the ground in regional Western Australia, working to grow and diversify the State's regional economies. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Kimberley has enormous potential for economic diversification to improve the opportunities for local communities. "Our Government is delivering major economic and social investments across the Kimberley to help unlock that potential, and the Kimberley Development Commission plays a key role in driving that agenda. "Mr Berger brings to the role a history of connection to the Kimberley, a relationship with the region's Aboriginal communities, and a real understanding of the opportunities for the region. "I thank Tim Bray for his hard work as Acting CEO of the Commission over the past nine months." Minister's office - 6552 6200
New policy to guide the management of short-term accommodation8735Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15480html6/12/2021 4:03:19 AM2021-12-06T04:00:00Z ​State Government releases new draft planning policy for short-term rentals Planning policy provides framework for managing short-term accommodation in WA Development of planning policy is in response to 2019 Parliamentary inquiry The draft planning policy is open to the public for commentThe State Government has today released a new draft planning policy, outlining proposed changes for how short-term rental accommodation will be managed in Western Australia. The Draft Position Statement Planning for Tourism and Guidelines gives direction to local governments on managing short-term rental accommodation within their local planning framework. It provides updated definitions on the use of houses, units and apartments for short-term rental accommodation, and seeks comment on whether providers of unhosted and hosted accommodation should be exempt from requiring development approval in certain circumstances. The Position Statement includes a definition for 'hosted' accommodation, which is exempt from development approval where the person who lives in the house or dwelling is present when guests are staying. One of the proposals out for consultation includes a 'cap on nights' for unhosted accommodation, where dwellings rented out for a designated number of days per calendar year do not require development approval. Any premises used for more than the designated amount of days will be considered used for holidays and will require development approval, unless the local government chooses to extend this exemption via a change to its local planning scheme. The draft planning policy is part of the McGowan Government's response to the recommendations of the 2019 Parliamentary inquiry 'Levelling the Playing Field - Managing the impact of the rapid increase of Short-Term Rentals in Western Australia'. To support the changes, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is investigating the implementation of a new State-wide registration system. Under the proposed registration system, providers of short-term rental accommodation within Western Australia would be required to register their property to operate and advertise, including on online booking platforms. Owners would receive a unique registration number, which would need to be advertised alongside the short-term rental. To have your say on the new planning policy visit https//consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "There has been a rapid growth in short-term rental accommodation providers throughout WA. "Our Government is implementing initiatives to better manage the sector, to provide greater certainty to the tourism industry, accommodation providers and guests, and make sure property owners know what is expected of them. "We also want to ensure consistency across different local governments and help support them to better regulate and govern short-term accommodation providers within their area. "The draft position statement is now open for public comment and we are particularly interested to get the community's thoughts on the proposed development approval exemptions for some forms of hosted and unhosted short-term rentals. I'd encourage everyone to go online and have your say." Comments attributed to Local Government Minister John Carey "Developing a registration system that encompasses more than 130 local governments will be a complex process, which is why we need to make sure we take the time to get it right and thoroughly investigate how it would work. "While significant work is still required to understand how such a registration system would operate, it would help ensure owners are compliant with regulations. "Feedback on this public consultation will also help inform how a registration system may work, so I encourage anyone that has an interest in these reforms to jump online and have their say." Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Planning Jessica Stojkovski "We want to hear from the community and industry about how we can best manage short term accommodation in Western Australia. "A lot of work has been undertaken since the initial Parliamentary Inquiry was released in 2019, and I am confident we have struck the right balance between providing clarity for accommodation providers and complementing existing local planning frameworks. "I encourage all interested parties to read through the position statement and have their say before consultation closes on March 7, 2022." Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500 Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5300
Peel hospitality operators set to benefit from jobs course8734Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4650html6/12/2021 2:51:06 AM2021-12-06T02:50:00Z Free interactive course connects Peel job seekers with potential employers and helps participants to become job ready Follows successful Kununurra, Geraldton, Broome, Margaret River and Albany courses WA Food Ambassador Chef Don Hancey to lead masterclassesThe final Western Australian Government Hospitality Job Connect course for 2021 is running all week, with 23 job seekers signed up to the program in Mandurah. The free initiative links job seekers and potential employers and is supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WA, in partnership with local TAFE providers. During the five-day fast track course, job seekers will complete customer service training and learn barista skills. They will also complete TAFE accredited units including Responsible Service of Alcohol certification and Australian Hotels Association (AHA) COVID-19 hygiene training. Interactive masterclasses will be led by renowned WA chef Tony Howell and WA Food Ambassador Chef Don Hancey will lead masterclasses, introducing participants to a career in hospitality. Hospitality operators will have the opportunity to introduce their business, meet participants and discuss available job openings on the final day. Previous courses have been held in Kununurra, Geraldton, Broome, Albany and Margaret River, as well as student programs in Perth. Find out more about our industry workforce programs at http//www.tourism.wa.gov.au/work-in-tourism Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "We have been speaking with hospitality and tourism operators across the State and the worker shortage is the issue that's top of mind for many businesses. "Our Hospitality Job Connect initiative has been rolling out across a number of locations across WA to help address this issue and connect businesses with job seekers. "The Mandurah course is well timed with upskilled workers completing the course a couple of weeks out from Christmas, ready to help with the festive rush. "It is just one of a number of McGowan Government initiatives that help attract people to regional areas to live and work in the tourism and hospitality industry." Minister's office - 6552 5400
WA one step closer to eradication of ant pest8733Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8400html6/12/2021 1:00:19 AM2021-12-06T01:00:00Z Quarantine Area Notice lifted for red imported fire ant McGowan Government investing in biosecurity to protect WA's primary industries Western Australia is one step closer to eradicating another invasive pest, with the lifting of the Quarantine Area Notice for red imported fire ant (RIFA). The Quarantine Area for Fremantle has been in place since December 2019 when RIFA was detected during surveillance undertaken as part of the National Browsing Ant Eradication Program. In December 2020, the Quarantine Area boundary changed to exclude residents and businesses outside the Fremantle Port precinct. Six rounds of treatment and surveillance with no further positive detections of RIFA means the State is on the road to being able to declare Area Freedom in early 2022. The lifting of the Quarantine Area means that occupants no longer require a movement permit for materials including potted plants, plant mulch, bark and wood chips, hay and straw, manure, soil, grass or other organic matter. Earlier this year, the McGowan Government unveiled a $15.1 million funding boost to WA's biosecurity capabilities to better protect the State's primary industries, environment and communities from the impact of animal and plant pests and diseases. Part of this funding is to build on our State's early warning, surveillance and detection systems which, in the case of RIFA, has been vital to the success of the eradication program. For more information visit https//www.agric.wa.gov.au/rifa Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The efforts of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the support of Fremantle residents and Fremantle Ports has been vital to the success of this eradication program. "This is a fantastic result to be well on the way to successfully eradicating another invasive pest from WA, protecting our agricultural industries and our community. "With the volume of freight coming into WA continuing to increase, surveillance at ports is vital to early detection of invasive pests which can hitchhike in shipping containers, furniture and other cargo into the State." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Blue and Red Perth CAT bus route expanded to more city highlights8732Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10740html6/12/2021 12:28:26 AM2021-12-06T00:00:00Z New Perth CAT bus stops installed along the popular Red and Blue routes Stops now operating at Kings Park, Elizabeth Quay, Northbridge and Matagarup Bridge Red CAT operating hours expanded to 9pm Sunday to Thursday and to midnight on Friday and Saturday New Purple CAT route to service QEII Medical Centre and UWA starting in February Perth's free CAT bus routes have expanded just in time for Christmas with more than 20 additional stops added along the popular Red and Blue routes. The Red CAT service, which will now include Matagarup Bridge, will change from last services at 6.50pm (Friday) and 8.45pm (Saturday) to a midnight finish on both nights. It will also finish running at 9pm on Sunday to Thursday nights. The Blue CAT will now stop at Kings Park, Elizabeth Quay and Northbridge, running every 15 minutes. From February 2022, the new Purple CAT will operate from Elizabeth Quay Bus Station to the Perth Children's Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital then to the University of Western Australia via Kings Park Road and Thomas Street. The McGowan Government allocated more than $12 million in the recent State Budget to upgrade and expand the popular service. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Our free CAT buses are a popular service and I am so pleased we have expanded the Red and Blue routes just in time for Christmas and New Year's. "We've added more than 20 new stops including Perth City highlights such as Kings Park, Northbridge, Elizabeth Quay and Matagarup Bridge. "Next February the Purple CAT will come into operation - providing free access to people visiting Perth Children's Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the University of WA." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "The introduction of a night-time service on the Red CAT Bus Service running Friday and Saturday nights to midnight and Sunday to Thursday nights to 9pm is a big win for the east end of our city and local residents. "This change was first proposed at the Perth City Summit and will make it easier for local city residents and visitors to access restaurants and small bars across the city. "The extension of the Red CAT Bus Service to Matagarup Bridge will also improve access to East Perth and is a logical extension for this key riverside attraction." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Perth’s newest attraction over the Swan River officially open8731Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9300html5/12/2021 4:29:59 AM2021-12-05T04:00:00Z ​ Matagarup Bridge zip-line officially opened today, complementing bridge climb Pre-purchased gift certificate holders were prioritised for bookings Inaugural ride won by a bidder at the 2020 Telethon Charity Auction Tickets available for purchase at https//www.zipclimb.com.au Transport Minister Rita Saffioti officially opened the Matagarup Bridge zip-line today with more than 35 people booked in to undertake the thrilling ride this afternoon. The first zip-line ride was auctioned off as part of the 2020 Telethon Charity Auction with the successful bidder joining the opening celebrations today. The opening of the zip-line, along with the Bridge Climb opened earlier this year on January 26, signals the completion of the Matagarup Bridge Activities project. The platform, about 72 metres above the Swan River, has hosted a number of memorable events throughout the year including a wedding and 2021 AFL Grand Final Cup photo shoot. Prices for the zip-line start from $99 for the express zip and up to $149 for a zip and climb package including free photos. General public sales for the zip-line ride are now open and thrill seekers can purchase tickets by visiting https//www.zipclimb.com.au Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "I'm so pleased to be here today to officially open the Matagarup Bridge zip-line. "The team has done remarkably well delivering this project in the middle of a global pandemic. This is a once in a generation project and it was important we took the time to get it right. "Thanks to everyone for their patience. I can't wait to see people enjoying the view of our Swan River while zipping down from the bridge at almost 75 kilometres an hour!" Comments attributed to Matagarup Zip+Climb General Manager and Director Ryan Zaknich "Today is a very exciting day for us as we commence the zip-line operations, which we know the people of Perth have been patiently and eagerly awaiting. "We have been working through our list of priority customers with pre-purchased gift certificates and general ticket sales are now open. "We also look forward to having further discussions with Burswood Park Board and Main Roads on developing future family friendly activities on Burswood Park adjacent to the zip-line landing platform." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Nominations open for Volunteer Service Awards8730Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5190html5/12/2021 3:35:32 AM2021-12-05T03:00:00Z ​ Nominations are now open for the 2022 Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony celebrates long serving volunteers for their commitment Awards presented during National Volunteer week On International Volunteer Day, the State Government is calling for nominations for long-serving volunteers who help make our community a better place. The WA Volunteer Service Awards program acknowledges the significant efforts of Western Australia's volunteers. The program promotes and celebrates the dedication of WA's volunteers and raises awareness among the wider community of the importance of volunteers. There were 166 Volunteer Awards recipients in 2021 recognised for their significant service to the community. The program has been active since 2012 and recognises WA volunteers who have provided 25 years or more of voluntary service to a single organisation. Approved recipients receive a commemorative badge for either 25 or 50 years plus of service, in addition to a personalised certificate of recognition. Nominations are now open and will close on February 28, 2022. The Awards will be presented during National Volunteer Week, May 16-22, 2022. More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the Department of Communities website at http//www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-communities/wa-volunteer-service-awards Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Reece Whitby "Many people spend their entire lives volunteering with community organisations or sporting clubs without ever considering themselves to be 'volunteers' - it's just something that they do because that's who they are. "The WA Volunteer Service Awards recognise valuable work volunteers do, especially those who have been volunteers over many years - an amazing achievement. "Volunteers play a vital role in Western Australian communities, making a social, economic and cultural contribution to the State valued in the billions of dollars. "So many volunteers go unrecognised, and the WA Volunteer Service Awards are an opportunity for their service to be acknowledged." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Rapid response water bombers boost firefighting capacity during harvest8729Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9550html4/12/2021 11:32:13 PM2021-12-04T23:00:00Z ​ Water bombers strategically based to provide rapid firefighting response across agricultural regions Six aircraft supporting farming communities during the hottest stretch of the annual grain harvest period For the first time, water bombing aircraft have been strategically based at Northam and Esperance airfields to protect Western Australia's record grain harvest. The McGowan Government has positioned firefighting crews at the airfields for deployment to high priority fires at short notice - boosting response times across a region spanning more than 191,000 square kilometres. The towns are now home to a five-person crew, two fixed-wing water bombers, an air attack supervision aircraft and a fuel truck that can be deployed to assist ground crews responding to bushfires. The fixed-wing water bombers can cruise at a speed of 280 kilometres per hour, have the ability to drop up to 3,150 litres of water each and require just minutes to refuel and reload. The new approach will see the aircraft based in the regions until December 15 to support firefighters and protect farming communities from crop fires as Western Australia experiences a bumper grain harvest following a wet winter. The program is funded by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services with support from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby "Harvest-related fires are a big risk for our farming communities, with this year's high crop yields resulting in increased fuel loads for fires to take hold. "These specialised aircraft can support crews on the ground if we need to quickly scale up firefighting operations. "By strategically basing aircraft in areas where there is increased risk, we can reduce response times and better protect regional communities. "This will help keep people safe during one of the busiest periods of the year for farming communities." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "Never in my farming career have we seen such a bumper season with high yielding crops right across the State. "These crops and stubbles provide extremely high fuel loads that may lead to large, uncontrollable fires. "This once in a generation harvest needs the best possible protection and I welcome this common sense approach." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Target 120 Albany transitions to Aboriginal leadership8727Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9670html3/12/2021 5:49:10 AM2021-12-03T05:45:00Z Target 120 Albany site to be led by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation Gorenang Moortabiin awarded $587,000 grant to deliver early intervention program for at-risk young people Target 120 aims to reduce rates of youth reoffending by connecting at-risk young people with tailored services and supports Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has today announced Gorenang Moortabiin Aboriginal Engagement and Community Development as the successful grant recipient to lead delivery of the renewed Target 120 program in Albany. The Great Southern-based program for at-risk young people aged between 10 to 14 years and their families recently commenced after Gorenang Moortabiin was awarded the $587,000 grant to deliver the program until June 30, 2023. The transition of the Great Southern site to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) control follows similar changes in Target 120's East Kimberley site, which is run by local ACCO MG Corporation. Both sites were initially led by the Department of Communities. The Target 120 intervention program works to connect at-risk young people with services that meet their individual needs while also supporting their family members. Gorenang Moortabiin will implement a culturally informed service model designed to address the over-representation of Aboriginal young people among those in contact with the youth justice system in the area. Under the guidance of a Community Youth Officer, Gorenang Moortabiin will work to support Target 120 participants and their families and develop their capacity to reduce offending behaviours and engagements with the criminal justice system. Other Target 120 pilot programs across Western Australia have already been linked to better outcomes for participants and their families. They have also helped create safer and more connected communities by addressing factors that increase a young person's likelihood of offending and antisocial behaviour, including substance abuse, family and domestic violence, trauma and mental health issues. The program currently has 54 active participants across the State. Of these, 50 per cent have not had further contact with police since joining the program. More than $21 million has now been invested in the Target 120 program which was launched by the McGowan Government in 2017 to support better outcomes for at-risk youth. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Target 120 is a practical program helping young offenders at risk of further interactions with the justice system to create an alternative path for themselves, and has had encouraging results in its first few years. "By prioritising early intervention over enforcement measures, we know this program can improve outcomes - not only for the children and families participating, but for the communities they live in too. "The McGowan Government is proud of the work that Target 120 is doing to reduce the risk of reoffending in regional Western Australia. "I congratulate Gorenang Moortabiin Aboriginal Engagement and Community Development for securing the grant to deliver Target 120 in the Great Southern and look forward to supporting their work to deliver this important program." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens "Target 120 is an important investment in the future of at-risk young people in Albany, as well as the broader Great Southern community that they live in. "The transition of the Albany site to being led by a local Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation is the next step in ensuring this program can make a significant positive difference to the lives of local young people and families." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Historic protections to safeguard spectacular Exmouth Gulf8726Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements25710html3/12/2021 5:32:32 AM2021-12-03T05:30:00Z Historic environmental and cultural conservation measures for Exmouth Gulf New marine park to protect unique Exmouth Gulf for future generations Qualing Pool and Camerons Cave to become Class A reserves McGowan Government to implement all EPA recommendationsThe McGowan Government has moved to protect Exmouth Gulf and its surrounds, implementing historic conservation measures to safeguard this special part of Western Australia. A new marine park will be established for the eastern and southern parts of the Gulf, and Class A reserves will be gazetted for local areas of significance such as Qualing Pool, Camerons Cave and the Gulf's islands. These measures have been implemented following recommendations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helping to preserve the region's unique environmental and cultural values. The EPA's strategic advice identified that the Exmouth Gulf was fragile and faces increasing pressures on its unique, globally significant environmental, cultural and social values. The Gulf is an important habitat for nursing humpback whales, whale sharks and other highly valuable mangrove systems. The marine park will be located within the existing Exmouth Gulf Managed Prawn Fishery designated nursery area. The final boundaries will be determined with further planning work led by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), with assistance from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). The intention is for the park to be jointly managed, with Traditional Owners as partners. The marine park will make provisions for recreational fishing opportunities and for the continuation of existing low impact commercial fishing operations. The marine park will complement the future creation of the adjoining Giralia National Park, which is proposed under the McGowan Government's landmark Plan for Our Parks initiative. The State Government will also take an integrated management approach to ensure the conservation and enhancement of the key values of Exmouth Gulf and surrounds through the establishment of a co-ordinating body. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Exmouth Gulf is a unique and incredibly valuable part of Western Australia which will now be protected for future generations. "My Government is committed to conserving Western Australia's environmental and cultural assets - with this new marine park and A class reserves set to safeguard precious local habitats and marine wildlife species. "This is a historic milestone for the Exmouth Gulf and Western Australia's efforts to maintain and enhance our unique natural environment." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The Exmouth Gulf is unlike anything else in the world, it is globally recognised for its significant environmental, cultural and social values and it is clear these need to be protected and conserved. "Exmouth Gulf is home to important habitat for nursing humpback whales, whale sharks and other highly valuable mangrove systems that deserve protection. "The protection and integrated management of the Exmouth Gulf is a significant milestone in WA's history and I am proud to see the McGowan Government continue to work hard for our environment." Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "This important marine park will be located within the existing Exmouth Gulf Managed Prawn Fishery designated nursery area and will coexist with the existing commercial fishing operations. "The marine park and other protections announced today will ensure this beautiful and economically important area of our State continues to be enjoyed for generations to come. "A co-ordinating body will be established to facilitate communication between key stakeholders, including recreational, charter and commercial fishers, to ensure there is a unified approach to the ongoing protection of the Exmouth Gulf." Premier's office - 6552 5000Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6900
International Day of People with Disability a cause for celebration8725Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9280html3/12/2021 4:47:10 AM2021-12-03T04:20:00Z Day focuses on increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance Global theme urges leadership and participation for people with disability Community events held across the State sharing in $100,000 sponsorship fundingToday is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated across the world on December 3 each year. IDPwD aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions. The day aligns strongly with the State Disability Strategy, which emphasises the importance of building a more inclusive Western Australia that empowers people with disability to participate meaningfully and feel connected to their community. The theme for IDPwD in 2021 is 'Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world'. A range of IDPwD community events and activities will be held across the State this week, and the State Government has made $100,000 available in sponsorships for 100 inclusive events and activities, including 38 in regional areas. Events and activities funded by these grants will celebrate the day, empower people with disability and emphasise the importance of access and inclusion. The will raise awareness, and educate and inform the broader community on the experiences of people with disability in WA. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity for us to make positive changes to the lives of the 411,500, or one in five Western Australians, with disability. "People with disability continue to face obstacles in all aspects of daily life, some which can be seen, and others that are not overtly visible - and this must change to create a truly inclusive community. "Western Australia is richer for the contributions and diversity that people with disability bring to our community and I look forward to celebrating IDPwD alongside Western Australians with a disability and the disability sector at a number of exciting events today." Minister's office - 6552 6900