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New era for community language learning1759Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2015 9:46:51 AM2015-09-01T09:00:00Z $1.1 million program to support the development of after-hours, community-based language education Grants now available for new and established community language schoolsRedeveloped Community Languages Program to provide social and economic benefits Grants for new and established community language schools are now available as part of the State Government's $1.1 million redeveloped Community Languages Program (CLP). The program provides grant funding to not-for-profit community organisations to teach languages other than English and cultural maintenance programs after school hours. Under the redeveloped program there are three grant categories available for the 2016 school year These areEstablishment grants - one-off grants to support new schools that have been in operation for less than 12 monthsProgram development grants - available to all community language schools for one-off projects such as improvements to school curriculum and education material and resourcesPer capita grants (opening in March 2016) - providing annual funding per student and available to schools that have been operating for more than 12 months and/or meet grant eligibility criteria. Launching the program to more than 100 representatives from local community language schools, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the redeveloped program would be relevant and responsive to the current and future needs of the multicultural community. "The development process involved significant consultation with community groups, community language schools and stakeholders both in WA and the Eastern States," Dr Nahan said. "The program will now enter an 18-month pilot phase and the framework will be tested to ensure it is meeting community needs. Language learning is crucial for the cultural and global advantage it provides. "It is for these reasons the Government is committed to ensuring that the program delivers the greatest possible social and economic benefits to the community." This is the first time the program has been redeveloped in its 30-year history. Fact FileAbout 3,500 students, from Kindergarten to Year 12, participate in community language schools in WA each yearMore than 500 people have already participated in the CLP professional learning program, which was launched in May 2015 To join the mailing list and receive updates regarding professional development opportunities, email name, contact details and community language school you are associated with to communitylanguages@omi.wa.gov.auApplications for the establishment grants and program development grants close 4pm October 19 Minister's office - 6552 5700
Celebrate Father's Day in national parks1757Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2015 6:41:53 AM2015-09-01T05:10:00Z​Free entry to national parks on September 6 for Nature Play WA passport holdersEncouraging outdoor family activities on Father's Day Families are being encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors in some of the State's magnificent national parks on Father's Day, with free entry available for all Nature Play WA passport holders. Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced car entry fees would be waived at 30 Western Australian national parks this Sunday for children with valid Nature Play passports. "This is a wonderful State Government initiative which highlights the many benefits for people when they visit our spectacular national parks and explore nature," Mr Jacob said. "It is a great way for the family to reconnect outdoors on a special day of the year. "The diversity of experiences available in national parks, from cycling to bushwalking, canoeing and swimming, can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age and ability. "Children can also learn more about the native animals and plants which make our national parks such unique and special places." Ms Davies said spending Father's Day at a national park was a great opportunity to increase physical activity. "There is no question that children and their families need to balance screen time with green time," she said. "Evidence shows that children who are more physically active learn better and I encourage young people to take their dads outside for some Nature Play and celebrate Father's Day with a springtime walk in a national park." Fact FileThe free park entry offer, which applies on September 6, 2015 at 30 national parks that usually charge fees, is a continuing collaboration between Nature Play WA and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, aimed at encouraging outdoor family activitiesTo gain free entry, show a valid Nature Play passport at the national park entry gate and the $12 car fee will be waived. Camping fees still applyTo apply for a Nature Play passport, visit http//passport.natureplay.org.au/ Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Sport and Recreation Minister's Office - 6552 5500 National parks where fees will be waived for Father's Day 2015 Avon Valley John Forrest Serpentine Walyunga Yanchep Beedelup D'Entrecasteaux Gloucester Greater Beedelup Shannon Warren Fitzgerald River Porongurup Stirling Range Cape Arid Cape Le Grand Cape Range François Péron Kalbarri Lesueur Stokes Nambung Millstream Chichester Karijini Mirima King Leopold Ranges Mitchell River Purnululu Tunnel Creek Windjana Gorge
The smartest ride to the Royal Show1724Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1390html30/08/2015 2:02:13 AM2015-08-30T02:00:00Z​Free train, bus and ferry travel on Queen's Birthday public holidayShow week is the busiest single week on Transperth network West Australians are invited to take a free train or bus to the IGA Perth Royal Show on the public holiday on Monday, September 28. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the State Government was providing free public transport across the greater metropolitan area on the Queen's Birthday public holiday. The decision, in support of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA and making the outing more affordable for families, benefits people planning to attend on what is traditionally one of the show's biggest days. Mr Nalder said catching public transport to the show was the smart way to avoid parking and traffic challenges. For those who plan to attend the show on a different day, it's still well worth catching Transperth services. A Family Rider cash ticket costs $12.10 for up to two standard full fares and five concession holders. Plus, children four years and under travel free and get free entry into the show. The show runs from September 26 to October 3 at the Claremont Showgrounds. Last year there were more than 2.5 million passenger boardings on Transperth buses and trains during show week. "It is consistently the busiest single week on the Transperth network each year and it's easy to see why. With a dedicated special events station located at the showgrounds, there is no better, more affordable, or more convenient way to get to the show than by using public transport," Mr Nalder said. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston urged the community to support the show, which had grown from a small cattle and trade fair 180 years ago to an event attracting up to 450,000 people. "Children have an opportunity to get their hands dirty in the mini laboratory where they can extract DNA from strawberries. Or they can watch cows being milked six times a day, ride a pint-sized tractor, find out about drones or cheer on Australia's fastest woodchoppers," Mr Baston said. The free travel day will be in place across the Transperth system (bus, train and ferry) on September 28, so there is no need to tag on or buy a cash ticket. For more information, visit http//www.transperth.wa.gov.au Fact FileDuring the 2014 Royal Show, there were an average of 633,047 passenger boardings on the Transperth system each week dayMore than 950,000 rail boardings and 1.5 million bus boardings were recorded during the show periodShow tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit http//www.perthroyalshow.com.au Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
Inclusive funding makes sport possible1721Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2080html29/08/2015 11:30:58 PM2015-08-29T22:30:00Z​Seven sports receive funding for inclusive programs$300,000 towards growing sport participation in current round$1.23 million spent on inclusive sports funding Seven Western Australian sporting associations have received funding to create programs which will help low participation groups get active. Under the State Government's latest round of the Inclusive Sports Funding Scheme, badminton, judo, karate, volleyball, swimming, tenpin bowling and wrestling will receive $150,000 a year over the next two years to implement programs which encourage wider participation. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the State Government had invested $1.23 million into sports through this scheme. "Low participation groups like culturally and linguistically diverse people, Aboriginal people and those with disability are typically under-represented in mainstream sports," Ms Davies said. "This scheme is an opportunity for State sporting associations to understand the needs of these groups as well as providing opportunities for participation. It's a chance for sports to expand their membership and give groups which might not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate in sports like volleyball and judo to do so." As well as giving grants to State sporting associations to run inclusive community programs, the scheme is designed to help them enhance their capacity to deliver such programs and embed them as part of their general operations. "Playing sport is something everyone should be able to do and programs like these make sure a wide diversity of West Australians are able to do that," the Minister said. "Inclusive sports funding is invaluable because we know that children and adults who are physically active are more mentally healthy. For example, this funding has recently given a group of Aboriginal people the opportunity to try lawn bowls for the first time and encourage them to take steps towards being more active." Fact FilePrevious groups to benefit from Inclusive Sports Funding include Football West, Netball WA, Bowls WA and Badminton WAKidSport is also available for eligible children aged 5-18 of all abilities How inclusive is your club? Try this checklist Minister's office - 6552 5500
An opportunity to shine through sport1720Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1660html29/08/2015 11:21:21 PM2015-08-29T22:00:00Z​$280,000 sport project to build confidence and leadership in youthKaat Koort n Hoops uses basketball to teach valuable life lessons Children in Perth's eastern suburbs will have the chance to discover the best in themselves thanks to a new basketball program launched at Governor Stirling Senior High School. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced the State Government would provide $280,000 over three years supporting the Kaat Koort n Hoops (KKH) project. "KKH is a lifestyle program aimed at school-aged children using basketball to motivate and inspire them to reach their potential," Ms Davies said. "A program like this offers children with great potential, but not always the opportunity, the chance to shoot for the stars and beyond." KKH has been developed by Dr Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, an ex-State and National Women's Basketball League player and board director of Koya Aboriginal Corporation. Kaat Koort n Hoops is taken from the Ballardong dialect of the Noongar people of the Wheatbelt region. Kaat means head, koort means heart and hoops means basketball. "Kaat Koort n Hoops will partner with Governor Stirling and other local high schools to engage 13-17 year-old Aboriginal students in accredited courses during the first year," the Minister said. "Once qualified, these students will become mentors and deliver basketball skills training to children aged four to 12 years. Former State Basketball League players will be giving their time to mentor and work with the students." The program, which will be funded through the Department of Sport of Recreation, is designed to increase the physical activity levels of children while building self-esteem, confidence, leadership and resilience. "Dr Kickett-Tucker is a local Noongar woman who has strong local connections with families within the City of Swan, which will be hugely valuable to the project," Ms Davies said. The Minister said inclusion was one of the Government's focus areas in sport and it had a range of programs for low participation groups including culturally and linguistically diverse people, Aboriginal groups and those with disability. KKH will be delivered at Swan Park Leisure Centre in Midvale. Fact FileFor more information on sport inclusion projects, visit http//www.dsr.wa.gov.au/The program uses the Aussie Hoops Program (Basketball Australia's national curriculum) Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA pearls seek world-first sustainability tick108466Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4660html28/08/2015 3:46:17 AM2015-08-28T03:45:00Z​Pinctada maxima pearls are known for their smoothness, lustre and large size Western Australia's pearl oyster fishery is seeking a world-first sustainability certification, Fisheries Minister Ken Baston announced today. In Broome ahead of the opening of the Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl, Mr Baston congratulated licensees in WA's pearl oyster fishery for entering the full assessment phase for independent certification as a sustainable fishery. "The State's pearl oyster fishery, which focuses on the silver-lipped pearl oyster Pinctada maxima, is now on track to become the first pearl fishery in the world to obtain the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) internationally recognised eco-label," he said. "In recent years, the fishery's Australian South Sea pearls and by-products have earned in excess of $60 million annually, with many prized pearls being exported all over the world." The Minister said the Pearl Producers Association and the Department of Fisheries would work closely in the assessment process, with a view to obtaining certification towards the end of 2016. "We may very well be one of the more isolated places in the world, but we have proven to be world leaders in sustainable fisheries management," he said. "In 2000, WA's western rock lobster fishery became the very first of any fishery in the world to be MSC-accredited and it has maintained its sustainability certification ever since. "The State Government's investment of $14.5 million to help other WA fisheries seek the same accreditation is seeing ongoing benefits, with nearly all having undergone pre-assessment and five fisheries presently in the MSC full assessment process. "MSC's science-based standard is recognised internationally as the gold standard in independent, third-party certification." Mr Baston said the MSC assessment process would require a joint approach given the pearling industry extended into areas under Northern Territory jurisdiction. Fact FileWA has the world's only remaining significant wild-catch fishery for pearls Pearl oyster fishery of WA stretches from Exmouth Gulf to the NT borderFor more information, visit http//www.wamsc.com.au/ Minister's office - 6552 5400
Goldfields celebrates hospital redevelopment108465Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2150html28/08/2015 5:50:24 AM2015-08-28T03:00:00Z​All clinical works in $59.6 million redevelopment now completeIncludes $15.8 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions programProject jointly funded by State and Australian governments Visitors and locals from the Goldfields and surrounding areas now have access to upgraded, modern treatment facilities with the final phase completion of the $59.6 million redevelopment of Kalgoorlie Health Campus. Health Minister Kim Hames said the completion of works included a cancer centre, specialist and outpatient facilities and allied health services giving the Goldfields and surrounds more options for local, modern treatment. "This new block seamlessly ties into earlier phases of the redevelopment which included a palliative care unit, new emergency department, high dependency unit and medical imaging department," Dr Hames said. "The innovative design and advances in medical technology means the Goldfields now has a modern facility staffed by telehealth specialists, doctors, nurses and allied health staff who offer excellent care so patients can stay closer to home for clinical treatment. "This is important when considering Kalgoorlie Health Campus is the hospital for more than 56,000 Goldfields residents including a large number of fly-in, fly-out workers, plus residents of surrounding areas." Dr Hames said the $3.8 million cancer centre, funded by the Australian Government, would provide four chemotherapy chairs, a treatment room, a group meeting room and consulting rooms for outpatient and oncologist appointments. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new building block at the Kalgoorlie Health Campus, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, was an important step in improving access to modern health care in regional Western Australia. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest $15.8 million in critical health infrastructure and contribute to the sustainability of our regional communities," Mr Redman said. "The Kalgoorlie redevelopment will help support the community and its residents with an increase in patient services and more options for visiting clinicians to accommodate future demand." Fact File$2.7 million palliative care unit was opened in 2010 with the new ED opened in 2012Redevelopment includes areas for allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, audiology, dietetics, podiatry and social workAlso completed are the $3.8 million cancer centre and $750,000 accommodation units for cancer patients, both funded by the Australian Government Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Albany showcases amazing cycling options108462Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4630html31/08/2015 1:44:19 AM2015-08-27T22:05:00Z​Amazing Albany 10 Great Rides supported by Royalties for RegionsCycle City Albany strategy, supported by $900,000 over three years Western Australia's Great Southern could become one of Australia's best cycling destinations, including both on and off road cycling, after the launch today of a new tourist map promoting 10 of the most spectacular cycle routes in Albany. Speaking from Albany today, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Amazing Albany 10 Great Rides was a key outcome of the City of Albany's strategy Cycle City Albany. "The State Government has provided significant support for the Cycle City Albany strategy, including $900,000 over the past three financial years (2012-13 to 2014-15) for bike network projects in the region," Mr Nalder said. "We have also committed $58,000 towards employing a local government TravelSmart officer who will encourage smarter travel options in Albany." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Amazing Albany 10 Great Rides would be an essential resource for tourists and residents on the south coast. "This high quality map was developed by the Albany Cycling Club and contains a wealth of easy-to-use information about the best 10 on-road rides in Albany in a compact pocket format," Mr Redman said. The map includes easy family rides such as Middleton Beach to Emu Point and an Anzac discovery ride around Albany Heritage Park. Riders can also embark on longer rides, for example all the way to Two Peoples Bay and Little Beach and through the Nullaki Wilderness Reserve. The Great Southern Development Commission supported the project with $19,958 through the Government's Community Chest Fund, made possible by Royalties for Regions. Fact FileThe State Government has now allocated $75.11 million over four years to improve safety and bike network connectivity for all West Australians which includes $34.4 million for major projects $37.71 million for local government grants and principal shared paths $3 million for innovative demonstration programThe TravelSmart officer will be employed for about four days a week for three yearsThe Department of Transport supports programs that help and encourage employers, schools, households and local governments to choose active and sustainable travel modes such as cycling, walking and public transport more oftenAmazing Albany 10 Great Rides and supporting resources are available at http//www.amazingalbany.com.auThe Community Chest Fund is a newly established Royalties for Regions small grants program, administered by each of the nine regional development commissionsFor more information on the Great Southern projects supported by the Community Chest Fund, visit the Great Southern Development Commission website Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
Disaster assistance for flood-affected Western Australian communities108461Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4290html28/08/2015 1:17:28 AM2015-08-27T22:00:00Z Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced that disaster assistance has been activated in the local government areas of Dalwallinu, Kellerberrin, Moora, Tammin, Westonia, Wongan-Ballidu, and Wyalkatchem in response to the heavy rainfall and associated flooding that occurred in late July 2015. Mr Keenan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). "The Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to working together to ensure that affected communities have the support and assistance they need to recover from the effects of the recent flooding, and to commence restoration works as quickly as possible," Mr Keenan said. Mr Barnett said the heavy rainfall and flooding event caused damage to local infrastructure and requires urgent attention. "The NDRRA assistance being made available today will ensure local councils receive funding for a share of the costs associated with repairing or restoring damaged essential infrastructure," Mr Barnett said. Assistance available under the NDRRA may includepersonal hardship and distress assistance for families and individualsfinancial assistance for local and state government authorities to undertake counter-disaster operations and to restore damaged public infrastructure; interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers who have been directly impacted by the flooding; and freight subsidies for primary producers to assist with the costs of transporting livestock, fodder or water for livestock and machinery and equipment. Information regarding the assistance available can be found on the Western Australian Government's Department of the Premier and Cabinet website at http//www.dpc.wa.gov.au and on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at http//www.disasterassist.gov.au Premier's office 6552 5000
Hairy Maclary and $5 tickets = AWESOME535Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7270html27/08/2015 3:05:12 AM2015-08-27T02:50:00Z​AWESOME International Arts Festival kicks off in October Hairy Maclary at the State Library of WA $5 tickets to selected AWESOME events for eligible families For the first time, eligible families will be able to purchase $5 tickets to selected events at the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things during October. The announcement coincides with the confirmation that Dame Lynley Dodd, famed children's author of everyone's favourite pooch Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, will bring her exhibition to the State Library of Western Australia as part of the festival. Culture and Arts Minister John Day said the ticket subsidy would allow children and their families to attend shows for a fraction of the cost of a regular ticket. "This partnership will make the festival even more accessible to Western Australian families by saving them between $10 to $15 on each ticket," Mr Day said. "Having the opportunity to experience quality theatre, exhibitions and arts activities created especially for young people can begin a lifelong interest in arts and culture." Eligible children can also get free access to the new The West Australian Activity Zone, where children will get creative with hands-on interactive arts activities. The Lynley Dodd Story exhibition, curated by Penelope Jackson, showcases the author's artwork and book drafts including the much-loved characters Schnitzel von Krumm, Slinky Malinki, Scarface Claw and Hairy Maclary himself. The Minister said it was a coup for the State to secure the rights to this extremely popular exhibition. "The Lynley Dodd Story is a free exhibition and will allow West Australians of all ages to acquaint, or even reacquaint, themselves with this much loved character and celebrate the works of Dame Lynley," he said. AWESOME Arts is also partnering with other State Government agencies and organisations including Perth Theatre Trust to bring shows to the State Theatre Centre of WA; the WA Museum; Art Gallery of WA; and The Blue Room to deliver activities as part of the festival. Fact FileTo be eligible you must have a Pension or Health Care card. Card holders can purchase up to six tickets to selected shows AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things runs from October 3-16 in the Perth Cultural Centre and aims to inspire and engage WA children up to 12 yearsThe Lynley Dodd Story exhibition is at the State Library of WA and runs from October 3 until January 27, 2016The ticket subsidy is a partnership between the Department of Culture and the Arts and AWESOME ArtsFor more information, visit http//www.awesomearts.com/subsidisedtickets or http//www.dca.wa.gov.au/ Minister's office - 6552 6200
Awards to celebrate outstanding young people533Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4160html27/08/2015 2:16:31 AM2015-08-27T02:00:00Z​Nominations now open for WA Youth Awards Youth Minister Tony Simpson today called on West Australians to nominate outstanding young people for the WA Youth Awards 2015. "It's important that we recognise and celebrate those young people, aged 12 to 25 years, who are making an extraordinary contribution to their community and to the lives of others," Mr Simpson said. "The WA Youth Awards program is our opportunity to acknowledge the driven and selfless young people who are achieving great things and making a real difference early in their lives." The Minister said the awards also honoured outstanding individuals and organisations working with and for young people. The award categories areMinister for Youth's Outstanding Youth Worker AwardCommissioner for Children and Young People Participate AwardECU Community Leadership AwardOrganisational Achievement AwardCultural Endeavours AwardActive Participation Award One individual category winner will be chosen as the WA Young Person of the Year. The winner will have the opportunity to travel throughout WA to participate in youth-related events and activities as WA's youth ambassador. The 2014 WA Young Person of the Year, Estelle Clarke, overcame multiple challenges to speak out at a national level against prejudice. An Aboriginal young person and Lockridge Senior High School student, Estelle was awarded for her dedication to speaking out against prejudice to create a more informed society. Nominations are open until Friday, October 2, 2015. Winners will be announced at the WA Youth Awards ceremony on November 27, 2015. The WA Youth Awards are presented by the Youth Affairs Council of WA, in partnership with the State Government, through the Department of Local Government and Communities, and supported by Lotterywest. Fact FileTo nominate and for more information, visit https//www.yacwa.org.au/wayouthawards/ 2015 is the 17th year of the WA Youth Awards Minister's office - 6552 6600
Environment wins in chase for Golden Gecko530Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6730html27/08/2015 12:26:39 AM2015-08-27T00:00:00Z​Eight finalists vie for 2015 Golden Gecko AwardsWorld-leading technology yields local solutions Eight finalists using innovative solutions and new technology to minimise the environmental impacts on Western Australian resources projects will contest this year's prestigious Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the 2015 finalists covered a broad cross-section of the Western Australian resources sector. "From a coastal tunnel to protect a Pilbara river delta to an emissions reduction project in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, these are exciting initiatives that showcase WA's world-leading approach to environmental management," Mr Marmion said. "This year's finalists include a mix of large and smaller mining companies, an oil and gas company, environmental consultants, a technology developer, a not-for-profit organisation and a State Government authority. "To have eight projects of such high calibre vying for this year's Golden Gecko Award is a credit to the Western Australian resources sector, and exemplifies its approach to responsible development." The Minister will present the 24th annual Golden Gecko Award on Thursday, October 29. "All finalists are extremely deserving of this recognition and I congratulate them on their outstanding leadership and innovation," he said. Following the success of last year's seminar event preceding the formal awards ceremony, finalists will again give short presentations on their submissions to give attendees greater insight into the eight projects contesting the award. Fact FileGolden Gecko Awards and presentation event information is available at http//www.dmp.wa.gov.au/goldengecko Minister's office - 6552 6800 Golden Gecko Awards 2015 - Finalists Chevron Australia Project Name Wheatstone Micro-tunnel Project Chevron's Wheatstone natural gas development is located adjacent to the Ashburton River delta, which supports important mangrove and estuarine habitats. Gas from offshore fields will be gathered using subsea wells and manifolds and transported via flowlines to the offshore Wheatstone Platform and then transported to the onshore processing facilities via the newly installed 225km pipeline. To protect the coastal area, the pipeline is linked to the processing plant via a micro-tunnel. The micro-tunnel is the critical link, creating a shore crossing that starts behind the coastal dune system, extends seaward and terminates under the ocean floor. It provides an innovative solution to crossing the shoreline by tunnelling under the coastal environment and reducing impacts to the onshore area. Fortescue Metals Group Limited / Ziltek Pty Ltd / PT Environmental Services Project Name Better Environmental Outcomes from Hydrocarbon Spills using RemScan™ Fortescue's Chichester and Solomon hubs in WA's Pilbara region are utilising an innovative Australian technology to improve the day-to-day management of hydrocarbon-contaminated soil from spills. This technology, developed by Ziltek and marketed as RemScan™, allows for the real-time in-field analysis of hydrocarbon-contaminated soils, which reduces the need for costly and time-consuming laboratory analysis. This leads to more effective on-site management and treatment of the soils as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to off-site disposal. Ultimately, the RemScan™ technology ensures that all hydrocarbon-contaminated material is actually collected for remediation, removing the risk of further contamination to any potential environmental receptors. Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Project Name Gidji Emissions Reduction Project Golden Mile sulphide ore has been roasted since 1898. Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) has been investigating and trialling concentrate treatment alternatives since the 1990s. In 2015, KCGM installed a large ultra-fine grinding mill at Gidji to replace roasting, eliminating 100 per cent of atmospheric stack emissions. This demonstrates continuous process improvement which has eliminated a major source of atmospheric stack emissions. Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee Inc Project Name Battling the Thorny Menaces through Corporate Alliances Not-for-profit organisation, the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC), is spearheading the development of resource company alliances to invest in strategic and comprehensive weed management programs across the Pilbara. These alliances are removing vast areas of Mesquite and Parkinsonia from the landscape, improving and restoring the natural environment. Through partnerships with the PMMC, resource projects are able to participate in, and benefit from, a community approach to weed management. Biannual meetings and local access to a PMMC project manager ensures opportunities exist to share knowledge and innovate, and to achieve maximum results for the Pilbara environment and landscape. Pilbara Ports Authority Project Name Mangrove Rehabilitation Program Balancing the needs of the North West's vast mining industry with the protection of sensitive local ecosystems is a challenge at Port Hedland the world's largest bulk export port. Pilbara Ports Authority's unique Mangrove Rehabilitation Program incorporates a mangrove nursery, rehabilitation trials and research, and community engagement, and demonstrates an innovative approach to successfully preserving and maintaining ecosystem integrity. Premier Coal Limited / Golder Associates Project Name Lake Kepwari Trial Flow-through The former Western Area WO5B coal mining pit-lake in WA's South-West has been the subject of an innovative trial to investigate and validate the benefits of flow-through systems by allowing degraded local river waters to mix with the acidic waters in a former mine void. Premier Coal has spearheaded the Lake Kepwari project and spent the last four years working in partnership with environmental consultants Golder Associates and closely with key stakeholders to demonstrate flow-through can improve environmental conditions in the lake itself without affecting Collie River values. Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) Utilities Division Project Name West Angelas Fuel Hub Recently operational West Angelas Fuel Hub is the new benchmark for fuel facilities across the industry. It exceeds statutory and regulatory environmental requirements with state-of-the-art installation including an industry-leading rail tank car unload facility, a site-wide fully integrated oily water treatment system, bulk storage tanks, leak and overfill protection, secondary containment and bunding, dewatering quick flush tanks and ground-level product sampling cabinets. St Barbara Limited Project Name Gwalia Operations Absorption Chiller Upgrade St Barbara's Gwalia underground mine is located close to the town of Leonora. As the underground mine's depth increased, an increase in the capacity of the mine cooling system was required to maintain safe working conditions. The underground mine air cooling system had been the largest energy consumer at the Gwalia mine site. To increase cooling capacity without increasing energy consumption, St Barbara applied absorption refrigeration technology for the first time in the Australian mining industry. The new cooling system uses waste heat energy from the power plant and converts it to cool air for the underground mine. The mine has more than doubled its cooling capacity while reducing power demand, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon emissions.
Beautiful balloons up and away in championships529Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4500html27/08/2015 12:17:12 AM2015-08-26T23:30:00Z​Northam to host Australian National Ballooning Championships from August 29Expected to attract national and international visitors Supported by Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions An extraordinary display of up to 30 hot air balloons will take over the skies above Northam as part of the prestigious 2015 Australian National Ballooning Championships. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said Northam was regarded as Western Australia's premier hot air ballooning destination and it was a great coup for the town to host the championships, which were last held 31 years ago in WA. "The championships have attracted competitors from across Australia as well as countries such as China, Japan, Russia and the UK," Dr Hames said. "The event will not only showcase the picturesque Avon Valley countryside to national and international visitors, but is also sure to attract many spectators, creating a vibrant atmosphere and supporting the local economy. "It's a fantastic time to visit Northam and the Avon Valley to check out the balloons plus enjoy the community events and entertainment." Australian competitors include current Women's World Hot Air Balloon champion Nicola Scaife, five-time Australian champion Paul Gibbs and 2014 Australian champion Matthew Scaife. The event is proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was investing in opportunities which encouraged visitors to discover and revel in the rich experiences that regional WA offered. "Regional tourism creates great social and economic prospects for people who live and work in the regions," Mr Redman said. "Tourism has a strong influence on regional development and events like this are a strategic asset for our State." Fact FileNational Ballooning Championships will run from August 29-September 6, 2015Highest ranking Australian competitors will represent Australia at 2016 FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championships in JapanFor more information, visit http//www.northamnationals.com/ For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture – Regions Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
A pearler of a festival in Broome524Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6680html26/08/2015 11:52:17 PM2015-08-26T23:00:00Z​Broome to host 45th annual Shinju Matsuri, Festival of the PearlNew events including Sunset Long Table Dinner and Floating Lantern MatsuriSupported by Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions The spotlight will be on Broome this week as the town once again hosts one of its premier cultural events, the Shinju Matsuri, Festival of the Pearl. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the 45th annual festival would highlight Broome's rich cultural diversity, unique pearling history and extraordinary natural beauty. "There are two new events this year the Sunset Long Table Dinner on Cable Beach and the Floating Lantern Matsuri, which encourages people to create lanterns during the festival week and set them afloat in honour of loved ones passed," he said. "The festival continues to raise the bar each year, helping to not only promote the town but also the greater Kimberley region as an extraordinary tourism destination." Shinju Matsuri is proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. Dr Hames said regional events played an important role in the State Government's strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020. "Tourism is vital for regional Western Australia. In 2014, total visitor spend in the State was $8.6 billion, $3.8 billion of which was spent in the regions," he said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in positioning regional WA as a recognised tourism destination. "Tourism has a strong influence on regional development, delivering significant economic, social and cultural benefits to local communities," Mr Redman said. "Shinju Matsuri is a well-known and loved regional event that adds vibrancy to the town, ignites a real sense of community pride and supports local businesses." Fact FileShinju Matsuri will be held from August 28-September 6, 2015Lanterns for the Lantern Matsuri to be launched from Cable BeachLantern packs cost $10 and will be available from the information booth at the festival For more information, visit http//www.shinjumatsuri.com.au/ For more information on Royalties for Regions, visit http//biggerpicture.regions.wa.gov.au Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
CBD apartment building to reach new heights523Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11230html26/08/2015 11:42:37 PM2015-08-26T22:10:00Z​$190 million residential development approved within Perth City Link More than 560 apartments created across two towers in the heart of the CBDDelivery of Perth City Link project well advanced Planning Minister John Day has approved a new inner city residential development - including 563 apartments and five restaurant, cafe and retail tenancies - at Perth City Link. Kings Square 6 (KS6) comprises two towers of 43 and 49 storeys, making them one of Perth's tallest apartment buildings. Planning Minister John Day said KS6 would become Perth's best located transit-orientated residential development. "KS6 will help revitalise this formerly underutilised area of the city by creating homes right on the doorstep of major commercial, employment and entertainment precincts," Mr Day said. "This landmark development will be a spectacular new addition to the city skyline and an integral part of this vibrant new inner city community." A diverse range of housing options will be on offer including studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, along with some affordable housing units. The upper floors will feature a range of communal open spaces and resident facilities including a rooftop pool, garden terraces, lounge and kitchen areas. The Minister said developments like KS6 were helping to deliver on the aspirations of 'Perth and Peel @ 3.5million', which outlined a framework for accommodating the State's growing population while creating a dynamic and liveable city. "This development is a great example of how appropriate density and infill can create attractive housing choice for people to live close to jobs, amenities and public transport," he said. "The project, worth an estimated $190 million, is expected to create about 1,700 jobs during construction with works to commence within the next three years." Perth City Link is rapidly changing the face of the city with state-of-the-art underground rail and bus infrastructure, new commercial buildings, and public spaces including the landmark Yagan Square, which is due to commence construction in the coming months. Fact FileKS6 is located within the Kings Square precinct of the Perth City Link project and is being developed by Premier Capital DevelopmentsThe first four buildings in the precinct are expected to be completed this year and will house the offices of Shell and HBFPerth City Link is reconnecting the city centre with Northbridge for the first time in 100 years by undergrounding public transport infrastructure and creating a new residential, commercial, entertainment and public transport hubFor more information, visit http//www.perthcitylink.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6200 artists impression of Kings Square 6 (KS6)
Time running out to enrol to vote521Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4710html26/08/2015 11:34:45 PM2015-08-26T22:00:00Z​Rolls close August 28 for local government electionsWomen and young people under-represented on council West Australians have until 5pm on Friday, August 28 to enrol to vote in this year's local government elections. With the closing of electoral rolls approaching, more women and young people are being urged to get involved in this year's council elections. Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said women comprised 51 per cent of the State's population and WA had the fastest growing percentage of young people in Australia, yet both groups were significantly under-represented at a local level. "Not only have we seen a steady decline in voter participation at local government elections in recent years, but very low numbers of women and young people are standing for council," Mr Simpson said. "In the 2013 local government elections, only 30 per cent of councillor candidates were women, even though they are very active in their local communities, particularly as volunteers." The Minister said fewer than 20 West Australians aged 24 years or younger nominated to be a councillor at the 2013 local government election, compared with 223 people aged between 55 and 64. "These are worrying statistics and they demonstrate the diversity of WA's communities is not being reflected in our councils. Women and young people, as well as Aboriginal people and those from culturally diverse backgrounds, all have an important voice in the community," he said. "As a former councillor, I know the decisions of local government affect the lives of all West Australians - from the roads we drive on and the parks our children play at, to the services we use every day." Mr Simpson said voter participation in council elections had decreased from 33 per cent in 2009 to 27 per cent in 2013. Local government elections will be held on October 17, 2015. Candidates have from September 3-10 to lodge a nomination. Fact FileMr Simpson was a member of Serpentine-Jarrahdale Council from 2001 to 2005Local government elections take place every two years. It is not compulsory to vote at local government electionsMore information at Western Australian Electoral Commission or Department of Local Government and Communities Minister's office - 6552 6600
First phase of Willetton High upgrade unveiled498Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2780html26/08/2015 4:26:19 AM2015-08-26T04:15:00Z​$39.2 million rebuild opened at flagship southern suburbs secondary school Science, arts and technology learning set for a boost The outstanding academic opportunities at Willetton Senior High School have reached new heights with the addition of several new buildings and specialist facilities. As part of stage one of the multimillion-dollar upgrade of the school, a new two-storey science building, including an observatory, has been constructed so students can study astronomy. Officially opening the facilities, Education Minister Peter Collier said the upgrade, worth nearly $40 million, would mean Willetton Senior High School's students would have expanded learning opportunities. "It is pleasing to see the students' endeavours in science and technology are being further advanced by access to these state-of-the-art facilities," Mr Collier said. "Arts education is also boosted with a new dedicated media and arts two-storey building, and an extension and refurbishment of the performance area." The stage one redevelopment includeda new two-storey classroom building, an education support classroom, staff studies and lecture theatrea new two-storey arts, media and music buildingan extension and refurbishment of the performing arts areaa new two-storey science buildinga new two-storey IT and business studies building; a new single-storey technology and enterprise buildingan extension of the gymnasium. Fact fileA tender process is under way for stage two of the upgrade, which is expected to be completed in 2017Willetton Senior High School has 2,226 studentsOnce installed in the observatory, a new telescope will be used by students in all years to study astronomy during science lessons Minister's office - 6552 6300
Food hubs to help regional businesses flourish496Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12530html26/08/2015 2:57:04 AM2015-08-26T02:45:00Z​A specialised food centre will be established in Albany and a premium food centre based in Manjimup to support regional agriculture and food businesses The State Government will establish two regional food centres that will work with agriculture and food businesses across Western Australia to capture premium domestic and export market opportunities. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the $4.5 million Food Industry Innovation project, which will help regional businesses develop a competitive advantage via collaboration and innovation. Mr Baston said the project involved allocating $3 million for the establishment of a premium food centre at Manjimup and $1.5 million for a specialised food centre at Albany. "By working together to overcome regional constraints and optimise advantages, regional businesses can share and leverage costs, promotion, market development and new technology," he said. "The premium food centre will assist businesses to upscale and co-ordinate production and promotion of high value, low input products, with a particular focus on the organics industry. "The specialised food centre will support collaboration between a broad range of agriculture and food businesses from across the South-West, Wheatbelt and the Great Southern to reduce costs by sharing inputs, such as knowledge, skills, technology and infrastructure." Mr Redman said the project was part of the State Government's $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions, to capitalise on growing global demand for agriculture and food. "The Government is committed to growing and broadening regional food businesses to differentiate their products in the highly competitive global food marketplace," he said. "By working collaboratively with the agrifood industry to seize emerging opportunities and support businesses in becoming preferred suppliers of premium quality products, this project will strengthening regional economies throughout the State." Fact FileThere are about 1,100 food manufacturing businesses in WA, which employ about 19,000 people Australian organic production has a farm gate value of more than $300 million and retail sales of more than $1.2 million (IBIS 2013). 170 organic farms operate across WA Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Export boost with new agricultural science fund492Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11520html26/08/2015 2:47:14 AM2015-08-26T02:35:00Z​Grants of $20,000 to $500,000 will be available to grower groups The State Government today announced a $22.1 million Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, which will boost export opportunities for Western Australian agriculture and food products. At the Dowerin Field Days today, Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it would assist the State's agricultural and food sector to compete for new export opportunities, particularly in growing markets in nearby Asia. "This investment will support the Western Australian agrifood sector to capitalise on growing demand from emerging markets," Mr Baston said. "Securing new markets for our agriculture and food products will provide flow-on benefits to growers, industry, communities and the State's economy." Through the fund, $17.4 million will be allocated through two rounds of grants to incorporated grower groups for research and development across the supply chain to accelerate the adoption of science innovations that boost profitability. It will also fund research to identify the opportunities and constraints to repositioning WA in premium high-value markets, and allocate grants of $20,000 to $100,000 to grower groups and industry partners to improve agricultural competitiveness. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund built on the State Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative. "This fund will support other programs designed to capitalise on rising global food demand currently being delivered by the State Government in partnership with the agrifood industry," Mr Redman said. "Through the Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, Royalties for Regions will continue to invest in agricultural development and diversification opportunities to create sustainable regional communities." Fact FileThe State Government is committed to laying the foundations to double the value of agriculture by 2025Through the fund, $17.4 million will be allocated through two rounds of grants, ranging from $20,000 to $500,000, to grower groups for research and developmentA further $1.9 million will go towards Pathways to Improved Competitiveness (including $20,000 to $100,000 industry consortia grants) and $1.2 million will go to the Grower Group Alliance to drive industry transformation Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Improving wastewater pipes in Victoria Park491Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2670html26/08/2015 2:15:06 AM2015-08-26T02:05:00Z​About four kilometres of wastewater pipe to be refurbished in Victoria Park$4.93 million project to extend the life of the pipes by at least 50 years Trenchless technology used where possible to reduce impact on community The State Government will soon begin work to refurbish wastewater pipes in Victoria Park, which is expected to extend the life of this vital infrastructure by at least 50 years. Water Minister Mia Davies said the $4.93 million Water Corporation project formed part of an ongoing program of work to reline and refurbish wastewater pipes across the State. "About four kilometres of wastewater pipe in Victoria Park will be refurbished over the coming year," Ms Davies said. "The Water Corporation uses trenchless technology to reline wastewater pipes where possible. Trenchless technology avoids widespread excavation to access the wastewater pipes, which minimises disruption to the community and road users. "The process involves inserting a liner inside an existing pipe via an access chamber, resulting in a replacement pipe with a smooth and continuous inner surface. This work will reduce the likelihood of blockages and overflows." The Minister said the corporation would work closely with residents throughout the duration of the project. "Residents in the area will notice an increase in activity along the pipeline route and some local traffic management, however the corporation will ensure disruption is kept to a minimum," she said. "I thank residents in advance for their co-operation throughout the work, which is expected to take about 10 months to complete." For more information about the project, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au Fact FileThe corporation manages more than 16,000km of wastewater mains across WA - with more than 12,000km in the Perth metropolitan areaEvery 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 machines Minister's office - 6552 5500