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Technological boost for Transperth bus stops7769Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/10/2021 6:43:02 AM2021-10-26T06:40:00Z First smart bus stop now installed on St Georges Terrace, Perth Digital cube will show up-to-the-minute information on bus arrival time First of six smart bus stops in initial rollout, seven more expected by March Smart bus stop will read arrival information to vision impaired commuters Transperth commuters waiting for a bus on St Georges Terrace can now get up-to-the-minute information on how close their next service is thanks to new smart bus stop technology being trialled. Installed outside the City of Perth's Council House, bus stop 10128 is the first of six new information cubes to be upgraded to include a digital display. Each InfoCube will continue to show printed details about which routes use the bus stop and timetable information, but will now also incorporate a digital display that uses GPS tracking technology installed on the bus to show real time arrival information for all services using the stop - updated every 15 seconds. The digital display can also be used to display real-time messages on any unexpected delays encountered due to issues like unusual levels of traffic congestion and road works. Vision impaired commuters will also be able to push a button - outlined in braille - to have the arrival information read to them. Each smart bus stop has a low power requirement and will be connected to solar power where possible, providing its own independent power supply. The new displays will be installed in high-traffic locations around the CBD. The first digital bus stop display was developed and funded by the PTA and the next six stops will be funded by the City of Perth. The Public Transport Authority are developing a similar trial for the upgrade of the Perth CAT bus service stops, which will see a further seven digital displays installed on the Perth CAT bus routes in early 2022. A wider planned rollout of the technology will be considered subject to the results of the trials. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is an exciting digital upgrade to our bus stop infrastructure, which will now provide real-time updates of bus arrival times on regular timetabled bus services, something Perth CAT bus service and train users have enjoyed for many years. "This type of technological upgrade is also an important step forward in having more inclusive infrastructure that is usable and accessible by those who are vision impaired. "The addition of these bus stops represents an exciting improvement for Transperth bus patrons, so that they know exactly when the next service is arriving." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Green energy powering up WA schools7768Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/10/2021 5:06:56 AM2021-10-26T05:00:00Z Virtual Power Plant batteries installed at 10 schools throughout WA Commercial battery unveiled at Rossmoyne Senior High School today McGowan Government's commitment to Synergy Schools VPP totals $8.8 million Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today officially launched Perth's first Virtual Power Plant (VPP) with the unveiling of a commercial-sized battery at Rossmoyne Senior High School. Rossmoyne, one of the first 10 schools chosen for the project, will soon use the lithium-ion battery to store energy as part of Synergy's Schools VPP pilot program. A VPP is a network of energy resources such as rooftop solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles that are combined or 'aggregated' and shared with an energy retailer, such as Synergy. The program is testing how a VPP can help a school better understand and manage its energy use, as well as improve the stability and reliability of the electricity grid. A science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning component of the program focuses on educating students about the VPP and developing an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for WA's energy future. The Schools VPP pilot was expanded in August to include an additional six schools in Geraldton and Kalgoorlie and brings the State Government's total investment in the project to $8.8 million. This initiative is part of the State Government's Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap, transitioning towards a renewable energy future. For more information, visit https//www.synergy.net.au/Our-energy/For-tomorrow/Schools-VPP-Pilot-Project Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "There is an energy transformation occurring in Western Australia and my Government is investing in the emerging minds of our green energy future through the Schools VPP pilot project. "The Schools VPP pilot is a step towards storing and distributing renewable energy at a local level. "The Schools VPP pilot provides the chance for our State to shape future energy sustainability for schools, the community and the main electricity grid." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The Schools VPP pilot will empower Western Australian students to learn more about science and new technologies. "Students of today will develop skills through this program that will enable them to thrive in the workforce of the future." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "As WA's energy industry evolves, we are presented with an opportunity to deliver more sustainable and affordable energy solutions for our local schools. "This initiative is part of the McGowan Government's Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap, transitioning towards a green, clean energy future." Comments attributed to Riverton MLA Dr Jagadish (Jags) Krishnan "It's an exciting day for the Riverton community, with Rossmoyne Senior High School one of the first schools in WA to become a Virtual Power Plant. "The pilot program will help the school reduce its electricity bills and also provide a great teaching experience for the students." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700 ​
New lease of life for Fremantle lodging house7767Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/10/2021 3:02:56 AM2021-10-26T03:00:00Z St Patrick's Community Support Centre take over management of 100 Hampton Road 100 Hampton Road provides vital accommodation to low-income earners in the Fremantle area St Pats will take over management from Foundation Housing at the end of the year The State Government has announced that St Patrick's Community Support Centre (St Pat's) will take over property and tenancy management at a key Fremantle lodging house under a new five-year lease agreement with the Department of Communities. The lodging house located at 100 Hampton Road in Fremantle provides accommodation to low-income earners and people who may otherwise be at risk of homelessness. St Pat's will take over management of the complex from Foundation Housing, a community housing organisation that has managed it since 2009. As a registered community housing organisation managing 140 tenancies, St Pat's has extensive experience in managing lodging house accommodation in the South Metropolitan Region, and is a specialist homelessness provider delivering a range of support services to vulnerable Western Australians - often in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs). St Pat's already has experience working at 100 Hampton Road, having managed and supported the tenancy of 20 additional occupants that have been accommodated under a sublease arrangement with Foundation Housing on the site. The Department of Communities will work with Foundation Housing and St Pat's to ensure a smooth transition of the management of the complex. The Hampton Road facility was built in the 1960's as nurses' quarters for the Health Department and was purchased by Communities in 2008 for $15.5 million. As well as single and double rooms, the complex provides several communal facilities, including a commercial kitchen. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "100 Hampton Road has long been a critical facility providing short term accommodation to people on low incomes in the Fremantle region. It's fantastic to see St Pat's taking over management of the complex. "St Pat's have extensive experience and managing community housing. They already provide management and tenancy support to around 20 occupants at 100 Hampton Road, so I am very confident it will be a smooth transition and will provide positive outcomes for residents moving forward. "I would also like to thank Foundation Housing for the fantastic job they've done of managing the facility on the Government's behalf for the past 14 years." Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in our communities. "The complex at 100 Hampton Road Fremantle has been providing a vital service to people on low incomes who might otherwise find themselves homeless and sleeping rough, and this new lease agreement ensures that the lodging house continues to support this vulnerable group with safe accommodation. "St Pat's has an excellent track record of providing homelessness supports in the Fremantle area, so I am thrilled that they have come on board to manage 100 Hampton Road for the next five years." Housing Minister's office - 6552 5300 Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Joint media statement - $2 million now available to restore heritage places damaged by severe tropical cyclone Seroja7766Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/10/2021 12:05:13 AM2021-10-25T22:05:00Z ​Applications are now open for a $2 million heritage grants program to help with the clean-up and restoration of heritage assets damaged by Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja. The Cultural and Heritage Asset Clean-Up and Repair Grant Program is part of a $104.5 million Federal-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements package to assist with clean-up, repairs and resilience works at heritage buildings and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said this funding will greatly assist in restoring the cultural and historical legacy of many places of significance that were damaged in the region. "Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja caused widespread devastation across Western Australia's Mid-West region earlier this year, significantly damaging places of cultural and heritage significance in affected areas," Minister McKenzie said. "Cleaning up and restoring heritage places will help conserve cultural, local and state history, as well as support tourism to the region, helping to bring these communities back to full operating capacity. "The Australian Government will continue to work alongside the Western Australian Government and affected communities to assist in their ongoing recovery and, where possible, to also further strengthen those communities to be able to better withstand future natural disasters." Western Australian Minister for Heritage, the Hon David Templeman said the grants can be used to assist with the cost of cleaning up cyclone debris and reconstruction of damaged heritage structures, and works to increase the resilience of a heritage place against future natural hazards. "It's been six months since Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja struck the Mid-West and the process to rebuild and repair the devastation is ongoing as works are assessed and co-ordinated," Minister Templeman said. "The Cultural and Heritage Asset Clean-Up and Repair Grant Program is a genuine opportunity for eligible property owners and operators to defray some of their costs and help subsidise restoration works and conserve the historical significance of the heritage places. "Rebuilding will take time and I encourage eligible owners and operators of heritage and cultural places to use these grants to help related businesses and tourism in the region reopen." Owners or operators of heritage and Aboriginal cultural heritage places impacted by the cyclone which struck Western Australia's Mid-West region in April can apply for reimbursement grants of up to $20,000. Eligibility and application details for the Cultural and Heritage Asset Clean-up and Repair Grant Program are available online at www.emergency.wa.gov.au/recovery. Works must be completed by June 2023 and claims can be lodged until July 2023. Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au WA Heritage Minister's office - 6552 5400
Joint media statement - Cyclone-impacted small businesses in WA get help to rebuild7765Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/10/2021 11:56:46 PM2021-10-25T22:00:00Z Western Australian small businesses directly impacted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja can now access grants of up to $25,000 to help with clean up and reinstatement costs to resume operations. The Small Business Recovery Grants are jointly funded by the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said the small business grants will support continued recovery efforts for disaster-affected communities in 16 local government areas. "These grants, which are part of the largest recovery commitment package in Western Australia's history, are a lifeline to those hard-working small business owners, giving them the boost they need to get back up and running so that they can continue to support their local communities," Minister McKenzie said. "Getting small businesses back on their feet and operating again is essential to the recovery of the communities that faced significant destruction from Cyclone Seroja." WA Minister for Small Business and Emergency Services, Reece Whitby, said that financial assistance to small businesses was an essential step in rebuilding cyclone-hit communities. "Many local businesses sustained significant damage and cost impacts from cleaning up cyclone-related debris, repairing premises, or replacing tools and stock - not all of which were covered by insurance." "We recognise that these businesses, that are at the heart of their communities, need support to meet these costs and get up and running again." The grants are being administered by the Small Business Development Corporation and can assist with the following eligible costs materials and additional labour costs to undertake clean-up carting away and disposing of damaged goods and material payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections essential repairs to premises and internal fittings purchase or lease costs for equipment essential for the immediate resumption of operations leasing of temporary premises, and replacement of stock which is essential for the immediate resumption of operations. The Small Business Recovery Grants are in addition to the earlier Small Business Cyclone Seroja Grant Scheme managed by the Small Business Development Corporation. Eligible businesses may also apply for the Small Business Recovery Grant. Applications are now open online at www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/seroja Small Business and Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Vaccine milestone for regional WA as 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines administered7764Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8090html26/10/2021 7:02:48 AM2021-10-25T09:30:00Z WA Country Health Service administers 200,000 vaccines to country communities Mass vaccination clinics across regional Western Australia are helping boost vaccination rates It's never been more accessible to get a COVID-19 vaccine Country residents are encouraged to visit their nearest clinic and roll up to help protect their communities against the virus The WA Country Health Service (WACHS) has administered over 200,000 vaccines to residents of rural and regional Western Australia. From Kalumburu in the State's far north to Albany in its south, clinicians are delivering the vaccine across an area spanning some 2.5 million square kilometres. The McGowan Government has been working with resource companies, industry and the Commonwealth Government to make the vaccine easier to access in regional towns. State-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics now operate across more than 100 locations, in addition to pop-up clinics being run across the State. The emergence of these pop-up mass vaccination clinics is boosting vaccination rates in regional Western Australia - allowing country residents to walk-in to receive the vaccine at a time and place that suits their needs. WACHS has also been working with Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) and Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to ensure even the most remote communities are protected against COVID-19. To date, more than 280,000 country residents have been vaccinated by all providers, representing 67 per cent of the regional population. A full list of regional COVID-19 vaccination clinics is available on the HealthyWA website. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "It's been great to see our country residents rolling up their sleeves. I applaud their commitment to keeping their communities safe and protected from COVID-19. "I commend the WA Country Health Service for reaching this significant milestone. In particular, the efforts to ensure our most vulnerable communities are given vaccine information and the opportunity to get vaccinated. "I also acknowledge the role of country GPs and pharmacists in regional WA. "The success of vaccination clinics across the State is making it easier than ever before for our country communities to access a COVID-19 vaccination close to home. "Let's keep the momentum going. COVID-19 vaccines are available to everybody aged 12 and over and I encourage all eligible country residents to visit their nearest vaccination clinic." Health Minister's office - 6552 6500​
Safe quarantine-free travel from QLD starts 12.01am Wednesday7763Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8200html25/10/2021 9:07:36 AM2021-10-25T09:00:00Z From 12.01am Wednesday (October 27) Queensland is set to transition to 'very low risk' category Chief Health Officer has reviewed border controls after the reclassification was paused late last week following a new case in QLD Monitoring of COVID-19 situation in Queensland to continue and border controls will strengthen quickly, if necessary Cautious and careful approach, based on latest health advice, keeps WA safe From Wednesday, quarantine-free travel will be permitted from Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland Following the latest public health advice, Western Australia's controlled interstate border is set to be safely adjusted, pending no further outbreaks, with quarantine-free travel from Queensland to be permitted from 12.01am Wednesday, October 27. For almost two months travel has been allowed from QLD without approval, but 14 days of self-quarantine has been required. After a short pause in the reclassification of the QLD border last week, the Acting Chief Health Officer has advised from 12.01am Wednesday (27 October) Queensland will safely transition from 'low risk' to 'very low risk'. Under the 'very low risk' settings, safe travel is permitted into WA subject to the following conditions completion of a G2G Pass declaration before travel, stipulating the traveller does not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions they have visited in the previous 14 days; all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening; travellers to be prepared to take a COVID-19 test, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing also available); and land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked. The Australia Capital Territory is a 'medium risk' jurisdiction, while Victoria and New South Wales are both classified as 'extreme risk' jurisdictions. More information on WA's controlled borders is available at https//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australia's border controls are safe and sensible, allowing WA to remain open without importing the virus from high-risk locations like New South Wales and Victoria. "With the inclusion of Queensland as a 'very low risk' jurisdiction about 10 million Australians are free to come and go from WA, quarantine-free. "As a priority, I ask those Western Australians who haven't yet been vaccinated to do so immediately, to protect yourself, your family and the rest of the community from this dangerous virus." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "WA has a controlled border in place on health advice to protect the health of Western Australians. "Late last week we paused the reclassification of the border when a new case emerged in QLD. "The Acting Chief Health Officer has advised the border controls can safely transition to 'very low risk' from Wednesday, pending no new cases. "WA's border controls with ACT, NSW and Victoria remain in place." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500​
New ideas to grow the Goldfields-Esperance workforce7762Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6330html25/10/2021 3:16:12 AM2021-10-25T03:15:00Z Regional Skills Summit being held in Kalgoorlie today More than 40 business leaders, peak bodies, unions and training representatives attending State Government supporting unique workforce development needs of regional WA Low fee course enrolments up by 26 per cent in Goldfields-Esperance The McGowan Government will today hear from Goldfields-Esperance business leaders about new ideas and opportunities to grow the local skilled workforce at a regional skills summit in Kalgoorlie. Insights from the Kalgoorlie Goldfields-Esperance Regional Skills Summit will form the basis of a local action plan to address changing workforce needs in the region, with a focus on local solutions for local issues. More than 40 government and regional business leaders are attending from a range of sectors including healthcare and social assistance, education and training, accommodation and food services, public administration and safety, construction and retail. Recognising the importance of training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the McGowan Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State. Goldfields-Esperance locals are snapping up affordable training opportunities offered through the State Government's Lower fees, local skills (LFLS) initiative, with a 26 per cent increase in LFLS enrolments in the region this year. Employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Goldfields-Esperance region in 2021, with commencements up by more than 80 per cent in the 12 months to July 31, 2021. The McGowan Government recently expanded the LFLS program by a further 30 courses, to now include a total of 210 courses with heavily reduced course fees in priority industry areas including train driving, veterinary nursing, crane operations, surveying, laboratory technology, wool classing, hospitality management and others. Workers in industries which have a critical need to upskill workers - including childcare, aged and disability care, and civil construction - will be able to access low fee existing worker traineeship places to help meet the skills needs of these sectors. The new initiatives respond to workforce issues raised by industry leaders at the Perth and regional skills summits held to date, and are jointly funded through a $103.5 million agreement between the State and Commonwealth governments under the expanded JobTrainer Fund agreement. Other initiatives progressing from the Perth Skills Summit include attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA; supporting mature age apprentices; promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce; extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive; freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions; and boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities. The State Government is also providing support for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver's licence; progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA; has smoothed the pipeline of construction work; and is running a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits, including the one being held today. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Training Western Australians to fill jobs in demand is the centrepiece of our State's economic recovery and maintaining a strong and sustainable workforce in the Goldfields-Esperance region is pivotal to our continuing success. "The Kalgoorlie Goldfields-Esperance Regional Skills Summit is an opportunity for regional business leaders to work in partnership with government to progress new or innovative ideas to meet the region's unique skills needs." Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for Education and Training Terry Healy "Through our Skills Summits, we are listening to industry and implementing initiatives to address their workforce needs. "Our Government is keen to hear what practical actions can be taken in the Goldfields-Esperance region to help fill local jobs." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "It's fantastic to have one of the Skills Summits being held here in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. "The Goldfields is one of the strong engine houses of the WA economy and we want to make sure that we are at the forefront in developing a plan to strengthen the region for the future. "Having also just started construction on the Kalgoorlie TAFE upgrade there are a number of exciting initiatives underway to increase the capability of our local workforce." Minister's office - 6552 5700
One-off payment to support rangelands biosecurity groups7761Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5620html25/10/2021 2:16:17 AM2021-10-25T02:05:00Z Ex-gratia payment to support critical work of five rangelands Recognised Biosecurity Groups Payment to fill shortfall in declared pest rate funding following review of pastoral lease rents The McGowan Government will provide just over $1 million to five rangelands Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) to fill a funding shortfall and ensure their critical work can continue this year. The five RBGs had determined a program of works to be supported by funds raised through a declared pest rate and matched by the State Government for the current financial year. The declared pest rate is based on unimproved land value linked to pastoral lease rents, however, a substantial number of pastoralists objected to an increase in their lease rate - objections which the Valuer-General upheld. This reduced the anticipated declared pest rate funds raised from industry, leaving a funding shortfall for important biosecurity works undertaken by the RBGs. The McGowan Government has agreed to provide a one-off ex-gratia payment of $1,090,000 to fill this shortfall. The State Government is currently undertaking a review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), which will include examining the operation of the declared pest rate system. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Recognised Biosecurity Groups play an absolutely essential role in keeping feral animals and pest plants under control across our State. "While the system is based on a 50-50 split of funding between the State Government and the landholders, the decision of some pastoralists to appeal their rental rates meant the operations of the RBGs in the coming year was at risk without additional government funding. "This special payment will mean the government contribution remains unaltered, even though it has not been matched by industry. "It is important that we do not see a repeat of this situation in future years - an issue which will be considered as part of the BAM Act review." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Record year for endangered western swamp tortoise conservation7760Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5640html25/10/2021 2:05:05 AM2021-10-25T02:00:00Z Record breeding year for western swamp tortoise at Perth Zoo 65 hatchlings successfully bred in collaboration with DBCA 73 western swamp tortoises released to the wild One of the world's most critically endangered reptiles has received a boost to its population thanks to a record breeding year and new releases to the wild. This season, 65 western swamp tortoises were successfully bred at Perth Zoo, and a further 73 older zoo-bred animals have been released into the wild. Two groups of tortoises were released into habitat in the State's South-West in the hope of developing a new self-sustaining wild population. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and researchers from the University of Western Australia's School of Biological Sciences released 16 tortoises east of Augusta and a further 57 into a swamp at nearby Scott National Park. Forty-eight tortoises were fitted with radio transmitters and data loggers to allow scientists from the University of Western Australia to continue to track the animals' movements and collect valuable data on the outcomes of the release. This translocation effort follows a pilot program conducted in 2016 and 2018 in the South-West to determine whether these types of habitats were suitable for the species and could provide a solution to the effects of climate change on the swamp tortoises' natural habitat near Perth. These habitats are protected and managed for biodiversity conservation and are included in DBCA's Western Shield program, which conducts routine fox control to protect vulnerable native wildlife like the western swamp tortoise from the threat of predation. Foxes remain a key threat to our native wildlife. Western Shield is actively reducing the impact of foxes and feral cats on WA's native animals, with a particular focus on threatened species. These new habitats could complement areas of remnant bushland north of Perth which continue to provide critical habitat for the survival of the western swamp tortoise through Ellenbrook and Twin Swamp nature reserves. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "This record year is a milestone worth celebrating for the western swamp tortoise conservation efforts and is a testament to the hard work of the staff at DBCA, Perth Zoo and all scientific researchers and volunteers involved. "It's wonderful to watch this collaborative breed-for-release program become more successful each year as it works to safeguard this rare and unique West Australian species. "I look forward to hearing how the tortoises go now that they are released into the new safe habitat east of Augusta and in Scott National Park." Minister's office - 6552 5900 ​
WA to become global clean energy powerhouse7751Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements42810html25/10/2021 12:48:29 AM2021-10-25T00:30:00Z Woodside to establish a hydrogen and ammonia production facility in Kwinana The facility will provide clean energy to meet growing global demand More than 2,000 construction jobs and over 200 operational roles to be created Western Australia will be home to one of the world's largest clean energy production facilities with Woodside today unveiling plans to establish a global-scale hydrogen and ammonia production facility in Kwinana. The first phase of the facility, dubbed H2Perth, will include more than $1 billion in capital expenditure. H2Perth will be built on around 130 hectares of industrial land commercially leased from the WA Government in DevelopmentWA's Kwinana and Rockingham Strategic Industrial areas, subject to all necessary approvals. Construction is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs. Once operational, it is estimated the facility will support more than 200 ongoing local jobs. Developed to supply lower cost hydrogen to domestic markets, H2Perth will directly contribute to WA's renewable energy future. Woodside's project will be carbon neutral through a combination of green power and offsets. Woodside's plans align with a number of WA Government initiatives, including the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap, the Diversify WA Economic Development Framework, the WA Recovery Plan and the development of the Western Trade Coast. In the 2021-22 State Budget, the McGowan Government committed an additional $61.5 million to boost WA's renewable hydrogen industry. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The H2Perth facility is a great example of the type of renewable energy projects we want to bring to Western Australia. "Woodside will fully fund the construction and operation of this project to create one of the world's largest clean energy production facilities. "My Government will support the project by leasing Woodside approximately 130 hectares of vacant industrial land in the Kwinana and Rockingham Strategic Industrial Areas. "Making hydrogen more affordable will accelerate the uptake of clean energy, and help our State move towards a renewable energy future and net zero by 2050. "This project will boost manufacturing in the south metropolitan region and create thousands of local jobs within the construction, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors." Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "Not only will Woodside's new facility create more jobs for Western Australians, H2Perth will help revolutionise energy consumption in our State. "The project is laying the foundation for the production of renewable hydrogen in Western Australia, and will contribute significantly to diversifying the State's economy. "This is yet another economic shot in the arm for Kwinana, which continues to be a sought after centre for business development and job opportunities." Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan "It is fantastic to see a major Western Australian company like Woodside investing in hydrogen here in WA. "The scale of this project will help secure the local manufacture of critical components, and will underpin an expansion of renewable energy on the South West Interconnected System. "We have more than 30 hydrogen project proposals on the table here in Western Australia, and we are proud to have worked with Woodside to deliver one of the world's first major clean hydrogen production facilities in WA." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Tony Buti "This announcement from Woodside is a clear example of how the WA Government can use strategic industrial areas in the State to fuel our renewable energy future. "The McGowan Government is also finalising amendments to the Land Administration Act 1997, which will offer new opportunities through land tenure outcomes for the hydrogen industry throughout WA." Premier's office - 6552 5000State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister's office - 6552 6500Hydrogen Industry Minister's office - 6552 6200Land's Minister's office - 6552 6400
Children’s Week kicks off with family fun day at Whiteman Park7746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5000html24/10/2021 2:22:59 AM2021-10-23T16:00:00Z ​ Community Services Minister Simone McGurk officially opens Children's Week at family fun day in Whiteman Park 2021 Children's Week theme focuses on strengthening children's sense of belonging and re-establishing connection with family, community and country Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has officially launched Children's Week, which runs from October 23 to 31, while enjoying the festivities on offer today at the Family Fun Day at Whiteman Park. The free annual event attracts more than 5,000 people each year and combines music, food stalls, child-focused activities and an animal farm where kids can interact with cute and cuddly animals. Children's Week is an opportunity for the community to engage in a variety of family-friendly activities that facilitate, support and encourage children and their families to play, learn and grow together. In Western Australia, Children's Week is convened by not-for-profit group Meerilinga and is sponsored by the Department of Communities. In 2021, the Children's Week theme is focused on strengthening children's sense of belonging and re-establishing connection with family, community and country. The State Government supports a range of initiatives that promote better outcomes for children in WA. Earlier this month, the McGowan Government passed the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2021, which included changes to legislation supporting closer working relationships between the State Government and Aboriginal people, organisations and communities to build stronger connection to family, culture and Country for Aboriginal children in care. The Department of Communities' Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) recently commenced a digital advertising campaign to raise awareness about Working With Children Checks and encourage compliance for individuals advertising tuition services through online platforms such as Gumtree. The proactive campaign will next month shift focus to target babysitting and child-minding services. For more information on Children's Week or to find an event near you, visit the campaign website. Comments attributed to Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Children's Week is an important campaign that champions the rights for all children to be able to enjoy a full, happy and safe childhood. "When we invest in children, we invest in our future. By enhancing children's sense of belonging and connection, we help establish happier and more productive communities. "Meerilinga has a long history of putting children's needs first and raising the status of children in Western Australia, and the Department of Communities is a proud sponsor of Children's Week. "The McGowan Government is committed to keeping children safe and supporting initiatives that help them to flourish."
More COVID-19 vaccination clinics popping up across WA7748Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15330html24/10/2021 3:35:51 AM2021-10-23T16:00:00Z ​ State Government and Wesfarmers partner to establish COVID-19 pop-up clinics Several clinics to be rolled out at Bunnings stores across WA Clinics will operate from the weekend of November 6-7 New State-run clinics across WA communities to open from the end of the month Carramar, Mandurah, Ellenbrook and Canning Vale next new clinics to pop-up Launch of Roll Up for WA bus to support vaccination roll-out All vaccines administered by WA Health staff The McGowan Government and Wesfarmers have partnered on a new initiative to increase vaccinations across Western Australia. The pop-up Bunnings clinics will each provide up to 250 vaccinations per day, for people to drop in without an appointment. A new State-run community vaccination clinic will also open tomorrow (October 25) at Carramar Village Shopping Centre, giving residents in Perth's northern suburbs another opportunity to get vaccinated. Opening times are 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9am to 7pm on Thursday; and 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday. The clinic will initially provide around 2,000 vaccinations each week but will increase depending on demand. Additional clinics are being planned for Mandurah, Ellenbrook and Canning Vale and are expected to open from early November. Community vaccination clinics are now open at Armadale Central Shopping Centre, The Square Mirrabooka, Centrepoint Midland Shopping Centre, Claremont Showgrounds, Kwinana Supa Centre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City. WA Health State COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in more than 100 locations across WA, with sites listed on the HealthyWA website (click on COVID-19), and people can attend any State-run clinic without an appointment. The State-run clinics are in addition to the participating GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics, which are managed by the Commonwealth, to provide COVID-19 vaccines across Western Australia. WA's vaccination program will also get a shot in the arm with the launch of a new Roll Up for WA bus - a joint effort between WA Health and WA Police to further support the roll-out. The Roll Up for WA bus, along with two additional police vehicles, will be deployed across WA to ensure vaccination equipment and staff can be easily transported to new pop-up clinic locations. All Western Australians aged 12 years and above are urged to visit www.rollup.wa.gov.au to register and book their vaccination appointments as soon as possible. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians love Bunnings and now access to a COVID-19 jab is as easy as getting an item for a DIY project. "Everyone aged 12 years and over can now get the COVID-19 vaccine - and that includes the DIY enthusiasts, tradies and casual shoppers visiting selected Bunnings stores. "We're extending access to the vaccine by going out into the community where Western Australians live and work - and bringing the vaccine to them. "The new clinics set to open in Carramar, Mandurah, Ellenbrook and Canning Vale, in addition to the hundreds of pop-up clinics across regional areas, will make getting a COVID-19 vaccine easier for Western Australians. "Now is the time to get vaccinated - we finally have the supply, we have the capacity, and we want people to come and get vaccinated now. "If you haven't yet been vaccinated, I urge you to please drop in and get the jab." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "In the past couple of weeks we've opened new vaccination clinics in Mirrabooka, Armadale and now Carramar, with clinics in Ellenbrook and Mandurah planned to open in coming weeks. "I urge everyone who lives or works near the new State-run clinics to make the most of this opportunity and get vaccinated as soon as possible. "Bookings are preferred and will be prioritised but you can still attend any State-run clinic without an appointment." Comments attributed to Vaccine Commander Chris Dawson "Thanks to the new Roll Up for WA bus, we can continue to take vaccination opportunities into the community. "WA Police has provided a repurposed bus as well as additional police vehicles which will be available to support pop-up clinics throughout WA. "We'd like to thank Wesfarmers and Bunnings for their support and assistance by offering more locations across WA for people in the community to get vaccinated. "Remember, it takes up to five weeks for your body to build up immunity once you've had your first dose, so don't wait until the Delta strain hits WA. Get vaccinated now." Comments attributed to Wesfarmers Managing Director Rob Scott "Wesfarmers and Bunnings welcome the opportunity to help with the rollout of pop-up vaccination clinics across WA. "We hope it makes accessing vaccination as easy and convenient as picking up an item for a weekend DIY project. "We've always tried to play an active role supporting local communities so facilitating efforts to help accelerate the vaccine rollout in WA just makes sense."
Perth helps choose name for Zoo’s female giraffe calf7745Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9990html23/10/2021 6:04:18 AM2021-10-23T02:30:00Z Perth Zoo's female giraffe calf has been named Zahara meaning blossom or blooming flower in Swahili Name chosen from 14,000 entries submitted via a public competition Perth Zoo's female giraffe calf has been named Zahara which means blossom or blooming flower. The name is Swahili and was chosen from more than 14,000 entries submitted via a public naming competition. When older, being a female, Zahara will play a vital role in the regional breeding program which aims to advocate and educate about declining wild giraffe populations. Zahara was quickly followed by the birth of a male calf, born to first time mother, Ellie. This is the first time Perth Zoo has had two giraffe calves at the same time. The winner of the competition will get to meet the zookeepers and go behind the scenes to meet the female calf that they have helped name. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians certainly stretched themselves and provided a name for the female giraffe calf that is head and shoulders above the rest. "I am delighted to announce the name of Perth Zoo's female giraffe calf is Zahara. "The name was chosen from thousands of entries submitted via a competition which gave the community the opportunity to celebrate this birth and the important conservation role played by our local zoo. "The birth of Zahara is the culmination of a lot of hard work and collaboration with other regional zoos and Perth Zoo has outdone themselves, welcoming not one but two giraffe calves into the world this year." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Thank you to everyone who took part in the naming competition for Perth Zoo's newest female giraffe. "The response was overwhelming and shows just how special these majestic animals are. "The Swahili name will help Zoo visitors gain a greater appreciation of the species' origin and the calf's importance as an ambassador for her wild cousins. "I encourage everyone to come to Perth Zoo and help us celebrate this new arrival. It is a very special time at our State zoo." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900
Significant reforms to protect the environment and streamline assessment process7739Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16520html22/10/2021 5:07:22 AM2021-10-22T05:05:00Z Changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to improve assessment and regulatory processes come into effect today Start of the second of three main stages to modernise WA's environmental protection legislation The McGowan Government is implementing the most significant reform of Western Australia's environmental legislation in more than 30 years. The Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020 received Royal Assent on November 19, 2020 and is being introduced in three main stages. The second stage was completed today with the proclamation of some important changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986. These changes streamline the environmental impact assessment process and improve the pathway for regulation of native vegetation. The changes also facilitate the implementation of bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth for environmental impact assessment and clearing of native vegetation. Supporting regulations, guidance and procedures have been developed in consultation with stakeholders. The third stage of this reform will include amendments to implement the new 'prescribed activity' licensing regime, allow for the implementation of environmental monitoring programmes and provide for the management of offset funds. More information about the Environmental Protection Act amendments is available online https//www.wa.gov.au/service/environment/business-and-community-assistance/amendments-the-environmental-protection-act-1986 Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The McGowan Government is working with industry and the community to implement the most significant improvements to Western Australia's environmental protection legislation in more than 30 years. "The changes that come into effect today streamline and improve the efficiency of regulatory processes, supporting sustainable development while ensuring protection of our precious environment for the benefit of future generations of Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Collie’s main street facades revitalised amidst tourism boom7737Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11620html22/10/2021 5:00:55 AM2021-10-22T05:00:00Z Historic facades upgraded to improve main street and entry pathway for tourists Record-breaking numbers of tourists visit Collie since major attractions opened Wellington Dam mural, Lake Kepwari, trails networks and other McGowan Government initiatives driving tourism boom Collie's main entrance street has been given a facelift with the revitalisation and repair of historic facades, as statistics show the McGowan Government's tourism investment is driving an unprecedented tourism boom in the South-West town. Premier Mark McGowan today officially opened the Throssell Street revitalisation works, which feature nostalgic elements including bullnose verandas, ornate detailing and hand-painted signwriting. The project has upgraded 11 buildings and was funded with $1.1 million from the McGowan Government's Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund and contributions from local businesses. The upgraded streetscape will improve the tourism experience, encourage visitors to visit local businesses, and increase the town's attractiveness to prospective investors considering starting operations in Collie. The work was carried out by local Collie-based contractor JILA Riley and South-West business Challis Builders. Collie tourism has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, with monthly visitors to the Collie Visitor Centre between March and September this year increasing 77 per cent since pre-pandemic levels. Last month 2,699 people checked in at the Collie Visitor Centre, compared to 1,126 people in September 2019 - a 140 per cent increase. Since 2017, the McGowan Government has invested millions of dollars in projects to grow tourism in the historic mining town - including the Wellington Dam Mural and mural trail, Lake Kepwari and the Arklow mountain bike trails, among others. The work is part of the McGowan Government's Collie's Just Transition Plan, which supports a diversification of new industries in the town. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Throssell Street upgrades provide yet another piece of the puzzle in Collie's remarkable transition into a genuine tourism location in the South-West. "The historic feel of the street will be further encouragement for visitors to park the car and spend time walking around town during their trip to the murals, lakes, forests and trails. "This restored streetscape gives Collie a nostalgic feeling of stepping back in time, as it steps forward into its growing tourism industry, which is one of a number of new industries taking off in Collie. "The record-breaking numbers of tourists visiting Collie is proof that my Government's investment into Collie to diversify the local economy is working with terrific results in a few short years. "I look forward to watching Collie continue to welcome more new industries in the coming months and years." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "It has been wonderful to see Throssell Street transforming before our eyes. "Every day has brought something new to the streetscape - from verandas being unveiled to hand-painted signwriting in progress. "The revitalisation of Throssell Street has generated a sense of excitement and pride in the precinct. It's heritage renewal at its best and is appreciated by visitors and locals alike." Premier's office - 6552 5000
$13.4 million Collie emergency services hub unveiled7736Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12560html22/10/2021 4:33:17 AM2021-10-22T04:30:00Z Multipurpose Koolinup Emergency Services Centre officially opened Facility will serve as an Incident Control Centre to manage major emergencies in the South-West Twelve Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) staff will be based at the Collie complex Collie is the new home of a $13.4 million emergency services facility that will manage complex emergencies in the South-West and create jobs and bring visitors to the area. The Koolinup Emergency Services Centre (ESC) will be a base for an emergency driving training school for DFES staff and emergency service volunteers - to support the State's high-season firefighting vehicle fleet. The multipurpose facility will also function as the State's first regionally based Level 3 Incident Control Centre during major emergencies, including bushfires, in the South-West. Construction of the centre created 130 jobs in the region, with the contract awarded to Bunbury-based construction company Perkins Builders, which also sourced about 70 per cent of the building materials, contractors and supply chains from Collie and South-West based businesses. Koolinup ESC underpins the State Government's investment in Collie's transformation into an emergency services vehicle manufacturing hub. Frontline Fire & Rescue Service is soon to open a state-of-the-art facility opposite Koolinup ESC to manufacture a new generation of modern firefighting appliances - awarded contracts valued at $125 million. This is in addition to a $47.5 million contract awarded to WA-based Technifire to build up to 300 new firefighting vehicles, with Collie fabricator Piavanini Welding to complete 40 per cent of the work on the body assembly. Also located in the Collie Light Industrial Area is South West Fire, which is contracted to provide repairs and maintenance on DFES' high-fire season fleet. This fleet is moved across the State to support local firefighters for their respective fire seasons. The name Koolinup is deeply rooted to the history of the area, meaning 'place to swim' in the Wilman dialect of the Bibbulmun Nation. The town of Collie has traditionally been a significant swimming, camping and food gathering area for the local people of the Beeliargu Wilman tribe. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Collie is a vibrant and connected community with a proud history of powering Western Australia, and I look forward to seeing the benefits of a diversified economy as the State Government continues to invest in projects and services. "The State Government is committed to supporting Collie's transition away from emissions-intensive industries and this new facility is an important chapter in our plan to creating a strong future for the town. "This is an important milestone for Collie and for the State, and I would like to thank the community, local government and businesses for their support." Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby "This centre will provide a massive boost to emergency services in the South-West. The Level 3 Incident Control Centre is the first of its kind in regional WA, bringing together aviation and logistics so large incidents can be managed in Collie. "The facility was put to the test during the recent State Bushfire Exercise and I was impressed to see it transform into a hub for emergency response. "The centre will also be a base for emergency driver training to equip first-responders with the skills to navigate hazardous situations - helping to improve their safety and the safety of the community." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "Collie and the South-West have experienced several bushfire emergencies in recent years and having our own Level 3 Incident Control Centre right here in the region will provide a massive boost to our ability to respond to similar threats in the future. "This new state-of-the-art facility has already created so many jobs during the construction phase, and now that it is officially open it will be great to see an influx of visitors come to Collie and see what the region has to offer. "A highlight of the facility is the name gifted from the Beeliargu Wilman tribe and we are honoured to celebrate the rich history and culture of the traditional owners who have cared for this land for tens of thousands of years." Premier's office - 6552 5000Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300 ​
$10 million to accelerate hydrogen fuelled transport7735Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16440html22/10/2021 4:18:24 AM2021-10-22T04:15:00Z McGowan Government to invest an initial $10 million for Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program Program to accelerate uptake of hydrogen fuelled transport and stimulate local production of renewable hydrogen Expression of Interest now open for industry projects The McGowan Government is calling for transport operators, equipment manufacturers and hydrogen producers to team up and submit an Expression of Interest for its Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program. The program will provide financial support to a project that includes the procurement and operation of hydrogen or green ammonia fuelled transport, and the installation of one or more refuelling stations. EOI applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to submit a more detailed project plan. Successful applicants from the EOI process will be announced in 2022. Transport is one of four strategic focus areas outlined in the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy, which identifies commercial vehicles as an early opportunity to harness hydrogen energy for mobility and freight transport. The program is part of the $61.5 million included in the 2021-22 State Budget to drive renewable hydrogen development and will create offtake opportunities to ramp up local production. The McGowan Government has committed around $90 million to support the development of the renewable hydrogen industry in Western Australia, and is on track to meet the 2022 goals set out in the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy. For more information on the Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program, visit https//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan "With shorter refuelling times and the ability to travel longer ranges and carry more weight, hydrogen vehicles present a big zero-emissions transport option for Western Australia. "With the hydrogen transport industry still in an early phase, we are putting this investment on the table to accelerate hydrogen fuelled transport like trucks and busses, and boost the rollout of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. "By testing market appetite with a flexible funding program, the Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program is helping put Western Australia ahead of the pack in clean fuel transport. "The development of a hydrogen fuelled transport system supports the McGowan Government's commitment to transition Western Australia to net zero emissions by 2050, and the creation of new sustainable jobs in a growing industry. Minister's office - 6552 6200 ​
Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards winners announced7734Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19760html22/10/2021 4:00:44 AM2021-10-22T04:00:00Z Seven winners of the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 have been announced Winners of the Award categories are BHP in partnership with Ausdrill, Autorun and Sitech; AMCAP Distribution Centre, Metso Outotec, AECOM Australia Pty Ltd, Chandler Macleod, Bruce Atkinson from Department of Education and Naomi Elbrow from Woodside Energy Ltd The Awards recognise outstanding innovations and solutions to specific workplace health and safety issues by individuals, groups or organisations The seven winners of the prestigious Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 were announced at Optus Stadium this morning. The winners are Work Health and Safety Invention of the Year - BHP in partnership with Ausdrill, Autorun and Sitech for development of an automated sampling rock commander that streamlines the drilling process and eliminates worker exposure to weather, dust, noise, uneven terrain and manual handling hazards. Best Solution to a Work Health and Safety Risk (199 employees or less) - AMCAP Distribution Centre for safer delivery of maintenance parts through integrated kitting solutions. Best Solution to a Work Health and Safety Risk (200 employees or more) - Metso Outotec for an erectable work platform with dedicated ladder access, reducing the risk of falls when accessing the mill. Best Workplace Health and Wellbeing Initiative - AECOM Australia Pty Ltd for implementation of a proactive approach to wellbeing to minimise psychosocial risks in the workplace. Leadership Excellence Award - Chandler Macleod for its project "We are all safety leaders Merger of two historic Australian recruitment organisations" that shifted its approach to safety. Safety and Health Representatives of the Year - Bruce Atkinson from Department of Education and Naomi Elbrow from Woodside Energy Ltd for improving OSH at their workplaces and demonstrating the benefits of safety and health representatives for all workplaces. Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Stephen Dawson "These prestigious Awards recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management, solutions and innovations in workplaces across both resources and general industries." "This year's entrants have come from a diverse range of industries and from businesses of all sizes, and all finalists have set the standard to which everyone else can now strive. "My sincere congratulations to all the Award winners on your commitment to the safety and health of all Western Australian workers." Minister's office - 6552 5800 ​
$29 million contract awarded to increase resilience of Nelson Point Tug Haven7733Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9130html22/10/2021 3:00:41 AM2021-10-22T03:00:00Z Austral Construction awarded $29 million contract for works at Nelson Point Tug Haven $4 million of works to be subcontracted out to locally based Pilbara businesses WA Recovery Plan securing the future of critical port assets A $29 million contract has been awarded for the design and construction of a revetment wall at the Nelson Point Tug Haven at the Port of Port Hedland. The revetment wall will help to protect the tug haven embankments from destructive cyclones and powerful storm surges, with it designed to withstand a one in 500-year weather event. The $29 million contract has been awarded to Austral Construction. As part of the contract award, local Pilbara-based businesses will provide works valued at nearly $4 million. Works that will be subcontracted out include design, fabrication, survey, electrical, plumbing and geotechnical services, with at least five per cent of subcontracts to be awarded to Aboriginal-owned suppliers. The works form part of the $51.2 million Nelson Point Tug Haven upgrade project, which also includes the replacement of the existing sheet pile wall. Port operations will not be impacted, with works expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The Nelson Point Tug Haven was constructed in 1985 to provide shelter and access for tugs that service the Port of Port Hedland. The project forms part of the State Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Ports Minister Rita Saffioti "It's fantastic to see investment in the Nelson Point Tug Haven to increase its resilience to withstand powerful storms and cyclones and making it a reliable asset for decades to come. "The Port of Port Hedland is the powerhouse of the Pilbara, with over $116 billion of commodities passing through the port last financial year - it's essential we invest in port infrastructure to support this enormous volume of trade. "The $29 million contract offers opportunities for local businesses to get involved in the project, creating more economic opportunities and jobs in the Pilbara." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "As part of the WA Recovery Plan we have allocated more than $50 million to the Nelson Point Tug Haven upgrade project. "This $29 million contract will provide many opportunities for local businesses to get involved and support local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​