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Committee to kick-start growth plan for Bunbury and Collie19263Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/04/2018 7:31:47 AM2018-04-20T07:30:00Z Ministerial Steering Committee to oversee development of an economic development plan for Collie and Bunbury regions Committee to explore ways to diversify the regions and drive job growth Inaugural meeting today in Collie Strategic opportunities to drive economic growth and job opportunities for Bunbury, Collie and surrounding areas are the focus of an inaugural steering committee meeting today. The Ministerial Steering Committee, chaired by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, will oversee the creation of an economic development plan targeting the region. The committee, whose membership also includes Reece Whitby MLA, Mick Murray MLA, Robyn Clarke MLA and Don Punch MLA, will convene for an initial term of 12 months. A multi-agency approach, facilitated by the South-West Development Commission, is being undertaken to develop and implement the plan. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "There is enormous growth potential in Bunbury and Collie; our plan will help to drive future development by identifying new industry, employment, upskilling and training opportunities, as well as building community capacity. "We are focused on jobs creation and economic diversification to create a sustainable, prosperous future with a diversity of employment and business opportunities for local people. "Over the next 12 months, we will work towards creating a strategic plan that will look at new opportunities for industry and jobs, training plans to assist workers and young people to develop capabilities to work in new regional industries, and programs to build community capacity. "We will be working closely with local industry and the community to identify and build on the existing strengths of Bunbury and Collie to help unlock new opportunities for the region." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "It's great to be part of a committee that will provide direction for towns in the Collie-Bunbury region. "This will ensure that there's a co-ordinated approach to building economic opportunities across the region. "Too often we have been competing against each other but now I look forward to working together for a positive outcome." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "There is huge opportunity in our region to attract new industries, particularly within the manufacturing sector, to generate significant jobs growth and to make the most of our existing assets like the Bunbury Port. I am very pleased to be involved with any initiatives that support these outcomes. "It is well known that when Collie sneezes, Bunbury catches a cold, so we must work together to grow jobs. "Having the Minister for Regional Development working directly with myself and Mr Murray as local members to focus attention on securing the strongest possible jobs growth for our communities is a great step forward, and demonstrates the commitment of the McGowan Government to our region." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WorkSafe investigates death of worker at Woodman Point19260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/04/2018 6:44:25 AM2018-04-20T06:40:00Z Worker fatality at Water Corporation site in Munster WorkSafe is investigating the incident The State Government has been advised that a man has died today at the Water Corporation's Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Munster. WorkSafe inspectors travelled to the site today to investigate and interview witnesses. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious work-related injuries and deaths in Western Australia with a view to preventing future incidents of a similar nature. Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "I'm saddened by the news of the fatality this morning and send my condolences to the victim's family and friends. "The safety of workers is one of the McGowan Government's highest priorities. "We will investigate this matter further to find out exactly what happened and how it can be prevented in the future." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Community services improved thanks to Lotterywest19259Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/04/2018 6:00:41 AM2018-04-20T06:00:00Z Community First International, Volunteer Task Force and Care Options merge to better serve 10,000 vulnerable people, thanks to a Lotterywest grant Three important community organisations have merged to form Chorus Australia - bringing together almost 1,000 employees and volunteers in support of the aged care, disability and mental health sectors. Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray presented Chorus Australia with a $506,000 Lotterywest grant in Mandurah this week to assist with the amalgamation. The organisations - Community First International, Volunteer Task Force and Care Options - will now operate together under the Chorus Australia umbrella, as part of moves to improve their ability to serve some of the community's most vulnerable. The grant will enable the introduction of a new service model for a range of services to more than 10,000 people in need across the metropolitan, Peel and South-West regions. The organisations will be fully integrated under the Chorus Australia umbrella by June 2018. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "Organisations like Chorus Australia do such important work out in our communities, making sure those in need are able to live the best lives possible. "By amalgamating under the Chorus Australia umbrella, service delivery will be improved for the 10,000 people in the aged care, disabilities and mental health spaces who rely on these important services. "On behalf of the State Government, I thank Lotterywest retailers and those who play Lotterywest games who help us support initiatives like these." Comment attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "Our volunteers and community workers in Mandurah do such great work and I welcome this important announcement. I look forward to working closely with Chorus Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Perth to host World Indigenous Tourism Summit in 202019213Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3460html19/04/2018 4:56:16 AM2018-04-19T04:30:00Z Perth selected to host World Indigenous Tourism Summit in April 2020 Expected to attract hundreds of interstate and international delegates to WA Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA Western Australia has been announced as the successful host of the third World Indigenous Tourism Summit in April 2020. Thanks to a successful bid by the WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC), with support from the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) and the State Government through Tourism Western Australia, the summit is expected to attract hundreds of delegates from around Australia and the world. The summit brings together indigenous tourism operators and world leaders to discuss economic, environmental, social and political advances and challenges in indigenous tourism. It also provides a forum for indigenous people to share collective wisdom, knowledge and traditions handed down through generations. The biennial event has previously been held in Canada and New Zealand. The 2018 summit in New Zealand attracted about 250 delegates from around the world. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "I would like to thank WAITOC and PCB on putting together a successful bid for Western Australia to host this global summit, which will shine a spotlight on Perth and the State's extraordinary Aboriginal tourism sector. "The event will not only promote our unique Aboriginal culture, but also give us insights into how others around the world support indigenous tourism. "Aboriginal tourism plays an important part of Tourism WA's Two-year Action Plan which will attract more visitors to Western Australia, encourage them to stay longer, disperse further into the regions and do more while they're here. "There is a strong opportunity to capitalise on the increasing interest in Aboriginal tourism, and the State Government, through Tourism WA and in partnership with WAITOC, is working on a number of initiatives to help further grow the sector in the State." Minister's office - 6552 5600
West End linked to Wadjemup walk trails19190Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4560html19/04/2018 4:28:20 AM2018-04-19T04:15:00Z Five trails of the 45km Wadjemup Bidi on Rottnest Island are now open Community collaboration helps deliver project at nearly 50 per cent under budget The final section of the Wadjemup Bidi project is now open, completing the 45 kilometre network of walk trails on Rottnest Island. Ngank Wen Bidi takes in the far reaches of the island's scenic West End. For the first time, visitors will have formal access to the stunning Rocky Bay and Marjorie Bay. The trail also takes visitors past the colony of New Zealand fur seals in the waters at Cathedral Rocks, and onto the rugged coastline of Cape Vlamingh and Fish Hook Bay. Planned as a five-year $8 million project, the five Wadjemup Bidi sections were delivered in four and a half years at $4,317,941. The project also received $210,000 from the Australian Government as part of the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program 2014-18. Aboriginal interpretation elements were incorporated into the design and construction, with artwork, audio and signage offering cultural insight along the trail. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Wadjemup Bidi connects the island's unique natural features, abundance of wildlife and rich cultural heritage. "The project was marked by an unprecedented level of co-operation and support from the community with volunteers, corporate partners, the Aboriginal community and government working together." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Wadjemup Bidi is a low-impact trail which uses environmentally sensitive, long lifespan composites and materials made from single-use plastic bags for walkways, stairs and signage. "The trail will greatly reduce environmental damage from visitors making their own way across coastal habitats and scrub heath while providing formal, safe access to this remarkable coastline." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Construction begins on new Rottnest offerings19189Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4210html19/04/2018 4:24:03 AM2018-04-19T04:10:00Z Construction of Pinky eco village begins Creation of 40 jobs during construction, and 50 jobs when in operation Comes as exciting additions are added to Karma Resort's offerings Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has turned the first sod to mark the start of construction on the new luxury eco village at Pinky Beach. Work on the $20 million joint venture, between Baileys Group and Discovery Parks, will begin today after completing an intensive application process to ensure the development will preserve the area's environmental integrity. Set in the dunes of Pinky Beach, Discovery Eco Village Rottnest Island will offer guests the chance to experience the island's spectacular natural environment in low-impact, high-quality eco-tent accommodation. The retreat will consist of 83 eco-tents with ensuite pods, connected via elevated walkways through the dunes to the Pinky's Beach Club complex complete with swimming pool, alfresco bar and licensed dining areas. Development is on track with the first guests expected by the end of 2018. It comes as Karma is set to bring an additional touch of luxury when it opens a world-class day spa experience on Rottnest Island in the coming months. The day spa will be located in the heart of the settlement across from the accommodation at Karma Lodge. In another exciting development, Karma is also taking over operation of the Rottnest Island golf course. The arrangement will ensure the island's golfing experience in the idyllic natural surrounds, remains first class. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Whether it is premium eco-tent accommodations or the exclusivity of a day spa or golf in glorious surrounds, we are bringing more variety to Rottnest. "The island is changing, and with each new offering creating jobs and opportunities, we are ensuring Rottnest Island remains a world-class, must-visit tourism destination." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Record visitation continues for Rottnest19188Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2900html19/04/2018 4:18:42 AM2018-04-19T04:05:00Z Record number of people visited Rottnest in March 37 per cent increase by ferry compared to 2017 Increased visitation creates jobs and boosts the economy Visitation records are redefining the traditional peak season for Rottnest Island with more than 80,000 visitors flocking to the island in March 2018. Additional ferry services and value for money offerings by ferry operators has played a role, with visitation by ferry up 37 per cent compared with the same month last year. This marks the sixth consecutive month of increasing visitor numbers by ferry since October 2017, and Rottnest Island has already recorded a 15 per cent overall increase in visitation to March compared with the previous year. The McGowan Government together with the Rottnest Island Authority, continues to explore avenues to create value for money experiences for all visitors, such as the same day return, free island admission deal for children which is now in place until September 2018. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "It is extremely pleasing that we are seeing the bumper summer numbers extend into autumn. "Through increased accessibility, additional value for money offerings, and the quokka selfie drive, we're starting to redefine the boundaries for tourism on Rottnest Island. "We remain committed to making it easier and more affordable for people and families to visit the island, and experience one of the State's best getaways." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Premium upgrade for Hotel Rottnest19187Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4550html19/04/2018 4:12:09 AM2018-04-19T04:00:00Z Major expansion of Hotel Rottnest approved Additional 80 rooms to be constructed Major boost for visitors with four pools, a restaurant, function room, gym and rooftop bar Increase in employment opportunities on Rottnest Hotel Rottnest will undergo a major expansion to provide a premium accommodation option for guests to Rottnest Island. The hotel, which will be re-opened as Hotel Rottnest Resort, will add another 80 rooms and nearly double in size from 9,000sqm to 17,800sqm. The resort will include four pools (two main pools and two plunge pools for executive suites), a restaurant, function room for 250 (seated) or 400 (cocktail), gym and rooftop bar. The development was approved after detailed heritage and environmental studies, and public consultation undertaken by the Rottnest Island Authority. The expansion will provide a broad range of accommodation choices for visitors to Rottnest Island. The Hotel Rottnest restaurant and bar will continue to operate during the construction stages. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "This expansion will deliver the resort experience that many guests have been calling for on Rottnest Island. "It will encourage new visitors and bring back people who may not have been to the island for years. "It will boost competition, create jobs, and make Rottnest a stronger competitor with international holiday destinations." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Suicide prevention training across WA19186Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6000html19/04/2018 4:06:23 AM2018-04-19T03:30:00Z $188,000 worth of grants for local government, not-for-profit organisations and community groups The grants will help higher-risk populations increase their capacity to prevent and respond to suicide in their communities The State Government has allocated more than $188,000 worth of training grants to 12 community organisations to help build resilience and prevent suicide in local communities. Organisations have been provided funding through the State Government's Suicide Prevention Grants to deliver evidence-based suicide prevention training with a focus on the priority populations identified in the State-wide suicide prevention strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020. On average, around one person each day loses their life to suicide in Western Australia. Providing grants for training strengthens the capacity of the community to help reduce the incidence of suicide, especially among groups that are particularly vulnerable, and support people with suicidal ideation or behaviour. The training will be delivered across Western Australia by local governments, not-for-profit organisations and community groups who were invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000. The training will help participants acquire the skills and knowledge to help prevent and recognise suicidal behaviour and mental health issues, while building resilience and support within their community. Mental Health Minister Roger Cook today visited mentors from The Wirrpanda Foundation who deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid Training and are recipients of a $17,550 grant from the State Government. The foundation assists the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across metropolitan Perth, as well as in the Pilbara, Kimberley, Great Southern, Goldfields, Mid-West and Wheatbelt regions. For immediate support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling, or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14. For information on mental health and wellbeing, visit http//www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Tragically, too many people in Western Australia are affected by suicide each year. It is devastating to individuals, families, workplaces and communities. "The McGowan Government will continue to play its part in addressing this issue, and helping communities throughout Western Australia build their resilience and learn new skills to support themselves and other people in their community. "We are putting this funding towards where it is most needed, focusing on priority groups within our communities. Together, we must ensure that Western Australians' mental health and wellbeing is a priority across the State." Minister's office - 6552 6500 Abbreviations for the table below ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training MHFA - Mental Health First Aid YMHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid OCMH - Opening Closets Mental Health SSSY- Staying Safe with Solid Yarning CL - Conversations for Life Organisation Grant purpose Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors Inc. To deliver ASIST to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds in the metropolitan region. City of Cockburn To deliver safeTALK training to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people; people from CaLD backgrounds; men across the lifespan; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex (LGBTI) people in the metropolitan region. City of Stirling To deliver ASIST and safeTALK training to people from CaLD backgrounds in the metropolitan region. Fairbridge Western Australia To deliver ASIST and YMHFA training to people who have been bereaved by suicide in the South-West region. Lake Grace Community Resource Centre To deliver safeTALK, ASIST and Gatekeeper training to people living in rural and remote areas in the Wheatbelt region. Living Proud Inc. (Application 1) To deliver OCMH training to LGBTI people in the metropolitan region. Living Proud Inc. (Application 2) To deliver ASIST to LGBTI people in the metropolitan region. Shire of Pingelly To deliver MHFA, SSSY and CL training to people living in rural and remote areas in the Wheatbelt region. Shire of Victoria Plains To deliver ASIST to first responders and people living in rural and remote areas in the Wheatbelt region. Shire of Waroona To deliver ASIST and safeTALK training to first responders in the metropolitan region. South West Autism Network Inc. To deliver YMHFA training to people living in rural and remote areas in the South-West region. The Wirrpanda Foundation Ltd. To deliver YMHFA training to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people in the metropolitan region for participants who live in the Perth, Pilbara, Kimberley, Great Southern, Goldfields/Mid-West and Wheatbelt regions. TransFolk of WA (auspiced by Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays Perth Inc.) To deliver ASIST to LGBTI people in the metropolitan region.
Tourism or charter opportunity at new Burswood Jetty19183Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6350html19/04/2018 2:00:42 AM2018-04-19T02:00:00Z Expressions of interest open for tourism or charter boat opportunity at Burswood Jetty Vessel operators offered an exclusive use licence for one of the three berths at the custom-built facility New $5 million Burswood Jetty to be open in mid-2018 Swan River cruise operators and charter services can now bid for exclusive access to one of three berths at the new jetty near Optus Stadium. The Department of Transport - the jetty manager - today called for expressions of interest from commercial vessel operators wanting to operate from Burswood Jetty. The proposed licence would secure exclusive access for a company to operate from a dedicated berth on major event days at Optus Stadium, and priority access for the remainder of the time. The exclusive berth licence will also provide revenue for the State Government to pay for ongoing jetty maintenance and operations. The remaining two short-term berths will be available to recreational and commercial craft on demand. Installation of the floating jetty is now underway following the arrival of the three 32 metre steel pontoons on site last month from their fabrication base in Henderson. The completed 96 metre jetty will run parallel to the shoreline, and is located west of Optus Stadium and 90 metres north of Matagarup Bridge. Jetty installation work is due for completion in May, followed by operational trials ahead of a formal opening to recreational and commercial craft. Works associated with the passenger congregation area adjacent to the jetty are also nearing completion, including landscaping and installation of indigenous artwork to protective shelters. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is an outstanding business opportunity for tourism-based commercial vessel operators planning to expand their operations to include the new jetty. "The proposed licence will maximise efficient use of the jetty structure while maintaining public safety during periods of peak demand. "Burswood Jetty is an exciting project that provides a new on-water facility for public and commercial use, and offers another transport option for people accessing Optus Stadium and the surrounding precinct." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Tenders progress Morley-Ellenbrook Line planning19181Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8560html19/04/2018 1:06:40 AM2018-04-19T01:00:00Z Major tender awarded to progress detailed planning for METRONET Consultant team led by ARUP Pty Ltd chosen to assist with route options, engineering and planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line Tender award follows community survey and forum held in Ellenbrook in March Applications now open for Morley-Ellenbrook Line business case development tender A tender for engineering and planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line has now been awarded, while applications are now open to help develop a business case for the vital METRONET project. Perth-based consultancy group ARUP has been chosen to work with the METRONET team to investigate and plan the early stages of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line project. The team including ARUP, Roberts Day and Ernst and Young brings together a wide range of skills to support the METRONET team in undertaking the options analysis and design work required for the project, as part of developing a robust business case. Once the business case has been finalised and a preferred option is confirmed, work will begin to develop the concept designs to inform a final government investment decision, enabling the project to move into procurement and delivery. To ensure the project represents the best outcome for local communities, the work undertaken will include route option analysis; preliminary land use investigations; planning and concept designs, including any grade separations, stations and surrounding precincts. This work will be a key input into the wider economic analysis and business case development work, which will be contracted separately in the coming months. A tender for similar work on the Karnup Station project has also been awarded to GHD Pty Ltd. Meanwhile, a tender for the new Midland Station and Midland Line Extension to Bellevue will be awarded soon. Local businesses are encouraged to bid for future works related to the METRONET program via http//www.tenders.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Initial planning and early community consultation for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line have taken place, so we have now entered a far more detailed planning phase. "We recently revealed concept plans for the Bayswater Station upgrade, which will start construction next year and form the first stage of works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. "The awarding of these tenders will allow the project team to progress developing the necessary business cases for the proposed projects so Government can assess the best outcome for the community." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Perth to host Australia’s largest tourism trade event in 201919176Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6680html19/04/2018 12:33:15 AM2018-04-19T00:30:00Z Australia's biggest tourism trade event to be held in Perth in 2019 Opportunity to showcase the changing face of Perth and WA to the world Event will bring 3,000 visitors, filling our hotel rooms, creating jobs and boosting the economy The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has secured Australia's largest annual tourism trade event to be held in Perth in 2019. The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE19) brings together Australian tourism businesses, wholesalers, and retailers, from around the world, through a combination of scheduled business appointments and networking events. The event will also give international travel buyers and media, the opportunity to experience all the changes that have happened around Perth and Western Australia first-hand through pre and post-event familiarisations at a variety of destinations around Perth and regional WA. About 3,000 delegates, including key Australian sellers and buyers from more than 30 countries, and more than 80 international and Australian media, attend this global event each year. Organised by Tourism Australia, in partnership with Tourism WA, ATE19 will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 8 to 12, 2019. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "We've seen Perth, Australia's sunniest capital city, transform into one of the nation's most interesting destinations with a vibrant city life surrounded by nature, and ATE19 will be our time to really shine for an international audience. "We want Perth to be one of the most desirable leisure and business event destinations in the world, and ATE19 gives us an extraordinary opportunity to position ourselves as Australia's western gateway. "ATE19 will bring hundreds of key international wholesale and retail buyers as well as journalists and digital influencers to explore what's on offer in Perth and regional WA." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Support for financial sustainability for MG Corporation8603Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8280html18/04/2018 7:35:01 AM2018-04-18T07:30:00Z McGowan Government to facilitate transfer of land parcels in the Goomig Farm Area to MG Corporation Financial contribution to MG Corporation to support moves to become self-sustainable Arrangement to stimulate agricultural expansion, generating jobs and growth Development in the far north has been given a boost today, as Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan confirmed the State's commitment to facilitate the transfer of 675 hectares of the Goomig Farm Area to a local Aboriginal corporation. The Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal Corporation (MG Corporation) will receive two land parcels in the Goomig Farm Area, 25 kilometres north of Kununurra, as part of its Native Title settlement under the Ord Final Agreement. In a mark of good faith and an assurance to stimulate local jobs and growth, the State will transfer the land for a peppercorn payment. The State has also allocated $500,000 to the MG Corporation over two years to support the organisation's path to financial sustainability. The McGowan Government is moving to realise the long-awaited potential in the Ord Valley, including broadacre farming and processing opportunities. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "It is an investment in the future capacity of the MG Corporation to explore avenues to build solid business and employment opportunities that will bring wide-ranging benefits to future generations. "MG Corporation is an important stakeholder in the development of the Ord, and has already demonstrated a willingness to work with other partners to progress opportunities. "We want to work with MG to explore creative agricultural expansion to add to the critical mass of the Ord horticultural industry." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "This arrangement will provide MG Corporation and its people with security of tenure and the means to move towards their goal to become economically self-sufficient. "The transfer of these lands marks another significant step forward for the growth of agricultural entrepreneurship and the creation of jobs led by a local Aboriginal corporation." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500
12 new Aboriginal ranger jobs in WA's South-West8600Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3890html18/04/2018 6:11:43 AM2018-04-18T06:10:00Z McGowan Government delivers real jobs in the regions 12 new ranger trainees employed as part of South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council project The McGowan Labor Government has today announced is it progressing with the recruitment of 12 Aboriginal ranger positions in the State's South-West under the Aboriginal Ranger Program. The new positions are part of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council's Noongar Boodja Mentored Employment and Training Partnership project delivered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). The project will employ 12 Noongar trainee rangers on 16-month mentored training placements with DBCA. One male and one female Noongar ranger will be directly employed and trained by the department to undertake work on conservation reserves in each of the six South West Native Title Agreement Areas. Throughout the 16-month program, participants will be given the opportunity to undertake qualifications for Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management and DBCA's Fire Fighting Crew Member Course. The project will increase capacity in the Noongar community to undertake conservation and land management activities on lands that will come across to Noongar ownership and control, as part of the South West Native Title Agreement. It will also increase capacity to undertake joint management of the conservation estate in Noongar Boodja once the agreement is implemented. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The employment and training of Aboriginal rangers is a key priority for the McGowan Labor Government. "Since coming into Government, we have rapidly progressed the $20 million Aboriginal Ranger Program to deliver on-ground action to support new and existing ranger groups throughout the State. "Around $8.5 million in funding has been provided to 13 groups under round one of the program, providing real jobs and economic and social benefits. "The employment of Aboriginal rangers will provide mentoring and training in conservation works such as biodiversity monitoring and research, management of tourism and cultural sites, weeds and feral animals, prescribed burning, bushfire suppression and environmental protection works." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Twenty-year celebration for Breastfeeding Centre8599Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2970html18/04/2018 6:00:32 AM2018-04-18T06:00:00Z 20 years of supporting women to breastfeed 20 years of educating and guiding health professionals The Breastfeeding Centre of WA today celebrates 20 years of supporting women to breastfeed. The centre officially opened in April 1998, and has since become the mainstay of breastfeeding information and support for WA families and health professionals throughout the State. Coming from humble beginnings in 1998, the centre has transformed from a small clinic to become a network that provides a State-wide telephone counselling service, telehealth service and an outpatient service for mothers and babies at King Edward Memorial Hospital. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health Alanna Clohesy MLC represented the Minister at the celebrations today. Attending the celebrations were former and current staff, clients and their children along with Adjunct Associate Professor Robyn Collins, one of the Breastfeeding Centre's initiators. The Breastfeeding Centre's services cater to women in various areas. The State-wide telephone counselling service means that advice is available to women in remote and rural areas, or even women who just need some simple breastfeeding tips but do not necessarily require extensive intervention. The centre also recognises the role of health professionals in the establishment of breastfeeding. Having experts available to offer training, education and guidance to medical staff, GPs, pharmacists and midwifery staff and students ensures any problems with breastfeeding can be addressed at various opportunities during a patient's care journey. In 2017, more than 1,200 new mothers and babies attended the centre and were able to spend up to six hours overcoming breastfeeding difficulties with the help of a midwife or lactation consultant. Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Health Alanna Clohesy MLC "The Breastfeeding Centre of WA significantly contributes to the improvement of the health, nutrition and wellbeing of infants, young children and mothers. "With innovative thinking and a team of committed experts, an exceptional service has been created which continues to bring about positive outcomes for the women and babies who seek breastfeeding support. "The World Health Organisation recommends babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months. In Australia around 92 per cent of babies are breastfed for the first month but this figure drops to just 14 per cent by the age of six months. "This shows that while most women want to breastfeed, it can be difficult without support. "The centre plays an invaluable role in supporting women who want to continue breastfeeding." Minister's office - 6552 6500
State Government awards compensation to Gene Gibson8597Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7450html18/04/2018 4:45:05 AM2018-04-18T04:45:00Z $1.5 million allocated for compensation to Gene Gibson who was wrongfully convicted of the manslaughter of Josh Warneke The McGowan Labor Government will make a compensation payment in the sum of $1.3 million to Mr Gene Gibson. Mr Gibson is a young indigenous man from the remote community of Kiwirrkurra, who was convicted on his plea of guilty to manslaughter of Joshua Warneke in Broome in 2010. After Mr Gibson had been sentenced, the police investigation into the death of Mr Warneke was the subject of three reviews. The police investigation which led to the prosecution and conviction of Mr Gibson for manslaughter was found to be flawed. Mr Gibson served about four years and eight months in prison before the Court of Appeal set aside that conviction and acquitted Mr Gibson of the charge in April last year. The total allocation for the payment is $1.5 million. $1.3 million will be paid into a trust to be administered by the Public Trustee, and an additional $200,000 will be set aside for management fees to be incurred by the Public Trustee in the administration of that trust. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "The State makes this payment in recognition of the miscarriage of justice suffered by Mr Gibson. "In making this payment, the State has taken into account the flaws in the investigation, Mr Gibson's vulnerability, loss of liberty, and the hardship, hurt and loss he would have experienced as a result of his conviction and imprisonment. "The State believes that a payment of $1.5 million is appropriate in all of the circumstances and adequately reflects the gravity of the wrong done to Mr Gibson by the State, as well as the fees that will be incurred by the Public Trustee. "Given the high incidence of indigenous people who suffer from cognitive disabilities, the McGowan Labor Government is committed to progressing reforms to the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act. "Given the longstanding and widely recognised deficiencies with the current legislation and the complex matters addressed in it, we will ensure the reforms are appropriately designed, drafted and implemented. "The suite of reforms, which are under development, will bring WA into line with the rest of Australia and improve human rights standards and procedural fairness." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Bentley Maternity Unit receives certainty to continue the vital service8595Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8610html18/04/2018 3:50:01 AM2018-04-18T03:00:00Z Future of the Bentley Health Service Maternity Unit secured for at least five years About 800 babies born every year at the community maternity unit The McGowan Government recognises the importance of this dedicated local facility Health Minister Roger Cook today formally announced that the Maternity Unit of the Bentley Health Service will remain open and further guaranteed its operation for at least another five years. The Minister said the unit played a vital role in the local community - last year more than 800 babies were born at Bentley Hospital. Bentley Health Service is noted for the extremely diverse population base that it serves, with 70 per cent of women who use the maternity facilities not having English as their first language. The maternity unit comprises 23 beds, in addition to three labour rooms, and two assessment rooms. This year the unit launched a new 'shared care' pathway model, which is a joint arrangement between Bentley Hospital and GPs in Western Australia. Patients who choose shared care deliver their baby at Bentley Maternity Unit. The arrangement allows healthy, low-risk pregnant women to continue to see their GP for most antenatal appointments during their pregnancy but also includes antenatal care with a specialist obstetrician at Bentley Antenatal Clinic, within Bentley Health Service. Significantly, the maternity unit at Bentley Health Service employs a range of medical and ancillary staff - from nurses and midwives, to specialist clinicians and administrators to kitchen assistants. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The Bentley Health Service has a long and proud history of providing vital health services to the local community, and last year celebrated its 50th birthday. "We are providing much needed certainty to this vital service to ensure it continues to be part of the local community for at least a further five years. The Bentley maternity unit was on the brink of closing based on the Liberals' and Nationals' decision. "The former Liberal National Government were forced to backflip on their dreadful decision to close this important facility; the McGowan Government recognises the important role it plays in the community and are backing it into the future. "The maternity unit's new 'shared care' pathway model welcomed its first patient earlier this year and the funding announced today ensures that services continue to be available for local women. "The arrangement has been warmly welcomed by medical and midwifery staff as well as the local community." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Statement from Tourism Minister Paul Papalia8592Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14610html18/04/2018 1:54:32 AM2018-04-18T01:45:00Z "While the State Government is disappointed in the decision to cancel this year's Margaret River Pro, we support the approach taken to ensure competitors are safe. "Yesterday afternoon the State Government was advised that the organisers were satisfied the event could continue, after we put in place a number of measures to improve safety and monitoring at the event, which included Mobilising a large vessel from the Abrolhos Islands to monitor the competition waters; Removing the dead whale carcass from Lefthanders surf break in Gracetown; Providing departmental staff to help Margaret River Pro organisers oversee their shark mitigation strategies; and In addition to these measures, the Government has the Surf Life Saving WA helicopter service currently operating seven days a week in the South-West, which includes the competition area. "The World Surf League is responsible for the operation of the competition and cancelling the event was their decision. "We respect their decision and look forward to working with the WSL into the future. "The Margaret River Pro has become an important part of WA's event calendar and the WSL is a valued partner. "When the event's five-year contract came to an end last year, there was speculation it may be dropped from the championship circuit, but after extensive campaigning by the McGowan Government and Surfing WA - the event was secured for another two years. "After speaking with the WSL management this morning, they have confirmed they will be back for the 2019 Margaret River Pro and the State is no worse off financially from the cancellation of this year's event. "We will continue to work with WSL and Surfing WA to retain the Margaret River Pro as a stop on the championship tour beyond 2019." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Unlocking carbon potential for pastoralists8591Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11020html18/04/2018 1:09:28 AM2018-04-18T01:00:00Z McGowan Government lends support to pastoralists to examine carbon potential and regenerate pastoral land The McGowan Government has provided in-principle backing for Western Australian pastoralists wanting to unlock the carbon potential of their lands. The State will back a number of pilot sequestration offset projects by pastoralists, which focus on grazing strategies that increase regeneration of native vegetation and in the process extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These projects not only sequester carbon, but will aid the regeneration of the pastoral lands. Projects will also need to meet a range of eligibility criteria and relevant State and Commonwealth legislative requirements, including consistency with the terms of the pastoral lease and impacts on mining. In-principle support for eligible projects will allow pastoralists to register under the Commonwealth's $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund, and the option to take part in its upcoming reverse auction. The State will then consider eligible projects over the next 12 months, after which a final determination will be made on the provision of interest holder consent, which is required under the Emissions Reduction Fund. For more details, including the eligibility criteria, visit http//www.agric.wa.gov.au/carbonfarmingpotential Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Leading pastoralists across WA have been developing new ways to manage grazing to improve pastoral land condition and vegetation. "WA pastoralists have missed out in the past because of State Government inaction; Queensland and New South Wales have received more than $800 million in carbon farming credits, and it's time WA had its fair share. "Supporting carbon farming is critical to the Government's pastoral lands reform process and will help pastoralists to diversify their activities, improve pastoral condition and support regional jobs." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The State Government will consider suitable pilot projects put forward by pastoral lessees, including a requirement of carbon being locked up for at least 25 years by improving grazing management. "Following the 12-month consideration phase, the Government will then make a final decision on whether to provide consent to the identified pilot projects. "This is a new approach which is complex, so this initial pilot work will provide an opportunity to more thoroughly assess the potential for broader carbon farming opportunities." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "I am happy to support these pilot programs that will sequester carbon from the atmosphere, help regenerate pastoral lands and protect the environment for future generations. "This carbon farming plan provides a real prospect for depleted pastoral lands to be restored in an environmentally-sustainable way." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Trail celebrates Sikh heritage8589Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13040html17/04/2018 8:02:33 AM2018-04-17T08:00:00Z Australian Sikh Heritage Trail pays tribute to Western Australia's unique heritage A trail that recognises the remarkable contributions of Sikhs to Western Australia was officially opened today by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Acting Local Government and Heritage Minister and Cannington MLA Bill Johnston. The Australian Sikh Heritage Trail at Adenia Park in Riverton was recently completed and includes upgrades to the 250 metre-long trail and footpath, in addition to new interpretation facilities with signage, seating and features depicting heritage values. The trail will provide visitors with information about the history of the Australian Sikh community, as well as information about Whadjuk Noongar culture and the Swan Canning Riverpark. The project has been a collaboration between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA); the Australian Sikh Heritage Association and the City of Canning. It forms part of DBCA's broader Swan Canning Riverpark Trails Project, connecting to other interpretation facilities in the Riverpark - known as River Journeys. DBCA and the City of Canning worked collaboratively to ensure there was minimal inconvenience to the public and Adenia Park users during construction of the new facilities. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "It's an exciting day for everyone involved in this project, which recognises and celebrates the strong links between the WA Sikh community and Adenia Park. "The park has long been associated with the religious ceremonies of the Sikh community, and was the first location where cremations legally took place in WA in 1929 after the Sikh community campaigned for cremation to be legalised." Comments attributed to Tourism and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "The trail is a celebration of our multiculturalism throughout history. "It will promote Western Australia's culturally diverse heritage to all visitors, from the local Canning community to interstate and international tourists - including visitors from India." Comments attributed to Acting Local Government and Heritage Minister and Cannington MLA Bill Johnston "The heritage trail is a great initiative which offers an outstanding inclusive and cultural experience for all Western Australians to enjoy. "Sikhs have made significant contributions to WA communities since the 1860s, historically working as cameleers, hawkers, entrepreneurs, wrestlers and were also Anzacs." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Tourism and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 5600 Local Government and Heritage Minister's office - 6552 5400