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Online maps to guide off-road vehicles in WA3739Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2430html6/12/2019 8:00:33 AM2019-12-06T08:00:00Z Innovative online maps identify areas around the State where off-road vehicles can be driven Updated guides also published for riders, retailers and local government Trail bike, quad bike, and all-terrain vehicle users can now access a series of online maps to see areas where off-road vehicles can be driven around Western Australia. Designed to give off-road vehicle users the ability to easily and conveniently check where vehicles can be driven legally, the maps identify all permitted off-road vehicle areas around the State. The maps identify locations in a number of metropolitan and regional areas, with a satellite view also available to identify local features such as tracks and dunes. As well as the maps, three guides have been updated and published for off-road vehicle riders, retailers and local governments with information on licensing, registration and details of where to ride. The maps and guides are available at https// The online maps and the guides were produced by the State Government in consultation with the WA Local Government Association and Recreational Trail Riders Association. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "These maps give off-road vehicle users a clear, easy way to understand where off-road vehicles can be driven around the State. "Off-roading is a recreational activity enjoyed by many people, and families in particular. The most important thing is that the activity is enjoyed safely and in an appropriate area. "The majority of off-road users do the right thing, but we do see instances of riders in prohibited areas or on public roads. "These maps and guides will help all riders understand their responsibilities, as well as assist local governments to better manage access and make sure the activity is undertaken legally and in the right spots in their local areas." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Online education unit launched for WA’s combat sports industry3738Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1780html6/12/2019 7:28:45 AM2019-12-06T07:25:00Z Compulsory education unit for all combat sports participants to promote good practice and health and safety in the industry From 2020, all Muay Thai, boxing, kick-boxing and other combat sports participants registering or re-registering must complete unit Combat Sports Commission's weight cutting strategy out for consultation The Combat Sports Commission (CSC) has launched an online education unit to provide contestants with essential information about the industry and participation in combat sports. The online education unit has been developed to help those involved with the industry understand their responsibilities as contestants and engage in good health and safety practices. From January 1, 2020, the education unit will be compulsory for any person wishing to register with the CSC as a contestant to compete in sports such as Muay Thai, boxing, kick-boxing and other combat sports. The unit is a web-based compilation of essential information on registering with the CSC and participating in combat sports in WA for contestants and industry participants. The unit is tailored to five different classes of registration, including contestant; trainer, second or manager; promoter; official; and matchmaker. It covers a broad cross section of materials vital for the safe participation in the sport, including commission policies and rules; medical assessments; safe preparation; concussion and the dangers of weight cutting. Users are required to complete quizzes at the end of each section and watch a short video warning of the dangers of weight cutting. The education unit provides important information of best practice to assist new and existing registrants and promote health and safety throughout the combat sports community. The online education unit can be completed at https// The Combat Sports Commission's Strategy to Address Rapid Weight Loss (Weight Cutting) by Dehydration is also currently out for public comment. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "This online education unit has been developed by the Combat Sports Commission to ensure that combat sport contestants and industry participants understand rules, policies and safe preparation for competing in the industry. "It is vital all combat sports participants are given the tools and assistance to understand and mitigate the risks competitors can face, and this compulsory education unit will ensure all involved understand the risks, responsibilities and how to prepare and compete more safely." Comments attributed to Combat Sports Commission chairperson Cassandra Wright "In keeping with our vision, to create a healthier and safer combat sports community, the Commission has developed an education unit to assist contestants to understand registration requirements and safer participation in combat sports. "I sincerely hope that our registrants embrace the online education unit and regard it in its highest form as we strive to drive a healthier and safer combat sports community. As always, prepare well, perform better." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Chairperson of Construction Training Fund steps down3736Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5250html6/12/2019 5:15:12 AM2019-12-06T05:15:00Z Ian Hill steps down as chairperson of the Construction Training Fund Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery acknowledges Mr Hill's outstanding contributions Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced she had accepted the resignation of Ian Hill as chairperson of the Construction Training Fund (CTF). Mr Hill, who has served as Board chairperson since July 2003, will leave the position on January 31, 2020. He has a career spanning more than 30 years in the State public sector. During this time, Mr Hill was employed as Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Corrective Services and Director General of the Western Australian Department of Training and Employment. Earlier this year, the McGowan Government removed the resource industry's long-standing exemption from contributing to the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund to support training and skills development for the State's construction workforce. The CTF implemented this change under Mr Hill's leadership. Mr Hill will remain chairperson of the Training Accreditation Council. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I would like to thank Mr Hill for his outstanding contribution to the State Government and to the building and construction industry in helping to meet its demands for skilled workers. "Mr Hill has worked closely with stakeholders in the building and construction industry, Department of Training and Workforce Development, State Training Board, registered training providers, local government agencies and secondary schools. "He has served the industry with commitment and dedication." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Detection dogs to sniff out red imported fire ant3735Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4750html6/12/2019 3:04:43 AM2019-12-06T03:00:00Z Two highly trained surveillance dogs deployed from Queensland to sniff out one of the world's worst invasive ant species Detector dogs support State Government's surveillance campaign to prevent the pest from becoming established in Western Australia Specially trained odour detector dogs have been called in to assist State Government authorities to sniff out one of the world's most invasive pests. Red imported fire ant was recently detected at Fremantle Port, and the State Government is taking every step to stop its possible spread. Black labradors Willow and Cola, who have nine years of collective experience in detecting red imported fire ant, have been loaned from the Queensland Government to aid Western Australian authorities' surveillance efforts. The dogs have a 95 per cent success rate in identifying fire ants, often long before they become visible to the human eye. Their efforts will support the local biosecurity response to prevent this invasive pest from South America from becoming established in WA and threatening the environment, agriculture, the economy and human health. A Quarantine Area Notice is now in place in parts of Fremantle, restricting a range of host materials from potentially spreading the pest to other locations. For more details about the movement restrictions, visit http// Suspected ant sightings should be reported to the department using its MyPestGuideTM Reporter app or online at https// Alternatively contact the Pest and Disease Information Service on (08) 9368 3080 or Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Willow and Cola have been working with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's biosecurity response, playing a crucial role in surveillance efforts, particularly detecting ants that could be underground and not visible to the naked eye. "DPIRD has moved quickly to prevent this aggressive ant, known for its fiery sting, its capacity to damage crops and ability to establish 'super colonies', from becoming established in WA. "We thank the Queensland Government for providing Willow, Cola and their handler, and for sharing knowledge and experience in dealing with red imported fire ants. "The Fremantle community's support in this response is critical and we ask residents and businesses to continue to be vigilant and to report any sightings of unfamiliar ants to the Pest and Disease Information Service or use the MyPestGuide app. "We also ask residents and businesses to be mindful of movement restrictions to prevent the possible spread of the pest, which includes conditions on host material, like soil, potted plants, mulch, hay, manure and turf being moved outside the quarantine area." Minister's office - 6552 6200
McGowan Government announces actions to combat wage theft3734Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6160html6/12/2019 2:00:15 AM2019-12-06T02:00:00Z Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia report released today McGowan Government will combat wage theft with a range of strategies Wage theft website launched today The McGowan Government will take action to combat wage theft following the recommendations of the Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia report released today (December 6). The Inquiry, undertaken by former Chief Commissioner of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission Tony Beech, found wage theft is occurring through underpayment of wages and entitlements, non-payment of wages or allowances for work performed, unauthorised or unreasonable deductions and non-payment of superannuation. It found the likelihood of wage theft is higher in cafés and restaurants, contract cleaning, retail and horticulture. Wage theft can have a significant impact on workers through financial hardship and can result in an unfair competitive disadvantage for employers who correctly pay their staff. The Inquiry found that the reasons that wage theft is occurring include the lack of detection of non-compliance and enforcement of employment laws, the intention of some employers to maximise financial return, the vulnerability of some workers and a lack of knowledge of employment conditions by both workers and employers. The Inquiry Report makes 28 recommendations to address wage theft, including that the Government consider whether the most serious cases of systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages and entitlements should attract a criminal sanction. In response, the McGowan Government is taking action to combat wage theft by Amending State industrial relations laws to address wages theft giving broader powers for industrial inspectors; prohibiting employers from unreasonably requiring employees to spend, or 'pay back' to the employer their wages; prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees because they have inquired or complained about their employment conditions; prohibiting employment being advertised at less than the applicable minimum wage; and prohibiting sham contracting arrangements; Raising awareness of employment rights and obligations by establishing a wage theft website (http// to assist workers with resolving an underpayment issue or reporting wage theft anonymously; Developing information and education campaigns in consultation with stakeholders to raise awareness of employment rights and obligations; Engaging with the Commonwealth Government to address wage theft, including Federal measures to facilitate co-operation between State and Federal industrial inspectors and much greater funding for the Fair Work Ombudsman's presence in WA, which is very low; Enhancing the level of co-operation and information sharing between State and Federal industrial inspectors to help combat wage theft; As recommended, giving further consideration as to whether wage theft should be criminalised. This will include consultation with the Commonwealth, which has committed to criminalise the most serious forms of exploitative conduct in the national industrial relations system; Committing, in principle, to introducing a labour hire licensing scheme in WA and consulting with the Commonwealth about its commitment to a national labour hire registration scheme for the horticulture, meat processing, cleaning and security industries; Bolstering the Industrial Magistrates Court's processes and powers to combat wage theft; Supporting the strengthening of Government procurement processes, particularly in high-risk industries; and Recognising that to combat wage theft there needs to be an appropriate number of industrial inspectors, and an expansion of compliance and education services. To view the report, visit http// Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "Today we've announced our plans to combat wage theft, starting with the launch of the new wage theft website, which will allow employees to report wage theft and gain information on how to resolve underpayment issues. "I encourage anyone who thinks their employer is deliberately underpaying them, or not giving them their full entitlements, to report it via the website. "The McGowan Government is committed to a fair safety net of wages and entitlements for all workers. "Thank you to Tony Beech for all his hard work on developing this detailed report." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Seniors cherry-pick new homes from range in new Manjimup estate3733Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4060html6/12/2019 1:13:32 AM2019-12-06T01:05:00Z First nine homes finished and will help older Western Australians age in place Homes are available through co-ownership or full sale New affordable housing for seniors is now available in the South-West following the completion of the first nine houses at Cherry Glades estate in Manjimup. The high-quality, secure and easy-to-maintain homes are proving popular, with two already under contract. The McGowan Government is dedicated to helping older Western Australians age well in their respective communities by facilitating access to affordable and appropriate housing options in regional WA. It is also increasing the availability and diversity of affordable and appropriate housing for seniors - particularly those with limited financial resources. Cherry Glades' first nine homes (six three-bed two-bath, and three two-bed two-bath) are part of Stage 1A which was built by Pindan Constructions Pty Ltd. The homes include generous verandas and carefully selected building materials to ensure their appearance is in keeping with local character. The planning for Stage 1B will begin in early 2020, subject to sale uptake of the first set of homes. Cherry Glades is also piloting a unique 'co-ownership scheme' - offering an opportunity for eligible Manjimup seniors to achieve home ownership. The co-ownership scheme is a fixed shared-equity product for low income seniors over the age of 65 who meet particular social housing income and asset eligibility limits. Under the scheme, eligible seniors can purchase a minimum 65 per cent equity share of the home and the Department of Communities will retain the remaining equity share as a silent partner, reducing the upfront costs of buying the property. Cherry Glades is a collaboration between the Department of Communities and the Shire of Manjimup, with support from the State Government and the South West Development Commission. Full-sale prices for properties in Stage 1A start from $250,000 for a two-bedroom home and $289,000 for a three-bedroom home. Visit http// Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "These homes at Cherry Glades will allow Manjimup seniors to age in their community - giving them the ability to remain close to family, friends and social networks while providing them with affordable, age-friendly housing options close to services and amenity. "Residents at Cherry Glades will be able to live independently in their community while enjoying a relaxed and active lifestyle in a vibrant setting right close to amenities including the library, community centre, recreational facilities, medical services, shops and cafes. "The Department of Communities and the builder, Pindan, have ensured each home has been built to the 'silver level' liveable housing design standard. "Liveable housing has key features built in to ensure they can be made accessible for any person at any stage of their life - regardless of changing health conditions." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Vision now reality with breakwater completion at Beadon Creek3732Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3870html6/12/2019 1:10:28 AM2019-12-06T01:00:00Z $4.4 million breakwater upgrade completed a month ahead of schedule Private sector partnership delivers improved servicing hub for offshore oil and gas industry Boost to local economy expected to continue with ongoing benefits of facility The State Government's long-held vision of making Onslow a key hub for servicing the offshore oil and gas industry off the Pilbara coast is now a reality with the $4.4 million upgrade to the breakwater at Beadon Creek completed one month ahead of schedule. The project completes a seven-year phased works program at the Onslow (Beadon Creek) Maritime Facility by the Department of Transport (DoT), working closely with private sector operator Onslow Marine Support Base (OMSB) for the final stages. In April, Western Australia based company Ertech was contracted to rebuild the ageing breakwater at Beadon Creek, as OMSB continued a dredging campaign to increase the width and depth of the existing navigation channel to allow berthing of larger offshore marine supply and service vessels. The 730-metre breakwater, first constructed more than 50 years ago, has been refurbished above and below the waterline with around 25,000 tonnes of rock added to the structure. The breakwater upgrade was jointly funded with DoT providing $2.75 million and OMSB $1.65 million. OMSB completed the channel dredging and installation of new navigation aids last month. In 2017 DoT completed a $2.5 million five stage infrastructure upgrade focused on the southern part of the facility and included resealing works, the construction of a DoT harbour office and implementation of CCTV followed by the relocation of overhead power to underground and improvements making vehicle and truck movements safer. More information can be found at https// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The completion of the breakwater provides the necessary infrastructure for Onslow to be a key marine hub along the WA coast, generating significant opportunities and ongoing financial support for the local economy. "Working collaboratively with the private sector in OMSB, DoT has been able to deliver improvements and protection to the new channel, that will not only boost activities associated with the offshore marine service industry in the Pilbara, but also benefit fishing and charter vessels and recreational craft using the facility. "As manager of the Onslow (Beadon Creek) Maritime Facility, DoT will continue to work closely with the private sector, the Shire of Ashburton and the local community to deliver further improvements to the maritime facilities at Beadon Creek." Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​
Reassurance needed for $111.7 billion creative industries3737Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3720html6/12/2019 7:12:55 AM2019-12-05T18:45:00Z ​Public sector changes see arts portfolio absorbed into roads, rail and ports Changes remove prominence of the arts from the title of a Federal Government department for first time since Bob Hawke era Move fails to acknowledge creative industries as a $111.7 billion per year industryThe Morrison Government changes to the status of the arts within the Federal Government bureaucracy is a major insult to the creative industries, which is worth $111.7 billion to the national economy each year. Absorbing the portfolio into a mega department of 'Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications' represents a fundamental lack of acknowledgement by the Morrison Government of the importance of the creative and cultural industries both socially and economically to our nation. The important role of the former Department in providing policy and program oversight to the Government's major arts and cultural programs and commitments, providing investment and support to the network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and language centres across the country, is potentially at stake. The Department has also been responsible for managing the delivery of vital regional arts funding and touring programs for performing and visual arts, providing oversight for our major cultural heritage institutions and our major arts and screen funding agencies, and delivering programs for literature and visual arts. Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today has called on the Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts to assure the community that the changes will not result in any cuts to programs or services or reduce the status of the arts within Government. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "I will be writing to Minister Fletcher to seek an assurance that the significant work that has been undertaken to date by the former Department of Communication and the Arts will not be abandoned. "The research and policy guidance provided by the department has enabled significant work to take place, across agencies and jurisdictions, such as the recent adoption of a new National Performing Arts Partnership Framework, which offers a principles based approach to the funding for our major performing arts companies. "I sincerely hope that these changes are just cosmetic and don't represent a whole scale downgrading of the creative industries by the Morrison Government. "I would also like to assure the sector that I will continue to advocate on their behalf to ensure their needs are met." Minister's office - 6552 5400
New era for road safety research in Western Australia3729Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5940html5/12/2019 8:52:21 AM2019-12-05T06:00:00Z UWA awarded $4.6m, five-year contract for a WA road safety research centre Western Australian Centre for Road Safety Research to deliver extensive program aimed at reducing road trauma in WAThe State Government has awarded The University of Western Australia (UWA) a five-year, $4.6 million road safety research contract. The Road Safety Council has tasked UWA with establishing the Western Australian Centre for Road Safety Research, to conduct planned and reactive research programs to reduce road trauma in Western Australia. The road safety research program is developed by a multiagency committee that is supported by the Road Safety Council and the Road Safety Commission. The Curtin Monash Accident Research Centre has held Western Australia's road safety research contract since December 31, 2014, which will expire on December 31, 2019. Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "I congratulate The University of Western Australia on being awarded this crucial road safety research contract that is designed to save lives on Western Australia's roads. "The UWA bid demonstrated the university's capacity to conduct cutting-edge research in a field of critical importance to us all. "Improvements have been made continually over the last 20 years in road safety, but there is no room for complacency. "This centre will provide the Road Safety Council and our Government with an important resource for the development of road safety strategies and policies into the future." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Don’t leave home without your measles shot3684Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4600html5/12/2019 4:44:57 AM2019-12-05T04:40:00Z Measles outbreaks in several popular overseas travel destinations Western Australians advised to check measles immunity before heading overseas McGowan Government offering free boosters to those who are eligible WA medical experts deployed to provide help on the ground in Samoa If you are planning a trip overseas this summer - make sure you check your measles immunisations are up to date. Health Minister Roger Cook today reminded travellers that measles was a common and potentially deadly illness in many popular overseas holiday destinations. There are currently a number of significant measles outbreaks occurring in New Zealand and the Pacific Island countries of Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. To date the epidemic in Samoa has killed 62 people. Of Samoa's population of 200,000, more than 4,000 people are infected - one in 50. Families in Samoa not vaccinated against measles have been told to display red flags outside their homes as part of a mass vaccination campaign and Samoa's Prime Minister has ordered a two-day shutdown of all businesses. Unvaccinated travellers are at particular risk of contracting this highly contagious illness - both in transit and during their stay overseas. Western Australian communicable disease experts have been part of Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) assisting the Samoan Ministry of Health in the response to the measles outbreak there. For travellers heading overseas, the advice is simple - check your measles immunisations are up to date. People aged 20-53 may need a MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) booster vaccination as they are likely to have only received a single dose of vaccine recommended at the time. Two doses of MMR are now known to be required for optimal immunity. Western Australians over 53 are usually immune to measles because they had the illness as children. A State-funded vaccination program is offering people aged 20-53 years a free MMR booster vaccine from their GP, Aboriginal Medical Service, travel clinic or at community health immunisation clinics. For details visit the https// Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "We are advising travellers to check their immunisation status for measles before departure. "Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. If you and your family members have been fully vaccinated with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, you are not considered to be at risk. "Recent measles cases in Western Australia were traced back to people who had travelled overseas and who had received only one dose of the MMR vaccine previously. "This puts other members of the community - particularly children too young to be vaccinated or people who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons - at risk of this potentially deadly disease." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Landmark decision to allow carbon farming on pastoral lands3681Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements24340html5/12/2019 3:56:13 AM2019-12-05T03:50:00Z McGowan Government gives the go-ahead for WA to seize economic and environmental opportunities from carbon farming on pastoral lands Landmark decision allows pastoralists to earn carbon credits from sequestering carbon on pastoral lands for the first time in the State's history WA pastoralists to earn at least $70 million over 25 years from the Federal Government's Emissions Reduction Fund as a result of this decision The McGowan Government will back carbon farming on pastoral leases for the first time in the State's history, allowing pastoralists to build resilience to climate change and improve pastoral productivity. The decision follows the State Government's previous in-principle support for Human Induced Regeneration (HIR) carbon farming, which led to the registration of 43 projects through the national Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). HIR projects support the regeneration of native vegetation through managing cattle grazing, which sequesters carbon and allows pastoralists to earn carbon credits. The 43 carbon farming projects have contracted more than five million tonnes of carbon abatement via the Commonwealth Emissions Reduction Fund, which will provide approximately $70 million to pastoralists. A further 15 million tonnes are expected to be sold directly to major greenhouse gas emitters who need to purchase carbon offsets. The Minister for Lands has been given authority to provide State eligible interest holder consent to individual projects that meet the approved assessment requirements. The decision follows extensive consultation with the mining industry, pastoralists and Aboriginal representative bodies. Final consent from the State Government will be subject to measures aimed at enabling the growth of the carbon farming industry, promoting co-existence with the mining and resource sector and protecting native title rights and interests, including A rolling five-year review of HIR carbon farming implementation, with input from stakeholders; Pastoralist must demonstrate engagement with registered native title body corporates; Mining leases, State Agreement areas and pending mining/general purpose/miscellaneous licences to be excluded from carbon project areas; State Government to compensate for loss of carbon production as a result of low impact mining/exploration activities; Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to develop guidance addressing Native Vegetation Clearing Permits in carbon estimations areas. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Not only does this decision support the State's efforts to fight climate change, Human-Induced Regeneration carbon farming means our State's pastoralists can access a new revenue stream while rehabilitating degraded pastoral lands. "Prior to the McGowan Government's support for carbon farming, WA had been contracted just four per cent of the Federal Government's $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction fund - compared to Queensland, which has received 43 per cent to date. "This decision today allows more than $70 million to flow to our State's pastoralists for carbon abatement credits, and we expect funding from industry and government will be available for future projects. "These projects, focused in the Southern Rangelands where the potential for regrowth and suitable vegetation exists, help to build resilience on our pastoral estate and can be a game-changer for individual pastoralists. "Our government has worked hard to deliver this outcome for our State and our pastoral sector, marking the first time the carbon farming has been allowed on pastoral lands." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "The State Government will work to finalise eligibility assessments of these projects as a priority. "Providing State Government support for carbon farming projects on pastoral leases follows lengthy consultation involving government agencies and key stakeholders, and we remain committed to maximising the opportunity for multiple uses of WA's land assets." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Today's announcement is a great first step in unlocking WA's significant carbon sequestration potential. "Importantly, this method of carbon farming also improves the environmental condition of WA's rangelands through regeneration and provides economic development in our regions. "The development of WA's carbon market opportunities will be a key element of the McGowan Government's State Climate Policy to be released next year." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5900 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Water Corporation’s fourth Disability Access and Inclusion Plan launched3658Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2920html5/12/2019 3:49:54 AM2019-12-05T03:45:00Z Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2019-2024 focuses on developing contemporary practices to ensure access and inclusion for all Water Corporation commits to achieving workforce participation of people with disability to three per cent over coming two years Today is International Day of People with Disability and this year's theme is 'Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda' Water Minister Dave Kelly has today commended the Water Corporation on the launch of its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2019-2024. It coincides with Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson today tabling his Minister's DAIP Progress Report which provides status updates on 208 authorities' compliance under the Disability Services Act 1993. This year, all agencies achieved 100 per cent compliance. The fourth DAIP released since 2006 challenges previous outcomes, and aligns with the McGowan Government's vision of creating inclusive and accessible communities that empower Western Australians with disability to achieve their goals. The five-year plan provides a framework for the State-owned water utility to identify access and inclusion barriers, and outlines seven key outcomes to ensure improved access for all. Outcomes centre on ensuring the Water Corporation's information, facilities, services and events meet the needs of the diverse community it employs and serves. The Water Corporation has also committed to increasing employment of people with disability to three per cent of its workforce by 2021. To help achieve these outcomes, the Water Corporation has established an internal working group to provide input and feedback on proactive initiatives as well as forming important relationships with the Activ Foundation and Work Focus. For more information or to provide comment on the DAIP 2019-2024, visit the Water Corporation's website at http// Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is committed to making our community more inclusive and empowering Western Australians with disability to achieve their goals. "I commend the Water Corporation on taking a proactive approach to ensure people with disability have the same opportunities to access and participate in a full range of opportunities. "I encourage members of the community to provide comment on this important plan and the initiatives it outlines, and to offer advice on how the Water Corporation can improve access and inclusion for all." Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "Public authorities are in a unique position to develop and ensure inclusive workplaces for tens of thousands of Western Australians as well as to influence attitudes and values across the community. "As reported to Parliament today, WA's public authorities have achieved 100 per cent compliance on access and inclusion for people with disability under the requirements of the Disability Services Act 1993. "The State Government's vision is for all Western Australians to live in a welcoming and inclusive community. "Good access and inclusion benefits the whole community and provides a basis for addressing the restrictions to social and economic participation that impact community wellbeing and economic growth. "The consultation undertaken with stakeholders in the development of the Government's State Disability Strategy throughout 2019 will provide the insights to drive future improvements to the inclusion and empowerment of people with disability." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 5800
Review relieves levy pressure for major construction projects3657Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5760html5/12/2019 3:38:45 AM2019-12-05T03:35:00Z Statutory review of the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund and Levy Collection Act 1990 tabled in State Parliament today with 22 recommendations This is the next stage in addressing matters relating to the removal of the resources sector's exemption to the levy in 2018 Review found that overall the Construction Training Fund effectively supports construction training State Government endorses three tranches of work including making immediate legislative change to allow project owners of large construction projects to pay the levy by instalments and expanding the Board to include members with expertise in minerals and petroleum construction work Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today tabled a statutory review of the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF) and Levy Collection Act 1990 (the Act) in State Parliament. The review started in January this year and was chaired by the late John Kobelke followed by Jim Walker, the chairperson of the State Training Board, who completed the review in October. The Construction Training Fund (CTF) administers the BCITF levy on construction projects to support the training of eligible people in the building and construction industry. The levy is 0.2 per cent of the value of construction and applies to all works that meet the definition of construction as prescribed in the Act. The review included consideration of resource sector construction work following the removal of that sector's exemption from the levy from October 1, 2018. The review found that although BCITF effectively supports construction training, there were several recommendations to enhance the operation of both the Act and the CTF. The State Government has approved three tranches of work as well as another tranche to refer certain matters to the next statutory review in 2024. There will be a two-staged approach to implement recommendations that require legislative change with tranche one including immediate legislative change to allow project owners to pay down the assessed levy, where the assessed levy is over $1 million, in either of two ways Yearly instalments on a pro-rata basis over the life of the construction work; or Over another period as agreed to by the Minister, taking into consideration any advice from the BCITF Board. Payment by instalments will apply to construction work exceeding $500 million in value. Other stage one legislative changes include the expansion of the BCITF Board to include two additional members with expertise in both minerals and petroleum construction work; and to place a limit of 10 years on the continuous service of members on the Board. Stage two will deal with six other recommendations for legislative change which require further investigation. Several recommendations relating to operational matters of the CTF have been referred to the Board for a response and report back to the Minister. Matters raised in recommendations relating to the operation of the Act with respect to the resource sector, including the proposal to introduce a cap on the capital value of a single construction project, have been referred to the next statutory review in 2024 to allow more time to assess their implications. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The Government's response builds on our commitment to ensure that all industries undertaking building and construction work contribute to the training and development of the State's construction workforce. "Major construction projects are vital to the growth of Western Australia's economy and the creation of jobs. "The Government's response is expected to provide project owners with confidence to move ahead with these projects. "These improvements to the Act will ensure that the Construction Training Fund is well placed to continue to support the development of our highly skilled construction workforce and increase training opportunities for construction workers across the State. "Creating additional training opportunities for Western Australians is key to ensuring we are ready as the State's economy grows and diversifies. "I would like to acknowledge the significant work of the independent chairs, the late Mr John Kobelke and Mr Jim Walker, as well as the steering group and all stakeholders who contributed to the review." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Works begin on $5 million upgrade at Wanneroo Secondary College3656Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3090html5/12/2019 3:30:37 AM2019-12-05T03:30:00Z Construction begins on $5 million upgrades to Wanneroo Secondary College Construction contract awarded to local WA company Crothers Construction, supporting local jobs Works expected to be completed by December 2020 Key McGowan Government election commitment underway Students at Wanneroo Secondary College are set to benefit from new and upgraded sports facilities, with Premier Mark McGowan turning the first sod on the $5 million project this morning. A key McGowan Government election commitment, the upgrades include a new sports hall and improvements to the college's four existing tennis courts. The construction contract has been awarded to Western Australian company Crothers Construction, supporting local jobs. The upgrades are expected to be completed by December 2020. The McGowan Government continues to invest in Western Australian public schools, with a total of $452.8 million allocated for improvements and developments over 2019-20. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I'm pleased to announce works are now underway for impressive new sporting facilities at Wanneroo Secondary College. "The college is one of six in the State to run a specialist AFL program, and has a very successful physical education program, with students taking part in various inter-school competitions throughout the year. "My Government is committed to ensuring students in Western Australia are learning and thriving in the best possible facilities." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "It's great that more than 1,000 students at Wanneroo Secondary College will have a new sports hall and improvements to the four existing tennis courts. "I am also pleased the work will be delivered by a local builder meaning more jobs for local workers." Comments attributed to Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton "I am thrilled to deliver on this election commitment that will see this brilliant school get a state-of-the-art new gymnasium to help support its wonderful programs. "As a former student at this great school, I am very proud to deliver on this election commitment to build a new, modern gymnasium. "Wanneroo Secondary College runs fantastic and diverse sports programs and I am really thrilled that this new gymnasium will allow our students to participate in facilities that will be modern, bigger and better. "The college has long deserved this much-needed injection into a new gymnasium and I am very proud as a former student to deliver on my election commitment." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Public authorities get top marks for access and inclusion3655Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6510html5/12/2019 3:16:31 AM2019-12-05T03:15:00Z 100 per cent compliance on access and inclusion for people with disability 360,000 Western Australians live with disability Western Australia's public authorities have achieved 100 per cent compliance on providing disability access and inclusion plans, as detailed in the Minister's Progress Report tabled in State Parliament today. Under the Disability Services Act 1993, the State's 208 public authorities are required to submit a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) progress report for 2018-19. The Minister's Progress Report shows the ongoing commitment of public authorities across WA to using innovation and creativity to address issues of access and inclusion. DAIP initiatives focus on outcome areas designed to ensure the inclusion of people with disability and address the requirement that public authorities' facilities, services and information meet the needs of all people. The initiatives driven by public authorities through DAIPs have a direct impact on the lives of more than 360,000 individuals with disability in Western Australia, and their 200,000 carers. The announcement of 100 per cent compliance comes in the same week that International Day of People with Disability was celebrated and the McGowan Government announced its five per cent target for employing people with disability in the public sector by the end of 2025. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government's vision is for all Western Australians to live in a welcoming and inclusive community. "Achieving 100 per cent compliance for submitting plans across all 208 authorities is a great first step and now we have to ensure the various authorities will actually deliver on what they're stating in their reports. "Access and inclusion requires an ongoing commitment to affording people with disability the best opportunity to thrive across education, health and employment, and enabling them to undertake valued roles in their communities. "The consultation undertaken with stakeholders in the development of the Government's State Disability Strategy throughout 2019 will provide the insights to drive future improvements to the inclusion and empowerment of people with disability." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New package to expand Collie’s emergency services vehicle industry3654Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7870html5/12/2019 3:08:11 AM2019-12-05T03:05:00Z McGowan Government announces new investment package to expand the emergency services vehicle manufacturing industry in Collie Part of new policy to bring more employment to South-West town Frontline Fire & Rescue Equipment to establish emergency services manufacturing facility in Collie Bids for a future estimated $47.5 million light-vehicle contract will only be considered if some or all of the work goes to Collie Future State Government emergency services vehicle contracts to be reviewed to determine if more work can be sent to Collie McGowan Government is committed to growing Collie's economy and creating long-term jobs The McGowan Government has unveiled the first stage of a new policy aimed at expanding the emergency services vehicle manufacturing industry in Collie. As part of the new policy, Frontline Fire & Rescue Equipment has been awarded a $2.5 million grant to establish a manufacturing capability in Collie that is expected to provide 17 fulltime manufacturing positions. The Malaga-based company has been awarded two State Government contracts valued at $125 million to manufacture modern firefighting appliances. The $75 million and $50 million contracts will include manufacturing '4.4' heavy appliances and 'Ultralight' vehicles with some of the work now to be carried out in Collie. The grant came from the $60 million Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund, which was established to help secure the future of Collie and create ongoing jobs for locals. A third contract for the provision of up to 300 '1.4' appliances worth an estimated $47.5 million will also be advertised today. The tender for that contract will include a requirement that some or all of this work is done in Collie. Future State Government emergency vehicle contracts will also be reviewed prior to tender to determine if more work can be sent to Collie. Today's announcements reinforce the McGowan Government's commitment to expanding the emergency services vehicle manufacturing industry in Collie to help the local economy into the future. Earlier this year, the State Government announced plans to establish a Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Level 3 Incident Control Centre in Collie, along with an Emergency Driver Training Centre, and moving some appliance maintenance work to the town. The McGowan Government is investing heavily in Collie to support the town's economy into the future and create jobs for locals. Recent announcements include $60 million Industry Attraction and Development Fund to create local jobs and secure the future of Collie, including $10 million Collie Adventure Trails plan to establish Collie as Western Australia's premier 'trail adventure' town; $8 million for a new DFES multipurpose bushfire facility in Collie; Relocating a large part of DFES' high season firefighting fleet maintenance work to Collie; $20 million Collie Futures Fund designed to stimulate development and diversify Collie's economy. The Fund includes the $2 million Collie Futures Small Grants Program and $18 million Collie Futures Industry Development Fund; and The establishment of a Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety regional licensing processing centre in Collie. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a significant investment that will ensure volunteer firefighters are equipped with modern vehicles to combat bushfires across the State. "I'm pleased that my Government has been able to provide an additional $2.5 million grant to ensure manufacturing work will take place in Collie, creating jobs for locals. "We are committed to ensuring a strong economy and sustainable future for Collie, and we see the emergency services vehicle manufacturing as an important part of that." Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "This new build program marks a significant shift in how new firefighting appliances will be manufactured for our volunteer firefighters. "It is fantastic that the McGowan Government has managed to secure some of that work for Collie and that it will help to diversify the economy. "It's also another significant emergency services investment in the town following the announcement of a new Level 3 Incident Control Centre, the moving of some maintenance work to Collie and an emergency driver training school. "Collie has the right people with the right skills and not only is the Government providing them with work that will benefit the town, but it will also benefit the whole of WA." Comments from Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "I look forward to the delivery of this new policy to expand Collie's emergency services vehicle manufacturing industry. "Collie's economic base needs to be diversified and I welcome the State Government's commitment to supporting economic growth in the region." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
$125 million investment in new WA-built firefighting appliances3682Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9160html5/12/2019 4:03:56 AM2019-12-05T03:00:00Z Two new contracts valued at $125 million awarded to manufacture new modern firefighting vehicles, built in WA Ensuring WA has modern equipment to deal with bushfire threats Successful bidder Frontline Fire & Rescue Equipment commits to manufacturing in Collie as part of new work Manufacturing in Collie to now be part of a new tender valued at an estimated $47.5 million to build "1.4" firefighting appliances McGowan Government committed to growing Collie's economy and creating long-term jobs The McGowan Labor Government is investing $125 million in modern firefighting appliances to combat the threat of bushfires across the State. Two new contracts, valued at $75 million and $50 million, have been awarded to Malaga-based company Frontline Fire & Rescue Equipment to manufacture new "4.4" heavy appliances and 'Ultralight' vehicles. The new heavy appliances will have a range of cab chassis options available to give volunteers more options. As part of the new manufacturing contract, the McGowan Government will also provide a $2.5 million grant to Frontline to establish a manufacturing capability in Collie to carry out some of the manufacturing work. The new workshop is expected to create 17 fulltime positions in Collie. The grant has been delivered from the $60 million Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund, which was established to help secure the future of Collie and to create ongoing jobs for locals. Tenders will also be called today for a third emergency services vehicle contract worth an estimated $47.5 million to provide up to 300 new "1.4" firefighting appliances. The McGowan Government has moved to ensure some of this work is also done in Collie with bids only being considered if they include all or a portion of the work going to the South‑West town. This is part of the Government's commitment to expand the emergency services vehicle manufacturing industry in Collie to provide greater diversity for the local economy into the future. Other future State Government contracts will be reviewed prior to tender to determine if more work can also be sent to Collie. The aim is to expand the emergency services vehicle industry in Collie as the town seeks to diversify its economy. Collie is an ideal location for this sort of work, as it has a highly trained local workforce with experience in heavy industry. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a significant investment that will ensure our volunteer firefighters are equipped with modern vehicles to combat bushfires across the State. "I'm pleased that my Government has been able to provide an additional $2.5 million grant to ensure that more manufacturing work will take place in Collie, creating jobs for locals. "We are committed to ensuring a strong economy and sustainable future for Collie, and we see emergency services vehicle manufacturing as an important part of that." Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "This new build program marks a significant shift in how new firefighting appliances will be manufactured for our volunteer firefighters. "There has already been some great collaboration with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and volunteers in new appliance designs this year. "This new 4.4 appliance contract significantly broadens the vehicle models and cab chassis that will be available so volunteer brigades will have more options. "It's also great to see the McGowan Government securing more work for Collie in emergency services. "There has already been a significant investment in a new Level 3 Incident Control Centre for the town as well as moving some maintenance work of the firefighting fleet to Collie. "Collie has the right people with the right skills who will now have more opportunities for employment that will not only benefit the town, but the whole of Western Australia." Premier's office 6552 5200 Emergency Services Minister's office 6552 5800
New summer experiences for Rottnest visitors3653Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7520html5/12/2019 2:06:00 AM2019-12-05T02:00:00Z Eight new tourism offerings available this summer First twice daily return commercial flights from CBD to Rottnest Salt Store concierge service to support visitors and all new and existing businesses New businesses create 25 new jobs The growing number of visitors to Rottnest will have the chance to participate and enjoy a range of new Island offerings this summer. The new activities, which were launched today by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, are a direct response to the Island's increasing popularity. They are also an important part of the Rottnest Island Authority's focus on enhancing and diversifying the Rottnest experience for its hundreds of thousands of visitors. The new offerings include A daily seaplane commute to the Island Travelling in a state-of-the-art Cessna turbo-prop seaplane, you can take off from the Swan River on one of several daily flights on a new commercial service; A new skydive and transfer package For the first time, visitors can catch a plane at Jandakot Airport and skydive on to the Island. Visitors can then spend the day there before returning on a ferry; Two new sunset cruises, including one on a 12.5m catamaran Enjoy a glass of bubbles and antipasto, while you watch Rottnest's stunning summer sunsets on board the luxurious Capella catamaran; A 'Hooked on Rotto' fishing cruise Hooked on Rotto is a fun two-hour tour where you get to experience one of Rottnest's favourite pastimes -fishing. Everything is provided on board a premium charter boat, with instruction from expert fishing crew, making it ideal for kids, families and anyone wanting to learn how to fish; A new refreshments caravan at the West End A new vintage caravan will be located at the West End of Rottnest to provide refreshments for visitors who venture out to this spectacular part of the Island; A new one-stop shop and concierge service at the Salt Store The Salt Store will offer visitors the opportunity to enrich their stay on the Island by discovering the great range of recreational and dining opportunities on offer. The Salt Store will provide an opportunity to take home quality locally made products; New aquatic playground at North Thompson's Aquaplay will introduce a guided one-hour sea-bike tours, pedal-board and stand-up paddle board hire and a Kids Zone with a giant inflatable roller.Rottnest recorded its biggest ever year in 2018-19, with 785,001 visitors to the Island. And in the 12 months to the end of October, visitor numbers were already 12 per cent higher than the previous year. In October alone, visitor numbers were up 28 per cent to 53,840 people. Meanwhile, the redevelopment of Hotel Rottnest is continuing, with the new conference facility (suitable for up to 250 people) due to open later this month. Hotel Rottnest Executive Chef Quim Hernandez has collaborated with consultant chefs Jesse Blake and Kate Christou to construct a new menu, which is inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean and the relaxed Western Australian lifestyle. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The growing popularity of Rottnest is showing no signs of abating and it is important that we focus on supporting the visitor experience through a new concierge service in the historic Salt Store. "This service will also promote new and existing businesses on the Island. "The McGowan Government is committed to diversifying the recreational offerings on Rottnest to ensure there is something for everyone who visits the Island, no matter their age, preferences or budget. "All these new activities will give returning visitors a chance to try something different, while new visitors will find something to keep them entertained beyond sun, surf, beaches and quokkas. "These new offerings will also create more than 25 new jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5600
16 Days in WA not out with the Scorchers3652Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4070html6/12/2019 7:51:02 AM2019-12-05T01:35:00Z Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk, WACA CEO Christina Matthews, Perth Scorchers stars Jason Behrendorff and Piepa Cleary join forces to stop violence against women WACA an industry leader in supporting inclusivity of women in sport The 16 Days in WA campaign encourages all Western Australians to speak out to stop violence against women Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk today joined WACA CEO Christina Matthews and Perth Scorchers stars Jason Behrendorff and Piepa Cleary to call for an end to family and domestic violence, as part of the State Government's 16 Days in WA campaign. The campaign, now in its third year, aims to raise awareness about family and domestic violence and inform Western Australians about what they can do or say to help save lives. Minister McGurk commended the WACA's role as an industry leader in championing opportunities for women in sport, and thanked Ms Matthews for her support of this year's 16 Days in WA campaign. Earlier this year, Ms Matthews was named a finalist for Western Australian of the Year in recognition of her outstanding career achievements as a celebrated cricketer and sports administrator, and a personal champion of gender equality and inclusivity in sport. Ms Matthews remains Australia's most capped female Test cricketer and is one of only two women in the world to hold the position of CEO of a first-class cricket association. During her seven-year tenure as WACA CEO, female cricket participation numbers have increased by over 550 per cent across Western Australia. The Perth Scorchers and their famous orange playing kit have become much-loved emblems of WA summers in recent years. Their home fixtures played at 'The Furnace' attract huge crowds at Optus Stadium as the venue transforms into a sea of orange, which is also the official campaign colour of 16 Days in WA. A big part of the Scorchers' success over recent Big Bash League (BBL) seasons has been the consistent performances of star paceman Jason Behrendorff. The 29-year-old has been a key player for the Scorchers since 2012 and earlier this year was selected as a member of the Australian team for the Cricket World Cup that was hosted in England. Piepa Cleary has been a mainstay of the Scorchers' setup in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) since the inaugural season in 2015-16. A leg injury sustained in early November brought a premature end to the 23 year-old's 2019 WBBL season, but the Scorchers women have rallied in her absence and will take part in the finals series this weekend at the Alan Border Field in Brisbane. Further information on 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women can be found online at https// Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "16 Days in WA gives all Western Australians the opportunity to speak out for change. "This is a real issue. On average, our police services are responding to 180 family and domestic violence-related tasks each day across WA. It needs to stop. "Christina Matthews is an extraordinary leader and I applaud the work of her and the WACA board in driving greater opportunities for women in sport. "There are few greater sights in WA sport than witnessing The Furnace ablaze in orange as the Scorchers play in front of their passionate home fans. "I hope the Scorchers' support for 16 Days in WA will prompt their fans and sports-mad Western Australians to start a conversation with their friends and family about what they can do to help stop violence against women. "I would like to also acknowledge Piepa Cleary and Jason Behrendorff for their willingness to support this year's 16 Days in WA campaign. "As a role model for so many young aspiring cricketers, their decision to speak out will help influence and change the conversation that allows violence against women to go unchallenged." Comments attributed to WACA CEO Christina Matthews "The WACA stands with Minister McGurk and the WA State Government in supporting the 16 Days in WA campaign to stop violence against women. "I was honoured to deliver the guest speech at this year's 16 Days in WA campaign launch at Optus Stadium. The statistics on gender-based violence in this State continue to be shocking. "We are all united in our support for change. Together we can make a difference." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Celebrating excellence in the WA Police Force3651Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4340html5/12/2019 1:25:14 AM2019-12-05T01:25:00Z 136 nominations received Recognising the commitment of our police to serving the community A policewoman who has dedicated her time to increasing school attendance and reducing family violence in South Hedland has been named police officer of the year. Sergeant Shelley Marklew has led a joint agency initiative focused on reducing juvenile offending by working with families to help get children to school and encouraging them to turn up every day. Her work has also developed trusted relationships within the Hedland community, leading to an increased willingness to report family violence incidents and increased public confidence in the local police team. Officers from Derby Police Station took out the team category, recognised for their genuine desire to build positive relationships within the local community and their commitment to keeping residents safe in a challenging policing environment. Police Minister Michelle Roberts announced the winners at an awards breakfast for the finalists at Crown Perth this morning. A total of 55 individual officers were nominated for the police officer award category, including 29 officers from the metropolitan area and 26 from regional Western Australia. Eleven police teams were nominated from regional WA, while 20 teams from Perth received nominations. Nominations are received from community members, sporting groups, schools, local government, family members and colleagues. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "These awards have become an important tradition in the WA Police Force to honour those who go above and beyond. "The fact that this year 136 nominations were received, says so much about the value that we, as a community, place on the work of our police officers. "On behalf of the State Government, I want to thank all of our police officers for your commitment to duty and putting that duty ahead and above of yourself day in and day out." Minister's office - 6552 6900