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New funding to unlock jobs and industry growth in South-West9149Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9240html21/01/2022 3:30:47 AM2022-01-21T03:30:00Z Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants deliver $549,181 to five South-West projects to drive economic growth and diversification in the region McGowan Government investing in agriculture, tourism and manufacturing in the South-West A McGowan Government investment of $549,181 in South-West projects is set to unlock major growth opportunities in the latest round of the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants. The RED Grants program is a McGowan Government initiative investing $40.8 million over seven years in locally-driven projects to stimulate economic development and create jobs in regional Western Australia. In Round 4, a total of five South-West businesses and organisations across diverse industry sectors will receive the boost needed to take their operations to the next level through the latest round of funding. Margaret River Free Range Eggs has been allocated $150,000 towards the construction of an advanced climatically controlled egg processing plant - the first commercial egg processing facility in the region and WA's only free-range and organic focused facility. Start-up hemp-lime block manufacturer Hemp Squared will receive $100,000 to commercialise operations through the construction of a new facility and purchase of specialist equipment after investing in research and development and conducting trials. Hidden River Estate will scale-up propagation of potted strawberry plugs for distribution to growers through new infrastructure purchased with assistance from a $100,000 grant, creating a niche industry. Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association will benefit from $100,000 to increase capacity and enhance the visitor experience at Eagles Heritage, working with the Undalup Association. The grant will support the development of an audio-enabled discovery tour at the raptor wildlife centre as told through the perspective of traditional custodians and experts in raptor care and rehabilitation. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Through the RED Grants, we're backing the aspirations of local business and organisations - stimulating industry growth and local jobs right across regional Western Australia. "Our latest round of REDs builds on the South-West's natural strengths in tourism, agriculture and manufacturing, helping local plans get off the ground and providing new opportunities for local business. "REDs has been a great economic driver, providing the financial fuel for these grant recipients to go forward with their plans while diversifying industry and driving growth." Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "RED Grants continue to make a significant positive impact across local industries in Warren-Blackwood. "It's fantastic to be able to support such diverse industries through the RED Grants scheme." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Round 4 RED Grant recipients - South-West Grant Applicant Project Description Grant Amount Margaret River Free Range Eggs Advanced Climatically Controlled Egg Processing Plant Funding will support the construction of an advanced climatically controlled egg processing facility near Margaret River. $150,000 Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Eagles Heritage Capacity and Experience Enhancement Project The visitor experience at this raptor wildlife centre near Margaret River will be enhanced through cultural tourism with an audio discovery tour along with a built structure in the form of an audio visual nocturnal bird of prey experience. $100,000 Hemp Squared Hemp Squared Manufacturing Expansion Project Funding will support this start-up to commercialise through construction of a new shed, pneumatic block presses and ancillary equipment. $100,000 Hidden River Estate South West Strawberry Propagation Project The funding will support Hidden River Estate to significantly scale-up propagation of potted strawberry seedlings (plugs) grown for distribution to WA growers, establishing a one-of-a-kind niche commercial-scale industry in the South-West. $100,000 RCR Mining Technologies Apron Feeder Components Robotic Welder Funding will support the purchase and installation of a robotic welder to automate production of an RCR product, maximising output and building capacity in advanced manufacturing. $99,181
Last chance to replace defective Takata airbags9148Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13310html21/01/2022 2:17:00 AM2022-01-21T02:15:00Z Final opportunity to have defective Takata airbags replaced free of charge In line with Australian Competition and Consumer Commission compulsory recall 3,740 airbags successfully replaced for free since December 2020 Vehicles with outstanding airbag recall status will have licence cancelled on January 31 The Department of Transport (DoT) will cancel the licences of 740 vehicles fitted with defective Takata airbags, on January 31, in a final bid to take these vehicles off our roads. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission updated the compulsory Takata airbag recalls list in December 2020, advising these airbags have the potential to explode with too much force, even in minor accidents, sending sharp metal fragments into the vehicle at high speed, potentially killing or seriously injuring its occupants. DoT identified 4,480 affected vehicles registered in Western Australia, and as with previous recalls, contacted owners to inform them of the need to replace these dangerous airbags urgently. Overall, the response from the community has been swift, with 3,740 airbags successfully replaced at no cost to the owner. In August 2021, DoT issued owners with an outstanding recall status remaining on their vehicle with a notice of intention to cancel the vehicle licence. Another cancellation notice will be issued shortly and this will be the final opportunity to have the defective airbags replaced free of charge by the car's manufacturer. If the airbag isn't replaced before the January 31 deadline the vehicle's licence will be cancelled. While every effort has been made to contact affected owners, drivers are urged to check if their vehicle is affected by visiting the Takata airbag recalls list on the Product Safety Australia website or visiting http//www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We have worked proactively to assist Western Australians in responding to the compulsory Takata airbag recalls. "There are more than 700 of these defective airbags still on our roads, and while this is a tough announcement to make and we do not take the decision to cancel vehicle licences lightly, we are committed to ensuring safe vehicles for all road users and the wider community. "We need a strong message that vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbags are not safe and owners should stop driving them immediately and contact the manufacturer to arrange free replacement." Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia "Airbags can detect a crash within milliseconds of a vehicle hitting another vehicle or object, deploying between 10 and 40 milliseconds of having a crash - which provides instant protection for people involved in a crash. "But they need to be working effectively, so we need to take action to remove those faulty airbags from our roads. "I urge those who haven't already done so to arrange with their vehicle manufacturer for the free replacement of the faulty Takata airbags." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5600
Perth waterways benefit from nearly $1 million for Community Rivercare Program9147Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6240html21/01/2022 2:08:03 AM2022-01-21T02:05:00Z Grants of nearly $1 million handed to not-for-profit volunteer-based community groups Projects to improve health of the Swan and Canning rivers Restoration projects achieving multiple benefits for waterways Almost $1 million in grants has been handed to projects that will improve the health and habitat of the Swan and Canning rivers under the fifth round of the Community Rivercare Program. Successful schemes ranged from sea scouts improving nearby water bird habitat to foreshore revegetation by friends of local waterways. Since its inception in 2018-19, the McGowan Government's Community Rivercare Program has funded 46 projects through 29 volunteer-based community groups. Projects sharing among the $915,143 in funding from the latest round include post-wildfire restoration of the Ellen Brook Nature Reserve to control weeds and establish vegetation for protection of native fauna to be delivered by the Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment Group; bank stabilisation at Gooseberry Hill by the Friends of Kadina Brook; weed control and revegetation along the Canning River at Beckenham by the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare; improving habitat for native fauna at Mount Helena by the Friends of Lion Mill Creek; foreshore revegetation and weed control at Attadale and Applecross by the Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group; weed control at Bull Creek by the Friends of Gabbiljee (Bull Creek); habitat improvement for birds and other species at Wilson by Canning Sea Scouts; improving native fauna habitat along the Canning River at Gosnells and Martin by the Harry Hunter Rehabilitation Group; weed control and foreshore revegetation in Whiteman Park by the Friends of Bennett Brook; bank stabilisation and revegetation along Rocky Creek, the Lower Yalyal Brook and the flood plain at Belhus by the Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment Group; revegetation of Saint Leonards Creek by the local Friends group; weed control along the Canning River in Rossmoyne by Canning River Residents Environment Protection Association; restoration along the Canning River foreshore in Martin by the Friends of Astley River Park; weed control to promote natural regeneration along the Helena River in Gooseberry Hill and Darlington by Helena River Catchment Group; Twelve Mile Spring revegetation along Susannah Brook in Gidgegannup by Susannah Brook Catchment Group; foreshore revegetation along the Southern River in Gosnells by the Friends of Southern River Reserve; habitat improvement along the Wungong River at Palomino Reserve by Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group; and revegetation of the riparian zone in sections of the Helena River running through the Heritage Trail in Mount Helena by the Friends of Pioneer Park. More information can be found at https//pws.dbca.wa.gov.au/rivercare Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "It's wonderful to see the involvement, passion and commitment of community groups in caring for our waterways. "There are so many positive environmental and social outcomes from these projects, which enhance the natural values of the Swan and Canning rivers. "The McGowan Government is committed to delivering funding to community-led projects which not only improve the health of waterways but also increase public enjoyment of these recreational areas." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Fares reinstated for post-midnight trains from February 49146Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12840html21/01/2022 2:01:32 AM2022-01-21T02:00:00Z Fares for post-midnight trains will be reinstated from February 4 for a three-month trial New two-zone fare cap now in effect so no trip will cost more than $4.90 Will improve safety and security for passengers, while also making it easier for COVID-19 tracing via SmartRiders Part of new measures to tackle antisocial behaviour in CBD and Northbridge Fares will be reintroduced on Transperth's post-midnight trains on Friday and Saturday nights from February 4, for a three-month trial. This will create consistency across the rail network by making fares payable regardless of the time of day, while also improving security and contact tracing at Perth stations and on-board trains. The three-month trial coincides with the implementation of the McGowan Government's major election commitment to cap public transport fares to two zones which came into effect on January 1. The two-zone fare cap means no passenger will pay any more than $4.90 regardless of where they are travelling to or from. Since the introduction of free late trains in 2015, the Public Transport Authority (PTA) has noted an increase in unlawful and antisocial behaviour reports on services and within stations. Both the community and workers have raised concerns that under current arrangements anyone can be on the station platform and potentially causing problems. Reintroducing paid fares will allow PTA staff to provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for passengers and assist with COVID-19 contact tracing. Tagging on and off Transperth services with a SmartRider has been the chosen method for contract tracers who may need to track down potential chains of COVID-19 transmission. The move comes on top of a range of new measures implemented by the McGowan Government to tackle antisocial behaviour in Northbridge and the Perth CBD, including an additional police presence, better coordination of outreach services and $2.5 million to upgrade the Perth Train Station forecourt. Transit officers and PTA staff will be able to provide vouchers for free travel to passengers in genuine financial hardship or who may feel unsafe. The fare reinstatement will be reviewed at the end of the three months. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Public transport is a safe and responsible way to get home for many enjoying a night out on the town, but the safety and wellbeing of passengers and staff working on trains and at stations is of the utmost importance. "With our new two-zone fare cap in effect, no matter where you are travelling to or from, no passenger will pay any more than $4.90 per trip. "The reintroduction of fares for the post-midnight services will improve safety - we want to make sure people hanging around the Perth Station are genuine passengers of the network. "Where people have genuine hardship, transit officers and PTA staff can issue free travel vouchers. "This is about making the station a safe place for everyone - we have already started upgrades to the train station forecourt, including new lighting and landscaping. "The reintroduction of late night fares will also assist with COVID-19 contact tracing. "With more than 80 per cent of Transperth passengers using a SmartRider, this is another tool for WA contact tracers to use when tracking down individuals who might have come in contact with COVID-19." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Strong interest in geothermal energy prompts acreage release9145Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11070html21/01/2022 12:02:47 AM2022-01-21T00:00:00Z New opportunities to invest in Western Australia's clean, geothermal energy sector Renewed interest in geothermal exploration as 21 areas identified The McGowan Government today opened a geothermal acreage release after several companies expressed an interest in securing titles across Western Australia. The prospective areas include acreage within the Perth Basin, Canning Basin, the South-West and Pilbara regions. Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister Rita Saffioti is inviting applicants to bid on 21 onshore release areas varying in size from 590 to 12,197 square kilometres. The total release covers more than 81,900 square kilometres. Successful bidders can apply for a geothermal exploration permit that allows them to undertake exploration activities within the specified title for six years. Exploration companies cannot undertake geothermal exploration operations within a town site boundary, national park or similar reserve of high conservation value. To facilitate the release, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety carried out assessments of environmental constraints, multiple land use planning and native title considerations. The nomination period for the 2022 acreage release closes at 4pm Thursday April 21, 2022. For more information, visit https//dmirs.wa.gov.au/geothermalAcreage Comments attributed to Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister Rita Saffioti "Geothermal energy is clean and renewable, so it can play an important role in securing WA's domestic energy supply and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "The proposed geothermal activities are rigorously assessed and approved by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety before exploration works can begin. "Geothermal energy produced from these areas could power regional centres, ports and infrastructure, as well as mining and industrial operations. "It's encouraging to see industry's renewed interest in this clean energy resource since the last geothermal acreage release more than 10 years ago." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Perth’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup fixtures announced9144Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7760html20/01/2022 11:45:53 PM2022-01-20T23:15:00Z Australia, England, India and South Africa among teams to play ICC Men's T20 World Cup fixtures in Perth in October 2022 Australia to play Group A first qualifier on Tuesday, October 25 at Perth Stadium Event expected to attract large numbers of visitors and showcase WA to the world Six of the top eight men's T20 teams - including Australia, England, India and South Africa - will do battle for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Perth in October. The McGowan Government, through Tourism WA, successfully bid to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament - with the calendar of fixtures announced today. Perth will host five Super 12 matches, across four game days, including one double-header and three standalone matches. The matches will begin in Perth on Saturday, October 22, 2022, the opening day of the tournament, with an evening match featuring world number one England versus Afghanistan. This match will be followed by Australia versus the Group A first qualifier on Tuesday October 25, before Pakistan competes against the Group A first qualifier on Thursday October 27. The final Super Sunday fixture will feature a double-header between Pakistan and the Group A second qualifier, followed by India versus South Africa on October 30. These matches will attract interstate and international visitors to Perth, and generate millions in expenditure for the local economy, while showcasing Western Australia to a global TV audience. With five matches across a nine-day period, the tournament will create an exciting and vibrant cricket festival experience in Perth for visitors and locals alike. Tickets to the ICC Men's T20 World Cup matches will go on sale to the general public from February 7, 2022. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "Hosting the ICC Men's T20 World Cup is a terrific opportunity to showcase Western Australia to a global audience - providing millions of dollars of benefits for our tourism sector and hospitality industry. "Local cricket lovers will be thrilled to see some of the world's best in action - including the Aussies and a number of other high-ranking teams here in Perth. "Our cricket-loving expat communities will no doubt appreciate the opportunity to see their heroes in action in the flesh, as Perth participates in this brilliant global spectacle. "The ICC Men's T20 World Cup will cement Perth Stadium as a frontrunner for hosting world class events, showcasing Australia's best stadium around the world. "The terrific selection of local matches will maximise the stadium's potential, with its renowned lighting display set to create the ultimate fan experience, and an unforgettable evening for ticket holders. "T20 cricket is a fantastic format, and our passion for cricket in Australia is contagious, which will undoubtedly inspire Western Australians to take up the sport across all levels, from grass roots to A-grade competitions." Comments attributed to ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer Michelle Enright "The release of these fixtures gives fans the opportunity to start planning their T20 World Cup experience, which is now just 268 days away. "By having matches spread across the nation in seven host cities and making tickets accessibly priced, we are hoping as many people as possible will be able to experience the incredible atmosphere that international fans bring to global sporting events, as well as the unique, fast-paced and unpredictable nature of T20 cricket. "World Cups are about bringing people from all backgrounds and cultures together and we hope to safely host over 800,000 fans at Australia's iconic cricket venues later this year." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Full border opening delayed as part of updated transition plan9142Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements161790html20/01/2022 12:03:05 PM2022-01-20T11:50:00Z Sensible, safe and responsible updated transition plan based on latest health advice New hard border from February 5, 2022 but allows for more safe compassionate travel and return of Western Australians Updated plan takes into account the uncertainty of the impact of Omicron Further decisions on border controls will be reviewed over the course of the next month Everyone aged five and older urged to get vaccinated, including third doses if eligible Based on the latest health advice, Western Australia's Safe Transition Plan has been updated with new hard border settings from Saturday, February 5 to respond to serious concerns around the impacts of the Omicron variant. The updated plan means the full border opening will be delayed given the full impacts of Omicron in Australia are still unknown, with the peak of infections not yet reached in jurisdictions with widespread transmission. Western Australians now have the opportunity to get their third dose, to ensure the best protection possible against the Omicron variant. The new hard border settings will allow for more safe compassionate travel and the return of Western Australians. Under the new border settings, approved travellers are permitted to enter WA, or leave WA and return, with testing and quarantine requirements under the new expanded exemption criteria Returning Western Australians, with strong recent connections or direct legitimate family connections with WA; Compassionate grounds including funeral, palliative care or terminally ill visitation; Member of the family of an approved traveller; People entering for urgent and essential medical treatment; Reasons of national and State security; Commonwealth and State officials, Members of Parliament, Diplomats; Provision of specialist skills not available in WA, health services, emergency service workers; People required to attend court matters, judicial officers and staff of court, tribunals and commissions; and Special considerations and extraordinary circumstances determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or Chief Health Officer. Approved interstate travellers into WA will be permitted with the following requirements Traveller must have an approved G2G Pass, under new exemption criteria; Be triple dose vaccinated if eligible (double dose vaccinated if not eligible for third); Return a negative pre-departure Rapid Antigen Test (24 hours prior to departure); Undertake 14 days of self-quarantine at a suitable premises, with the same requirements for household members at the self-quarantine premises; PCR testing within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12 of self-quarantine, and household members will also be required to do a PCR test on the traveller's day 12. Subject to mandatory use of G2G Now and in-person checks by WA Police as required. Additional requirements are in place for domestic road travel to keep WA safe Approved domestic travellers to limit travel to 1,500 kilometres from road borders, to enable people to travel by road to suitable premises for quarantine in Perth from Eucla; Entry at the Kununurra border only for transport, freight and logistics and border community residents; Restricted travel into remote Aboriginal communities. International travel into WA will be permitted with the following requirements Meet the Commonwealth requirements to enter Australia under the arrivals cap; Undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine including, seven days in hotel quarantine and seven days of self-quarantine at a suitable premise, if eligible; PCR testing on days one, six, nine and 12, and household members will also be required to do a PCR test on the traveller's day 12 Subject to mandatory use of G2G Now and in-person checks by WA Police as required; International travel indirectly into WA via another State or Territory will be subject to the same entry and quarantine requirements as domestic travellers. Current entry arrangements remain unchanged for transport, freight and logistics, maritime, aircraft crew, rig/platform and specific industries approved by the State Emergency Coordinator and Chief Health Officer. Further review of border controls will be considered over the course of the next month. For more information about WA's Updated Safe Transition Plan, visit https//wa.gov.au Current health and social measures remain in place, including masks to be worn as required, proof of vaccination for certain venues and businesses and contact registration including check ins using SafeWA or ServiceWA. Everyone in WA aged five and older should get vaccinated including their third dose as soon as they are eligible. Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19 particularly against new variants and people should visit https//rollup.wa.gov.au to book their appointment. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Unfortunately, the world changed in December when Omicron arrived. "It would be irresponsible and reckless for the State Government to ignore the facts and ignore the reality of the situation playing out on the east coast. "Allowing a wave of Omicron cases to fly straight into Perth from February 5, with no testing, no quarantine and no public health measures would cause a flood of the disease across our State. "WA's new Safe Transition Plan will begin to be implemented on February 5. However, the full border opening has been delayed. "Under the interim border settings, approved travellers will be permitted to enter WA with testing and quarantine under the new expanded exemption criteria. "The expanded criteria includes allowances for returning Western Australians, compassionate grounds, family members, and those entering for urgent or essential medical treatment. "A decision on further easing of the new hard border controls will be made in the near future - once the east coast has reached the peak of infection, and we have a better understanding of the true impact of Omicron." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Getting vaccinated, including getting your third dose when you are due, is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. "These updated measures will hopefully give more Western Australians the opportunity to get a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before the virus has a chance to take hold in our community. "A third dose offers far greater protection against the Omicron variant and I'd urge all Western Australians to get vaccinated as soon as possible. "Omicron has changed the pandemic landscape and the updated Safe Transition Plan is a necessary pivot in the face of this new threat. "Importantly, these changes will make it easier for families who have been separated by the pandemic to reunite and for those needing to return to WA on compassionate grounds." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
Innovative technology trialled at signalised pedestrian crossings9141Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15060html20/01/2022 4:01:10 AM2022-01-20T04:00:00Z New contactless sensors fitted at signalised pedestrian crossings across Metro area Operate by hovering hand over sensors, a hygienic alternative to push buttons New technology to be trialled at 50 locations, with further roll outs being considered Main Roads has started rolling out new technology at selected signalised pedestrian crossings with high volumes of pedestrian demand in the Perth Metropolitan area. Signalised pedestrian crossings will have new sensors fitted that allow pedestrians to hover their hand over a sensor to activate the crossing as an alternative to the existing push button. The trial locations will continue to have physical push buttons, audible crossing tone, and a vibrotactile arrow panel to assist hearing and visually impaired users. The new technology will be trialled over a six-month period. An instructional diagram will be placed at all trial locations to identify the new technology and advise pedestrians on how to operate the new contactless sensor. The trial is timely given the current COVID-19 concerns facing the community and the potential safety benefits that may be derived from this new initiative. The McGowan Government continues to ensure safe public transport, including enhanced cleaning on trains and buses, and the wearing of masks on public transport and in ride share vehicles. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We are rolling out a trial of contactless sensors at 50 locations across the Perth metropolitan area. "This is brand new technology that will mean people have the option to hover their hand over the sensor rather than touch the push button. "This provides more options for people who may not be comfortable with a push button, who may be immune-compromised or elderly. "I look forward to seeing how the trial progresses." Comments attributed to South Perth MLA Geoff Baker "South Perth is a popular destination, with hundreds of people visiting for work or recreation every day. "This is the perfect place for the start of the trial and I look forward to hearing from people on what they think of the new technology." Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA’s successful economy continues to drive down unemployment9140Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17720html20/01/2022 3:40:48 AM2022-01-20T03:40:00Z WA's unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation at 3.4 per cent The lowest unemployment rate in WA in 13 years - since December 2008 An additional 67,314 Western Australians gained employment in 2021 - the largest calendar year increase on record Full-time employment reaches a record high of 977,197Western Australia's strong economy continues to see the unemployment rate decline, with new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics today showing the unemployment rate is at its lowest in WA in 13 years. The ABS Labour Force report for December showed WA's unemployment rate fell to 3.4 per cent down from 3.8 per cent in November. This is the lowest unemployment rate of the States, well below the national rate of 4.2 per cent and the lowest in WA since December 2008. In 2021, an additional 67,314 Western Australians gained employment, the largest calendar year gain on record. This included an additional 55,328 full-time jobs. Full time employment reached a record 977,197 people by the end of 2021, with a further 6,499 people gaining full-time employment in December. Full-time employment for women grew by 32,728 in 2021, while the female unemployment rate fell to 3.2 percent. Since the McGowan Government came to office in March 2017, almost 140,000 jobs have been created. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australia's safe and sensible approach to the management of the pandemic has enabled our economy to be the most successful in the nation, and one of the best performing in the world. "As our economy continues to grow so do the employment opportunities in our State. "This means we now have the lowest unemployment rate in WA in 13 years - since December 2008. "This has largely been driven by the record number of people in full-time employment in WA, with nearly one million Western Australians now working full-time. "What is clear is that our safe and cautious approach to managing COVID-19 continues to deliver for Western Australians. "This is why a safe transition of border controls is so important to keep businesses open and Western Australians in work." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Mid-West RED grants building sustainable communities9134Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10410html20/01/2022 3:00:34 AM2022-01-20T03:00:00Z Five Mid-West projects share more than $700,000 grant funding McGowan Government's RED Grants creating jobs and diversifying economies across regional WA Five Mid-West projects that create local jobs, support skills development and boost local tourism will share in $724,117 grant funding under round four of the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants. The RED Grants program is a McGowan State Government initiative investing $40.8 million over seven years in locally-driven projects to stimulate economic growth in the regions. Fenix Newhaul will receive $250,000 to establish a world-leading truck driving simulator in the region, building the road train driver learning experience at its Kickstart Driver Training Academy. Unlike anything else in Australia, the technology will reduce the timeframe for learners to become competent and significantly reduce health and safety risks on the road. The Wajarri Yamaji Aboriginal Corporation will receive $216,366 to conduct tours out of Cue to Walga Rock and the Wilgie Mia Ochre Mine in a major boost for local cultural tourism. The project will support development of a stand-alone Aboriginal owned and managed business and provide employment, training and skills development opportunities for local Aboriginal people. A $146,700 grant will support Nufab Industries to manufacture custom parts for market-leading farm machinery, with the purchase of a Computer Numerical Control High-Definition Plasma Cutting machine. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "RED Grant funding is helping regional communities embrace new and exciting business, job and training opportunities. "With Fenix Newhaul, we will be supporting a world-class truck driver training experience in the region, helping to deliver the training and skills needed to keep our regional economy moving. "Our RED Grants will help to develop new tourism businesses and opportunities in the Mid-West hinterland, building on the region's rich Aboriginal and pastoral heritage. "These projects will help to diversify businesses, helping to build stronger local economies and boosting local job opportunities." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "It's so good to see the McGowan Labor Government supporting regional business and enterprise. "These grants are supporting a diverse range of projects including transport and logistics, local manufacturing, tourism and cultural experiences. "I am excited to see these projects get off the ground and I thank Minister MacTiernan and the Mid West Development Commission for their support of local business." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful Round 4 RED Grant recipients - Mid-West Grant Applicant Project Description Grant Amount Fenix Newhaul Pty Ltd World-leading simulator technology to enhance the road train driver learning experience. $250,000 Wajarri Yamaji Aboriginal Corporation To conduct tours from Cue to Walga Rock and the Wilgie Mia Ochre Mine. The project will support the development of a stand-alone Aboriginal owned and managed business which will provide employment, training and skills development for local Aboriginal people, initially employing one part-time tour manager and up to four part-time trainees as required. $216,366 Nufab Industries Pty Ltd Computer Numeric Control High-Definition Plasma Cutting machine for precision cutting of high-grade thick metal plates to make custom parts used in the manufacturing of market-leading farming machinery. $146,700 Rainstar Holdings Pty Ltd T/A Wooleen Station Relocate and refurbish 100-year-old shearer's shed kitchen and transform it into the Wooleen Station Visitors Building to include a merchandise outlet, hospitality service, interpretive space, art gallery and meeting room. $100,000 New Leaf Connect Customised trailer and fit out to enhance the customer experience while on tours, custom trips and experiences in the Mid-West and to allow additional storage space for private transport jobs. $11,051
Achievements of young people to be recognised at annual WA Youth Awards9132Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8450html20/01/2022 2:05:17 AM2022-01-20T02:05:00Z Nominations now open for Western Australia's 2022 Youth Awards 2022 awards include 10 categories covering arts, innovation, advocacy and community leadership 2022 WA Youth Award recipients will be announced at the start of Youth Week WA on April 8 Acting Youth Minister Don Punch has called for Western Australians to recognise outstanding young people and those who support them, when opening nominations for the 2022 WA Youth Awards today. The awards will celebrate the achievements, talents and contributions to the community of Western Australians aged 12 to 25, as well as individuals and organisations that work with and support the State's young people. Nominations are open for the following categories The Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award; ECU Community Leadership Award; Propel Youth Arts WA Creative Contribution Award; Mission Australia Young Changemaker Award; Youth Futures Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award; Aboriginal Health Council of WA Positive Achievement Award; Youth Focus Sector Collaboration Award; The YWA Collective Action Award; Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award; and Minister for Youth's Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award. Category winners receive a $1,000 cash prize. A WA Young Person of the Year award will be selected from categories which honour individuals. The WA Young Person of the Year will receive a $10,000 bursary to participate in youth-related activities, along with a personal $3,000 travel bursary. Nominations close on Friday March 5, 2022 with winners to be announced at the 23rd WA Youth Awards on Friday April 8 at WA Museum Boola Bardip. The awards are a partnership between the Department of Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and are supported by Lotterywest. For more information visit https//www.yacwa.org.au/waya2022 Comments attributed to Acting Youth Minister Don Punch "Since 1999, the WA Youth Awards have provided a platform to elevate the work of young people aged 12 to 25 in areas like community leadership, innovation, advocacy and the arts. "Recognising the valuable contributions young people, youth organisations and youth workers make to our community is so important. "I encourage Western Australians to think about those who are making a difference to the lives of others and enriching our community and nominate them for an award. It is easy to do." Minister's office - 6552 6100
More all-terrain wheelchairs across WA as McGowan Government election commitment delivered9127Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11170html20/01/2022 2:00:46 AM2022-01-20T02:00:00Z Funding announced for new purpose-built wheelchairs for outdoor environments Better access to beaches, national parks and wilderness trails Opportunities for people with disability to connect to their community and participate in recreation activitiesAll-terrain wheelchairs will soon be available at more locations across Western Australia thanks to a State Government grant program. Disability Services Minister Don Punch was at Floreat Surf Life Saving Club today to announce the 12 organisations across the State receiving funding totalling $100,000 to purchase all-terrain wheelchairs for public use at locations including beaches, national parks and wilderness trails. All-terrain wheelchairs are purpose-built and designed for outdoor environments including sand, gravel and water. They assist people with mobility impairments to access areas in which a traditional wheelchair cannot operate. The new all-terrain wheelchairs will augment or update the 47 that that are currently available through local government authorities and surf life saving clubs. In addition to funding the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair, grants can also be used to cover storage for the wheelchair, signage, promotion and accompanying accessibility products such as matting. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "Improving the availability of all-terrain wheelchairs at National Parks and beautiful beaches such as Floreat across WA will support people with disability to connect to their community and increase participation in recreation activities in the natural environment. "The diversity of grant recipients shows that all-terrain wheelchairs can be a great asset to a community - with grants provided to both regional centres and in metropolitan Perth to enable people with disability access to bush trails, tourist attractions and junior surf lifesaving programs. "Having access to the outdoor environment and the activities that go with it is a key part of an inclusive community, and I am pleased WA communities will be more accessible and inclusive thanks to the delivery of this election commitment." Comments attributed to Churchlands MLA Christine Tonkin "The Floreat Surf Life Saving Club has a proud record of implementing inclusive programs; it runs a Starfish Nippers program (aimed at children 6 years and older with disabilities), and a Silver Salties program (aimed at those aged over 65). In addition, the club shares its facilities with a Valetudo gym facility, a registered NDIS provider of exercise physiology services. The presence of these programs and services bring people with disabilities of all ages into contact with the club. "All-terrain wheelchairs will make access to the beach so much easier and more enjoyable for people with mobility limitations." Minister's office - 6552 6900 All-Terrain Wheelchair Grants Program recipients 2021 Access to Leisure and Sport Inc $10,000 This grant will fund the purchase of a specialised trekking wheelchair for people with disability to access the Greenough and Chapman River walking trails. City of Albany $10,000 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair for use at Middleton Beach to complement the recent Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement Project. The all-terrain wheelchair will replace an old beach wheelchair and will provide greater choice to better suit the needs and preferences of people with disability. City of Bunbury $10,000 This grant will fund the purchase of a Freedom Trax, which attaches to a manual wheelchair. This will support people with disability to move independently and access Koombana Bay, Back Beach, the Leschenault Inlet, Mangrove Cove, Maidens Park and Manea Park, as well as surrounding trails, parks and beaches. City of Karratha $9,500 This grant will fund the purchase of Hippocampe all-terrain wheelchair and Mobi-Me Access Mat to replace the current all-terrain wheelchair. It will be stored at Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre who will provide advice, recommendations and support to people using the wheelchair. City of Mandurah $8,500 This grant will fund the purchase of two types of all-terrain wheelchairs for use at the Estuary Pool and adjacent beach. Floreat Surf Life Saving Club $5,500 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair to benefit children with disability in participating in the Floreat Surf Life Saving Club Starfish Nippers program, designed to support children with disability to experience the ocean and be educated on water safety. Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club $6,000 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair for use by the Mullaloo Mariners program and by people with disability using Mullaloo Beach. The all-terrain wheelchair will also improve the capacity of the Mullaloo Mariners' inclusive surf and water awareness program for children with disabilities. Rottnest Foundation $8,500 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair and walker which will be available for loan through the Pedal and Flipper Hire store. The all-terrain wheelchair and walker will be able to be used at Thomson Bay at the main settlement area and will also be able to be taken to other beaches via the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. Shire of Esperance $10,000 This grant will fund the purchase of a Sand Rider beach wheelchair and beach matting for use at Town Beach, the Esperance Foreshore, the Esplanade and James Street Precinct. This will complement and enhance accessibility improvements being made to the Esperance Foreshore. Shire of Mundaring $6,000 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair to increase access to community and social activities held at Lake Leschenaultia. The all-terrain wheelchair will improve accessibility and complement new accessibility upgrades and will improve inclusion for people with disability at community and social activities. Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club $8,000 This grant will fund the purchase of a beach wheelchair following consultation with key stakeholders in the local community, including a dedicated Beach Access for All working group. Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre $8,000 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair to enhance visitor and resident access and enjoyment of the region's parks and reserves, including the Valley of the Giants Trail Network.
New facility to spring WA’s divers onto the world stage9125Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11430html19/01/2022 5:07:50 AM2022-01-19T05:05:00Z HBF Stadium's new state-of-the-art dryland dive centre will develop home-grown Commonwealth and Olympic athletes Set to open mid-2022, the facility will bring Perth's diving facilities up to international standard Name of new facility will honour pioneer of diving in WA, the late Bruce Prance OAM Equipment including trampolines and harnesses will allow for ten times more repetitions than water-based training The McGowan Government has started building a new dryland dive centre at HBF Stadium that will help athletes hone their craft to give them the best chance at Commonwealth and Olympic success. The new dryland facility - opening in mid-2022 - will allow divers to use trampolines, springboards, harnesses and foam pits to perform acrobatic jumps without water. Using the dryland facility will help divers practise ten times as many repetitions than traditional water-based training. It is anticipated the innovative centre will help Western Australia to retain home-grown springboard and platform diving stars as they work towards their Commonwealth and Olympic dreams. The FINA international standard training facility will enable athletes and coaches to finely tune techniques of all parts of the dive, apart from the final water entry. When the new facility opens in mid-2022, it will be among just a handful of dryland facilities in Australia - a drawcard for diving training camps and events hosted in Perth. Befittingly, the new facility will also honour the late Bruce Prance OAM, who sadly passed away in 2019 and was involved in the sport of diving for over 70 years. Mr Prance was a State-level diver before he became a world class coach. He was instrumental in the formation of what is now Diving Western Australia in 1957 and became a pioneer of dryland training in Australia. The facility will also be the new home of Diving WA, including office space, athlete area, board room and training room. The facility will include six springboards, three trampolines, six harnesses, a sprung floor, foam pit and weights area Coaches and divers will also have the ability to analyse techniques through three video replay systems Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "The finesse, repetition and courage required to compete in the sport of diving is incredible, and simply astonishing to watch. "A facility like the one we're building is becoming a necessity to be able to compete at the highest levels, so I'm thrilled it's underway. "Developing our athletes on home soil, from grass roots to elite level, is a major priority for high performance sport in Western Australia and will be a significant benefit for divers in the lead up to Brisbane 2032. "Diving is widely-loved by spectators and the facility will look to attract diving events at an international standard. "HBF Stadium is renowned for its world class facilities and the new state-of-the-art centre will be another string to its bow." Minister's office - 6552 5400
International recognition for DFES staff and volunteers9124Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11960html19/01/2022 5:00:48 AM2022-01-19T05:00:00Z Emergency services personnel help Canada fight nearly 300 wildfires Service pins presented to 13 DFES staff and volunteers In appreciation of their efforts during last year's Canadian wildfires, 13 Department of Fire and Emergency Services staff and volunteers today received Canadian Deployment Recognition Pins. Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM presented the recognition pins and thanked staff and volunteers for their heroic efforts. The special taskforce of Western Australian firefighters was deployed after Australia received a formal request from the Canadian Government to help its crews tackle the worst wildfires the country had experienced in years due to record temperatures. In British Columbia, a State of Emergency was declared as more than 3,180 personnel were deployed to fight nearly 300 fires sweeping through the province. The WA contingent featured members who travelled from as far as the Great Southern and Mid-West Gascoyne. They completed a 30-day deployment in extreme conditions with the WA contingent undertaking important roles including incident controllers; fire behaviour analysts; and aerial firefighting specialists. Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service volunteers Benjamin Bunney and Heather Bell announced their engagement while on the deployment. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "I am extremely proud that Western Australia was able to answer this call and send an emergency response contingent with such a vast skills set to Canada during these devastating wildfires. "I thank the Department of Fire and Emergency Services' staff and volunteers who put their hands up to protect the Canadian community. "Their actions in successfully filling key roles, including incident controllers, fire behaviour analysts and aerial firefighting specialists, will certainly enhance our reputation around the world. "It is that selflessness, dedication and service under extremely challenging conditions we acknowledge today with the presentation of Canadian Deployment Recognition Pins." RECIPIENTS NAME SERVICE/REGION Heather Bell Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Benjamin Bunney Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Lee Shelley Denmark Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, A/Community Emergency Service Manager Shire of Denmark Jonathon Glasspool Dunsborough Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Matthew Stoltenberg Eaton-Australind Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Adam Mullaney Wanneroo Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Michael Simpson Waroona Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service Thomas Kusters Lancelin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Matthew Holland A/District Officer Emergency Management, Mid-West Gascoyne region Nathan Hall District Officer Emergency Management, Lower South-West region Daniel Katnich Hope Valley Station Officer, Metropolitan South Coastal region Peter Norman DFES State Coordination Kloe Archer DFES State Coordination Minister's office - 6552 5800
New look board to help guide the future of Kings Park9122Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements20670html19/01/2022 3:02:03 AM2022-01-19T03:00:00Z New Chairperson for Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority named Experienced public sector leader Gail McGowan new Chairperson New Deputy Chairperson and board member also appointed Respected public sector leader Gail McGowan has been appointed Chairperson of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, which oversees the operation of Kings Park and Bold Park. Ms McGowan brings a wealth of experience in public sector governance and management. Ms McGowan recently retired from her role as the Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, has been a member of the Infrastructure WA Board and has held other senior positions across government including WorkSafe and the former Department of State Development. Current board member Ms Sheila McHale has been elevated to the role of Deputy Chairperson. Ms McHale was Chief Executive Officer of Palmerston Association Inc for more than nine years and a Member of Parliament in Western Australia for 12 years, being a Minister for seven of those 12 years in Parliament. Professor Stephen van Leeuwen is a respected Boojarah Wardandi Noongar leader and has been appointed to the board for a three-year term. Professor van Leeuwen is a well-regarded botanical ecologist, research scientist and senior manager. Professor van Leeuwen has a diverse professional research background in flora and fauna ecology, taxonomy and management across WA. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "This is a really exciting time for both Kings Park and Bold Park with a number of exciting projects on the horizon, and I congratulate Ms McGowan, Ms McHale and Professor van Leeuwen on their appointments. "The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Board will undoubtedly benefit from new expertise in planning, cultural heritage and conservation which complement the extensive existing skills and knowledge already present on the board. "My sincere thanks also go out to former Chairperson Richard Simpson, who stepped down in 2021 after nearly two decades in the position." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Applications now open for small business assistance9121Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16530html19/01/2022 2:40:06 AM2022-01-19T02:35:00Z Applications for grants of up to $12,500 are now open to businesses directly impacted by public health restrictions in Perth and Peel over the festive season Eligible businesses in the hospitality sector, the music events industry and the creative and performing arts sector can apply for financial assistance Payments of up to $4,400 are available for sole traders, while employing businesses may apply for grants of up to $12,500Applications for financial support are now open for specific businesses directly impacted by the necessary public health measures in Perth and Peel from December 23, 2021 to January 4, 2022. The Small Business Assistance Grant - December 2021 will assist small businesses and sole traders in the hospitality and events sectors that meet the eligibility criteria. Businesses must be located in the Perth and Peel region and demonstrate a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent compared to the same 11-day period last year. The final payment will be based upon the number of days that a business was impacted over the period. Employing businesses may receive $1,130 for each impacted day, while sole traders may receive $400 for each impacted day. Small businesses can check their eligibility and apply online at https//www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au, with payments expected to commence by the end of January. For information on the support available through the Getting the Show Back on the Road and the Night Club Closures One Off Grants programs, please visit https//www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/funding/arts-funding/getting-the-show-back-on-the-road Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Don Punch "This financial package will provide targeted support to small businesses, including self-employed creative and event workers, directly impacted by the necessary public health measures put in place over the Christmas and New Year period. "The festive season is traditionally a peak period for sectors including hospitality, entertainment, events and catering. The McGowan Government has created an assistance program to help those businesses that experienced cancellations and reductions in turnover while the necessary public health measures were in place. "A fast-track facility has also been introduced to streamline payments and ensure businesses can get financial support as quickly as possible. "I'd like to thank all WA small businesses for their understanding and co-operation in keeping our State as safe as possible as we manage our safe transition towards easing our borders." Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The Getting the Show Back on the Road+ program has updated guidelines available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website to provide support for eligible event and festival organisers. "Additionally, I encourage small business suppliers and contractors in the events industry to check out the Small Business Assistance Grant and lodge an application if their business is eligible." Small Business Minister's office - 6552 6900Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
New reports help power Western Australia’s hydrogen future9120Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21350html19/01/2022 2:01:26 AM2022-01-19T02:00:00Z Reports released for McGowan Government-funded studies into the transmission and storage of hydrogen in Western Australia Feasibility study outlines pathway for declaring sections of the Dampier to Bunbury pipeline suitable for up to 9 per cent hydrogen/natural gas blends Report commissioned by GSWA identifies seven onshore depleted gas and oil fields as good candidates for hydrogen storage projects New reports on the transmission and storage of hydrogen identify steps Western Australia will need to take on the road to becoming a global hydrogen powerhouse. Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan highlighted the reports' findings in a speech today to the third Hydrogen Production, Storage, and Infrastructure Development Global Summit, which is being held virtually from January 19 to 20. Prepared by DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd, the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Hydrogen Feasibility Study outlines a pathway for declaring sections of the pipeline suitable for up to 9 per cent hydrogen/natural gas blends. This pathway includes material testing, investigating additional operational constraints and a realignment of regulatory and commercial frameworks. The feasibility study received $216,000 in grant funding from the McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Fund. The McGowan Government has also released the Stage 1 report of its study into the hydrogen storage potential of depleted oil and gas fields in WA. Commissioned by the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA), and prepared by RISC Advisory, the Stage 1 report identifies seven onshore fields as good candidates for hydrogen storage projects. The results of the report will inform Stage 2 of the study, which will involve 3D modelling of a small section of the candidate fields identified in Stage 1. The study was funded through the WA Recovery Plan, which included $1 million for identifying locations suitable for hydrogen storage. A copy of the Stage 1 report is available at https//www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/hydrogen-storage-potential-of-depleted-oil-and-gas-fields-western-australia. The public knowledge sharing report for the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Hydrogen Feasibility Study is available at https//www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/dampier-bunbury-natural-gas-pipeline-public-knowledge-sharing-report Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The WA Government has committed $160 million to making sure Western Australia reaches it potential and becomes a global supplier of renewable hydrogen. "Our commitment includes funding a range of studies that will inform the development of Western Australia's hydrogen industry. "As we start producing more and more hydrogen, we need to know how we are going to safely move and store it around the State. "The two reports we have released today identify steps for making sure we have the infrastructure required for the transmission and storage of hydrogen in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Heat on childcare operators to take care this summer9119Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12650html19/01/2022 1:30:34 AM2022-01-19T01:30:00Z Childcare service operators reminded to ensure children are adequately protected from sun and hot equipment Three childcare providers were fined after children suffered burns on playground surfaces and equipment With an influx of children returning to childcare services during the height of summer, the heat is on childcare operators to ensure children are properly protected. The Department of Communities has investigated several incidents where children at childcare centres suffered burns to their hands and feet after coming into contact with hot playground surfaces and equipment. In one instance a two-year-old girl sustained burns to her feet when she stepped on either brick pavers or a metal grate that had been directly exposed to the sun. The child was not wearing shoes at the time, and the burns required medical treatment. The maximum temperature in Perth that day was 38.4°C. The operator was fined $9,000. In another incident, three children suffered severe burns to their feet while taking part in an emergency evacuation fire drill, with two of them requiring hospital treatment. Temperatures soared to 35.8°C in Perth that day, and the fire drill occurred at 2.30pm. Several children aged between 18 and 36 months old were not wearing shoes or socks. The childcare provider was fined $15,000. That same day at a different service, a child under three needed medical treatment after sustaining burns to their feet. The child had been playing outside and was not wearing shoes at the time. An investigation found the child's burns may have been caused by the child coming into contact with hot outdoor synthetic lawn or play equipment exposed to direct sunlight. The operator was fined $14,500. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "It's been a scorching summer and there is still more hot weather on the way. As families return from holidays and more children are back attending childcare centres, it's important to remember how dangerous the sun can be - and the risk of burn injuries to children. "Most childcare service operators appropriately consider UV exposure but in addition, they must also have clear procedures in place to ensure that play surfaces, play equipment and walkways are checked regularly on hot days. "Outside activities should be planned to reduce risk of exposure to hot surfaces, especially in the middle of the afternoon when temperatures peak. "There have been horrific cases of children requiring hospital treatment after receiving burns from hot equipment and surfaces, and we all need to be aware of the dangers. Childcare providers can face fines of up to $50,000. "The Department of Communities regularly conducts on-site compliance checks all year round, and hot play equipment and surfaces will be a focus during the summer months." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Kids’ vaccination blitz ahead of schools returning for 20229118Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements23750html19/01/2022 12:33:30 AM2022-01-18T21:00:00Z Vaccination blitz for children aged five to 11 from January 22 to 30, 2022 More than 11,400 paediatric vaccination appointments available Perth CBD clinic at PCEC to become a dedicated paediatric clinic Bookings essential, secure your child's appointment at VaccinateWA today More than 27,000 children aged five to 11 have so far been first dose vaccinated A kids' vaccination blitz will start this week with thousands more appointments available to get children first dose vaccinated before the start of the school year to protect our youngest Western Australians against COVID-19. From Saturday January 22 to Sunday January 30, an additional 4,700 COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be available to be booked at State-run clinics for children aged five to 11. This takes the total available kids' appointments during this time to more than 11,400. An additional 8,000 kids' vaccination appointments have already been booked for this period. A dedicated paediatric vaccination clinic will also open at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and increased children's vaccinations will be available at Kwinana and Ellenbrook vaccination clinics. All other appointments booked at the PCEC clinic will continue as scheduled. All other State-run clinics in the metropolitan area and regions will continue to offer children vaccinations as they do now. Parents are also able to book their children into an appointment at GPs and pharmacies across the State. People are encouraged to visit rollupforwa.com.au to find their nearest vaccination clinic and visit VaccinateWA to secure their child's appointment at a State-run clinic - bookings are essential. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I urge all parents to take advantage of our kids' vaccination blitz to help protect our children against COVID-19. "Since Monday last week, when children aged five to 11 became eligible, thousands of parents have booked their children in for their first dose and demand for appointments continues to grow. "Getting your child vaccinated now is an important step to help keep them safe when schools return for the 2022 year. "Western Australians have done a great job so far, but there is still more work to be done to get more people vaccinated and more third doses administered before we can safely transition." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "I urge parents with children aged five to 11 to get them vaccinated against COVID-19 to avoid serious illness from the Omicron variant. "I encourage parents to book these additional spots at our State-run vaccination clinics. The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect your child. "GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics are also available for child vaccination appointments, so parents are urged to book at these clinics as well." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
Independent review of governance of the WA health system announced9117Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements40310html18/01/2022 5:00:35 AM2022-01-18T05:00:00Z Former senior Victorian public administrator Ms Kym Peake to lead independent governance review Expert panel to provide advice on the efficiency and effectiveness of the current WA health system governance framework Review will also make recommendations on system governance improvements, in line with the Sustainable Health Review An expert panel has been appointed to conduct an independent governance review of the Health Services Act 2016, which established board-led Health Service Providers (HSPs) legally responsible and accountable for delivering health services to their communities. When the Act took effect five years ago, the Department of Health assumed the role of system manager and over time a total of seven HSPs have been established, responsible and accountable for the delivery of safe, high-quality efficient and economical services for their areas. The HSPs include the North, South and East metropolitan health services, WA Country Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, PathWest and Health Support Services. The governance review will examine the operational and practical effectiveness of the governance structures set out in the Health Services Act 2016 and their impact on patient outcomes, prior to the commencement of a statutory review required under the legislation. Panel members include Chair Ms Kym Peake, Partner, EY Port Jackson Ms Peake has held senior roles in public administration as the former Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and previous Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. Ms Peake led significant governance changes within Victoria's public health system, including the creation of State-wide quality and safety entities, amalgamation of regional health services and creation of a new public entity to manage the purchasing, supply and distribution of medical consumables. Dr David Rosengren, Executive Director Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Dr Rosengren has considerable and current clinical skills and experience working within a devolved governance health system and is a former Chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate. Ms Jo Gaines, GESB Chair Ms Gaines has extensive experience as an organisational leader and strategic policy director having worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to Premier Mark McGowan. Prior to this she was the Branch Assistant Secretary for the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association for 10 years. Mr Gary Smith, Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA and Chancellor of Murdoch University Mr Smith has 35 years of experience in the professional services industry and has provided business improvement and management consulting services to key industry sectors. A retired State Chair, KPMG, he brings strong governance skills and experience to the panel and has supported clients in matters of strategy, leadership, culture and process implementation. The Review's consultation period will begin in February. More information will be released on how to make a submission to the Panel and the consultation process. The Panel will report key findings and make recommendations to the Minister on any governance improvements required to support the future needs of the WA health system. More information is available at https//www.health.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "We are extremely fortunate to have four highly skilled and experienced experts in their fields to report on whether the current legislation is supporting the McGowan Government to provide safe, high-quality, sustainable health care for all Western Australians. "The legislation has been in place for five years so it is timely that a full review be undertaken so that it can hear the views of clinicians, staff, consumers and carers. "This Review will help us independently establish if any changes are required to best support stakeholders, patients and staff to meet current and future demands." Minister's office - 6552 5900