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Three new appointments to the Family Court announced227466Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml14/12/2018 7:05:50 AM2018-12-14T07:00:00Z New Chief Judge, judge and magistrate appointed to the Family Court of Western Australia Appointments effective from January 7, 2019Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce three new appointments to the Family Court of Western Australia. From January 7, 2019, Justice Gail Sutherland, Magistrate Ciara Tyson and Neil Anderson will commence in their new roles as Chief Judge, judge and magistrate respectively. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Justice Sutherland has worked in family law for the majority of her legal career. "She was appointed as Registrar and Magistrate of the Family Court of WA in November 2010 before being appointed Principal Registrar in September 2017. "Justice Sutherland was appointed as a Justice of the Family Court of WA on March 16, 2018. "Ms Tyson was admitted in 1996 and has practised extensively as a family law practitioner until 2015, when she was appointed as a Magistrate and Registrar of the Family Court of WA. "She has been regarded as a leader in her work as a nationally accredited mediator and an Accredited Family Law Specialist in both New South Wales and WA. "Mr Anderson was admitted to practice in 2000 and has extensive experience in family law, working in both private practice and the public sector. "He acted as a solicitor in a number of private firms until 2010, when he joined the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA where he has been since August 2014. "Recently, he played a key role in assisting the Family Court to set up a pilot project to provide services to Aboriginal families in the East Pilbara. "Between them, Justice Sutherland, Ms Tyson and Mr Anderson will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Family Court. I congratulate them on their appointments and wish them all the best." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Introduction of No Jab No Play a step closer for WA children227465Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml14/12/2018 12:37:08 AM2018-12-13T22:30:00Z Phase one of the 'No Jab No Play' policy introduced from January 1, 2019 to require childcare services, kindergartens and schools to strengthen immunisation records and enhance the powers of the Chief Health Officer during a disease outbreak Phase two, the Government to introduce a Bill that will prohibit the enrolment of an under-vaccinated child from childcare and kindergartens Immunisation coverage of children to improve through targeted support and referral pathways in phase three New regulations under the Public Health Act 2016 will require childcare services, kindergartens and schools in Western Australia to collect and, on request by the Chief Health Officer, report on the immunisation status of all students from January 1, 2019. The information collected will be used to provide support and referral pathways to families to ensure their children are protected against vaccine preventable diseases. It will also enable the Department of Health to identify under-vaccinated children and if necessary exclude them during a period when there is a disease outbreak. Under the new regulations the person in charge of a childcare service, kindergarten or school can be fined $1,000 if they permit a child to attend the facility in contravention of a direction from the Chief Health Officer. To implement phase two of 'No Jab No Play', the McGowan Government will introduce a Bill to State Parliament to amend the Public Health Act 2016 (WA) and the School Education Act 1999 (WA). This will allow the Chief Health Officer to exclude children who are not fully vaccinated from enrolling in childcare services and kindergarten (non-compulsory early education and care). New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have already introduced similar laws, and South Australia is planning to proceed in the near future. It is anticipated phase two of No Jab No Play will be effective as of July 2019 for children entering childcare services, and in 2020 for children commencing kindergarten. In 2017, the State's immunisation coverage was lower than the national average for one, two and five-year-olds, with two-year-olds in WA recording the lowest immunisation coverage of 89.1 per cent. 95 per cent of children must be fully immunised to effectively prevent outbreaks of highly infectious diseases such as measles. Known as herd immunity, the 95 per cent immunisation rate is important to protect others in our community including those who are too young to be vaccinated, pregnant women, children with immune disorders and some cancer patients, for whom these diseases can be extremely serious. Children are already required to be fully vaccinated for parents to be eligible to receive family assistance payments through the Commonwealth No Jab No Pay policy. The WA childhood immunisation program is provided free through the National Immunisation Program and protects children from 16 vaccine preventable diseases. For more information, visit http//healthywa.wa.gov.au/Healthy-living/Immunisation Parents can check their child's immunisation history on the Medicare Australia website. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "In Australia, we are lucky to have an immunisation program which protects children from 16 vaccine preventable diseases, yet we are still seeing children who are not fully immunised, putting other children and the broader community at risk. "These changes will allow the Department of Health to readily access immunisation-related data and to support families to ensure their children are up to date with their vaccinations. "This is a common sense change to public health regulation, and will result in reducing preventable disease in Western Australia." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "These measures will increase childhood vaccination rates to ensure the safety of WA schoolchildren. WA currently lags behind other States in Australia in rates of immunisations for young children. "In 2017, WA recorded the lowest immunisations coverage for two-year-olds of 89.1 per cent. "The No Jab No Play policy will ensure vaccination rates for our youngest and most vulnerable children are lifted." Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Most families using childcare are already familiar with the requirement to have their children's vaccinations up to date, mainly due to the Federal Government's 'No Jab No Pay' program. "The Department of Communities will work with childcare providers to ensure they are aware of the changes which will commence on January 1. This is a positive step in improving the health and wellbeing of young children. "It is important that we work together across health, education and childcare centres to ensure immunisation rates are increased to a level which ensures children are safe from vaccine preventable diseases." Health Minister's office - 6552 6500Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
New Dolphin Discovery Centre set to make a splash10412Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6260html13/12/2018 6:38:32 AM2018-12-13T06:30:00Z Bunbury's new-look Dolphin Discovery Centre set to begin staged reopening on Saturday, December 22 after undergoing a multimillion dollar upgrade and expansion Project delivers fresh tourism experience and landmark new building More than 200 local jobs created in constructionVisitors can discover Western Australia's freshest tourist experience when the Dolphin Discovery Centre begins its staged reopening next week after undergoing a major redevelopment funded by the State Government. The multimillion dollar upgrade and expansion, funded with a $12.3 million State Government contribution and a $600,431 Lotterywest grant, has reached practical completion, with Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Bunbury MLA Don Punch today getting a sneak preview of the greatly enhanced Bunbury tourist attraction. Modern exhibits including 13 aquariums, as well as a café, are among the new features housed in a landmark building that the public will be able to start enjoying from next week. Engaging local skills was at the heart of the project, with Bunbury contractor Perkins Builders delivering the redevelopment from designs by Bunbury practice MCG Architects. A total of 46 local contractors and suppliers worked on the project, with 204 workers involved in construction including eight apprentices. Construction involved 2,200m2 of concrete across the ground floor and first floor, 15 kilometres of electrical cabling, 410m2 of precast concrete tilt panels, and 1,465m2 of roofing. The largest aquarium is four metres in diameter and 250 metres high. The makeover forms part of stage one of a three-stage revitalisation of the city's waterfront, carried out under the banner of Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront, that also included the recent revitalisation of the Koombana foreshore. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Dolphin Discovery Centre redevelopment is a stellar example of the McGowan Government's commitment to local content, creating jobs and work opportunities for local businesses. "Having seen the benefits of State Government investment flow to local businesses during the construction period, the project is now set to boost the local tourism industry, creating a ripple effect to local businesses. "We want visitors to come into the South-West, explore the new Dolphin Discovery Centre and make the most of having the country's premier wild dolphin experience here in the South-West, and then check out what else the city and region have to offer." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "I am thrilled with the progress of the redevelopment of the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre and know the community is going to be amazed by this new facility when it opens to the public. "This is a fantastic new asset for our community. It is an iconic building that will redefine architecture in public places in Bunbury. I think the Bunbury Tower now has some serious competition for the title of the most recognisable built landmark in our city. "The Dolphin Discovery Centre will now be a world-class tourism attraction but just as importantly it will continue to provide an outstanding service to our local community." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Centre for excellence to boost WA students' literacy skills10411Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5580html13/12/2018 6:07:50 AM2018-12-13T06:00:00Z McGowan Government fulfils election commitment to open a Western Australian centre for excellence in literacy Curtin University-based centre to provide professional learning and resources for public school teachers 60 teachers to be selected as literacy ambassadors to lead the initiativeCurtin University will host a new centre for excellence to enhance primary school students' literacy skills - fulfilling an election commitment by the McGowan Government to boost literacy teaching in Western Australia. The $2 million WA Centre for Excellence in Explicit Teaching of Literacy forms part of the State Government's wider $3.5 million commitment to improve literacy teaching in WA public schools. The centre will study the teaching methods of exemplary teachers from five selected schools who have achieved strong and sustained improvement in their students' reading and writing skills. The selected primary schools will work with Curtin academics to develop and trial resources as well as professional learning, which will be available to schools across the State. Under the agreement, the State Government will provide Curtin University $2 million to run the centre and related programs. From 2019, 20 public school teachers who wish to become experts in explicit literacy instruction will be selected for an internship with the centre for intensive professional learning. A further 40 teachers will be selected over the period of 2020-21. These teacher experts will then share their knowledge with their colleagues and other local schools. Explicit teaching is defined as teachers being clear about what they want students to know and be able to do by the end of each lesson. Teachers tell students what they need to do, show them how to do it, and give them time to practise what they have learnt. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The State Government is committed to giving our primary school students the best possible tools to achieve as they work towards higher education and training. "This election commitment represents our belief that when you equip students with strong literacy skills, you help set them up for life. "Teachers from five high-performing schools will work with Curtin to share their expertise in the teaching of literacy and develop resources so other educators can learn from the best. "This initiative will help more children become confident in their reading and writing, and hopefully inspire lifelong passions for literacy." Comments attributed to Curtin University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry "In consultation with the Department of Education, leading education experts from Curtin will review the teaching methods of some of the best-performing schools when it comes to improvements in literacy results. "By drawing on the expertise of some of WA's best primary teachers, the WA Centre for Excellence in Explicit Teaching of Literacy will create a training resource that ultimately aims to deliver better literacy achievements for WA children." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Police Redress Scheme now open for applications10410Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3590html13/12/2018 5:39:29 AM2018-12-13T05:30:00Z $16 million to recognise and acknowledge treatment of medically retired officers Applications close on April 8, 2019Applications are now open for the McGowan Government's Redress Scheme for medically retired police officers. The $16 million scheme announced by the Minister for Police in October, involves tailored, ex gratia-type payments to recognise the service and acknowledge the circumstances and treatment of some ill or injured officers. Over the past several weeks, the assessment panel has been consulting with the Medically Retired Police Officers Association and WA Police Union. A website has been set up to ensure the process of applying is as straightforward as possible. The website, which can be accessed at http//www.WAmrpoliceredress.wa.gov.au, contains eligibility criteria and further information on the application process. The scheme, which provides for a maximum payment of $150,000, is designed to offer some recognition of the indignity and treatment of some medically retired officers. A panel chaired by former Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan APM will assess the applications which close on April 8, 2019. Work has already begun on drafting new regulations to create a new standalone provision of the Police Act to ensure the medical retirement process is completely disassociated from Section 8. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "The McGowan Government came to office with a commitment to provide some recognition and acknowledge the past treatment of medically retired former officers. "Over the past several months, the panel has been busy consulting with medically retired officers and the WA Police Union. "We've aimed to make the process of applying as straightforward as possible and I encourage those who want to make an application, to jump on the website for further information." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Annual survey for WA health system staff10409Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5860html13/12/2018 4:11:06 AM2018-12-13T04:00:00Z Research consultancy, ORC International contracted to provide survey Staff will be surveyed for the first time in March 2019 Opportunity for staff to have their say about their workplace Research consultancy, ORC International has been appointed as the independent provider to conduct an annual survey of Western Australian health system staff. The first of five annual surveys will be open from March 5 to 29, 2019. The survey will measure staff engagement and support proactive strategies for future workplace planning. The initiative will enable staff to better communicate what works well, identify issues in the workplace and ensure their health and wellbeing is looked after. The survey will be confidential and provide staff the opportunity to freely express their opinions and share their experiences. The survey will help identify areas of need and ensure Health Service Providers are able to respond to and address any emerging issues. ORC International will conduct an online survey engaging all Health Service Providers and Department of Health staff for a period of up to five years. The initial survey results will provide a benchmark from which the performance of Health Service Providers can be tracked. ORC International is legally bound to ensure confidentiality for all survey respondents - meaning individual responses cannot be identified. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Staff are the WA health system's most important asset and I hope every one of them will take the opportunity to make a contribution to this important initiative. "This survey ensures employees can have a say about their workplace and help make their workplace and the WA health system a better place to work. "Most importantly, I'd like to see the survey identify what works well and what can be improved. "All staff have the right to feel valued and to work in a supportive environment. These surveys will help ensure we are on track to enable a culture that nurtures our most important asset. "The McGowan Government takes the issue of staff morale seriously. We will continue to focus on how we can ensure the people who we rely on every day to keep Western Australians healthy, are in fact happy and healthy themselves. "Successful staff engagement not only improves the workplace experience, it will also enhance the care we provide." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Constable Care visits Rottnest to promote cycling safety10408Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2800html13/12/2018 2:09:48 AM2018-12-13T02:00:00Z Helmet safety on Rottnest Island a priority Prizes on offer for those visitors doing the right thing Constable Care spreading the safety message on the island This school holidays, cyclists doing the right thing on Rottnest Island will be in the running to win free ferry tickets and free bicycle and snorkel hire from Pedal and Flipper. Constable Care is visiting Rottnest Island today to spread the safety message 'before riding your bike, make sure your helmet's on right' to the island's residents and visitors. Rottnest Island police will be issuing 'infringements' - which will double as a competition entry form - to those securely wearing their helmets and riding safely. Each Friday, for six weeks, a winner will be drawn and will win ferry return tickets, free snorkel and bike hire for two adults and two children. The winners will be announced on http//www.rottnestisland.com and Rottnest Island's social media accounts. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Last summer school holidays saw a record number of people visit Rottnest and we want to make sure people have a safe and enjoyable trip. "Cycling is always a popular pastime on Rottnest and the best way to ensure safety while riding is having a helmet securely fastened." Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "Whether you're on holiday or not, wearing a helmet while cycling is compulsory in WA. "Holidays are meant to be fun, not spent waiting around hospital emergency departments, so please do the right thing and wear a helmet. "It could save your life or protect you from a serious brain injury which could have lifelong consequences." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600Police Minister's office - 6552 6900
Minor changes within McGowan Cabinet announced10407Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements63560html14/12/2018 12:58:35 AM2018-12-13T01:10:00Z Changes maintain government stability Highlights importance of Budget management, METRONET, job creation and energy reform Premier Mark McGowan today announced minor changes within his Cabinet to strengthen the focus of his Government's agenda and assist in balancing workloads for Ministers. Treasurer Ben Wyatt will hand the important Energy portfolio to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston. To accommodate this change, three of Mr Johnston's current portfolios - Commerce, Electoral Affairs and Asian Engagement will be distributed to other Ministers. Commerce will now be the responsibility of Attorney General John Quigley, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson will be responsible for Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement will be handed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti's portfolio responsibility will sharpen, to focus on the crucial job of delivering METRONET and implementing planning reform across the State. Lands will become the responsibility of Treasurer Ben Wyatt, and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan will take on the Ports portfolio. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government has achieved a lot in our first 20 months of office, we hit the ground running and as a result turned our State around and solved many problems that we inherited. "It's always important that we reflect on our workloads in the Cabinet and continue to focus on delivering our election agenda. "These minor changes within my Cabinet will help build on the State's strong performance over the last 20 months and continues our stable approach to government. "Getting our State back on track, by delivering responsible financial management and building METRONET, is crucial to the future of this State. This will continue to be the major focus of my Government." Premier's office - 6552 5000 McGowan Cabinet Hon Mark McGowan MLA Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations Hon Roger Cook MLA Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health Hon Sue Ellery MLC Minister for Education and Training Hon Stephen Dawson MLC Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs Hon Michelle Roberts MLA Minister for Police; Road Safety Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade Hon Francis Logan MLA Minister for Emergency Services; Corrective Services Hon David Templeman MLA Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts Hon John Quigley MLA Attorney General; Minister for Commerce Hon Mick Murray MLA Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation Hon Ben Wyatt MLA Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands Hon Paul Papalia MLA Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Hon Bill Johnston MLA Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations Hon Rita Saffioti MLA Minister for Transport; Planning Hon Peter Tinley MLA Minister for Housing; Veterans Issues; Youth; Asian Engagement Hon Simone McGurk MLA Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services Hon Dave Kelly MLA Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science
McGowan Government assists development of new potash projects10406Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4730html12/12/2018 11:59:28 PM2018-12-12T22:30:00Z Lower costs for miners will develop industry and create jobs for local communities Rental rates for WA potash projects to be reduced Changes to help boost employment opportunities in remote Aboriginal communitiesThe McGowan Government has committed to assisting the development of the potash and minerals in brine industry in Western Australia. Due to the unique nature of potash projects, the McGowan Government will introduce a new rental rate for potash projects that are granted a new class of mining lease for restricted minerals. The existing rental rate of $18.70 per hectare was found to be inappropriate for industrial minerals in brine because these operations require larger mining leases than other forms of mining. Once approved, minerals in brine mining leases will benefit from a reduced rental rate set at $2.32 per hectare for the first five years of the lease; and $4.64 per hectare from year six onwards. The new potash rental rates are expected to come into effect in the new year. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "These changes will assist the development of a new industry in Western Australia, and create employment and community development opportunities, particularly in remote Aboriginal communities. "Potash is vital for agriculture because it is an essential nutrient in fertilisers that protects food crops from disease and pests, and improves water retention, yield, taste and appearance. "The new industrial minerals in brine mining tenure for potash projects will help stimulate this very important mineral sector and create jobs for Western Australians. "Potash projects generally have a mine life that spans 30 to 40 years, so this longevity is a win for local communities and sustaining jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Major works to upgrade Willetton Basketball Stadium begin10405Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2630html12/12/2018 11:51:58 PM2018-12-12T22:00:00Z Work starts on $10 million sporting facility upgrade in Perth's southern suburbs Upgrades will double the number of courts and playing capacityThe turning of the first sod of soil today will mark the beginning of a $10 million upgrade to Willetton Basketball Stadium. The works will double the Willetton Basketball Association's indoor courts from four to eight, increasing capacity and boosting community sport in the southern suburbs. The courts and facilities, which will include new change rooms, storage rooms, toilets, administration and social areas, will be shared by local badminton and netball players. The McGowan Government contributed $1.5 million to the project through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, while the Commonwealth Government provided $5.5 million, and the City of Canning $2.2 million. The Willetton Basketball Association will contribute up to $1 million for the works, which are expected to be completed by early 2020. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "When complete, these upgrades will open up new opportunities for sport in Perth's southern and eastern suburbs - for basketball, netball and badminton. "For several years, Willetton Basketball has had a long waiting list of young people wanting to play, but they have not been able to be accommodated due to a lack of playing space. "The McGowan Government is committed to delivering quality grassroots sporting facilities, and we're proud to have helped finally get this much-needed upgrade off the ground." Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai "Basketball is a great team sport in that it allows young people to not only be physically and mentally active, but builds important teamwork and discipline skills that last a lifetime. "It's fantastic to see Willetton Basketball Association and all three tiers of government work together to meet the needs of the community in upgrading Willetton Basketball Stadium to a high-class facility. "All of our homegrown basketball stars had to start from somewhere and it is development through strong local clubs like Willetton where they began their careers. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the local young people who train and play at Willetton Basketball Association." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Green light for Ngala community hub to support WA families222540Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6430html12/12/2018 8:34:31 AM2018-12-12T08:30:00Z State Government grants Crown land in Kensington to Ngala More land allows expansion of Ngala's childcare and parenting support services Ngala's Kensington childcare centre set to double capacity from new land The State Government has granted a portion of Crown land in Kensington to Ngala to help expand its valuable support services to children and parents. Ngala's plans include a new multi-level building alongside their existing facility for a Children's and Parenting Services Community Hub, additional office space and a new childcare facility. Ngala is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in response to community needs for affordable childcare. The organisation provides centre-based services for parents seeking high-quality early learning and development and assistance with child/parent relationships, child behaviour, sleep and settling, nutritional issues and perinatal mental health issues. The existing childcare centre in Kensington currently has 54 places with a waitlist of 160 children, however, the land grant will assist the expansion to double Ngala's childcare capacity. The land is located on the corner of Hayman Road and George Street, Kensington, adjoining Ngala's existing site. The expansion complements the WA Planning Commission's recently released Bentley-Curtin Specialised Activity Centre Plan. The plan identifies the area as a significant employment centre focused on education, innovation, technology and research activities that support the diversification of the State's economy. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "Ngala has played a pivotal role in supporting WA families to access childcare and parenting support for more than 125 years, and is a service that families have grown to rely on. "The Government is pleased to be able to help Ngala to expand their Kensington base to ensure even more families can access these vital services. "This commitment will enable the organisation to double the centre's childcare services by providing an additional 54 places and offer even more support to parents. "Providing this land to Ngala fits the highest and best use of the land, in line with future plans for the Bentley-Curtin area." Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Early childhood education is vital to support children's development. "By building strong foundations in the early years, we are supporting a brighter future for our children, our community and our State. "Ngala has an outstanding reputation, and I am pleased the State Government can support the expansion of their Kensington service to allow parents and children access to high-quality early childhood education and parenting support." Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500 Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Land for new Chittering sport and community centre222539Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5990html12/12/2018 6:11:19 AM2018-12-12T06:05:00Z Three hectares of land to be made available to Shire of Chittering for on-sale to the Immaculate Heart College for the expansion of the college Sale proceeds to be used by the Shire of Chittering to fund the development of a new sport and community centre A three-hectare portion of Crown land in Lower Chittering can now be used for a local school expansion and the development of a new sport and community centre following a State Government land transfer. Located behind the Immaculate Heart College near the corner of Santa Gertrudis Drive and Muchea East Road, the land was originally set aside for public recreation reserve. However, it is currently undeveloped and not being used for its designated purpose. The parcel of land being transferred is a part of a larger reserve that the State has subdivided and made available for the Shire of Chittering to progress its plans in the Lower Chittering area. The transfer to the Shire of Chittering means it is now able to on-sell to the Immaculate Heart College to support the expansion of the school. The proceeds from the land sale must be used for the development of the future sport and community centre on the remaining land in the reserve. With certainty of available land, the Shire of Chittering can proceed with planning the development of its recreation facility, which will feature a football field, indoor sporting facilities, a recreation club, outdoor courts and a car park. Immaculate Heart College is located next to the reserve and requires more land to expand as part of its transition into a K-12 school. Prior to developing the site, the Shire of Chittering will have to obtain the necessary planning approvals for the proposed sport and community centre. Comment attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "Making this land available to the Shire of Chittering will lead to significant benefits for the local community with the development of a new sport and community centre and an opportunity for Immaculate Heart College to expand." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Benefits to flow from Gascoyne River land release222538Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5230html12/12/2018 6:04:41 AM2018-12-12T06:00:00Z Stage One of Gascoyne Food Bowl Initiative land release announced Horticultural expansion will generate sustainable, long-term growth and jobs for Carnarvon community and the broader horticultural industry Horticulture production on the Gascoyne River is set to expand, with a new land release for agricultural development - generating growth and jobs in the region. Stage One of the land release comprises two lots totalling 20 hectares, while a further 280 hectares is expected to be released in 2019 - significantly increasing fresh produce supplies from the region. The land release is the culmination of the Gascoyne Food Bowl Initiative, which identified a total of 400 hectares of high value land suitable for horticulture cultivation, backed by reliable and effective water and power supplies. The initiative secured a new borefield and built a 25 kilometre-long pipeline to deliver guaranteed high-quality water to the expansion area, installed four sand spears to harvest free water when the river flows and a new electric power supply to operate water pumps. More information about Stage One of the Gascoyne Food Bowl Initiative land release and expression of interest details are available at http//agric.wa.gov.au/r4r/gascoyne-food-bowl-initiative Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This development on the banks of the Gascoyne River opens the door to increased production and potential export opportunities, which will stimulate economic development and employment in the region and beyond. "This is a small start, but we are keen to get more land onto the market as soon as possible. "Much work has gone into getting here, including drilling 120 exploration bores, resulting in 35 production bores suitable for irrigation, delivering an additional four gigalitres of water to the irrigation district - providing investors with confidence in a sustainable water resource. "The new 22,000 volt power line will deliver electricity to the expansion area to power the water pumps, which is more efficient, reliable and cheaper than diesel, while four innovative sand spears will reduce growers' reliance on aquifer supplies and operating costs. "We look forward to seeing horticultural expansion unfold on the Gascoyne River, adding to the 45,000 tonnes of produce that comes out of the region, worth about $97 million per annum." Minister's office - 6552 6200
First Westport progress report marks milestone for Outer Harbour planning222537Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9850html12/12/2018 5:13:53 AM2018-12-12T05:00:00Z 'Westport What we have found so far' report released today New trade forecast figures confirm forward planning for a new port is required Next stage of Westport process to refine options for Perth and South-West freight task Part one of the Westport Taskforce's comprehensive and independent strategy for an Outer Harbour has now been published. The first document, titled Westport What we have found so far, is a progress report from the Westport Taskforce, communicating an overview for the Western Australian community of its extensive consultation and other work so far. A final Westport Ports and Environs Strategy, which will tackle key questions about the precise location, size, operating model and - importantly - the timing of a future port, will be delivered next year. The purpose of this first report is to identify all the challenges for each of the three study areas at Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, and to supply the foundation which will inform the taskforce's work during its next stages. The Westport Taskforce's approach complies with Infrastructure Australia's rigorous assessment process, meaning it can form part of a future assessment process should the opportunity arise for Commonwealth funding towards a future freight solution. The process over the past year has been highly inclusive, involving extensive collaboration with more than 100 representatives from all levels of government, industry, unions, private enterprise, academia, environmental and community groups, who have contributed to the project's various work streams. Work is continuing and Stage Two of the process will investigate each option in detail, reducing them to a shortlist that will be analysed through a multi-criteria assessment. The taskforce's work will culminate in a preferred network solution covering port, road, rail and intermodal facilities across Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury at the end of next year. Feedback on the report can be provided here until January 21, 2019. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Westport is conducting a comprehensive analysis of the whole supply chain focused around the three port precincts at Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury. "This report lays out all of the constraints that have been raised at this 'Problem Identification' stage of the Infrastructure Australia-compliant assessment process. "New trade forecast figures in this report confirm that forward planning for a new port is required. "Ports are long-lived pieces of infrastructure that play a critical role in growing our economy and industry. We are focused on generating jobs for current and future generations. "Without the ability to import enough of the household products we use and rely upon every day, future generations may suffer if we are short-sighted and don't plan for our long-term requirements. "I thank the numerous individuals and organisations who are contributing their time and expertise to the Westport Taskforce to produce the final report." Comments attributed to Westport Taskforce independent chairperson, Nicole Lockwood "The time required to design and construct a new port is extensive. It is prudent to plan early to allow a robust process and provide certainty to local residents and industry. "Stage Two of the Westport process, which is now underway, will undertake a thorough analysis of the supply chain, commercial aspects, land, utilities and environmental impacts. This will determine the shortlist from the eight strategic options to put through our multi-criteria assessment, which will then highlight the best solution/s. "Westport has adopted the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure's Working with Nature philosophy, which embeds environmental objectives into projects at the planning phase to achieve, where possible, net benefits and win-win outcomes by the end of construction. "Westport What we have found so far was developed in collaboration with the wider Westport Taskforce, which includes more than 80 organisations from all levels of government, industry bodies, private enterprise, research organisations and environmental and community groups." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Joint venture project delivers 16 apartments in Spearwood222536Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5130html12/12/2018 2:00:42 AM2018-12-12T02:00:00Z $3.6 million partnership between Government and Dale Alcock Projects Mix of full market and shared equity sales and social housing The McGowan Government's desire to improve housing options and deliver thoughtful housing design and infill density was highlighted today when Housing Minister Peter Tinley visited a new 16-apartment development in Spearwood. The Department of Communities has partnered with Dale Alcock Projects on the $3.6 million project in Kent Street, which offers a range of affordable housing options just five kilometres from the centre of Fremantle. The contemporary multi-dwelling development replaces a former public housing complex demolished in 2016 and is close to existing amenities, including schools, transport, parks and the Phoenix Shopping Centre. The two-storey development - catering for a broad market - has a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments for shared equity and full market sale, and one social housing unit. The development aligns with the State Government's Affordable Housing Action Plan to boost housing options for people on low-to-moderate incomes to more than 35,000 by 2020, while generating $2.3 billion in economic activity and almost 6,000 jobs. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The Housing Industry Forecast Group's latest report identifies multi-residential dwelling construction as an important plank in the recovery of WA's housing market, and notes the challenge posed by a lack of housing stock diversity. "This development will bring much-needed diversity and choice to Spearwood. Increasing the supply of these sorts of dwellings is a key component of the McGowan Government's plan to limit urban sprawl. "The State Government will continue to work with the private sector to increase the supply of new housing, with a firm focus on the affordable end of the market." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Mid-West a frontrunner in new hydrogen economy222535Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7770html12/12/2018 1:07:03 AM2018-12-12T01:00:00Z Geraldton forum looks at renewable hydrogen opportunities A McGowan Government-led forum today in Geraldton is examining opportunities to attract clean hydrogen projects to the Mid-West region. Hydrogen, when produced using renewable energy sources such as solar or wind, is a clean energy option and carbon free fuel that is gaining increasing global interest. The forum brings together gas, mining, transport, electricity, infrastructure and government sectors to discuss developments in renewable hydrogen and options for encouraging local or national organisations to look to the Mid-West to locate hydrogen pilot projects. It will cast a spotlight on the inputs required to produce renewable hydrogen such as water, power and land, and celebrate some of the region's diverse high profile operations. Participants will hear from Woodside, ATCO, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, Mid West Ports and Central Earthmoving. The event is being delivered by the State Government through the Mid West Development Commission. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Regional Western Australia has incredible potential for renewable energy industries, with its large-scale solar and wind resources and strong export capability. "The Mid-West in particular delivers on these competitive advantages. This forum aims to bring together key parties to narrow in on initial renewable hydrogen projects for which the region would be well suited. "Hydrogen can be used to firm renewables for electricity generation or be used directly as a gas in homes and industry. "This regional forum complements the work being done by the WA Renewable Hydrogen Council, which is expected to deliver its recommendations on the strategic direction of the renewable hydrogen industry in WA early next year." Minister's office - 6552 6200
New legislation to bring certainty for Tjuntjuntjara community222464Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7630html11/12/2018 8:06:07 AM2018-12-11T08:00:00Z New legislation paves the way for further development in Tjuntjuntjara Proposed Indigenous Land Use Agreement to facilitate investment in vital health and infrastructure projects Formal land use agreement to enable community to seek funds for critical infrastructure investment The remote Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara, situated some 690 kilometres east of Kalgoorlie, will benefit from new legislation that will facilitate investment in vital health and infrastructure projects within the community. Under the Reserves (Tjuntjuntjara Community) Bill 2018, an area of 78,578 hectares will be excised from the 'A' Class Great Victoria Desert Nature Reserve, to enable the granting of appropriate and registrable tenure for the community. Enactment of the Bill follows a State Government commitment to support the community's development, and improve the current circumstance and future for Aboriginal people living in remote communities. The Tjuntjuntjara community has existed on the western extent of the nature reserve since at least 1988 but has never had a registrable interest over the area it occupies. The lack of formal tenure has previously limited the community's ability to seek investment for critically required infrastructure, while also restricting its pursuit of on-ground economic activities. The Bill follows the State Government's recent capital injection of $23.8 million to significantly upgrade housing, power, water and sewerage facilities at Tjuntjuntjara. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The State Government is continuing its work toward building better futures for Aboriginal people living in remote communities. "The new legislation is the result of intensive consultation over an extended period between the Spinifex native title holders, Tjuntjuntjara community, Central Desert Native Title Services, and a range of government agencies. "This Bill will bring significant changes to the Tjuntjuntjara community to develop the land to meet their growing demands. Having the right infrastructure and access to essential services will greatly improve living standards for the community and create jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Enhanced tourism opportunities with Greens Pool now closed to fishing222463Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8250html11/12/2018 7:42:39 AM2018-12-11T07:00:00Z Minister for Fisheries closes fishing at popular South Coast beach to improve safety and tourism Greens Pool ranked in the 2018 TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards' top 15 beaches in Australia and best beach in the Great Southern region Safe and accessible recreational fishing locations remain available nearby Tourism opportunities at one of Western Australia's best beaches is set to improve with the Minister for Fisheries approving a fishing closure at Greens Pool near Denmark, in recognition of its popularity as a swimming and snorkelling site for locals and tourists. The Minister met with shire and community representatives at the unique South Coast beach today, to announce the closure ahead of the start of the summer school holidays on Thursday (December 13). Greens Pool is ranked in Australia's top 15 beaches in the 2018 TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards and the best beach in the Great Southern region. The fishing closure in the idyllic beach destination is aimed at improving safety after the local community raised serious concerns about conflicts between swimmers and spearfishers. A petition signed by more than 960 people was received by the Minister, calling for protection of the postcard perfect destination as a safe swimming spot. Each year, more than 350,000 people visit Denmark and almost 50 per cent of those visitors spend time at Denmark's beautiful beaches. Fishing spots are still available nearby for keen anglers, on adjacent beaches east and west of Greens Pool. Popular nearby fishing spots include Elephant Rocks, which is a short stroll away, while Waterfalls Bay and Madfish Bay are five to 10 minutes' drive from Greens Pool. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "Greens Pool is a unique location which is highly valued by the local community and the more than 350,000 visitors that visit Denmark each year. "The tranquil waters provide an ideal, safe location for people to swim, snorkel and observe the local marine life. It is also recognised as one of Western Australia's postcard perfect beaches. "With other fishing locations close by, this closure is a common sense move. The decision allows for the appreciation of the marine environment, without the risk of interaction with fishing lines and spear guns. "I'm excited to have this closure in place ahead of visitation to the area reaching its peak over summer. Swimming lessons are held in Greens Pool during the school holiday period and where families traditionally enjoy their annual Christmas/New Year beach holiday." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New lifejacket trial to commence at Salmon Holes on January 1222462Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5650html11/12/2018 5:24:59 AM2018-12-11T05:05:00Z When visiting popular rock fishing spot Salmon Holes, people will be required to wear Type 1 lifejackets The trial is designed to see if the wearing of lifejackets will reduce rock fishing fatalities The State Government's compulsory lifejacket trial at Salmon Holes, in the Torndirrup National Park near Albany, will commence on January 1, 2019 to evaluate if the wearing of lifejackets is effective in reducing rock fishing fatalities. The trial makes it compulsory for anyone visiting the rock fishing area at Salmon Holes, even if they are not fishing, to wear a Type 1 lifejacket. The trial will cover three salmon seasons and is expected to run until June 30, 2021. A community education program will be rolled out over January to inform the community about the trial, what a Type 1 lifejacket is, where they can be hired or purchased and the penalties for not complying. During this period, while fishers and visitors are learning about the new rules, only cautions will be issued for not wearing a lifejacket. From February 1, 2019, anyone not wearing a Type 1 lifejacket in the trial area can attract a fine of $200 or more. Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will be monitoring and enforcing visitor compliance. The State Government continues to work closely with the Lifejacket Trial Reference Group which includes representatives from Recfishwest; the Department of Fire and Emergency Services; Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development; Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; and the City of Albany on the implementation of the trial. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "With an expected increase in visitors to the Salmon Holes area over the summer holidays, it is the ideal time to commence the trial and raise awareness of the new safety rules and how wearing a lifejacket can ultimately save lives. "Salmon Holes was chosen for the trial as it is a known 'black spot', with 13 people known to have lost their lives after being swept off rocks into rough seas since 1983. "I thank the trial reference group for their work in getting the trial up and running, and I encourage the local community and all visitors to support the trial and wear a lifejacket when visiting this spectacular part of our coast." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "In WA, we have a wild and beautiful natural coastline enjoyed all year around by locals and tourists. "Salmon Holes, part of the Torndirrup National Park, is popular for rock fishing and notoriously dangerous. "Introducing the lifejacket trial will help to ensure the safety of visitors while they enjoy recreational activities within the national park." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "This is a welcome trial that has been driven by those first responders who put their own lives at risk every time a search and rescue attempt is undertaken. "I'm sure that it will also help to raise awareness of the dangers when fishing from the rocks on sections of our coastline." Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6100 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
McGowan Government releases subbies report222461Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14480html11/12/2018 5:07:13 AM2018-12-11T05:00:00Z John Fiocco's review of security of payment reform for WA subcontractors released Government will carefully consider all 44 recommendations The McGowan Government today released John Fiocco's final report on Security of Payment Reform in the WA Building and Construction Industry. Developed over a six-month period, the report involved extensive stakeholder consultation with 19 industry organisations and seven State Government agencies. The report includes 44 recommendations, which identify reforms to better protect security of payments for Western Australian subcontractors in the building and construction industry. All of the recommendations will be considered and the McGowan Government will examine how they can be implemented next year. This report follows the McGowan Government's recent announcement to expand Project Bank Accounts for Government projects, starting in July 2019, and to establish a Subcontractor Support Unit, led by the Small Business Commissioner. For the full report, visit http//www.commerce.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "I'd like to thank John Fiocco for completing one of Australia's most comprehensive reviews of the subcontracting sector. "I'd also like to thank East Metropolitan Region MLC Matthew Swinbourn for assisting Mr Fiocco on this report and all industry associations involved in the process. "The McGowan Government is committed to providing a fairer system and more certainty for subcontractors and their families. "I look forward to carefully considering each recommendation in the report and expect the first legislative reforms to be introduced in the first half of 2019." Minister's office - 6552 6700