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Worldwide search for top health and medical researchers84384Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/02/2023 2:11:56 AM2023-02-07T02:10:00Z New fellowship program looks to attract health and medical research expertise to WA Three fellowships up for grabs - one to be dedicated to mental health $5 million package will cover relocation and support for successful applicants Western Australia's newest fellowship program launches today - aiming to attract world-leading health and medical researchers to the State. The State Government's Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund has set up a Distinguished Fellows Program offering three five-year fellowships to leading research experts. The $5 million scheme aims to encourage health and medical researchers based anywhere in the world to relocate to WA to lead a significant, high-quality innovative research program. The fellowships are available to internationally recognised academic researchers and clinical researchers in all clinical disciplines - medical, allied health, nursing and midwifery - at an experienced associate professor or a recently tenured professor level. The FHRI Fund provides a secure source of funding to drive health and medical research, innovation and commercialisation - aimed at improving the health of all Western Australians. Research must be aligned with at least one of the FHRI Fund's focus areas - Aboriginal, rural and remote health, burden of diseases, and living with COVID-19 and long COVID. One fellowship will be specifically dedicated to research in mental health. For more information see the FHRI Fund's webpage Comments attributed to Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson "This is an amazing opportunity for leading health and medical researchers to relocate to Western Australia. "We are offering a generous package to the successful candidates including support for relocation costs. "WA has an emerging health and medical life sciences industry primed to deliver new and exciting opportunities. "We have a highly skilled, collaborative health and medical research workforce, and technologically advanced hospitals such as Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Children's Hospital. "Our researchers are also supported by outstanding research organisations including five universities - three of which have a medical school - and highly-regarded medical research institutes." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Regional audiences to welcome five exciting performances84383Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/02/2023 2:05:11 AM2023-02-07T02:05:00Z $475,685 in funding will bring five performances to regional WA venues Playing WA shares locally produced performing arts shows with regional audiences Performances include Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company's Dating Black The Playing WA program will support five performing arts companies to tour their shows to communities in regional WA, sharing in $475,685 as part of the first funding round of 2022-2023. The funding is part of the McGowan Government's Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP), which aims to increase creative activity across the State. This funding boost brings the total investment in regional touring to over $5.2 million since 2019. Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Corporation was awarded $102,627 to tour Dating Black, a funny and energetic debut by playwright Narelle Thorne, to the Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern and South-West regions. Theatre 180 Inc received $94,132 for the second regional tour of critically acclaimed Sydney II Lost and Found, this time to communities in the Great Southern, Goldfields-Esperance and South-West regions. Every Other Theatre Company, supported by CircuitWest, received $55,274 to bring Alex and Evie and the Forever Falling Rain to the Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions, including skills workshops and engagement for young people. Performing Lines Limited WA was awarded $114,991 to bring Mararo Wangai's music and theatre production Black Brass to the Great Southern and Mid-West regions. Whiskey and Boots received $108,661 to tour Bystander, comprised of performances and exhibitions, to the Goldfields-Esperance, Mid-West and South-West regions. RACIP is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Access to cultural and arts experiences is an important part of supporting vibrant and connected communities and we also know that the arts make people feel good. "I am excited that these outstanding performances will get to hit the road across regional WA. "This important funding program ensures our high-calibre creative productions are shared with a broader audience which, in turn, inspires creativity throughout the regions." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch "The Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program produces great benefits for Western Australian communities, both in terms of people's wellbeing and economic outcomes. "Playing WA allows performances to be presented at regional performing arts venues, supporting those venues as well as boosting local businesses in the process." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Over $3 million in grants land at regional airports in WA84382Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/02/2023 2:00:30 AM2023-02-07T02:00:00Z Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) 2023-25 grants have been awarded to 17 regional airports across WA Funding will help upgrade and improve facilities across WA airports More than $41 million in RADS funding has assisted more than 300 regional airport projects across WA Regional Western Australian airports will receive a $3 million boost, with 17 airports sharing in the latest round of Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants. The RADS grants provide funding to regional and remote airports, improving safety, capacity, capability, planning and security, as well as increasing regional access to health services, connecting communities and expanding business opportunities. The Shire of Jerramungup received the largest grant of $729,000, contributing to a $2.5 million upgrade of the Bremer Bay Airstrip. The funding will go towards the construction of a cross runway, two taxiways and installation of lighting and fencing. Bremer Bay has faced threats from large bushfires in recent years, with air resources playing a critical role in combating the bushfire threats. RADS funding will further strengthen the capacity of fire and emergency services to manage fire incidents in the region. The Shire of Laverton has received a grant of $417,950 to support a $3.7 million project to design and construct a new terminal at Laverton Airport. This RADS funding round will also help improve facilities for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in remote towns across the Kimberley, Mid-West, South-West and Wheatbelt including Djarindjin-Lombadina, Halls Creek and Moora. More than $41 million in RADS funding has assisted over 300 regional airport projects across WA by, improving safety, renewing facilities and enhancing planning and management of regional airports. RADS grants provide up to 50 per cent of the total cost of each eligible project. For the full list of RADS Grant recipients please visit http// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Regional Airports Development Scheme continues to play an important role in supporting the growth and sustainability of regional airports, and this year more than $3 million in grants will support 17 critical projects throughout regional and remote Western Australia. "Bremer Bay Airport has received the largest grant for major upgrades to construct a cross runway and two taxiways, including markers, lighting, and installation of fencing - this will improve air operations at Bremer Bay, particularly for firefighting purposes. "Other major projects to receive funding include the design and construction of a new terminal at Laverton Airport, installation of water storage and upgrading of emergency services facilities at Moora Aerodrome and resealing of the runway, taxiway and aprons at Meekatharra Airport. "The McGowan Government has a strong focus on regional aviation, with the RADS grants complementing the Government's introduction of capped airfares last year, making airfares more affordable for regional residents. "These RADS grants will upgrade regional airport infrastructure that is critical to supporting Regular Public Transport air services across WA, helping regional residents connect to Perth." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Perth Zoo launches Aboriginal trainee program84381Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/02/2023 1:19:27 AM2023-02-07T01:05:00Z Clontarf Aboriginal College students commence new Zoo traineeship Eight students will gain a conservation qualification over two years Work placement program will help students become 'job ready' Perth Zoo has launched a new collaborative workplace program with students from Clontarf Aboriginal College. The program will see eight students work alongside zoo experts towards a Certificate II qualification in Conservation and Ecosystems Management. The teenagers will assist animal carers, education officers and horticulturists in Perth Zoo's living classroom. Each student will be assigned a 'zoo coach' who will support their learning journey. It's hoped the program will help Aboriginal youth enhance their future employment prospects. The program is being delivered through an innovative partnership between Perth Zoo, Clontarf Aboriginal College and The Shoreline Foundation Ltd. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "This is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal students to gain valuable skills in Perth Zoo's living classroom. "This is a two-way learning street, not only for the students but staff at Perth Zoo. It provides an incredible opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal culture and connection to Country. "Perth Zoo proudly sits on Whadjuk Noongar land and this important program will encourage further cultural understanding. I look forward to seeing the students in action and watching their learning journey unfold." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Grants to put regional drivers on the road to licensing success84380Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/02/2023 1:18:30 AM2023-02-07T01:00:00Z More than $3.3 million in grants awarded through Driving Access and Equity Program Ten community-based organisations across the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Goldfields-Esperance area to receive support Program supports disadvantaged drivers through the licensing process A total of $6.8 million now delivered through the program Ten community-based organisations across the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Goldfields-Esperance regions will share in more than $3.3 million in grants through the McGowan Government's Driving Access and Equity Program (DAEP). The program provides financial support to organisations helping disadvantaged drivers obtain their licence and improve their employability. The Midwest Employment and Economic Development Aboriginal Corporation (MEEDAC) was one of three organisations in the Mid-West to receive a grant. The funding will help learner drivers across the Mid-West and Gascoyne complete their supervised driving hours, receive instruction, or to attempt a practical driving assessment. Indigenous organisation Real Futures in the Gascoyne region will use their grant to deliver a driver support program led by local Indigenous people to support learner drivers in Carnarvon, Exmouth, Denham, Coral Bay, Gascoyne Junction and Burringurrah. The program will be integrated with the organisation's other support functions, providing a streamlined service to upskill jobseekers. One of the six Goldfields-Esperance grant recipients includes the Warakurna Local Drug Action Group, who will provide driver education and instruction to young people from the remote Indigenous community of Warakurna, near the tri-state border between Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. The $3.3 million will support the purchase of 16 vehicles and is anticipated to support more than 800 learner's permits and probational licences being issued to disadvantaged drivers. The total funding now administered through DAEP is $6.8 million, with $3.5 million provided to 12 Kimberley and Pilbara based organisations last year. The funding provided to the 12 Kimberley and Pilbara based organisations has so far resulted in more than 1,000 hours of professional driving instruction and supervised driving, enabling 50 people to get their P-plates and 143 people their learner's permit. For more information on the Driving Access and Equity Program, visit Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Driving Access and Equity Program is already achieving great outcomes in the Kimberley and Pilbara, and it's fantastic to see the expansion into the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Goldfields-Esperance regions. "The grants will give community-based organisations who have strong, positive relationships with disadvantaged people in their patch the resources to deliver driver education and training programs that are tailored to achieve results and set people on the path to future success. "We know this program has the potential to change lives and we're seeing this happen in the Kimberley and Pilbara where the program rolled out last year, resulting in hundreds of people being supported through the licensing process. "Those grant organisations helped deliver more than 1,000 hours of professional driving instruction and supervised driving, enabling 50 people to get their P-plates and 143 people their learner's permit - and the numbers are climbing. "These latest grants to organisations in the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Goldfields-Esperance regions are expected to result in more than 800 learner's permits and provisional licences being issued." Comments attributable to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "This is a fantastic State Government-funded program and to see it rolling out in the Mid-West is exciting for our community. "I want to thank the successful organisations for the important work they do and encourage members of our community to take up this opportunity. "I recently supported my daughter in obtaining her driver's licence, so I am aware of the costs faced by new learner drivers, the need of a suitable vehicle, and time that is required to log their hours - it is something that not everyone has available to them. "This program will provide disadvantaged members of our community access to a licence and with it, help them hold down jobs, receive education and training, access health services and be better connected with their community." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "Having access to a driver's licence is something many of us take for granted, but it's not a simple process for everyone. "This program is going to help disadvantaged members of the Goldfields-Esperance community access a driver's licence, particularly those living in extremely remote locations. "The program is already proving successful in other parts of the State, and I am confident we will see similar results through the Goldfields-Esperance." Minister's office - 6552 5500 Driving Access and Equity Program Grant Round 2 - Mid-West and Gascoyne Organisation Region Project Name Approved funding Western Australian Police and Community Youth Centres Inc. Mid-West Drive to the Future Geraldton $247,224 Real Futures Pty Ltd Gascoyne Real Futures Driver Support Program $645,150 MEEDAC Incorporated Mid-West Driving Access and Equity Program $450,000 Yulella Aboriginal Corporation Mid-West Yulella Driving Program - Meekatharra/Cue/Mt Magnet $294,986 Total $1,637,360 Driving Access and Equity Program Grant Round 3 - Goldfields-Esperance Organisation Region Project Name Approved funding Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation Goldfields-Esperance Changing Lanes, Changing Lives Driver Education for success and empowerment $344,831 Warakurna Local Drug Action Group Goldfields-Esperance Nintirriwa yurritjingalKitjalu mutuka (NYM Project) $269,661 McGovern Foundation Goldfields-Esperance Wanderer Program $424,740 Western Australian Police and Community Youth Centres Inc Goldfields-Esperance Drive to the Future - Kalgoorlie $270,582 Shire of Leonora Golfdields-Esperance Leonora Driver Education $208,000 Judumul Aboriginal Corporation Goldfields-Esperance Judumul Employment Tools $176,700 Total $1,694,514
Mid-West builders deliver much-needed upgrade for Northampton volunteers84379Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1990html6/02/2023 8:00:34 AM2023-02-06T08:00:00Z New $3.93 million facility future-proofs Northampton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service with additional space for new members Construction completed in less than a year by Indigenous builders and Mid-West contractors in a boost to local economy Northampton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) have moved into a modern, purpose-built headquarters that will bolster emergency communications during life-saving operations in the Mid-West. The $3.93 million fire station - completed in just 11 months - replaces an ageing facility constructed in the 1970s that was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Seroja. In a boost to the local economy, the new headquarters was built by Indigenous builders GBSC Yurra Pty Ltd with the help of Geraldton-based sub-contractors. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) worked collaboratively with Northampton VFRS on the design phase of the project to ensure it was fit-for-purpose and met the needs of local volunteers. The facility - funded by the Emergency Services Levy - features a training room, personal protective equipment, decontamination areas, change rooms and two large appliance bays. A radio tower will improve communications between brigades during emergencies, while a road crash rescue training area will ensure crews are ready to respond to incidents near the busy North-West Coastal Highway. Northampton VFRS responded to 51 incidents over the past two years, contributing more than 550 hours of volunteer work. The brigade played a critical role in keeping the community safe during Tropical Cyclone Seroja and was more recently deployed to major bushfires in Carnarvon, Norseman and Donnybrook. A public artwork will be installed at the new headquarters later this year. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "Northampton is strategically important to our emergency response in the Mid-West, located on a main arterial road in a region prone to major bushfires. "That's why we need first-class facilities available to our volunteers so they can grow their membership and continue to serve the community. "The brigade's old headquarters was well past its use-by-date, especially after the roof was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Seroja. "Credit to the local builders and sub-contractors who got this project finished within 11 months during a difficult period for the construction industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Sandra Carr "Our dedicated volunteers in Northampton provide an invaluable service for our region, and this was particularly the case following the impact of Cyclone Seroja. "The NVRFS are highly deserving of this excellent new facility, and it is additionally pleasing that it was constructed utilising local builders and contractors." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Staged re-opening for flood damaged section of Great Northern Highway84378Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4020html6/02/2023 4:42:40 AM2023-02-06T04:40:00Z Great Northern Highway to reopen between Broome and Derby this week Work crews will soon finish construction of a temporary single lane gravel track Staged opening for all vehicles to begin from Thursday 9 February 10 kilometres of highway through Willare badly damaged in the recent floods A 40-person strong road construction crew will finish critical temporary repair works on a badly damaged section of Great Northern Highway between Broome and Derby this week. The repair works include the construction of a temporary single-lane gravel track, which will allow for a staged re-opening to occur this week, reconnecting Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing by road for the first time since the floods. As part of the staged reopening, vehicles will be escorted in alternating east and west convoys, using the single lane gravel track under speed restrictions. The reopening will occur in the following stages Stage 1 - access to all vehicles from Thursday 9 February through to Sunday 12 February between the hours of 8am and 4pm only Stage 2 - escorted access to all vehicles from Monday 13 February one-way, twice daily Derby side (east) convoys leaving at 7.30am and 4.30pm Broome side (west) convoys leaving at 8am and 5pm It is anticipated that the second stage of the reopening will be in place for up to two weeks or until crews can get the road widened to be able to operate safely under two-lane traffic flows. Limiting access during the second stage is required to allow road crews to add a second lane to the temporary gravel track. Permanent repair works will be undertaken in the dry season. Travel times across the 10-kilometre section are likely to average between 15 – 20 minutes per convoy. Wait times at the controlled access points either side of the temporary track at the Willare Roadhouse and the Cockatoo Creek Bridge are likely to average 30 minutes. All vehicles will need to follow the direction of traffic controllers and drive to the reduced speed limit. Crews will be monitoring the weather and road conditions and if necessary short-term closures may be implemented if the unsealed conditions deteriorate due to further significant rainfall. Works continue in Fitzroy Crossing to implement a temporary barge system. Recent rainfall and rising river levels have hampered construction of the barge, however works have started on new landing foundations on the eastern side of the river in preparation for an initial punt service commencing once river heights reduce to a safe level. Planning continues for the temporary low-level crossing which will provide a more permanent option while the new Fitzroy Crossing Bridge is constructed. Procurement for the full replacement of the Fitzroy Crossing Bridge is being fast-tracked, and the Government plans to award a contract in the coming weeks. You can stay up to date with the latest news on the road recovery effort by visiting Kimberley Flood Response | Main Roads Western Australia. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The floods have had a devastating impact and restricted connectivity in the Kimberley region. "I want to thank Main Roads and the hard-working road construction teams who have been out there working most days in some really challenging wet season conditions to get this temporary track completed in less than four weeks. "Seeing the early vision of the floods and the scale of damage that was sustained to the road infrastructure, it's an incredible achievement to be able to open up the highway in a limited capacity this quickly. "I'd also like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as we continue work on restoring road access in the region. "I encourage all road users to drive to the conditions, follow instructions of the traffic controllers and stay up-to-date with the latest road closure and conditions information with the Main Roads Travel Map." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "The road reconstruction crews have done a great job in testing conditions to get the Great Northern Highway reconnected. "This staged re-opening will allow movement of critical freight and local community members between Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing for the first time since the floods. "Pending weather conditions, we expect that within the next few weeks the second lane of the temporary gravel track will have finished construction, allowing traffic to move more freely." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Tickets go on sale for Total Solar Eclipse prime viewing location84377Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7140html6/02/2023 3:45:59 AM2023-02-06T03:45:00Z Three thousand general admission tickets now available for the Eclipse Viewing Site Located between Exmouth and Learmonth, the viewing site will be one of the best places on Earth to experience the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse on 20 April Tens of thousands of visitors expected in the Gascoyne and Pilbara regions to witness the sun, moon and Earth align on 20 April Three thousand general admission tickets are now on sale for the prime viewing location of the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse. The viewing site will be one of the best places on Earth to experience the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse when it is plunged into darkness on 20 April. Ticket holders will experience the maximum amount of darkness, an estimated 62 seconds, alongside scientific experts and eclipse chasers from around the world. The solar eclipse will occur over a three-hour period, with totality in Exmouth at approximately 1129 AM (WST) when the sun, moon and Earth align. Exmouth is the only town in Australia in the path of totality. While it will experience a 100 per cent solar eclipse, other towns in the region will experience near total darkness. Onslow and Coral Bay will have 99 per cent darkness while Carnarvon will be about 95 per cent. Located between Exmouth and Learmonth, the family-friendly viewing site will be open from 7am to 4pm. It will have free drinking water and marquees for shade. There are two options for general admission tickets $50 plus booking fee includes a packed lunch and options for parking; $90 plus booking fee includes a packed lunch and shuttle bus transport to and from four designated locations. The WA Government has announced almost $22 million in funding to help ensure readiness for a significant increase in visitors, including grants totalling more than $837,000 for 40 local Gascoyne and Pilbara businesses. Upgrades across the region are underway, including improvements to the region's roads, marine infrastructure, telecommunication networks and local facilities. Funding from the WA Government has also been used to help set up a temporary camping site at Welch Street in Exmouth to provide additional accommodation for the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse. Serviced campsites are now open for booking and self-contained sites are still available to book at https// Representatives from 14 State Government agencies have been working in partnership with the local shires of Exmouth, Carnarvon and Ashburton, and the Department of Defence to ensure local communities, including businesses, are supported and the region is prepared for an influx of visitors. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Eclipse Viewing Site, visit https// Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "The countdown is on. In less than 80 days, the shadow of the moon will graze the tip of Western Australia across a 40-kilometre-wide track, travelling over one of the most beautiful parts of the world - the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo region near Exmouth. "We know this extraordinary astronomical event is going to attract a surge in international and domestic visitors to the region, and hat is why we are helping to make sure local communities and businesses are as prepared as possible. "The Eclipse Viewing Site is an opportunity to experience the maximum amount of darkness alongside scientific experts and eclipse chasers from around the world. "We want to see the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse leave a lasting legacy for the growing tourist centres in the Ningaloo region." Minister's office - 6552 6500
$10 million in grants funding for e-waste infrastructure84376Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6880html6/02/2023 1:16:45 AM2023-02-06T01:10:00Z Grants available to support increased infrastructure to manage e-waste Will boost State's collection, storage, processing and recycling network capacity McGowan Government committed to banning e-waste to landfill from 2024 More than $10 million is now available in infrastructure grants to support Western Australia's electrical and electronic waste collection and recycling network. E-waste are items with a plug, battery or cord that are no longer working or wanted. The McGowan Government has committed to banning e-waste disposal to landfill from 2024. The ban would initially include televisions, mobile phones, computers, screens, data storage, white goods, batteries, medical devices, lighting and lamps. The grants funding will be administered over two years to support projects under two streams. Up to $250,000 is on offer for new or upgraded facilities to increase their capability and capacity to collect, manage and store e-waste, before reuse or onward reprocessing. Up to $2 million is available for projects that increase capacity and capability in the State's e-waste management network. This includes purchasing equipment and installation as well as new or upgraded infrastructure for e-waste reprocessing and recycling. Applications close 31 March 2023. For more information, visit Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "This is a great opportunity to boost the State's e-waste collection and recycling network. "Banning e-waste disposal to landfill means we can recover valuable materials that would otherwise be lost and help protect the environment. "This is a rapidly growing stream of waste and it's critical we reduce, reuse and recycle as WA moves closer to its goal of a circular economy." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Geraldton port projects powering ahead84374Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8540html6/02/2023 1:07:10 AM2023-02-06T01:05:00Z Works begin on new Marine Terrace Roundabout at Geraldton Port Roundabout will significantly improve movement of grain in and out of the port Project complements McGowan Government's $350 million Geraldton Port Maximisation Project (PMaxP) PMaxP to significantly increase the capacity of Geraldton Port and support local economy The McGowan Government's major investment to future-proof Geraldton Port is steaming ahead, with work beginning on a new $4.5 million roundabout to maximise grain movements from the port - supporting the region's economic growth. The construction of a roundabout at the Marine Terrace intersection will improve traffic flow for trucks entering and leaving the port, and improve safety for local road users, pedestrians, cyclists and port customers. The project will help to support more efficient and effective supply chains for the State's important grain export industry, with the grain harvest reaching record highs in recent seasons. The new roundabout is among several significant McGowan Government-funded projects being delivered at the Port, including the $350 million Geraldton Port Maximisation Project (PMaxP). PMaxP is a major infrastructure project which will significantly boost the capacity of Geraldton Port and facilitate the export of new commodities from the Mid-West region. Contractor BG&E Resources is well progressed in design work for PMaxP, including product handling systems and civil works, in addition to concept validations, and vessel and marine simulations. A critical project for the Mid-West region, PMaxP could boost Geraldton's export capability by almost 70 per cent, delivering billions to the region and the State's economy. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government is getting on with delivering infrastructure that grows both State and local economies, and helps new industries thrive. "The $350 million expansion project will massively expand the capacity of Geraldton Port and help drive new commodity exports across the Mid-West. "Our investment will also help to futureproof the industries that our regions have relied on for decades - supporting our grain farmers as they continue to deliver for the State." Comments attributed to Ports Minister Rita Saffioti "Expanding the capacity of our ports is critical, and the investment from our Government in projects like the Geraldton Port Maximisation highlights our focus on supporting the Mid-West economy. "Being able to export new commodities out of Geraldton will also help to grow new industries and jobs, which will support local communities for many decades to come." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "The port plays such an important role in our local economy, and by investing in the port, the McGowan Government is investing in our community's future. "I welcome these improvements to Marine Terrace, which will make our local roads safer for all road users." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Ports Minister's office - 6552 5500
Bursaries bringing international students back to WA’s regions84375Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5720html6/02/2023 1:12:54 AM2023-02-06T01:00:00Z First six regional bursary recipients arrive in Geraldton Part of a McGowan Government initiative to bring international students back to regional WA Students study in skills shortage areas and assisted to find part time work Responds to feedback from industry leaders at Perth and regional skills summits Central Regional TAFE has welcomed the first group of international students to Geraldton following their success in the inaugural round of the McGowan Government's regional bursaries for TAFE international students. The McGowan Government initiative to attract international students to live, work and study at regional TAFE colleges in Western Australia provides a $5,000 bursary for up to 200 students to train at the State's regional TAFE colleges. International Education Minister David Templeman and Training Minister Simone McGurk today took the opportunity to meet the first six bursary recipients to arrive in Geraldton to study courses in early childhood education and care, information technology, aquaculture, and commercial cookery. They have come from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Bhutan, Indonesia and Italy. The two-year pilot started on 1 January 2023 as part of a $2.4 million Regional TAFE International Student Strategy announced by the McGowan Government in the 2022–2023 State Budget. Interest in the program has been strong with a total of 22 international students already receiving bursaries to study at TAFE campuses in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury and Broome in Semester 1, 2023. The majority of bursary students are anticipated to commence in Semester 2, 2023 due to current Commonwealth visa processing timeframes. The bursaries are offered for selected courses targeting areas of local skills shortage, such as aged and disability care, childcare, and hospitality and tourism, at campuses across the regional TAFE colleges North Regional TAFE, Central Regional TAFE and South Regional TAFE. The students are also supported to find part-time work and accommodation and on graduation may be able to access migration pathways to extend their stay in Australia. The initiative responds to ideas raised by industry leaders through the Perth and Regional Skills Summits, which emphasised the need for innovative solutions to address skills shortages and support regional industries. The bursaries are supported by marketing activities including agent familiarisation tours to showcase regional WA to recruit international students for the two-year pilot program. In November 2022, TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) hosted the first agent familiarisation tour, showcasing Geraldton, Broome and Albany and the bursary program to agents across the globe, including key markets of Italy, Brazil, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Colombia, Korea, Sweden and Mauritius. A second tour showcasing further regional locations is planned for mid-2023. Comments attributed to International Education Minister David Templeman "The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the numbers of backpacker and student visa holders in regional Western Australia. "International students make an important contribution to regional communities, including as contributors to the local workforce while studying. "It is great to see our extensive promotion of this opportunity and our regional communities to international markets is paying off with the arrival of the first international students supported through the bursaries." Comments attributed to Training Minister Simone McGurk "Attracting international students back to Western Australia's regional communities was identified as an important workforce priority by industry leaders at the Perth and regional Skills Summits. "These bursaries target areas impacted by skills shortages, and are a centrepiece of the initiatives identified by the McGowan Government to attract international students back to regional WA. "TAFEs are part of the fabric of our regional communities and studying at one of the campuses is a great way for international students to tap into the support they need to live, train, work and possibly even access a migration pathway to stay in regional WA." International Education Minister's office - 6552 5400 Training Minister's office - 6552 6600
Mineral exploration in WA continues its phenomenal run84373Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6410html6/02/2023 12:43:31 AM2023-02-06T00:00:00Z Strong interest anticipated for EIS Round 27 with exploration in Western Australia remaining at all-time highs Applications for Round 27 of the Exploration Incentive Scheme's (EIS) flagship co-funded drilling program and Series 5 of the Energy Analysis Program (EAP) open today. The competitive grants program offers refunds up to 50 per cent for innovative exploration drilling and EAP projects, capped at specific amounts. Successful applicants from earlier rounds of the EIS are achieving great success drilling remote and underexplored areas along Western Australia's eastern border. WA1 Resources' first drill hole at its Pachpadra prospect uncovered a mineralised carbonatite system. These systems are important sources of rare earth elements, which play a key role in the production of batteries and electronic equipment. Caspin Resources' drilling at its Duchess prospect intersected significant grades of gold and molybdenum, while Hamelin Resources' first drill hole south of its Afghan prospect intersected high-grade gold mineralisation along a geological contact that previous explorers had not targeted. Applications for Round 27 of the EIS and Series 5 of the EAP close at 4pm, Friday 3 March 2023. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister Sue Ellery "Searching for the next big resource discovery ensures Western Australia stays at the forefront of mineral exploration. "The mining industry is a major employer of people in WA, with more than 157,000 workers, and exploration plays a key role in sustaining that growth. "It's especially pleasing to see many of these economic benefits flow through to our regional communities." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Slam dunk for Geraldton basketball thanks to $3.5 million boost84372Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4720html5/02/2023 6:42:24 AM2023-02-05T06:30:00Z ​ McGowan Government delivers election commitment for major upgrades to Geraldton Basketball Stadium Upgrades include construction of four new indoor courts for the Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association Investment will help grow participation in basketball in the Mid-West A multi-million dollar upgrade to the Geraldton Basketball Stadium has been officially unveiled today by Premier Mark McGowan and Sports Minister David Templeman. The major upgrade was an election commitment and part of the McGowan Government's Plan for Geraldton. It was jointly funded by the McGowan Government - which invested $3.5 million - and the Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), which provided $1.05 million. Additions to the facility include four new indoor courts for the GABA, helping to provide more sporting opportunities and grow participation in basketball for people in the Mid-West. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Premier McGowan and Minister Templeman at the stadium today, marking the successful completion of this significant community infrastructure project. The GABA currently has more than 2,300 members and operates a high-standard junior and senior competition as well as hosting the Buccaneers State Basketball League team. It also operates several programs to support the diverse needs of the community including Aussie Hoops, Midnight Basketball Program for Indigenous youth, and the Wheelchair Competition. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Community sport is the heart and soul of our regional communities, and cities like Geraldton deserve top-notch sporting facilities. "These important upgrades were championed by Lara Dalton and the Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association, and I'm proud to see our election commitment come to fruition. "This is a significant investment into the Geraldton community that will see local aspiring basketball champions on the courts for generations to come." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "The GABA plays an essential role in connecting the whole community with sport, which is a key priority of the McGowan Government. "I'm proud that the McGowan Government has chosen to fund this project, which will go a long way towards providing more sporting opportunities to people in Geraldton and the greater Mid-West. "I'd also like to acknowledge the GABA for its hard work in bringing this project to life - providing better places for people to play sport and recreate helps keep Western Australians of all ages and walks of life active, healthy and more connected with their communities." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "Having experienced many years as a kid playing on the outside bitumen courts, and as a previous coach, player, and parent, I am absolutely delighted to see this project come to fruition. It has been a grass roots campaign, with many hours dedicated to it from various committee members. "Along with my good friend and former colleague Laurie Graham, I have fought hard to see it funded. We have supported the development every step of the way. "We know that the community will benefit from this new facility for decades to come. " Minister's office - 6552 5200
Evaluation of EOI progressing for Geraldton Health Campus84371Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6900html5/02/2023 2:16:03 AM2023-02-05T02:05:00Z Major upgrade for Geraldton Health Campus reaches important milestone Three companies responded to expression of interest (EOI) invitation Evaluation of EOI underway to progress project to request for proposal stage $122.7 million McGowan Government investment to deliver improved health services in the Mid-West The $122.7 million upgrade of Geraldton Health Campus is moving forward, with evaluation of Expressions of Interest (EOI) to lead the main construction works now underway. Three major construction companies have responded to the EOI invitation, with Australian Building Construction Company (ADCO), Lend Lease and Multiplex Constructions having each submitted a response. The EOI is the first of two steps to appoint a managing contractor to deliver the important regional health project. The managing contractor model aims to achieve value for money and minimise delivery risk, which is an important factor following previous global supply issues and upward pressure on costs. The Geraldton Health Campus redevelopment will significantly improve clinical capacity in emergency and critical care and inpatient mental health services. It includes a new building and refurbishment of existing infrastructure, including an expanded emergency department; a new intensive care unit with a redeveloped high dependency unit; and a new integrated mental health service. Following evaluation of the EOI responses, shortlisted respondents will be invited to progress to the request for proposal stage, where one or more preferred respondents will be selected to undertake negotiations for the appointment of a managing contractor. The design of the health campus, including the functional and technical requirements, timeframe for delivery, and incorporation of elements that reflect the region's Aboriginal culture, landmarks and history, will be confirmed through the managing contractor appointment process. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "This significant project is the single biggest investment at Geraldton Health Campus since the Gallop Government redeveloped the hospital. "The hospital provides outstanding care for the Mid-West community and this redevelopment project will complement that care." "This significant project will make a real difference to healthcare for Western Australians living in the Mid-West region." Comments attributed to Finance Minister Sue Ellery "This $122.7 million project is a major investment into the Geraldton Health Campus, and the State Government is fully committed to delivering the planned upgrades. "The response from industry to the EOI has been positive and we are excited to now be a step closer to delivering this important health project for the people of Geraldton and the Mid-West region. "The managing contractor model, which allows the Government and managing contractor to work together to deliver the best outcomes for the project and State, is a rigorous process that has been used to successfully deliver other major projects in Western Australia." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "This is an exciting milestone for the Geraldton Health Campus project and the community that it services. "I know the people of Geraldton and surrounding regions will be pleased to see this project moving to its next stage. "This project was a significant election commitment for the Mid-West region and will strengthen the quality health care for those who live here." Health Minister's office - 6552 5900 Finance Minister's office - 6552 5700
Firearms Crackdown to Include Mandatory Mental Health Checks84370Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15490html5/02/2023 2:01:12 AM2023-02-05T02:00:00Z Holding a firearms licence in WA will require a mental health check Key component of McGowan Government's WA gun laws overhaul An Australia-first initiative expected to save lives and increase community safety The McGowan Government will introduce mandatory mental health checks for Western Australian gun owners as part of its commitment to overhaul the State's outdated firearms laws and put community safety first. Last year, 20 people were shot dead in WA. Subsequent Police investigations found evidence suggesting mental health played a role in almost 50 per cent of those 20 firearm deaths. In the past six months alone, 122 people were referred to the WA Police Force because someone was concerned about their fitness to hold a gun licence based on medical grounds. Police were able to revoke 46 firearm licences on mental health grounds during that period. Police Minister Paul Papalia said WA's outdated gun laws were being totally reworked to put community safety first. Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia "If 20 people were all gunned down in a public place, we would rightfully call it a massacre. The fact is, 20 Western Australians were killed by firearms last year. Police believe mental health may have been a factor in almost 50 per cent of those deaths. "The extensive, initial round of consultation conducted by Police has revealed strong support for this initiative among farmers, the medical community, and victims of firearms violence. Police will continue to work closely with these important stakeholders to refine the regulations. "Many people in our society have lived with mental health challenges at some stage in their lives and most people living with mental health issues are not violent and pose no threat to anyone. "We believe this initiative will be a significant and welcome improvement on our current gun regulations. "Introducing compulsory mental health screening for firearm owners increases the chance of identifying someone who should not be granted access to a firearm for safety reasons. It also decreases the chance of that person doing harm to themselves or others. "If mental illness is identified during the application process, we want it to be an opportunity and a pathway for the individual to receive the support they need. "This is an Australian first. We believe this and other initiatives we are working on will help save lives, make our community safer, and make the job safer for our police officers." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Independent review underway to streamline national disaster recovery funding84369Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5790html3/02/2023 8:30:20 AM2023-02-03T08:30:00Z Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements being independently reviewed to ensure national system is fit-for-purpose WA Government working collaboratively with Commonwealth to streamline access and simplify the process of applying Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson has welcomed the Commonwealth's decision to commission an independent review into Australia's Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) to ensure the scheme meets the expectations of Western Australians. The review - led by former National Bushfire Recovery Agency head Andrew Colvin APM OAM - will determine the strengths and weaknesses of the current system to help bolster WA's resilience to hazards like bushfires, cyclones or floods. Communities recently impacted by disasters will be encouraged to have their say on what did and didn't work in accessing recovery funding through the current arrangements. DRFA provides a range of practical assistance measures to support communities through the challenging recovery period. State Governments are responsible for administering the DRFA assistance measures, with the Commonwealth reimbursing the State for up to 75 per cent of eligible costs. Expected to be completed by 2024, the review seeks to address recommendations from the 2021 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. The Royal Commission recommended a review of the DRFA to help identify roadblocks to applying and help streamline processes that slow down recovery payments. Supporting continual efforts to improve WA's emergency management capabilities, the review will also examine what is needed to build Australia's resilience to an increasing number of extreme disaster events. Several WA-led projects are already underway to strengthen the State's resilience to disasters including the establishment of a State Disaster Recovery working group, implementing a Community Disaster Resilience Strategy and developing an improvement plan for Local Emergency Management Arrangements. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "Disaster recovery is a complex and challenging process - everyone's recovery journey is different. "This review is an important step forward in identifying what the State and Commonwealth can do to create a more efficient and simplified recovery funding model that works for all Australians. "In many cases, the work has already started on several important projects that are set to have a major impact on the way our State manages disaster recovery. "I thank Minister Watt for listening to concerns brought by the State Government and commissioning this review." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Agrifood and Beverage Vouchers on offer to boost WA businesses84368Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9230html3/02/2023 7:00:34 AM2023-02-03T07:00:00Z Up to $15,000 available per business for regional and metropolitan food and beverage businesses to grow and thrive Voucher program generating jobs and benefits for communities and the economy The McGowan Government is supporting Western Australian food and beverage manufacturing and processing with $600,000 to enable businesses to access expert advice. Round 4 of the successful Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program is now open, with up to $15,000 available to food and beverage businesses to improve competitiveness, scale, export preparedness, resilience, and sustainability. Businesses looking to become 'future ready' and pursue carbon assessments and emissions reduction strategies are encouraged to apply under the environmental sustainability and social responsibility category. Other categories include business planning, manufacturing for business growth, sales and marketing, and financial health. Over the past five years, 134 small and medium sized regional and metropolitan businesses from the Kimberley to the South Coast have received 207 agrifood and beverage vouchers, valued at more than $950,000. The matching dollar-for-dollar vouchers have helped recipients to expand, diversify, value add and capture new market opportunities - generating flow-on benefits to the community and the State economy. Previous recipients have used the vouchers for advice on reducing their carbon footprint, developing new e-commerce capabilities, succession planning to ensure continued local ownership, and strategic marketing planning for national expansion. For more information and to apply for an agrifood and beverage voucher, visit Applications close 5pm Monday, 27 March 2023. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food and Small Business Minister Jackie Jarvis "The Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program is a great initiative for WA businesses to overcome barriers to growth, capture efficiencies, progress sustainability credentials and access new market opportunities. "A recent independent review of the program has shown that vouchers have assisted recipients to create jobs, undertake new capital investment and increase revenue. "WA's agrifood and beverage sector continues to thrive, backed by a range of programs, including our Value Add Investment Grants and the Buy West Eat Best program." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Transition dates revealed for Stage 2 of WA’s Plan for Plastics84367Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13030html3/02/2023 3:30:04 AM2023-02-03T03:30:00Z A further nine single-use plastic items phased out from 27 February Transition periods of up to 28 months to allow businesses to use up supplies Non-compostable takeaway coffee cups among items in Stage 2 Compostable takeaway coffee cups continue to be available The countdown is on for Stage 2 of Western Australia's nation-leading Plan for Plastics with a further nine single-use plastic items to be phased out from 27 February. Items targeted in Stage 2 include non-compostable plastic takeaway coffee cups, plastic produce bags, cotton buds with plastic stems, expanded polystyrene packaging, expanded polystyrene cups, microbeads, degradable plastics, unlidded trays as well as lids for takeaway bowls, plates, cups, trays and containers, excluding pre-packaged food such as sandwiches and sushi. From 27 February, transition periods ranging from six to 28 months will begin to allow businesses to use up supplies and source alternative products before the bans are enforced. The enforcement dates will range from 1 September, 2023 and 1 July, 2025. Stage 1 of Plan for Plastics saves 430 million single-use plastics from landfill or litter in WA each year. Stage 2 will save an additional 700 million items annually. Extensive consultation on Stage 2 was undertaken last year to gather community, Government and industry feedback. This feedback was overwhelmingly supportive with many businesses already using environmentally friendly alternatives. More than 9,000 retailers, suppliers and community groups received support during Stage 1 through the National Retail Association. The Boomerang Alliance, in partnership with the State Government, is helping the hospitality industry adapt over three years through the WA Plastic Free Places program. Similar support programs will be available for Stage 2. The State Government will continue to use a common-sense, education-first approach to enforce the bans. Retailers and suppliers not making any plans or effort to transition and deliberately continuing to supply banned items could face fines up to $5,000 for an individual or up to $25,000 for a body corporate. For more information on WA's Plan for Plastics, visit Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "We can be proud our State continues to lead the way in tackling single-use plastics. Western Australians have truly embraced our Plan for Plastics, and this is another positive step in reducing our impact on the environment. "I want to commend businesses, retailers, suppliers and the community for their collective efforts to make Stage 1 such a success. Many have already made the switch to environmentally friendly alternatives and are leading the way in this next transition. "We have undertaken extensive consultation with the community and industry, and we know this next stage is what Western Australians want in our journey to a single-use plastic free future." Minister's office - 6552 6300 Single-use Plastic Item Transition Period Enforcement Date Microbeads 6 months 1 September 2023 Expanded polystyrene cups 6 months 1 September 2023 Cotton buds with plastic stems 6 months 1 September 2023 Degradable plastics designed to break up into fragments 6 months 1 September 2023 Non-compostable takeaway coffee cups 12 months 1 March 2024 Produce bags 12 months 1 March 2024 Unlidded trays 12 months 1 March 2024 Lids for takeaway cupsLids for takeaway bowls, plates, trays and containers, excluding pre-packaged food such as sandwiches and sushi 12 months18 months 1 March 20241 September 2024 Loose-fill expanded polystyrene packagingMoulded expanded polystyrene packaging 6 months28 months 1 September 20231 July 2025
Pastoral relief provided in wake of Kimberley floods84366Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8790html3/02/2023 3:16:00 AM2023-02-03T03:15:00Z McGowan Government to provide pastoral rental relief to Kimberley pastoralists 92 Kimberley pastoralists eligible for support Lands Minister John Carey has today announced a rental relief package for Kimberley pastoralists, following the recent devastating flooding events. Under section 128 of the Land Administration Act, the Minister for Lands, on recommendation of the Pastoral Lands Board (PLB), may allow a payment of rent for a pastoral lease to be delayed for a specified period or reduced or waived entirely on application to the PLB by a pastoral lessee whose lease has been adversely affected by drought, fires, cyclones, floods or other disasters. The Pastoral Lands Board and the State Government, through the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, have been engaging with pastoralists across the Kimberley in the wake of the devastation from the recent flooding events. Eligible Kimberley pastoralists are encouraged to make an application to the PLB for rent relief for the first half of 2023 by sending a brief email to The State Support Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies has also been activated, enabling the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to coordinate response efforts related to animal welfare. Financial assistance is available through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements Western Australia. Applicants from the shires of Derby-West Kimberley, Broome, Wyndham-East Kimberley and Halls Creek may be eligible for this funding, which includes a specific category to assist with the costs of recovery for eligible primary producers. For more information visit https// Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey "I want to be clear - our Government is fully committed to the long-term recovery of the Kimberley. "This once-in-one-hundred-year flooding event in the Kimberley has been the worst flooding disaster in our State's history. "This Government, on advice from the Pastoral Lands Board, will waive rental payments for the first half of 2023 for 92 Kimberley pastoralists who have been impacted by the Kimberley floods. "As we know, the rebuild and recovery process following catastrophic events takes a long time and this support will enable pastoralists to receive some reprieve as they begin the recovery process." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis "There will be a long road to recovery for communities and pastoral stations impacted by the unprecedented flood emergency in the Kimberley. "Along with the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding, this rent relief package will go some way to getting industry back on its feet during this difficult time. "The McGowan Government continues to work alongside primary producers to provide practical support on the ground such as delivering feed to stranded livestock and addressing animal welfare concerns as they arise." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "The McGowan Government, alongside the Kimberley community, will work together during the recovery process and this rental relief package will provide some support to pastoralists as they move into recovery. "I encourage the 92 pastoralists across the Kimberley region to make an application to the Pastoral Lands Board for this rental relief package." Lands Minister's office - 6552 5300 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA Government releases response to State Infrastructure Strategy84365Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements29740html3/02/2023 3:02:08 AM2023-02-03T03:00:00Z WA Government response to the first State Infrastructure Strategy released Vast majority of strategy recommendations supported by Government Response provides an overview of Government actions taken to address Strategy's 93 recommendations The State Government has today released its response to Western Australia's first State Infrastructure Strategy - Foundations for stronger tomorrow. After extensive consultation across the public sector, the Government has supported the majority of recommendations made by Infrastructure WA in its inaugural strategy. Infrastructure WA made 93 recommendations across nine sectors and seven themes, ranging from climate action and sustainability to transport, health and planning. Some of the recommendations the Government fully supports relate to climate change adaption; developing the State's hydrogen industry; investment in social and affordable housing; undertaking strategic planning for Westport; continuing to alleviate demand on the health system and deliver targeted investment in hospitals; and improving the quality and resilience of infrastructure and services provided in remote Aboriginal communities. The response demonstrates the Government's commitment to managing demand on infrastructure, maximising existing assets, and enhancing infrastructure planning. Under the Infrastructure WA Act 2019, the State Government is required to provide a response to the Strategy's recommendations within six months of its release. To read the WA Government Response to the State Infrastructure Strategy, visit https// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australia's first State Infrastructure Strategy provided 93 wide-ranging recommendations to improve how we manage, deliver and plan for State infrastructure. "The State Government response demonstrates our commitment to these objectives, with almost all of Infrastructure WA's recommendations either fully or partially supported. "The McGowan Government has committed to a record infrastructure program, and this response shows how we will continue to ensure current and future investment delivers lasting benefits to the Western Australian community." Premier's office - 6552 5200