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Ritz-Carlton makes triumphant return to Perth3084Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7630html15/11/2019 5:11:21 AM2019-11-15T05:00:00Z The Ritz-Carlton Hotel opens today (November 15) as the luxury brand returns to Australia Over 600 jobs created throughout construction, 180 new hotel jobs created Expected to become a major attractor for lucrative Asian tourism market The 204-room The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Perth at Elizabeth Quay officially opened today with the first guests arriving to enjoy Western Australia's newest luxury hotel in the heart of the CBD. The opening marks the return of the brand to Australia for the first time in 18 years. The short-stay rooms available at The Ritz-Carlton will complement the 379 residential apartments across the two tower development with restaurants, cafes and retail outlets on the lower levels and three levels of basement parking. The $400 million project created more than 600 jobs during construction and will directly employ 180 people. Construction of the two residential and hotel towers began in late 2016, with residents of 'The Towers' apartment building moving in earlier this year. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "Being able to attract global iconic brands like Ritz-Carlton signals Perth is maturing as a City and can mix it with the best the world has to offer in terms of visitor experiences. "It will be a particularly strong attractor for the very important and growing Asian tourism market, which is worth around $300 million each year to the Western Australian economy." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Perth is the western gateway to Australia and in the same time zone of much of Asia, and the superior Ritz-Carlton brand will act as another significant drawcard to Western Australia. "Now, more than ever, there is so much to see and do in Perth with access to stunning beaches, wineries and native wildlife all within an hour of the city centre. "We look forward to the opening of the Ritz-Carlton in Perth which will increase the fantastic range of accommodation options people can choose from when they visit Perth." Lands Minister's office - 6552 5900 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Elder abuse awareness roadshows for regional WA3083Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3020html15/11/2019 4:00:25 AM2019-11-15T04:00:00Z State Government commits $50,000 to take elder abuse support to country WA Advocare to conduct workshops in South-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid-WestAdvocare will deliver a series of public forums on elder abuse awareness and prevention in regional and remote parts of the State, thanks to a $50,000 contribution from the State Government. The workshops - which will also address social isolation as a factor contributing to elder abuse - will travel to the South-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid-West. The forums will focus on educating professionals who regularly work with older people of the warning signs and risk factors of elder abuse, and how to report it. Advocare will link with the Western Australian Country Health Service to run parallel community forums in tandem with the health service's regional workshops. The Community Awareness Roadshow sessions will provide communities with important information on elder abuse, including what is elder abuse; facts and figures; how to respond; examples of elder abuse; risk factors; and referral and supportThe roadshows begin later this month in the Mid-West, travelling around the State until mid-2020. The Community Awareness Roadshows are the first of a planned expansion of public forums in WA, with further education and awareness initiatives to be outlined in the final WA Strategy to Respond to the Abuse of Older People (Elder Abuse) 2019-2029. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "Older people living in regional and remote parts of the State are susceptible to social isolation and elder abuse, so we need to make sure we are getting education and awareness out into those communities. "Advocare does great work supporting elder abuse victims and helping the wider community to understand the issue and how to prevent it. These roadshows will help spread awareness around Western Australia. "The roadshows will help foster a greater understanding of elder abuse, its causes, and how to prevent it, providing regional areas with a greater ability to confront and prevent the issue in their communities." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Feedback sought on improving native vegetation management3085Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7190html15/11/2019 8:48:50 AM2019-11-15T03:10:00Z Consultation on initiatives to improve native vegetation management now open Feedback will inform the State's new Native Vegetation Policy Environment Minister Stephen Dawson is inviting Western Australians to have their say on initiatives to support improved management of the State's native vegetation. A 12-week consultation period is opening today, with the release of the Native Vegetation in Western Australia issues paper. The paper proposes four initiatives aimed at providing better protection for vegetation where it is most needed and help streamline assessment processes a State Native Vegetation Policy better information, including mapping and monitoring improved regulatory processes a regionally-tailored approach The proposed initiatives would be implemented in stages. The issues paper follows last year's extensive consultation on clearing application fees and other assessment processes. Feedback on the issues paper can be provided via an online survey and at community forums, to be held this month and December in various country and metropolitan locations Perth Thursday 28 November 2019 Register here Kalgoorlie Friday 29 November 2019 Register here Bunbury Monday 2 December 2019 Register here Northam Tuesday 3 December 2019 Register here Broome Thursday 5 December 2019 Register here Perth Monday 9 December 2019 Register here Pilbara TBC TBC Consultation closes 10 February 2020. Consultation feedback will inform a draft policy, which is set to be released in April 2020 for further public comment. The final policy is due to be completed mid-2020. For more information visit https// Comments attributed to the Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Western Australia's unique ecology and extraordinary biodiversity are vital to our State's character, culture and economy. "The McGowan Government is seeking input from the Western Australian community to shape the State's new Native Vegetation Policy. "This is the next step by this Government to improve the protection of our native vegetation and making regulation more efficient and effective. "Our aim is to strike the right balance between protecting the environment and delivering a strong economic outlook - for now and future generations." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Protecting the Pilbara focus for new offsets fund3082Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5240html15/11/2019 3:10:22 AM2019-11-15T03:05:00Z The Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund supports a rigorous, scientific and strategic approach to protecting the region's environmental values. The fund was co-designed with traditional owners, natural resource management organisations, conservation groups, industry and the research sector.The McGowan Government has launched an innovative new fund to support environmental conservation in the Pilbara, and is seeking applications for the first round of funding grants. The Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund, a co-designed fund led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), will play a critical role in ensuring sustainable development in the region while also protecting the region's unique environmental values. It will also create opportunities for traditional owners and rangers to work on country and use their local knowledge and expertise to help protect the environment. The fund was developed by the department, traditional owners, natural resource management organisations, conservation groups, industry and the research sector, to deliver conservation work through a strategic and co-ordinated offsets program. Projects delivered through the fund will include rehabilitation, pest plant and animal control, and erosion and fire management to improve high quality vegetation and habitat. The fund is expected to receive about $90 million for conservation projects in the Pilbara over the next 40 years. A total of $1 million in funding for projects is available from the fund's grant account in 2019-20 and applications are now open until 5pm (AWST) January 20, 2020. The department has released a guideline for applicants which provides details on eligibility, selection criteria and the application process. Conservation projects will be recommended by DWER, with advice from stakeholders and a project recommendation group. For more information go to http// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Pilbara region plays a vital economic role for Western Australia, however, it is important this is balanced with conservation of the region's outstanding biodiversity. "It is in the interests of government, the community and industry to maximise the environmental benefits from Western Australia's offsets system. "The Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund provides a rigorous, scientific and strategic approach to protecting the region's environmental values for future generations. "It also builds on partnerships between traditional owners, conservation agencies, industry and government to deliver projects that improve the local environment, and engage traditional owners and rangers in work on their country - creating local jobs in regional communities." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Record number of graduating female officers join firefighting ranks3081Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2450html15/11/2019 3:03:03 AM2019-11-15T03:00:00Z The largest number of female firefighters for more than two decades graduated today Four female trainee firefighters join traditionally male-dominated service Lifeguard, occupational therapist, small business owners and engineers amongst former professions of this year's WA Fire and Rescue Service firefighter graduates The diversity of Western Australia's firefighting ranks has been increased today with a record number of female firefighters graduating from one trainee school in more than two decades. The four female firefighters graduated today with 19 male colleagues after a highly successful recruitment campaign that led to a 153 per cent increase in female applications compared to the previous intake. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services campaign targeted women across sporting events and lifestyle interests including strength and conditioning training. The campaign also led to a 62 per cent increase in total applications and a 40 per cent increase in Indigenous applications. Today's graduating school of 23 firefighters also includes a diverse range of backgrounds with the trainee firefighters previously employed as jockeys, teachers, occupational therapists, accountants, fitness trainers, engineers, tradespeople and small business owners. The graduates range in age from 23 years to 41 years. Five had previously served as volunteer firefighters in their communities. During the 20-week intensive course, the trainees completed both theoretical and practical components of a nationally recognised, competency-based training program. Units include firefighting skills, road crash rescue, technical rescue, hazardous materials, emergency and off-road driving, community safety and teamwork. For more information about a career as a firefighter, visit http// Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "This has been a great result by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to increase the diversity of its ranks and include more female firefighters. "Being a firefighter is a tough and demanding job, but females are increasingly joining industries that were traditionally male-dominated. "These new officers not only bring a wealth of previous employment experience, but also life experience that will benefit our firefighting service. "I hope that these new female officers encourage other women and people from all walks of life to step up and become a firefighter either as a career officer or as a volunteer. "I would like to wish the graduates of Firefighter School 83 all the best and thank them for joining our firefighting ranks. "It is a rewarding role that makes a significant difference to the safety of our State." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Creating deeper connections with our Southeast Asian neighbours3079Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3420html15/11/2019 1:20:21 AM2019-11-15T01:15:00Z Economic ties to be strengthened at WA-ASEAN Dialogue Expanding ASEAN economies provides range of investment and trade opportunities WA goods and services well-matched to ASEAN countries' needsLocal and Southeast Asian government and business leaders are meeting at today's WA-ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue 2019 to discuss the benefits of deeper connectivity. Asian Engagement Minister Peter Tinley will open the dialogue by reaffirming the State Government's plan to establish closer ties with a range of Asian nations to diversify the Western Australian economy and create jobs. ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) presents a significant opportunity for WA to expand its exports and trade relationships across a range of sectors. ASEAN was established in 1967 and has grown to 10 nations, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The dialogue will include discussion about WA's priority sectors that are well-matched to the needs of ASEAN's expanding economies, including the State's abundant mineral and energy reserves, technology and advanced manufacturing industries, and premium agribusiness products. There is also significant potential in ASEAN countries for WA's expertise in technical and social services such as healthcare, mining, oil and gas, education, engineering, agriculture and the environment. Engagement with business and leadership networks such as ASEAN is a key plank of the State Government's Asian Engagement Strategy 2019-2030. The strategy includes a range of actions to establish improved people-to-people links and business networks that provides WA businesses with easier access to Asian markets. Comments attributed to the Minister for Asian Engagement Peter Tinley "The Western Australian Government is creating closer connections and deeper relationships with a range of Asian nations - it's essential to identify the best trade opportunities for each individual nation. "Building a stronger and diversified WA economy includes expanding trade with ASEAN nations, in a similar way that trade with important partners China and Japan have built over recent decades. "The growth of ASEAN economies and populations in the next 20 years is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure the prosperity of generations of Western Australians, and the Government is acting to ensure we are a big part of Asia's future." Minister's office - 6552 5300
The name of Perth’s new locally-built ferry revealed3080Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11370html15/11/2019 2:17:06 AM2019-11-15T01:00:00Z Transperth's third ferry named MV Tricia, after Perth Zoo's iconic matriarch elephant Tricia emerges as one of the most popular names from the survey The $2.6 million MV Tricia will join MV Shelley Taylor-Smith and MV Phillip PendalA beloved local South Perth icon who has captured the heart of Western Australians for generations, received some big recognition today, with MV Tricia announced as the chosen name for Perth's new locally-built ferry. Perth Zoo's iconic 62-year-old Asian Elephant Tricia was among the most popular names during a month-long social media, website and in-person submission period to name the ferry. Tricia's long history in South Perth and the connection between ferry passengers and Zoo attendees gave her the edge. Many Western Australians have caught the ferry to go to the Zoo. Interestingly, Tricia's own moniker was chosen by public naming competition, inspired by former Miss Australia Tricia Resche. The $2.6 million, 148-seat MV Tricia will join the MV Shelley Taylor-Smith and the MV Phillip Pendal ferrying passengers between Elizabeth Quay and Mends Street Jetty. After the new vessel is launched, all three ferries will be rotated through service, with the older Shelley Taylor-Smith to be predominantly used as a reserve and during special events. At 26 tonnes (with a full fuel load), the MV Tricia weighs seven times more than its namesake. The ferry is currently having the finishing touches applied at WA boat builder Dongara Marine, before she embarks on her own big journey. The vessel will soon be taken to Geraldton to complete sea trials. It will then be loaded on to a flatbed truck and driven 400km to Perth. The ferry will then be put in to the water at Fremantle Port - the very same port Tricia arrived at from Vietnam in 1963 - and sailed up the Swan River. At 23.7m long, with a top speed of 16 knots, the next-generation ferry is faster and longer than its two predecessors and will have an on-board toilet, bike stowage area, wheelchair access and tinted windows. The MV Tricia is expected to be introduced for public service before the end of the year. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "I am very excited to be here today to meet Tricia, and announce another iconic Western Australian name for our ferry - the MV Tricia. "There were many worthy submissions, but Tricia's history in South Perth and connection to thousands of Western Australians gave her a massive advantage. "A number of Tricia's champions said they had visited her when they were children, and now take their children and grandchildren to see her at Perth Zoo - often using the Transperth ferry to get there. "In 2018 there were more than 648,000 journeys on Transperth ferries, a great many of those passengers either tourists or locals travelling to the Zoo. It is fitting Tricia's name will grace our newest ferry for many years to come, and I look forward to it launching later this year." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Naming a ferry after Tricia is an acknowledgement of the enormous impact she has had on our community. "Generations of West Australians have grown up alongside her and everyone has a story about Tricia. "From the moment she was offloaded at the Fremantle Wharf all those decades ago she captured hearts. "It is fitting that now visitors will be able to journey to the Zoo on a ferry named after the iconic Asian Elephant and be greeted at Mends Street jetty by a giant numbat and frilled necked lizard installations, setting the tone for a day of wildlife wonder at Perth Zoo." What some survey respondents said about Tricia "The ferry ride to Mends Street to visit the Zoo is a rite of passage for all Western Australians and who better to honour than the Zoo matriarch and drawcard for generations?" "Tricia has been a big part of Western Australian lives who will always remember her, even after she's long gone." "Tricia is Perth Zoo's favourite elephant. She is an amazing matriarch and everyone knows her. It will be a great loss for all of Perth when she passes. Naming the ferry after her is a great way to say Tricia we will never forget you and you have been such an icon for us all." "As the ferry is so closely associated with Zoo, naming the new ferry after the Zoo's longest term resident is a fitting tribute to Tricia the elephant, it links to the childhood memories of multiple generations, in addition to being just friendly." "Many tourists and Perth folks travel to the Zoo by ferry. Tricia has been the biggest draw card for the Zoo for over 60 years. I first went to the Zoo as a 6-year-old, Trisha was new. Now I take my grandson - we always go to see Tricia first."Minister's office - 6552 5500
Tender to build Carnarvon aged and palliative care centre released3078Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3870html15/11/2019 12:17:57 AM2019-11-15T00:00:00Z Tender to build Carnarvon's new $16.5 million aged and palliative care facility opens 38 new beds to provide care closer to home, with construction due to start in the first half of next year Part of a record $224 million investment by the McGowan Government in palliative care servicesThe tender to build Carnarvon's new 38-bed aged and palliative care facility has been released to market. In line with the McGowan Government's ongoing commitment to healthcare closer to home, the $16.5 million project is set to see the construction of a contemporary facility with dedicated aged and palliative care beds. The new facility will reduce the burden of travel and discomfort for some of the district's most vulnerable older people and those requiring end of life care. Set to be co-located at the newly redeveloped Carnarvon Health Campus, the project will bring together key health services under one roof, creating a modern, purpose-built healthcare hub that supports the integration of primary care. Design of the contemporary facility includes dedicated rooms with space for visiting family members and kitchenette facilities. There are private courtyard spaces and videoconferencing technology. The tender process is expected to take five months with construction to begin shortly thereafter. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "We are determined to ensure our sickest and most vulnerable Western Australians are cared for comfortably, with dignity and close to home during their final stages of life. "Our commitment ensures the number of aged care beds in Carnarvon will more than double and forms part of record $224 million investment in palliative care under the McGowan Government. "Care at a community level eases the burden of travel for those living in rural and regional Western Australia and in this case, means people with any life-limiting or terminal condition can live their lives as fully and comfortably as possible closer to home, their friends, families and loved ones." "We remain committed to giving healthcare in country Western Australia the attention it requires." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Extra support for southern rangelands pastoralists803Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4880html15/11/2019 12:10:33 AM2019-11-14T22:00:00Z McGowan Government provides extra support measures for regional areas struggling with tough season $150,000 towards feral animal control across the southern rangelands $160,000 to extend financial counselling services for regional small businessesThe McGowan Government will provide additional dry season assistance measures to strengthen feral animal control across the pastoral region and extend financial counselling support for regional small businesses. The immediate support is on top of the State Government's ongoing dry season response program, with Departmental officers continuing on-ground visits to support pastoralists with management and access to support services. With feral animals moving across the rangelands in search of water, an additional $150,000 has been provided to support large feral herbivore control. This funding boost is in addition to the $150,000 provided in June 2019. The Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association will immediately receive $50,000 to control camels in priority areas like the Nullarbor, with a further $100,000 available to Recognised Biosecurity Groups operating in other parts of the southern rangelands for large feral herbivore control. Where possible, pastoralists will be given an opportunity to deliver control services to provide an additional income stream. The State Government will provide $160,000 over two years to extend free financial counselling services to regional small businesses experiencing financial hardship. The service will be delivered through Primary Production Services. For pastoralists transporting stock south for either processing or feedlotting, the State Government is advancing plans for a Temporary Special Assistance permit to allow triple road trains to travel from Kalgoorlie to Esperance. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development continues to work with pastoralists through a dedicated response team, to help identify and implement appropriate dry season management actions and business decisions, with a focus on animal welfare. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Pastoralists are contending with very challenging seasonal conditions across large parts of the rangelands. "We met with southern rangelands pastoralists last week, who told us feral animal control was an absolute priority camels and horses are moving onto pastoral leases in search of water, damaging water infrastructure which is needed for livestock. "We are providing extra funding to control these feral pests through Recognised Biosecurity Groups, which operate in these regions and are best placed to co-ordinate control efforts. "The impacts of the season also extend to small businesses in regional communities that support and service primary producers, so we have extended funding for free rural financial counselling to regional small businesses. "This is an immediate package to support pastoralists managing these conditions we are continuing to work on developing long-term drought resilience across the State, and have met with the Commonwealth to put forward our proposals for innovative drought projects for the rangelands." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Independent review ordered into Housing Authority3077Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19830html14/11/2019 9:56:35 AM2019-11-14T09:50:00Z Public Sector Commission to oversee independent review into Housing Authority Review ordered by the Premier in light of the CCC and WA Police investigations Corruption and Crime Commission's new unexplained wealth powers being utilisedRecent changes to legislation by the McGowan Government to enhance the State's ability to pursue financial crime have helped lead to charges being laid against a senior executive in the Housing Authority today. In response to the charges being laid, Premier Mark McGowan has ordered an independent review into the Housing Authority, inside the Department of Communities. While the charges and alleged conduct are extremely disturbing, the State Government is pleased that recent changes to the law are working. The McGowan Government equipped the Corruption and Crime Commission with unexplained wealth powers in June 2018. WA Police and the CCC this afternoon announced that properties had been placed under freezing orders, which is the result of the passage of this legislation. The independent review to be overseen by the Public Sector Commission will not duplicate the work of law enforcement agencies, but is needed to ensure the highest standards of integrity are operating in the State's public sector. The review will focus on the governance, legal and administrative arrangements underpinning the Housing Authority and recommend any changes needed to prevent similar conduct reoccurring. The Authority was absorbed into the Department of Communities on July 1, 2017. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "If proven, what has come out today is absolutely appalling and would be a complete betrayal of every Western Australian. "The Housing Authority is responsible for helping the most vulnerable people in our community and the public rightly expects it to operate with the highest standards of integrity. "I commend the Attorney General for strengthening the powers of our investigative bodies to become alert to conduct of this nature and vigorously pursue it." Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I am very pleased the CCC is putting their new unexplained wealth functions to good use. "Unexplained wealth powers under the Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000 had become all but dormant in Western Australia because of resource intensive operational requirements on the WA Police Force and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. "The McGowan Labor Government recognised the CCC as ideally placed, with experienced specialist financial investigators and coercive powers, to share the role. "The passage of the Corruption Crime and Misconduct and Criminal Property Confiscation Amendment Bill 2017 (WA) in June 2018 granted the CCC the power to initiate and conduct confiscation proceedings relating to unexplained wealth. "It also allowed the CCC to seek orders from the court freezing assets where there is evidence of unexplained wealth." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Joint media statement - Great Northern Highway upgrades continue3076Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4840html14/11/2019 9:16:07 AM2019-11-14T09:00:00Z ​Great Northern Highway project upgrades continuing with Walebing curve realignment and intersection improvements in Wubin now underway Works form part of an ongoing package of works to improve safety, efficiency and access to Great Northern Highway Upgrade projects at Walebing and in Wubin have commenced as part of the Great Northern Highway (GNH) upgrades between Muchea and Wubin. Central Earthmoving Pty Ltd will deliver this latest package of works, which are expected to be complete by mid-2020. The works include 4.5 km of new highway through Walebing including upgrades at the intersections with Midlands Road and Old Geraldton Road. The new highway will have an improved alignment replacing the existing tight low speed curve and making that section safer and easier to traverse. In Wubin, widening works at the intersection with Mullewa-Wubin Road and upgrades around the Road Train Assembly area will improve access for future 53.5 m road trains. An incentivised Aboriginal participation scheme has been included in the contract to encourage the employment of Aboriginal people and the use of Aboriginal businesses. It is anticipated, that opportunities for five full time Aboriginal persons will be provided plus up to 12 per cent of the contract value will be spent using Aboriginal businesses. Construction works are also underway north of Muchea to upgrade another 12.5 km of GNH, providing a smooth transition into the NorthLink WA upgrades. To date, five packages of GNH upgrade works have been completed, upgrading over 74 km between Muchea and Wubin. The Australian ($275.8 million) and State ($68.95 million) governments have committed a total of $344.75 million for the upgrades on this 218 km section of highway. Comments attributed to Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack "These sections of work form a strategic component of the longer-term enhancements, improving freight efficiency and road safety on one of the most important highways in Western Australia. "This is all part of the Federal Government's $100 billion pipeline of infrastructure projects over the next decade, getting Australians home to their families sooner and safer." Comments attributed to Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price "With recent federal funding of $220 million announced towards the $275 million Bindoon Bypass section of Great Northern Highway, the last impediments will be removed for future movements of 53.5 m road trains travelling south to Muchea. "The upgrade in Wubin and the removal of the tight curve at Walebing are further key steps to achieving this benefit for the freight industry." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We are continuing to improve the safety, efficiency, access and amenity of this important link between Perth and the State's north. "The Walebing works will remove a tight curve that has a history of accidents, improving road safety, traffic flow and providing better access for landowners. "Upgrades in Wubin will improve access for heavy vehicles in and around the Road Train Assembly Area. "On completion of the Walebing, Wubin and Muchea works, a total of eight packages will see 92 km of Great Northern Highway upgraded." WA Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA firefighters providing much-needed relief for NSW and QLD3075Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3390html14/11/2019 8:46:55 AM2019-11-14T08:30:00Z WA firefighter taskforce left for QLD today More than 100 WA firefighters have been deployed in last three weeks Another taskforce scheduled to leave tomorrowExhausted firefighters and emergency service authorities over east have been provided with more relief today with the arrival of a fifth Western Australian firefighter taskforce team. Seventeen career firefighters from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service flew out from Perth this morning to help with the battle against multiple blazes across Queensland. The team is the fifth group of Western Australian volunteer and career officers who have given up more time with their friends, family and work to help exhausted firefighters in Queensland and New South Wales. In total so far, 103 Western Australians have headed into catastrophic and emergency fire conditions to help out east coast counterparts and help protect communities and lives. The DFES and DBCA career and volunteer personnel come from across Western Australia and are highly skilled and experienced in firefighting. They have been undertaking a variety of incident management roles including aerial suppression, ground support, planning, logistics and operations. Another taskforce is scheduled to leave tomorrow afternoon for NSW. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "Western Australia has a proud history of supporting other states in their time of crisis, and we are pleased to be able to help New South Wales and Queensland during these devastating fires. "I want to congratulate and offer my thanks to our WA firefighters who have volunteered to go on this deployment and are leaving behind their loved ones to assist people in need on the other side of the country. "We are watching what's unfolding over east and I'm sure the people of Queensland and New South Wales will welcome the experience and assistance our volunteer and career officers are providing." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "I want to thank our Western Australian volunteer and career officers who have been helping battle these terrible bushfires over east and for the support they have given communities that have been affected. "These firefighters bring with them a great deal of experience and will play a vital role in helping to relieve exhausted crews who have been battling fires under extreme conditions over the past few weeks. "This has also been an opportunity for our specialist Western Australian firefighters to share their extensive knowledge and draw on the expertise from interstate counterparts on bushfire management in a different environment." Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
RED Grants driving Pilbara diversification3074Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8360html15/11/2019 4:54:29 AM2019-11-14T05:15:00Z 10 Pilbara projects to receive more than $900,000 through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants McGowan Government investing in tourism, tech innovation and training to drive diversification and jobs in the Pilbara Pilbara projects driving new opportunities in tourism, tech innovation, hospitality training, renewable energy and the arts have received a $900,000 boost through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants. Ten applicants will share in $901,840 from Round 2 of the RED Grants program, which will help to create an estimated 80 new jobs and leverage a further $8.7 million in the region over the next three to five years. The RED Grants program is a five-year McGowan Government initiative delivering $28.8 million to community-driven projects that create jobs, drive economic development and expand and diversify industry in the regions. The Pilbara grants include $100,000 to assist creative capacity builders FORM to expand the Spinifex Hill Studio in South Hedland and enable Aboriginal artists to market their artwork, while supporting jobs and tourism opportunities. Port Hedland-based technology company Tan Ninety will use its $107,387 RED Grant to extend its 1TASK app to multiple platforms, taking paper-based procedures, manuals and tasks and digitising them in a social media inspired online app that mine workers on the front line and their supervisors can use. Resource company EcoMag has been allocated $45,120 towards developing a process to recycle magnesium from the waste products of salt operations in the region, which can be used to manufacture fire retardants, toughened glass and cosmetics, as a precursor to establishing a full-scale plant and new jobs in the future. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "These RED Grants will help our government deliver on our commitment to strengthen and diversify the Pilbara economy and create new jobs and industries in the region. "This is an exciting mix of projects from across the Pilbara, including driving Aboriginal business development, support for new and expanding tourism enterprises, and a focus on tech innovation and resources value adding. "A number of these projects leverage off the Pilbara's existing strengths in the resources sector to drive new job opportunities for local people the EcoMag plant study, Tan Ninety app development, Woodie Woodie Renewable Energy project and KAW Engineering project all present real opportunities to strengthen local skillsets around resources." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "It is fantastic to see such a diverse array of projects from Pilbara businesses and the community represented in Round Two of the RED Grants, which will boost the vibrancy and vitality of our unique communities. "Local jobs are my priority and these Pilbara projects will open up new local job opportunities in a range of industries, from tourism and the arts to manufacturing and renewable energy. "The opening of a local centralised training facility for hospitality will allow students, apprentices and trainees to stay in the Pilbara which will support local small businesses in the region. "I encourage local Pilbara businesses and councils to continue to apply for the RED Grants to strengthen and diversify the Pilbara economy and create local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful Round 2 RED Grant recipients - Pilbara Grant Applicant Project Description Grant Amount EcoMag Limited The Brine Dispersion Modelling project aims to develop a process to recover magnesium from salt operations to manufacture products used in fire retardants, glass toughening and cosmetics, as a pre-curser to developing a full-scale plant and future job opportunities. $45,120 Grand Central KTA Pty Ltd The Grand Central project will create a centralised training facility for apprentices and trainees in hospitality to attract and retain more cooks, chefs and front of house staff to the region. $145,000 FORM Building a State of Creativity Inc. The Spinifex Hill Studio Extension project will contribute towards a new building at the Spinifex Hill Studios in South Hedland to support local Aboriginal artists, commercial arts and tourism opportunities. $100,000 Tan Ninety Pty Ltd The 1TASK app for the Resource Industry project aims extend the 1TASK app to multiple platforms, including adapting software so it can operate at remote sites with limited internet connectivity, creating diverse employment opportunities. $107,387 KAW Engineering Pty The Pilbara Laser Scanning, Design & Drafting Capability Development project will expand engineering services to the local resources industry through the purchase of a new 3D laser scanning hardware, processing and design software, CAD computer programs and employment of new staff. $100,000 Pindering Eco Retreat Pty Ltd The Pindering Eco Retreat project plans to establish a visitor and cultural centre as part of a new Aboriginal-owned camping ground and eco retreat on the edge of the Karijini National Park to attract tourism opportunities. $150,000 Pilbara Camel Trekking Pty Ltd The Pilbara Camel Trekking Camel Camp will involve establishing and upgrading an operating base for an adventure and cultural tourism hub near Paraburdoo that offers camel treks to tourists. $25,000 Pilbara Dive and Tours The Grow Pilbara Dive project will build and fit out a workshop and purchase equipment to grow, develop and diversify the diving business and capture local and tourism opportunities. $44,333 Shire of East Pilbara The Shire of East Pilbara's Economic Development and Tourism Strategy and Land-Use Strategy, 2019-2024 project will engage a consultant to develop two documents to guide the Shire's economic growth Shire of East Pilbara's Economic Development and Tourism Strategy 2019-2024; and the Development and Land-Use Strategy for Newman. $85,000 AgGrow Energy Resources Pty Ltd The Woodie Woodie Renewable Energy Project 2019 aims to refurbish a centre pivot irrigation equipment and infrastructure to grow a range of crops using local mine dewater, creating new employment and industry diversification opportunities. $100,000
Australia’s first sulphate of potash operation gets green light3073Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9910html14/11/2019 4:09:29 AM2019-11-14T04:00:00Z Premier approves Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility fund for Kalium Lakes Construction at Kalium's Beyondie sulphate of potash project has begun Located near Newman, Beyondie will create 170 construction and 70 production jobsPremier of Western Australia Mark McGowan today signed off on a Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan to assist in developing infrastructure for Kalium Lakes' Beyondie project. Located southeast of Newman, the sulphate of potash project is on track to become Australia's first sulphate of potash operation in Australia. Construction at the project has commenced, which will create 170 jobs, while first production is expected at the end of 2020, creating 70 operational jobs for Western Australians. This announcement demonstrates that the McGowan Government's decision to lower rental rates for minerals in brine, such as potash, is producing positive results. Potash is an essential nutrient used in high-quality fertilisers that protects food crops from disease and pests, and improves water retention, yield, taste and appearance. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Beyondie project has a mine life of 30-plus years, so this is a win for local regional communities that we expect will create long-term, sustainable jobs. "My Government is pleased to support this emerging industry through the introduction of lower rental rates, and the development of this project is another sign that our economy is heading in the right direction." Comment attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "Through our careful financial management the McGowan Government is able to provide the necessary investment that drives jobs throughout the State." Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Congratulations to Kalium Lakes who are progressing to become a nation-wide leader in developing the potash industry. "It's great the McGowan Government has been able to support this fledgling industry through the new minerals in brine mining rental rates, and is helping to stimulate this important sector and create jobs for Western Australians." Premier's office - 6552 5000Treasurer's office - 6552 5900Mines and Petroleum's Minister's office - 6552 6700
$1.25 million for job-creating projects in the Gascoyne3072Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6790html14/11/2019 2:35:35 AM2019-11-14T02:30:00Z Nine Gascoyne projects to receive more than $1.25 million through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) grants McGowan Government investing in tourism, aquaculture and arts projects to drive job creation in the GascoyneNine projects across the Gascoyne that drive job opportunities, support tourism and build local arts and food experiences will share in $1.25 million through Round 2 of the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program. The McGowan Government has committed $28.8 million over five years towards the RED Grants program to support projects that will directly benefit regional communities and drive economic development in the regions. Tidal Moon will receive $250,000 to support the Tidal Moon Sea Cucumbers project, which aims to develop a viable commercial sea cucumber business while maintaining cultural heritage and environmental stewardship in collaboration with Aboriginal communities, Mulgana (Shark Bay), Bayungu (Coral Bay/Exmouth) and Thalanyji (Onslow). The funding will be used to assist in harvesting and drying wild sea cucumber. Ngala Children's Services has been awarded $150,000 to construct a new day care complex in the heart of Denham, providing flexible, modern, safe and multipurpose childcare for children up to five years old. Mandalay Holiday Resort will receive $125,000 to increase the capacity and quality of caravanning and camping experiences available in Denham and the greater Shark Bay area. This involves the expansion of the Denham Seaside Caravan Park including an additional 55 powered caravan and camping sites, and introducing modern communal ablutions, games room and campers' kitchen facility. Other projects supported include funding for glamping at Bullara Station, a project to develop better tourist facilities at Mt Augustus, and an expansion of Bumbak's Preserves and Ice-creams in Carnarvon. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Through the RED Grants program, the McGowan Government is investing in community-driven projects to create jobs, support tourism and boost economic growth across regional Western Australia. "Tourism and aquaculture are a key focus in this round of REDs in the Gascoyne, playing to the region's natural strengths and driving new job-creating business opportunities from Exmouth to Carnarvon, Shark Bay and out to Mt Augustus. "It is fantastic to support the Ngala Children's Service childcare project in Denham, driving economic development by helping to ensure people living in regional communities can get back into the workforce." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful RED grants projects for the Gascoyne region Recipient Project Funding Tidal Moon The Tidal Moon Sea Cucumbers project is a collaboration with three Aboriginal communities, Mulgana (Shark Bay), Bayungu (Coral Bay / Exmouth) and Thalanyji (Onslow), aiming to develop a viable commercial sea cucumber business while maintaining cultural heritage and environmental stewardship. $250,000 Tasmanian Blue Water Oysters The Exmouth Oysters project is a three-year oyster growing trial in the Bay of Rest near Learmonth, which aims to prove the viability of growing the naturally-occurring Saccostrea species of oysters in the Exmouth area. $83,500 Bullara Estates Pty Ltd Bullara Station Stay aims to expand the station's capacity to accommodate guests, including high-end glamping tents and new affordable powered camping and caravan sites, along with new amenities including a shearing shed hub. $203,000 Ngala Children's Services The Shark Bay Early Years Multi-Age Complex project involves the construction of a new day care complex primarily to operate Education and Care and other community programs focusing on children up to five years, located in the heart of Denham, next to Shark Bay School. $150,000 Harvest Road Oceans The Massey Bay Oyster Farm project is a new pilot-scale oyster farm with a proposed location south of Carnarvon in Massey Bay. It will consist of four sites operating different commercial oyster farming systems to determine the most suitable systems and species for local conditions. $125,000 Danver Holdings Pty Ltd Phase two of the development of Bumbak's Preserves and Ice-creams, which involves fitting out the processing plant and upgrading the commercial kitchen with new equipment to increase production. $75,000 Mandalay Holiday Resort The Denham Seaside Caravan Park Enhancement and Expansion project will increase capacity and quality of caravanning and camping experiences available in Denham and the greater Shark Bay area, with additional powered caravan and camping sites, and an introduction of modern communal ablutions, games room and campers' kitchen at the Denham Seaside Caravan Park. $125,000 Mount Augustus Tourist Park The Mt Augustus Tourist Park Hub project will involve the construction of a building to house the Tourist Park reception, regional information displays, office and bookings area for Burringurrah community tours and workshops, tavern, bar and function centre and shop. $100,000 Gascoyne in May Inc The Gascoyne Travelling Arts project will implement the pre-production, planning and training stages of Gascoyne in May Travelling Arts Festival and contribute to the delivery of the program. $140,000
Western Australian Racehorse Welfare Plan released3071Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7000html14/11/2019 1:04:59 AM2019-11-14T01:00:00Z WA will lead the nation in welfare standards for all racehorses Plan outlines a range of new and expanded welfare initiatives A new WA Racehorse passport will track horses beyond racing A Racehorse Welfare Facility will be established Legislation to be introduced to increase oversight over knackeries and abattoirs processing racehorses Western Australia will lead the nation in the welfare standards for all racehorses with the introduction of the Western Australian Racehorse Welfare Plan. The plan of action, announced by the State Government and Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) today, will see a range of new and expanded initiatives to safeguard the wellbeing of WA racehorses. In the first year, more than $5 million will be spent implementing the plan, with a further $3 million recurring annually. A key pillar of the plan creates greater oversight of a racehorse once it leaves the care of the racing industry - with the establishment of a WA Racehorse Passport. Other initiatives include A comprehensive WA Racehorse Census of all current and post-racing thoroughbreds & standardbreds in WA RWWA aim to know the whereabouts and condition of each and every registered racehorse in WA Increased compliance via enforcement of reporting requirements Increased oversight of retiring racehorses in WA WA's Racehorse Passport to be provided to all retiring racehorses, tracking horses post racing New owners taking on retired racehorses to receive financial incentives, educational material and welfare care packages to support the racehorses' transition to post-racing careerEstablish a dedicated Racehorse Welfare Facility in WA RWWA will acquire a multi-purpose equine welfare property for the use of retraining and emergency care for retired racehorses Introduction of Retirement Rule Introduce new WA rule of racing, whereby industry must aim to rehome all healthy and behaviourally sound thoroughbreds and standardbreds This initiative is an Australian first Increased oversight over knackeries or abattoirs processing racehorses RWWA will establish an MoU and mandatory reporting process with WA registered abattoirs and knackeries who wish to receive race horses for processing Those abattoirs and knackeries will be subject to random inspections to ensure they are meeting MoU conditions Legislation to be introduced to increase oversight over knackeries and abattoirs processing racehorses Licensing of WA breeders Commit to the development of a licensing regime to regulate breeding activity in the racing industry First State in Australia to introduce this initiative Continued pressure on the Federal Government to implement and oversee a National Traceability Register, including export Western Australian racehorses must be tracked when they move interstate The Federal Government must ensure WA racehorses cannot be exported to countries with inadequate animal welfare standards A two-year review of the Western Australia Racehorse Welfare Plan will address any gaps, failures or areas of improvement, as well as inform any future legislative change. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia "Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) in collaboration with the State Government has developed a robust welfare plan that incorporates all stages of a racehorse's life through a program of investment, education, monitoring and regulation. "Western Australia is leading the nation on racehorse welfare. We are doing more than any other State to look after our racehorses. "I applaud the industry for getting behind the plan of action and ensuring our racehorses receive the best treatment from birth to death. "I now call on the Commonwealth Government to play its part and implement and oversee a National Traceability Register as a priority." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Invest and Trade to drive business to WA and create jobs3070Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10280html14/11/2019 12:34:42 AM2019-11-14T00:30:00Z Invest and Trade WA team established to drive the State's economic development and create jobs McGowan Government delivers on election commitment to create an outward-focussed, responsive approach to attract investment and grow exports Creation of the State's 'front door' makes WA more accessible for global businesses and industry The McGowan Government has delivered on a key election commitment to establish a refreshed and comprehensive approach to attracting investment and growing trade in our State, to diversify the economy and create jobs. Invest and Trade Western Australia provides a 'front door' for investors and customers interested, including those from overseas, in doing business with Western Australia. Potential investors will be able to access Invest and Trade's resources via an online portal, to be launched in early 2020. Invest and Trade WA also provides vital information and support for WA's export-ready small and medium-sized enterprises who want help to reach their export potential. A key element of the WA Government's economic plan, Invest and Trade WA will deliver a collaborative, responsive and client-focussed service that makes connections between businesses and investors, expanding and diversifying the economy. The Invest and Trade WA team is located in the State's economic development agency, the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, and will work across government to capture and respond to investment and trade opportunities. A team of business facilitation professionals is now in place and has already responded to more than 70 trade and investment enquiries from businesses and organisations seeking support and advice. More will be delivered early next year to create the State's 'shop front' and better position WA in interstate and overseas markets. More information and contacts to the Invest and Trade WA team is available at http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The development of Invest and Trade WA is a first for the State, delivering an accessible 'front door' that ensures prospective investors and customers receive quality, customer-specific information and support. "This approach is essential to diversify our economy and create jobs for the future. "The Invest and Trade WA team will work with the State Government's overseas offices to connect investors and buyers with WA businesses who are seeking to expand their businesses and access international opportunities. "There is much more to come with Invest and Trade WA as they implement a global approach to promoting the range of opportunities our incredible State has to offer." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Personal shark deterrent subsidy scheme reaches 4,000 milestone3069Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3910html14/11/2019 12:11:09 AM2019-11-13T21:00:00Z 4,000 scientifically proven personal shark deterrent subsidies claimed by ocean users Device sales have grown as a result of the digital marketing campaignThe McGowan Government's world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy scheme has reached a significant milestone with more than 4000 rebates claimed by Western Australian ocean users. The number of the scientifically proven devices purchased has grown in the past few months on the back of a successful digital marketing campaign raising interest in the devices, in particular to raise awareness among surfing communities. While divers still lead the take with 3,367 devices purchased, the number of surfers taking advantage of the rebate has grown to 633. Surfers are encouraged to continue to get behind the program. The top 10 locations for the purchase of the surf device were Mandurah, Karrinyup, Scarborough, Albany, Floreat, North Beach, Hillarys, Busselton, Dunsborough and Ocean Reef. More than 50 per cent of these devices were purchased by surfers aged between 34 and 54 years of age. The top three locations for dive device rebates were Bunbury, Mandurah and Safety Bay. Of those who have claimed a rebate, more than 50 per cent were in the South-West, followed by the metropolitan coastal suburbs and the Great Southern region. There are still about 1,000 rebates available, after the McGowan Government increased the number to 5,000 in late September. The program gives ocean users a $200 rebate when they purchase one of two scientifically proven devices. This means the Ocean Guardian FREEDOM+ Surf (Bundle) is reduced to $299 and the Ocean Guardian FREEDOM7 is reduced to $399. Ocean users are also encouraged to download the State's first ever official shark notification app - SharkSmart WA. The app provides near real-time information on shark activity, including current alerts and warnings, and also provides details of safety features at each beach. The new app can be downloaded free, from the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "With the weather warming up and summer not too far away personal protection in the water, particularly for our divers and surfers, just makes good Sea Sense. "The two devices available under the rebate scheme have been scientifically proven to significantly reduce interactions with white sharks. "It's not too late to take advantage of the rebate scheme, and I encourage all our ocean users, particularly the surfing community, to purchase a device to help keep themselves or their loved ones stay safe in the water. "More than 5,000 people have switched on their Sea Sense and downloaded the new SharkSmart WA app. This goes to show the community are aware, and keen to learn more about how to use their Sea Sense to keep safe in the water." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Funding for Wiluna school’s training program3068Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4780html13/11/2019 6:34:59 AM2019-11-13T06:30:00Z McGowan Government to contribute $50,000 a year for the next three years to support training opportunities for students at Wiluna Remote Community School The school's unique training model utilises a trade training centre to provide local students and community members with skills that lead to employment Strong links with mining industry to connect local people with job opportunitiesEducation and Training Minister Sue Ellery today visited Wiluna Remote Community School, announcing it would receive $50,000 a year for the next three years for its unique training model. The State Government funding will complement contributions already made by the Shire of Wiluna and local industry to the trade training centre, which tailors training for students that lead to local job opportunities, particularly in the mining industry. In 2017, Central Regional TAFE (CR TAFE) transferred ownership of the school to the Department of Education, marking the start of a new partnership and unique training model for the delivery of vocational education and training in Wiluna. Local Martu elders are involved in determining the courses that run and CR TAFE delivers the training. The Wiluna Remote Community School trade training centre is supported by the Shire of Wiluna and local industry, including Matilda Operations Pty Limited, GWR Group Limited, Salt Lake Potash Limited, Northern Star Resources Limited, Rosslyn Hill Mining Pty Limited, Cameco Australia Limited, Kalium Lakes Limited, Blackham Resources Limited and Echo Resources Limited. Courses include Automotive, Conservation and Land Management and a Rangers program. Last year, the first group of students graduated with a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management. Other training programs support the skills required for the mining industry in the areas of civil construction, loader and welding. A new initiative for 2020, supported by Salt Lake Potash Limited which has a salt lake site less than 15 kilometres south of Wiluna, will see female secondary students join an engagement program. Up to 15 students will learn work-based business and hospitality skills at school, with a view to gaining employment with the company. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The McGowan Government is pleased to join with local mining companies and the Shire to contribute $50,000 a year over the next three years to ensure young people in Wiluna have access to further training and help create pathways to employment. "The school is smaller than other secondary schools with a trade training centre but no less important when you consider how important these courses are to the local Martu community. "By working directly with the Martu community and local industry, and delivering relevant training on site through Central Regional TAFE, we are providing these students with the relevant skills that employers in the region are looking for. "The training model delivered at the centre is a fantastic local initiative that will give the community access to courses that offer real career and life opportunities well into the future." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "The centre provides tailored training programs to support the growing jobs and skills needs of the community, for example the local mining operations and the State Government's Wiluna-Meekatharra Road Upgrade project. "It is great to have local industry contributing because we are ensuring the training is linked to jobs. "There is both an individual and community benefit - students can gain employment locally and employers have access to a skilled local workforce." "The staff at the Wiluna campus, in particular Mac Jensen, punch well above their weight in terms of extremely successful delivery of their programs, excellent engagement with students, and great outcomes for individual students and the wider community." Minister's office - 6552 5700
McGowan Government boosts support for Seniors Recreation Council3067Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3570html13/11/2019 6:07:53 AM2019-11-13T06:00:00Z $40,000 extra funding for Healthy Ageing Through Activity programs Seniors Recreation Council delivers programs and services to encourage active ageing, including Have a Go DayWestern Australia's active ageing movement has been given a boost - with the State Government increasing funding for the Seniors Recreation Council's Healthy Ageing Through Activity programs. The not-for-profit Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. (SRCWA) delivers numerous programs and services to encourage older Western Australians to be more physically, socially and mentally active. Sport and Recreation and Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray today visited the Council's flagship yearly Have a Go Day event at Burswood Park to deliver $40,000 in extra funding for its programs. The Council holds events and programs throughout the State - including the LiveLighter Aged Care Games, Pole Walking presentations, and the annual SRCWA Ball. It also conducts Tech Savvy Seniors sessions around Western Australia to help older people use modern technology and enjoy the social and emotional benefits of connecting online. For more information about the SRCWA, its programs and upcoming events, visit http// Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "For more than 25 years, the Seniors Recreation Council of WA has played an important role in helping seniors to stay active and engaged. "In recent times the SRCWA has grown its profile in the community, having branched out into new areas, including hosting sessions to help older people use computers and social media. "The SRCWA does wonderful work throughout the State and this increased funding will allow it to deliver even better physical and mental health outcomes for older Western Australians and our communities at large." Minister's office - 6552 6400