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Strategy sets out roadmap for WA’s legal assistance sector12684Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/06/2022 8:05:32 AM2022-06-30T08:05:00Z New whole-of-sector approach to ensure access to justice for vulnerable people Publication meets national reporting requirements for an integrated sector Attorney General John Quigley has released a roadmap that sets out how the State will support the legal assistance sector to best respond to the legal needs of people experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage. Published today, the Legal Assistance Strategy 2022-25 seeks to ensure access to appropriate and timely legal assistance irrespective of where people live in Western Australia. A publicly available strategy is a requirement of the National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP) between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories. The NLAP is the instrument for Commonwealth funding for the delivery of mainstream, specialist and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal assistance services. As part of the strategy, the Department of Justice is working with the legal assistance sector to map the services required across WA, and identify and respond to unmet legal needs. It marks the first time the State, in partnership with WA's legal assistance sector, has formally documented a whole-of-sector approach to the delivery of services to vulnerable people. An action plan is currently being developed in consultation with the sector and other relevant stakeholders to set out how the strategy will be implemented and its outcomes measured. The strategy is now available on https//www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-justice/supporting-the-legal-assistance-sector Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I welcome the publication of this strategy, which sets out how Western Australia will support the delivery of legal assistance services to vulnerable people. "I am confident this strategy will help build our understanding of the level and nature of legal need, and keep access to justice within reach. "The strategy seeks to ensure that people experiencing disadvantage are able to access appropriate and timely legal assistance no matter where they live. "It's the first time that the State and WA legal assistance sector has been considered as a whole, which will benefit the delivery of high quality and culturally appropriate services." Comments attributed to Federal Attorney General Mark Dreyfus "Legal assistance services play a vital role in helping the most disadvantaged Australians have access to justice. "This strategy will help provide this assistance to the people who need it most and the Commonwealth looks forward to working with the States and Territories on these issues to assist those in greatest need." Minister's office - 6552 6800
Awards ceremony honours long-serving Beelerup volunteers12682Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/06/2022 6:42:39 AM2022-06-30T06:30:00Z Four long-service medals presented to South-West volunteer firefighters Members celebrating a combined 235 years of service to Western AustraliaFour long-serving members of the Beelerup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB) have today been recognised for outstanding service to their local community. Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM attended an awards ceremony in Beelerup in the South-West today to acknowledge the members' remarkable achievements. Volunteer firefighter Colin Sharp was awarded a 65-year Service Certificate and Medal. He is the longest-serving member of Beelerup VBFB and his son Chris is also a member. Bruce Hearman received a 60-year Service Certificate and Medal, while Peter Hearman and Tom Sheehan were recognised for 55 years of service. The Beelerup VBFB was formed in 1954, with their first purpose-built station officially opening in September 2020. The brigade currently has 48 registered active members. Beelerup VBFB has attended 10 incidents in the past 12 months. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "Volunteers are the heart and soul of local communities and the Beelerup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has a rich history, serving the community and surrounding towns for almost 70 years. "On behalf of the McGowan Government, I thank Colin, Bruce, Peter, Tom and the entire Beelerup Volunteer Fire Brigade for their dedicated service in keeping their local communities safe. "It is a privilege to recognise these long-serving members and acknowledge their ongoing commitment to making Western Australia a safer State." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "I congratulate these outstanding individuals who have given a combined 235 years of service to Beelerup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, and more importantly to their local community. "To Colin, Bruce, Peter and Tom - thank you for your incredible efforts and thanks to your families who have no doubt supported you throughout your long-standing tenures." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New Chair of the Road Safety Council12680Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/06/2022 5:13:54 AM2022-06-30T05:05:00Z Katie Hodson-Thomas JP appointed Chair of the Road Safety Council State Government thanks outgoing Chair Iain CameronRoad Safety Minister Paul Papalia has welcomed Katie Hodson-Thomas JP as the newly appointed Chair of the Road Safety Council. After 25 years since it was formed, the Road Safety Council continues to play an important role in reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Western Australian roads. The council is made up of members from key State Government agencies, as well as the WA Local Government Association and RAC. Together, they recommend priority road safety projects and programs to improve the safety of roads across the State and support community outcomes. Ms Hodson-Thomas is the Director of Corporate and Public Affairs at the Perth-based arm of global consulting firm FTI Consulting, and has extensive experience in public policy development, government relations and stakeholder engagement. As a member of the WA Parliament between 1996 and 2008, Ms Hodson-Thomas served as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Health Minister, held shadow portfolio responsibilities for transport, tourism, small business, environment and road safety, and was Deputy Chair of the Community Development and Justice Standing Committee. In addition to her road safety experience in her Parliamentary capacity, Ms Hodson-Thomas took a proactive approach to road safety in her former role as Chief Executive Officer of the Caravan Industry Association WA. She was formerly independent Chair of the WA Fishing Industry Council and is currently a member of the Gaming and Wagering Commission. Ms Hodson-Thomas' appointment comes as current Chair Iain Cameron has completed the maximum tenure of five years on the council. Mr Cameron served as Chair of the council from July 2017 and during this time has made a valuable and lasting contribution to road safety in WA. As Chair of the council, Mr Cameron has been a passionate advocate for a safe system approach to road safety and these principles are reflected in the Driving Change Road Safety Strategy that guides WA's road safety journey over the next decade since it was released. Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia "I would like to congratulate Ms Hodson-Thomas on her appointment as Chair of the Road Safety Council. "The McGowan Government has set an ambitious target to reduce the number of people fatally, severely or seriously injured by 50 to 70 per cent by 2030 and the leadership of the Road Safety Council is key to achieving this. "Ms Hodson-Thomas's experience in representing the interests of the WA community at a federal and local level gives me every confidence in her ability to lead the council and improve road safety outcomes for the benefit of everyone who uses our roads. "I would like to thank Iain Cameron for his significant contribution to road safety in WA during his five years on the council. "Mr Cameron can feel proud that under his leadership, the council has supported a range of programs and projects that save lives on our roads." Minister's office - 6552 5600
McGowan Government commits $1.2 million to new creative technology innovation hub12679Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/06/2022 5:00:05 AM2022-06-30T05:00:00Z McGowan Government invests $1.2 million over four years to establish the State's first Creative Technology Innovation Hub in Bunbury The WA Creative Technology Innovation Hub (WACTIH) will contribute towards a future WA and its regions by harnessing creative digital industries WACTIH is funded through $16.7 million New Industries FundSupport for regional creative enterprises is set to receive a boost, with the State Government investing $1.2 million over four years to establish the State's first Creative Technology Innovation Hub in Bunbury. The WA Creative Technology Innovation Hub (WACTIH) was announced today by Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson in Bunbury, and will operate in collaboration with the State Government, Edith Cowan University, City of Bunbury and industry to stimulate and grow Western Australia's emerging creative and immersive technology industry. The hub will assist in growing a future ready workforce, entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovators in WA and its regions. The hub will focus on creative digital industries including gaming, experiential and immersive technology, software development, product design, advertising, film and media. The WACTIH will help businesses and creative enterprises grow by linking research, entrepreneurship and education in the use of digital and immersive technologies. While the South-West is home to over 320 creative and digital businesses, the WACTIH will help support hundreds more businesses across the State with specialised advice and services. Funded through the McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund, the WACTIH will join the State's established innovation hubs in life sciences, data science and cyber security to build capability and capacity to diversify the economy, leverage new commercial opportunities and create jobs. Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson "Today's announcement of the Creative Technology Innovation Hub is a boost not only for creative tech enterprises across the State, but a vote of confidence in our regional innovators. "The hub is set to drive economic value in the regions through business and skills transformation for increased, long term advantage. "The McGowan Government's New Industries Fund supports and accelerates WA's innovative startups, emerging businesses and small and medium enterprises to diversify local and regional economies and create jobs and industries. "Through the new hub, the McGowan Government aims to expand the State's presence in the global digital supply chain of services, content and code." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "I'm thrilled that the McGowan Government has committed $1.2 million to establish Western Australia's first Creative Technology Innovation Hub in Bunbury. "Bunbury is the gateway to our State's pristine South-West region and is now proudly home to hundreds of digital and creative businesses and innovators. "I look forward to the establishment of the WA Creative Technology Innovation Hub and the significant opportunities and benefits it will offer to the Bunbury community." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Reconnect WA shines spotlight on tourism and work opportunities12681Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/06/2022 5:56:03 AM2022-06-30T04:45:00Z Promoting WA as a safe place to visit, work, study and invest Working holiday makers targeted through Festival of Apprentices in London Success of direct Rome to Perth flights results in the service continuing in 2023 Trade, investment, finances and skilled migration priorities also a focus of mission Premier Mark McGowan will today attend the Festival of Apprentices in London - an event aimed at young people seeking future career opportunities to promote Western Australia as the ideal destination to visit and work. The State Government, through Tourism WA, is the only travel brand or agency with a dedicated tourism stand at the event and will host a cooperative activity with UK youth specialists to attract working holiday makers to WA to assist with workforce needs. WA's stand will also promote the State Government's Paid Escape incentive as well as Perth arrival packages for working holiday makers in partnership with Gap360 - the UK's leading independent specialist in gap year and youth travel for 18-30-year-olds. 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. Further leveraging these campaigns and the working holiday maker workforce, an interstate social media campaign has promoted jobs specific to the industry through westernaustralia.jobs, the dedicated hospitality and tourism jobs and careers portal. 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. 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. WA is being promoted as the ideal destination in which to invest, visit, study and work, which has been a focus of the Premier's Reconnect WA mission. The mission kicked off in Italy with the first non-stop flight between Perth and Rome on June 25 with Qantas already re-committing to maintaining the route for 2023 with the prospects of the season expanding in the future. To promote WA to future visitors across Italy, commuters throughout the major Italian cities of Milan and Rome are being reminded that Adventure Awaits on their next holiday to WA, with six metropolitan trams covered in Western Australia's trademark tourism branding. The cooperative marketing partnership with Qantas kicked off in May to drive bookings for the new Qantas Perth-Rome direct service and showcases some of WA's favourite tourism destinations - from picturesque waterfalls and caves, to pristine beaches and the iconic Perth skyline. The promotional activity complements a series of industry roundtables being hosted in Rome and London for tourism wholesalers, key distributors and travel trade partners aimed at stimulating further investment in the State's visitor economy. The Premier will also meet with trade and investment partners throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and Qatar to generate further interest in other sectors, including renewable energy and resources in WA. In his capacity as Treasurer, Mr McGowan will reinforce WA's newly attained AAA credit rating at a range of engagements and events in London and Dublin with banks and investors, as part of the mission led by the Western Australian Treasury Corporation to help deliver better outcomes for WA's borrowing program. During the mission, the Premier will be meeting with both the President of Ireland and the Prime Minister of Ireland, and undertake a range of briefings on skilled migration and international education. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The start of this mission has had a strong focus on growing WA tourism and opportunities for the WA tourism industry off the back of the launch of the new Qantas direct service between Perth and Rome. "The recommitment of these non-stop flights between Perth and Rome for 2023 and the anticipated expanded season has been welcomed by industry, Government and businesses. "This has been evident in the positive engagement and participation in a series of strategic meetings and roundtable discussions I've held while in Italy. "As the mission continues in the UK, our key message centres on Western Australia as a safe and incredible place in which to live, study, visit and do business. "This is about promoting investment in other sectors to help diversify the State's economy, create jobs and support businesses across a range of industries." Premier's office - 6552 5000
South-West lithium miner thanked for stepping up in time of need12678Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/06/2022 2:46:23 AM2022-06-30T02:45:00Z McGowan Government thanks local mining company for their assistance during peak bushfire season Talison Lithium recognised for aiding emergency response to Bridgetown bushfire Miner's bushfire brigade one of dozens of crews that fought to bring blaze under control during challenging weekend for firefightersThe McGowan Government has today paid tribute to a South-West mining company for supporting the State's emergency services during a weekend of unprecedented bushfire threat. Volunteer and career firefighters fought four Level 3 bushfires simultaneously on the weekend of February 5 and 6 as they hit Denmark, Bridgetown, Shackleton and Wickepin. As dozens of crews worked tirelessly to bring the bushfires under control, a Greenbushes lithium miner generously offered accommodation to around 150 personnel responding to the Bridgetown blaze. Talison Lithium, which runs its own bushfire brigade to support volunteer emergency services groups in the region, also provided its water cart so fire crews could reload their supplies. Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM visited Greenbushes today to present Talison with a Certificate of Distinction for playing its part in containing the Bridgetown bushfire. Talison staff were among the volunteer firefighters who helped protect lives and property as the fire burnt through more than 2,200 hectares. Entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with DFES in late 2020, the Talison Fire Brigade is now recognised as a brigade in its own right. The Bridgetown blaze was just one of three big bushfires supported by Talison during the recent high-threat period. Talison provided free accommodation and food to emergency services personnel responding to the Level 3 Calgardup bushfire that threatened the townsite of Margaret River in December. It also offered beds to 34 firefighters from the South-West who fought a Level 2 bushfire near Kirup in February. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "For many years now Talison has played an active role supporting emergency services in the South-West. "Every little bit of help is important when dealing with a Level 3 bushfire like the one in Bridgetown where residents were forced to evacuate. "On behalf of the McGowan Government, I want to thank Talison for all the support it provided in keeping the community safe on such a challenging weekend for the State. "All the volunteer firefighters who brought the inferno under control can be incredibly proud of their brave efforts." Comments attributed to Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM "DFES has developed a strong relationship with the Greenbushes lithium mine operators since we signed the Memorandum of Understanding in 2020 to formally recognise the Talison Fire Brigade. "Since then, the Talison brigade has provided important support to the Greenbushes Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and other volunteer emergency services groups in the district." Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "As the local member, I thank Talison Fire Brigade for their help during what was a very dire and trying time for our community during the Bridgetown and Denmark fires. "Our volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel across not only Warren-Blackwood, but throughout Western Australia, are so selfless and dedicated to ensuring our communities are kept safe." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Getting Western Australians ready for jobs in the resources sector12677Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/06/2022 1:54:16 AM2022-06-30T01:45:00Z New Driller's Offsider Job Ready program helping to meet strong demand for drillers Short course training new entrants to the sector for driller's offsiders jobs Government and industry partnership connecting participants with employers Positive feedback from industry as recruitment of third cohort begins The McGowan Government has joined forces with Western Australia's resources industry to encourage locals to take advantage of a new pre-employment pathway quickly and effectively guiding participants into employment in the sector. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today met with the second cohort of Job Ready Program participants who are training to help meet the strong demand for Driller's Offsiders in the resources sector. The pilot Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program, which is the first program of its kind in Australia, is among a suite of new skill sets developed in collaboration with WA industries to deliver short and sharp training for job seekers and young people, enabling them to upskill or reskill in industries with a need for skilled workers. On completion of the course, students are connected with opportunities to transition into employment, undertake a traineeship with a participating employer or further their training to gain a drilling operations qualification. Participants are provided with skills to work safely on site, apply first aid and CPR, work safely at heights and operate and maintain a four-wheel drive vehicle. Thirteen Western Australians have commenced the Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program since it began in April this year. Industry feedback on the program has been very positive so far and its first seven graduates were immediately connected with drilling companies. Two have already secured employment. During today's visit to a drilling rig at Welldrill in Cockburn, Minister Ellery received an update on the program's early success from a reference group made up of the Resources Industry Training Council and key industry partners. The Reference Group is partnering with the Government to develop and oversee the program, which combines a short course and one-day induction delivered by industry. Following the success of its first two rounds, the program is preparing for its third intake of participants, with applications now open for commencement in August 2022. The training is free for all job seekers, young people, and concession-eligible students, and low-fee for non-concession students. The State Government's hugely successful Lower fees, local skills initiative has significantly reduced fees for 210 courses, including Drilling Operations and a range of other mining qualifications. You can register your interest in the Driller's Offsider Job Ready program on the Jobs and Skills WA website http//www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/pathways or contact the Job Ready team on (08) 6551 5049 or DrillersOffsider@dtwd.wa.gov.au. More information about Lower fees, local skills is available at http//www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "WA's resources sector is experiencing strong demand for skilled drillers and offsiders. "To help address this shortage of workers, the McGowan Government has partnered with industry to quickly reskill new entrants to the drilling sector for the job opportunities on offer. "Our new Driller's Offsider Job Ready initiative is already proving successful, with both industry and participants providing extremely positive early feedback. "Through strong industry involvement, the first cohort of students to complete the program have been connected with participating employers. "Providing the training to jobseekers, young people and concession-eligible students for free, and to non-concession students for low fees, ensures all who want to take up an opportunity in this important industry are supported and encouraged to do so. "This program provides opportunities for a pathway into employment, a traineeship or a full drilling qualification." Comments attributed to Cockburn MLA David Scaife "There is a strong demand for driller's offsiders in WA, including from businesses like Weldrill that are based Cockburn. "The McGowan Government is continuing to deliver free and low-cost training programs to help meet local workforce needs, and the new Driller's Offsider Job Ready program is a great fast-track training option for job seekers and career changers looking to take up opportunities in the sector." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Governor Beazley thanked for his service to Western Australia12674Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/06/2022 1:02:00 AM2022-06-30T01:00:00Z Premier Mark McGowan thanks Governor His Excellency the Honourable Kim Beazley for his service to Western Australia Governor Beazley's term ends today after more than four years in the role Premier Mark McGowan has acknowledged and thanked His Excellency the Honourable Kim Beazley for his service to the State, with the outgoing Governor's term officially ending today, June 30. Western Australia's 33rd Governor has served in the role for more than four years. Mr Beazley's tenure is marked by his focus on championing Western Australia's interests and his commitment to making Government House more accessible to the general public. More than half of Mr Beazley's tenure took place during the pandemic. During this time he played an important role, adapting the Governor's duties while providing valuable counsel to the State Government as Western Australia responded to COVID-19. During his time as Governor, Mr Beazley held 853 functions, welcomed 607 callers, hosted 140 patronage organisations and granted Royal Assent for 175 bills passed in Parliament. A former Federal Parliamentarian for almost three decades, Mr Beazley is a former Deputy Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Australian National University and Ambassador to the United States of America. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Kim Beazley is a remarkable Western Australian who has made an incredible contribution to our State over his decades of service. "As his term as Governor comes to an end, I'd like to thank and acknowledge Mr Beazley for his tireless efforts as a steadfast advocate for Western Australia. "Mr Beazley was a champion for the State's interests over the course of his term as Governor and indeed his previous roles in public life. "I am thankful Mr Beazley was able to serve as Governor throughout the uncertainty of the pandemic, providing valuable advice to Government during this difficult period. "On behalf of all Western Australians, I'd like to thank Mr Beazley, his wife Susie and their family for their service over the past four years, and wish them all the best for the future." Premier's office - 6552 5000
State Government uses buying power to advance gender equality12671Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/06/2022 10:06:21 PM2022-06-29T16:00:00Z ​ State Government commences ground-breaking 12-month procurement pilot to raise awareness of the benefits of gender equality in the workplace WA is one of the first jurisdictions in Australia to introduce a gender equality clause into selected public sector procurement processes Suppliers seeking to apply for a government procurement contract will be required to demonstrate they meet gender equality reporting requirements Pilot is an initiative of the Second Action Plan under Stronger Together WA's Plan for Gender Equality The McGowan Government is using its considerable purchasing power to promote gender equality through a ground-breaking procurement pilot. Under the Gender Equality in Procurement - WA Public Sector Pilot, a gender equality clause will be introduced into public sector procurement processes, supporting suppliers of goods and services to implement gender equality policies and practices. WA is the second jurisdiction in Australia, after Victoria, to introduce a gender equality clause in public sector procurement. 15 State Government agencies are participating in the pilot, which will be led by the Department of Communities with support from the Department of Finance. As part of the pilot, larger suppliers with 100 or more employees will be required to provide a copy of their compliance letter demonstrating that they meet gender equality reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. Suppliers with fewer than 100 employees will be required to answer questions that focus on whether certain policies or initiatives are in place to support a gender equal workplace. Data provided by the Workforce Gender Equality Agency and the Australian Bureau of Statistics demonstrates that Western Australia continues to have one of the highest gender pay gaps in the country. The pay gap favours full-time working men over full-time working women in every industry and occupational category in the country. The WA Government is encouraging businesses and organisations of all sizes that participate in government procurement to play their part in creating gender equal workplaces in their everyday operations. Developing and implementing resources to support the gender equality clause within WA Government procurement is an initiative of the Second Action Plan under the Stronger Together WA's Plan for Gender Equality (Stronger Together). Stronger Together is the first whole-of-government, long-term plan to advance gender equality in WA through four action plans between 2020-2030. Further details on Stronger Together and the Second Action Plan can be viewed on the Department of Communities website. Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "While significant advances have been made to remove barriers faced by women, there is still a long way to go to bring about lasting solutions and achieve equality for women. "This initiative will use the purchasing power of the State Government to ensure companies are playing their part to address gender inequality in the workplace. "Research shows companies with gender diversity are more profitable and productive and have improved employee satisfaction and decision making. "It is not only the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense to support and champion gender equality and I am proud the State Government is taking the lead on this important issue." Comments attributed to Finance Minister Tony Buti "Good progress has been made to achieve gender diversity across Government boards, committees and advisory bodies - now is the right time for our procurement to reflect the diversity of our community. "WA still has a 21.9 per cent pay gap between full-time working men and women, so there's more work to be done to address this imbalance. "By working proactively with WA businesses through procurement processes, we can reinforce good governance practices and elevate the importance of establishing equality. "Just like the Aboriginal Employment Policy, we know when we set a goal, we can improve results."
Three new locally built social homes delivered in Kununurra12672Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/06/2022 10:48:10 PM2022-06-29T16:00:00Z ​ Three new two-bedroom, one-bathroom homes have been constructed in Kununurra The homes were constructed by Kullarri Building Public housing in Kununurra has received a boost with the completion of three new homes. The three two-bedroom, one-bathroom social homes were constructed by Kullari Building, an Indigenous building company located in Broome and owned by Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation. Construction of the three properties took eight months from building permit approval and the homes will soon be allocated to people on the public housing waitlist. There are 17 new properties at various stages of planning and construction in the East Kimberley, including 10 in Kununurra, four in Wyndham and three in Halls Creek. The State Government is investing $2.4 billion into social housing and homelessness measures in the coming four years, which includes funding from the record investment of $875 million as part of the 2021-22 State Budget. This is the single largest one-off investment into social housing in the State's history. Through this investment, 3,300 new social housing properties will be delivered, and refurbishment and maintenance work will be carried out to many thousands more. The maintenance and refurbishment program will be critical to ensuring these homes remain part of our State's social housing stock for many years to come. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "These new homes will provide a critical to boost to the public housing stock in Kununurra, particularly for couples and singles who don't require a larger family home. "The homes have been built in just eight months by local Indigenous building company Kullarri Building, who specialise in construction and refurbishment projects. "Where possible, we want to make sure local businesses are employed to deliver these projects to ensure we're creating local employment opportunities. "Our Government will be investing around $2.4 billion over the next four years on social housing and homelessness measures. I am seeking to deliver that investment as fast as possible and the Kimberley region will continue to be a key focus. "We currently face a very challenging and heated construction market due to a range of factors, including supply chain and skilled labour shortages, but we continue to look at a wide range of options to accelerate delivery." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "It's fantastic to see another three social homes completed in Kununurra, and that we continue to see projects like this driving local employment and training opportunities for people in the Kimberley. "Our Government is investing record amounts to boost the amount of new social housing across Western Australia, and I will continue to advocate for more investment in our region, and ensure local businesses realise the benefits of those investments."
Free flu jab program extended to give more West Australians chance to get vaccinated12673Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/06/2022 11:04:15 PM2022-06-29T16:00:00Z ​ McGowan Government extends successful flu vaccination blitz by another month All Western Australians eligible for free influenza vaccine during July Builds on the success of 'Free Jab June' which boosted vaccination rate to more than 30 per cent Free vaccinations available at State-run clinics, GPs and pharmacies throughout the month Western Australians now have an extra month to arm themselves against the flu. The McGowan Government is extending its free influenza vaccine program for all Western Australians across the month of July to give anyone who is yet to take part the chance to get vaccinated. 'Free Jab June' saw free influenza vaccinations available across WA at State-run vaccination clinics on a 'walk in' basis and at participating pharmacies and GPs via booking. To date, more than 30 per cent of WA has been vaccinated for influenza this year, with almost a third of those jabbed during June. The Government has worked with pharmacies and GPs to expand subsidised vaccinations to every Western Australian with the goal of encouraging high levels of vaccination during the winter influenza season. Previously, only certain cohorts of especially vulnerable people were offered free influenza vaccinations, under existing State and Commonwealth vaccination programs. In 2020, WA achieved its greatest influenza vaccine coverage at 37 per cent. The free flu vaccine blitz builds on the Government's campaign about the benefits of healthy hygiene as well as getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu, to raise awareness in the WA community. More information can be found at https//onaroll.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "In WA, more than 30 per cent of people have been vaccinated for influenza and we are hoping this trend can help us surpass 2020's record vaccination coverage of 37 per cent. "Extending our free influenza vaccine program for another month will help ensure everyone has the chance to roll up and protect themselves during the worst of winter."
Funding boost for WA’s community legal sector12670Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5430html29/06/2022 7:37:12 AM2022-06-29T07:30:00Z An extra $545,000 in funding to support Community Legal Centres New project to help future-proof the State's community legal sector Attorney General John Quigley has announced extra funding to assist Western Australia's community legal sector to become more sustainable. The Government will provide $545,000 over two years to support peak group Community Legal WA with the special project. Community Legal Centres are independent, not-for-profit organisations which provide free or low-cost services to people experiencing disadvantage such as family and domestic violence. They play a vital role in helping resolve legal problems at an early stage and contribute to WA's broader legal assistance sector. The project will build on work by the Department of Justice to assist the sector to become more responsive and provide improved client-centric, evidence-based services. The latest funding for the sector follows an additional $4.5 million assistance in 2022-23 to help navigate the impacts of COVID-19 on legal needs and service delivery. There are 23 Community Legal Centres located throughout WA. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "The work done by the Community Legal Centres is often challenging and has been made more difficult because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "I want to commend the resilience and adaptability shown across the sector during this time. "I'm confident this project will help it develop into an agile and fit-for-purpose sector that can respond effectively to changes in legal need. "I'd like to thank Community Legal Centres for their continued efforts and commitment to providing essential services to WA's most vulnerable people." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Grants to support local government expand homelessness outreach12669Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5230html29/06/2022 7:00:17 AM2022-06-29T07:00:00Z $96,934 will be provided to the City of Fremantle and $181,484 to the City of Stirling Grants provided through the Local Government Partnership Fund for Homelessness Funding will support initiatives to reduce homelessness Successful local governments will co-fund initiatives Grants worth a combined total of more than $278,000 will be provided to two Perth local governments to help reduce homelessness. The City of Fremantle will receive a grant of $96,934 and the City of Stirling will receive $181,484 under the Local Government Partnership Fund for Homelessness. The funding will help both local governments provide local responses to homelessness in their communities. The City of Fremantle will use the funding to appoint a Crisis Intervention Outreach Officer. This will provide outreach and mental health intervention for people with complex health issues that are experiencing chronic homelessness and rough sleeping. It will link them with a direct pathway to appropriate housing and/or accommodation support services. The City of Stirling will utilise their funding as part of the Stirling Homelessness Support project, which aims to increase access to outreach services for people who are experiencing homelessness in the City of Stirling. This will be achieved through a partnership between the City of Stirling and Uniting WA to deliver individualised, street-based support to people experiencing rough sleeping in the Stirling local government area. Both local governments will provide co-funding towards the initiatives. Comments attributed to Homelessness Minister John Carey "I congratulate the City of Fremantle and the City of Stirling for their carefully considered applications for the grant funding, and showing important leadership. "Local governments have crucial local knowledge, play a key role in local planning decisions, and are well placed to facilitate partnerships and coordinate appropriate responses to homelessness in their communities. "We are currently looking at how we can reform and better integrate homelessness services and supports in Western Australia, which will include an assessment of this grants program. "We are currently undertaking an overarching review of how we invest in homelessness services in Western Australia, and this will include an assessment about the future of the Local Government Partnership Fund for Homelessness." Minister's office - 6552 5300
McGowan Government helping agriculture innovators grow12668Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4630html29/06/2022 6:56:58 AM2022-06-29T06:45:00Z Participants in AgriStart's 2022 HARVEST Agtech Accelerator program visit the Wheatbelt Program helps innovative agtech businesses develop the skills and networks needed to grow, raise capital and export The 2022 program has a cohort of seven businesses from both regional and metropolitan locations Participants in AgriStart's 2022 HARVEST Agtech Accelerator program are on the road today, visiting innovative farms on the way to the South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub located at the Merredin Dryland Research Institute. Organised to help the eight participating businesses increase their knowledge and build capacity across the sector, the Western Australian Government has supported the trip through the New Industries Fund. Run by WA-based company AgriStart, HARVEST is the State's leading business development program for businesses looking to innovate in the agtech sector. The Grains Research and Development Corporation and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development are also major partners in the program. AgriStart has been delivering its HARVEST Agtech Accelerator program since 2018 and has supported more than 60 businesses. The program is designed to help innovative companies in the agtech sector develop the skills and networks needed to grow, raise capital and export. Through its participation in the program, Technol, which has developed fire suppressant technology for harvesters, has connected to major distributor Harvestaire and secured several farmer trials for this season's harvest. Eight businesses from both regional and metropolitan locations are participating in the 2022 HARVEST Agtech Accelerator program, which includes receiving tailored mentoring and participating in fortnightly masterclasses and tech demonstrations. The program culminates in July 2022 with a showcase and pitch event. Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government is committed to helping regional innovators and businesses across a wide range of sectors reach their full potential. "It's important that we continue to support our agricultural innovators, who are developing the cutting-edge projects that are key to diversifying our economy. "Programs such as HARVEST AgTech Accelerator are helping to grow the businesses that will future-proof Western Australia's agricultural sector." Comments attributed to Acting Agriculture and Food Minister Don Punch "We know the agriculture sector has experienced significant disruptions over the past two years. "Supporting programs like AgriStart's HARVEST Agtech Accelerator is just one example of how we are helping to make sure Western Australia has a thriving agricultural sector long into the future. "Agristart's HARVEST program empowers Western Australia's agricultural innovators to turn good ideas into commercial success." Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 5800Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
New science lab opened at Ocean Road Primary School12667Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2300html29/06/2022 6:30:58 AM2022-06-29T06:30:00Z First of 135 new primary school science labs opened New state-of-the-art science facility completed at Ocean Road Primary School Additional $25,000 science resource grant awarded to the school Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today officially opened the upgraded science laboratory at Ocean Road Primary School in Dawesville. The new science lab is part of the State Government's Primary School Science Program, which is transforming 135 primary school classrooms into science labs. The first round of the program transformed 200 primary school classrooms into purpose-built science laboratories with sinks, benches, 3D models and equipment. At the 2021 election, the McGowan Government committed to transform an additional 135 classrooms into new science laboratories over four years. The program has also delivered science equipment grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 to an additional 283 primary schools. Ocean Road Primary School's completed $60,000 science lab is providing a state-of-the-art learning and teaching environment for students and staff that aims to replicate what students will see when they enter the workforce. The new science laboratory will support the school's specialist science program, which incorporates science festivals and student academic extension programs. It will also enable the establishment of a specialist aquaponics program at the school. Ocean Road Primary School has also received a $25,000 resource grant through the McGowan Government's primary school science program, enabling them to update their science education equipment and materials, including the latest science technology. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I'm pleased to announce that the upgraded science laboratory at Ocean Road Primary School is complete and ready to be used by students and staff. "This new science laboratory is part of our commitment to deliver modern science equipment and facilities for public primary school students across Western Australia. "This impressive new facility will benefit the school's specialist science program and improve the hands-on STEM learning opportunities on offer. "It will also boost students' future STEM study and careers by ensuring they have access to the latest technology to learn on." Comments attributed to Dawesville MLA Lisa Munday "It's essential that students have access to quality STEM facilities and resources to use at school, as it helps to get them ready for jobs of the future. "Ocean Road Primary School already has a fantastic science program, but I know these wonderful new facilities will be welcomed by students and staff, and help them to really take STEM learning at the school to the next level." Minister's office - 6552 5700
South-West volunteers bolstered by cutting-edge firefighting arsenal12666Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4000html29/06/2022 4:01:27 AM2022-06-29T04:00:00Z McGowan Government continues significant investment in emergency services Rollout of state-of-the-art firefighting fleet continues in South-West WA-built vehicles to boost firefighting capability of local volunteers A South-West bushfire brigade has been equipped with a world-class firefighting truck as part of the McGowan Government's $140 million investment in frontline appliances. Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM officially handed over a new 4.4 Broadacre Tanker to the Hithergreen Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB) today. In consultation with volunteers, the appliance has been specially designed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to suit the needs of Western Australian firefighters, with much of the manufacturing done in the State. Being rolled out to volunteer emergency services groups across WA, the fit-for-purpose 4.4 Broadacre Tankers are built with the latest safety features to protect crews. In a significant upgrade the highly durable vehicles can carry 4,000 litres of water, the brigade's older appliance could only carry 3,000L. Hithergreen VBFB responded to 22 incidents over the recent summer period. Crews put in multiple shifts at two Level 3 bushfires that threatened lives and property around Margaret River and Bridgetown. The brigade, which has been operating for more than 70 years, is made up of 40 registered members with support from several local families that go back three generations. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "DFES responded to 96 bushfires in the South-West over the recent high-threat period, which is why our firefighters need state-of-the-art appliances to keep their local communities safe. "Our volunteer firefighters respond to bushfire emergencies at a moment's notice, which is why the McGowan Government provides them with fit-for-purpose equipment that boasts the latest safety features. "On behalf of the McGowan Government, I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to brigades like Hithergreen VBFB which fought incredibly bravely to bring incidents like the Bridgetown bushfire under control and protect their local communities." Minister's office - 6552 5800
South-West SES units bolstered by new rescue boats12665Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2720html29/06/2022 2:06:18 AM2022-06-29T02:05:00Z McGowan Government presents Busselton and Australind SES units with new Flood Rescue Boats Volunteers assisted with design of vessels McGowan Government continues record investment in emergency services State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in the South-West will today welcome two new Flood Rescue Boats into their fleet. The vessels will be based at Busselton and Australind SES units, which have attended more than 70 incidents in the past year. Volunteers had the opportunity to customise the boats to fit their needs during the design process. More than $300,000 from the Emergency Services Levy was invested in the construction and delivery of the vessels. The 6.4 metre boats come equipped with state-of-the-art communication and rescue gear, including satellite phones and high frequency radios. They will be able to be towed and deployed at a variety of incidents, whether it be attending flooded areas or rescuing people in open water. Volunteers can transport two crew and up to four passengers on the new vessels. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "These two new boats equip the SES units in Busselton and Australind with the state-of-the-art resources they need to continue the important work they do keeping their communities safe. "Having vessels designed and custom built to volunteer needs ensures they have the capacity to take on any incident they are called to. "The boats are fantastic additions to Busselton and Australind SES units, which boast a combined 83 volunteers." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New Madora Bay Primary School officially named12664Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5460html29/06/2022 2:00:06 AM2022-06-29T02:00:00Z New primary school in WA's Peel region officially named Madora Bay Primary School $25.7 million school to open its doors to students next yearEducation and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today revealed Madora Bay Primary School as the official name of the new school opening in the Peel suburb of Madora Bay in 2023. The local community was consulted on three potential names, with Madora Bay Primary School being the most popular option. The name reflects the school's coastal location and will build pride in the suburb and community. The school, which is the first in the suburb of Madora Bay, is currently under construction and will accommodate 650 students from kindergarten to Year 6 in state-of-the-art learning facilities. Future students and staff will benefit from a dedicated kindergarten and pre-primary block, administration block with dental therapy facilities and two double-storey general classroom blocks. The school will also feature a general learning block with an inclusive education classroom and an art and science room. The school was designed by Carabiner and is being built by Universal Constructions Pty Ltd. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Madora Bay is a growing suburb for young families and it is so exciting to see that this wonderful primary school is a step closer to opening its doors to students. "Naming the school Madora Bay Primary School is a nod to the coastal location of the school and will help foster a strong sense of community. "I know families are looking forward to the school opening and having their children learn in state-of-the-art facilities." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "The delivery of this new school is incredibly important to the growing Madora Bay community and it's great to see this acknowledged in the new name. "This is another important milestone for what will soon be Mandurah's newest school. "After advocating to secure this school, it's exciting to see progress on what is another important McGowan Government project for this area. I'm very proud to be delivering this new school to the Madora Bay community." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority secures European plant breeding rights12661Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4600html29/06/2022 1:09:07 AM2022-06-29T01:05:00Z The intellectual property of plant varieties created at Kings Park secured The European market is the largest cut flower market in the world Includes the very popular Geraldton Wax varieties Over its lifetime, millions of dollars will be collected for Western Australia Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority staff at Kings Park have bred new varieties of waxflower (Chamelaucium) for the cut flower and potted plant markets. As part of the commercial release, the plant breeding rights have been secured to protect the intellectual property of the new varieties for the European market for the next 20 years. This means that Western Australia will get a royalty for each sale, which will result in millions of dollars in revenue for the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and WA. This will also help prevent illegal sales of varieties bred at Kings Park. Chamelaucium is endemic to WA with over 30 species, including the iconic Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum). Geraldton Wax was one of the first Western Australian species exported and grown in countries across the world as a garden plant and highly valued cut flower since the 1940s. The major growing centres for the global cut flower trade for Geraldton Wax and new hybrids of waxflower are Israel, the United States of America, South Africa and Australia, with Zimbabwe, Chile, Peru, Portugal and Mexico also producing. Israel has the largest production with nearly half the amount sold in 2021, followed by the USA, South Africa and Australia. Further information on the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority plant breeding program can be found at Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority - Plant development (bgpa.wa.gov.au). Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "Securing plant breeding rights in the European market is a major achievement for the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and State Government. "It protects our intellectual property and ensures a return on our investment through royalties on all plants sold. "This project clearly demonstrates the importance of government and commercial enterprises successfully working together." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Roadmap for integrated mineral carbonation12660Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8120html29/06/2022 1:04:47 AM2022-06-29T01:00:00Z Roadmap to decarbonise WA through integrated mineral carbonation Potential for WA to sequester more emissions than it produces The Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia will develop a roadmap to decarbonise WA through integrated mineral carbonation. Mineral carbonation is a carbon dioxide (CO2) removal method and a natural rock weathering process, where CO2 binds to minerals in the Earth's crust. This natural and passive process can permanently remove and store large volumes of CO2 from the atmosphere, transforming it from a gas into solid materials.This process is slow to occur in nature so the roadmap, led by Professor Michael Hitch at Curtin University, will identify how this natural process can be accelerated. Finding technological solutions for cost effective, rapid and large-scale CO2 sequestration creates the potential for WA to sequester more emissions than it produces, which will support the State's transition to a resilient, low carbon economy. Nickel tailings are ideally suited for this purpose. BHP Nickel West are working with leading Australian and international experts to investigate methods of increasing the carbonation reaction to store CO2 into its mine tailings. This will reduce or offset its operational greenhouse gas emissions and lower their carbon footprint. The roadmap is expected to be released in February 2023. To register your interest, visit https//www.mriwa.wa.gov.au/challenges/mineral-carbonation Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Western Australia has both the natural endowment of minerals and a sophisticated mining sector to rapidly advance mineral carbonation technologies and create significant strategic economic benefit. "Mineral carbonation has the potential to remove and permanently store carbon dioxide at the gigatonne scale to quickly transition Western Australia to a low carbon economy. "Government industry research partnerships will be critical to increase the speed and scale of deployment to achieve this goal." Comments attributed to BHP Nickel West Asset President Jessica Farrell "Our work to enhance the capacity of Nickel West's mine tailings to absorb and store carbon is just one example of how BHP is pursuing its decarbonisation goals through innovation, technology, collaboration and empowering our people to develop their ideas. "Nickel is critical to global decarbonisation and is an increasingly sought-after product for the electric vehicle battery market. "As well as supporting BHP's own climate change goals, projects such as this help to enhance the sustainability credentials of our nickel products in our supply chains and create a commercial advantage in a competitive market." Minister's office - 6552 6700