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Recognition for environmental leaders778627Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/06/2016 6:18:15 AM2016-06-01T06:05:00ZaAchievement in conservation, land management and environmental regulation Fifty-eight public officers from three State Government agencies have been congratulated for their outstanding efforts in environmental management. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Liberal National Government was well placed to continue significant work in managing the State's natural environment with the leadership shown by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Department of Environment Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority. "A wide array of programs in wildlife conservation, bushfire management, environmental regulation and park management are being successfully implemented across the State. This could not be achieved without well trained, dedicated and enthusiastic staff," Mr Jacob said. The Minister said the Western Shield award, which recognised commitment and excellence in animal conservation, had been awarded to Parks and Wildlife officer Robert Brazell, who had been with the project since its inception in 1996. "Robert was a key person in developing and implementing the production of the Eradicat bait, a scientific breakthrough which has since successfully controlled feral cats in various locations across the State," he said. Department of Environment Regulation contaminated sites officer Rowena Beaton was recognised for being awarded a scholarship to complete a Master of Hydrogeology. "Rowena is a key officer in the contaminated sites team who work to protect and improve the quality of our groundwater. I commend Rowena for embarking on education that will further this purpose," Mr Jacob said. The Fire Management Reward and Recognition Program Outstanding Leadership Award was presented to Parks and Wildlife South Coast regional manager Greg Mair. "Greg is one of the most respected bushfire incident controllers and has commanded some of the State's most significant bushfires during the past decade," the Minister said. Parks and Wildlife Aboriginal Trainee of the Year was Peter Curtin. "Peter is an extremely worthy recipient who successfully completed his qualifications in a record time of 11 months," Mr Jacob said. "I congratulate all the graduates and award recipients for their contributions to environmental management in Western Australia." Fact FileFive Parks and Wildlife officers graduated from the department's Mentored Aboriginal Training and Employment Scheme Minister's office - 6552 5800
Regional events, entertainment to boost economy778626Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/06/2016 6:08:44 AM2016-06-01T06:00:00Za63 events in regional WA sponsored through 2016-17 Regional Events Scheme12 events supported for the first time in record funding pool of up to $850,000 Visitors and locals in regional Western Australia will be spoilt for choice in culture, sport and entertainment in 2016-17, with a record 63 events receiving sponsorship through the Liberal National Government's Regional Events Scheme. A film festival for Exmouth, Speedway Sedans in Albany, the Karijini experience and the City to Surf's regional series are some of the events to benefit from funding through the initiative, co-ordinated by Tourism WA and made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the Regional Events Scheme provided vital support to kick-start and develop events which involved local communities and attracted visitors and media coverage. "The record funding pool of up to $850,000 in 2016-17 has meant 12 events received sponsorship through the scheme for the first time, while more established events have the chance to grow bigger and better," Mr Barnett said. "Including the latest recipients, the scheme has supported more than 300 regional events since 2011, helping to shape WA as an exciting destination with year-round activities to provide an extra drawcard for visitors. "Tourism is a major contributor to regional economies. In 2015, visitors spent $9 billion in the State, including $4 billion in regional areas. We want to see this regional contribution grow to $4.75 billion by 2020, and events are key to that goal." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment played a crucial role in positioning regional WA as a recognised tourism destination. "Regional events generate jobs and business opportunities for local communities, and deliver significant social and economic benefits to the regions," Mr Redman said. "Strong regional communities bring prosperity to WA and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in the sustainability of our regions." The 12 events receiving funding for the first time through the 2016-17 Regional Events Scheme are Ningalens Film Competition (Exmouth), Discovery Bay Trail Run (Albany), Speedway Sedans Australia National Super Sedan Championships (Albany), Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia (Mount Barker), AFL Masters WA Broome Carnival, Blues for the Bush and Community Open Day (Perenjori), King of the Cut (Mandurah), Karijini Experience (Karijini), City to Surf for Activ Regional Series (Karratha, Geraldton, Albany and Busselton), LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival (Harvey), Emergence Creative Festival (Margaret River) and X-Adventure Dunsborough (Dunsborough). The scheme will also continue to support popular events such as the Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash, Blues at Bridgetown, Northam Motor Sport Festival, the WA PGA Championship in the Goldfields, Karratha's Red Earth Arts Festival and the Wildflower Show and Spring Festival in Ravensthorpe. Fact FileRoyalties for Regions supports Tourism WA's Regional Events Program with $80 million over eight years for initiatives including the Regional Events Scheme To view the list of successful 2016-17 Regional Events Scheme recipients, visit http//www.tourism.wa.gov.au/RES Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New Centrecare building opened in Midland778624Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/06/2016 3:00:14 AM2016-06-01T03:00:00ZaNew building will allow for provision of counselling, indigenous and family support programsLotterywest grant of $5.26 million supported the building's construction Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the new Centrecare building in Midland, made possible with the support of a $5.26 million Lotterywest grant. The new building will provide a hub to support families, individuals and young people in Midland and surrounding areas accessing vital social services. Mr Barnett said the building would enable the organisation to deliver professional social services in the north-east metropolitan region. "The establishment of a modern social service centre in Midland will ensure the local community is able to access important services including counselling, family and adolescent mediation, family therapy and support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders," he said. Centrecare has been operating in Western Australia since the 1940s and offers community services including professional counselling, support, mediation and training. In order to maximise immediate benefits to the local community, other complementary service providers will be housed in the building. "Centrecare has shown foresight by creating a building which will bring together local service providers, making it easier for people to access a number of services in one building," the Premier said. The building will also provide training and meeting rooms which will be available for use by local organisations. Mr Barnett said the building demonstrated Centrecare's commitment to Midland as a growing urban centre and the wider community. It had been designed to allow for future growth and meet the growing need for support services. Fact FileCentrecare Midland is located on Yelverton Drive in MidlandThe new three-storey building includes 2,000sqm of office space which is expected to house up to 100 staffCounselling and support services to be provided to more than 520 families per yearLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more information, visit http//www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants Premier's office - 6552 5000
More than $500,000 in grants for local sporting clubs778621Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/06/2016 2:13:22 AM2016-06-01T02:05:00ZaLiberal National Government provides $526,796 for local sport and recreation facility upgrades19 small grants to clubs across WA Community sport across Western Australia will benefit from the latest round of Liberal National Government grants for small sport and recreation projects. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced 19 projects totalling $526,796 had been approved in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) small grants. "Offered twice a year through the Department of Sport and Recreation, the grants - for projects under $200,000 - go to local sport and recreation clubs and local governments requiring financial help to complete a project that might otherwise be out of reach," Ms Davies said. "A number of these grants are for the installation or replacement of floodlighting, which will allow sports fields, courts and rinks to be used at night throughout the year." Other CSRFF grants in this round are going towards projects such as storage sheds, resurfacing outdoor netball and basketball courts and resurfacing synthetic grass tennis courts. Some of the grants this round have gone to Shire of Dalwallinu $59,783 to construct two multi-marked courts for basketball, netball and tennis, including fencing and lightingRavensthorpe Equestrian Club $17,446 to construct toilets and kitchen facilitiesCoolbinia West Perth Cricket Club $15,037 to install two synthetic turf training netsLittle Athletics Western Australia $12,162 for a storage shed at Mandurah's Bortolo Reserve. There are two small grants rounds a year. The next round opens on July 1, 2016 and closes on August 31, 2016. The main round of CSRFF is now open and closes on September 16, 2016. The State Government has invested more than $156 million in over 980 sport and recreation facilities across the State since 2009. Fact FileFor a full list of recipients, visit http//www.dsr.wa.gov.au/successful-csrff-small-grants The Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund exemplifies the Government's commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA secures premier surf lifesaving event778620Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/06/2016 2:00:37 AM2016-06-01T02:00:00ZaWA wins bid to host 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving ChampionshipsScarborough Beach to host thousands of surf lifesavers for national eventSponsored by the Liberal National Government through Tourism WA The Liberal National Government has won the right to host one of the world's biggest ocean sports events, securing the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Scarborough Beach. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said securing the championships, commonly known as the 'Aussies', was a great economic and tourism coup for Western Australia. "When the championships were last held at Scarborough in 2014, it attracted nearly 8,000 visitors who spent $12.4 million during the seven days of the event," Mr Barnett said. "We're hoping to see another great turnout and economic boost when the championships return in 2018." The Premier said hosting events such as the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships formed an important part of the State Government's strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020. "In 2015, visitors to WA spent $9 billion and we want to see that figure reach $12 billion over the next five years," he said. "Events will help us reach that target as they add vibrancy to the State, attract visitors and help raise the profile of WA through media exposure." Deputy Premier Liza Harvey said the nationally televised Aussies would be the perfect way to show off the revitalised Scarborough Beach to the rest of Australia. "Scarborough Beach is an important coastal tourism precinct because of its natural beauty and has the highest concentration of accommodation in the metropolitan area outside the CBD," Mrs Harvey said. "The State Government has invested $48 million in revitalising Scarborough to help transform it into a world-class destination and tourist hotspot. With the public works being largely completed by the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, the timing couldn't be better." Fact FileThe 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be held in March/April 2018The event will be broadcast nationally on free-to-air TV Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Deputy Premier's office - 6552 5900
$8 million upgrade to make Toodyay Road safer778616Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/06/2016 12:30:07 AM2016-06-01T00:30:00Za$5 million improvement to section near Noble Falls completedFurther $3 million package of works from Noble Falls to Aspen Road underway Upgrade project guided by Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review findings A $5 million project to improve safety and traffic flow along a stretch of Toodyay Road has been completed, with a second $3 million upgrade now underway. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Toodyay Road was a crucial east-west connection between Midland and Toodyay which carried more than 4,000 vehicles daily. "The completion of the $5 million project, funded through the Liberal National Government's Safer Roads Program, will ensure the road is safer for the drivers and passengers in those vehicles, as well as local residents and businesses," he said. "The improvements have been designed to reduce the likelihood of head-on or right-angle crashes, and will allow safer and easier access to roadside homes and other properties." Mr Nalder said key features of the completed $5 million project includedwidening of Toodyay Road to provide right and left-turn lanes onto Noble Falls Road, and safer access into Noble Falls Tavern and adjacent propertiesclearing and road realignment to improve sightlines and visibilitynew guard rails on both sides of Toodyay Road and upgraded street lighting. Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the next stage of the Toodyay Road safety upgrade, from Noble Falls east to Aspen Road, was now underway and expected to be completed by July 2016. "The $3 million stage 2 project stemmed from the inaugural Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review and was funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account in the 2016-17 State Budget," she said. "The project will improve safety by widening and sealing road shoulders, installing safety barriers and upgrading signposts." Mrs Harvey said a record $146 million had been allocated from the Road Trauma Trust Account in 2016-17, of which nearly $8 million was to fund recommendations from the Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review. Fact FileThere have been 12 road crashes on Toodyay Road between Noble Falls Road and Aspen Road in the five years to 2014, including a head-on collision in 2013 which killed a local resident and her two young sonsThe Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review involved experts examining notorious stretches of road and coming up with holistic improvements Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400 Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900
New book unlocks secrets of Pilbara plants778615Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/06/2016 12:19:25 AM2016-06-01T00:00:00ZaIndustry partnership delivers an easy-to-use guide for restoring landscapes The Botanic Garden and Parks Authority and BHP Billiton Iron Ore have teamed up to meet the challenge of restoring landscapes in the Pilbara by publishing a new book on seeds of the arid North-West. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the book, the Pilbara Seed Atlas and Field Guide, was one of the outcomes of eight years of research through an industry partnership between the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and BHP Billiton Iron Ore. "This is one of the results of an important partnership with industry to help deliver better environmental outcomes in the Pilbara," Mr Jacob said. "The Pilbara Seed Atlas and Field Guide is the first of its kind to translate complex science into a practical tool to help miners, pastoralists and conservation managers to rehabilitate their land. "I am impressed with the practicality of the book and how easy it is for people without scientific backgrounds to identify local plant species. "The book encourages the reader to look at the cumulative effects of mining and other activity on the region to restore landscapes as a whole, rather than restoring each site in isolation. "The efficient and cost-effective solutions presented in this book are essential if we are to successfully restore the diversity of plants and animals and reconnect natural areas on a large scale." The book includes an identification guide for more than 100 common plant species, and how to collect, clean, store and germinate their seeds. The publication is one part of the Restoration Seedbank Initiative, a $5 million research partnership between the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, BHP Billiton Iron Ore and The University of Western Australia. The initiative focuses on achieving better results in seed storage and expanding Kings Park's seed research capacity to improve the ability to germinate and grow seeds for restoration. The research is developing new technologies, including coating seeds in polymer or clay-based mixes to aid germination and survival in a process called seed pelleting. This is helping to improve the industry average of just five per cent survival rate for seeds used in restoration. Fact FileThe Pilbara Seed Atlas and Field Guide is published by CSIRO PublishingIt is co-edited by Western Australian scientists Todd E Erickson, Russell L Barrett, David J Merritt and Kingsley W Dixon Minister's office - 6552 5800
Jobs boost as new iron ore deposits developed778614Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/06/2016 12:11:59 AM2016-05-31T23:00:00ZaTwo new construction projects to employ 340, worth $367 millionState Agreement approvals help maintain production levels The Liberal National Government has approved two proposals from Rio Tinto to develop new deposits in the Pilbara, prolonging the life of existing mining operations. Announcing the approvals today, State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the projects would deliver both short and long-term benefits for the State. "This is great news for the resources sector and will create opportunities for workers and contractors who are doing it tough in the current climate," Mr Marmion said. "These approvals will allow Rio Tinto to maintain its current level of production at two sites, Yandicoogina and West Angelas." The Minister has given approval for Rio Tinto Group company Hamersley Iron-Yandi Pty Ltd to mine and develop the Oxbow deposit, with ore to be processed at its existing facilities at Yandicoogina. "This represents a capital commitment of $247 million and the project will have a peak construction workforce of 220 people," he said. The Minister has also given approval for the Rio Tinto and Robe River Iron Associates joint venture to mine Deposit F at West Angelas. The company already produced ore from deposits A, B and E. "This $120 million project will create 120 construction jobs and an extra 20 positions once operational," he said. "Together, these proposals are worth $367 million in capital expenditure and will employ 340 people during construction, enough to sustain operational employment for many years." Fact FileYandicoogina began operations in 1998 and is located 90km north-west of NewmanThe project operates under the Iron Ore (Yandicoogina) Agreement Act 1996West Angelas began operations in 2002, is located between Newman and Tom Price, and operates under the Iron Ore (Robe River) Agreement Act 1964 Minister's office - 6552 6800
City of Kwinana wastewater upgrades complete18127Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 6:32:08 AM2016-05-31T06:30:00Za$15.2 million suite of upgrades to wastewater system in Bertram, Parmelia and Orelia now completeUpgrades will cater for growth in the City of Kwinana The Liberal National Government has completed a $15.2 million suite of projects to upgrade the wastewater system in Bertram, Parmelia and Orelia. Water Minister Mia Davies said the upgrades would cater for growth in the City of Kwinana. "The Water Corporation project included 4.2 kilometres of new wastewater main and a storage tank, and an upgrade to the pump station on Bertram Road," Ms Davies said. "This followed on from another project the corporation completed in September 2015 to construct 3.2km of wastewater main through the Kwinana town centre and Medina. A wastewater pump station on Dalrymple Drive in Leda was also upgraded as part of the project." The Minister said the corporation worked closely with local residents and businesses to minimise impacts to the community. "I thank the local community for their patience and co-operation while essential work was carried out," she said. "This significant investment ensures wastewater will continue to be managed efficiently, safely and sustainably." Fact FileThe corporation manages more than 16,000km of wastewater pipe across WA, with more than 12,000km in the Perth metropolitan area Every year, the corporation collects, treats and safely disposes of about 167.5 billion litres of wastewaterWastewater is 99.97% water and comes mostly from showers, baths and washing machinesFor more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au Minister's office - 6552 5500
Wastewater upgrades completed in Busselton18126Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 6:20:04 AM2016-05-31T06:00:00ZaWork completed on $14.4 million suite of projects to upgrade Busselton's wastewater system Projects will cater for growth in the area The Liberal National Government has completed a $14.4 million suite of projects to ensure Busselton's wastewater system caters for growth in the area. Water Minister Mia Davies said more than 10 kilometres of wastewater main was installed, along with construction of a new wastewater pump station. "The Water Corporation project caters for growth in the area, including taking wastewater from the Provence Estate and Via Vasse residential developments," Ms Davies said. "Work included construction of the wastewater main to connect the new wastewater pump station on Gigondas Street in the Provence Estate to the Busselton Wastewater Treatment Plant. "Where feasible, the corporation used trenchless technology to install the wastewater main at major road crossings and front verges. "I would like to thank the community, particularly those in Provence Estate and Via Vasse developments, for their patience while the essential work was carried out. "This type of investment is essential to ensure the community has access to vital wastewater services now and into the future." Fact FileConstruction on the suite of projects began in July 2013Work included construction of more than 10km of wastewater main, a new wastewater pump station and upgrading an existing pump stationIn August 2013, the corporation completed a $40m upgrade to the Busselton Wastewater Treatment Plant, which treats up to nine million litres of wastewater daily Minister's office - 6552 5500
Farms and waterways to benefit from DairyCare18124Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 3:37:32 AM2016-05-31T03:20:00ZaDairyCare partnership to reduce nutrients in rivers and estuaries $2.5 million Liberal National Government partnership also aims to improve productivity The Liberal National Government has committed $2.5 million to a new partnership between industry, Government and catchment groups that will tackle the flow of nutrients from dairy farms to rivers and estuaries. Water Minister Mia Davies said DairyCare was a partnership between Western Dairy, State agencies, Natural Resource Management groups and dairy farmers that built on more than 10 years of experience and partnerships in the South-West. "As a result of this Royalties for Regions funding, we estimate at least 30 priority dairy effluent systems will be upgraded and 80 nutrient use plans will be developed under the national Fert$mart program, with the result being a substantial reduction of nutrients entering waterways," Ms Davies said. "The partnership includes the establishment of an industry reference group, which will develop a strong self-regulatory approach and ensure farmers were motivated to be involved." Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder said DairyCare came at an important time for farmers and could lead to important cost savings for the industry. "By retaining nutrients on farm and reducing the negative contribution they make to waterways through run-off into local rivers and streams, farmers have an opportunity to save money and meet community expectations for the environment," Mr Nalder said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in DairyCare was an important step to protect and support waterways and regional estuaries by helping a valued industry to become more sustainable. "DairyCare will investigate innovative options for improving dairy effluent management and provide farmers with information, incentives and the tools to make better decisions about fertiliser use and effluent management," Mr Redman said. Fact FileDairyCare partners are Dairy Australia, WA Farmers, the South West Catchments Council, Leschenault Catchment Council, Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee, GeoCatch and the departments of Water and Agriculture and FoodRevitalising Geographe Waterways and the Regional Estuaries Initiative are Royalties for Regions-funded initiatives of the Liberal National Government to improve water quality outcomes in at-risk waterways in the South-West region Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Busselton Water earns gold for workplace safety18120Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 2:13:52 AM2016-05-31T02:10:00ZaBusselton Water congratulated for creating a safe workplace Commerce Minister Michael Mischin today presented Busselton Water with a WorkSafe Plan Gold Certificate of Achievement for its workplace health and safety management. Busselton Water is a Liberal National Government entity which obtains groundwater from two aquifers then treats it before distributing it to residential and land developer customers. In presenting the certificate to the chair of Busselton Water's board of directors, Helen Shervington, Mr Mischin congratulated Busselton Water on achieving Gold status at its first WorkSafe Plan assessment. "Work safety is in everyone's interest. No workplace can be guaranteed to be hazard-free, but sustained commitment from both management and staff can minimise risks and prevent injuries," the Minister said. "Busselton Water is developing a strong safety culture in management and employees, and I congratulate them on their achievement." WorkSafe Plan Certificates of Achievement at Silver, Gold and Platinum levels are awarded to organisations which, under independent assessment, achieve the required levels in five elements of safety management and/or demonstrate low or reduced levels of work-related injury and disease. The five key areas aremanagement commitment to a safe and healthy work environmentoccupational safety and health policies, plans and proceduresconsultation between employers and employeessystems to identify workplace hazards and to assess and control riskssafety and health training for staff at all levels. Fact FileWA has achieved a more than 46% reduction in workplace injuries since 1985 Minister's office - 6552 5600
Public schools gear up for technological future18119Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 2:07:00 AM2016-05-31T02:05:00Za$6.7 million Liberal National Government investment in robotics and codingNew technologies curriculum for 201829 schools teaming up with internationally renowned 'The Innovation Unit' Robots, coding apps and electronic circuitry will soon be commonplace in public primary school classrooms to boost science, technology, engineering and mathematics - known as STEM. Visiting Ashdale Primary School today, Education Minister Peter Collier said the Liberal National Government was investing $2.7 million in new teaching and learning resources for all public primary schools. The Government would also provide a further $4 million in new STEM teaching and learning resources for all public primary and secondary schools. "In 2018, all primary schools will include digital technologies in their classrooms, and the Government will provide resource packs suitable for all public Kindergarten to Year 6 students across the State," Mr Collier said. "With robotics and computer coding used in many contemporary and emerging industries, it is vital for students to learn skills in these areas." The Minister said 29 Western Australian public schools were also teaming up with internationally renowned social enterprise 'The Innovation Unit' to develop and test innovative teaching practices in STEM. "These schools will encourage teachers to experiment, create and evaluate new practices for teaching STEM to students before they are shared more widely to schools," he said. The Government will provide professional learning for school leaders and teachers to help them teach the new STEM curriculum. Fact File600 leaders and teachers from 300 schools will attend a four-day professional learning on codingAll 697 public schools with primary-aged students will be provided with technologies materials, including programmable, interactive robots, electronic engineering resources to create real world projects and touch tablet devices preloaded with numerous coding appsThe Innovation Unit is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a record of supporting innovation in education Minister's office - 6552 6300
Upgrades to Margaret River youth precinct18118Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 2:02:00 AM2016-05-31T02:00:00Za$1.39 million Lotterywest grant presented to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River for redevelopment of the youth precinctNew facilities expected to be completed by September 2017 Premier Colin Barnett today presented the Shire of Augusta Margaret River with a Lotterywest grant of $1.39 million towards the redevelopment of the Margaret River youth precinct on Wallcliffe Road. The funding will cover upgrades to the skate park and includes a new adventure play area, nature play zone, landscaping, seating and youth art, to create a centralised hub for active participation. Mr Barnett said the youth precinct was a popular destination for young people and the shire had identified the need for the facilities to be upgraded in response to demand for youth activities. "The redevelopment will cater for a wide range of participants from a new dual use pathway for beginner skaters and riders, to an advanced skate and ride section that takes users to the next skill level," he said. "There will also be planned spectator seating, with shade shelters to ensure all members of the community can be a part of the action and be comfortable during the heat of the day." The planning and design of the redevelopment has involved young people from the local community, with multiple options explored for the skate facility. "It is great to see young members of the community working together to identify the needs of their peers for this centralised community hub," the Premier said. The planning of the redevelopment will complement the upgrade of the youth zone room, located adjacent to the skate park. The redeveloped youth precinct is due to be completed by September 2017. Fact FileThe redevelopment of the youth precinct will include a new dual use pathway for young and beginner skaters/riders, an advanced skate/ride section, nature and adventure play spaces, spectator seating and shade sheltersWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more information, visit http//www.lotterywest.com.au/grants Premier's office - 6552 5000
New headquarters for disability agency18116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 1:25:21 AM2016-05-31T01:20:00ZaLotterywest grant of $1.608 million to refurbish Identitywa's new head officeCorporate base in Northbridge to accommodate future growth A $1.608 million Lotterywest grant will fund the refurbishment of disability agency Identitywa's new head office building in Northbridge and enhance its capacity to support people with disability, their families and carers. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said Identitywa - formerly Catholic Care - was one of the State's longest serving and largest providers of services to people with disability. "Identitywa has a long history of supporting people with disability and their families in WA," Mrs Faragher said. "Demand for its services has grown significantly over the past five years and Identitywa now supports more than 450 individuals and families. "Their success in providing quality support to people with disability and working in partnership to ensure people live with a sense of purpose, belonging and wellbeing has led to a steady increase in demand. This means they have outgrown their current premises and need room to expand." The Minister said the Lotterywest grant would allow Identitywa to refurbish heritage-listed buildings in the Catholic Archdiocese-owned old St Brigid's School in Northbridge. "The new corporate base in Northbridge is close to public transport and provides a central location with great access for the people Identitywa supports, as well as their families and carers," she said. "The refurbishment of the heritage-listed property will create office space, meeting rooms and a fully accessible large area will be adapted to provide a state-of-the-art training facility." Identitywa's move from Kensington to Northbridge is expected to be completed by December 2016. It follows the opening of a Cockburn regional hub in April and Identitywa has future plans to open a north metropolitan hub. Fact FileIdentitywa began as Catholic Care in 1977, becoming Identitywa in 2001WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more information, visit http//www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants Minister's office - 6552 5300
Latest grants to launch better boating facilities19095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3270html30/05/2016 7:30:14 AM2016-05-30T07:30:00Za Nearly $1.5 million to improve recreational boating facilities throughout WA Funding to develop new facilities and improve existing infrastructure Grants to benefit nearly 100,000 boat owners and enthusiasts The Liberal National Government has allocated nearly $1.5 million to ensure ongoing improvements to recreational boating facilities throughout Western Australia. Announcing the latest round of Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) grants, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said 20 projects located from Wyndham to Walpole would receive a share of $1.49 million. "The biggest single grant of the round was $171,750 to the City of Busselton for the redevelopment of the boat trailer parking layout at Port Geographe Boat Marina," Mr Nalder said. "The Shire of Gingin received two grants totalling $204,028 to enable an upgrade of the foreshore boat launching facility at Guilderton, including a new finger jetty, and improved trailer parking to streamline the boat launching process. "Boating is a popular pastime in WA, with nearly 100,000 registered recreational craft throughout the State. "The RBFS, which fosters partnerships with local governments and authorities, is extremely successful in helping to meet the needs of WA's growing boating community." The scheme is managed by the Department of Transport and provides up to 75 per cent of funding for new or improved facilities which benefit the recreational boating public. Eligible authorities may also apply for planning grants which result in detailed plans, cost estimates, approvals or similar for public recreational boating facilities. The Minister said 20 of the 26 applicants in the latest grants round had been successful in securing funding, with 15 of the 20 projects located in regional WA. Fact File The RBFS has allocated nearly $43.5 million to 415 projects since its inception in 1998 Boat owners make a direct contribution to the RBFS as it is primarily funded from boat registration fees Individuals cannot apply for grants - applications can only be made by eligible authorities More information about the scheme is available at http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/rbfs or by contacting the RBFS project officer on 9435 7612 Minister's office - 6552 6400 Applicant Project Grant Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverEllis Street Boat Ramp Trailer Parking Bays$166,955Shire of BroomeTown Beach Boat Ramp Flexmats Study$40,000City of BusseltonPort Geographe Boat Trailer Parking Layout Redevelopment$171,750Department of Parks and Wildlife Canal Rocks Jetty Redesign Study$33,750Shire of ExmouthBundegi Boat Ramp Jetty Upgrade$116,985Shire of ExmouthTantabiddi Boat Ramp Usage Study$52,500Shire of GinginGuilderton Foreshore Boat Ramp Finger Jetty$150,144Shire of GinginGuilderton Foreshore Trailer Parking Upgrade$53,884City of JoondalupOcean Reef Boat Harbour Access Pathway$25,875City of KarrathaJohns Creek (Point Samson) Jetty Rebuild Study$45,000City of MandurahMandurah Foreshore Jetty Modification$169,875City of MandurahMandurah Ocean Marina Universal Access Public Jetty Study$30,000Shire of Manjimup Walpole Jetty Car Park Upgrade Study$30,000City of Melville Deep Water Point Boat Ramp Detailed Design$63,938City of Melville Point Walter Boat Ramp Detailed Design$71,438Shire of Murray Furnissdale Boat Launching Facility Design and Construction$90,000Shire of NorthamptonKalbarri Northern Boat Ramp Finger Jetty$60,000City of RockinghamPoint Peron Boat Launching Facility Detailed Design$45,000Rottnest Island AuthorityFuel Jetty Design and Evaluation$19,087Shire of Wyndham East KimberleyWyndham Boat Launching Facility Planning$60,000
Second tug operator for Port Hedland19094Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3630html30/05/2016 7:07:35 AM2016-05-30T07:05:00ZaPilbara Marine awarded licence to provide tug services at Port of Port Hedland New licence to deliver job opportunities and benefits to port customers Transport Minister Dean Nalder has announced Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary Pilbara Marine as the successful respondent to provide a second tug service at the Port of Port Hedland, under a non-exclusive licence for towage services. Pilbara Marine will lease Crown land within the port to construct marine and landside facilities for the development of a tug haven behind Anderson Point berths 1 to 3. Mr Nalder said the new licence would create jobs in the Pilbara and provided benefits to port customers. "There will be job opportunities during construction of the new tug haven, as well as further employment with the operation and maintenance of extra tug infrastructure," he said. "Port customers will benefit from increased options in tug services and the availability of services to meet future demand. "Port Hedland is the world's biggest bulk export port. In 2014-15, more than 446 million tonnes of bulk cargo were shipped through the port." Pilbara Marine is expected to begin operations in the 2018-19 financial year with an initial fleet of nine tugs. BHP Billiton (Towage Services) Pty Ltd currently has a non-exclusive licence for towage services at the Port of Port Hedland and operates 18 tugs. Fact FileIn 2014-15 there were 2,874 vessel visits to the Port of Port HedlandPilbara Ports Authority encompasses the ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland; and future ports of Anketell, Balla Balla and Cape Preston East Minister's office - 6552 6400
Funding flows for Vasse Geographe projects19093Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3770html30/05/2016 7:01:41 AM2016-05-30T07:00:00ZaMore than $2.3 million to deliver key projects under Vasse Geographe StrategyPartnership agreements signed between Liberal National Government and partnersMade possible by Royalties for Regions Critical on-ground works to improve the health of Vasse Geographe's waterways will begin after partnership agreements releasing more than $2.3 million in funding were signed today. Water Minister Mia Davies was joined by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Environment Minister Albert Jacob to witness the signing between the Department of Water with GeoCatch ($2.052 million), the City of Busselton ($175,000) and the Department of Parks and Wildlife ($128,000). "We've had a lot of support from the community, local government and agency partners since we formed the Vasse Taskforce, and our partners have stepped up to deliver on the Liberal National Government's commitment to the Vasse Geographe Strategy," Ms Davies said. "The funds released today are from the $7.15 million State Government Royalties for Regions investment to implement the Vasse Geographe Strategy that we announced in December 2015. "The bulk of the funding will go to GeoCatch to commence initiatives to reduce nutrients entering catchments through improved fertiliser and dairy effluent management, and to lead the communications and community consultation for the strategy. "The City of Busselton also funded $175,000 to develop water management plans for the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet, and the retrofitting of stormwater basins." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Department of Parks and Wildlife would use $128,000 to develop an operational plan for the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands as a member of the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands partnership. "The Vasse Geographe Strategy supports long-term protection of Geographe Bay and contributes to maintaining high water quality in the Vasse Wonnerup Ramsar wetlands and the Ngari Capes Marine Park," Mr Jacob said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the release of Royalties for Regions funding to partner agencies was a major step forward in implementing the strategy. "Despite water quality issues caused from a century of land use, the Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands system retains exceptional ecological values and is an asset to this community," Mr Redman said. The Vasse Taskforce oversees the actions and initiatives under the Vasse Geographe Strategy to improve water quality and management of key water assets in the Vasse Geographe catchment. Fact FileThe Vasse Geographe waterways system is a complex network of rivers, coastal wetlands and estuaries stretching from Dunsborough, through Busselton, to Capel Water quality has been gradually declining in catchment waterways for many years, affected by agricultural activity, population pressures and climate changeThe strategy encompasses 30 projects across five integrated work areasFor more information, visit http//www.water.wa.gov.au or http//www.geocatch.asn.au Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Funds keep South West Wheels turning19090Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2200html30/05/2016 6:09:18 AM2016-05-30T06:05:00ZaLiberal National Government allocates $654,425 to South West Wheels vehicle pool service for people with disabilityFunds will extend current 12-month trial to June 30, 2017 A vehicle pool trial providing people with disability in the Lower South West region with more transport options will continue for another year thanks to $654,425 provided by the Liberal National Government. The South West Wheels program was developed in July 2015 through a partnership between the Disability Services Commission and the not-for-profit Western Australian Motor Industry Foundation. It provides flexible, low-cost access to individualised transport to people with disability living in Manjimup, Busselton and Donnybrook and surrounding areas. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said people with disability who were eligible for Disability Services Commission support could access the service, which provides wheelchair accessible vans and sedans and smaller vehicles with wheelchair carriers for a small fee. Mrs Faragher said demand for the South West Wheels service continued to grow, with 380 vehicle bookings in its first 10 months of operation. "South West Wheels provides an innovative transport service for people with disability, their families and carers living in the Lower South West region," she said. "Not having access to a vehicle, particularly an appropriately equipped vehicle, can restrict a person with disability from fully participating and enjoying community life. "The availability of these vehicles means people with disability in this area can go out and do the things many of us take for granted, like travel to the doctor or other appointments and social outings." From July 1, 2016, the South West Wheels fleet will include 15 vehicles, available from regional centres including Manjimup, Busselton and Donnybrook. Fact FileThe Government provided more than $2 million to the South West Wheels initiative in 2015-16For more information, visit http//www.southwestwheels.org.au Minister's office - 6552 5300
WA boating innovation promises smooth sailing19089Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2980html30/05/2016 6:03:53 AM2016-05-30T06:00:00ZaMarine project has renewable energy linksMore than $1 million in research and development invested by European industry A sophisticated boat stabiliser system developed in the South-West town of Dunsborough has potential to improve boating safety across the world. Inspecting the advanced Nauti-Craft technology today, Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the marine start-up company was an outstanding example of Western Australian ingenuity with global commercial applications. Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd is a research and development company focused on the design and development of hydraulic suspension system technology for multi-hulled vessels. "Nauti-Craft was founded by Chris Heyring, who also started Kinetic Pty Ltd, another Dunsborough-based small business which invented automotive suspension systems now used by major car makers, including Toyota and Nissan," Mr Marmion said. "This new company is now adapting this suspension system to the marine environment, enabling vessels to react rapidly to changing ocean conditions. "This innovation promises widespread applications and the company already has strong links with the European renewable energy sector. The United Kingdom-based Carbon Trust is helping fund the research and development, looking towards rolling out the technology on vessels servicing the offshore wind farm industry in Europe." The technology has been licensed to a major vessel supplier to the European offshore wind farm market and also to a Middle Eastern luxury boat builder. "Nauti-Craft is an example of a regional Western Australian company taking advantage of opportunities in the global market and shows us that in today's world, isolation is no barrier to commercialising innovation and supporting Western Australian jobs," the Minister said. "The Liberal National Government's network of international trade and investment offices works with companies such as Nauti-Craft to help Western Australian entrepreneurs export their technology and services. "Capitalising on this network will form an important part of the rollout of the $20 million innovation package announced in the recent State Budget." Fact FileNauti-Craft was awarded a UK£100,000 contract by Carbon Trust to demonstrate the benefits of its technology in providing safer crew transfer to offshore wind turbines The initial contract was extended three times, providing extra funding in 2012, 2013 and 2015The 2016-17 State Budget committed $20 million to innovationFor more information, visit http//ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6800