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Harvest Road Oceans sets sustainable pace for shellfish aquaculture17986Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 11:41:57 AM2020-08-07T10:00:00Z McGowan Government delivers $2 million to meet commercial aquaculture demand and boost recovery Harvest Road Oceans, WA's biggest aquaculture company, launches new sustainable seafood brand Company's $16 million aquaculture investment creates jobs and helps grow WA The McGowan Government's investment in aquaculture development in the south-west is paying dividends, supporting millions of dollars of private investment and the creation of hundreds of jobs in the shellfish industry in Western Australia. The Government has already invested $1.3 million to establish the Albany Shellfish Hatchery and today announced a further $700,000 in funding to expand infrastructure at the hatchery in order to address rising industry demand as part of the WA Recovery Plan. The McGowan Government today also declared the first stage of the Albany Aquaculture Development Zone (Oyster Harbour). This will provide an additional 500 hectares for shellfish production in Albany. The demand for juvenile shellfish, commonly known as 'spat', to stock grow-out farms around the State has more than tripled growth expectations, indicating strong commercial interest and confidence in WA's aquaculture industry. Decisions by the McGowan Government to expand facilities to add more supply capacity and to provide new investment-ready locations for shellfish farms is helping underpin this confidence and to support investment by companies, such as Harvest Road Oceans. As the State's biggest shellfish farming company, Harvest Road Oceans has made a substantial investment through the launch of a new sustainable seafood brand 'Leeuwin Coast'. In the Albany area, Harvest Road holds licences for shellfish farming sites in Oyster Harbour and King George Sound. It also holds licences for areas in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds and is carrying out trials in other coastal areas to assess their suitability for oyster farming. Harvest Road plans to more than double their current staff by the end of the 2020-21 financial year and expect to employ up to 200 staff in Albany at full operation. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government is investing in WA's aquaculture industry to support thousands of new jobs across WA. "WA has a global reputation for having one of the world's most sustainable fisheries and our aquaculture industry is well positioned to meet increasing domestic and global demand. "Harvest Road Oceans is to be commended for its success in helping to support jobs and growth in WA's aquaculture sector." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Eid-Adha Carnival heralds the return of cultural festivals to WA17985Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 7:14:58 AM2020-08-07T07:10:00Z LiveLighter Multicultural Eid-Adha Carnival at Burswood Park tomorrow First major cultural festival held in WA since onset of COVID-19 McGowan Government supports popular Eid-ul-Adha celebration with $35,000 Western Australia is set to host its first major cultural festival since the onset of COVID-19, with this weekend's LiveLighter Multicultural Eid-Adha Carnival to take place tomorrow (August 8) at Burswood Park. Co-ordinated by the Australian Arab Association, the free public family friendly carnival will include international cuisines, music, entertainment, performances and children's rides. Western Australia's strong management of COVID-19 has allowed outdoor public events with large gatherings to take place, ahead of the rest of the country, with attendees reminded to continue to practise physical distancing and maintain good hygiene. The carnival is a celebration of Eid ul-Adha, one of the most important festivals on the Muslim calendar. It will provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to learn about and enjoy the spectacular and diverse cultures and traditions of Western Australian Muslims. This year's LiveLighter Multicultural Eid-Adha Carnival is supported by the State Government with $35,000 through Healthway and the Office of Multicultural Interests. More information about the Eid-Adha Carnival and others happening around the State can be found at http//www.omi.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "This year's Eid festival takes on a special significance as the first major cultural festival to be held in WA since the onset of COVID-19. "With the State having moved to Stage 4 of WA's roadmap for the careful easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the event is able to take place, with everyone planning to attend reminded to practise physical distancing and good hygiene. "Because of WA's culturally diverse communities, we get to participate in the best of the world's celebrations right here at home with community festivals bringing family fun, excitement and new cultural experiences to everyone. "The Western Australian Muslim community continues to grow and play a key role in making WA an ever more vibrant and exciting State. "On behalf of the McGowan Government, I wish all Western Australian Muslims and their families Eid Mubarak during this important and joyful time." Minister's office - 6552 5600
WA Recovery Plan to fund Albany shellfish hatchery’s expansion17984Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 4:50:30 AM2020-08-07T04:50:00Z Unprecedented demand for spat as WA's shellfish aquaculture industry expands $700,000 for additional infrastructure will create more jobs under WA Recovery Plan Albany's Shellfish Hatchery produces multiple species of spat for commercial farmers Albany's state-of-the-art Shellfish Hatchery will use an extra $700,000 allocated under the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan to expand its production capacity and help underpin an estimated 1,200 jobs. Industry demand for shellfish spat has soared since Premier Mark McGowan officially opened the Albany hatchery in December 2017 as part of the Government's drive to create jobs in Western Australia's emerging aquaculture industry. Commercial operators' demand for shellfish spat for rock and akoya oysters, mussels and scallops has exploded since the hatchery's opening. Expanding the hatchery's production capability will not only strengthen existing commercial operations, but also lay the foundations for future jobs - estimated at more than 2,000 State-wide. In the next 12 months, the Albany Shellfish Hatchery expansion - an important step as proposed Aquaculture Development Zones for shellfish begin to open up on the South Coast - will deliver up to 15 local contracting jobs. The $700,000 in additional infrastructure will include a greenhouse to increase microalgae production to feed young oysters and a new nursery to allow part of the production cycle to be located outside the existing hatchery, freeing space to increase spat output. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley "Aquaculture is a significant growth industry for WA and creating 1,200 jobs in shellfish aquaculture around the State will support new opportunities to diversify regional economies. "Albany's Shellfish Hatchery was established three years ago in a joint effort between the State Government and the Aquaculture Council of WA. "This additional $700,000 will facilitate additional infrastructure and expand its production capacity. "Since the start of hatchery operations, significant private investment in shellfish aquaculture in WA has driven demand for spat to an extent that has greatly exceeded original forecasts. "This bodes well for the future of aquaculture in WA and signals an important way to increase diversified markets, both export and domestic, and create much-needed regional jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Fishing Strategy designed to keep recreational sector safe17983Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 4:30:43 AM2020-08-07T04:30:00Z McGowan Government allocates $560,000 for recreational fishing safety initiatives Recfishwest to deliver Fishing Safety Strategy and improve recreational experience The McGowan Government will provide $560,000 through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund to help keep recfishers safe across Western Australia. The funding will support Recfishwest to continue delivering its successful Fishing Safety Strategy. The strategy will build on successful initiatives aimed at making rock fishing, salmon, abalone, rock lobster and spearfishing safer. The annual salmon run safety campaign has already increased awareness of the dangers of rock fishing and helped reduce the number of incidents, particularly related to drowning. Additionally, 75 angel rings, more than 100 rock anchor points and 1,000 safety signs have been installed at high risk rock fishing locations across the State. The loan lifejacket program was also expanded, offering 176 free loan lifejackets across 23 locations between Quobba and Esperance. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley "More than 600,000 Western Australians enjoy recreational fishing activities each year and nothing is more important than making sure all fishers return home safe to their families after a day of fishing. "Recfishwest has played an important role in developing safety initiatives and driving home the safety message for the recfishing community across WA. "The McGowan Government understands how vital this work is and will fund the Fishing Safety Strategy in partnership with Recfishwest to deliver a comprehensive safety program over the next four years." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Oyster Harbour Zone opens up for South Coast aquaculture17982Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 4:18:14 AM2020-08-07T04:15:00Z McGowan Government supports South Coast aquaculture with $1.3 million funding for new aquaculture development zone Investment-ready aquaculture zone expected to create jobs Oyster Harbour zone will allow for recreational boating access The McGowan Government is set to declare the first stage of a new aquaculture development zone (ADZ) in Albany - priming the pump for investment in shellfish farming and paving the way for an estimated 200 jobs. The McGowan Government has invested $1.3 million to establish shellfish locations within the South Coast. This investment is in addition to more than $2 million to build and expand the Albany Shellfish Hatchery, which provides the oyster spat to commercial operators in Albany and across Western Australia. Declaration of aquaculture development zones ensures approval and management frameworks are in place for start-up and growth opportunities for commercial-scale aquaculture proposals. Declaration of the zone in Albany coastal waters is a two stage process, with the first involving declaration of a 500-hectare area in Oyster Harbour. Additional areas in Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound will follow. Applications are now open for aquaculture licences and leases within the Oyster Harbour area of the Albany Aquaculture Zone. Relevant information is available on the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website via the Fisheries link http//www.fish.wa.gov.au/Fishing-and-Aquaculture/Aquaculture/Aquaculture%20Zones/Pages/Site-allocations.aspx The zone was developed following extensive consultation with the local community and stakeholders, and accommodates the needs of other users including recreational boating. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley "Aquaculture is a significant growth industry for WA, and the McGowan Government has supported a number of key aquaculture initiatives to help diversify our economy, boost employment opportunities and generate economic activity in regional coastal areas. "When the South Coast zones are all operational, the shellfish farming activity is expected to create more than 200 direct jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs in sectors supporting those commercial operations. "This figure, coupled with the future employment opportunities in the Kimberley and Mid-West aquaculture zones, is estimated to support up to 2,000 jobs across the State." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Funding boost for Electronic Medical Record System17981Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 4:00:54 AM2020-08-07T04:00:00Z $8.1 million as part of WA Recovery Plan to initiate planning for an Electronic Medical Record System System will create a future modern, resource efficient, digital platform Enhanced digital environment will help clinicians and improve patient care The McGowan Government is injecting $8.1 million to commence planning for a Western Australian Electronic Medical Record System that will improve safety, efficiency and patient experience. The system is one of the key recommendations of the Sustainable Health Review, which prioritised the delivery of patient-centric, high-quality and financially sustainable healthcare across the State. Using state-of-the-art technology, an Electronic Medical Record System creates a linked digital environment capable of providing rapid access to information, which is vital to support a patient throughout their health journey in the WA Health system. Once developed, the new system will enable clinicians to view information such as patient notes, assessments, medical histories and diagnostic test results all in one place - greatly assisting their ability to make safe and informed decisions. This means patients will not need to wait for medical records to be transferred between clinicians - instead records will be held electronically on the system. This important investment will help to change the way clinical care is provided in WA by planning for a modern, resource efficient, digital platform that prioritises safety and improves patient outcomes. An Electronic Medical Record System will also create an important foundation for future digital growth and clinical innovation within the Western Australian health system. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The announcement today is just another example of how the McGowan Government is delivering on the recommendations made by the Sustainable Health Review and progressing the WA Recovery Plan. "The development of an Electronic Medical Record System will enable information to be available across the full continuum of care - not only promoting safety and quality but also saving lives. "It is wonderful to see the advancements being made in health as we progress on our digital journey, and planning for an Electronic Medical Record System is a key component of this." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Plan for Gascoyne region unveiled as part of WA Recovery Plan17980Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 3:46:32 AM2020-08-07T03:35:00Z Premier Mark McGowan releases multi-million dollar Gascoyne Recovery Plan Part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to guide WA through COVID-19 recovery Plan will create a pipeline of jobs in the region and support the local economy Unprecedented investment in local infrastructure, tourism, community facilities Support for tourism, local manufacturing, and renewable and new technologies The McGowan Government has unveiled a multi-million dollar package for the Gascoyne region as part of the WA Recovery Plan to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs. The Gascoyne Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future. The plan also includes a significant investment in infrastructure and programs to drive tourism and create jobs. The McGowan Government's revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. The plan includes $7 million for immediate measures to assist with access to the Carnarvon fascine while also finalising and implementing a long term plan; $1.3 million towards planning for the redevelopment of the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp facility in Exmouth, to cater for recreational tourists and separate commercial use; $1.47 million to upgrade wastewater services to allow for the expansion of the Coral Bay Caravan Park; $2.65 million for significant upgrades to visitor access and facilities in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, near Denham including upgrades to visitor facilities at Monkey Mia including constructing interpretive trails and features and improving dolphin viewing facilities; vehicle access and visitor facilities at Steep Point including improving the four-wheel drive access track, new campground infrastructure and the installation of a renewable power supply; vehicle access and visitor facilities in Francois Peron National Park including improvements to Peron homestead, and new facilities at Cape Peron and Big Lagoon; visitor facilities at Shell Beach Conservation Park including new toilets, shade shelters and interpretation; $1.2 million for upgrades to visitor access and facilities in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, near Exmouth including Constructing the new Over the Range walk trail in Cape Range National Park; Upgrading visitor facilities and services in Cape Range National Park, including new facilities at Oyster Stacks, new interpretation and building improvements to the Milyering Visitor Centre and new visitor services at the park headquarters; Upgrading vehicle access in Nyinggulu (Ningaloo) Coastal reserves and upgrading park services in Coral Bay; $6 million for the Regional Aviation Recovery program to ensure affordable airfares for residents and tourists including between Perth and Exmouth to stimulate visitation between July and October 2020; and $3 million in total for regional aviation support to ensure a minimum level of service to regional locations Monkey Mia and Carnarvon. Strengthening Western Australia's health and community infrastructure is a vital component of the WA Recovery Plan $18.8 million towards operating regional renal hostels including a service in Carnarvon; $1.85 million for upgrades to sobering up centres including in Carnarvon; $8.32 million for upgrades to air conditioning at police stations in regional WA including Burringurrah Police Station; $14 million to widen Minilya-Exmouth Road in Exmouth; $6 million towards the realignment of Yardie Creek Road in Exmouth; $116 million for the Regional Land Booster Package that will make residential, commercial and industrial lots more affordable including residential lots in Carnarvon and Denham and industrial lots in Carnarvon; $4.7 million through the Regional Road Safety Program to upgrade 78 kilometres of Gascoyne roads with shoulder sealing and installation of audible lines, creating around 120 local jobs; $2.01 million towards the Police radio network at regional locations converting from analogue to digital including across the Gascoyne; $80 million State-wide for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties, including approximately 100 homes across the Gascoyne and Mid-West regions; $141.7 million to refurbish social, remote and government workers housing across WA's ageing housing stock, including approximately 80 homes in the Gascoyne and Mid-West regions; and $3.81 million to regularise the electricity network in remote communities including Woodgamia, making it safer and more reliable. As well as supporting existing industries, the Gascoyne Recovery Plan includes a focus on driving investment in renewable energy and new technologies, to create sustainable jobs. It includes Installing Battery Energy Storage Systems to allow more customers to install rooftop solar systems and reduce their power bills, including $7.8 million for Exmouth, $5.8 million for Carnarvon and $600,000 for Gascoyne Junction. Gascoyne residents will also benefit from the McGowan Government's $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with the Job Ready Basics Skill Set being offered from Central Regional TAFE's Carnarvon campus, and $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program and significantly reduce fees across 39 high priority courses. The Gascoyne region will also benefit from a range of State-wide programs included in the WA Recovery Plan. For more information, visit http//inthistogether.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I thank each and every member of the Gascoyne community for their efforts and sacrifices during the pandemic. "We must remain vigilant, but our work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 means we are in a strong position to continue the process of recovery. "The Gascoyne Recovery Plan will drive economic and social recovery in the region, to ensure it can recover stronger than ever. "It will create a pipeline of short and long term jobs for locals and deliver huge improvements to local infrastructure and services." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our Gascoyne Recovery Plan will help the region continue its bounce-back from the COVID-19 pandemic, creating local jobs and supporting the local economy. "Western Australians have visited the Gascoyne in record numbers over the last few months, and our investment in upgrading tourism infrastructure up and down the coast will help to cement the Gascoyne's plan as a tourist mecca for locals. "Delivering on a long-term solution to open up the Carnarvon fascine puts to bed a long-held issue for the local community, and will be a relief for Carnarvon boaties." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
All aboard - $7 million for Carnarvon Fascine solution17979Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 3:33:36 AM2020-08-07T03:30:00Z ​$7 million to remedy access issues at fascine in Carnarvon Immediate measures to be implemented including fee relief for relocated vessels Plan to provide long term options for permanent access being finalised Investment part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan The McGowan Government has allocated $7 million to help solve access issues at the Carnarvon Fascine as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. The funding will see immediate measures implemented to assist with access to the fascine, a long standing issue for Carnarvon residents and visitors. The $7 million will also go towards delivering a permanent solution for access from options developed by the Fascine Entryway Project Steering Committee. Immediate measures to be implemented in the short term to improve access and provide relief to boat users include regular movement of the channel markers to ensure boats can safely use the deepest water; bringing forward increased mooring infrastructure at the Carnarvon Boat Harbour; boat owners currently paying fees in the fascine waterway will stay 'fee free' at the boat harbour until they can return to the fascine; and provide overland relocation for vessels not able to exit the waterway on their own. Specialised equipment will be installed next month to collect further data that can be used with recent hydrographic survey results - while necessary environmental approvals are sought - to finalise a plan for the fascine to provide year-round access to the waterway for all craft. A study identifying options for optimal permanent solutions to Fascine access issues has been recently completed by the Shire of Carnarvon and the Fascine Entryway Project Steering Committee has been established to help advance and guide the project. Members of the Fascine Entryway Project Steering Committee include representatives from the Shire of Carnarvon, the Department of Transport, the Gascoyne Development Commission and the Carnarvon Yacht Club The Carnarvon Fascine project was identified as a worthy recipient as part of $300 million in community and sports infrastructure funding allocated across Western Australia to generate work for local small businesses and contractors. Visit http//www.inthistogether.wa.gov.au for information about other projects. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Access issues for the Carnarvon fascine have been an ongoing issue - we know how important being able to access the water is for residents and tourists that visit the region. "That's why we've allocated $7 million of funding to provide immediate assistance and to fund a long-term solution to the access issues at the Fascine. "We have worked collaboratively with the Shire of Carnarvon to get to this point and will continue to work with them and all key stakeholders on the process towards a long term fix." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Shire of Carnarvon, the Department of Transport, the Gascoyne Development Commission and the Carnarvon Yacht Club have shown their commitment to a finding a long-term solution to this problem that has beset Carnarvon for many years. "The dedicated work of these groups in implementing an earlier trial dredging campaign is acknowledged and demonstrates the level of community support for a solution to the problem." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Western Australia set to welcome first children’s hospice17978Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 3:22:22 AM2020-08-07T02:00:00Z First children's hospice in WA to support children and families living with life-limiting conditions Sustainable Health Review recommendation calls for respectful and appropriate end of life care and choices Specialist treatment and care to be provided in a safe, home-like environment Preferred site identified in Swanbourne Premier and Minister thank Perth Children's Hospital Foundation and Ian Campbell The McGowan Government has today announced Western Australia's first children's hospice to provide care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. The hospice will support children and their families throughout all stages of their journey - from early diagnosis, during the continuum of their condition, through to end of life with support for families in bereavement. The hospice will be delivered in partnership with Perth Children's Hospital Foundation (PCHF) and the Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS), and will provide specialist respite and palliative care for children aged up to 18 years throughout WA. About 2,000 children in WA live with a life-limiting illness. Children and young people, and their families, will benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to support them to live as well as possible. CAHS will also extend the current Paediatric Palliative Care Service to provide specialist staff at the hospice in the following key service areas care for children who have a life-limiting diagnosis who often require 24/7 care. The hospice will care for these children for a period of time allowing their families much needed respite; support for families - parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles - as this affects them all; end of life care for children with the safety net of clinical care in the comfort of a highly respectful and supported environment; and a State-wide bereavement service for families following the death of a child. The construction, fit-out and ongoing non-operational costs will be funded by PCHF, with CAHS to provide the ongoing clinical, governance and overall management funding. A preferred site in Swanbourne has been identified, with discussions in the initial stages. This important development is also in line with Sustainable Health Review recommendation 9 'achieve respectful and appropriate end of life care and choices'. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This dedicated paediatric hospice will enhance the provision of children's respite and end of life services in WA, and I thank the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation and Ian Campbell for their advocacy and work in getting this project underway to give WA families more support and care. "Once built, the hospice will enable children and young people with a life-limiting diagnosis to access the care that they need in one place, and as part of that, we will be able to better support families during what is an incredibly difficult time." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The hospice will focus on providing the best quality of life through a holistic approach which supports the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of the child and their family. "We look forward to providing a home away from home for these families to feel safe and supported, and to provide choice in their decision making, so they can celebrate their precious child's life - no matter how long or short it may be." Comments attributed to Perth Children's Hospital Foundation chairperson Hon. Ian Campbell "We are delighted to partner with the McGowan Government for this project. We believe the facility with all the care of a hospital and the feel of a home is long overdue, and will add a wonderful legacy to the healthcare landscape for children and their families. "We couldn't be more thrilled to be involved with this project which will make a difference to so many lives for years to come and are eager to get started." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
DMIRS hits target in halving timeframe for exploration applications17977Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2020 12:40:51 AM2020-08-06T22:30:00Z DMIRS successfully assesses PoW applications within 15 days in first month The McGowan Government streamlines regulation of the resources sector The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has successfully cut its assessment timeframes in half for exploration Programme of Work (PoW) applications. In February, DMIRS announced it would be streamlining its approval timeframe target from 30 to 15 business days, starting on July 1, 2020. At the end of July, the department had finalised 99 per cent of, or 202 out of 204, PoW decisions within the 15 business day target. An explorer or prospector must lodge a PoW application before drilling, clearing tracks or using any mechanised equipment for ground disturbing activities. The PoW application must meet the required environmental expectations, which have not changed with the implementation of the new timeframe. For more information on the reduced timelines, visit https//www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Environment/Programmes-of-Work-5966.aspx Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The department is off to a flying start, having successfully met the new application timeframes in just the first month - well done to all staff involved. "The reduction will have a direct benefit to the mining industry and will promote economic activity in the regions. "The McGowan Government supports an efficient regulatory system that provides appropriate environmental safeguards; we will continue to streamline regulation of the resources sector to reduce barriers and create jobs. "Fast tracking new mining opportunities is a key part of the McGowan Government's Recovery Plan to continue to keep WA in a strong economic position." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Additional $1.1 million to extend Middleton Beach foreshore works17976Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8500html6/08/2020 6:33:10 AM2020-08-06T06:30:00Z McGowan Government commits additional funding to Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement Project City of Albany can now expand original project scope to improve accessibility and amenity Part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan and builds on $2.47 million already committed to the project The recently upgraded Middleton Beach foreshore is set to benefit from even further improvements, with the McGowan Government today announcing an additional $1.1 million in funding for the project. The $1.1 million in additional funding adds to the existing $2.47 million the McGowan Government committed in 2018 to the Middleton Beach foreshore works. The additional funds will enable the City of Albany, who are delivering the project, to expand the scope of works for the foreshore improvements. The expanded scope will deliver increased car parking, extending a public promenade, seating lighting and landscaping; upgrades to the Ellen Cove amphitheatre including rebuilding the stone walls, lighting, seating and picnic facilities; and boardwalk and jetty link, which includes a pedestrian walkway and solar lights. In total, the Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement Project has received $9 million in funding from State Government, the Federal Government's Building Better Regions program and the City of Albany. The original project began in 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Construction on the expanded project is expected to commence in early 2021. The latest funding commitment will be administered on behalf of the State Government through DevelopmentWA, the delivery agency for the Middleton Beach Activity Centre precinct. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The additional $1.1 million for the Middleton Beach upgrades provides both economic and social benefits to the region, as part of the WA Recovery Plan. "Not only does it mean remaining components of the project can now go ahead, giving the community an even better foreshore redevelopment than was otherwise envisioned for this point in time, it also ensures more jobs are created for locals." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "The State Government is invested in the growth and development of Albany as the administrative centre of the Great Southern. "With our Albany Waterfront development sold out and construction work in progress, the focus has shifted to the Middleton Beach Activity Centre. "This project will further enhance the appeal of this popular beachside destination to developers." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5900
Wheatbelt training facilities overhauled to meet industry need17975Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5160html6/08/2020 5:48:28 AM2020-08-06T05:30:00Z Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus to get $2 million upgrade Campus upgrades will deliver more training opportunities for local secondary students New facilities will upskill and train locals to meet the needs of the Wheatbelt workforce As part of the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, the Education and Training Minister was at Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus today to announce a $2 million project to modernise the campus. Current facilities, which include light automotive, metals and construction workshops, will be replaced with contemporary training facilities and upgraded equipment to meet industry needs. The enhanced learning environments will ensure Wheatbelt students are trained to be job-ready in industry areas essential to the region including building and construction, metal fabrication, automotive and engineering. Additionally, the upgraded workshops will be integral to the region's Vocational Education and Training (VET) Delivered to Secondary Students programs, offering pathways into apprenticeships such as agricultural machinery technology and heavy commercial fitting. The Northam campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by Premier Mark McGowan last week, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to regional WA, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. The capital works projects, key to the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students and boost the Western Australian economy by generating jobs. The new state-of-the-art training facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers in the region by expanding training options. The State Government has recently increased the number of half price courses available, as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent and 15 free TAFE short courses to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The McGowan Government is giving students in the Wheatbelt region access to state-of-the-art trade workshops and equipment as part of our work to improve training options in regional areas and aid WA's economic recovery. "This upgrade will enhance trades training and job readiness for the local students including 57 apprenticeships across a range of industries, such as building and construction, metal fabrication, automotive and other engineering specialisations. "As the economy recovers, we will continue to focus on upskilling and training Western Australians to get them back to work in areas that will drive economic activity across the State." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Draft redevelopment scheme for METRONET East released17974Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11680html6/08/2020 5:03:46 AM2020-08-06T05:00:00Z Draft METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme released for public comment Provides guidance on future development around new Bayswater and High Wycombe train stations and future relocated Midland train station Identifies preferred land uses and activities while encouraging high quality development Local communities to benefit from new housing, employment and leisure opportunitiesLocal residents and business owners are invited to comment on a draft redevelopment scheme that will guide development around the Bayswater, High Wycombe and Midland train stations. The Draft METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme outlines how development applications will be assessed to ensure high quality future development that reflects the character of each area. The precincts will be home to a range of housing options close to quality public transport, work places, shops and community facilities. The Scheme will be administered by DevelopmentWA and outlines preferred land uses for different precincts within the project areas to ensure a compatible mix of activities including residential, commercial, retail, community and entertainment. After consideration of community and stakeholder feedback the final METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme is expected to be in place by late 2020. The planning authority for the areas will then transfer from local government to DevelopmentWA. Work is also progressing on the detailed Design Guidelines for the Bayswater and High Wycombe project areas, which will set out specific requirements for new development including building design and materials, heights and parking. The community can view the Draft Scheme and provide comment at http//www.developmentwa.com.au/planning until September 15, 2020. Comments attributed to Planning and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The release of the draft METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme is an important step in establishing a robust and flexible planning framework that will attract private investment and create vibrant, sustainable communities focused around new METRONET train stations. "The draft Scheme provides guidance for future development to ensure integrated and high quality design outcomes delivering places where people want to live, work and visit. "The new Bayswater, High Wycombe and Midland train stations will bring more people and economic activity to these key centres, so it is vital new development is well designed and meets the needs of locals and visitors. "We invite residents, workers, business owners and land owners in these areas to have their say on the future of their communities." Minister's office - 6552 5500
TAFE investment to boost trades training in the Great Southern17973Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7290html6/08/2020 4:31:29 AM2020-08-06T04:30:00Z $17 million for new trades workshop at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus Replacement of 50-year-old workshops to meet industry workforce needs Project will improve training for automotive, metals and engineering, building and construction, and carpentry and joinery industries in the Great Southern New facilities will produce job-ready students to meet local workforce needs As part of the Rebuilding our TAFEs Plan, Premier Mark McGowan was in Albany today to announce $17 million for new trades training workshops at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus. Outdated workshops will be replaced with contemporary facilities to ensure people in the Great Southern have access to high-quality training to meet the demands of the local industry. The project will consolidate trades training to one area of the campus, which will improve training outcomes so students graduate job-ready for local employment opportunities. The Albany campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by the Premier last week, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to regional Western Australia, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. The capital works projects, key to the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs. The new state-of-the-art training facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers in the region by expanding training options. The State Government has recently increased the number of half price courses available, as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses with fees slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is all part of our plan to drive WA's economic and social recovery, by creating a pipeline of local jobs through investment in infrastructure projects and support of vital industries. "Investing in training in regional areas will ensure we are well positioned to bounce back as the WA economy recovers." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The delivery of state-of-the-art infrastructure to South Regional TAFE's Albany campus will ensure students are job-ready and able to meet local workforce needs. "Through this record investment in TAFE colleges and reducing course fees we are giving Western Australians access to affordable training, laying the groundwork for the ongoing prosperity of the region." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
McGowan Government delivering roads of opportunities for Kimberley17972Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7420html6/08/2020 4:03:54 AM2020-08-06T04:00:00Z McGowan Government delivering $400 million in road upgrades across Kimberley region Works include upgrades to Great Northern Highway, Broome Cape Leveque Road, Tanami Road, Duncan/Gordon Downs Roads and Gibb River Road Projects supporting over 1,000 jobs and providing opportunities for local businesses McGowan Government working with community and stakeholders to increase Aboriginal employment opportunities Transport Minister Rita Saffioti was in the Kimberley region today to view progress on a number of important road infrastructure projects currently underway. The McGowan Government has created a $400 million pipeline of road infrastructure upgrades that are currently underway or starting soon. The collection of projects will improve safety and efficiency across the Kimberley region's road network, while providing certainty for local businesses and creating hundreds of local jobs. The recently secured funding partnership with the Australian Government to boost the Regional Road Safety Improvement Program, will see over 100 kilometres of Great Northern Highway upgraded across the region. Works will begin next month with $12 million from the program allocated towards widening, shoulder sealing and audible edge line installation on five separate sections of the highway, including the section directly south of Broome Road. The treatments are known to greatly reduce the number of 'run off road' crashes, which can result in severe trauma and are most common in regional areas. Other road projects currently underway or planned in the Kimberley region include $65.66 million Broome Cape Leveque Road Project Works to construct and seal the last remaining section of red dirt road between Broome and One Arm Point commenced in 2018 with 32 kilometres of new road now open to traffic, and the remaining 58 kilometres expected to open by the end of 2020. $98.14 million Great Northern Highway Ord River North Project 18 kilometres of upgrade works are planned to be undertaken in 2021 and 2022, including widening, overlay, reconstruction and realignment works and replacement of Tickalara and Frog Hollow Bridges. Eight kilometres of widening, overlay, reconstruction and realignment works were completed in 2019. Gibb River Road Upgrade Works continue to improve and seal targeted high priority sections of the 647 kilometre Gibb River Road between Derby and Wyndham. Works in 2020 include $8.5 million to upgrade and seal the remaining 27 kilometre unsealed section of road between Derby and Windjana Gorge and the 25 kilometre unsealed section between El Questro and the Pentecost River. $25.9 million Great Northern Highway - Broome to Derby Upgrade Currently in development, the project will see two sections of Great Northern Highway upgraded. A 15 kilometre section at Deep Creek is due to commence in 2021, and reconstruction of a further 15 kilometres at Logue River is planned for 2022. $51 million Duncan/Gordon Downs Road Upgrade Upgrades to two local roads in partnership with Shire of Halls Creek. Once completed, the upgrades will provide access to the community at Ringers Soak and Northern Minerals Browns Range heavy earth minerals mine, approximately 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek. The project commenced in 2019 and is due for completion in 2022. $42.75 million Tanami Road Upgrade Currently in development, Main Roads is working with the Northern Territory and the Shire of Halls Creek to define the scope, priorities, and the overall upgrading strategy for this new east-west link into the State. The 311 kilometre section in WA, is unsealed and is owned of the Shire of Halls Creek. Construction on the first 20 kilometre section near Halls Creek is anticipated to commence in 2022. These works will complement other initiatives announced as part of the $110.9 million Kimberley Recovery Plan, which is aimed at supporting and strengthening existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "I love visiting the picturesque Kimberley region and seeing all the major road projects being delivered. "We currently have around $400 million worth of road projects and upgrades either underway or planned, supporting hundreds of local jobs and providing opportunities for local businesses. "Since 2017, the McGowan Government has committed more than $400 million to upgrading and building road infrastructure across the Kimberley region. "In particular I am proud of the focus we have on increasing Aboriginal employment and participation across our projects, providing training and opportunities which provide long-term benefits. "Starting next month five sections of Great Northern Highway will be upgraded through the Regional Road Safety Program, with $12 million allocated to upgrade the road with shoulder sealing and the installation of audible edge lines. "We worked hard to negotiate this partnership with the Commonwealth Government and I'm pleased to see this commencing so quickly, supporting local jobs and upgrading safety on our regional roads." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "I'm proud to be a part of the McGowan Government that is continuing to deliver for the people of the Kimberley. "These major road projects are providing local jobs and training opportunities as well as opportunities for local businesses. "I'm looking forward to seeing the Regional Road Safety Program Works on Great Northern Highway commence next month." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Winds to power new local manufacturing opportunities in WA17971Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14180html6/08/2020 3:27:20 AM2020-08-06T03:20:00Z McGowan Government looks to manufacture wind turbine components locally Never before have the components been manufactured in Western Australia Feasibility study launched, in collaboration with local industry and businesses New push on top of a suite of initiatives to boost local manufacturing in WAAs part of the WA Recovery Plan, the McGowan Government will drive more local manufacturing opportunities, to become more self-sufficient and create a pipeline of Western Australian jobs. In a first for WA, the McGowan Government will launch a feasibility study into producing wind turbine components locally. This is the first time a State Government has explored the local supply chain for wind farms. This initiative builds on the latest $92.4 million package to boost local manufacturing in WA to create a pipeline of local jobs. Other initiatives include the construction of a new diesel car maintenance facility, a study into the manufacturing of iron ore wagons in WA, facilitate the manufacturing of cathode active materials in lithium-ion batteries, local concrete manufacturing and local waste processing capabilities and grants to local industry to make personal protective equipment. The feasibility study will look at supply opportunities for wind farms, market trends, local industry participation opportunities including component manufacturing, the potential to generate investment, and make recommendations to the State Government. The study brief also includes investigating opportunities to create jobs in both metropolitan and regional areas. To support the initiative, the State Government has formed the Local Industry Participation in Wind Farm Supply Action Group, comprising of BlueScope Distribution, the Australian Steel Institute, the Western Australian Regional Development Alliance, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and some of the State's largest steel fabricators including Civmec, Austal Ships, Hofmann Engineering, Pacific Industrial Company and Fremantle Steel. The group is expected to provide advice and recommendations to the State Government on areas such as domestic and international market trends and supply chains issues; the scope for development of manufacturing, installation and maintenance opportunities from wind farm towers and associated infrastructure; potential barriers, regulatory impediments or capacity and capability issues impacting on the development of the wind farm supply industry in WA, and provide potential solutions as required; the form and extent of local capacity and capability essential to meet manufacturing requirements; development of investment attraction strategies and/or content targets to strengthen Western Australian industry capability and competitiveness; and any appropriate facilitation and collaboration that could be provided by the State Government between local businesses and investors and established suppliers.Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Our WA Recovery Plan is about getting our State back on track, securing a pipeline of work and ensuring Western Australians have more job opportunities for years to come. "The fact that full wind towers are being imported into the country has restricted job opportunities in manufacturing and fabricating by Western Australian businesses. "We're starting to see more international and Australian businesses establish manufacturing facilities on the east coast however that does nothing for local businesses and local jobs here in WA. "We have some talented, innovative and willing steel fabricators in Western Australia and we need to look at how we can maximise our expertise and build a pipeline of future job opportunities for Western Australians, just like we are doing with WA-made railcars." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Manufacturing parts for wind turbines in WA has never been done before by Government and if it all stacks up then it's another new pipeline of work for WA. "WA has the will power and we stand ready to give it a go in collaboration with industry. "The study which will be led by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and will delve into the feasibility of how we can increase local manufacturing in WA to help in new industries and technology like the renewable energy sector and construction sectors. "We've come out of a pandemic roaring to go and as we get industry back on its feet we're also looking at opportunities further down the track which secures jobs in WA." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
Plan for Great Southern unveiled as part of WA Recovery Plan17970Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14710html6/08/2020 3:15:26 AM2020-08-06T03:15:00Z Premier Mark McGowan releases Great Southern Recovery Plan Part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to guide WA through COVID-19 recovery Plan will create a pipeline of jobs in the Great Southern and support the local economy Unprecedented investment in local infrastructure, schools, TAFE, community facilities Support for tourism, local manufacturing, and renewable and new technologies The McGowan Government has unveiled a $57.7 million package for the Great Southern region as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs. The Great Southern Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future. As part of the McGowan Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs package, the plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region, including $17 million to South Regional TAFE's Albany campus for a new trade workshop, delivering training in the automotive, engineering and construction industries; $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free courses available at South Regional TAFE's Albany, Denmark, Katanning and Mount Barker campuses; $32 million across WA to expand the Lower fees, local skills program and significantly reduce TAFE fees across 39 high priority courses; and $4.8 million across WA for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive that provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee, whose training contract was terminated on, or after, March 1, 2020 due to the economic downturn. The Great Southern Recovery Plan includes investment in local infrastructure to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers. The McGowan Government's revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. It includes $6.3 million for a new Performing Arts Centre at Albany Senior High School; $1.1 million for refurbishments at North Albany Senior High School; $1.5 million to upgrade Katanning Police Station; $14 million through the Regional Road Safety Program to upgrade 155 kilometres of Great Southern roads with shoulder sealing and installation of audible lines, creating around 80 local jobs; fast-tracking construction of the Albany Ring Road - construction to commence in September, two months early; $80 million State-wide funding for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties, including approximately 200 homes in the Great Southern region; and $141.7 million across the State to refurbish social, remote and government workers housing across WA's ageing housing stock, including approximately 30 homes in the Great Southern region. The plan also includes a significant investment in infrastructure and programs to drive tourism and create jobs, including $1.1 million towards projects to complete the Middleton Beach foreshore upgrade including upgrading the northern landscape corridor which will deliver extra car parks, upgrade the Ellen Cove amphitheatre and constructing a link between the boardwalk and jetty; $12.78 million to establish trail towns and centres to service existing and new trails in the Great Southern region including the realignment of Munda Biddi Trail through William Bay National Park to Denmark, new trails in the Valley of the Giants to Walpole, new and upgraded trails in Torndirrup National Park, and new and upgraded trails at Castle Rock in the Porongurup National Park; $2.24 million to renew walk and cycle trails to encourage people to visit parks in the Great Southern region, including existing trails in the Torndirrup, Porongurup, Walpole-Nornalup and Mount Frankland national parks; $1.19 million for upgrades on the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail including renewing camp sites, bridges and sections of the track; $1.56 million for new and upgraded visitor facilities in national parks across the Great Southern region, including resealing Coalmine Beach Road in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, an overflow car park at the Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock in the Porongurup National Park, and a new toilet at Ledge Beach in Gull Rock National Park; $400,000 towards upgrades at the Albany Waterfront Marina; and $3 million across the State for regional aviation support to ensure a minimum level of service to regional locations, including Albany. The Great Southern Recovery Plan includes a focus on driving investment in existing and emerging industries. It includes $1.5 million towards a Katanning sheep feed efficiency facility to research feed efficiency and methane production in sheep; $700,000 to increase production capacity of the Albany Shellfish Hatchery; $8 million to the Offsets Funds for Recovery program that creates green jobs by supporting conservation groups to carry out on-ground works such as fencing, seeding and planting across regional WA, including the Great Southern; and $6 million across the State towards the Food Industry Innovation program including programs through Albany's Specialised Food Centre that help value-add to local agrifood producers and processors. In a first for Western Australia, the McGowan Government will launch a feasibility study into producing wind farm components locally in Western Australia. This is the first time a State Government has explored the local supply chain for wind farms. The Great Southern region will also benefit from a range of State-wide programs included in the WA Recovery Plan. For more information, visit http//inthistogether.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I thank each and every member of the Great Southern community for their efforts and sacrifices during the pandemic. "We must remain vigilant, but our work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 means we are in a strong position to continue the process of recovery. "The Great Southern Recovery Plan will drive economic and social recovery in the region to ensure it can recover stronger than ever. "It will create a pipeline of short and long term jobs for locals and deliver huge improvements to local infrastructure and services." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "This is an important step in the region's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. "The McGowan Government is continuing its record of strong investment in the region, and this plan will deliver important upgrades to local schools, Albany TAFE, tourism infrastructure, roads and other job-creating projects." Premier's office - 6552 5000
McGowan Government invests in skills for vital agricultural sector17969Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12070html6/08/2020 3:10:28 AM2020-08-06T03:05:00Z $8 million capital works investment for agricultural training at Muresk Institute as part of WA Recovery Plan New Specialist Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation to meet industry needs of Western Australia's $6 billion grains industry New fee-free Broadacre Harvest Operations short course available to meet industry need for more skilled workers Investments support State's $11.7 billion primary industries that employ more than 50,000 Western Australians throughout the supply chainMuresk Institute is set to become home to a new $7.5 million Specialist Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation to train farm machinery technicians in new and emerging technologies as part of the McGowan Government's $167.4 million infrastructure investment in TAFE. Western Australia is Australia's largest grain-growing region and, as the rate of technology adoption escalates, the demand for agricultural machinery apprentices is expected to grow significantly. The farm mechanisation sector is critical to good crop yields and profitability with about eight per cent of farming budgets spent on machinery repairs and maintenance. A centralised specialist training centre was identified by industry as key to its success. Muresk has a rich history of providing world-class agricultural education and training and is uniquely placed to meet industry needs. The new centre, coupled with industry partnerships and affordable and free training options for the agricultural sector, will help ensure a pipeline of skilled workers. The project will include construction of two large machinery training workshops, covered hardstand area, classrooms and new training equipment. In addition, $500,000 has been allocated towards a specialist shearing shed to provide practical training to students in wool handling and shearing. A free short course in harvesting, as part of the $25 million Recovery Skillsets package, will also be available to provide training to meet the immediate and emerging skills needs of the multi-billion-dollar sector. This capital works project is part of the McGowan Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, which will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students and boost the Western Australian economy by generating jobs. As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to regional WA, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to regional projects. The State Government has recently increased the number of half price courses available, as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Training is a key component of the WA Recovery Plan, and that's why we are investing in the biggest TAFE capital works program in history. "The upgrades to TAFE infrastructure across the State will create local jobs, while providing better facilities for students. "We are also making TAFE more affordable, through significant reductions in course fees and Free Short Courses. Our Government has made training a priority, and the rebuilding our TAFEs plan will ensure WA is well placed to recover, stronger than ever." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This funding demonstrates the McGowan Government's commitment to growing WA's food industries and investing in regional WA by providing the agricultural workforce with industry relevant training and access to the latest technology. "The creation of the new Specialist Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation at Muresk Institute follows extensive industry consultation and is part of a $167.4 million capital works component of our Rebuilding our TAFEs plan. "This record infrastructure spend complements our other initiatives to rebuild WA's training sector, support displaced workers and provide training for emerging skills needed in the community." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Modern farming machinery underpins industry productivity - having access to training on the latest equipment is essential for the grains industry. "This will be a fantastic collaboration between Government and industry to deliver contemporary skills needed in the agricultural sector. "WA is the nation's largest grain-growing region, and we have a big opportunity to develop skills to service the agricultural machinery sector locally. "Muresk is a world-class agricultural training institution and this investment will place WA at the forefront nationally of agricultural machinery training." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700Agriculture and Food Minister's office 6552 6200
Plan for Wheatbelt unveiled as part of WA Recovery Plan17968Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12890html6/08/2020 3:00:18 AM2020-08-06T03:00:00Z McGowan Government releases Wheatbelt Recovery Plan Part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to guide WA through COVID-19 recovery Plan will create a pipeline of jobs in the Wheatbelt and support the local economy Unprecedented investment in local infrastructure, schools, TAFE, community facilities Support for tourism, local manufacturing, and renewable and new technologies The McGowan Government has unveiled a multimillion dollar package for the Wheatbelt region as part of the WA Recovery Plan to drive economic and social recovery, and create a pipeline of local jobs. The Wheatbelt Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future. As part of the McGowan Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs package, the plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region, including $8 million to the Muresk Institute in Northam for a new trades workshop, classrooms and specialist facilities for agricultural machinery apprentices and a new workshop space for shearing skills; $2 million to Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus for major upgrades to workshop facilities and equipment; $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free courses available at South Regional TAFE's Narrogin campus; and $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program and significantly reduce TAFE fees across 39 high priority courses. The Wheatbelt Recovery Plan includes investment in local infrastructure to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers. The McGowan Government's revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. It includes $35 million through the Regional Road Safety Program to upgrade 400 kilometres of Wheatbelt roads with shoulder sealing and installation of audible lines, creating around 150 local jobs; $80 million across the State for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties, including approximately 150 homes in the Wheatbelt; $141.7 million to refurbish social, remote and government workers housing across WA's ageing housing stock, including approximately 60 homes in the Wheatbelt; and $1.63 million State-wide funding for maintenance and infrastructure upgrades in remote Aboriginal communities, including at Badjaling. The plan also includes a significant investment in infrastructure and programs to drive tourism and create jobs, including $425,000 for upgrades to visitor facilities in Nambung National Park, including improving services at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre and sealing the access road and car park at Lake Thetis; and $175,000 for upgrades to visitor facilities in parks across the Wheatbelt region, including upgrading buildings, trails, camp sites and roads in the proposed Dryandra Woodland National Park and at Eaglestone Rock. The Wheatbelt region will also benefit from a range of State-wide programs included in the WA Recovery Plan. This includes $23 million across the State for green jobs to employ people with no prior skills on environmental restoration including fencing, seeding and rehabilitating degraded land, in regional locations including across the Wheatbelt; $10 million towards the Clean Energy Future Fund to invest in clean energy technologies; and $8.1 million to continue the eConnected Grainbelt program to promote the availability of information and ag-tech tools across WA's grain industry to provide growers with tailored information including weather, pests and diseases and to maintain 187 automated weather stations. For more information, visit http//inthistogether.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I thank each and every member of the Wheatbelt community for their efforts and sacrifices during the pandemic. "We must remain vigilant, but our work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 means we are in a strong position to continue the process of recovery. "The Wheatbelt Recovery Plan will drive economic and social recovery in the region to ensure it can recover stronger than ever. "It will create a pipeline of short and long term jobs for locals and deliver huge improvements to local infrastructure and services." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Wheatbelt is the heart of WA's agricultural sector, and our Recovery Plan will help the region continue its bounce-back from the COVID-19 pandemic. "Our investment at Muresk will see the Wheatbelt become a centre of excellence for agricultural machinery training. "Investing in tourism infrastructure at the Pinnacles and across the region will help to drive visitor numbers and provide a boost to local tourism operators." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The Wheatbelt and agriculture is critical to creating jobs in Western Australia therefore we must have the capacity to upskill and train Western Australians in this area. "These initiatives will help ensure the future of the region and make it a more attractive place to learn, work and live." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Mobile mental health service to deliver co-ordinated care17967Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13220html6/08/2020 2:06:45 AM2020-08-06T02:05:00Z Mobile service for mental health care to homeless in Perth and Fremantle $3.7 million over four years allocated to the Mobile Clinical Outreach Team An innovative mental health service will continue to bring mental health care to the homeless populations of Perth and Fremantle with a funding extension granted by the McGowan Government. $3.7 million has been allocated to continue to deliver mental health triage, assertive outreach, clinical assessment and treatment via a Mobile Clinical Outreach Team (MCOT). The MCOT provided support to more than 120 clients on the streets of these two business districts, last year. The Team consists of a psychiatrist, social workers and mental health nurses, working closely with other specialist mental health staff, in partnership with local specialist homeless services, and other mental health, alcohol and drug services. They assist people to transition into more stable settings, such as community mental health services, and enable early intervention and care for mental health issues, which reduces the likelihood of re-entry into acute services such as hospitals. For urgent clinical support, call the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788 (Metro), 1800 676 822 (Peel) or 1800 552 002 (Rural). In a crisis call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or for free counselling, call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "It's important for all of us to be mindful of our mental health and wellbeing and if issues arise, to address them and seek help if needed. "It is no different for our homeless population, who can find it extra challenging to seek support through the usual mainstream primary care and mental health pathways." "This service is one part of the system, that will ensure we as a community can help identify and address mental health issues early, enabling people to find pathways to healthy, productive and fulfilling lives." Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting people experiencing homelessness and understands the complexity of this issue. "That is why, as we focus on helping people to permanently exit homelessness, we are also investing in a range of measures to ensure immediate delivery of specialist services to those in need. "This funding will enable the Mobile Clinical Outreach Team to continue its important work in Perth and Fremantle providing vulnerable Western Australians with timely access to mental health care." Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600