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Australia's largest distributed energy microgrid47613Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2016 4:05:34 AM2016-09-30T04:05:00Za Renewable energy to power more than half of Onslow's electricity needs The Liberal National Government today announced the development of Australia's largest distributed energy resource microgrid, which aims to deliver more than 50 per cent of Onslow's electricity needs with renewable energy. Energy Minister Mike Nahan said the new Onslow microgrid would include a mix of distributed solar energy generation and battery storage. The project includes essential electricity network infrastructure, a new transmission line and substation, as well as a 5.25 megawatt gas-fired modular power station, designed to efficiently contract in size as the renewable energy contribution expands to meet energy needs. "This project connects traditional energy sources with solar power and battery storage to deliver more than half of Onslow's electricity needs with renewables," Dr Nahan said. "This will be Australia's largest distributed energy microgrid, creating a new era of energy competition and efficiency for households and businesses. The development of a renewable energy microgrid in Onslow is another great example of how the State Government, by partnering with industry, is leading the way in renewable energy." State Development Minister Bill Marmion said innovative technological advances presented the opportunity to revisit the approach previously negotiated under the State Development Agreement for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project. "The State Government, Horizon Power and Chevron agree the redesign of the gas-fired modular power station is the best way to integrate with the latest renewable energy technology and ensure a more sustainable energy supply," Mr Marmion said. "As part of its obligations under the State Development Agreement, Chevron will provide a financial contribution for Horizon Power to build the power infrastructure." Fact File Works on the power station are set to start in early 2017, with completion expected in early 2018 The Chevron-operated Wheatstone project has committed more than $250m to social and critical infrastructure projects in Onslow including health, recreation and utilities The State Government has committed about $70m to the project The Wheatstone project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by JERA Energy Minister's office - 6552 5700 State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800
Check SharkSmart before entering water47612Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2016 4:00:04 AM2016-09-30T04:00:00Za New campaign launched encouraging visits to SharkSmart before entering ocean All shark sightings should be reported to Water Police A new digital campaign promoting the importance of using the SharkSmart website has been launched as daily metropolitan beach helicopter patrols prepare to begin operations for the 2016-17 season. Premier Colin Barnett said the SharkSmart website provided the very latest information on shark activity and always checking this valuable resource before heading into the ocean was strongly advised. "Whether you plan to go for a swim, dive or jump on your surfboard in the ocean, remember to make a habit of always checking the SharkSmart website before entering the water," Mr Barnett said. "SharkSmart displays the very latest shark activity information available, giving the public details of known shark sightings which provides useful guidance, particularly when away from patrolled beaches." The Premier said the Liberal National Government provided funds to Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) for the beach and aerial patrols, which begin daily from tomorrow and run throughout the season, and had also funded beach enclosures which provided extra safety for beach users, as well as a broad range of other shark hazard mitigation strategies. Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the SharkSmart summer campaign also reminded everyone to report shark sightings to the Water Police as this information was communicated through the SharkSmart website, the SLSWA twitter, and via SMS to the relevant beach safety authorities and organisations so they could take a variety of safety actions if required. "If you see a shark, after alerting anyone around you, make sure you then immediately report it to the Water Police on 9442 8600," Mr Francis said. "Using our great beaches is an important part of the wonderful way of life in Western Australia, and quickly reporting sharks and regularly using SharkSmart will make the experience safer and more enjoyable for all of us." Fact File Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has committed more than $30 million to beach safety and shark hazard mitigation The State Government allocated $400,000 for beach enclosures in 2016-17, $200,000 for a new enclosure at Quinns Rocks and $200,000 to supplement funding committed last year for an enclosure at Sorrento The Government provides $3.3 million a year to SLSWA for beach and aerial patrols Premier's office - 6552 5000 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500
New advanced meters for regional customers47610Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2016 3:45:09 AM2016-09-30T03:45:00Za Horizon Power customers now benefiting from new advanced meters Works start for last Karratha suburb in Pilbara Underground Power Project More than 47,000 old electricity meters have now been replaced with new advanced meters, with Energy Minister Mike Nahan today announcing the completion of the project. Visiting the Pilbara today, Dr Nahan said the new meters - which automatically read electricity consumption, resulting in more accurate and timely billing for customers - had been installed across Horizon Power's network on budget and ahead of schedule. "The Liberal National Government invested $34.1 million in this project to ensure the new advanced meters were provided and installed free of charge, allowing regional customers to be the first in Western Australia to enjoy the benefits of this new and exciting technology," he said. "Previously, many customers were receiving estimated reads because of locked gates or dogs, but the new meters will mean estimated bills will largely be a thing of the past, except for some very remote customers. "The new meters enable Horizon Power to reconnect or disconnect customers more quickly if they are moving house, and identify faults faster because they will be able to see whether the fault is inside the house or on the network. "In the future, customers will also be able to access the data from the advanced meters to help them better manage their electricity use and ultimately their bills." In Karratha, Dr Nahan also announced that work undergrounding the overhead electrical network had kicked off in Nickol, the last Karratha suburb to be part of the Pilbara Underground Power Project. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said an extra 1,159 lots had been undergrounded in the light industrial area, Bulgarra West and Pegs Creek, as well as the CBD and the remaining lots in Roebourne, since the project recommenced in November 2014, thanks to additional Royalties for Regions funding of $75 million. "Underground networks experience fewer outages during cyclones, eliminate dangers associated with fallen power lines and improve the aesthetic appeal of towns," Mr Redman said. "This is a significant investment by Royalties for Regions and it reflects the State Government's continued commitment to regional economic development." Dr Nahan said the second phase of the project was ahead of schedule and on budget, and he expected all of Karratha, including the 1,000 remaining lots in the suburb of Nickol, to be completed by the end of 2017. Fact File More than 47,000 old meters have now been replaced with new advanced meters Karratha was the last of Horizon Power's service area to have the new meters installed The project started in July 2015 and the final meters were installed in late September 2016 Customers can use Horizon Power's online My Account to arrange new connections or disconnections when moving in or out of a home The Pilbara Underground Power Project has started in the Karratha suburb of Nickol Underground works are also expected to start in Onslow in the coming months, subject to final funding arrangements with the Shire of Ashburton For more information, visit https// Energy Minister's office - 6552 5700 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Greater mobile phone coverage for South-West47607Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2016 2:45:15 AM2016-09-30T02:45:00Za Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage Wilyabrup, near Yallingup, the latest location to benefit Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The South-West region continues to gain better access to mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband with a new tower officially launched today at Wilyabrup, as part of an $85 million investment through the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the new mobile tower, activated in June this year, provided modern mobile coverage to Wilyabrup extending along Caves Road between Gracetown and Yallingup, including a portion of the Margaret River coastline. "The State Government's investment of $85 million since 2012 in regional telecommunications is providing 266 new mobile phone towers across regional Western Australia," Mr Mischin said. "These are exciting times for the Wilyabrup community who can now use their computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets and other wireless devices in more places, with faster speeds and fewer drop outs." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Wilyabrup phone tower was the final of 23 towers the State Government pledged to deliver as part of the initial stage of the Regional Telecommunications Project, launched in 2014. "The new connectivity will make it easier for families to keep in touch, ensure motorists feel safer and better equipped, and improve emergency service response times," Mr Redman said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions making significant improvements in the lives of people living, working and travelling in our State's vast regional areas. "The next rollout of regional mobile phone towers will deliver 130 towers in partnership with the Australian Government as part of the Regional Telecommunications Project and the Mobile Black Spot Program." Fact File The Wilyabrup tower is delivered in partnership with Telstra The State Government's significant investment in regional telecommunications since 2012 is driving economic growth through the development of 266 new mobile phone towers in regional WA For more information, visit http// Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Rhodes grass sales drive community projects47606Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2016 2:30:47 AM2016-09-30T02:30:00Za Five community projects receive a combined total of $30,895 through the Liberal National Government's West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme Minister meets with recipients in Broome Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the successful recipients of the inaugural Liberal National Government's West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme near the Water Corporation's Rhodes grass pasture. The Water Corporation has partnered with the Lions Club of Broome to distribute $30,895 to five community projects that support education, culture, the environment, health and tackling drug and alcohol abuse. Among the recipients are Broome Senior High School, which received $7,500 for an interschool science, technology, engineering and mathematics event; and Centacare Kimberley, which received $7,700 for 'Cooking up Good Tucker', a project aimed at teaching traditional Aboriginal food preparation. Ms Davies was in Broome today to meet representatives of recipient organisations and said the grants would deliver benefits across the West Kimberley. "The funds were raised through the sale of Rhodes grass, which is grown with the help of recycled water from the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant, and sold to farmers as cattle fodder," she said. "I am pleased the State Government is able to help hardworking not-for-profit organisations and schools deliver projects and I look forward to seeing positive outcomes for the West Kimberley." The total value of each round of funding under the new scheme will depend on the amount of hay sold at each harvest, which is conducted about every six to eight weeks. The Minister said the next round of the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme would be opened in early 2017, with applications opening twice a year. Fact File For more information, visit http// The West Kimberley Community Grants scheme is delivered by the Water Corporation in partnership with the Lions Club of Broome The corporation produces Rhodes grass at its Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant as an environmentally friendly means of disposing of recycled water About 306 million litres of recycled water is used to irrigate Rhodes grass each year, which is then processed into hay and sold for stock feed to local cattle stations Minister's office - 6552 5500 West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme - Round One Recipients Dampier Local Drug Action Group received $5,188 for a community empowerment project to tackle drug and alcohol abuse in the remote Aboriginal community of Beagle Bay Broome Senior High School received $7,500 for an interschool Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education event to encourage Year 9 and 10 students to study science and maths, particularly girls Centacare Kimberley received $7,700 for 'Cooking up Good Tucker', a project aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyle choices by teaching traditional Aboriginal food preparation Broome Historical Society received $8,107 for an upgrade to the iconic Broome Museum to house the Indonesian fishing boat display Native Animal Rescue Broome received $2,400 for a new portable structure to help the group spread their message through community education.
Pilbara iron ore development to create jobs47604Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/09/2016 11:25:49 PM2016-09-29T23:00:00Za Development approval for Western Turner Syncline mine Expected $18 million capital expenditure 40 new construction jobs The Liberal National Government has approved development of iron ore deposits at Rio Tinto's Western Turner Syncline mine near Tom Price in the Pilbara. State Development Minister Bill Marmion said capital expenditure on the project was expected to be $18 million, with 40 construction jobs to be created. "The Western Turner Syncline production capacity is currently 25 million tonnes to 30 million tonnes per year," Mr Marmion said. "The approval will ensure Rio Tinto can maintain this level of production by bringing new sources of ore online. "This is great news for resources and great news for Western Australian jobs. "The development proposal was approved under a State Agreement and clearly shows these agreements ensure WA remains an attractive place for investment and continued development." Works covered by the approval include the development of deposits to the north and west of the existing mining operation, and associated works such as the construction of haul roads, site access roads, storage areas and water treatment facilities. Fact File The Western Turner Syncline development proposal was approved under the Iron Ore (Hamersley Range) Agreement Act 1963 Earlier this month, the State Government approved the expansion of Rio Tinto's Silvergrass iron ore mine, near Tom Price in 2015, WA's iron ore exports were valued at $49.8 billion Rio Tinto celebrated 50 years of iron ore exports from the Pilbara in August this year Rio Tinto operates 15 mines in WA and about 1,700km of dedicated railway Minister's office - 6552 6800
New Onslow homes for Government workers18637Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/09/2016 7:28:19 AM2016-09-29T07:15:00Za 10 new homes for key Government workers in Onslow Funded by the State Development Agreement for the Wheatstone Project Onslow is now a more attractive place to live for Government employees after the completion of 10 new homes under the Government Regional Officers' Housing (GROH) program. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls announced the completion of the homes today and said it would improve service delivery to the Pilbara town. "The delivery of essential public services to people in regional and remote Western Australia is a priority of the Liberal National Government," Mr Grylls said. "Government employees often relocate to live and work in these areas, and having good quality, affordable housing available is crucial to attracting the right people." The properties are located in LandCorp's Barrarda Estate subdivision and were built at a cost of about $5 million. State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the housing was funded by the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, a major liquefied natural gas project 12 kilometres west of Onslow. "Through its commitments under the State Development Agreement, Wheatstone provided funding to build the homes, which the Housing Authority will own and manage," Mr Marmion said. "Additional State Government funding of $3 million was used to pay for the land. "This is a great example of industry working with the Government to deliver positive community outcomes in regional WA." Fact File The 10 new homes comprise 4 x four-bedroom, 2 x three-bedroom and 4 x two-bedroom dwellings The new homes join 12 units for service workers in Onslow, completed in 2014 The Housing Authority manages 5,500 homes for Government employees across the State under the GROH program The Wheatstone Project has committed more than $250 million to social and critical infrastructure in Onslow including health, recreation and utilities. The State Government has also committed about $70 million to local facilities Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100 State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800
Sniffing out threats to protect agriculture18632Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/09/2016 2:40:06 AM2016-09-29T02:40:00Za Two new detector dogs for WA quarantine service Western Australia has two new quarantine detector dogs sniffing out potential threats to protect the State's agriculture and food sector from harmful pests, weeds and diseases. Two new labradors - Molly and Sam - joined the Department of Agriculture and Food's Quarantine WA service detector dog unit earlier this month, replacing two retiring dogs. Molly and Sam have come from Sydney where they have been training for 10 weeks. The dogs are continuing to train at Perth domestic airport terminals with Quarantine WA to be ready to protect the borders. Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the Quarantine WA service worked hard to maintain WA's biosecurity status by preventing the introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds found in other States and Territories of Australia. "The detector dog unit is one example of this work. The unit has six dogs who work in shifts at the Perth domestic airport meeting passengers off flights and checking luggage for unwanted items such as fruit and vegetables, honey and plant material," Mr Lewis said. "Last financial year there were more than 4,000 intercepts of risk material at the airport. Detections included 68 large bananas, 10 kilograms of honey, 29 mangoes, 10kg of eggplant and 46kg of cassava. "By keeping WA free of serious weeds, pests and diseases such as khapra beetle, varroa mite and Queensland fruit fly, our agricultural industries enjoy lower production costs and greater market access. "Strong border biosecurity also limits the impact of pests, weeds and diseases such as myrtle rust can impact on the environment and our social amenities. "Preventing new pests and diseases entering the State is more cost effective than trying to eradicate them when established." Fact File Sam is a chocolate labrador who is 19 months old and comes from a NSW kennel facility. Molly is a golden labrador who is 17 months old and comes from Labrador Rescue in NSW Sam and Molly replace retired dogs Oscar and Charlie Brown Minister's office - 6552 6400
The quay to showcasing WA talent18631Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/09/2016 2:35:12 AM2016-09-29T02:35:00Za Liberal National Government investment in Elizabeth Quay project continues to pay back Award-winning architect Kerry Hill leads design $300 million estimated construction project to create hundreds of jobs Concept designs have been unveiled for Elizabeth Quay's next premier hotel, residential and commercial buildings as Planning Minister Donna Faragher confirmed the sale of two lots on the western promenade. Mrs Faragher was joined by developers CA & Associates which plans to build a hotel and apartments on the site. Concept plans are the result of an international design competition for the development which was won by architect Kerry Hill. The winning design includes two towers comprising about 300 residential and 170 short-stay apartments, a hotel and a range of dining and retail options. CA & Associates plan to submit a version of the design for development approval. "Elizabeth Quay continues to attract the best Western Australia has to offer - internationally renowned architects and artists, premium restaurant operators, highly experienced developers and some of the highest land sales on record," the Minister said. "With an estimated construction value of $300 million, and a substantial injection in job growth, this development will continue Elizabeth Quay's role as an important economic driver for the State. "I would like to congratulate Kerry Hill and his team on their approach to design which maximises public access via walkways, a ground-floor plaza, art museum and viewing deck; features that will be enjoyed by the millions of annual visitors to our city. "Elizabeth Quay was always intended to showcase Perth on a national and international stage and these attractions offering sweeping views of Kings Park, the Swan River and Rottnest Island will go a long way to achieving that objective." CA & Associates will pay $85 million for the two sites, keeping the project on track to return well over half of the Liberal National Government's initial $440 million investment. "There continues to be strong interest in investment and business at Elizabeth Quay which has shaped the timing of the release of the last remaining lot which will go to market next week," Mrs Faragher said. Fact File CA & Associates is a collaboration between AAIG Pty Ltd led by Victor Goh and the Fini Group. Subject to development approval, construction of the new Elizabeth Quay development is expected to start in late 2017 Lot 4, the last remaining Elizabeth Quay lot available, on the corner of William Street and The Esplanade, will be released to the market on October 4, 2016 For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Restoration for historic Ellensbrook property18630Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/09/2016 1:17:34 AM2016-09-29T02:30:00Za 19th century Margaret River estate of Alfred and Ellen Bussell to be conserved The historic Ellensbrook property, near Margaret River, will be conserved and made more accessible to the community and visitors with $676,291 funding from Lotterywest. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said restoring the 1857 homestead and other buildings was important because the life of the Bussells at Ellensbrook added to the understanding of Western Australia's colonial heritage, rural development and relationships with Aboriginal people. "Alfred and Ellen Bussell overcame many struggles on the land to become successful pioneers and their Ellensbrook home shows the social and economic conditions of the time," Mr Jacob said. "Over the decades, the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The family sold beef, butter and cheese with much of their success due to the practical skills and energy of Ellen and two of her daughters." Between 1871 and 1877 the eldest Bussell daughter Fanny managed the homestead, dairy production and beef cattle. In 1899, the second daughter Edith established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. "Ellensbrook can also be seen as a leader in the early tourism industry in the South-West by providing accommodation and quality produce from a region that is now known around the world for excellent food," the Minister said. The Lotterywest funds will go towards stabilising walls, timber conservation, drainage and removing inappropriate restorations which are damaging the original building. Landscaping will include paths, fencing, reinstating the water wheel and conserving the weir. Outdoor furniture will be provided for picnics and to encourage more people to visit. Archaeological and historical research will look more closely at the Aboriginal significance of the site and fill in gaps in understanding the European developments. Signs will be installed to interpret Aboriginal and European heritage values. The Liberal National Government is also revitalising key heritage sites through the $4 million Heritage Revolving Fund. This fund has enabled the restoration of the Fremantle Warders' Cottages and the former Coogee Hotel and Post Office. Ellensbrook is on the Register of State Heritage Places and has been managed by the National Trust of Australia (WA) since 1978. Fact File WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $281.41 million to support the WA community For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800
State Government to establish Rural Fire Service18629Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/09/2016 2:15:04 AM2016-09-29T02:15:00Za Rural Fire Service to be established A new Office of Emergency Management to be established The Liberal National Government will support all 17 recommendations of the Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire by Euan Ferguson AFSM, including the implementation of a Rural Fire Service, Premier Colin Barnett said today. "Mr Ferguson has recommended the establishment of a Rural Fire Service and emphasises the importance of local knowledge and experience in fighting bushfires in his report," Mr Barnett said. "The State's volunteer firefighters do a magnificent job and their expertise in fighting bush fires needs to be better utilised. "The State Government will establish a Rural Fire Service as either a separate agency or sub-department of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). "Consultation will take place with relevant agencies such as the Department of Parks and Wildlife, DFES, local government, volunteer firefighters and the United Firefighters Unions of WA to investigate the best model." Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said that significantly, the implementation of many of the recommendations had already started ahead of this year's bushfire season. "Western Australia has suffered terrifying and catastrophic fires in recent years, and we will do everything we can to respond accordingly," Mr Francis said. "The State Government also supported in principle all 23 agency opportunities for improvement identified by Mr Ferguson." Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman said work was underway to address bushfire risk on Government-owned land which would be supported with an additional $15 million over four years from Royalties for Regions. "The need for a greater emphasis on preventing and mitigating risk on Crown land was identified as a key issue by Mr Ferguson and the Government has reacted swiftly to allocate additional funding to this area ahead of the 2016-17 bushfire season," Mr Redman said. "The increased funding will be accessible to various State Government agencies responsible for land within and adjacent to regional townsites as part of Government's strong desire to see a more co-ordinated approach to address risks on Crown land." Many of Mr Ferguson's recommendations were being implemented ahead of the upcoming bushfire season. These included establishing five pre-formed multi agency incident management teams for level 3 incidents, which include representation from both Government and volunteers installing Automated Vehicle Location Systems in vehicles and appliances at a cost of $2.4 million establishing a $2.8 million critical messaging system by November 2016 which will issue warnings and provide advice on fire danger ratings and total fire bans. The information will be available on a new Emergency WA website to be promoted through the Are You Ready bushfire campaign issuing identification cards to DFES volunteers in high-risk regions. A new Office of Emergency Management (OEM), comprising the State Emergency Management Committee Secretariat and the Office of Bushfire Risk Management will also be established. There would also be an independent review into the Emergency Services Levy. "The new OEM will have a quality assurance role and report directly to the Minister for Emergency Services," Mr Francis said. "From the public comments received in response to the Ferguson Report, the majority of stakeholders and community members were supportive of his recommendations. "While the Government is moving as quickly as possible to enact measures ahead of the bushfire season, structural recommendations will be developed in a considered way to ensure that as a community, we are more resilient to emergencies in the future." Fact File Of the 142 public submissions in response to the Ferguson Report, 88% supported a Rural Fire Service To view the report, visit https// The Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire was tabled in State Parliament on June 23, 2016 Premier's office - 6552 5000 Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6500 Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Digging the past to make way for new museum18625Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/09/2016 12:30:17 AM2016-09-29T00:30:00Za Archaeological research aims to uncover information about WA's built heritage An archaeological excavation is underway at the Western Australian Museum's Perth site - the location of the new museum for WA - to uncover materials and structural remains of some of the State's early 20th century buildings. The excavation is being conducted by expert archaeologists and third-year archaeology students from The University of Western Australia, in partnership with the WA Museum. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said results from the research would contribute to the interpretation of the site. "The concept for the new museum includes a dramatic and bold modern design, but a vital part of the project is to incorporate the site's heritage values through its building and archaeology," Mr Jacob said. "The stories and uses of the heritage buildings will be shared in the interpretation of the new museum and the research will provide a richer understanding of the buildings that were formerly here." The archaeology teams are excavating shallow trenches to determine the presence of any footings or foundations associated with the former Victoria Public Library 'stack' building and Government Geologists' Laboratory. The buildings were built between 1902 and 1904. It is anticipated the excavations will also recover historical material from activities in the buildings and help answer questions about the development of the museum precinct in the early to mid-20th century. "The Government Geologists' Laboratory was one of the earlier buildings on the museum grounds, and the WA Museum's geological collection includes specimens collected by the Government Geologist and Chief Mineralogist from those early days," the Minister said. The investigation will also provide valuable information on the extent to which structural remains may exist for the Victoria Public Library, which includes the apartment of former Chief Librarian, J.S. Battye, and his family. Fact File New museum is on schedule to open in 2020 in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre Victoria Public Library was renamed in 1904 as the Public Library of Western Australia and was later renamed as the State Library of Western Australia For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800
Partial divestment by Keystart agreed at $1.35b18624Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/09/2016 12:19:26 AM2016-09-28T23:30:00Za Keystart's partial loan book divestment to be completed at $1.35 billion It will be the second transaction in the Liberal National Government's asset sales program Business as usual for Keystart customers - no change to service levels or existing terms and conditions The Liberal National Government today announced that Keystart had entered into an agreement with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for the partial divestment of Keystart's loan book, with the equitable assignment to the private sector to be completed at $1.35 billion. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the selection of a partner was an important consideration for Keystart and the State Government, after running an open and competitive process which demonstrated Bendigo and Adelaide Bank had a strong track record in partnering and offered the best value to the State. Dr Nahan said Bendigo and Adelaide Bank was Australia's fifth largest retail bank and had a long and established history in the Australian residential mortgage market. "When finalised, this will mark the second transaction in the State Government's asset sales program and will achieve a reduction in gross debt," he said. "This also represents an important step in ensuring a sustainable future for the home loan program by reducing its reliance on Government borrowings." Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said it would be business as usual for Keystart customers. "There will be no change to the service levels or terms and conditions for existing Keystart customers and the transaction will not change Keystart's existing interest rate setting policy, lending eligibility criteria or rigorous loan assessment process," Mr Grylls said. "The Government remains committed to supporting Keystart, which will continue to play a critical role in the Government's Affordable Housing Strategy and ensure West Australians have access to low deposit loans that allow them to enter the housing market." Fact File Bendigo and Adelaide Bank are Australia's fifth largest retail bank Keystart provides low deposit and shared equity residential home loans to eligible West Australians who are unable to obtain finance from private lenders Keystart has helped more than 85,000 West Australians into home ownership For more information, visit http// Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100
World’s finest cyclist joins South-West tour18623Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/09/2016 12:13:49 AM2016-09-28T22:30:00Za World Champion and Dutch Olympic Gold medal cyclist Marianne Vos to compete in WA Riding in Tour of Margaret River and mass participation event, Breakaway WA Tour of Margaret River is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions One of the superstars of world cycling will take part in the Tour of Margaret River and a new curtain-raiser mass participation event, Breakaway WA, thanks to a new sponsorship deal with the Liberal National Government. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett today announced the State Government, through Tourism WA and the Royalties for Region program, would provide a funding boost to the Tour of Margaret River which would see the three-day event grow to a week-long tour through some of the State's extraordinary southern destinations. Mr Barnett said the funding had also helped the event organisers attract 13-time World Champion and Dual Olympic Gold medallist Marianne Vos to take part in both Breakaway WA and the Tour of Margaret River. "Marianne Vos is arguably the finest cyclist of her generation having won world championships in road, mountain bike, cyclo-cross and track racing and it will be a privilege to welcome her to Western Australia," he said. The Tour of Margaret River is the only Pro-Am team road race in Australia and started in 2009 with a small group of around 30 riders. The Premier said the 2016 race was expected to attract about 660 riders with some of the biggest names in professional cycling to join Vos including Australians Robbie McEwen, Tiffany Cromwell, Simon Clarke, Luke Durbridge, Matt Keenan and Scott Sunderland. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said events such as the Tour of Margaret River strengthened local tourism-related businesses and contributed to the vibrancy of regional communities. "The Tour of Margaret River will have a great impact on the local economy and is expected to bring more than $3 million into the region over the next three years," Mr Redman said. "Tourism has a strong influence on regional development and the Royalties for Regions investment in the Regional Events Program will bring significant social and economic benefits to the region and throughout WA." Mr Barnett said tourism generated $9.6 billion in 2015-16, including $4.5 billion in regional areas. "The State Government has a strategy in place to increase this value to $12 billion across the State by 2020," he said. "Events such as the Tour of Margaret River and Breakaway WA contribute to this goal by attracting visitors to regional areas." Fact File Breakaway WA runs from November 6-10, 2016 starting with The Amazing Albany Bike Ride The Tour of Margaret River is on from November 11-13, 2016 For more details about both events, visit http// In 2015-16, Tourism WA sponsored 83 events, including 68 in regional WA. For more information, visit http// To find out more about Royalties for Regions, visit http// Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
State applauds WASO firsts in China and UAE18621Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements210html28/09/2016 11:44:19 PM2016-09-28T22:00:00Za First United Arab Emirates visit by a major Australian performing arts company First Australian orchestra performance at prestigious Beijing Music Festival $250,000 from Liberal National Government for first international tour in more than a decade Tour film to be broadcast to audience of 40 million in China and Australia In international firsts for an Australian orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has been invited to perform at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival and the Abu Dhabi Classics Season. Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberal National Government was proud to support this exciting WASO tour, its first international foray in more than a decade. "These invitations speak volumes for the excellence of our local arts sector and the vital role Western Australian arts companies play in promoting the State to the rest of the world," Mr Barnett said. "This promotion will be further extended through a film on WASO, titled Harmony, and the tour to be broadcast to an audience of 40 million across China and Australia next year. "WASO has also been invited to perform an all-Wagner program for the opening concert of the Abu Dhabi Classics Season, in the first visit by a major Australian performing arts company to the United Arab Emirates." The Premier said WASO's international engagement strategy had resulted in a cross cultural partnership with the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) during the past three years. "WASO is the first Australian orchestra to attend the Beijing Music Festival, where it will play works by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler and French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saens, at the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall," he said. "The orchestra's performance at the Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall will include Peter Sculthorpe's Kakadu, showcasing the seminal work of the legendary Australian composer." Acting Culture and the Arts Minister Mike Nahan said the theme of cultural collaboration would be extended to education. "In another first, WA's reputation for music excellence will directly benefit Chinese students, with WASO's Education Chamber Orchestra and Brass Quintet performing at two leading Beijing schools," Dr Nahan said. Fact File WASO performs in Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Shanghai from October 3-14, 2016 Renowned film producer Alan Lindsay will document the WASO/CPO partnership Details at https// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200
Dolphin Discovery Centre new design unveiled29010Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3530html28/09/2016 7:09:11 AM2016-09-28T06:30:00Za Bunbury waterfront transformation a step closer Artists' impression unveiled for the new-look Dolphin Discovery Centre Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Artists' impressions showing the final design for the $12.3 million redevelopment of Bunbury's Dolphin Discovery Centre have been released ahead of forward works which are due to begin early next year. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, who was in Bunbury today to officially unveil the final design for the upgrade and expansion of the city's premier tourist attraction, said the redevelopment was destined to become a new local landmark. "It's expected the Dolphin Discovery Centre's bold new-look building will not only bring a visual 'wow' factor to one of the main approaches into the city centre, but also deliver a world-class experience for visitors," Mr Redman said. "The redevelopment will include a significantly expanded interpretative experience, with more aquarium space and interactive exhibits. "There will also be a cafe, function rooms and a bigger administration area, while a new souvenir and information space will offer a gateway to other tourism assets in the South-West." The centre receives up to 115,000 visitors a year - more than 50 per cent of whom are international visitors - and is a hub for marine research. It will remain open during the multi-staged redevelopment. "The centre offers the opportunity to interact with wild dolphins in their natural habitat and this upgrade will serve to build on its appeal to domestic and international visitors," the Minister said. "The redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre is made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program and is a part of the larger Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project which includes the makeover of the Koombana Bay foreshore. "The State Government is pleased to play a role in delivering a high-quality waterfront destination that aims to benefit the community and stimulate the local economy." The progress of Koombana North at Bunbury Waterfront was facilitated by a ministerial taskforce group, chaired by Bunbury MLA John Castrilli, in close consultation with the City of Bunbury and the local community. Fact File The Dolphin Discovery Centre redevelopment, along with the Koombana Bay foreshore revitalisation, forms Stage One of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project $24.9 million from the Royalties for Regions Growing Our South fund has been invested in Stage One and $20.73 million in Stage Two For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6700
Commissioner appointed at Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley29005Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5600html28/09/2016 4:51:58 AM2016-09-28T04:45:00Za Former City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder mayor Ron Yuryevich appointed as commissioner Local Government Minister Paul Miles today announced the appointment of a commissioner to the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley following the resignation of five councillors. The resignations meant the council had been left with no quorum and was therefore unable to conduct its business. "As a result of these resignations, the Governor has made an order under the Local Government Act 1995 declaring all offices vacant and has appointed a commissioner in place of a council," Mr Miles said. The Minister said the former mayor of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Ron Yuryevich would take up the role of commissioner, effective immediately. "Mr Yuryevich is a well-respected and very experienced commissioner," he said. "I am confident he will provide good government to the people of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley until a new council is elected in 2017." Fact File Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley was issued with a Ministerial Order under the Local Government Act 1995 in May 2016, requiring elected members and senior staff to take part in mediation Mediation was declared untenable by the mediator on August 2, 2016 and the shire was issued with a Show Cause Notice by the Local Government Minister notifying of his intention to suspend council Local government elections will take place in the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley in October 2017 Minister's office - 6552 6600
Get outside and active for Outdoors October29004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3180html28/09/2016 4:14:26 AM2016-09-28T04:00:00Za More than 150 outdoor events and activities planned for Outdoors October 2016 People of all abilities and ages encouraged to get involved There are more than 150 reasons to get outside this October and experience the wealth of outdoor activities on offer in Western Australia. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said Outdoors October encouraged people to go outside and explore by joining activities ranging from rock climbing and snorkelling to bush survival, treasure hunting and ghost walks. "WA offers a diversity of accessible outdoor recreation experiences and with the onset of spring and school holidays, it is the perfect time to start getting outside," Ms Davies said. "Throughout October, Outdoors WA and the Liberal National Government are encouraging people to become active by offering a huge program of events and opportunities planned by outdoor clubs and organisations from Albany to Kununurra." Outdoors October was first piloted in 2013 and has since been supported by the State Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR). Events and activities on offer through October 2016 include bushwalking, wildlife watching, kayaking, off-road cycling, night running, caving and abseiling, camping experiences at DSR recreation camps and even the option for kids to camp out at Domain Stadium with their dads. New to the initiative is the 'A Park a Day' program, a collaboration between DSR and the Department of Parks and Wildlife to promote 31 parks within the Swan Canning Riverpark for members of the public to visit. The Minister said the month provided a great opportunity to explore some of the hidden gems of metropolitan and regional WA, as well as putting the public in touch with local sport and recreation clubs and service providers. "Being active outdoors supports good health and community outcomes. All of our local communities have resources available that facilitate getting active outside and this is an opportunity to make people aware of them," she said. "From Beverley Heroic cycling adventures in the Avon Valley to sleeping under the stars at Woodman Point Recreation Camp, there are new experiences for people of all ages and abilities on offer next month." Fact File For more information on Outdoors October and an activity calendar, visit http// Outdoors October is led by Outdoors WA and is supported by the Government through a $100,000 allocation Minister's office - 6552 5500
New high school in City Beach to open in 202029001Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8200html28/09/2016 2:30:07 AM2016-09-28T02:30:00Za Deal done to secure the former City Beach High School site School to cater for 1,600 Years 7-12 students in the western suburbs $182 million committed to improving schools in the greater western suburbs A new public secondary school will open in 2020 in the western suburbs after an agreement was reached with two private schools to vacate the former City Beach High School site. Education Minister Peter Collier said $60 million would be allocated for stage 1 of a new school on the Kalinda Drive site, opening for 250 Year 7 students in 2020 and expanding to cater for 1,600 students to Year 12 by 2025. "The need for a new western suburbs secondary school has been at the forefront of my mind, and I am incredibly pleased to be announcing this flagship school today," Mr Collier said. Part of the original City Beach High School buildings will be retained and refurbished to accommodate 350 students, with new buildings to be constructed for the remaining students. The International School of Western Australia has agreed to relocate to refurbished buildings at Doubleview Primary School in 2019. A new Doubleview Primary School is to be built on the large site, with significant open space being retained, including an oval. The Japanese School will relocate to refurbished buildings at the underused City Beach Primary School site. A total of $18.8 million will also be spent to expand Carine Senior High School for an extra 300 students. The school will become home to a new Gifted and Talented Program, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The Minister also said the Liberal National Government would have more positive news to announce regarding Mount Lawley and Balcatta senior high schools in the near future. "The quality of public education is proven by the demand for places in Perth's western suburbs. Today's announcement will ensure we live up to expectations," he said. New intake areas will be announced during 2017 and implemented with the opening of the secondary school in 2020. Fact File Existing secondary students will be unaffected by the changes $15.4 million to construct a new Doubleview Primary School $88 million already committed to expansions at Shenton and Churchlands For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6300
High standards in training sector awarded29000Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3530html28/09/2016 2:00:06 AM2016-09-28T02:00:00Za 12 winners receive State's top awards in vocational education and training Some winners will go on to represent WA in Australian Training Awards A lot of hard work to establish a new career has paid off for Brendan Carlson, who has been named one of Western Australia's top achievers in vocational education and training. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey announced Brendan as the WA Apprentice of the Year during last week's WA Training Awards presentation event. "The judges were impressed with Brendan's confidence level as well as his knowledge of the industry and the training sector in general," Ms Harvey said. Having served in the Australian Defence Force for six years, Brendan followed in his father's footsteps and focused his attention on an electrical trade. At the age of 26, Brendan gained work as a fly-in fly-out trades assistant for an electrical company, which gave him invaluable experience in the industry. Brendan was then offered an electrical/instrumentation apprenticeship and is now in the final stages of his qualification. Brendan was among the 12 winners of individual and organisation awards, chosen from a competitive field of 42 finalists. "I congratulate all the winners and finalists, and commend them for their outstanding leadership, achievements and contributions within their respective fields," the Minister said. "Since 2009, the Liberal National Government has invested $288 million in training facilities and the high standards of finalists and winners demonstrates we are equipping students with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy." Winners of this year's awards will each receive $5,000 in cash or prizes. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best in the Australian Training Awards to be held in Darwin in November. Fact File This year's awards sponsors include Australian Medical Association (WA), CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia, CCI Energy Apprenticeships Group, Crown Perth, Department of Education Services, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, MEGT, NECA WA, PAV Complete Event Solutions, Picton Press, State Training Board, Training Accreditation Council and The West Australian For more information, visit http// or phone 6551 5608 Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900