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New Indigenous trainees support Kalgoorlie City Centre Project11981Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2022 2:12:15 AM2022-05-24T02:05:00Z Kalgoorlie Aboriginal Traineeship and Mentoring program underway as part of the $16 million Kalgoorlie City Centre project Program to deliver employment, career pathways and mentorship for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder A new traineeship and mentoring program has kicked off in Kalgoorlie, providing on-the-job experience, employment and tailored mentorship to new trainees working on the Kalgoorlie City Centre project. Two trainees have commenced the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder program Krystal Stokes joining the Occupational Health and Safety team and Harrison Garwood as a trainee Business Support Officer. In their roles, the program trainees will support the delivery of the jointly funded Kalgoorlie City Centre project, which will completely refurbish St Barbara Square and the Laneway to the rear entrance of the City Markets Arcade. The traineeship program is part of the Kalgoorlie City Centre Aboriginal Economic Development Strategy, which supports initiatives to improve the engagement and retention of Aboriginal employees. The McGowan Government has invested $8 million in the Kalgoorlie City Centre project. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The traineeship and mentoring program will allow Aboriginal trainees hands-on experience, on a large-scale community infrastructure project. "Participants will receive valuable workplace-based training, including certificates and direct mentoring support, to help develop their career pathways. "This is a great program to achieve real tangible job outcomes for Aboriginal people, and to support delivery of the Kalgoorlie City Centre project." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "I'm excited to see the Kalgoorlie City Centre project finally commencing and look forward to seeing the works progress. "The traineeship program as part of the Kalgoorlie City Centre Aboriginal Economic Development Strategy is a significant initiative to improve the engagement and retention of Aboriginal employees." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Upgraded facilities unveiled at Falls Road Primary School11980Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2022 2:00:26 AM2022-05-24T02:00:00Z Upgraded school administration block at Falls Road Primary School officially opened $1.1 million refurbishment includes offices for visiting staff, interview rooms and a large reception Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today officially opened the upgraded administration block at Falls Road Primary School in Lesmurdie. The $1.1 million upgrade includes dedicated office space for visiting staff, an interview room, a large foyer and welcome reception area for school visitors, and a universal access toilet. The expansion has almost doubled the space available in the administration block and provides new work areas for visiting professionals such as school psychologists and nurses. Falls Road Primary School officially opened in 1981 and has built a reputation for working closely with parents and its community to provide the best education possible for the students. The modern facilities will support school staff to continue providing outstanding assistance to students and families. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I'm pleased to officially open the upgraded administration facilities at Falls Road Primary School - staff are no doubt excited to see this project completed. "It's fantastic that the school offers dedicating working spaces for visiting professionals who are providing services that help their students." Comments attributed to Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes "It's exciting to see these fantastic new facilities open at Falls Road Primary School for school staff, students and visitors to use. "Falls Road Primary School has a strong connection to the local community, and its lovely new reception area will warmly welcome people to the school." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Perth Mint launches Aboriginal coin for National Reconciliation Week11979Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2022 1:30:45 AM2022-05-24T01:30:00Z Black Swan Maali 2022 silver antiqued coloured coin launches today Renowned Aboriginal artist Kevin Bynder designs coin exclusively for The Perth Mint Maali coin launches in time for National Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3) Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today launched The Perth Mint's Black Swan Maali 2022 two ounce silver antiqued coloured coin featuring Aboriginal artwork. Struck by the iconic Perth Mint, the coin features a black swan, maali in Nyoongar, flying towards the Swan River as the sun shines in the background, an iconic scene in Western Australia. The black swan, which is culturally significant to Nyoongar people, is WA's national bird and appears on the State flag. Designed by Whadjuk-Yuet-Ballardong artist Kevin Bynder, the silver coin features red and brown for the landscape and blue, green and other hues for the water and currents. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The Black Swan Maali silver coin demonstrates The Perth Mint's commitment to increasing its understanding and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. "Featuring Aboriginal artwork on a coin that will be viewed by an international audience is a fitting release by The Perth Mint for National Reconciliation Week. "Kevin Bynder's design will highlight to local and international audiences the richness of Aboriginal culture and the beauty of Western Australia." Comments attributed to artist Kevin Bynder "You're not just educating people here, you're educating people everywhere, that don't know much about the Indigenous culture. "My way of being able to educate people is through my artwork - whether it's a coin, a mural, a piece of artwork, or a Reconciliation Action Plan design. "It's important because we've been here for so long, and we're the oldest living culture in the world." Minister's office - 6552 6700
WA welcomes back working holiday makers11978Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2022 12:55:19 AM2022-05-23T23:35:00Z Tourism campaign to attract working holiday makers from United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and South Korea, and from interstate New initiatives target UK and Europe as non-stop flight between London and Perth returns Eligible working holiday makers offered $2,100 incentive to work in regional locations Supported by the McGowan Government, through the $195 million Reconnect WA package The McGowan Government is encouraging working holiday makers from overseas and interstate to 'stay and play' in Western Australia with a series of promotional campaigns. Tourism WA's $850,000 initiative is supported by the State Government's $195 million Reconnect WA package and is promoting WA as the ideal location to live, work and travel, with the aim of boosting the seasonal workforce at key tourism destinations and regional locations. Promotional campaigns in the United Kingdom and Europe, Japan and South Korea will feature flight offers, incentives and working holiday maker packages, while the national 'Paid Escape' campaign encourages working holiday makers who are interstate to visit WA for a unique west coast experience. Eligible working holiday makers could also make an extra $2,100 to work and travel in select regional locations through the WA Government's Regional Agriculture, Tourism and Hospitality Workers Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme. This includes an accommodation allowance of $40 per night up to a maximum of six weeks for international Working Holiday Makers or 12 weeks for Australians, along with a one-off allowance up to a maximum of $500 to assist with travel costs. The Paid Escape website advertises jobs across WA in a wide range of regional areas including Albany, Bunbury and the South-West, Broome, Esperance, Exmouth, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Mandurah and Peel, Margaret River, Merredin, Northam and Port Hedland. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, backpackers and working holiday makers made up a significant portion of the workforce within the seasonal hospitality, tourism and primary industries sectors. The series of initiatives comes as Qantas' non-stop flight between London and Perth returns three weeks early, and ahead of the launch of Qantas' direct Perth to Rome service next month. In 2019, WA welcomed 51,000 working holiday makers who stayed for a total of 4.48 million nights and spent $234 million in the State - equivalent to 9 per cent of international visitor spend in the State. Also in 2019, 11,000 working holiday makers from the UK stayed for a total of 674,000 nights and spent $33 million - equivalent to 13 per cent of UK visitor spend in the State. The UK was WA's top visitor market in 2019, with 141,600 people travelling to WA and spending $249 million. The McGowan Government, through Tourism WA, is also targeting UK visitors through partnerships with two of the UK's biggest tourism operators to Australia, Trailfinders and dnata. The marketing promotions will showcase Perth as the ideal destination for an adventurous Aussie holiday and to encourage travellers to head out on a road trip to discover WA's unique regions. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook "As we welcome back the non-stop Perth to London flight today, this suite of campaigns aimed at international and interstate travellers will promote the many benefits of working, living and exploring WA at the same time. "Working holiday makers are a hugely important part of the seasonal hospitality and tourism workforce, which has been experiencing significant shortages since the pandemic hit. "The full reopening of the WA border in early March has helped resolve some of these short-term labour shortages in the hospitality and tourism sectors, but we know there are still many businesses struggling to fill vacancies and we need to recruit further afield to restore a full workforce. "Many tourism and hospitality businesses are already welcoming back international students and working holiday makers who play a critical role in the industry, particularly in regional areas where seasonal work is available. "Seasonal employees play a vital role in delivering a high-quality hospitality and tourism experience for all visitors to the State, which leads to positive reviews and return visitation." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme has played a valuable role in attracting thousands of extra workers to the regions over the past 12 months. "We are welcoming backpackers back to regional WA - and the $2100 sweetener will help to get them out into the bush." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 6500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
New trades workshops at Albany TAFE campus powering ahead11977Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2022 12:42:23 AM2022-05-23T23:30:00Z Design of South Regional TAFE's Albany campus upgrade finalised by local firm H+H Architects Tender advertised for $20.5 million project's construction New workshops for delivering modern training in traditional trades New $20.5 million trades workshops at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus are taking shape, with the project's design finalised and tender advertised for its construction. The state-of-the-art workshops will replace the campus' existing 50-year-old trade facilities and be used to deliver training in metals and engineering, automotive, building and construction, and carpentry and joinery trades. The McGowan Government's investment in specialist trades training in the Great Southern will ensure young people and jobseekers in the region have access to world-class training opportunities to meet the workforce needs of local industry. Once completed, the modern facilities will provide students - including apprentices - with relevant and contemporary knowledge and skills in facilities that reflect real-life working environments. The project was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA Recovery Plan, incorporating a record $215.8 million investment to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across the State's five TAFE colleges. Construction is expected to start later this year and be completed mid-2024. The schematic designs were developed by Great Southern architectural firm H+H Architects, which is headquartered in Albany with offices in Kalgoorlie and Bunbury. H+H Architects has worked on several major educational projects in the region, including the UWA Science Building in Albany, Great Southern Grammar and Albany Residential College. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This is a significant investment in world-class trades training that will deliver huge benefits to students and industry in the Great Southern region. "Albany's new trades workshops will be used to deliver industry-relevant training and produce job-ready workers in traditional trades, including for the in-demand automotive and building and construction industries. "As part of our work to revitalise WA's training sector, the McGowan Government is investing in projects that will help get local people into long-term jobs and support the workforce needs of industries to help keep our State and economy strong." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens "This project is part of the McGowan Government's work to build a strong future for Albany and ensure local young people taking up trades can get the quality training they need to have a bright future in the workforce "The replacement of Albany TAFE's ageing trade training facilities will be welcomed by many, so I look forward to the completion of the new workshops and seeing them welcome their first students." Minister's office - 6552 5700
New partnerships boost climate science capability11976Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2022 12:13:12 AM2022-05-23T23:00:00Z WA joins other Australian jurisdictions in a regional climate modelling project Partnership with Murdoch University will deliver localised climate modelling and fund research scholarships to build local climate expertise Partnerships support the $3.1 million Climate Science Initiative The State Government has joined two new partnerships to boost climate science capability in Western Australia. The partnerships support the $3.1 million Climate Science Initiative to provide the most up-to-date assessment of how WA's climate may change over the next century. WA has joined the next generation of the New South Wales and Australian Regional Climate Modelling Project (NARCliM 2.0) to ensure projections produced by the Climate Science Initiative are consistent and comparable with projections across the country. The NSW Government leads NARCliM 2.0 in partnership with the Australian Capital Territory, South Australian and WA governments in collaboration with the University of New South Wales and Murdoch University. The second partnership will see the State Government team up with Murdoch University to produce detailed climate change projections for WA, and co-fund two new research scholarships to advance scientific knowledge of WA's climate and build local climate expertise. The Climate Science Initiative will be the first project to translate the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change into local projections for WA. The new climate projections are expected to be delivered in 2024. Updated climate projections and information for WA will help government, industry, businesses and the community understand and adapt to the changing climate. The McGowan Labor Government recently invested $652 million in the 2022-23 State Budget to support WA's environment and a prosperous low-carbon future. The State's expanded Climate Action Fund is now worth $1.25 billion. Comments attributed to Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby "As a government, we are committed to climate action through funding science and innovation. "Our $3.1 million investment in the Climate Science Initiative will be the first of its kind to translate the latest global climate science into tailored, local information for Western Australia. "By understanding the changing climate and the impact on our communities, industries, and environment, we can better prepare and adapt for the future. "These partnerships will support the Initiative to produce credible, up-to-date climate data, information and tools to support climate risk management and adaptation planning. "By joining forces with other jurisdictions and our universities we can ensure Western Australians have the best available climate science and information to respond to our changing climate." Minister's office - 6552 6300
First design images of Mandurah Common Ground unveiled11975Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2022 11:59:23 PM2022-05-23T22:00:00Z First design images of Mandurah Common Ground released Concept design by local architects Gresley Abas 50 apartment facility will support chronic rough sleepers with accommodation and intensive wraparound supports Perth and Mandurah Common Ground facilities to deliver more than 160 new units for people in need of accommodation $28.1 million committed in 2021-22 State Budget for the facility Homelessness Minister John Carey has today released the first design images of the new $28.1 million Mandurah Common Ground facility which will support chronic rough sleepers with accommodation and intensive wrap-around supports. The 50-apartment facility will provide safe and stable accommodation for rough sleepers, as well as intensive wraparound supports to assist in sustaining their tenancies and building independence. The environmentally sustainable design provides for a culturally safe environment, as well as access for people with disability. The project architect and town planner have undertaken targeted engagement with stakeholders to inform the concept design and develop the Place Strategy for Mandurah Common Ground. There has been a strong level of interest and participation from community members, those with lived experience of homelessness, service providers and the City of Mandurah throughout the engagement process. The Place Strategy for Mandurah Common Ground will be made available to the public online. Following a feedback period from industry, a Request for Tender is expected to soon be advertised to identify a suitable construction contractor to work alongside the project team to develop the final building design and manage construction. The Mandurah facility is the second of two Common Grounds to be delivered in Western Australia, with the first being delivered in East Perth. More than 160 new units will be delivered across both facilities. Comments attributed to Homelessness Minister John Carey "The Common Ground facilities are a key pillar of our long-term response to addressing homelessness in Western Australia, and it's fantastic to be able to unveil the first concept design for the Mandurah facility. "Mandurah Common Ground will include around 50 new units which will provide both accommodation and intensive wraparound supports for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. "The Common Ground model delivers on our commitment to the Housing First approach which is about providing both housing and critical supports, so people can build independence and break the cycle of homelessness. "The design itself looks fantastic and I know the architects have been working with key stakeholders in the development, including those with lived experience of homelessness. "The State Government with the support of the Australian Government is also investing in the delivery of the Perth Common Ground, which forms part of the Perth City Deal's Homelessness Housing Projects. "The Mandurah and Perth Common Ground projects are key initiatives supporting the State's first dedicated strategy tackling homelessness, All Paths Lead to a Home Western Australia's 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "It's fantastic to see such a contemporary design for this facility which will provide critical support for rough sleepers in the Mandurah and Peel region. "Our Government is investing $2.4 billion on social housing and homelessness services in the coming four years, and the Mandurah Common Ground is a high priority project." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Work starts on $9.5 million redevelopment at Kalamunda Hospital11974Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1870html23/05/2022 6:50:10 AM2022-05-23T05:30:00Z The McGowan Government's $9.5 million redevelopment of Kalamunda Hospital will enhance specialist palliative care services Works will help deliver high-quality, contemporary care services into the future Project scheduled to be completed by the end of the year Capital works on the McGowan Government's $9.5 million redevelopment of the Kalamunda Hospital have now started. The project will position the hospital as a centre of excellence in palliative care and improve the service for patients, their families and carers. Nestled in the Perth Hills, Kalamunda Hospital provides high-quality and comprehensive medical, nursing and allied health care for patients facing a life-limiting illness. The hospital has been an important part of the local community since 1973 and has recently become a specialist palliative care inpatient service. Facilities include a family room with a lounge and a courtyard with a pond and fountain, where patients and their families can sit and relax. The $9.5 million McGowan Government redevelopment will include a refurbished wing to provide a new day hospice with fit-for-purpose therapy rooms, a dedicated entrance, waiting rooms and a social room, to provide social and therapeutic support for patients being cared for at home and also to offer the option of a day's respite for carers; upgraded rooms and ensuites in the inpatient unit; two rooms with facilities designed for bariatric patients; a redeveloped family room, for families to stay overnight, which also includes a hydrotherapy bath; and enhanced landscaping and improved access to the outdoor spaces. The building works will be completed in a multi-stage approach to ensure Kalamunda Hospital can maintain a fully operational palliative care facility throughout the redevelopment. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Kalamunda Hospital is a vital part of the hospital network and I welcome the improvements to the hospital that will be undertaken this year. "This redevelopment will ensure patients will have access to high-quality end-of-life palliative care and the works will enhance the environment for patients, their families and carers." Comments attributed to Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes "The Kalamunda and Perth Hills community has relied on the services provided by Kalamunda Hospital for more than 40 years and these improvements will ensure it continues to deliver a quality health service. "The redevelopment of the hospital is on track to be completed by the end of the year and I look forward to seeing it firsthand when it is completed." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Forest Products Commission’s Community Support Program grant recipients announced11973Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4120html23/05/2022 4:18:25 AM2022-05-23T04:15:00Z The Forest Products Commission awards over $19,000 in grants to South-West community groups Grant recipients include youth-camping groups, heritage societies and volunteer bushfire brigades Forestry Minister Dave Kelly today announced the successful applicants of the 2022 Forest Products Commission's Community Support Program. This year's program awarded over $19,000 worth of grants to a wide range of applications from communities across the State's South-West. One recipient, Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation will use the grant to purchase planting equipment and Personal Protective Equipment to increase revegetation within the Gnowangerup Noongar Centre precinct. The 2022 program will also support a number of youth-focused projects, including a grant to help the Donnybrook Scout Group purchase camping equipment. Another recipient, FAWNA Inc., will use the grant to purchase and install a water tank for maintaining animal health and welfare, and watering local endemic plant species with less reliance on bore water. The grants will be used to support a range of community-based projects including tourism, education, recreation and fire management. The full list of grant recipients can be found by visiting https// Comments attributed to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly "The FPC's Community Support Program has injected over $140,000 into 82 community groups in regional Western Australia since it began in 2018. "These grants are helping to support a broad range of community projects through the benefits of the forestry industry. "The FPC's Community Support Program provides opportunities for community groups to give back to their community in a way that encourages people to get in touch with nature, learn more about local history or find out about sustainable environmental management." Comments attributed to Warren Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "It's fantastic to see more investment in our local community. "This year the Community Support Program is funding important community projects in Warren-Blackwood, including projects in Walpole, Nannup, Northcliffe and Pemberton. "It's great to see hard working community groups and organisations getting funding to support their activities. "Congratulations to all the successful recipients and I look forward to seeing the improvements that this funding will deliver." Minister's office - 6552 6100
McGowan Government commits $2.25 million for new clinical trials centre to open in Joondalup11971Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6720html23/05/2022 4:05:46 AM2022-05-23T04:05:00Z Early phase clinical trials centre to open in Joondalup Facility will allow more early phase trials to be held in WA McGowan Government supporting local health and medical research An early phase clinical trials centre, supported by $2.25 million in funding through the McGowan Government's Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund, will be established in Joondalup. Linear Clinical Research, a not-for-profit organisation, has been allocated the $2.25 million through the FHRI Fund towards creating the facility, which will allow early phase clinical trials to be held in Western Australia. Early phase trials are the first step in testing new medicines that have been developed in the laboratory. Linear will renovate and fit-out an existing 930 square metre building on the corner of Lakeside Drive and Boas Avenue, spending at least $2.25 million of its own funding on the project. More than 1,200 trial participants are expected to take part in clinical trials at the centre each year, with the facility working collaboratively with the WA health system through the Joondalup Health Campus. The refurbished building will include 24 beds and three separate zones to support infection control and the provision of multiple trial designs. Clinical trials at the centre will include first-in-human, drug-to-drug interaction, and vaccine and biosimilar trials. The centre will also house specimen collection facilities, a pre-processing laboratory, clinical trial pharmacy facilities, information and communication technologies, and volunteer recreation facilities. More information about the new centre can be found on the FHRI website. Comments attributed to Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson "The Future Health Research and Innovation Fund is a key initiative of the McGowan Government in driving Western Australia's world-class medical research industry. "Providing critical resources to establish a state-of-the-art research facility will not only help health and medical research to flourish, it will benefit all Western Australians. "The project will also create jobs and help to diversify WA's economy and advance WA's standing as a leader in health and medical research." Comments attributed to Linear Clinical Research CEO Jayden Rogers "The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world just how important clinical trials are, not only in fighting disease, but also in driving medical innovation and economic growth. "This is evident in Linear's contribution to the COVID-19 fight and investment in expanding facilities. "The FHRI Fund support will help us deliver one of the most advanced clinical trial centres in the entire Asia-Pacific region, which will help position WA as a leading destination for biopharmaceutical companies and support Linear's mission to 'Nurture Breakthroughs'." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Plating Up WA dishes celebrated on international stage in Singapore11972Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9320html23/05/2022 4:13:31 AM2022-05-23T04:00:00Z WA Government's Plating Up WA campaign extended into Singapore for the first time Campaign aims to strengthen our produce trade with Singapore Plating Up WA connects producers with consumers, suppliers and venues Premium Western Australian produce and beverages will be on the menu in Singapore next month as part of the annual Plating Up WA campaign. Plating Up WA is an initiative of the State Government's Buy West Eat Best program and runs for the month of June, showcasing dishes that feature WA's best winter produce paired with local beer, wine or spirits. For the first time this year, the campaign has been extended internationally into Singapore thanks to a collaboration between Buy West Eat Best, Invest and Trade WA via the Government of WA Singapore Office, and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Plating Up WA - Singapore Edition provides a unique opportunity to connect Singaporean consumers with WA through their palette, as well as explore WA tourism, agrifood tourism and market opportunities. Singapore is a long-standing food and beverage trading partner with WA, and this campaign will strengthen the relationship and allow many WA agrifood exporters to re-engage in trade and share premium food and beverage products with the Singapore market. There will be 21 Singapore venues serving up dishes featuring WA produce, including the iconic rock lobster, scallops, octopus and marron, as well as premium pork, wagyu beef and lamb, plus niche products black truffle and black barley, all of which will be accompanied by a selection of WA craft beers, wines and spirits. Locally, 31 venues are taking part in Plating Up WA, featuring fresh seafood including abalone, cockles and octopus, seasonal fruit and vegetables such as potatoes, broccolini, mushrooms and truffles, as well as premium meats including pork and goat. Each participating WA venue receives an ingredient register of Buy West Eat Best members helping to connect local producers with venues and suppliers, as well as bringing attention to new ingredients and artisan producers. For more information on venues taking part in WA and Singapore, visit the Plating Up WA website. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Plating Up WA is a successful campaign to stimulate interest and demand for WA's fresh seasonal food and beverages, and the restaurants that use them. "This year, we go beyond our borders to our neighbours in Singapore, aiming to rebuild export markets after two years of disruption. "Take the opportunity this June to dine out and experience the flavour sensations of top WA produce, including lobster and truffle dumplings, pork shoulder vindaloo, a hearty soup with gold band snapper and local winter vegetables. Buy West Eat Best." Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade and Tourism Minister Roger Cook "Singapore is a really important trade and investment market for Western Australia. "I know from my recent trip to Singapore that there is a huge appetite for fresh WA produce to be served in their restaurants. "It is an opportunity for local businesses that is only going to get bigger, which is why the Plating Up WA campaign is such a terrific initiative." Minister's office - 6552 6200 2022 Plating Up WA Venues & Dishes Perth Metro The Alcove at Joondalup Resort Bib & Tucker Emily Taylor Ethos Deli + Dining Room Fraser's Restaurant Hill Street Bar at Pan Pacific Le Vietnam Miss Chow's (Claremont, Whitfords, South Perth) Monggo Restaurant Oh My Cod (Mount Lawley, Tuart Hill) Nicko's Kitchen Reel Kitchen at Hilton Sauma The Shoe Bar & Café Topi Two Dogs Laughing UMA at Pan Pacific Will St. Young George Swan Valley Funk 2.0 Sandalford Wines and Bar & Restaurant Goldfields-Esperance Taylor St Quarters Mid-West Finlay's Kalbarri Peel Charthouse Café Southern Forests Ampersand Estates Jaspers Pemberton Tall Timbers Manjimup South-West Amelia Park Restaurant Black Brewing Co Get Pickled and Get Shucked (Origins Markets, Busselton) Lagoon Yallingup Plating Up WA - Singapore Edition venues American Taproom Meatsmith Telok Ayer Antidote MONTI Appetite Open Farm Community Bar-A-Thym Restaurant OPIO Kitchen & Bar Brewerkz Orchard Rendezvous Hotel Panamericana Burnt Ends Prego Flutes Restaurant Publico Ristorante Hathaway Ryan's Kitchen KAARLA QĪN Restaurant & Bar LeVeL 33 Tóng Lè Private Dining Meatsmith Little India
Welcoming skilled migrants and international students to study, live and work in WA11970Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15460html23/05/2022 3:34:33 AM2022-05-23T03:30:00Z Attracting migrants and international workers to study, live and work in WA Part of McGowan Government's $195 million Reconnect WA program Supporting WA's pipeline of skilled workers in priority industry areas to drive a stronger future The McGowan Government is implementing new initiatives to attract skilled migrants and international students to Western Australia to help alleviate skills shortages. As part of the State Government's $195 million Reconnect WA strategy, an additional 194 occupations have been added to the Graduate Occupation List - taking the total number of listed occupations to 331 - to attract more international students to study in WA. Expansion of the Graduate Occupation List will help to attract a broad and diverse range of skills that align with the State's current and future workforce needs. The skilled migration pathway will also provide international students graduating in WA with the option to apply for permanent residence. Along with prioritising applicants who are already in WA and Australia, the State Government has expanded the skilled migration criteria to allow offshore candidates to apply for WA State nomination. The changes will simultaneously support the international education sector and add to WA's pipeline of skilled workers in priority areas. The new initiatives also complement strategies to address skills shortages following industry consultation at the Perth and Regional Skills Summits. More information is available on the Migration WA website Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Meeting Western Australia's skilled workforce needs is a priority for the State Government, to support the State's strong economic growth and pipeline of works. "The WA Government's management of COVID-19 has helped to keep the State's economy strong and stable. With world-class education, healthy job opportunities and strong public health management, there is no better or safer place to live, work and study. "The State Government is committed to encouraging the return of international students to WA to support our international education sector and address skills shortages in key industries." Comments attributed to International Education Minister David Templeman "International students are an important part of the WA community - they make a positive contribution to the State's diversity and vibrancy, and support local jobs in a variety of industries. "Providing a skilled migration pathway is key for attracting international students to Western Australia to retain their capabilities once they have completed their studies." Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 International Education Minister's office - 6552 5400
Funding to support the celebration of Collie’s proud history and strong future11968Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7000html20/05/2022 9:03:01 AM2022-05-20T09:00:00Z Collie Futures Fund supports new program of events to celebrate Collie, also boosts Collie Labour Day Festival Part of McGowan Government's continued commitment to working with industry and the community to diversify Collie's economy and support a Just TransitionThe McGowan Government is throwing its support behind the Collie community to shine a light on the town as a place to live and visit, as part of continued efforts to build the area's appeal. A total of $100,000 in funding from the Collie Futures Small Grants Program will assist the Shire of Collie to bring together a program of existing and new events celebrating Collie, with an official launch being held today. The series of events to take place under the 'Celebrating Collie's History and Promoting Its Future' banner aims to capture the richness of Collie's industrial history and showcase how the South-West town has changed. The festival will also highlight what Collie and its surroundings currently have to offer visitors and residents. Following on from the unveiling of a new mural by artist Jacob 'Shakey' Butler on the Shire of Collie's administration building and the 'Kaya Collie' logo by Aboriginal artist Bianca Hart, a series of community events will take place over the next year. Driven by the Just Transition Working Group (JTWG), 'Celebrating Collie's History and Promoting Its Future' marks a milestone in Collie's journey, with new industries and employment opportunities emerging. It also recognises the town's important milestone of 125 years since gazettal in 1897. Additionally, $90,000 through the Collie Futures Small Grants Program will enable the Collie Cycle Club to stage the Collie Labour Day Festival in 2023 and 2024. Making the most of the Collie River Valley's natural assets, the festival brings together locals and visitors to enjoy an array of recreational activities and competitions, including freshwater fishing, mountain biking and water skiing. For more information about the Collie Futures Fund or to apply for funding, visit Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government has significantly invested in the diversification of the local economy. "We've now reached an exciting time in the town's development, with new industry emerging - helping to build long-term prosperity. "An autonomous equipment training centre, graphite processing facility, and medical cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility are just some of the innovative projects putting Collie on the map and shaping the town's future. "Our smaller grants are also assisting to drive local economic growth and jobs creation, including through increasing visitation. Events tourism provides flow-on effects to local businesses, while enriching the social fabric of the community." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "These new grants will support events that help to further highlight Collie as a place to live, work and invest. "I encourage everyone to plan a trip to Collie to enjoy everything that the town has to offer and for the community to celebrate what is taking place locally. "There is optimism in town, as Collie's future emerges with exciting opportunities for locals. "There are more reasons than ever to visit Collie thanks to the McGowan Government's investment in projects aimed at securing Collie's future. Initiatives aimed at driving tourism include the Wellington Dam mural and mural trail, adventure trails, and the Lake Kepwari water-based recreation hub." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA feature film ‘How to Please a Woman’ hits cinemas nationally11967Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11350html20/05/2022 8:01:41 AM2022-05-20T08:00:00Z WA feature film premiering in cinemas across Australia today McGowan Government funding of $750,000 through Screenwest Feature film debut of WA director Renée WebsterWestern Australian writer/director Renée Webster and producers Tania Chambers and Judi Levine have premiered their locally produced feature film 'How to Please a Woman' in cinemas across Australia. The film has also been picked up overseas and will hit cinemas in the United States of America in July 2022. English actress, television presenter and comedian Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones's Diary, Veep) leads a stellar cast including Erik Thomson (The Furnace, upcoming feature Blueback), Alexander England (Danger Close, Alien Covenant), Ryan Johnson (Doctor Doctor, Operation Buffalo) Caroline Brazier (Three Summers, Rake), Josh Thomson (Young Rock, Wellington Paranormal), Hayley McElhinney (Rams, The Babadook), Tasma Walton (Mystery Road, Cleverman) and Cameron Daddo (The Mentalist, Home and Away). 'How to Please a Woman' was mainly filmed in Fremantle with Leighton Beach featuring in beach sequences. The film premiered to a sold-out season at Perth Festival as part of Lotterywest Films at The University of Western Australia's Somerville Auditorium. The McGowan Government, through Screenwest, provided $750,000 towards production via its coveted West Coast Visions funding program. The film delivered more than $3.7 million to the WA economy and created 272 jobs for Western Australians. Ahead of its cinema release, the film has screened at Perth Festival, WA Made Film Festival in Perth, Gold Coast Film Festival and CinefestOZ Albany. The screen and creative industries are one of the focus areas of development, as part of the State's economic diversification strategy Diversify WA. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "It's wonderful to see talented Western Australian screen professionals premiere a locally produced feature film at cinemas across Australia and eventually overseas. "The McGowan Government is committed to building a diversified economy to deliver secure, quality jobs by investing in a broad range of sectors, including cultural industries. "Productions such as this will entertain audiences world-wide, while creating local jobs for WA." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Collie a step closer to manufacturing medicinal cannabis for global market11966Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9830html20/05/2022 7:33:55 AM2022-05-20T07:30:00Z New agreement brings pharmaceutical medicinal facility in Collie closer to reality Project supported with $2 million from the McGowan Government's Collie Futures Fund as part of efforts to diversify the economy Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Cannaponics and Avacare Health Australia, marking another milestone in the development of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Collie. The 2,000 square metre manufacturing facility would be built next to the 3,600sqm greenhouse that is currently under construction, for the purpose of producing a dried cannabis flower that will be further processed into medicinal products. It is anticipated that Cannaponics products would be available for distribution in Australia and exported internationally, positioning Collie to capture a slice of the rapidly growing medicinal industry. The project will use new innovations in technology and is attracting the support of leaders in their field. Cannaponics is providing sponsorship to an expert medical cannabis cultivation grower from Canada to join their team and bring their unique perpetual harvesting methodology to the project. Under the MOU, research and development will be carried out on hemp as a replacement for petroleum-based plastics and textiles needed to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and various medical devices. The content of the MOU is conditional upon full regulatory approvals under which Cannaponics is governed and operates under local, State and federal authorities. Construction of the Cannaponics greenhouse is being made possible with $2 million through the State Government's Collie Futures Industry Development Fund, which was established to drive economic diversification and create jobs in the Collie area by developing new and expanding industries. The Fund has attracted game-changing initiatives that are placing Collie at the forefront of industry, with some project proponents collaborating as they position themselves in the transitioning economy and create the jobs of the future. For more information about the Collie Futures Fund or to apply for funding to support a project, visit Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This is a significant era in Collie's development. "The McGowan Government's hard work to diversify the local economy is paying off, with projects like this pharmaceutical medicinal facility now taking shape. "We're investing in Collie's future by delivering on our commitment to diversify the economy - and in the case of Cannaponics, also supporting an initiative that supports local manufacturing in a growth industry." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "Collie has many strengths that make it an investment destination of choice for industry and business. "For local residents, diverse new employment opportunities are on the horizon in new industries that set Collie up for a strong future and benefit the wider region. "There is a sense of optimism in Collie, as the town undergoes a Just Transition, with a range of innovative projects emerging to create new opportunities." Media contact Courtney Fowler 0459 098 046 or 6552 6200
WA Documentary series Shipwreck Hunters Australia to premiere on Disney+11965Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12490html20/05/2022 6:43:10 AM2022-05-20T06:40:00Z WA documentary series to premiere on Disney+ McGowan Government support through Western Australian Screen Fund, Screenwest and Lotterywest First Australian documentary series commissioned by Disney+ A documentary series featuring epic shipwreck stories along the Western Australian coastline will premiere on Disney+ in the coming months. Shipwreck Hunters Australia is the first Australian documentary commissioned by the entertainment juggernaut, and features a team of ocean adventurers exploring one of the planet's most remote and spectacular landscapes to bring lost shipwreck secrets to viewers. Supported by the McGowan Government through the Western Australian Screen Fund, Screenwest and Lotterywest, the series will showcase WA to an international audience and has created jobs and opportunities for locals across the State, WA Director/Producer Brendan Hutchens (Testing Teachers, Drawn to Water, Mission Predator) of VAM Media teamed up with professional divers and underwater filmmakers from Terra Australis Productions to bring these long-lost shipwreck secrets and new discoveries to the screen. They are joined by series producer Katherine Barrett (Aussie Gold Hunters), and executive producer Steve Bibb of Barking Mad Productions. Director of Photography is Darren McCagh and Series Editors are Meredith Watson Jeffrey and Noah Norton. The 6-part premium WA series was announced as one of nine Australian originals at The Walt Disney Company ANZ Local Content Announcement event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney today. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "I know many Western Australians will be keeping an eye out for familiar locations and landscapes when they tune in to watch this incredible series. "The McGowan Government is very proud of the partnerships we have with the WA Screen sector and the wonderful work it produces. "The scenery featured off Western Australia's coastline is such a unique landscape and will fascinate audiences." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Western Australian Screen Fund showcases our stunning Western Australian regional and remote locations with productions such as Shipwreck Hunters. "This builds pride and economic opportunity as viewers add regional WA destinations to their bucket list." Minister's office - or 6552 5400
Volunteers’ long-term service recognised11964Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10090html20/05/2022 4:02:34 AM2022-05-20T04:00:00Z WA Volunteer Service Awards recognise volunteers who have provided 25 or more years of service 19 volunteers recognised for over 50 years of service Award recipients volunteer in areas as diverse as sport, performing arts and emergency servicesVolunteering Minister Stephen Dawson has paid tribute to this year's worthy recipients of Western Australian Volunteer Service Awards. The awards recognise Western Australian volunteers who have provided 25 or more years of service with a single organisation. The McGowan Government thanks each and every volunteer across WA for the vital and selfless role they play in ensuring our communities thrive. This year, 173 deserving individuals have been recognised for their significant voluntary contribution to the community across a wide range of areas. Of these award recipients, 19 volunteers were recognised for over 50 years of service, including Lorraine Malcolm, who has been involved with Softball WA since 1966. Lorraine was statistician for the State Senior Women's softball team, State Director of scoring and established modball and tee-ball in WA in the 1970s; Laurence 'Danny' Harris, who has been a committed and valued member of the Australian Red Cross in Dardanup for over 50 years, providing community support and leading a group of strong volunteers, originally supporting blood bank collection; Irene Morcombe, who joined the (then) Armadale-Kelmscott Wildflower Society (now known as the Wildflower Society of Western Australia - Armadale Branch) a few months after it was formed in 1961. Irene has held various positions including secretary, treasurer, committee member and joint branch patron; Kim Fletcher and Patricia Bona, who are valued and active members of the Roleystone Theatre, being involved in all aspects both on and off stage; and Rod Blyth, who joined the Bush Fire Service as an 18-year-old in 1970 and has served as a firefighter, equipment officer, and secretary for both Bodallin and Chidlow Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades. Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson "Western Australia's volunteers are some of the State's greatest heroes and are major assets to the WA community. "I thank Lorraine, Danny, Irene, Kim, Patricia, and Rod for their incredible long service, and their endearing and selfless work encapsulates what volunteering is all about. "Their years of service have been of great benefit to sport, community services, the environment, the arts sector and emergency services. "I also congratulate all those Western Australian volunteers who have been recognised for 25 years or more of service. "Volunteering brings out the best in people and helps build strong, resilient communities. On behalf of the McGowan Government, I congratulate all of the Volunteer Service Awards recipients for 2022." Minister's office - 6552 5800
$15 million pipeline to secure long-term water supply to South-West communities11963Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10330html20/05/2022 2:30:50 AM2022-05-20T02:30:00Z Residents in Mullalyup and Kirup to benefit from new 17 kilometre water pipeline Pipeline to provide secure, long-term water supply and reduce truck movements on local roads McGowan Government has invested more than $517 million in 191 regional water projects since 2017 Water supply to the South-West communities of Mullalyup and Kirup is now more secure following the completion of a $15 million pipeline, announced by Water Minister Dave Kelly today. The 17 kilometre Greenbushes to Kirup pipeline will convey drinking water from Greenbushes through Balingup and north to Mullalyup, linking properties to the Warren Blackwood Regional Water Supply Scheme (WBRWSS). It will replace the area's previous drinking water source, Kirup Dam, which was taken offline in 2018 due to increasingly unreliable rainfall, driven by climate change, and associated water quality concerns. Completion of the new pipeline will also see an end to water carting arrangements that were in place for Mullalyup and Kirup, meaning fewer truck movements on local roads. The WBRWSS supplies Nannup, Manjimup, Bridgetown, Hester, Boyup Brook, Greenbushes and Balingup, with the addition of Mullalyup and Kirup helping ensure greater water security for South-West communities in the face of climate change. The project was delivered by Western Australian company Valmec, and supported by twenty-eight South-West businesses, with works carefully planned to ensure minimum environmental impact and disruption to residents and businesses. As part of the project, Water Corporation is also supporting several local community projects, including working with the Balingup community to build and install bird boxes to help foster sustainable environments, and funding signage to promote awareness of local heritage stones that are historic to the town. The project follows the August 2021 completion of the Albany to Denmark pipeline - a $25 million project connecting Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme, ensuring the town is no longer solely reliant on rainfall to supply its drinking water. Since 2017, the McGowan Government has spent more than $517 million to support 191 regional water infrastructure projects. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Historically, many smaller South-West towns have sourced drinking water from local dams, however, the impact of climate change means rainfall is no longer a reliable water source for many communities. "To combat this, the McGowan Government, through Water Corporation, is working proactively to ensure regional Western Australians continue to have a safe, secure drinking water supply well into the future. "Since 2017, the McGowan Government has invested over half a billion dollars in regional water projects, including several designed to connect communities to larger, more reliable regional supply schemes. "Despite declining rainfall, Western Australians can have confidence in long-term water supply security as we continue to investigate new water sources where previous sources are becoming unviable." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "As promised, the McGowan Government has delivered this project for residents of Mullalyup and Kirup which will offer far greater water supply certainty now and in the future. "It also means Water Corporation will no longer need to cart water from Donnybrook to Kirup, which will reduce truck movements and help make local roads safer for all." Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "Reliable, high-quality water supply is a key economic driver in the South-West, especially in the Warren-Blackwood region which has a high level of forest and agricultural land use. "I am proud of this investment from the McGowan Government which has created local jobs and boosted our community's rainfall independence." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Tianqi produces Australia’s first battery-grade lithium hydroxide11962Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14560html20/05/2022 2:08:10 AM2022-05-20T02:05:00Z Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia celebrates battery-grade lithium hydroxide in Kwinana Development strengthens WA's position as a world-leader in exports of future battery minerals, materials, technology and expertise The McGowan Government has congratulated Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia, a joint venture between IGO and Tianqi Lithium, for producing Australia's first battery-grade lithium hydroxide at its plant in Kwinana. Lithium hydroxide produced at the Kwinana plant will be exported overseas and used in the production of high energy density batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems. Tianqi's plant is one of the few battery-grade lithium hydroxide facilities outside of China. The plant employs 200 staff, and is expected to reach commercial production in the coming months once product qualification is achieved, with a nameplate capacity of 24,000 tonnes. More than 900 jobs were created during the construction of Train 1, with further local employment expected when construction of Train 2 recommences. The plant paves the way for further investments in Western Australia's battery and critical minerals value chain, including in advanced manufacturing of cathode active materials. Tianqi is a member and important contributor to the Future Battery and Critical Minerals Industries Ministerial taskforce. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "Western Australia has been exporting the minerals needed to make batteries for decades and today's milestone demonstrates our ability to manufacture battery-grade materials locally for global exports. "It's great to see this burgeoning industry making Kwinana its home, further reinforcing the importance of the Industrial Area and the Western Trade Coast in positioning WA as a Global Advanced Industries Hub. "Not only is Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia's Kwinana plant helping to diversify our economy, it has created 200 jobs for Western Australians." Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Congratulations to Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia on producing Australia's first battery-grade lithium hydroxide. "This is not only a significant milestone for the joint venture, but also for Western Australia, and it is proof of the battery-grade materials we can produce locally. "Tianqi's first-of-its-kind lithium hydroxide plant demonstrates Western Australia's capacity for downstream processing in the battery value chain. "As demand continues to increase for renewable energy storage and electric car batteries the McGowan Government is committed to making sure Western Australia capitalises on its potential to be a world-leading producer of battery-grade materials." Media contacts State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister's office - 6552 6500 Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700
New management for integral Australian Marine Complex facility11961Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13810html20/05/2022 2:02:16 AM2022-05-20T02:00:00Z Ventia Australia Pty Ltd appointed to manage Australian Marine Complex Common User Facility (AMC CUF) on behalf of State Government World-class AMC CUF provides businesses access to large-scale industrial infrastructure ASX-listed Ventia to take on management of 400,000sqm multi-industry, multi-user industrial facility from mid-2022Essential services provider Ventia Australia Pty Ltd will take on the role of Operator and Facilities Manager for the Common User Facility (CUF) at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson. The CUF includes heavy load-out berth infrastructure, fabrication and assembly facilities, significant laydown areas, and a floating dock and transfer system capable of transferring vessels weighing up to 10,000 tonnes. These capabilities represent a major industrial asset to the State, providing the defence, marine, oil and gas and resource industries with access to key shared use infrastructure. The new contract includes the operation, maintenance and marketing of the 400,000 square-metre CUF and will see the ASX-listed Ventia appointed for an initial five-year term, with two five-year options. It follows a formal tender process conducted by DevelopmentWA, which is responsible for overall management of the AMC. Ventia will take over the Operator and Facilities Manager role from AMC Management (WA) Pty Ltd. AMC Management's contract is due to expire in June 2022. A managed handover process will now take place, with Ventia's contract formally commencing from July 1. Located within the Fabrication Precinct at the AMC, 23 kilometres south of Perth, the CUF is an integrated heavy engineering, fabrication and assembly facility providing Australian-based businesses with access to large-scale industrial infrastructure on a project-by-project basis for major fabrication and assembly, load-out, docking, shipbuilding and maintenance. Since its inception in 2003, the CUF has facilitated more than 450 projects and generated more than $2.6 billion in business. With a prime location in the heart of Western Australia's premier coastal industrial corridor, the AMC is recognised as a world-class centre of excellence for activities in the marine, defence and resource industries. As part of its WA Recovery Plan, the State Government is investing more than $89.3 million in four key infrastructure upgrade projects at the AMC. For more information on the CUF, visit https// Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey "The AMC is highly regarded as a world-class shipbuilding, sustainment and maintenance facility, and it also plays a pivotal role in supporting the resource and oil and gas industries in WA. "The CUF is at the heart of the AMC and provides Western Australian businesses with a key competitive advantage through access to large-scale infrastructure. "As a leading services provider in the defence and infrastructure sectors, with operations across Australia and in New Zealand, Ventia is well placed to further enhance the performance and reputation of this important facility and ensure it continues to be a vital contributor to WA's ongoing growth and prosperity." Minister's office - 6552 5300