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Vehicle supports caring for country programs867716Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 7:30:58 AM2015-06-30T07:30:00ZLotterywest grant of $52,580 to the Goldfields Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation Towards a new four-wheel drive vehicle to support the activities of the Ngadju landcare ranger program Premier Colin Barnett today presented the Goldfields Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation (GLSC) with a Lotterywest grant of $52,580 towards a new four-wheel drive to support the Ngadju ranger program. Supported by GLSC, the ranger program sees 16 rangers carry out land management projects throughout Norseman and the greater Goldfields region. The program combines contemporary landcare practices with traditional land management regimes including land management training, commercial seed collecting, cultural awareness training to non-Aboriginal audiences and flora and fauna surveys. The Premier acknowledged the far-reaching benefits of the ranger program. "This program does more than just care for land - it enables the transfer of traditional environmental knowledge to younger generations and provides training and employment opportunities for Ngadju people," Mr Barnett said. "The availability of a suitable vehicle solely for the use of the Ngadju landcare rangers will allow their valuable work to continue and expand." It will mean more rangers, their equipment and materials can be safely transported to remote locations throughout Norseman and the Goldfields. The current ranger team has provided more than 240 days of paid employment for more than 10 Ngadju men in the past two years and has created strong social, cultural and health outcomes for the participants. "I look forward to seeing this program continue to grow and provide more training and work opportunities through land management projects into the future," the Premier said. Fact FileGLSC represents the collective interest of Aboriginal people of the Goldfields Esperance region on matters of land, waters, governance, social and economic development, heritage and justiceWA is the only Australian State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the communityIn 2013-14, Lotterywest distributed a total of $274.5 million to beneficiariesThe full list of grants is available at http// Premier's office - 6552 5000
Feedback sought on future of sandalwood867703Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 5:25:45 AM2015-06-30T05:10:00ZState Government to consult with stakeholders on future of sandalwood industryFeedback will form part of sales and marketing arrangements for wild sandalwood The State Government is calling for stakeholder submissions on the future of the wild Western Australian sandalwood industry. Forestry Minister Mia Davies said the existing industry structure had been in place since 1998, and with current contracts coming to an end, it was timely to review the sales and marketing arrangements. "Wild Western Australian sandalwood has been earning export income for the State since 1844 and it now accounts for more than 60 per cent of the world's supply of sandalwood products," Ms Davies said. "With new contracts for sandalwood starting in 2016 we want to get the right structure for the industry going forward. We will be consulting with stakeholders to get a wide range of views on the options available. "While financial return to the State is important because it provides funds to invest in land management, regeneration and enforcement programs, weighting should also be given to other priorities such as Aboriginal employment and regional economic development." The Minister said the introduction of plantation sandalwood into the market over the next 10 years meant the industry needed to be carefully managed to protect the high value wild sandalwood markets. "Our primary focus for consultation is the next 10-year period, when the industry will be based on wild Western Australian sandalwood," she said. "However, we need to be mindful that the plantation resource will start to become available during this time and we want to ensure that the structure we create could also support private growers and the introduction of this wood into the marketplace." An independent consultant will be seeking submissions from stakeholders during July 2015. There will be public notices on where and how to make a submission. Fact FileWild Western Australian sandalwood is mainly harvested in the pastoral regionsPart proceeds from the harvest and sale of wild WA sandalwood are invested in regeneration of this resourceThere are more than 20,000 hectares of plantation WA sandalwood across the StateFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
$1.6m research project backs gold sector jobs867704Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 5:02:01 AM2015-06-30T05:00:00ZScientists target new wealth from old groundState, Commonwealth and industry joint venture The State Government has today joined forces with key gold industry players and the CSIRO in a $1.685 million quest to extend the life of major mines and reveal sites for new operations. Launching Pathways To High-Grade Ore 3D Gradient Mapping Of Mineral Systems at Kalgoorlie-Boulder's historic Kanowna Belle gold mine, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the intensive, 12-month research project had a significant upside for mining industry jobs. "This is an ideal time to build on current gold sector activity, by using our world-leading science to target known gold-rich zones," Mr Marmion said. "Mining companies are helping sponsor the project because prolonging the life of proven operations is very cost-effective, especially when it comes to job security." The Pathways project will analyse the earth's crust to develop 3D modelling of gold-bearing systems centred on important Eastern Goldfields geological faults, which host major existing and potential mine sites. The State Government's Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) is contributing $395,000, the main cash component of the project. Five gold producers are also contributing, with Kanowna Belle owner Northern Star Resources the major industry sponsor. "These 3D models will guide exploration and mine expansion at sponsors' sites," the Minister said. "While we wish industry sponsors like Northern Star a bright future, this research will also help point the way to new discoveries in promising greenfields areas such as the Yamarna greenstone belt, east of Laverton." Dr John Walshe and Dr Adam Bath of the CSIRO's Mineral Resources Flagship will lead the research, building on their four previous Goldfields projects, which also received State Government funding. "The Pathways project will start immediately and highlights the State Government's commitment to WA business and employment," Mr Marmion said. "Extending gold discoveries in the legendary Yilgarn Craton will help sustain our vital Goldfields communities." Fact FileThe Pathways To High-Grade Ore 3D Gradient Mapping Of Mineral Systems project is funded by MRIWA $395,000; Northern Star Resources $110,000; La Mancha Resources $40,000; Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd $15,000; Excelsior Gold Ltd $10,000; Ramelius Resources $10,000The CSIRO will provide $1.105m in-kind funding, including sample preparation and analysis, data processing, scanning electron microscope analytics and 3D modellingMRIWA is a statutory research funding body supported by $15m in State Government funding Minister's office - 6552 6800
New sports complex part of $9.7m revitalisation867689Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 4:48:23 AM2015-06-30T04:45:00ZNew sporting complex and redeveloped rail operations for GoldfieldsFunded by State Government's Royalties for Regions program The Goldfields-Esperance region is set to benefit from two new projects receiving a $9.7 million investment, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. The Ray Finlayson Sporting Complex will receive $6 million for the construction of a multi-purpose sport and recreation pavilion while the remaining $3.7 million will see the Golden Mile Loopline Railway redeveloped in two stages. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said both projects would deliver significant flow-on social and economic benefits and contribute to the attraction and retention of residents in the region. "The pavilion at the Ray Finlayson Sporting Complex will offer a state-of-the-art venue for a wide range of sporting activity and facilitate opportunities to attract national sporting events," Mr Redman said. "It will encourage the sustainability of sporting groups in the region and build a better quality of life for local communities." The $6 million Royalties for Regions investment in the Ray Finlayson Sporting Complex is the last stage of the wider $18 million development project. Stage one of the Golden Mile Loopline Railway project will be the construction of a railway line from its Boulder station precinct to the Super Pit lookout, while the extension of the line towards the top of Hannan Street to enable visitors to alight and visit the Western Australian Museum - Kalgoorlie-Boulder, will be the second stage. "The Loopline Railway project involves the laying of 16.1 kilometres of rail and the construction of additional infrastructure to bring it back in operation as a tourist venture. This redevelopment is a significant heritage railway project that will boost tourism opportunities, and contribute to building the economic strength of the region." Fact FileThe Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation fund is a $198 million (from 2013-14 to 2018-19) Royalties for Regions initiative that invests in priority projects to enable economic and social development in the regionThe fund is administered by the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and the Department of Regional DevelopmentFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700
Work under way on Kalgoorlie school rebuild867688Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 4:26:14 AM2015-06-30T04:25:00ZEnhanced learning outcomes for studentsMade possible by Royalties for RegionsEarly site works almost complete Building work is set to begin on the key stage of a $45 million rebuild of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School and replacement of the Eastern Goldfields Education Support Centre. Kalgoorlie-raised Education Minister Peter Collier said it was a game-changing project. "I'm delighted to be able to provide this community with a modern secondary school complete with the technology and facilities 21st century students need," Mr Collier said. "We are building 27 classrooms, replacing the visual arts and multimedia block, refurbishing the design and technology workshops and science laboratories, and the school will have a new cafeteria, staff car parking and covered playing courts." The Eastern Goldfields Education Support Centre, which shares the site, is also being replaced, and will include three new high-support needs classrooms, a life skills room, computer laboratory and administration area. Forward works to prepare the site, which include a car park and access road, are almost finished and the main construction can now begin. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was committed to improving educational opportunities in regional Western Australia. "This investment will improve the quality of education for local students, encouraging them to complete their schooling to a higher level in Kalgoorlie," Mr Redman said. "Improved educational outcomes lead to a highly skilled workforce, creating sustainable communities and contributing to the economic strength of our regions." Fact FileProject due for completion in July 2017For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Education Minister's office - 6552 6300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Mapping the depth of WA’s coast867686Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 3:06:54 AM2015-06-30T03:00:00Z​14 projects awarded more than $1 million in coastal protection grants Important funding to investigate and protect the State's valuable coastline A project to map the depth of water off Western Australia's coast from Two Rocks to Oakajee is among 14 projects funded by the State Government under its latest round of coastal protection grants. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Department of Planning would use its $300,000 grant to collect sea depth data that can be used for future coastal planning and management. The project involves using light detection and ranging technology to measure the difference between the sea surface and the sea bottom. Survey systems are often aircraft mounted. The equipment measures the time delay between the transmission of a pulse and its return signal. Laser pulses are received at two frequencies a lower frequency infrared pulse is reflected off the sea surface, while a higher frequency green laser penetrates through the water and reflects off the bottom. Analysis of the two distinct pulses can establish water depths and shoreline elevations. With good water clarity, these systems can reach depths of 50 meters. "Such equipment is used to collect data in areas with rugged shores where boats cannot operate efficiently or safely because of rocks, seaweed or breaking surf," Mr Nalder said. The project has been funded under the 2015-16 Coastal Adaptation and Protection grants, with $1,057,500 allocated for construction, design, monitoring or investigation work. The Town of Cambridge has secured $167,627 for the third stage of its maintenance project for the City Beach groyne, while the Shire of Esperance received $100,000 to replenish sand levels in Esperance Bay near Norseman Road. "The coastline is one of the State's most valuable assets and these grants foster a partnership between State and local government in work to protect it," the Minister said. "The projects will provide a better understanding of coastal processes and ensure public coastal assets are protected from the impacts of ocean forces into the future." Fact FileCoastal managers can apply for grants for half the cost of projects The grants program is administered by the Department of Transport, which also provides coastal engineering support and guidance to local governments who are responsible for the management of most of WA's coastFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6400 Coastal Adaptation and Protection Grants 2015-16​​​Coastal ManagerProjectDescriptionGrantCity of AlbanyEmu Point to Middleton Beach coastal adaptation and protection strategyBeach monitoring, data collection, repair to rock revetment and sand nourishment$54,543City of Busselton Beach monitoringCollection of beach profile surveys, aerial photos and site photos at Geographe Bay$20,000City of Busselton Hydrographic surveyOffshore hydrographic survey of Geographe Bay including Dunn Bay sand bar and west of Busselton Jetty$21,000City of Busselton Maintenance of coastal protection structuresRefurbishment of two timber groynes at Beachlands$70,000City of CockburnCY O'Connor beach remediationSand nourishment of CY O'Connor beach$75,000City of JoondalupCoastal monitoring Establishment of monitoring schedule, remote photo monitoring, on ground photo monitoring and beach profiling$21,252City of WannerooQuinns Beach long term coastal management Stage 3 - detailed designCollection of data, refinement of numerical model and development of detailed design for long term coastal adaptation options$65,000City of WannerooQuinns Beach nourishment worksSand nourishment of Quinns beach in front of car park and dog beach as interim measure for long term adaptation$66,578Department of Planning Survey of the WA Coast between Two Rocks and OakajeeCollection of baseline LiDAR bathymetry from Two Rocks to Oakajee$300,000Shire of Augusta-Margaret RiverPrevelly-Gnarabup coastal erosion investigationWave, water level and current data collection and photo monitoring to understand coastal erosion$44,000Shire of EsperanceEsperance Bay sand renourishmentNourishment, Norseman Road$100,000Shire of GinginErosion management at LancelinSand nourishment of beach at Grace Darling Park, Lancelin$37,500Town of CambridgeCity Beach groyne maintenance Stage 3Stage 3 of City Beach groyne maintenance$167,627Town of CottesloeCoastal monitoring to Improve understanding of long term coastal change Continued collection of beach surveys, remote photo monitoring and data analysis$15,000TOTAL $1,057,500
Improved traffic flow for Mounts Bay Road867681Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 2:40:53 AM2015-06-30T02:40:00Z​Mounts Bay Road merge lane extension to improve traffic flow and safety Motorists driving from the city along Mounts Bay Road will have a safer, easier journey in future as roadworks extend the westbound merging lane by 250 metres. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said a contract worth $796,000 had been awarded to DownerMouchel to carry out the works. The works, now under way, include road resurfacing, upgrades to drainage, signs and line marking. "This extension will give motorists more time to merge safely and reduce the number of accidents at this location," Mr Nalder said. Two years ago, the State Government installed traffic lights at the same intersection to help manage traffic entering the freeway and Mounts Bay Road. The lights work in a manner that allows only a certain number of cars on the roundabout at any time. Monitoring has shown improved traffic flow at this location since the installation of the signals. Fact FileFrom 2009 to 2013, 63 accidents were recorded at this site Minister's office - 6552 6400
State Government expands NDIS My Way trial867680Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 2:15:38 AM2015-06-30T02:10:00ZCities of Cockburn and Kwinana join WA NDIS My Way trialIndividualised planning, more choice of support and servicesPeople with psychosocial disability now eligible About 2,700 people are expected to benefit when the State Government's WA NDIS My Way starts in Cockburn-Kwinana tomorrow as part of a two-year trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia. Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said she was pleased the trial was being expanded into the metropolitan area after a year of successfully running in the State's Lower South West. "This is an important day for people with disability, their families and carers in the Cockburn-Kwinana area," Mrs Morton said. "Based on the great outcomes being achieved in the Lower South West, we know that people joining the trial will benefit greatly from the WA NDIS My Way planning process." More than 700 people have received support and services as a result of the Lower South West trial. To be eligible, participants must have an intellectual, cognitive, psychosocial, neurological, sensory or physical impairment which is, or likely to be, permanent and require lifetime support. Participants will work with a My Way Coordinator to develop plans which reflect their individual needs and goals, and the increased number of service providers in the trial site will give people more support and services to choose from. The Minister said these could include access to ongoing support in their day-to-day lives such as re-joining the workforce, improving their fitness or increasing their social and community connections. "The NDIS is the most significant social reform seen in disability services and it fundamentally changes thinking to one of entitlement, not benefit," she said. Mrs Morton said she looked forward to hearing about the great outcomes being achieved by people with disability, their families and carers over the next 12 months. Fact FileThere are two NDIS trials being run in WA. The State Government's WA NDIS My Way trial in the Lower South West and Cockburn-Kwinana and the Federal Government's NDIS National Disability Insurance Agency trial in the Perth HillsThe NDIS My Way trial's quarterly reports highlight the positive outcomes being achieved by people with disabilityFor more information, visit http// or call 1800 996 214 Minister's office - 6552 6900 ​
Grants tackle problem gambling867676Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 1:36:12 AM2015-06-30T01:30:00Z​More than $325,000 to help combat problem gambling Grants of $199,476 and $130,000 have been awarded to Linkwest and 360 Health + Community respectively to help reduce problem gambling in the community and raise awareness about its social impact. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the initiatives proposed by the two organisations would strengthen the capacity of local groups to fully appreciate the risks of problem gambling in their communities. "The programs that are being funded will also give alternative options to those who might be at risk of developing a problem gambling habit," Mr Holt said. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said problem gambling was best addressed at the grass roots level by dedicated community organisations such as the two most recent grants recipients. "A particular strength of the Beyond Gambling Grants Program is that it equips these organisations to develop projects that address issues specific to their locality and demographic," Mr Simpson said. 360 Health + Community developed an early prevention and awareness campaign that targets young people and schools in the Peel region and south west metropolitan area. The program includes direct intervention, support for problem gamblers and counsellor training. The Linkwest project incorporates an awareness campaign, alternative activities to social gambling and training for frontline staff at Linkwest partner centres. The service delivery locations include Fremantle, Bayswater, Beechboro, Bunbury, South Lake, Langford and Yangebup. Fact FileThe grants program is a partnership between the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor and the Department of Local Government and CommunitiesSince 2011, more than $3.1 million has been provided to 19 community organisations to run Beyond Gambling projects throughout WAFor more information, visit http// Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 6100 Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Respected leader to deliver regional reform867677Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 1:17:56 AM2015-06-30T00:30:00Z​Grahame Searle appointed to lead regional reformEducation and safety of children a key priority Recruitment of Aboriginal leaders to assist process well under way A respected public servant with extensive experience in service delivery and public administration has been appointed to lead major reforms to the way infrastructure and human services are provided to Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The State Government recently announced a long-term regional services reform plan, led by Child Protection Minister Helen Morton and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, to enable better education, health, social wellbeing and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people living in regional and remote areas. Today, the Ministers announced that Department of Housing Director General Grahame Searle has left his position in order to take up the appointment to lead the reform. "Mr Searle is an excellent choice for this role. He has been a public service leader and innovator for many years, with a particular focus on non-traditional accommodation and housing models," Mr Redman said. "Mr Searle has collaborated with key Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley and Pilbara to develop innovative housing solutions that support Aboriginal families to successfully take up education and employment opportunities." Mrs Morton said, under Mr Searle's leadership, the Department of Housing had led the nation in achieving targets set under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing, exceeding indigenous employment targets for the fifth consecutive year in 2014. "Under Mr Searle's leadership his department has achieved double the public sector average of Aboriginal employment," she said. "It has also run a very successful Aboriginal trainee program and this year recruited its first indigenous graduates." Mr Searle said he was very excited to be a part of this opportunity and saw it as a real chance to make a difference. "There is an alignment in which State and Federal governments and respected Aboriginal leaders recognise that business as usual is not good enough," Mr Searle said. Mr Redman said Mr Searle was widely respected in the State Government and by Aboriginal leaders for his capacity to drive collaboration and achieve results, two traits that would hold him in good stead for this new role. Mr Searle will lead engagement with Aboriginal people in the regional services reform process. A call for nominations for Aboriginal leaders to join Strategic Regional Advisory Councils in the Kimberley and Pilbara recently closed. Fact FileMr Searle was appointed director general, Department of Housing on October 21, 2008. He was reappointed from October 21, 2013 for a term of five yearsPaul Whyte will remain acting director general at the Department of HousingFor more information, visit http// Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 6900
Harnessing smart transport ideas867674Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements40html30/06/2015 2:00:05 AM2015-06-30T00:00:00ZVisit to New Zealand and Singapore from June 30Inspecting a smart highway where the speed changes according to traffic volume Transport Minister Dean Nalder heads for New Zealand and Singapore today to find out more about innovations in their transport systems, specifically 'smart highways' and taxi services. The visit, from June 30 to July 9, starts in Wellington where the Minister is keen to inspect New Zealand's first smart highway from Johnsonville to the Terrace Tunnel. Due to open in early 2016, it is fitted with a network of radars, loops, cameras and electronic signs that are programmed to respond automatically to manage the flow of traffic. "As the volume of traffic increases, the smart highway automatically adjusts the speed limit to reduce congestion and get as many vehicles as possible through the area. This system is used effectively around the world as transport agencies seek to improve people's journeys while getting the most out of existing road corridors," Mr Nalder said. "This fits in with the Western Australian Government's commitment to provide an integrated transport network where we can move more vehicles through a section of road and everyone gets where they're going sooner and more safely." Mr Nalder is keen to find out how other countries fund and deliver major routes for cars and heavy vehicles, in line with the investment by the Western Australian and Federal governments in North Link, Gateway and Roe 8. "These projects will provide motorists and truck drivers with safer routes with fewer delays, so they can get to their destination faster, with fewer accidents," he said. The Minister intends to find out more about Singapore's taxi information system trial, registration and licensing of vehicles, regulation of the taxi industry and ComfortDelGro's smartphone taxi booking application. "This is very topical right now because our taxi system in Western Australia is on the verge of reforms," he said. "The Government is about to release a Green Paper to provoke discussion on reforms to the taxi industry and we are very open to new ideas about how to proceed." Fact FileOther attendees include managing director of Transport Services, Department of Transport, Nina Lynne, managing director of Main Roads Steve Troughton and the Minister's chief of staff Michael Buba Minister's office - 6552 6400
Edgewater Station car park tender awarded867685Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/06/2015 3:48:16 AM2015-06-29T16:00:00ZEdgewater multi-storey car park to be delivered $16m under budgetCompany chosen to design and construct $29.5m facility Number of bays at Edgewater will be boosted by 560 The State Government is delivering on a key election promise to increase parking at Edgewater train station by 560 bays. Construction company Georgiou has been awarded a contract to build the car park, which will be delivered for $29.5 million. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the competitive nature of the market meant that $16 million would be saved. "This announcement delivers on a significant election commitment," Mr Nalder said. Construction will start early next year and it will be open by the end of 2016. The Minister said the car park would help ease growing demand in the northern suburbs. "Edgewater, Joondalup and surrounding suburbs have experienced incredible residential growth in recent years, thanks in part to the accessibility afforded by the Joondalup Line," he said. "Since the 2008 State election, this Government has far exceeded its commitment to build 3,000 new bays across the Transperth network, with more than 5,000 bays already constructed." The car park has been designed to maximise security, natural lighting and ventilation while providing shading and weather protection where possible. It will feature a lift, open staircase and open roof to ensure it blends in with surrounding buildings. Fact FileLiberal National Government delivering on key election promiseThere are 890 existing parking bays at Edgewater Station Minister's office - 6552 6400
New centre to meet training demand in Goldfields867657Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1050html29/06/2015 7:14:33 AM2015-06-29T07:00:00ZNew centre to cater for local demand in hair and beauty trainingModern facilities to give students industry experience The State Government has opened new hair and beauty facilities at the Goldfields Institute of Technology's Kalgoorlie-Boulder campus to cater for increased demand for quality training in the sector. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the Goldfields Hair and Beauty Centre would allow the institute to offer additional training with modern equipment, giving students valuable hands-on industry experience. "The new facility will result in a significant increase in training opportunities for hair and beauty services, including new qualifications up to Certificate IV and Diploma level," Mrs Harvey said. "The centre's design also allows for greater flexibility in course delivery, with lecturers now able to provide a more practical learning experience for students. Product specialists and suppliers can also travel to the region to conduct specialist training in the fully equipped centre. "Student numbers for hair and beauty courses at the institute are already at capacity and a waitlist is in place for the second semester. This has resulted in increased staffing for the area and opportunities to develop more classes and short courses." The refurbished centre provides students with access to the latest advancements in hair and beauty training. It includes a 14-chair hair salon and an integrated learning environment for hairdressing students. It also allows advanced students to operate a section of the centre as a fully functioning day spa, with features such as a hydro-therapy spa, deluxe massage pedicure chairs, private massage/treatment room and a fully equipped make-up room. "As the region's only local State Training Provider, the institute works closely with a range of industry stakeholders and the community, ensuring training meets local demand," the Minister said. "Our training equips West Australians with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy." Fact FileGoldfields Institute of Technology has delivered more than 5,700 publicly-funded course enrolments at its Kalgoorlie-Boulder campus in the past three yearsIn addition to hair and beauty training, popular courses studied at the institute's Kalgoorlie-Boulder campus in 2014 included child care, mechanical trades, electrotechnology, commercial cookery and enrolled nursing Minister's office - 6552 5900
Co-funded drilling reveals more Yamarna riches867653Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1400html29/06/2015 4:03:13 AM2015-06-29T04:00:00Z$200,000 State Government funding to find deep resourcesEIS program highlights mineral province promise The State Government's highly successful Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) is helping redefine the size of what could be the biggest Western Australian gold find in a decade. "This exciting new EIS deep stratigraphic hole is going down 2,000 metres and could more than double the depth of known mineralisation," Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said today while visiting the Gruyere project, 150 kilometres east of Laverton. "Co-funding for this drilling program was allocated in Round 10 of the EIS in December and is a prime example of how the scheme is helping drive discoveries and promote mining industry employment. "The Gruyere deposit is particularly important because it is the first major gold find in what industry and EIS research indicates is a promising new mineral province, the Yamarna greenstone belt." The EIS is now in its seventh year, with its co-funded drilling program making more than 20 significant discoveries, including the Dusk til Dawn and Tropicana East gold deposits, the Yeneena copper and Millennium zinc deposits and the Camelwood and Nova nickel deposits. The Nova nickel project in the Fraser Range east of Norseman is the first mine to be developed as a result of EIS exploration and is due to start production next year. An economic impact study has revealed the EIS generated $10.3 million in exploration activity and more than a dozen full-time jobs over three years, for every $1 million invested. "But when it led to mine development, the study found the return on investment ratio could be more than 23 to one," Mr Marmion said. "Last week the State Government allocated a further $4.65 million to the co-funded program and I am confident this will lead to more discoveries and job opportunities." The Co-funded Drilling Program refunds up to 50 per cent of direct drilling costs, with caps of $150,000 for a multi-hole project, $200,000 for a single deep hole and $30,000 for a prospector's project. The State Government has committed a further $20 million to the EIS over the next two years. Fact FileThe Yamarna belt is geologically similar to the historic Kalgoorlie Gold BeltThe known Yamarna gold resource stands at 6.8 million ouncesThe Gruyere project is owned by Gold Road ResourcesFunding for the EIS between its inception in 2009 and 2017 will total $130.27 millionSince it began, the EIS has offered co-funding to more than 550 projects, resulting in more than 350,000 metres of drilling Minister's office - 6552 6800
Wild dogs target of southern rangeland funds867588Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2620html29/06/2015 3:30:17 AM2015-06-29T03:30:00Z$100,000 State Government funding to improve wild dog controlSupport for groups in Meekatharra, Carnarvon and Goldfields-Nullarbor The State Government will direct funding to support biosecurity groups in the southern rangelands in a community-wide approach to controlling wild dogs. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said $100,000 had been allocated to support Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) in Meekatharra, Carnarvon and Goldfields-Nullarbor. "Wild dogs are the highest priority for these southern rangelands groups in terms of pest control," Mr Baston said. "Uncontrolled wild dogs have a substantial impact on pastoral businesses. "Through this program these RBGs will be able to target wild dog control methods to suit their unique challenges and provide feedback on the success of the tactics used." Funding for the Wild Dog Management Program is made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and is part of the $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, led by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA. The funds will be available equally between the three RBGs. Each group will be asked to propose their preferred new initiative for wild dog control, including consideration of incentives such as a bounty. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman acknowledged the importance of agricultural and pastoral production communities to Western Australia's economy. "It is vital to equip these regional communities with wild dog preventive measures to ensure the sustainability of livestock production," Mr Redman said. "This Royalties for Regions investment will assist in creating increased business and development opportunities that will deliver greater economic and social benefits to regional Western Australia." Fact FileRBGs allow local landholders to work together to target priority pestsRBGs can receive funds raised through a declared pest rate which is matched equally by the State GovernmentThe $20 million Royalties for Regions-funded Boosting Biosecurity Defences project is part of the State Government's $300 million Seizing the Opportunity initiative to strengthen and support the agriculture and food sector Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Biosecurity boosted in the agricultural sector867589Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3150html29/06/2015 3:06:08 AM2015-06-29T03:00:00Z$3.5m funding supports research and development projects Innovative biosecurity solutions the priority Agricultural industries and the broader community will benefit from a $3.5 million boost to support projects aimed at addressing biosecurity risks, as part of the State Government's $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, made possible by Royalties for Regions. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the fund had been established to encourage innovative research and development that enhanced the State's biosecurity status. Mr Baston said it was important Western Australia remained vigilant against biosecurity threats to protect agricultural industries. "The Biosecurity Research and Development Fund supports the efforts of organisations, community and industry groups in targeting significant pests and diseases that affect our agricultural sector," the Minister said. "Over the next three years, $2.5 million of this fund will be distributed across seven projects that collectively support agricultural productivity, help maintain Western Australia's freedom from many pests and diseases and deliver flow-on benefits to industry, regional communities, trade and the economy." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would help provide a better quality of life in regional WA by enabling regions to grow and contribute to strong economies. "The Biosecurity Research and Development Fund is an example of industry, community and government developing innovative ways to protect the value of Western Australia's agricultural sector and drive regional growth for the benefit of the whole State," Mr Redman said. Mr Baston congratulated the Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association which received $158,500 for its work using innovative technologies to identify and map invasive cacti in the Southern Rangelands of WA. The fund will also support a Murdoch University project aimed at reducing feral pig impacts through the use of aerial thermal sensors and an Invasive Animals Limited project increasing stakeholder participation in biosecurity management. Fact FileMore information about the seven projects supported by the Biosecurity Research and Development Fund are available at http// The remainder of the fund will be allocated later this yearBoosting Biosecurity Defences is a component of the $300m Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, through the State Government's Royalties for Regions programFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects visit Bigger Picture - Regions Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 ​
Child care boost benefits regional families867584Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2080html29/06/2015 2:39:27 AM2015-06-29T02:30:00Z17 regional child care groups receive funding boostRoyalties for Regions invests nearly $200,000 to regional education and care services In the latest round of Regional Community Child Care Development Fund grants, the State Government has committed nearly $200,000 towards the sustainability of regional education and care services throughout Western Australia. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson today announced grants totalling $191,892 had been awarded to 17 regional organisations to strengthen the provision of local child care. "The Regional Community Child Care Development Fund was established to support sustainable models of regional community-managed child care that meet the needs of families living in regional WA," Mr Simpson said. "Education and care services in regional areas provide a valuable contribution to their communities which are often challenged by distance, isolation and a reliance on volunteers. "The Government's commitment to ensuring regional families have access to quality, inclusive services for their children is reflected in the diversity of projects that have been funded." Organisations, including local governments, were invited to apply for grants of up to $15,000 to help them build on the effectiveness of local education and care services. Funding was available for operational expenses, professional development and training, information technology, capital equipment and governance. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the State Government's Royalties for Regions program was investing $9.3 million to the fund over four years. "These grants are important to ensure parents in regional areas have access to quality community child care, just as they do in metropolitan areas," Mr Redman said. "With this investment, Royalties for Regions is supporting the longer-term sustainability of community-managed education and care services in regional WA." Fact FileFor more information about the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund grants, contact 6551 8539 or visit http// for Regions promotes and facilitates economic, business and social development in regional WA for the benefit of all West AustraliansFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects visit Bigger Picture - Regions Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Grants recipients OrganisationProject Description AmountRegionPemberton Community Child Care Centre IncEmploy two trainees from the local community for 12 months. On graduating, the trainees will be mentored in the service and employed for the following year. Funds will also be used to install a Wi-Fi system and purchase equipment.$11,000South-WestNarrogin Regional Child Care Services IncUpgrade equipment and technology to meet the demands of the recent increase of 40 per cent in child care places granted to the centre. Upgrades will reduce administration time and duplication, saving approximately 10 staff hours per week. Costs will involve the purchase of a web-based reporting system for managers, governance training for management committee members, computers and a website.$15,000Great Southern and WheatbeltHyden Occasional Child Care Association IncEmploy an officer on a six-month contract to review and update the service's policies and procedures manual in line with national law and the National Quality Standard. This will also enable the committee to undertake future updates. $9,372WheatbeltMargaret River Community Childcare CentreUpdate the policy and procedures manual to reflect the centre's new structure, including the upgrade of existing information technology. Funds will also be used to create a website, install a secure records storage system and shade sails for the new playground.$14,909South-WestMunchkin Manor Child Care (Bunbury)Purchase a 15kVA solar energy system to offset consumption of fossil fuel-generated mains supply. This will reduce the power consumption costs for the service and contribute to sustainable power generation.$15,000South-WestF.R.O.G.S. Early Learning Centre (Nannup)Review policies and procedures and establish a quality improvement plan for development and coaching. In addition, funds will be used to upgrade the outdoor area and purchase computer equipment and a subscription to QIP development and coaching.$6,900South-WestThe Fluffy Ducklings Day Care (Wundowie)The purchase of a desktop computer and printer, which will improve administration processes. $2,500WheatbeltShire of MooraStaff training and professional development will be provided through a series of workshops and conferences, creating opportunities for staff to network with other educators and mentors and build on their skills and knowledge. Funds will also be used for a shade structure and landscaping of the outdoor area.$15,000WheatbeltCollege Community Child Care Centre (Bunbury)Review, update and print the committee handbook and provide compliance training for the management committee. This will reflect changes to the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standard.$3,900South-WestShire of HarveyPurchase a two-way radio public address system to ensure effective communication between staff, resulting in a safer environment for children. The centre will also purchase furniture and indoor equipment and upgrade the centre's information technology system.$15,000South-WestMukinbudin Occasional Care (trading as The Boodie Rats)Staff to undertake a Certificate III and a Diploma in Childcare. Funds will also be used to engage the services of an accountant to complete superannuation and audit requirements of the past year. The purchase of an iPad will assist trainees to undertake study and staff to record daily observations.$14,988WheatbeltEwin Early Learning Centre (Kununurra)Support the administrator and co-ordinator to undertake formal qualifications in bookkeeping and accounting. In addition, funds will be used to purchase a data projector and laptop.$8,000KimberleyRiverlinks Child Care and Community Centre (Australind)Replace children's furniture in the indoor and outdoor areas. The centre will also upgrade the area around the sandpits to prevent sand spilling onto walkways.$14,926South-WestGoldfields Child Care Centre (Kalgoorlie)Purchase tablets and associated applications to streamline services. This will enable educators to document daily observations and learning journals as they occur. The centre will introduce electronic tablet parental sign in/out procedures.$11,909GoldfieldsMerredin and Districts Childcare and Play SchoolFunds will enable an annual audit, upgrade the centre's information technology and develop a website to assist with recruitment.$5,668WheatbeltLingalonga Early Years Learning Centre (Esperance)Upgrade the information and technology system with new software aimed at providing quality educational programs for children aged 0-5 years. This will include the purchase of IT equipment, cameras, a photocopier, printer and phone system.$12,820GoldfieldsTreehouse Child Care Centre (Donnybrook)Install a 9kW solar energy system to save electricity costs, with capacity for the system to expand if required. This will allow the centre to limit or prevent fee increases and reduce its carbon footprint.$15,000South-West ​
Kalgoorlie Cup strikes gold with Sunday switch867583Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2240html29/06/2015 2:00:44 AM2015-06-29T02:00:00ZKalgoorlie-Boulder Race Round runs from September 20-27$160,000 prize pool in the XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup Today marks 90 days until the 119th running of the Kalgoorlie Cup - the exciting climax of Western Australia's largest regional racing carnival. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Race Round, running from September 20-27, featured three of the most anticipated days on the West Australian racing calendar - including lead-up events, the Boulder Cup and Hannans Handicap. Mr Holt said the 2015 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup would be held on a Sunday this year to coincide with the Queen's Birthday long weekend. The $160,000 prize purse is the largest of all country cups in WA. "Though traditionally held on a Saturday, the race will command a whole new level of attention from the switch to Sunday as it will not clash with an AFL preliminary final, as it has in recent years," he said. "The long weekend will give people from Perth and other parts of Western Australia the opportunity to travel to this fantastic event, which will create positive flow-on effects for local businesses." Since 2010 the State Government has invested more than $800,000 into the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Race Club via the Racecourse Infrastructure Grant Program and Royalties for Regions. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the upgrades ensured the club was better equipped to host major race days and provided extra amenity for spectators. "Refurbishing critical infrastructure in race clubs is essential in building their long term sustainability that will benefit regional communities," Mr Redman said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions investing in the racing industry to contribute to the economic strength of regional Western Australia." Fact FileThe Kalgoorlie-Boulder Race Round comprises three race days, including the $110,000 Boulder Cup (run this year on Sunday, September 20), the $140,000 TABTouch Hannans Handicap (Thursday, September 24) and the XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie CupThe Kalgoorlie Cup has been run since 1897A number of events are held throughout the week of the race round including bush two-up, calcuttas, a cocktail party and pacing events at the Golden Mile Trotting ClubFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Subacute facility to service Goldfields from 2017867577Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2240html29/06/2015 1:22:43 AM2015-06-29T01:15:00ZLocal subacute facility to provide community-based mental health care60 community subacute mental health beds across Western Australia by 2017 Community consultation would begin on plans to build a six-bed subacute mental health facility on a preferred site in Davidson Street, South Kalgoorlie, Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said today. Mrs Morton said the subacute service, expected to be operational in 2017, would give local people access to contemporary therapeutic mental health care in a home-like setting, as an alternative to hospital admission. "The State Government has prioritised the expansion of community-based mental health services, and will have 60 community subacute mental health beds available across Western Australia by 2017," she said. "The Government is committed to opening step-up, step-down services in Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a priority. Once complete, the Goldfields service will add to the six-bed subacute service planned for Broome, the 10-bed facility now being built in Rockingham, and the Government's $28 million investment to develop a 10-bed service in Bunbury and a six-bed service in Karratha." Subacute facilities provide short-term residential care to help people manage their mental health where admission to hospital is not necessary, and also help people transition back to life in the community after discharge from acute care in hospital. The State's first 22-bed subacute service, which opened in Joondalup in May 2013, has steadily increased occupancy to 81 per cent, providing more than 428 admissions in lieu of hospitalisation. "This reflects the community need and preference for these types of innovative mental health services that offer flexible, recovery-focused care, closer to home and to family and friends who can offer support," the Minister said. "This model of care helps build better community understanding and, by offering an effective alternative to going to hospital, removes much of the trauma, stigma and cost that can result from acute episodes of mental illness." Mrs Morton said the Government was working in close partnership with the Department of Housing and the Mental Health Commission to deliver both the Goldfields facility and other subacute projects across the State. "Now we have identified a preferred location for the Goldfields facility, we will undertake consultation to ensure we have feedback from the local community," she said. The design for the Kalgoorlie-Boulder subacute facility is expected to be finalised by late 2015, with construction starting in the first half of 2016. Fact FileIn WA in 2013-14, a mental health bed in a hospital cost $1,234 on average each day and $453 in a community subacute centreAlmost half (43 per cent) of people in hospital for mental health problems in WA could be discharged if more community services were available, a 2009 study reportedThe Kalgoorlie-Boulder facility is estimated to cost $3 million to build and will receive $1.3 million operational funding per annum Minister's office - 6552 6900
Safer highway for the Goldfields867576Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3320html29/06/2015 1:10:04 AM2015-06-29T01:05:00Z$48m to improve safety of Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields15 new passing lanes to be created between Southern Cross and KalgoorlieImproved efficiency for all road users The State Government will improve road user safety and transport efficiency with the creation of 15 passing lanes on Great Eastern Highway between Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Transport Minister Dean Nalder, Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman were in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to announce the $48 million project, with the funding coming from the Royalties for Regions program and the Road Trauma Trust Account. "There are currently limited opportunities for overtaking between Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie-Boulder," Mr Nalder said. "This project involves construction of new passing lanes, widening the road seal to nine metres, installation of audible edge lining and the placement of safety barriers where necessary." Mr Redman said the contribution from the Royalties for Regions program was part of a $4 billion investment over four years in regional Western Australia. "Royalties for Regions is about strengthening and growing our regions and this investment will help regional communities realise their economic potential for the benefit of all West Australians," he said. Mrs Harvey said the Liberal National Government would remain relentless in further reducing road trauma through safer roads, enforcement and education. "In the five years to the end of 2014 there have been 103 crashes on this section of the highway, with one involving a fatality and 21 resulting in crash victims needing hospital treatment. The new passing lanes will provide safer overtaking opportunities, reducing driver frustration," she said. Construction is scheduled to start in late 2016 with completion due in June 2018. Fact FileGreat Eastern Highway is the main sealed road link to the Eastern States, with average traffic volumes of 2,500 vehicles per day (30% heavy vehicles) Audible edge lining is designed to reduce single vehicle run-off crashes by alerting the driver should the vehicle stray too close to the edgeThe State Government is spending $1.6b on roads and public transport in 2015-16 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400 Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 ​