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Port Kennedy land transferred for new coastal community5393Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7800html24/01/2020 8:00:27 AM2020-01-24T08:00:00Z 66 hectares of land transferred for new Port Kennedy coastal development Subject to development approvals, approximately 900 residential lots to be developed Further community feedback required to finalise the local structure plan Project set to deliver 400 local jobs and $15 million in public works Port Kennedy's coastal front is set to be transformed with the finalisation of a land transfer between the State Government and developer Western Australia Beach and Golf Resort. The project will see approximately 66 hectares of Crown land developed over the next decade to deliver approximately 900 residential lots and new local community facilities. The existing golf course will be retained and improved, with a new main street and town centre comprising a mix of offices and shops. Plans also include a $15 million public works program with a new clubhouse, restaurant and function spaces, beach upgrades, boat moorings and a public jetty. Subject to development approvals, residential lots will range from 180 to 600 square meters providing for a diversity of housing choice. An estimated 400 local jobs are expected to be created through development of the lots and associated community infrastructure. The agreement requires a new north-south coastal road to be built in the first stage of development to provide two road access points for emergency fire response. The City of Rockingham will invite public comment on a local structure plan in the coming weeks, which will then go to the Western Australian Planning Commission for final approval. Kennedy Bay's first lots are expected to be released in early 2022, and the new clubhouse is due to open late next year. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "After nearly three decades of negotiations, the State Government has finalised a long-term deal that will enable the development of Port Kennedy to commence. "This long-awaited project will not only revive the coastal landscape of Port Kennedy but will create much needed community infrastructure and local jobs for the area." Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "We must plan for future employment and infill development opportunities that are close to public transport and are where people want to live, in growing suburbs like Port Kennedy. "This agreement will allow for the development of new community facilities, provide greater choice of housing type and bring a welcome boost to the local economy." Lands Minister's office - 6552 5900 Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500
Regional grants back South-West tourism5392Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5230html24/01/2020 7:01:45 AM2020-01-24T07:00:00Z Five South-West projects to receive more than $570,000 to boost the regional economy McGowan Government investing in South-West tourism, hospitality and processing jobsSouth-West projects to create new jobs and help drive business development have received funding through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program. Five projects across the South-West are set to share in $571,826 through Round 2 of the RED grants program. The McGowan Government has committed $28.8 million over five years towards the highly successful program for projects which directly benefit regional communities. Geographe Bay Brewing Company will receive $250,000 to upscale its Shelter Brewing brewery, with increased processing capacity and a 500-seat restaurant at the Busselton foreshore. The grant will support the purchase of a brewing system and canning production line to enable the sale of packaged beer from the venue for national and international markets. Further investment in the region's craft brewing industry will see $150,000 to establish Brugan Brewery as part of the Wokalup Tavern refurbishment. The project will pay homage to the Wokalup Tavern's historical beginning and reference to the Mornington Mill, while encompassing a modern industrial brewery for the Bunbury-Geographe area. Vasse Valley hemp has been allocated $50,000 to develop the first large-scale commercial hemp seed processing facility in Western Australia, incorporating leading technology for the processing and roasting of hemp seed for food products. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Tourism is a vital economic contributor to the South-West and, through our Regional Economic Development grants, the McGowan Government is building further on our recent success in securing the first ever direct flights into Busselton. "New hospitality and tourism-based projects will create local jobs and opportunities for the community brewery projects at Busselton and Wokalup will enhance WA's craft brewing industry, which is worth $100 million to the State and growing rapidly. "Boosting local manufacturing capability in the hemp industry will also offer more diversified jobs which go a long way to build stronger and more sustainable regional communities." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Applicant Project Funding Geographe Bay Brewing Company Shelter Brewing Co - Fast-tracking the expansion of the brewery and 500-seat restaurant at Busselton foreshore with the purchase of new equipment to increase capacity for packaged beer sales. $250,000 Vasse Valley Upscaling value-added hemp food production - purchase of industrial-scale seed storage, cleaning, roasting and packaging equipment for the processing of hemp foods. Commercial expansion will create diversification opportunities for WA producers and support upskilling and new workforce training opportunities. $50,000 Hopbroker Pty Ltd Brugan Brewing - Enhance the Wokalup Tavern with the addition of the new Brugan brewery. Will include upgrading the tavern façade to highlight the heritage of the 1906 building and relocation of the bottle shop to address road safety concerns. The project will also trial a new hop production method. $150,000 Southern Forests Blackwood Valley Tourism Association Southern Forests Blackwood Valley Tourism Industry Development project - Funding to support a range of brand, marketing and infrastructure activities. Consistent and unified marketing approach for the region will lead to increased visitation and tourism experience and spending. $74,945 Shire of Nannup Nannup Trails Town Infrastructure - Installation of trail user facilities at Foreshore Park to support Nannup to become an accredited Trails Town, catering for cycling, walking, canoeing and horse-riding. Project includes a multipurpose wash-down bay and bike maintenance equipment, directional signage and construction of a path from town to mountain bike trails. $46,881
Aboriginal dance and culture celebrated in Yagan Square5352Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4890html24/01/2020 6:00:31 AM2020-01-24T06:00:00Z Yagan Square Nyumbi - Noongar dance and music event performed weekly at DevelopmentWA's Yagan Square, the cultural hub of Perth city Fridays (January 24 to June 26) from 5.30pm to 6.15pm Partnership between DevelopmentWA and Tourism WA, with support from the City of Perth and Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council Locals and visitors alike will now be able to enjoy free performances by Noongar dance groups every Friday night at Yagan Square during the Yagan Square Nyumbi. Nyumbi, which means 'celebration dance', will offer a unique opportunity to experience language and dance from Noongar traditional owners in the heart of the city. People will be able to immerse themselves in Western Australia's Noongar culture as Aboriginal dancers perform traditional song and dance, and share stories of our rich culture and history. Yagan Square offers a unique location for visitors and locals to engage with the world's oldest living culture, through performance. Yagan Square was designed in close collaboration with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and the Whadjuk Working Party to make sure the design reflects and celebrates Whadjuk Noongar culture. The event has been made possible through a partnership between DevelopmentWA and Tourism Western Australia with support from the City of Perth and the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council. It will be held every Friday evening from January 24 to June 26, 2020 from 5.30pm until 6.15pm at the Yagan Square Amphitheatre. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs and Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "This is an exciting opportunity for people to have an important, memorable and enriching experience of Western Australia's Noongar culture and history. "DevelopmentWA's Yagan Square is the perfect location to welcome visitors to our city and allow them to engage with the world's oldest living culture. "The square has been designed to incorporate stories from the Noongar people and is a strong sense of place, reflective of culture and history." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Running until June, Yagan Square Nyumbi offers a fantastic opportunity for visitors to enjoy learning more about Aboriginal culture while exploring one of our popular tourism precincts. "Aboriginal tourism is a growing sector and it's important to offer touchpoints for visitors to engage with cultural experiences. "Events such as this one also play an important part in creating a vibrant atmosphere and add to the mix of attractions and activities for people spending time in the area." Aboriginal Affairs and Lands Minister's office - 6552 5900 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Call for nominations for Subi East Community Reference Group5351Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3960html24/01/2020 5:18:44 AM2020-01-24T05:15:00Z Nominations now open for residents, community/special interest groups and business organisations to join the Subi East Community Reference Group Group will help shape master planning process for Subiaco's landmark renewal project Volunteers to represent different ages and interests from Subiaco and Perth communities Engagement with a diverse range of people and groups key to achieving quality outcomes The delivery of one of Western Australia's most significant urban renewal projects, the Subi East Redevelopment, has reached another milestone with the formation of a Community Reference Group (CRG) to help shape the master planning process. Nominations are now open for residents, community and special interest groups, as well as business organisations interested in participating in the Subi East CRG. The CRG will play a critical role in providing input to the Subi East Master Plan - the 'roadmap' for future development across the 35-hectare precinct. Consisting of up to 35 volunteers, the CRG will include a mix of up to 15 individuals from Subiaco and the wider Perth community, together with up to 20 representatives of key community and business organisations, all with an active interest in the delivery of the Subi East landmark renewal project. The individual residents will be selected by random ballot and drawn from three different age groups, including residents aged 25 years and under, residents between the ages of 26 and 40, and residents over the age of 40. An independent probity auditor will oversee the ballot draw. The organisational representatives will be nominated by their clubs, groups or associations, as identified by the Subi East team, with one spokesperson from each organisation to provide two-way feedback to the Subi East CRG and to the organisation they represent. The first role of the CRG, which kicks off on February 22, 2020, will be to provide input into the cultural context of the Subi East precinct to help ensure the rich and diverse history (European and Whadjuk), heritage, multiculturalism and connection to the area from all demographics are considered and where possible reflected in the future development. Once this stage is complete, the CRG will be asked to participate in further workshops and discussions on specific details relating to the master plan such as site layout and height of built form to best meet dwelling targets, streetscape, public realm and landscaping opportunities. The Subi East Redevelopment project will provide more than 2,000 new dwellings around Subiaco Oval, the former Princess Margaret Hospital site and the railway reserve area next to West Leederville train station. For further information on the Subi East project, including details on how to apply for the Subi East CRG, visit http//www.developmentwa.com.au/subieast Nominations close at 5pm on February 12, 2020. The ballot will be held the next day with successful applicants notified on February 14, 2020. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "Community engagement has been the cornerstone of the McGowan Government's approach to the renewal of the Subi East area. The formation of the CRG offers another opportunity to be involved in shaping the outcomes of one of WA's most significant urban renewal projects. "We are deliberately casting the net wide to ensure we hear from a diverse range of voices as we create a new and vibrant chapter in the history of one of our city's most loved suburbs. "Great community places are created when we are able to reflect the needs and aspirations of people from all walks of life and all ages. That is why this process is so important. "I urge people to nominate for the Community Reference Group and get involved in the next exciting stage of the Subi East redevelopment." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New public fishing platform at Bunbury Port5350Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3500html24/01/2020 4:30:34 AM2020-01-24T04:30:00Z McGowan Government to establish public fishing platform at Bunbury Outer Harbour Existing Service Jetty to be converted into a fishing platform, allowing public access to the Bunbury Outer Harbour for the first time since 2004 Delivers on election commitment to develop a fishing platform in BunburyThe McGowan Government will establish a public fishing platform at the Bunbury Service Jetty, allowing public access to the Bunbury Outer Harbour for the first time in more than 15 years. The investment delivers on an election commitment in the Plan for Bunbury to build a fishing platform for the Bunbury community. The Southern Ports Authority will move two pilot boats that utilise the jetty to its south-eastern end, freeing up significant space for a public fishing platform to be established on its north-western end. Structural and civil works are valued at $457,000, including $208,000 to establish the fishing facility and access components. The selection of the Service Jetty as the most suitable option has been confirmed through extensive consultation with the City of Bunbury, the Bunbury Development Committee, the South West Development Commission, Recfishwest, and local community groups including Fishability. Works are expected to be completed by early March 2020, with first access to the public later that month. Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This is a fantastic outcome for the Bunbury community a solution that delivers the long called-for public fishing infrastructure at the Outer Harbour while continuing to support essential port operations. "Our investment will open up access to the Outer Harbour for the first time since 2004 and provide a much-needed fishing platform for Bunbury locals. "Don Punch has been a tireless advocate on behalf of his community for this project, and is delivering on our Plan for Bunbury." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "Bunbury is known as a community that loves fishing but for people who have difficulty clambering over rock or standing on shifting sand, there have been very few places for them to go and wet a line before now. "I pushed strongly for this project to be included in the Plan for Bunbury because I know how much difference it will make in the lives of people who love to fish and have mobility challenges to overcome. "The community have waited for this fishing platform for a long time so I am really pleased to be part of the Government that is delivering for Bunbury. "I looking forward to coming down here on summer evenings to see families, grandparents and children all enjoying a great new community facility." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Six-month countdown on as WA’s best prepare for Tokyo 20205349Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3210html24/01/2020 2:30:28 AM2020-01-24T02:30:00Z Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begin six months from today on July 24, 2020 WAIS opens its doors as athletes prepare to fight for selection in upcoming Australian qualifiers Western Australia expected to field 40-45 athletes in the national team State Government providing direct-to-athlete financial support for the first time Western Australians encouraged to support Australian Olympic Team Appeal Some of Western Australia's Olympic hopefuls have given an insight into their preparations for Tokyo 2020, with the WA Institute of Sport opening its doors to mark the six-month countdown to the world's biggest sporting event. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' opening ceremony will be held exactly six months from today - with the State's top athletes now in the final stages of preparations for qualifying. The final qualifying competitions for all Olympic sports will be held in the coming weeks and months, where WA's athletes will fight for selection against the country's best. Western Australia is expected to field about 40-45 athletes across a range of sports at Tokyo 2020. Olympians Blair Evans (swimming), Kurtis Marschall (pole vault), Zoe Arancini (water polo), Rose Stackpole (artistic swimming), and Olympic hopeful Leah Parry (softball) were among those giving an insight into their preparations today. Qualifying competitions in the whole range of Olympic sports are well underway, with Western Australia set to host a number of major competitions before the Games. This includes the Australian Swimming Championships at HBF Stadium, a round of the FIH Pro League at Perth Hockey Stadium, and the Jandakot Airport Track Classic at the WA Athletics Stadium. Sailor Matt Wearn has become the first WA athlete to be selected to the Australian Olympic Team, where he will compete in the Laser class. 2020 has already seen Wearn claim Australian and Oceania titles as part of his Olympic preparation. This Olympic and Paralympic Games, the State Government is for the first time providing direct financial support to all Western Australian athletes who qualify. Successful athletes will be able to apply to receive a $4,000 payment direct, which they and their support teams can utilise towards preparations for the Games. The State Government has also contributed $50,000 to the Olympic and Paralympic Team Appeal - with Western Australians with the means to do so asked to consider making a donation. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Today we are just six months out from the biggest sporting spectacle in the world, with Western Australia's best athletes now right at the business end of their preparations. "To represent your country at an Olympic Games is the ultimate achievement for any sportsperson, and the passion and dedication our athletes show is nothing short of remarkable. "This Olympics, the WA Government has made sure the State's contribution will go direct to Western Australian athletes, with each Olympian and Paralympian able to receive $4,000 to support their journey." Comments attributed to WA Institute of Sport acting chief executive Jo Richards "Today marks six months before the opening ceremony and WA athletes are preparing and training at the WAIS High Performance Service Centre as qualifying and selection trials continue over the coming months. "WAIS is targeting more than 40 athletes across 16 sports for selection to the Australian Olympic Team for the Games, including Matt Wearn, the first West Australian selected in sailing. "Brianna Throssell and Sam Welsford could well return from Tokyo with multiple medals. WA representation is expected to be strong across rowing, swimming, athletics and team sports such as hockey, water polo, softball and artistic swimming." Comment attributed to Chair of the Olympic Team Appeal Committee Andrew Vlahov OAM "There are 208 weeks between Olympic Games - our athletes train for 206 of them. That is 99 per cent preparation for one per cent game time. I would like to see us support the aspiration as much as the adoration." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Local workers deliver bridge for $1.7b Eliwana iron ore project5305Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5420html24/01/2020 2:00:15 AM2020-01-24T02:00:00Z Premier visits Naval Base workshop where 2,600 tonnes of steel fabrication is being undertaken for two bridges in Fortescue's $1.7b Eliwana Mine and Railway Project Visit follows State Government approval for Stage 2 of the Eliwana railway project which is set to create 1,120 new jobs for Western Australians New mine's extension will cement WA as world leader in iron ore production Premier Mark McGowan today visited Naval Base to inspect work on major bridges for Fortescue Metals Group's (Fortescue) $1.7 billion Eliwana Mine and Railway Project and announced approval for Stage 2 of the railway component. The Premier also announced the grant of a Special Rail Licence for the project to allow Fortescue to start hiring people immediately, enabling 600 to 720 new jobs to be created in the next three months. The Eliwana railway project, which is expected to create 1,120 jobs during construction, includes 143 kilometres of single track, standard gauge heavy haul railway, two bridge railway crossings and an underpass for the Karratha-Tom Price Road. The 2,600 tonnes of steel fabrication being produced at Naval Base by Pacific Industrial Company includes 16 bridge modules up to 46 metres long, creating 100 local jobs and apprenticeship opportunities. Over three quarters, around $1 billion, of the investment in the Eliwana project has gone to 290 Western Australian-based businesses, with about nine per cent going to businesses in other parts of Australia. Nineteen Aboriginal businesses have been awarded contracts worth $25.5 million. When the project is completed in December, the railway will have an initial capacity of 30 million tonnes a year. Fortescue was a member of the Premier's steel fabrication roundtable, convened to create more opportunities for local steel fabricating businesses on major projects. Western Australia is the world's biggest iron ore producer, accounting for 38 per cent of global supply in 2019. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It's outstanding to see the majority of the work on this mammoth $1.7 billion project happening right here in Western Australia. "Eliwana is a huge project not only for Fortescue but for a lot of small to medium enterprises in Western Australia and for the 2,400 workers in total who are expected to get jobs out of it. "This is one of a number of major projects coming online in the next few years, and another sign that confidence is returning to the State's economy." Premier's office - 6552 5000
$7.6 million bike funding boost to connect Perth and regional communities5304Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11560html24/01/2020 12:25:31 AM2020-01-24T00:20:00Z ​More than $7.6 million in WA Bicycle Network grant funding shared between 63 projects across 45 local governments More than 50 kilometres of new cycle and pedestrian infrastructure to be delivered over two years, supporting more people to ride and walk more often The Western Australian Government has announced a $7.6 million boost to walking and cycling paths, which will add more than 50 kilometres to the WA Bicycle Network (WABN) over the next two years. As part of the annual WABN grants scheme, the State Government matches funding with local governments, who have successfully applied for the funding. The grants program assists local government authorities with the planning, design and construction of bicycle infrastructure, with funding split evenly between metro and regional areas. This funding will support 27 projects across metropolitan Perth, including a new two-kilometre link along Gilmore Avenue in the City of Kwinana and a 3.4 kilometre connection in the City of Rockingham along Ennis Avenue and Dixon Road. Both projects connect schools, tertiary institutions and recreational spaces, with the City of Rockingham project also greatly improving access to the train station. Access to the new Glendalough Station to Hutton Street section of Principal Shared Path (PSP) currently under construction will also be improved, with the City of Vincent awarded funding to connect existing facilities along Scarborough Beach Road to the new PSP. In the City of Kalamunda a new connection along Berkshire and Dundas roads will connect the new section of PSP being constructed between Kalamunda and Berkshire roads to the future Forrestfield Station. Projects are also planned across the regions, from the Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance all the way up to the Pilbara and Kimberley. This includes major shared path and tourist trail projects in Chittering, Manjimup and Port Hedland, all of which are more than five kilometres long and provide essential connections between town sites and key local destinations and facilities. A new shared path following the Buayanyup Drain is also proposed in Busselton, connecting the popular foreshore and caravan park to the Wadandi Track, which is bound to be popular with locals and visitors alike. In addition to local government infrastructure projects, funding has also been committed to continue the Your Move Connecting Schools program, which aims to improve bicycle access, wayfinding, bicycle education and end-of-trip facilities at schools. The full list of funded projects is available at http//www.transport.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "There are countless benefits to walking and riding, which is why the WA Government continues to add to its record funding of cycling infrastructure through the WA Bicycle Network grants scheme. "To get more people riding more often, we need to build safe and accessible facilities, which is why we have prioritised facilities that connect communities to the primary cycle network and public transport hubs, such as Rockingham Station, Glendalough Station and the future Forrestfield Train Station. "This year we've invested in tourist trails in Chittering and Manjimup which, in addition to connecting local towns, are also great for attracting tourists to our regional areas." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New chairperson to lead Southern Ports Authority4074Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9580html24/01/2020 12:14:25 AM2020-01-24T00:00:00Z Ian Shepherd appointed chairperson of Southern Ports Authority Jane Cutler appointed to Southern Ports boardThe McGowan Government has appointed Ian Shepherd as Chairperson of the Southern Ports Authority to help drive development in Bunbury, Albany and Esperance. Mr Shepherd is an engineer with 40 years of technical, management, governance and leadership experience in professional service. For the last eight years of his working life prior to retiring in 2016, he was the chief executive of major consultancy company GHD. In addition to his international work in this position, Mr Shepherd also oversaw considerable work in Western Australia in infrastructure and logistics. Former National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority chief executive officer Jane Cutler has also been appointed to the Southern Ports Authority Board. Ms Cutler has held senior regulatory and industry positions in the resources sector, including as Woodside Energy's Natural Gas president. Both appointments commence on February 1, 2020. Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The ports of Bunbury, Albany and Esperance are absolutely critical to the ongoing economic success of regional WA. We need to develop a strong infrastructure plan for the region and its interface with other ports. "Ian Shepherd brings deep engineering, infrastructure and logistics experience to the role of Southern Ports chairperson, and will help to drive continued economic development and jobs across the regions. "We are deeply appreciative of Rob Cole's leadership of the Southern Ports Authority as chairperson from 2016. He entrenched robust governance frameworks in the Authority as it transitioned from three businesses into one, and oversaw trade and financial performance that place the Authority in good stead. "Jane Cutler brings experience in the resources industry to the Southern Ports Authority Board and will be an important part of the ongoing success of the ports." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Western Australian economy gathering pace4073Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12400html23/01/2020 9:54:36 AM2020-01-23T09:30:00Z A raft of indicators highlight the WA economy is heading in the right direction WA is set to experience the strongest economic growth in six years Recent downbeat assessment of the economy by CCIWA is inconsistent with data The McGowan Government's responsible financial management and has afforded the opportunity to provide economic stimulus and create more than 50,000 jobs Western Australia is set to benefit from the strongest economic growth in six years with the latest economic data showing more positive signs for the State. The CCIWA Outlook has backed WA Treasury's forecast for the State's economy to grow by three per cent this year, which would be the strongest growth in six years. CCIWA are forecasting unemployment will average 5.8 per cent this year, which aligns with Treasury's forecast of 5.75 per cent, and would be the best result in five years. WA now has the third lowest unemployment rate of all States, a considerable improvement on the 6.4 per cent inherited from the previous Liberal National Government. The figures also show more than 50,000 jobs have been created since the McGowan Government came to office. Importantly, employment is growing not just in mining but across a range of sectors including professional services, retail trade, wholesale, transport and warehousing, and financial and real estate services. The number of employment opportunities continues to rise with internet job vacancies for Western Australian reported by the Department of Employment released this week are at their highest level in five years, also defying a downward trend nationally. This results are in contrast to the period between 2012 and early 2017 under the former Government where no new jobs were created in the Western Australia and the number of people unemployed blew out by some 36,000. Encouragingly WA has also recorded its sixth consecutive month of growth in retail spending, which is the longest stretch of consecutive growth in WA since 2014. Data released by the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia is showing a significant increase in property sales as well as a low rental vacancy rate, which are expected to support property prices. Similarly, the pace of population growth is accelerating, which is expected to support dwelling investment in 2020-21. The McGowan Government has restored the State's finances and undertaken reforms to boost the economy and create jobs including the largest ever increase in the payroll tax exemption threshold, which will result in 1,000 small to medium businesses no longer paying payroll tax and a further 11,000 receiving a payroll tax cut. Significant investments by the McGowan Government as an economic and job stimulus package in the past few months include a $281 million schools and hospitals maintenance package, a 75 per cent rebate on stamp duty for off-the-plan multi-residential dwellings, and the halving of TAFE fees for growth sectors and those with emerging skill shortages. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "This year we're expecting to see much better results across the economy than what WA has experienced in the past six or so years. "Forecasts for Western Australia include the strongest economic growth in six years, the strongest growth in business investment in seven years and the lowest unemployment rate in five years. "The data is very encouraging and confirms what I've been seeing as Treasurer through the broader raft of economic data. "While some data released by CCIWA suggests that the has economy shrunk by 15 per cent, it's important to note that more than 95 per cent of that fall occurred under the previous Liberal National Government. "The fact is the economy is now growing, not shrinking. "Talking down our local economy, and ignoring some of the obvious green shoots will only weigh down confidence unnecessarily, and postpone Western Australia's return to robust economic growth." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Upgraded Cookernup Station open to Australind passengers4071Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4720html23/01/2020 7:45:20 AM2020-01-23T07:45:00Z $650,000 upgrade of Cookernup Station now complete More accessible for passengers with mobility issues with installation of raised platform Key McGowan Government commitment to upgrade South-West train stations completed New Australind railcars to be built in WA by WA workers The McGowan Government's upgrades to Cookernup Station are now complete and the station is now open for Australind passengers. Work began last year to upgrade the station's existing low-level platforms to raised platforms, which are now fully compliant with Disability Discrimination Act standards. Two car bays and one ACROD bay, line marking and bollards, new kerbing and bitumen surfaces have also been installed. The new raised platform will improve the experience of Transwa passengers travelling on the Australind, which operates daily between Perth and Bunbury. A key McGowan Government election commitment, a number of other regional station upgrades - including North Dandalup, Yarloop and Carrabin have also been completed in the past 18 months. The station upgrades form part of the McGowan Government's commitment to investing in the regions, and complement the new Australind railcar sets being built locally in Western Australia by Western Australian workers. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The South-West is an important part of our State and it's vital we provide public transport infrastructure for local residents - which is why we have upgraded four local train stations over the past 18 months. "It's great to be back in Cookernup today to officially open the new train station - the last time I was here was to announce the town had won back its postcode after a long campaign with Australia Post. It's great to be back announcing equally positive news today." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Australind service is a local icon which has operated for more than 70 years. "These small local stations provide a vital transport link for people in more isolated parts of the South-West - but due to their age, the infrastructure hasn't kept pace with standards of accessibility. "Investing in projects like this will help make public transport an even more desirable option for all locals, creating a more comfortable, accessible and practical travel option to access the city or neighbouring communities." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "Cookernup is a very special place in the South-West and I'm pleased that now even more people will be able to access the town from the Australind. "I am pleased to be a part of a Government that is dedicated to providing much needed services for our regions." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "The newly upgraded Cookernup station will result in more activity being driven into Bunbury from the Australind train service. "When the new railcars are completed, it will provide an even more comfortable journey for local residents and visitors alike travelling from Perth into the South-West." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Works begin on new Yanchep primary school4070Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4620html23/01/2020 6:02:30 AM2020-01-23T06:00:00Z First sod turned for new Sunningdale Primary School in Yanchep Brand new $17 million school to open for 2021 school year Construction to create an estimated 300 jobsEducation and Training Minister Sue Ellery has turned the first sod at Sunningdale Primary School, with construction of the brand new school in Yanchep officially underway. Sunningdale Primary School will accommodate 430 students from kindergarten to Year 6 in state-of-the-art facilities that will feature a dedicated early childhood teaching block and three general classroom blocks, including a specialised art and craft room. Students and staff will also enjoy a covered assembly area with a canteen and music room, as well as a library resource centre, staff room, conference room and administration building. The new school at 35 Sunningdale Road will officially open for the 2021 school year and will ease pressure on surrounding primary schools in the Yanchep area. An estimated 300 jobs will be created by the school's construction which is being undertaken by WA company EMCO Building. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This is an exciting moment for the Yanchep community and families who will benefit from the new Sunningdale Primary School. "I am proud that we are building another state-of-the-art school to provide children with a high-quality education and set them up for successful lives. "The school's construction and the employment of teachers and staff creates a range of job opportunities, including for local businesses." Comments attributed to Butler MLA John Quigley "Sunningdale Primary School will give local kids a shorter journey to school. "Youngsters in the area will be learning in new buildings and in the best possible environment. "Parents in the St Andrews and Yanchep Golf estates have been crying out for closer schooling options for years. I'm so proud to be delivering on this much-needed local school." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Australind Action Plan and WA-made railcar design revealed4069Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10070html23/01/2020 5:01:25 AM2020-01-23T05:00:00Z New Western Australian made Australind railcar designs unveiled Features include buffet, storage for 16 bikes, toilets, Wi-Fi and USB connection points Australind Action Plan to deliver additional public transport for South-West commuters ahead of completion of new railcars Non-stop road coach service to be trialled between Bunbury and Mandurah for 12 months from May Fare credits to be granted to Australind passengers for delays of more than one hour Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti visited Bunbury Station today to unveil the designs of the brand new $54 million Australind railcar sets. A key part of the McGowan Government's $1.25 billion railcar program, the two new Australind trains, each consisting of a three-car set, will have a modernised interior, with USB connection points, Wi-Fi, an improved kiosk, upright storage for 16 bicycles, and three toilets. The railcar sets, being built by Western Australian workers in Bellevue, is expected to be delivered in 2022-23. The existing Australind train was originally planned to have an operational life of up to 30 years, however, the previous Liberal National Government failed to plan for or invest in the future of the service. For example, corrosion that built up over time has been a leading cause of cancelled services. While extensive maintenance has been undertaken to keep the rolling stock operating, ageing and obsolescence resulting from this neglect has led to a number of delays and cancelled services. Following passenger feedback, the McGowan Government is implementing the Australind Action Plan to reduce the impact on passengers who rely on the Australind. As part of this, the McGowan Government is introducing a trial non-stop road coach service departing from Bunbury Station at 6am every weekday and returning to Bunbury in the evening, enabling passengers who need to commute the opportunity to travel on a fast-tracked, non-stop luxury road coach service. The road coach will drop passengers at Mandurah Station, where they can continue their journey free of charge on the metropolitan rail system by presenting their Transwa ticket. The McGowan Government has also introduced a credit program for Australind rail passengers - if their train journey is delayed by more than an hour due to maintenance issues or failure of rolling stock, they will be given a credit to take their next journey free of charge. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The two new Australind trains, each consisting of a three-car set, will be built in Western Australia by Western Australians. "The sleek new design will make the journey between Perth and Bunbury more comfortable for residents and tourists alike, encouraging more people to visit our South-West region." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We know many South-West residents rely on the Australind train service to get to and from Perth, which is why it's so important these services run to time. "As we transition from the old Australind to the new Australind railcars, we are committed to ensuring that the current train continues to provide a reliable service. "We have also introduced a raft of measures to provide more certainty for passengers as we await the delivery of the new train. "This includes the introduction of a new non-stop weekday road coach service which will run every morning and evening between Bunbury and Mandurah. "We've also introduced a new credit system where if the train is delayed for more than an hour, passengers will receive a credit for their next trip." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "As an Australind passenger, I know how frustrating it is if there are difficulties with the train service. "That's why I'm pleased to have worked with the Transport Minister and Transwa to introduce a range of measures to ensure we can enjoy and access the Australind for years to come, including a new non-stop coach service to Mandurah, a credit system when trains are delayed and of course our new Australind railcars." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "The Australind is vital to our region, travelling from our southern to northern boundaries and servicing stops at major communities along the way. "The Australind service supports extended employment and tourism opportunities, while also enabling access to education options that would normally be out of reach for our young people. "The new Australind is a vital step forward in modernising our transport options for the future." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "The Australind is an iconic part of the South-West but has passed its operational life of 30 years, which is why the McGowan Government is getting on with the job of replacing it with Western Australian made railcars. "With the new train expected to be in operation in 2022-23, it will be a key part of our $1.25 billion railcar program." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
New program to support Aboriginal staff to become teachers3952Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8740html23/01/2020 4:33:06 AM2020-01-23T04:30:00Z $3 million pilot program to support current Aboriginal staff at the Department of Education to become school teachers Partnership with Curtin University to offer Bachelor of Education 33 current staff are first participants of the programAboriginal staff working for the Department of Education now have the opportunity to become school teachers as part of a new program with Curtin University. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery was at Curtin University today where the current Department of Education staff members - who are the first participants of the pilot program to study a Bachelor of Education - were completing their three-day orientation. The Bachelor of Education course will be delivered primarily online for the 30 women and three men who will study part-time while continuing to work. These staff members are currently employed by the Department as Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers, or in a range of support roles in primary and secondary schools in rural and remote areas and the metropolitan area. Twenty-one participants are from schools in the Kimberley; six are from schools in the Pilbara; four are from schools in the Mid-West; and there is one participant from a school in the Wheatbelt and one from a school in the South Metropolitan region. The participants had to meet relevant criteria to be accepted into the Bachelor of Education and had to provide endorsement from their school principals to take part. Support will be provided by staff from Curtin University and participants will also have teacher mentors from their schools in addition to online support. Participants are expected to complete the pilot course over a minimum period of five years. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We want our Aboriginal students to be confident and successful learners as well as provide greater opportunities for our Aboriginal school staff. "Therefore, I'm pleased this exciting new program with Curtin University will give staff more options in their education careers. "The 33 participants come from schools all over the State - the Kimberley, Midwest, Pilbara, Wheatbelt and the metropolitan area - and will continue their important work at schools while they study part-time. "Curtin University has a history of supporting Aboriginal students to undertake higher education, and I'm delighted we can work together to increase the number of Aboriginal teachers we have working in our public schools." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "This is an innovative program that will allow Aboriginal Western Australians from across the State to begin their teaching journey. "The majority of these participants are employed as Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers while four are in other important roles - all providing vital support to young Aboriginal students. "They are well placed to undertake further training to become school teachers and this program presents a big opportunity to do so, while maintaining employment as they undertake their study." Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 Aboriginal Affairs Minster's office - 6552 5900
New North Dandalup Station open for Australind passengers3945Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6770html23/01/2020 2:32:24 AM2020-01-23T02:30:00Z $750,000 upgrade of North Dandalup Station now complete Station now accessible to passengers with mobility issues Upgrade saw installation of new raised platform with shelterThe new North Dandalup Station is now open for Australind passengers. Work began last year to upgrade the station's existing low-level platforms to raised platforms, which are now fully compliant with Disability Discrimination Act standards. Two car bays and one ACROD bay, line marking and bollards, new kerbing and bitumen surfaces have also been installed, along with better pedestrian paths. The new raised platform will improve the experience of Transwa passengers travelling on the Australind, which operates daily between Perth and Bunbury. A number of other regional station upgrades - including Cookernup, Yarloop, and Carrabin have also been completed in the past 18 months. The station upgrades represent the McGowan Government's commitment to investing in the regions, and complement the new Australind railcar set being delivered as part of the METRONET railcar procurement. For more information on Transwa services, click here. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Australind service is a local icon which has operated for more than 70 years. "These small local stations provide a vital transport link for people in more isolated parts of the South-West - but due to their age, the infrastructure hasn't kept pace with standards of accessibility. "Investing in projects like this will help make public transport an even more desirable option for all locals, creating a more comfortable, accessible and practical travel option to access the city or neighbouring communities." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "North Dandalup station has needed an upgrade for many years and I am proud to be a part of the McGowan Government who has delivered on this. "The upgraded station will allow more people to access this beautiful part of our State, supporting tourism and local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5500
T20 trophy arrives in Perth ahead of Women’s World Cup3944Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3350html23/01/2020 2:22:49 AM2020-01-23T02:20:00Z ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 Perth trophy tour begins at Kings Park Tour includes Rottnest, City of Perth Skyworks and Scorchers BBL game Perth's T20 Women's matches begin Saturday, February 22 at the WACAThe ultimate prize for the winner of the 2020 International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's T20 World Cup has officially arrived in Western Australia for a highlights tour of Perth. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia showed off the T20 trophy at Kings Park this morning, the first WA location on the national trophy tour, which began at Bondi Beach, Sydney on January 8. The trophy's arrival comes in the lead-up to Perth hosting five group stage matches of the international T20 cricket competition, which are sponsored by the State Government, through Tourism WA. The matches will be played over three days at the iconic WACA Ground, beginning on Saturday, February 22. Joining the Minister in welcoming the trophy to Perth were ICC T20 World Cup Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley, WACA Chief Executive Officer Christina Matthews and former Australian cricketer Zoe Goss. The trophy tour gives the Perth public an opportunity to see the sporting silverware up-close and to join in the excitement surrounding the major women's sporting event. The trophy's next showing will be tomorrow at the BBL Perth Scorchers game at Optus Stadium before heading to Rottnest Island on Saturday, January 25. January 26 will be the final Perth stop for the trophy, where it will be included as part of celebrations at Langley Park for the City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks. The Australia Day trophy event will include cricket activities for all age groups, a DJ and dance performances in the T20 Kids Zone. Perth is the only Western Australian location and the seventh overall on the trophy tour, which will cover 14,000km around Australia, stopping at more than 40 destinations. Nine of the ten international women's cricket teams will be in Perth to compete in the T20 matches including New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, South Africa, the West Indies, Thailand, India, Bangladesh as well as hosts and defending champions, Australia. Tickets to the matches are priced from $5 for children and $20 for adults, giving families and communities the chance to watch world-class cricket at an accessible price. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "I'm delighted to welcome the Women's T20 World Cup trophy to Perth. "It's not long to go now until our city will proudly host the world's best women cricketers competing for this prize, and the tour gives people a chance to be part of the excitement surrounding this great event. "Seeing the trophy up close will encourage people to get along to the games and inspire a new generation of home-grown women's sports stars." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "It's an exciting time for women's sport in Australia, and we've been very proud to support recent blockbuster events such as the Constellation Cup in October and the Fed Cup final in November, where superstar Ash Barty was a big drawcard. "The State Government is a big supporter of women's cricket, and we can't wait to have world's best competing at the iconic WACA Ground in a few weeks' time." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Collie to be home to first-of-its-kind training facility3943Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11670html23/01/2020 2:17:48 AM2020-01-23T02:15:00Z Southern hemisphere's first Caterpillar autonomous technology training facility announced in Collie Facility to attract visitors from all over the world, supporting Collie's economy and creating jobs Hundreds of trainees expected to visit Collie each year to use the facility McGowan Government delivered $2.7 million from the $20 million Collie Futures Fund to help establish the facility New facility expected to create local job and upskilling opportunities, while training operators from across Australian and international mine sites Collie will become home to the southern hemisphere's first Caterpillar autonomous technology training facility, with people from all over the world expected to visit the town to use the facility and support the local economy. Premier Mark McGowan, Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray today announced the McGowan Government has delivered $2.7 million to WesTrac and Bluewaters Farm Holdings to help get the trailblazing initiative off the ground. The initiative is the latest investment in the McGowan Government's $20 million Collie Futures Fund, aimed at diversifying Collie's economy and creating jobs. The facility, located at Coolangatta Industrial Estate, will deliver training courses to technicians and operators of autonomous equipment. It is expected to train approximately 204 students during the first year of operation and is projected to grow to 320 students in its third year, delivering training courses to technicians and operators of autonomous equipment and to support the growth of this technology in mining. The facility will complement Collie's rich history as an industrial hub, by providing a service that will benefit operations around Australia and the world. International mining industry leaders will travel to the South-West town to sample the new technology, supporting local business and Collie's economy. The project will further contribute to the Collie region through expenditure on staff, locally delivered services and accommodation, and local spending associated with trainees and visitors. Having the facility located in Collie will position the town at the forefront of automated heavy vehicle training and has the potential to create a range of opportunities for Collie residents. It is envisioned the facility will attract complementary like-minded businesses and industries to the region. WesTrac is expecting to extend its service offering to the Asia Pacific region. As such the facility is expected to attract local, national and international students and associated industries which will significantly contribute to jobs and the Collie economy. For more information, visit http//www.swdc.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I congratulate WesTrac and Bluewaters Farm Holdings for working with the Government to get this groundbreaking facility off the ground. "People will come from all over the world to utilise this facility - the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the second worldwide for Caterpillar. Crucially, we expect clients to spend time in the town as they undertake their training, supporting local businesses and local jobs. "It will see Collie placed at the forefront of training workers - including local workers in Collie - in new technological skills for large-scale mining operations across the State. "My Government is focused on ensuring Collie's long-term prosperity, by creating sustainable jobs in a strong, diverse local economy. "This is a new industry for Collie and Western Australia that will result in new jobs and training opportunities for local people, while meeting demand from around Australia and overseas." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "When we launched the Collie Futures Fund, we opened the doors to new industry for the purpose of job creation and broadening the economic base - and it is working. "Collie will provide a leading role in training people in the operation and maintenance of autonomous mining equipment. The facility will be used to train operators from across Australian mining operations and also international mine sites. "It will be a vital facility to assist in meeting growing demand for training in autonomous technology, particularly in the resources sector. "The project will create jobs both during construction and when the facility is operational." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "Establishing this world-leading training facility here in Collie, will help create another industry in the town and deliver vital support to our economy. "This isn't about changing what mining looks like in Collie, it's about allowing locals, and people from across the State, to have the opportunity to be trained to work in industries in which there will be high demand in the future. "It will see Collie placed at the forefront of training workers in new technical skills in a rapidly emerging part of the resources industry. "We expect this facility will bring hundreds of people to Collie to undertake training, delivering large flow-on effects to small businesses, such as the hospitality sector. "I congratulate WesTrac and Bluewaters Farm Holdings for coming together to develop this internationally significant project - and look forward to seeing it up and running." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Seven local games and interactive studios awarded International Access Pass to grow local industry4072Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7480html23/01/2020 8:13:23 AM2020-01-22T23:00:00Z Grants of up to $5,000 a person awarded to local games industry innovators to promote skills and products to the world Part of McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund that supports and accelerates new and emerging businesses to create WA jobs Seven local games and interactive industry studios have received State Government grants to promote their products at major tech expos in the United States of America, United Kingdom, China and Melbourne. The International Access Pass program, part of the McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund, creates opportunities for Western Australians to connect with key players and build business networks in the $152 billion global games industry. Grants of up to $5,000 a person are awarded for Western Australians working in games and interactive technologies, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and immersive technologies. The first 2020 recipients to travel are David Gribble and Ian Sloan from Maylands-based firm Arility who will attend this month's Bett ExCeL London education technology show to promote their AR platform which delivers interactive safety lessons to children. David McDonnell from Northbridge firm Last Pixel will leave in March for the South by Southwest expo in Austin, Texas to showcase VR storyboarding, an idea he created for 2019 Netflix feature film I am Mother. The 2020 recipients are Superstar Award for people who offer a great product ready for global production and can deliver business results - Natalie Marinho, Morgan White and David McDonnell; Trailblazer Award for women who inspire other women and girls to develop their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills - Amy Doherty; New Horizon Award for people to apply their technologies in other sectors - Natalie Marinho and David McDonnell; and Teamed Up Awards for a team of two who need to travel together to make their mission succeed - Andrew and Erin West, Ryan Gardner and Fiona Bartholomaeus and David Gribble and Ian Sloan. For more details about the awards, visit http//www.newindustries.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "In 2019 the global games industry was worth $152 billion, to ensure more of that economic opportunity comes to WA, we are supporting our talented local developers. "The International Access Pass program is just one way this Government is delivering on its election commitment to create local jobs and diversify the economy through new and emerging businesses. "It's encouraging to see recipients from the last International Access Pass round making strides in the global interactive industry by engaging with industry heavyweights thanks to this program. "Last year's Teamed Up Award Winners - Nick Lowe and Minh Tran from Perth-based Hungry Sky - received an investment offer to develop their game Nekograms through the connections they made through this program." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New chairperson appointed to lead heritage matters3842Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11020html22/01/2020 7:02:46 AM2020-01-22T07:00:00Z Hon John Cowdell AM appointed Heritage Council of Western Australia chairperson New member, Professor Erika Techera completes Council appointments Board expertise set to complement new Act and support State's commitment to heritage Former President of the Legislative Council of Western Australia and the National Trust of WA, Hon John Cowdell AM has been appointed Chairperson of the Heritage Council of Western Australia. An existing member of the Heritage Council, Mr Cowdell will lead the Council for the next three years, drawing from a long and successful career in State Parliament and his former roles as president and vice president of the National Trust of WA, and director and deputy chairperson of the Australian Council of National Trusts. Professor Erika Techera, an experienced academic specialising in heritage and environmental law, has also been appointed as a new member, further strengthening the gender balance of the board and continuing the significant contribution of the outgoing chairperson, Anne Arnold. With a specialised mix of knowledge, experience and skills in heritage and board disciplines, the Heritage Council advises the State Government on the conservation, protection and promotion of heritage and the hundreds of places listed on the State Register of Heritage Places. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "John brings a wealth of experience and insight into the role of chairperson. He is a long-term ambassador of heritage conservation and an advocate for the importance of heritage to the Western Australian community, as well as having substantial experience in providing leadership of high level government bodies. "I am also pleased to welcome Erika Techera to the Council, and I look forward to working closely with both John and Erika as we continue to preserve our State's past and ensuring our heritage lives on to be celebrated and enjoyed by future generations. "I thank Anne Arnold for her tireless work over 11 years of service on the Heritage Council. Anne has played a key role in achieving great outcomes for our State's varied places of heritage significance and Western Australia is a better place because of her work." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Bushfire recovery plan for western ground parrots3841Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6850html22/01/2020 3:15:23 AM2020-01-22T03:15:00Z Western ground parrots are critically endangered, with less than 150 in the wild Urgent recovery actions planned in response to recent bushfires Emergency recovery efforts are underway to assist Western Australia's rarest bird following recent bushfires. The last remaining wild population of western ground parrots is known to occur in Cape Arid National Park and the adjacent Nuytsland Nature Reserve on the south coast. A bushfire started in Nuytsland Nature Reserve on December 20, 2019 and was contained on January 1, 2020. It burnt through an estimated 49,000 hectares of the reserve and Cape Arid National Park, including approximately 6,000 hectares of known western ground parrot habitat. Priority actions are being undertaken by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), in collaboration with the Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, to protect birds in the remaining habitat from introduced predators, such as foxes and feral cats, and further fire. Immediate actions include additional feral cat baiting under the department's Western Shield wildlife recovery program around core habitat areas to relieve pressure on the species from introduced predators. Additional recovery actions have been identified to secure the ground parrot population and will be planned and implemented in collaboration with partners. These include protection of remaining unburnt habitat, replacement of permanent audio recording units to determine the occupancy and abundance of the parrots, and development of a translocation strategy. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Despite bushfires burning through key western ground parrot habitat, the extent to which these birds were impacted was reduced thanks to the exemplary efforts of career and volunteer firefighters. "DBCA identified early that an immediate response to the fire would be critical to protect the remaining habitat from introduced predators and further fire to ensure the recovery of the species. "Although it is a complex task, DBCA is working closely with volunteers and partners, including the Friends of the Western Ground Parrot and BirdLife Australia, to conserve the small wild population." Minister's office - 6552 5800