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Independent review of governance of the WA health system announced9117Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/01/2022 5:00:35 AM2022-01-18T05:00:00Z Former senior Victorian public administrator Ms Kym Peake to lead independent governance review Expert panel to provide advice on the efficiency and effectiveness of the current WA health system governance framework Review will also make recommendations on system governance improvements, in line with the Sustainable Health Review An expert panel has been appointed to conduct an independent governance review of the Health Services Act 2016, which established board-led Health Service Providers (HSPs) legally responsible and accountable for delivering health services to their communities. When the Act took effect five years ago, the Department of Health assumed the role of system manager and over time a total of seven HSPs have been established, responsible and accountable for the delivery of safe, high-quality efficient and economical services for their areas. The HSPs include the North, South and East metropolitan health services, WA Country Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, PathWest and Health Support Services. The governance review will examine the operational and practical effectiveness of the governance structures set out in the Health Services Act 2016 and their impact on patient outcomes, prior to the commencement of a statutory review required under the legislation. Panel members include Chair Ms Kym Peake, Partner, EY Port Jackson Ms Peake has held senior roles in public administration as the former Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and previous Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. Ms Peake led significant governance changes within Victoria's public health system, including the creation of State-wide quality and safety entities, amalgamation of regional health services and creation of a new public entity to manage the purchasing, supply and distribution of medical consumables. Dr David Rosengren, Executive Director Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Dr Rosengren has considerable and current clinical skills and experience working within a devolved governance health system and is a former Chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate. Ms Jo Gaines, GESB Chair Ms Gaines has extensive experience as an organisational leader and strategic policy director having worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to Premier Mark McGowan. Prior to this she was the Branch Assistant Secretary for the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association for 10 years. Mr Gary Smith, Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA and Chancellor of Murdoch University Mr Smith has 35 years of experience in the professional services industry and has provided business improvement and management consulting services to key industry sectors. A retired State Chair, KPMG, he brings strong governance skills and experience to the panel and has supported clients in matters of strategy, leadership, culture and process implementation. The Review's consultation period will begin in February. More information will be released on how to make a submission to the Panel and the consultation process. The Panel will report key findings and make recommendations to the Minister on any governance improvements required to support the future needs of the WA health system. More information is available at https//www.health.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "We are extremely fortunate to have four highly skilled and experienced experts in their fields to report on whether the current legislation is supporting the McGowan Government to provide safe, high-quality, sustainable health care for all Western Australians. "The legislation has been in place for five years so it is timely that a full review be undertaken so that it can hear the views of clinicians, staff, consumers and carers. "This Review will help us independently establish if any changes are required to best support stakeholders, patients and staff to meet current and future demands." Minister's office - 6552 5900
WA’s Plan for Gender Equality going strong9116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/01/2022 3:06:16 AM2022-01-18T03:05:00Z Government launches second action plan under Stronger Together WA's Plan for Gender Equality First action plan report provides an update on the progress made under Stronger Together Stronger Together drives gender equality in key focus areas including health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership The McGowan Government's second action plan under 'Stronger Together WA's Plan for Gender Equality' was launched today, continuing its commitment to create better outcomes for women and girls and achieve positive change for our whole community. Stronger Together is the first whole-of-government, long-term plan to advance gender equality in Western Australia and is being led by the Department of Communities through four action plans between 2020-2030. The launch of the second action plan coincides with the release of the first action plan report for Stronger Together which details progress on 58 actions across priority areas of health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership. In keeping with the whole-of-government approach, actions for Stronger Together are being delivered across 16 agencies. In 2020-21, 30 actions were commenced and/or completed alongside a further 24 ongoing or long-term actions. Four actions have been specifically developed in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted the pre-existing gender inequalities in workplaces and in unpaid work, demonstrating the ongoing need for systemic change. The launch of the second action plan includes five focus areas to guide the work of Government across the next four years. They include COVID-19 recovery; safety and respect at work; primary prevention; Aboriginal women's leadership; and older women. More than 50 actions are included in the second action plan to support women in our communities including within workplaces, homes, education and training institutions, the justice system and the health system. A further 17 initiatives are being delivered to support staff and drive cultural change within the public sector. The second action plan will be updated throughout the next four years as new actions to drive gender equality are developed and progressed. The Second Action Plan and First Action Plan Report can be viewed online Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "As the Minister for Women's Interests I am committed to driving change that allows women and girls to have equal opportunity in schools, workplaces, at home and in the community. "Gender equality is important for all Western Australians - there is clear evidence that it brings economic and social benefits to everyone. It empowers our community to achieve a better balance between work and family responsibilities, contributing to improved wellbeing and emotional connection. "The second action plan will build on the progress achieved during 2020-21 through the first plan and prioritise actions that support gender equality in areas such as health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership. "There is no question there is still work to do - COVID-19 highlighted the existing gender inequalities in the workplace and at home and further demonstrates the need for systemic change. "Achieving long-lasting cultural change takes time and requires commitment from the whole community. It is everyone's responsibility." Media office - 6552 6600
Western Australians pick names for Black Hawk helicopters9115Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/01/2022 3:00:46 AM2022-01-18T03:00:00Z Two Black Hawk firefighting helicopters named by Western Australians in public vote The competition to name the Black Hawks received more than 2,500 entriesWestern Australia's two new Black Hawk helicopters have officially been named Yelka and Florian, following more than 12,000 votes cast by the WA public. A public naming competition ran on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services social media recently, with final voting closing on Monday, January 17, 2022. Fittingly, the names honour both the State's indigenous heritage and the firefighters who work to keep the WA community safe. Yelka is the Noongar word for hawk, while Florian is the patron saint for firefighters. The competition attracted more than 2,500 entries and names were narrowed down to a final list comprising five pairs, which were then voted on by the public. For the first time, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services will have two Black Hawk helicopters as part of the DFES aerial firefighting fleet. The two ex-military twin engine aircraft can carry 4,500 litres of water in their Australian-designed and built belly tanks. They can operate for up to 10 hours a day and are a significant addition to the aviation fleet which comprises 37 aircraft and includes fixed wing bombers, helitaks and a national large air tanker. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "I am thrilled to announce the names of our Black Hawk helicopters will be Yelka and Florian. "Yelka and Florian are wonderful names - together, they acknowledge Western Australia's indigenous heritage and honour the incredible contribution of our brave firefighters. "Each year Western Australians follow the operations of our aerial fleet, so giving them the opportunity to name the two Black Hawk helicopters will further strengthen that connection. "These two new Black Hawk helicopters will play a significant role in keeping the Western Australian community safe - not only for this bushfire season, but those into the future. Minister's office - 6552 5800
Industry engagement to ensure freight and supply keep moving9114Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/01/2022 1:00:58 AM2022-01-18T01:00:00Z McGowan Government working with industry and local government on freight and supply challenges Planning changes from 2020 continue to enable 24/7 deliveries to supermarkets Local governments reminded of planning change to ensure trucks can access shopping centres The McGowan Government is working with industry and local governments to ensure the continuation of essential freight and supplies into Western Australia. The Freight and Logistics Council met with representatives from the State Government last week to identify supply and freight movement challenges impacting WA, given the situation on the east coast, as well as practical measures that could help alleviate these issues. One issue raised was curfews on the times vehicles could deliver to supermarkets. In 2020, Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti approved planning changes under the State of Emergency to provide exemptions to vehicle operating hours to allow the supply of essential goods and services to supermarkets 24/7. It is understood some local governments may not have been operating under these rules. The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) will reiterate and communicate this policy to local governments, with vehicles able to arrive, load and unload at supermarkets 24/7, which will assist in keeping shelves stocked. The State Government will continue to work with industry and key stakeholders, with further meetings planned. Comments attributed to Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "We know many Western Australians are concerned about the impact the pandemic is having on freight and supply chains, particularly with what is happening on the east coast. "Ensuring trucks can move and deliver items to shopping centres will assist with the smooth flow of essential products and ensure our supermarkets remain stocked. "I know people are anxious, but there is no need to buy any more goods than you normally would. We will continue to engage with industry and stakeholders on our supply chains. "In 2020 when the effects of COVID were beginning to be felt, we made changes to planning and development regulations to ensure the continuation of essential public services in a State of Emergency. "One of these changes included removing curfews on the times vehicles could make deliveries to supermarkets. "Local governments are aware that this policy is still in effect and trucks can deliver essential goods to stores 24/7, meaning we can keep our shelves stocked and provide essentials. "We are examining a range of other measures to ensure we keep trucks and freight running and essential supplies available." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Mask mandate introduced for South-West region from 6pm tonight9113Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements60900html17/01/2022 8:51:55 AM2022-01-17T08:50:00Z People in South-West urged to take immediate action - check for potential exposure sites and follow testing requirements From 6pm masks required in all public indoor settings in the South-West region, the usual exemptions apply Rule applies to anyone who has been in the South-West region since January 12 Measures introduced following new local exposure sites and based on health advice to limit any potential spread of Omicron Everyone urged to check-in using SafeWA or ServiceWA, or complete contact registers Western Australians urged to get vaccinated, including third doses, as soon as eligibleBased on the latest health advice, a mask mandate for all indoor public settings will be introduced for the South-West region at 6pm tonight, Monday January 17. The mask rule will also apply to anyone who has been in the South-West since January 12, when a positive COVID-19 case was infectious in the community, and has since travelled to another region. Masks must be worn in all indoor public settings, including in vulnerable settings like aged care facilities and hospitals - usual exemptions apply. This public health rule is in addition to the mask wearing mandate currently in place for Perth and Peel, which requires people who have been in Perth or Peel since January 6 to wear a mask in other regions. All measures will be reviewed regularly and the Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the serious situation and provide more ongoing advice. The Department of Health is working through reported cases and is in the process of identifying close and casual contacts, and additional exposure sites. People are asked to check the exposure sites list regularly and monitor their health and get tested immediately, and self-quarantine, if they develop symptoms. If you have visited an exposure site during the times listed, you are required to follow the corresponding health advice issued for that location. Visit http//www.healthywa.wa.gov.au or http//www.wa.gov.au for further information including exposure locations and testing sites. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Based on the latest health advice, everyone in the South-West region will be required to wear a mask in all public indoor settings from 6pm tonight. "The mask mandate is being introduced in light of the increasing concerns around the spread of Omicron in the South-West community, with confirmation a previously reported positive COVID-19 case visited a number of locations in the South-West region. "I urge anyone who has been to an exposure site or is feeling unwell to go get tested immediately. "We need to get test numbers up to be sure we understand where Omicron is so we can take further action if we need to." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "I urge people to take this advice seriously. We know there is spread of Omicron in the metropolitan area and we need to do everything possible to limit it spreading further. "If you have been in Perth and Peel since January 6 but since travelled elsewhere, please remember the mask mandate still applies to you. "For people in the South-West region please remain vigilant, follow the mask rules and get tested if you have been to an exposure site or are unwell. "The State-run clinic in Bunbury will be open until 8pm today and tomorrow, and testing is available within the Busselton Hospital and Augusta Hospital. Please visit the HealthyWA website for more information." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
WA avocados smashing it in Japan9111Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9100html17/01/2022 5:02:13 AM2022-01-17T05:00:00Z McGowan Government backs industry to boost sales of WA avocados in Japan WA premium food and beverage on show at Tokyo trade event Western Australian avocados are expected to be a smash hit at a Japanese trade event hosted by the McGowan Government today to promote the State's premium food and beverages and create new export opportunities. The State Government has partnered with the local avocado industry through Hort Innovation, Avocados Australia and Austrade to showcase the popular fruit to potential importers, retailers and consumers at the WA Premium Food and Beverage Trade Event in Tokyo. Avocados are the 'hero ingredient' on the event's tasting menu, including avocado and salmon tartare, avocado and lobster mini burger, avocado mini croque madame and an avocado and chocolate mousse, alongside a selection of other premium WA food and wines. The WA avocado industry currently enjoys market access to Japan, backed by the State's enviable biosecurity status. Avocados are WA's biggest and fastest growing fruit industry, with just over half of orchards at full production age, while the remaining young trees will contribute to production in the next few years. The new Japanese language Western Australian Exporter Directory will also be launched at the WA Premium Food and Beverage Trade Event, featuring more than 150 WA agrifood and beverage exporters, to link potential buyers to suppliers. The Directory is also available in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and English and can be found online at www.wa.gov.au by searching Western Australian Exporter Directory. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government is partnering with industry to capture export markets for our avocados in Japan, and support this flourishing agricultural sector. "There is a growing demand in Japan for high quality, healthy food and beverages and Western Australia is in a good position to satisfy the discerning market requirements for premium products. "Japan is WA's second largest agriculture and food export market, and it would be fantastic to become a leading supplier of avocados, in addition to our key wheat, barley, canola, wool, meat, and lobster exports. "The WA Premium Food and Beverage Trade Event in Tokyo is the first event in a series of our Government's export market engagement plan in Japan and other markets, as we work hard to forge new market opportunities as WA's international borders reopen in 2022." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Derby under-fives helped to thrive through Early Years Initiative9110Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5750html17/01/2022 3:00:27 AM2022-01-17T03:00:00Z Derby confirmed as the fourth partner community engaged in the Early Years Initiative The Early Years Initiative is a 10-year partnership between the State Government and Minderoo Foundation to achieve better developmental outcomes for WA children aged between 0-4 years The initiative is supported by the Telethon Kids Institute which is leading the research and evaluation Children and families in Derby are set to benefit after the town was confirmed as the fourth community engaged in the successful Early Years Initiative, a partnership between the McGowan Government and Minderoo Foundation. First launched in 2018, the Early Years Initiative is a 10-year partnership that brings together community leaders, government, researchers, business and philanthropic organisations to promote better outcomes for Western Australian children aged 0-4 years and their families. One in five children aged four years and under in WA are considered developmentally vulnerable, as measured by the Australian Early Development Census. The Early Years Initiative is a commitment to working differently with communities to improve the health, learning and development of children from conception to four years. The initiative empowers communities by listening to their aspirations for their children and builds on the strengths of the community to create solutions that meet local needs. In the Central Great Southern, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) infections were identified as one of the top four health issues impacting children in the region and families reported ENT specialist services were inaccessible. Work was done to simplify the system for families, including establishing and promoting an easier referral pathway, better client follow-up and combining audio and ENT clinics to make these more accessible. The Family Connector program underway in Armadale aims to help families access the support they need to help their children thrive. More than 60 families have been supported resulting in increased engagement with child health checks. The Early Years Initiative is supported by the Telethon Kids Institute, which is leading the research and evaluation of the program, ensuring it is informed by the latest evidence. The Early Years Initiative now has four partner communities covering metropolitan, regional, remote and very remote areas of WA. Derby joins the Central Great Southern, Armadale and Bidyadanga as a partner community. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The Early Years Initiative is a unique partnership between the State Government and Minderoo Foundation that promotes new ways of working to achieve great results for children, families and the wider community. "The State Government is committed to helping children thrive and achieve their hopes and dreams, and the Early Years Initiative will empower the Derby community to work together to promote good outcomes for some of our most vulnerable. "The State Government acknowledges the generous support of Minderoo Foundation and the local leadership and advocacy delivered in Derby by Ngunga Women's Group Aboriginal Corporation." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "We need to do everything we can to help children achieve better outcomes, and I'm pleased Derby families will have the opportunity to benefit from this program, which is already delivering positive change in other partner communities. "Children in Derby face very different challenges to those in the city, and that is why the Early Years Initiative with its tailored approach will be so important in achieving good outcomes for them and their families." Comments attributed to Ngunga Women's Group Aboriginal Corporation Acting CEO Ben Burton "Ngunga Women's Group welcomes the announcement of the Early Years Initiative in Derby. The initiative will play an important role in supporting community aspirations for our children and enabling better coordinated and more culturally responsive early years services for our families." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Shutterbugs set to get snapping in new photography competition for WA Seniors Card members9109Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6350html17/01/2022 1:02:44 AM2022-01-17T01:00:00Z McGowan Government launches The Golden Lens photography competition for WA Seniors Card members Competition aims to promote ageing well by celebrating the skills of older Western Australians Selection of photos to be featured in the WA Seniors Card Discount Directory The McGowan Government has today launched The Golden Lens photography competition for Western Australian Seniors Card members. The competition provides an opportunity for more than 400,000 WA Senior Card members to share photos they have taken which reflect the lives of seniors and seniors' interests across WA. Importantly, the competition aims to promote ageing well by celebrating the skills of Western Australians through the art of photography and demonstrating people can create at any age. There are four categories to submit photos 'Active Ageing', 'Artistic Photography', 'Aussie Way of Life' and 'Meaningful Connections'. There will also be a People's Choice category where public voting will be possible via the WA Seniors Card Facebook page. The photos may be featured in the WA Seniors Card 2022 - 2023 Discount Directory to be published later this year. Key prizes have been generously donated by WA Seniors Card business partners, and all five winners will be invited to a lunch at Parliament House with Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch. The competition closes on April 4, 2022. Further information about entry requirements is available at https//www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au/goldenlens Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch "The Golden Lens competition is a fantastic opportunity for our WA Seniors Card members to share the stories of their lives and interests through the power of image. "Our seniors lead diverse and interesting lives and love to share their stories so what better way is there to speak a thousand words than through a photograph. "There is a growing imperative for 'whole of community' commitment and action to ensure older people remain active and participate in their community, and this competition is a prime example of how the State Government demonstrates this very commitment and action." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Dryandra Woodland is Western Australia’s newest national park9108Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11820html17/01/2022 12:29:11 AM2022-01-17T00:15:00Z First national park to be created in WA's Wheatbelt region Total reservation of 17,870 hectares Dryandra is home to numbats, woylies, malleefowl and brushtail possums Western Australia's newest national park has been created. The Dryandra Woodland National Park, near Narrogin, 180 kilometres south-east of Perth, is the first national park in Western Australia's Wheatbelt region. Dryandra is a key stronghold for some of Australia's rarest and most vulnerable wildlife, including numbats, woylies, brushtail wallabies, chuditch, quenda and the mound-building malleefowl. The conversion of the former State forest to national park, including the creation of two class A nature reserves, will help ensure the future protection of native animals living in one of the last remnants of original woodland in the western Wheatbelt. Numbers of numbats, Western Australia's animal emblem, have increased at Dryandra in recent years thanks to a Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions conservation program. The department's Western Shield program, which has been operating for 25 years and works to protect WA's native wildlife through broadscale management of introduced predators, including foxes and feral cats, has achieved significant conservation outcomes for many vulnerable native species in Dryandra. The Dryandra Woodland National Park (a formal park naming process is still under way) is also home to Barna Mia, a predator-proof animal sanctuary where the public can see rare and protected wildlife, including numbats, in their nocturnal environment. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "The conversion of this magnificent woodland into national park demonstrates the McGowan Government's commitment to safeguarding the State's precious biodiversity in what is an area of outstanding value. "The creation of this new national park will better protect the woodland's unique native species, while also offering wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities for visitors and the local community. "The new national park is within a day's travel from Perth and will continue to be a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts, campers and bushwalkers for generations to come." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Applications open for Mentally Healthy Workplaces Grant program9101Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9300html17/01/2022 12:21:54 AM2022-01-17T00:00:00Z Grants available to fund initiatives that promote and support worker welfare Applicants may apply for funding of up to $175,000 per year Program follows McGowan Government's election commitment The McGowan Government today launched a grant program to help prevent mental health injury at work and promote positive work practices. The Mentally Healthy Workplaces Grant program will provide funding up to $175,000 per year to entities for initiatives that will support mentally healthy workplaces. Administered by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, the Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations Minister will determine the amount and duration of the grants that will be awarded by July 2022. The Mentally Healthy Workplaces Grant program forms part of the McGowan Government's election commitment to support the wellbeing of workers and reduce psychosocial hazards. For more information on program guidelines and how to apply, visit https//www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/dmirs/mentally-healthy-workplaces-grant-program Comments attributed to Acting Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations Minister Rita Saffioti "The health and safety of all Western Australian workers, including their mental health, is a high priority for the McGowan Government. "The Mentally Healthy Workplaces Grant program recognises the importance of mentally healthy workplaces by supporting initiatives committed to enhancing the positive aspects of work and worker wellbeing. "We will continue to work with individuals, organisations and the community to improve worker welfare and to promote respect between employers and employees." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Masks required indoors in Perth and Peel from 6pm tonight9099Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements97820html16/01/2022 7:41:38 AM2022-01-16T07:30:00Z ​ From 6pm, masks required in all public indoor settings, the usual exemptions apply Measures introduced based on health advice to limit any potential spread of Omicron Everyone urged to check-in using the ServiceWA app or complete contact registers West Australians urged to get vaccinated, including third doses, as soon as eligible Western Australia has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in the community overnight, both linked to the Cockburn cluster, and a further three new local cases have been recorded so far today. As a result, mandatory mask wearing in all indoor public settings will come into effect for the Perth and Peel regions at 6pm tonight (January 16). Anyone who has been in the Perth or Peel region from January 6 is also required to wear a mask indoors when travelling to another regional area. All measures will be reviewed regularly and the Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the serious situation and provide more ongoing advice. Visit www.healthywa.wa.gov.au or www.wa.gov.au for further information. The Department of Health is working through the cases and is in the process of identifying close and casual contacts, and additional exposure sites. People are asked to check the exposure sites list regularly and monitor their health and get tested immediately, and self-quarantine, if they develop symptoms. If you have visited an exposure site during the times listed, you are required to follow the corresponding health advice issued for that location. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "What we are seeing with the Cockburn cluster is increasingly concerning. "This is particularly the case given what we are witnessing in the eastern states where the rapid spread of Omicron is causing havoc and heartbreak. "That is why we are raising the alarm and urging anyone who has been to any of the exposure sites to get tested immediately. "The best way to stop the spread of Omicron is to wear a mask, which is why masks will be mandatory for all public indoor settings from 6pm this evening. "I urge all Western Australians to do the right thing, to protect yourselves, your loved ones and the wider community. "We have done it before and it is vital we now do it again." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "We now have Omicron in our community and we can't afford to be complacent. "Please, if you are feeling unwell, no matter where you are in our state, come forward for testing. "I urge all West Australians to check the exposure sites regularly and get tested if you visited one of these places. "Wear your mask indoors if you are in Perth and Peel, check-in using ServiceWA, and get vaccinated, including your third dose, if you haven't already to protect not only yourself but others in our community from the virus." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
Site confirmed as design starts on new women and babies hospital9095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19610html16/01/2022 3:05:37 AM2022-01-16T00:00:00Z ​ A site north of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital G Block confirmed for new world-class $1.8 billion women and newborn Hospital Concept design phase to commence in February 2022 The project is expected to create more than 1,400 jobs The design of the new $1.8 billion women and babies Hospital will start shortly, with the site at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEIIMC) selected as the location. Following a comprehensive site analysis and evaluation process, the new hospital will be built north of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) G Block. A key factor in the decision to build in the selected location is its advantage in future-proofing the QEIIMC over a 40-year period, including future redevelopments of the Perth Children's Hospital, SCGH, PathWest and teaching and research facilities. The selected site will afford greater opportunities to maximise natural lighting, access to views and potential for upper-level green spaces, while improving access to clinical services at both Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) and Perth Children's Hospital. Aboriginal cultural advice received during the consultation confirmed that the proposed location was preferred. A cross-agency working group will be established to develop options for increased access to car-parking at the QEIIMC site, for both the construction and operational phases of the project. Since June 2021, 480 stakeholders have been consulted on the development so far. With service delivery planning almost complete, and the preferred site confirmed, the concept design of the hospital will start in February 2022. The full scope of works and designs will be determined following the development of a detailed business case and the project definition plan is due for completion at the end of 2022. Site works are forecast to begin in 2023. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Hundreds of thousands of Western Australians have been born at King Edward Memorial Hospital and so many of us, myself included, have delivered babies there. "It is time for a new building and the new women and newborn hospital will be a world-class tertiary hospital, providing high-quality services and an improved experience for patients and families. "The central location north of the current SCGH G Block allows for the future-proofing of the QEIIMC and will provide greater scope for enhanced patient amenities such as natural lighting, views and green space. "Thank you to the many staff at Women and Newborn Health Service, SCGH and Child and Adolescent Health Service, together with our health consumer representatives, QEIIMC tenants, QEIIMC Trust and all stakeholders, who have played an integral role in planning for the new hospital to date." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Legacy WA builds lifelong connections and skills at annual children's camp in Busselton9097Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4240html16/01/2022 4:28:27 AM2022-01-15T16:00:00Z ​ Legacy WA hosts 75 children of veterans at their annual children's camp in Busselton Camp builds confidence, resilience and life skills McGowan Government secures future of camp with almost $364,000 in funding Veteran Issues Minister Paul Papalia joined Legacy WA in Busselton today for their annual children's camp. First held in 1956, the camp supports the children of ill-health and deceased veterans to build meaningful connections with others in similar situations. This year's group of 75 campers have taken part in a wide range of recreational activities including swimming, boating and abseiling. Held over 10 days from January 8 to 17 at Legacy WA's Busselton holiday camp, and with the support of the Special Air Service Regiment, campers have also had the opportunity to learn essential life skills, including basic first aid, cultural awareness and participate in resilience building activities. The McGowan Government has allocated $353,786 over three years through the ANZAC Day Trust Grants program to support Legacy WA's Busselton camp. Open all year round, the Busselton holiday camp gives current and ex serving Defence members, and their families an opportunity for respite and a chance to connect. Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Paul Papalia "It is vitally important as a community that we support the families and children of our injured and fallen veterans. "Legacy WA do an incredible job each year at bringing together the children of veterans through their annual Children's Camp in Busselton. "It's been a great privilege to meet some of the great kids here at the 2022 camp, and see firsthand just one of the many services provided by Legacy WA to our veteran community. "The WA Government values our veterans and the service they have given to our country, and the support provided by organisations such as Legacy WA." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Mandurah Line now open following successful 20-day Shutdown9067Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19720html15/01/2022 2:30:10 AM2022-01-15T02:30:00Z Mandurah Line now open for passengers after 20-day shutdown to facilitate major works on METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link About 500 personnel worked around the clock to lay more than 5 kilometres of new rail More than 140,000 passengers used bus replacement services Two-zone fare cap in effect, slashing cost of travel from southern suburbs The Mandurah Line has now re-opened following a successful 20-day shutdown to enable major works on the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link. METRONET contractors worked day and night to re-open the Mandurah Line from first service today. For 20 days in challenging heat, almost 500 personnel worked around the clock to lay more than 5 kilometres of new track, re-lay 7,500 concrete railway sleepers, and install new overhead line equipment, including 112 masts and 6 kilometres of wires for this section of the Thornlie-Cockburn Link. With trains back up and running, train replacement bus services have ceased, with thousands of bus trips provided and approximately 140,000 passenger boardings recorded over the course of the shutdown. Now the Mandurah Line track has been shifted, work continues to build the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link. The next steps are to construct the new Thornlie Line in the centre of the passenger rail corridor between the Glen Iris Rail Tunnel and Cockburn Central Station. Progress will continue on the construction of Ranford Road Bridge and the relocation of the Kewdale White Oil Line through Thornlie, Canning Vale and Jandakot to make way for the new train line. Passengers boarding trains on the Mandurah Line are now reaping the benefits of the two-zone fare cap, which came into effect on January 1. With savings of up to $6.40 on a single journey with a SmartRider from Mandurah Station, Perth's busiest train line is now more affordable for passengers. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The biggest public transport shutdown on the Mandurah Line is now over thanks to the hard work of METRONET's contractors, and I would like to thank them for getting the job done in extreme weather conditions. "Thank you to our residents and passengers for your patience and everyone who has been involved in continuing to provide a public transport service during the shutdown in often challenging conditions, including the hundreds of bus drivers drafted in to support the train replacement effort. "The Thornlie-Cockburn Link is already supporting jobs, and once complete, it will encourage further job growth and development, ease congestion and create a greater transport connection to Optus Stadium. "On January 1, we also delivered a major election commitment - the two-zone fare cap - making our train lines more affordable for more passengers and potentially saving them thousands of dollars per year." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Broome business to support major upgrade of local water and wastewater infrastructure9066Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8420html14/01/2022 5:00:54 AM2022-01-14T05:00:00Z Construction begins on a new 11km wastewater pipeline through Broome Project to support Broome's growth and economic development while delivering environmental benefits Closure of Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant to protect iconic Roebuck Bay Water Corporation awarded approximately $5 million in contracts to North West Aboriginal businesses in 2020-21Water Minister Dave Kelly has announced the start of a major upgrade to water and wastewater infrastructure in Broome, with a local Aboriginal business appointed to deliver the project's first stage. The project includes a new 11km wastewater pipeline to be delivered by Broome-based Kimberley Civil and Drainage, and upgrades to Water Corporation's Broome North Water Resource Recovery Facility. In addition to supporting population growth and economic development, the project will facilitate the closure of the Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant, helping ensure better environmental outcomes for the iconic Roebuck Bay. The project also includes an overhaul of the town's irrigation scheme, partly funded through the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. The scheme will use new and repurposed infrastructure to deliver non-potable water to 43.5 hectares of green space across Broome, including school ovals, playing fields and sporting facilities. In 2020-21, Water Corporation awarded $14.1 million in contracts to Aboriginal businesses across Western Australia, including approximately $5 million to Aboriginal businesses in the North West. Since 2017, the WA Government, through Water Corporation, has invested $204 million in water and wastewater projects across the North West. Project and construction information can be found on Water Corporation's website. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It's fantastic to see a local business delivering a project that will help cement Broome as one of Australia's most iconic tourist destinations. "Importantly, this project will ensure greater environmental protection of Roebuck Bay while also delivering a reliable supply of non-potable water that will provide significant public amenity. "In the past financial year, Water Corporation has supported local businesses and Aboriginal contractors in the North West by investing around $5 million. Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "Roebuck Bay is a pristine, natural attraction which is popular among locals and tourists and holds high environmental significance. "With construction underway, we are one step closer towards ensuring the protection of this iconic area and continued delivery of water and wastewater services for Broome's growing community." Minister's office - 6552 6100
RED Grants deliver boost for Great Southern business9065Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9680html14/01/2022 3:37:31 AM2022-01-14T03:30:00Z Five Great Southern projects to share $586,100 in Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants McGowan Government investing in jobs, manufacturing, Aboriginal economic development and business incubation Great Southern projects focused on creating jobs, local manufacturing, Aboriginal economic development and business incubation are set for a major boost through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program. The RED Grants program is a $40.8 million McGowan Government initiative focused on locally-driven projects that contribute to the economic growth and development of regional Western Australia. Five projects across the Great Southern region will share in $586,100 through Round 4 of the RED Grants program. Venco Products, a specialist manufacturer of ceramics and pottery equipment, will receive $190,000 in grant funding towards the purchase of land and the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Albany. A $190,000 grant will support modular home maker Aspect Modular Pty Ltd relocating its operations from Perth to Denmark, investing in the purchase of land from Development WA and constructing a manufacturing facility. Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation and Tambellup Aboriginal Progress Association will share a $94,000 RED Grant, auspiced through South Coast Natural Resource Management, to scale up a native seed enterprise in Tambellup and a native seedling nursery in Gnowangerup, focusing on business development for Aboriginal people. Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) secured a $62,100 RED Grant to purchase a commercial greenhouse to support BAC's growing land-based enterprises in carbon offsetting, land regeneration, bushfoods and cultural tourism. A $50,000 RED Grant will support redevelopment of the Albany Business Centre to provide more space for local start-up businesses and further business workshops and training courses. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Round four of RED Grants will help build on existing manufacturing capabilities and will bring new businesses into the Great Southern, helping to strengthen and diversify the local economy. "We see huge potential for Aboriginal employment in carbon farming across the State. To drive these land restorations, activities will require a real scaling up of seed collection and nursery development. "Our RED Grants are continuing to deliver for regional communities across Western Australia." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens "I am excited to be able to welcome the successful recipients of this round of RED Grants, alongside the Minister today. "I particularly congratulate local Albany business Venco Products who will use their grant to construct a new facility, allowing them to greatly increase their production capacity." Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "RED Grants have been proven to make significant impacts on local industries through the Warren-Blackwood electorate. "I congratulate the successful businesses that have received a RED Grant in this round, including Aspect Modular who will now relocate their business from Perth to Denmark." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful Round 4 RED Grant recipients - Great Southern Grant Applicant Project Description Grant Amount Venco Products Venco Products Manufacturing Facility Purchase land and construct a new manufacturing facility in Albany. The RED funding will be invested in the construction of the new facility. The project outcomes include an increase in the production of wholesale ceramic equipment for export from the region to national and international markets and consequently increase in business activity, including revenue, staff, and contractors. $190,000 ​Aspect Modular ​Aspect Modular Manufacturing Facility Relocate Aspect Modular operations from Perth to Denmark, Western Australia. The project includes purchase of industrial land from DevelopmentWA and construction of a manufacturing facility on the land. RED funding will be invested in aspects of construction, including earthworks, a fire safety system and shed. ​$190,000 ​Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation and Tambellup Aboriginal Progress Association ​Seeds of the Great Southern Transition two pilot-scale enterprises into established commercial businesses. The project will boost the capacity and capability of Noongar people from the Gnowangerup and Tambellup communities. This is a partnership project between the Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation and Tambellup Aboriginal Progress Association, with support from South Coast Natural Resource Management. Both enterprises will provide local provenance seed and seedling services into the State’s rapidly expanding restoration economy. ​$94,000 ​Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) ​Mungart Seed Enterprises Nursery RED funding will be used to support the establishment of a nursery enterprise operated by the BAC to support its growing land-based enterprises in carbon offsetting, land regeneration, bushfoods and cultural tourism. Funding will be used to purchase a commercial greenhouse. ​$62,100 ​Albany Enterprise Group ​Albany Business Centre Redevelopment Plan Redevelop the centre’s existing buildings to increase space for start-ups, improve accessibility and enable increased workshops and education. ​$50,000
Perth’s Optus Stadium crowned Australia’s best9064Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15700html14/01/2022 2:15:17 AM2022-01-14T02:10:00Z Perth's Optus Stadium crowned Australia's Best Stadium 2021 VenuesWest venues received overwhelming public support with RAC Arena and HBF Park collecting top votes Best AFL Stadium also taken out by Optus Stadium ahead of the Melbourne Cricket GroundOptus Stadium has capped off an incredible 2021 by taking out the public vote as Australia's Best Stadium at the 2021 Stadium Awards on Austadiums. The fan-favourite venue collected 29 per cent of the votes, ahead of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG, 21 per cent of the vote) and CommBank Stadium (12 per cent). It also claimed the top gong for Best AFL Stadium following its overwhelming success as host of the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final. The 60,000 seat stadium was the only multi-category winner in this year's awards, and narrowly missing out on a trifecta, with Best Cricket Ground awarded to the MCG. Optus Stadium had an action-packed 2021 line-up, hosting AFL's spine-tingling Dreamtime game, the AFL Preliminary Finals campaign, the Bledisloe Cup, and the coveted 2021 Toyota AFL Grant Final. Two additional world-class VenuesWest venues received significant public support, with RAC Arena (27 per cent) coming in hot on the heels of Best Indoor Arena winner Rod Laver Arena (30 per cent). HBF Park, which is set to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand, was voted third best A-League Stadium in Australia. The results echo the 92 per cent satisfaction rate recorded across all VenuesWest venues during 2020-21. About 4.2 million people attended VenuesWest venues during the year. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "There is no question that Optus Stadium had an incredible 2021, particularly with the hugely successful hosting of the Toyota AFL Grand Final in Perth for the first time, so it is great to see this reflected in public feedback. "Western Australians know that we have a number of world-class venues, but these survey results are a great reminder for the rest of the country of the State's capacity to host top-tier events and experiences that fans love." Comments attributed to acting VenuesWest chief executive officer Janis Carren "To receive such fantastic public support despite the ever-changing pandemic environment is a testament to the unwavering commitment and hard work of VenuesWest and its partners at Optus Stadium and RAC Arena. "The results speak to the fact that our world-class venues offer an unforgettable fan experience, and undeniably have the calibre to deliver nationally and internationally renowned events." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Breakwater crossing creates new entry to Ocean Reef Marina9063Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7920html14/01/2022 2:01:12 AM2022-01-14T02:00:00Z $62 million breakwater works achieve key milestone at landmark marina project New breakwaters will create better access for existing and future boat harbour users 56 local jobs created during construction Construction of a world-class marina at Ocean Reef has reached another key milestone with the crossing of the new breakwaters at the multimillion-dollar project, which will create a safer, more accessible waterside entry for harbour users. Work on the new $62 million breakwaters began in February last year, creating some 56 local construction jobs. The Southern breakwater is due to reach its final length of 1.18 kilometres in the first quarter of 2022 following the Northern breakwater reaching its final length in October last year. Work will then commence on bringing the breakwaters up to their final height of up to 18.5 metres from the ocean floor. When complete, the new breakwaters will comprise approximately 650,000 tonnes of limestone - the majority of which has been sourced locally from DevelopmentWA's Neerabup quarry. This has unlocked 25 hectares of land for development in the neighbouring Meridian Park industrial estate, supporting the creation of 550 ongoing local jobs. Another 300,000 tonnes of granite will be required which has predominantly been quarried in Byford by Western Australian company WA Bluemetal Quarries, creating 10 new jobs. Following the crossover, the removal of the existing harbour breakwater has now commenced with all rocks being reused in the new breakwaters. The successful crossing is the latest in a year of significant 2021 milestones for the Ocean Reef Marina project, including opening of the $2.3 million, 380 metre Hodges Drive extension as the main entrance to the marina, creating 40 new jobs; and completion of Australia's largest ever Roe's abalone translocation program with approximately 170,000 abalone carefully moved to other fisheries in the metropolitan area. The new Ocean Reef Marina will include Perth's first coastal pool and a beach within the protection of the Marina, as well as capacity for 550 boat pens, 200 boat stackers, boat ramps and trailer parking. Around 1,000 residential dwellings are also planned for the Marina precinct across a range of housing types including single residential homesites, apartments and mixed-use developments. In total, this iconic development will generate around 8,600 construction and 900 ongoing jobs. Ocean Reef Marina is a State Government project being delivered by DevelopmentWA in collaboration with the City of Joondalup. Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey "The Ocean Reef Marina is a really exciting project for Perth and Western Australia, and the crossing of the breakwaters represents a significant milestone which allows other works within the Marina to get underway. "The breakwater works alone have created 56 local jobs for Western Australians and will provide safer and better waterside access to users of the harbour. "In total, the Ocean Reef Marina project will create around 8,600 construction and 900 ongoing jobs in WA and will inject $3 billion into the State's economy." Comments attributed to Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton "This is an exciting moment for our local community, with the next stage of the Ocean Reef Marina construction underway. "Thousands of jobs will be generated by this iconic development, and some $3 billion will be injected into the WA economy - making it an important project for our State. "This is a decades-in-the-making project that will transform the Ocean Reef coastline and deliver massive benefits to the local community with new facilities, recreational areas and job-generating businesses." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New quarantine arrangements under WA’s controlled border9062Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18180html13/01/2022 11:03:07 AM2022-01-13T07:45:00Z Quarantine changes for double dose vaccinated travellers who test negative to COVID-19 Travellers to move from hotel quarantine to self-quarantine at a suitable premise on day eight to complete the final seven days of quarantine Subject to additional PCR testing and G2G Now monitoringDouble dose vaccinated travellers who test negative for COVID-19 in hotel quarantine will be able to move to self-quarantine on day eight to complete their 14-days quarantine under new measures to begin today. These travellers must record negative PCR results from tests on day one and six in hotel quarantine and be able to complete the remainder of their 14-days of quarantine in self-quarantine at a suitable premise. From day eight, once in self-quarantine travellers must do a PCR test on days nine and 12, and all members of their household, if any, will also be required to do a PCR test on the traveller's day 12. However, if the traveller returns a positive PCR result on day nine, members of their household, if any, will also be required to do a PCR test on day 10. All members of the household must self-quarantine and use G2G Now monitoring until the traveller's 14-day quarantine period is completed. Travellers will only be able to finish self-quarantine on day 14 if they and members of their household, if any, return a negative PCR test result on day 12. These new quarantine arrangements will apply to international arrivals and domestic travellers from 'extreme' risk jurisdictions. These measures are based on health advice and will be reviewed regularly to reduce pressure and the risk in the State's hotel quarantine system and protect the Western Australian community. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Until the Commonwealth's quarantine facility is finished we need to ensure our State's hotel quarantine system can operate as safe as possible in the world of Omicron. "These changes are based on expert health advice, considering people become positive with Omicron earlier than with other strains of the virus. "Our health advice is clear that this adjustment is safe and will reduce the risk of Omicron spreading in hotel facilities, as we can ensure safer room allocations are in place." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The Chief Health Officer has recommended these new quarantine arrangements to ensure our hotel quarantine system isn't overburdened by the Omicron strain. "This cautious step will allow double dose vaccinated travellers who present a very low risk to finish up their quarantine in self-isolation. "All double dose vaccinated travellers who test negative on days one and six and have suitable premises to quarantine will also be required to undergo PCR tests and G2G Now monitoring." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
Proof of vaccination to be expanded State-wide from January 319061Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements51350html13/01/2022 7:33:58 AM2022-01-13T07:30:00Z Expanded proof of vaccination policy to apply State-wide Additional requirements to take effect from January 31, 2022, based on health advice People encouraged to use the ServiceWA app to provide proof of vaccination Western Australians urged to get vaccinated, including third doses, if eligibleProof of vaccination requirements will be expanded from Monday, January 31, to apply to venues and events State-wide, and now include new higher-risk venues. Since January 4, proof of vaccination has been required for a number of higher risk venues and events in Perth and Peel, as part of a safe transition from the Delta backpacker cluster and to help keep Western Australia safe from the growing threat of Omicron. Based on the latest health advice, from Monday, January 31, proof of vaccination requirements will apply State-wide and be expanded to include new higher-risk venues. Double dose proof of vaccination for those aged 16 and older will be required for visitors to public and private hospitals, and aged care facilities; all hospitality venues including restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, taverns, night clubs and dine-in fast food (roadhouses, service stations and takeaway is exempt); indoor entertainment venues, including play centres, gaming and gambling, theatres, concert halls, museums, cinemas and live music venues; bottle shops; the entire Crown Perth complex; major stadiums; gyms, fitness centres and health studios; amusement parks and the Zoo; and music festivals and large events with more than 500 people, unless exempt.Community sport and school-based events, unless at one of the specific venues listed, are exempt from the proof of vaccination requirement. People will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination, either in a digital or paper-based form, along with approved identification if not using the ServiceWA app. Visit https//www.wa.gov.au to see information on getting proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. Venues, staff and patrons will have a shared responsibility when it comes to proof of vaccination, with venues required to take reasonable steps to ensure all patrons are double dose vaccinated, or exempt. ServiceWA is a free app that allows people to show proof of vaccination, check-in with SafeWA and access a G2G Pass for interstate travel - all in one place. ServiceWA can be downloaded from the following links Apple https//apps.apple.com/us/app/servicewa/id1599181775 Android https//play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.wa.digital.service.mobile.servicewa.citizen Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The interim proof of vaccination policy, brought in earlier this month to help us transition out of the backpacker outbreak safely, has been a success. "Based on the latest health advice, we will be expanding the proof of vaccination requirement to venues throughout WA and adding further higher risk venues to the policy. "The expanded policy will take effect from January 31 when vaccination mandates for the Group 2 workforce will also take effect. "This means the vast majority of Western Australians will be double dose vaccinated and we are providing businesses and venues more than two weeks to implement the changes. "I thank businesses and the community for their efforts in Perth and Peel to make the policy to date a success. We now need to replicate that success across the State. "We know that those in hospitals around the country are mainly unvaccinated people, so I urge you if you aren't vaccinated - do it now. "If you don't get vaccinated, the message is clear - we will not let you put others at risk." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Vaccination is our best protection from COVID-19 and we thank Western Australians for doing the right thing and rolling up their sleeves. "The Omicron variant is a game changer and as we head towards our safe transition it is essential that we implement the necessary public health and social measures to protect ourselves. "Proof of vaccination is one of these important measures and I know businesses and communities across the State will embrace these new measures, just as those in the Perth and Peel regions have done these past few weeks. "The new ServiceWA app, which integrates vaccination certificates with the check-in function of SafeWA, will make these processes easier going forward. "I'd encourage all Western Australians to take the time to register with ServiceWA and get vaccinated, if you haven't already." Premier's office - 6552 5000Health Minister's office - 6552 5900