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Historic agreement paves way for Ningaloo joint management17949Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs html4/08/2020 6:06:20 AM2020-08-04T06:00:00Z Indigenous Land Use Agreement signed for proposed Ningaloo (Nyinggulu) Coastal Reserves Reserves to be jointly managed and jointly vested with traditional owners and State GovernmentThe Ningaloo Coast will be jointly managed between traditional owners and the State Government, following the historic signing of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA). Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today joined the traditional owners from Nganhurra Thanardi Garrbu Aboriginal Corporation (NTGAC) and native title representative body Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) on the Ningaloo Coast to celebrate the signing. The agreement provides for the joint management and joint vesting of the existing Ningaloo Marine Park (260,000 hectares) and Cape Range National Park (50,000 hectares), as well as the creation of about 78,000 hectares of new conservation areas extending over approximately 215 kilometres of the Ningaloo Coast. The new reserves will be jointly managed by NTGAC and the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). The Ningaloo ILUA is the first ILUA delivered under the McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks initiative, which aims to increase the conservation estate in Western Australia by five million hectares over five years through new jointly managed parks and reserves. The formal creation of the Nyinggulu Coastal Reserves and release of the joint management plan is expected in coming weeks. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area is one of WA's premier tourism destinations, and the McGowan Government has been working hard with traditional owners to protect the extraordinary natural and cultural values of this place while ensuring ongoing visitor access to camping and other recreational opportunities in the region. "This native title agreement paves the way for this iconic part of the world to be showcased, protected and formally jointly vested and managed with traditional owners and DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service, protecting the area for future generations of Western Australians. "This achievement is the culmination of many years of work to conserve and protect the Ningaloo Coast, and this Government is proud to have worked collaboratively with NTGAC and YMAC to deliver this important outcome." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "We are working with traditional owners to manage country and 'close the gap' by providing social, cultural and economic development opportunities for communities through the negotiation of native title agreements and initiatives such as the Aboriginal Ranger Program. "This native title agreement demonstrates the McGowan Government's commitment to enhanced engagement, partnerships and agreement-making with traditional owners. "This agreement will enhance the management and tourism attraction for this spectacularly beautiful region of our State. "The McGowan Government is currently in negotiations with other native title groups across Western Australia to deliver similar outcomes that will provide meaningful opportunities for traditional owners, create jobs and support new tourism opportunities." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office 6552 5900
Facelift for Mount Pleasant foreshore17803Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs html4/08/2020 12:33:46 AM2020-08-04T00:00:00Z Foreshore restoration works completed at Apex Reserve in Mount Pleasant Apex Reserve is next to the Swan River Rowing Club and Rowing WA The McGowan Government has today announced the completion of vital construction works to combat erosion at Apex Reserve, on the Canning River Foreshore in Mount Pleasant. In recent years, the shoreline at Apex Reserve has experienced erosion and the existing wall structures that are protecting the Rowing WA and Swan River Rowing Club buildings have severely deteriorated. As part of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' (DBCA) Riverbank Program, the existing deteriorated timber wall has been removed and replaced by a new limestone block river wall to stabilise the area and prevent further erosion. The 200-metre new river wall protects the adjoining recreation reserve and Rowing WA headquarters, and ensures the area remains available for the community to use and enjoy into the future. Additional works included the construction of a rock headland to assist in retaining the adjacent beach, additional beach sand, landscaping and planting of native species, such as the one-sided bottlebrush (Calothamnus quadrifidus), dwarf sheoak (Allocasuarina humilis) and the spider net grevillea (Grevillea preissii). The $619,000 project was managed by DBCA and supported by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; Burswood Park Board; and Rowing WA. Construction took just over a month and was completed by local contractor Advanteering Civil Engineers. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government recognises the significant environmental, recreational and cultural values of the Swan and Canning rivers, and is committed to their protection. "Since the Riverbank Program's inception in 2002, a combined $45 million has been invested across 294 Riverbank project sites by State and local government foreshore managers. "The recent works undertaken at Apex Reserve will ensure the future of the site for rowing clubs and the wider community." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "These works will safeguard the use of the adjoining recreation precinct for the community and mitigate the impact of erosion on Crown land. "Congratulations to all parties on the completion of this project; this is a great outcome for the local community of Mount Pleasant as well as rowers accessing the site." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5900
Waste reduction grants for WA businesses, NFPs, local governments and community groups17594Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 9460html3/08/2020 1:02:01 AM2020-08-03T01:00:00Z $1.54 million of grants available to assist waste reduction and education programs Funding builds on $4.5 million invested in WA since 2017 on reducing waste and increasing recycling More than $1.5 million in community and business based grants is being made available by the McGowan Government as part of its commitment to reducing waste in Western Australia. Announcing the $1.54 million fund today, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has called for applications from infrastructure based projects that can deliver better waste management practices and education projects which can improve awareness of the need to reduce waste. Grants of up to $250,000 are available to support investment in local recycling infrastructure, and of up to $50,000 for educational programs. The grants are available to businesses, charitable recycling organisations, local governments, regional councils, peak industry bodies, not-for-profit organisations and research and educational institutions. The WasteSorted Grants - Infrastructure and Community Education 2020-21 replaces the Community and Industry Engagement program, which since 2017 has invested $4.5 million in Western Australian programs which improved the recovery and reuse of focus materials including plastics, construction and demolition waste, textiles, and food organics and garden organics. For more information on the WasteSorted Grants or to apply for funding, visit the Waste Authority's website. Applications close at 12pm on September 14, 2020. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Getting our waste sorted is important for the McGowan Government, and we have already made progress with initiatives such as the ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags and the container deposit scheme. "The WasteSorted Grants provide an opportunity to support projects that address the State Government's waste management priorities to help Western Australia become a more sustainable low waste community, create local jobs and help get the economy back on track. "I encourage organisations to apply for funding for projects that tackle issues such as reducing waste generation, diverting waste from landfill and improving community and industry education." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New boat ramp on the horizon for Canal Rocks15833Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 14720html28/07/2020 3:20:33 AM2020-07-28T03:15:00Z Tender released for the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty at Canal Rocks The ramp is located on the Leeuwin Naturaliste coast, about four kilometres south of YallingupLocal fisherman, divers and tourism operators will soon benefit from a new boat ramp at Canal Rocks, near Yallingup. A tender has been released by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) for the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty at the popular site in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The current boat ramp has been operational since the 1970s, with new facilities constructed adjacent to the old ramp in 2002. Over the past decade, it has been at risk of closure due to safety concerns associated with its use. The new boat ramp will facilitate recreational and commercial vessel operators, as well as the Naturaliste Volunteer Marine Rescue group. The construction of the Canal Rocks boat ramp is supported by the Department of Transport through a Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grant. DBCA anticipates works to be completed by the end of the year, pending weather conditions. Tender information can be viewed at http//www.tenders.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government supports recreational and commercial access to the State's coastal areas, with community safety the number one priority. "I'm pleased we've been able to deliver an outcome that addresses safety concerns with the Canal Rocks boat ramp to ensure this vital facility remains open for all users, including volunteer marine rescue services. "Canal Rocks is a popular destination for visitors who are eager to view the striking coastline of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge while surrounded by the powerful wind and waves that have shaped them over time." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The McGowan Government is committed to providing safe and reliable infrastructure for Western Australia's boating community through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme. "Given the enormous popularity of the Canal Rocks site, we're pleased to support the construction of the new boat ramp and jetty to ensure the area remains accessible for all boat users into the future." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Containers for Change hitting the road15782Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 13640html28/07/2020 12:14:57 AM2020-07-28T00:10:00Z The Containers for Change Community Information Sessions kick off next week Western Australians can hear first-hand about how Containers for Change will work, how to get involved and how to fundraise through the scheme Western Australians are invited to attend a local or online Containers for Change Community Information Session happening throughout August. Western Australia Return Recycle Renew Ltd (WARRRL) is running information sessions across WA about the different ways interested organisations, including local residents, community groups and businesses, can participate in Containers for Change. The sessions will detail how Containers for Change will work, how to get involved and how to fundraise through the scheme. The session will answer questions such as What containers will be eligible for the 10 cent refund? Where can I take my containers to receive my refund? How can my community group use Containers for Change as a way to fundraise? What happens to the containers that I recycle through Containers for Change? From October 1, Western Australians will be able to return and recycle eligible drink containers at any Containers for Change refund point to receive a 10 cent refund per container. More than 172 refund points will be open for business across Western Australia from October 1, with at least 229 refund points to be open by the end of the scheme's first year. Refund points will operate across the State, from Kalumburu in the north to Albany in the south, giving more than 99 per cent of Western Australians access to the scheme. WARRRL is the appointed scheme co-ordinator responsible for establishing and maintaining Western Australia's container deposit scheme. To find your local community information session and register your attendance, search for 'Containers for Change' at http//www.eventbrite.com Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "We already know that Western Australians are really enthusiastic about the Containers for Change scheme, and these community information sessions are a fantastic opportunity for everyone to engage with the scheme co-ordinator and find out how they can get involved. "Containers for Change will bring with it constructive outcomes such as jobs, funding streams for community groups, ways to improve recycling, and a pathway to a cleaner and more sustainable environment. "Importantly, Containers for Change will also provide a new way for community groups, schools, sports clubs and charities to fundraise. "Whether it's a P&C fundraising for a school camp or a community group raising money for new equipment, Containers for Change will make it easier than ever for groups to fundraise and for people to support causes close to their hearts." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Financial help for container deposit scheme participants15781Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 11570html29/07/2020 4:58:45 AM2020-07-28T00:05:00Z More than $830,000 awarded to Containers for Change refund point operators and processors Financial support for operators affected by delay to scheme start-up due to COVID-19 Refund point operators and processors taking part in the McGowan Government's new container deposit scheme, known as Containers for Change, will receive more than $830,000 in assistance to help them through financial hardship due to COVID-19 delays. The Containers for Change launch was postponed due to the impact of COVID-19 and will now commence on October 1, 2020. Network participants were expecting income from June 2, 2020, when the scheme was originally set to start. In preparation, participants made financial commitments such as taking on leases and staff to support their operations. The assistance package aims to support network participants until the scheme's revised start date. Funding of $831,946 will be provided to 16 applicants and will cover eligible costs associated with leases, loans, utilities and wages between June 2, 2020 and October 1, 2020. It is expected more than 500 jobs will be created in the Containers for Change network throughout Western Australia, including jobs for people with disability, the long-term unemployed and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as apprenticeship and trainee opportunities. Containers for Change will introduce a 10 cent refund for every eligible container returned to a designated refund point across the State. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The financial assistance package will allow network participants to remain viable until the scheme commencement, and will ensure the success and sustainability of the scheme. "We want this initiative to hit the ground running, so it's important for operators to be at full strength when the scheme starts so the community can return containers. "We are committed to delivering a first-rate container deposit scheme that delivers the best possible outcome for the entire Western Australian community." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Successful applicants Tomra Collection Pty Ltd Waglass Pty Ltd The Scout Association of Australia Western Australian Branch Bridging the Gap Inc Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council Ability Centre Australasia Ltd Care for Hedland Environmental Association Inc Bottles & Cans WA PTY LTD Cash for Containers Rockingham Good Samaritan Enterprises Wild West Pty Ltd Greenbatch Foundation Ltd Lions Club of Donnybrook WA ReTurn It (WA CDS) North West Recycling Pty Ltd Recycle for Change Pty Ltd
Additional funding for Clean Energy Future Fund15633Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 14480html28/07/2020 12:04:05 AM2020-07-27T22:30:00Z McGowan Government allocates additional $10 million to Clean Energy Future Fund Applications for the next round will open in 2021 The McGowan Government will invest a further $10 million towards the Clean Energy Future Fund, adding to the $9 million initially invested, as part of the WA Recovery Plan. Clean energy innovators can apply for funding between $250,000 and $2 million for each clean energy project. The second round of funding will be open to a broader range of projects, including mining operations and community groups. Government is in the process of developing guidelines, which will be released later this year. The Clean Energy Future Fund was established to support the development of innovative clean energy projects in Western Australia. Applications for the first round of funding are now being assessed on their capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, their potential for wider adoption, scalability, and ability to create jobs in WA. The successful applicants for the first round of funding are expected to be announced later this year. Applications for the second round of funding will open in 2021. The fund is administered by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation with support from Energy Policy WA. For more information, visit https//www.dwer.wa.gov.au/ceff Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "It is important that Western Australia's economic recovery works hand-in-hand with reducing the State's emissions and protects our State's environment. "The Clean Energy Future Fund supports the McGowan Government's aspiration to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. "It also supports Western Australia's low carbon transition by facilitating individual clean energy projects and accelerating technology innovation and broader adoption." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Western Australia is blessed with an abundance of clean energy resources and world-class energy innovators. "The Clean Energy Future Fund will help businesses and investors accelerate the State's clean energy transformation and create jobs in one of the world's fastest growing sectors. "The McGowan Government's Energy Transformation Taskforce will position WA to take full advantage of the new energy technologies supported by the fund and provide cleaner, more reliable and affordable power to all Western Australians." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
McGowan Government unveils Green Jobs Plan to support recovery15629Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA Green Jobs Plan to help Western Australia's 37930html27/07/2020 1:33:26 AM2020-07-27T01:30:00Z Green Jobs Plan to help Western Australia's economic recovery from COVID-19 $60.3 million investment in environmental projects as part of WA Recovery Plan The plan targets employment and environmental benefits across the State Strategic approach to managing and conserving native vegetation will lead to more sustainable and timely development approvals The McGowan Government is set to invest more than $60 million on environmental projects, creating more than 1,000 conservation jobs State-wide as part of the WA Recovery Plan. The Green Jobs Plan will include $60.3 million over the next three years to support projects that will protect our environment and create jobs, of which $15 million has been allocated to set up a Native Vegetation Rehabilitation Scheme. In combination with the State's Offsets Fund for Recovery (OFFR) program, the scheme will target revegetation, habitat restoration and protection of existing vegetation to deliver at-scale environmental outcomes and employment over several years. The $8 million OFFR program supports conservation groups to carry out on-ground work and will improve habitat for Western Australia's unique and important flora and fauna, as part of the State's requirement for delivering environmental offsets. The program will also provide employment opportunities including fencing, seeding, planting, managing threats, and improving native vegetation and habitat for fauna such as the Carnaby's cockatoo. A $2 million investment in fencing to extend the conservation sanctuary at Whiteman Park will create employment opportunities for new contractors. A further $5 million will be used by Main Roads to improve and increase roadside vegetation in the agricultural region to offset the impacts of roadworks aimed at making our roads safer. A $3.3 million funding round for conservation work for Pilbara Aboriginal and conservation groups will be made available through the Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund. The fund combines offset contributions from mining companies to enable strategic conservation programs that improve vegetation and biodiversity outcomes in the Pilbara. The State's rivers and estuaries will also benefit from the Green Jobs Plan. The Swan Canning system will receive an additional $2 million for foreshore protection, while the Healthy Estuaries WA program, announced just last month, will see $25 million invested to improve the health of at-risk regional estuaries in the south-west, creating a number of jobs in those communities. For more information, visit https//inthistogether.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Green Jobs Plan is an important component of our WA Recovery Plan, which will help drive WA's economic and social recovery across the whole State. "The plan will support and strengthen our existing conservation industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future. "Supporting green jobs makes sense - it helps protect WA's pristine natural environment, while creating jobs in important and emerging industries. "By managing and conserving native vegetation we help ensure sustainable and more timely development approvals can be delivered, creating ongoing economic activity." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Conservation is a job-creating sector, which is why this Green Jobs Plan is a win-win for the economy and for the environment. "It is important that Western Australia's economic recovery works hand in hand with the continued protection of Western Australia's magnificent environment - which is one of our most precious assets. "Ensuring our environment is not only protected, but enhanced through our Green Jobs Plan, will place Western Australia in an ideal position for economic recovery post COVID-19." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Hopes to keep Perth osprey numbers flying high with new nest15622Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 10390html26/07/2020 8:08:15 AM2020-07-26T06:15:00Z New artificial nest installed at Point Waylen, Alfred Cove Nature Reserve Replaces old nest with new structure with more protection from the weather Volunteers crucial to building the new nest Hopes of a successful nesting season for Alfred Cove's ospreys have been given a boost thanks to the installation of a new and improved osprey pole and nest at Point Waylen. The former osprey nest, which consisted of a flat platform installed more than a decade ago, was in need of modifications due to nests made by the birds becoming partially or completely blown over from storm events. To change this, a new curved shaped nesting structure built by volunteers from Friends of Attadale Foreshore was made to provide a more suitable environment to protect the nests from windy weather conditions. The pole that supports the nest has also been replaced with a pivot pole, enabling any future maintenance to be carried out more easily as access into the A Class Nature Reserve is not conducive to using a crane. All modifications made on the nest structure were based on advice from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, which will monitor nest activity in collaboration with the Friends of Attadale Foreshore. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Osprey sightings, especially when pairs are nesting, are a wonderful thing to see, not just for bird watchers but for the community in general. "Although ospreys are not listed as a vulnerable species, these nesting poles are important to support the local osprey population. "The McGowan Government is committed to working with community groups such as the Friends of Attadale Foreshore to help protect our environment." Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley "We're blessed with abundant birdlife in Bicton, and I'd like to pay tribute to Mike Nichol, from Friends of Attadale Foreshore for working so hard on behalf of the osprey - I was lucky enough to see ospreys using the nest recently. "The beautiful surrounds of the Attadale foreshore are a natural haven for local birdlife, and the osprey pole is an important part of a wider community-led plan by the Friends of the Melville Bird Sanctuary to secure a safe space for birdlife into the future. "Our natural ecosystem here in Bicton by the river is so special and I thank all community groups across Bicton, who volunteer their time to keep it that way." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Plans underway to honour ‘Forgotten War’ with Korean War memorial15619Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Housing; Fisheries; Veterans Issues; Asian Engagement 9580html27/07/2020 4:25:47 AM2020-07-26T02:00:00Z South Korea pledges stone from Kapyong battle site as centrepiece for monument Korean War Memorial Committee set to begin fundraising for project Kings Park memorial is planned to coincide with 70th anniversary of armistice in 2023Australian servicemen and women who fought in the Korean War will be honoured with a new memorial planned to be built in Kings Park in time to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in 2023. The Korean War, sandwiched between the end of World War II and the start of the Vietnam War is sometimes known as the 'Forgotten War'. It began when North Korean troops pushed into South Korea on June 1950 following a period where the United States and the then Soviet Union accepted mutual responsibility for Korea at the end the World War II. Australia was the second nation, after the US, to send personnel from all three of its armed services to the defence of South Korea. In all, 21 nations contributed troops, ships, aircraft, and medical units to the conflict. The most significant and important battle for Australian troops was at Kapyong between April 22 and April 25, 1951. Thirty-two Australians were killed and 53 were wounded for their part in stalling a Chinese advance and preventing Seoul from falling into enemy hands. Although an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, no peace treaty followed and North and South Korean forces continue to face each other across a four-kilometre-wide demilitarised zone along the 38th North parallel. On September 5, 2019, the Returned and Services League of Western Australia unanimously voted to support the construction of a memorial within Kings Park in commemoration of WA's contribution to the Korean War. Later that year, the then Republic of Korean Ambassador, Lee Baeksoon instigated a proposal to ship stone from Gapyeong County in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea to form the centre piece of the proposed memorial. Gapyeong County is where the Battle of Kapyong was fought. The offer - recently given in-principle approval from the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Board - is in line with established Korean War memorials in other states and represents the latest symbol of gratitude by the Republic of Korea for the sacrifice made by Australia. The Korean War Memorial committee has now begun fundraising for the new memorial that will be designed in consultation with Kings Park and Botanic Garden. The Honorary Consul to Korea, Fay Duda, is a member of the Korean War Memorial Committee The Republic of Korea has issued Peace Medals to all identified WA veterans of that campaign. Both the Returned and Services League of Western Australia and the Vietnam Veterans unanimously voted to support the construction of a memorial within Kings Park in commemoration of WA's contribution to the Korean War. The Vietnam Veterans also support the construction of a memorial, noting that many Korean War veterans also served in Vietnam. Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "Australia's involvement in the Korean War came only five years after the end of World War II. In many respects we were still recovering from the impact of that conflict which overshadowed the Korean War. "Korea is sometimes called 'the Forgotten War' but Australia's involvement was significant, as were its losses. "More than 17,000 Australians served during the Korean War, 340 were killed and more than 1,216 wounded. A further 30 were taken prisoner. "According to the Department of Veterans' Affairs, 1,673 people born in WA served in the conflict 34 of whom were killed and six classified as missing in action. "About 225 WA veterans of the Korean War are still with us and provide a valuable human connection to the conflict." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a really special place for many Western Australians and I'm really happy that work is progressing to make this space even more inclusive. "A memorial to commemorate and honour the servicemen and women who fought in the Korean War will have a lasting impact on the people, culture and history of Western Australia. "While most Australians may not be as familiar with the Korean War as they are with either of the two World Wars, or the Vietnam War, those who served Australia in Korea did so with pride, courage and the best of the ANZAC tradition." Veteran's Issues Minister's office - 6552 5300Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
New node walks through Canning River history15604Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 11300html24/07/2020 2:36:00 AM2020-07-24T02:35:00Z Kent Street Weir node the most recent location for River Journeys project Aboriginal-owned business contracted for artwork and constructionA new interpretation node has been installed at Kent Street Weir as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to the ongoing enhancement of the Swan Canning Riverpark. This collaborative project between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the City of Canning, with funding support from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, will promote the historical values and connection traditional owners have with the area. The Swan Canning Riverpark is an iconic part of Perth's landscape, popular for its recreational activities. The new interpretation node gives visitors the opportunity to learn about this area and take away valuable information about the Riverpark. The multi-use node consists of timber boardwalks, seating areas and a decorative path with Aboriginal artwork completed by Justin Martin, enhancing visitors' experience of the waterways and foreshore park. The works were completed by CareyMC Pty Ltd, a majority Aboriginal-owned business that specialises in civil construction and training for Aboriginal people As part of the project, six trainees were able to complete their Certificate II in Civil Construction, delivering positive environmental, cultural, and economic outcomes. This project is part of the broader Swan Canning Riverpark Trails network, connecting paths and interpretation facilities in the Riverpark - known as River Journeys. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "It is fantastic to see the Aboriginal representation on this project as the information on these interpretation nodes brings to life the rich history of the Whadjuk people and their connection to the area. "I'm sure that the new interpretation node will spark interest in WA's unique cultural, environmental and heritage values from the community and visitors to the Riverpark." Comments attributed to Cannington MLA Bill Johnston "The Canning River Regional Park is an asset to our community, and this project brings to life the area's rich cultural history. "Thank you to everyone who worked on this project, which is a great addition to the park." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Town of Bassendean rolls out new three-bin recycling system15600Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 14120html23/07/2020 5:30:42 AM2020-07-23T05:30:00Z New Food Organics and Garden Organics system can achieve recovery rates of more than 65 per cent Bassendean is the first metro council north of the river to make the transition Town of Bassendean residents will soon be able to recycle Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste, as the Town changes to a better practice, three-bin collection service. The McGowan Government has supported Bassendean's FOGO transition via the original Better Bins Program. The Town of Bassendean signed up to the program in July 2018 and by June 30, 2021, the Town would have received a total of $232,500 in grants through this program ($30 per household). Local governments that have already accessed Better Bins funding of $30 per household can apply for Better Bins Plus Go FOGO funding of up to an additional $15 per household. Bassendean's FOGO system is a joint project between the Town of Bassendean, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council and the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account and administered by the Waste Authority. To mark the rollout, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today visited Bassendean to see the thousands of new bins ready for delivery. After a community education and awareness program, the Bassendean council adopted the new kerbside collection system and is the first council north of the river to make the change. The general waste bins and Food Organics and Garden Organics bins will be delivered to residents on their normal bin day between July 27 and August 8. Town of Bassendean residents will also receive a new kitchen caddy for materials such as tea bags, coffee grounds, paper towels, tissues, dairy, bakery, grain, eggshells, meat scraps, apple cores and banana peels. The Town is delivering 6,461 red lidded general waste bins (140L); 525 red lidded general waste bins (240L); 6,991 green lidded FOGO waste bins (240L); and 6,991 kitchen caddies. The McGowan Government is delivering initiatives to reduce waste in Western Australia as part of its Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, and is supporting local governments such as Bassendean to help get their waste sorted. The State Government has committed $20 million of funding to support local governments to transition to the three-bin, Food Organics and Garden Organics services, through the Better Bins Plus Go FOGO program. For more information on FOGO, visit http//www.wastesorted.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "It's fantastic to see Bassendean starting the rollout of this new FOGO service to all 7,300 households, and I hope more local governments will see the benefits and soon follow suit. "With the money offered through the Better Bins Plus Go FOGO program - which is accessible to all local governments across the State - all councils can help their residents play a role in recovering value from their waste. "Food and other organic waste make up around two thirds of what goes into your red bin in Western Australia. A kerbside service that collects food waste can achieve recovery rates of around 65 per cent, supporting Western Australia's landfill diversion targets. "By recovering food waste we can stop it ending up in landfill which has significant impacts on the environment and human health through greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion." Comments attributed to Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly "I commend Mayor McLennan for her support of the McGowan Government's Better Bins Plus Go FOGO program - I know she is a passionate and committed supporter of sustainability innovations. "I encourage residents in the Town of Bassendean to get behind this program and support our move towards more consistent and better performing waste management services." Minister's office - 6552 5800
WA first for public sector agency and disability recruitment14704Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 21090html22/07/2020 12:09:09 AM2020-07-21T22:00:00Z Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions named a Disability Confident Recruiter First WA Government agency to receive statusThe Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is leading the way as an inclusive workplace, becoming the first Western Australian Government agency to achieve Disability Confident Recruiter status. The accreditation from the Australian Network on Disability has come as a result of DBCA removing barriers to inclusive recruitment and building on its capability to attract, support and retain skilled candidates with disability. Achieving this status recognises DBCA's commitment to enabling skilled jobseekers with disability to compete for positions on a level playing field, adjusting the recruitment process to ensure access for candidates with disability, and providing an excellent candidate experience to all applicants. The Department employs more than 1,800 FTE staff and comprises the Parks and Wildlife Service, Zoological Parks Authority (Perth Zoo), Rottnest Island Authority and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. Comments attributed to Environment and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government is 100 per cent committed to the creation of jobs for all Western Australians and that commitment includes people with disability. "In December 2019, the State Government announced an action plan to make the WA public sector a leader in the employment of people with disability, with a target of 5 per cent by the end of 2025. "I commend the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for ensuring its recruitment practices are as inclusive as possible to remove unnecessary barriers to employment for talented and skilled candidates with disability. "I encourage more agencies and organisations to work towards achieving this status, so Western Australians with disability can compete for positions on a level playing field." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Improved access on the cards for Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park14235Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Francis Logan BA (Hons) MLA Tender released for the construction of 13480html16/07/2020 2:54:17 AM2020-07-16T02:50:00Z Tender released for the construction of jetties on East Wallabi and Beacon islands Jetty construction is part of the McGowan Government's $10 million investment at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park Visitors and boaters are set to benefit from the construction of two new jetties at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park. A tender has been released by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) for the construction of the jetties on East Wallabi and Beacon islands to improve vessel access to the islands. The East Wallabi Island jetty will cater for larger vessels of up to 20 metres in length and the Beacon Island jetty smaller vessels up to 12 metres long. Located about 60 kilometres west of Geraldton, the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park was the first national park created under the McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks initiative. The jetty construction is part of a $10 million investment into tourism and management infrastructure in the national park. Future plans include the construction of new toilets, shade shelters, walk trails and visitor interpretation. The airstrip on East Wallabi Island will also be upgraded. East Wallabi and Beacon islands are listed as historically significant sites for their maritime heritage values, including the Batavia and other shipwrecks. DBCA continues to consult with the Western Australian Museum and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to ensure the jetty design and construction protects the heritage of the islands and adheres to relevant legislation. The two jetties are expected to be completed by early 2021. Tender information can be viewed at http//www.tenders.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Acting Environment Minister Francis Logan "The McGowan Government created the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park to ensure the protection of the area's unique conservation values and to open it up to new tourism opportunities. "The Abrolhos Islands are steeped in history and the site of numerous shipwrecks, most notably the Batavia. We will be ensuring all development is managed in the appropriate way, with heritage and environmental protection key focuses. "By improving visitor facilities on the islands, we are creating new possibilities for nature-based tourism and recreation, resulting in new jobs and economic opportunities for the Mid-West." Minister's office - 6552 5800
McGowan Government boosts plastic and tyre recycling in Western Australia14201Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Francis Logan BA (Hons) MLA $20 million to improve plastic and tyre 24980html11/07/2020 2:05:55 AM2020-07-06T22:00:00Z $20 million to improve plastic and tyre processing in WA State Government funds will be matched by the Federal Government Expression of interest process commenced for new plastic and tyre reprocessing facilitiesThe McGowan Government has today committed $20 million to boost capacity for local processing of waste plastic and tyres in Western Australia. $15 million dollars in grant funding will be provided to support local processing of plastics and tyres and the development of infrastructure in the north of the State. Access will also be provided to industrial zoned land valued at $5 million for processing infrastructure. The State Government funding will need to be matched or exceeded by industry investment meaning that total combined investment in local processing is likely to be greater than $60 million. The State Government is today calling for grant applications from organisations to support new processing infrastructure, including projects in regional and remote Western Australia. The announcement follows the March 2020 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, which confirmed a timetable for phasing out waste exports and building domestic infrastructure to support reuse and recycling. WA grants will be considered for projects that can help in the domestic processing of plastics and whole tyres currently collected in Western Australia. Proposals for economically viable projects that utilise best-practice methodology, know-how and technology, achieve value for money and maximise industry financial contributions are welcomed. The funding is in addition to the more than $20 million already provided annually to fund waste related programs and initiatives from the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. For more information or to submit a completed expression of interest, contact wastegrants@dwer.wa.gov.au Applications close at 9am AWST, August 17, 2020 (late applications will not be accepted). Comments attributed to Acting Environment Minister Francis Logan "This commitment from the McGowan Government is not only good for the environment, it is good for WA jobs; we know we can deliver three times more jobs when we recycle better. "Analysis from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in WA approximately 12,500 tonnes of plastics and 7,000 tonnes of tyres would be captured as result of the export ban on certain wastes. This represents a huge opportunity for industry in WA. "As a State Government moving towards a circular economy we are seeking expressions of interest from innovative and entrepreneurial organisations to help us grow local processing capacity for waste and ensure these valuable materials are reprocessed locally." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Successful wildlife rehabilitator grant recipients announced14174Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 19890html2/07/2020 2:15:11 AM2020-07-02T02:00:00Z 38 licensed groups and individuals will receive funding through a one-year grant program A total of $214,000 provided through the new State Government grants program, in partnership with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife The McGowan Government has today announced the successful recipients of the Wildlife Heroes Wildlife Rehabilitation and Emergency Response Grants 2020. The one-year grant will see 38 licensed wildlife rehabilitators share in $214,000 to provide care for sick and injured native wildlife, with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. Recipients will be able to use funds for relevant items, such as to purchase specialist equipment, animal food, first aid supplies, veterinary support, reference materials and the development and implementation of training courses. A total of $150,000 was initially available through the program, made up of $100,000 from State Government funds and $50,000 from the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife's Wildlife Heroes project. The State Government increased the funds available to $214,000, funding all applicants who met the criteria for a grant. Grants will be distributed as follows Groups with more than 20 volunteers will be allocated up to $10,000 Groups of between two and 20 volunteers will be allocated up to $2500 A number of individual wildlife rehabilitators have also been funded A full list of successful recipients is available below. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government is very proud of the high standard of care that wildlife rehabilitators provide to some of Western Australia's most vulnerable native wildlife. "By investing in this program, we are providing licensed rehabilitators with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and resources to ensure sick and injured native animals receive the care they need to hopefully return back to the wild. "Congratulations to the 38 individuals and groups who have received grants through this one-year program. I look forward to hearing about the incredible work that is achieved as a result." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Grantee Location Native ARC Inc Bibra Lake, Perth Black Cockatoo Preservation Society Martin, Perth Western Australian Seabird Rescue Inc Bayswater, Perth Native Animal Rescue Malaga, Perth Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Inc Lesmurdie, Perth KANE (Kimberley Animals, Nature and Education) Kununurra, Kimberley Healing Hands Wildlife Care Inc Albany, Great Southern Darling Range Wildlife Shelter Martin, Perth Goldfields Native Animal Care Inc Kalgoorlie, Goldfields Wild Life West Inc Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley River Wren Rescue Stake Hill, Peel Kangaroo Haven Inc Kununurra, Kimberley Born Free Wildlife Carers Inc Lower King, Great Southern Mandurah Just Joey Marsupial Care Inc Coodanup, Peel Lisa's Kangaroo Retreat Inc Port Hedland, Pilbara AUZZIE's Raptor Rehabilitation Association Inc Bennett Springs, Perth Marsupial Mammas and Pappas (Inc) Toodyay, Wheatbelt Express Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc Henley Brook, Perth FAWNA Inc Busselton, South West Midwest Marsupial Carers Inc Geraldton, Midwest Bluebush Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Buntine, Wheatbelt Possum Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc Busselton, South West Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary Mt Helena, Perth Amaris Wildlife Sanctuary Inc Tenterden, Great Southern Maroo Wildlife Refuge Inc Manjimup, South West Geraldton Greenough Wildlife Rescue Inc Greenough, Midwest Society for the Preservation of Raptors Inc Margaret River, South West Raptor Fliers Association of Western Australia Inc Crossman, Wheatbelt Esperance Roo Haven Monjingup, Great Southern Parnana Pikurtu Wildlife Sanctuary Inc Moorine Rock, Wheatbelt
Illegal dumpers convicted after camera sting operation14083Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 31200html1/07/2020 12:32:24 AM2020-07-01T00:05:00Z Camera surveillance nets five offenders illegally dumping waste on 13 occasions Fines ranged up to $9,000 plus costs A camera sting operation undertaken by inspectors from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has resulted in convictions for a number of people caught illegally dumping waste on land that is part of a State park. Covert surveillance was set up at Warbrook Road, Jandabup, in Perth's northern suburbs. They recorded five offenders dumping material ranging from asbestos to green waste on a total of 13 occasions. The operation resulted in five men facing charges in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on June 5, 2020. On December 12, 2018, a Toyota Landcruiser ute entered the area loaded with bricks and sand waste. The vehicle was photographed as the waste was dumped. Among the waste DWER inspectors found documents bearing the name Giuseppe Napoli. The distinctive vehicle also led inspectors to Mr Napoli and he was charged with Unauthorised Discharge of Waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. He pleaded guilty and was fined $4,500 plus costs of $418. On April 12, 2019, a Nissan Patrol towing a trailer loaded with sheets of broken corrugated fencing material was recorded entering the site, then recorded a short time later leaving with an empty trailer. Samples of the fencing material were found to contain Chrysolite white asbestos. The broken sheets of asbestos were transported to the site on public roads in an uncovered trailer. Erol Raphael was charged under the Litter Act 1979 and faced an additional charge for failing to identify who was driving the vehicle. He was fined $4,000 plus costs of $418. Daniel Edward Shackleton was charged over three separate occasions, on January 22 and 23, 2019, after chunks of demolished concrete were dumped at the site. It was alleged that a tip truck was hired to dump the waste. It was found that the behaviour was commercially driven. Mr Shackleton pleaded guilty and was fined $9,000 plus $418 costs. Gerald Francis Stidworthy was photographed on three occasions in 2019, on August 6, August 12 and September 18, entering the site with a trailer full of waste and leaving with it empty. He pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 plus $418 costs. Christopher Thomas Winter pleaded guilty to charges related to five occasions in 2019 when he dumped green waste and sand. While the court acknowledged that the dumped material was relatively benign, the quantity was significant and was likely to have contained chemicals and pollutants which had the potential to detract from the beauty of the bushland, and could reduce the ability of the public to use and enjoy the area. Mr Winter was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay costs of $766.40. Illegal dumping can be reported to DWER's Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or to pollutionwatch@dwer.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This operation and the resulting convictions send a message that illegal dumping is not OK. Operations like this will continue so this should serve as a reminder for people to do the right thing. "While it might seem that dumping green waste in bushland causes little harm, it's still damaging to the environment. It's easy to dispose of waste legally, and people risk significant penalties if they do not." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Reception no barrier to exploring Kalbarri National Park14166Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 18760html1/07/2020 12:26:25 AM2020-07-01T00:00:00Z Three new 'Smart' Park maps are available for Kalbarri National Park These maps can be used offline and show visitors' location and information in real-timePeople can now plan their adventures in Western Australia's national parks and reserves at the touch of a button, following the release of a new geo-referenced map in the WA Parks Foundation's Smart Park map series. The iconic Kalbarri National Park, home to the brand new Kalbarri Skywalk, is the most recent location to be made available on the app, allowing visitors to easily access information on facilities, trails, lookouts and other points of interest within the park. Following a successful pilot of the app in Karijini National Park, these new maps make it easier than ever for visitors to navigate their way around some of Western Australia's most popular parks, offline and in real-time. The maps include information on camping and picnic areas, lookouts, parking, swimming, toilets, walk trails and their classifications, wheelchair access, Wi-Fi, roads, tracks and safety information. Once the map has been downloaded, it can be used without a network connection. The smart phone or tablet's built-in GPS will show the location on the map and let visitors know where they are. Visitors can add placemark pins, photographs, and measure distances on the app. The 'Smart' Park maps series is delivered by the WA Parks Foundation in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The development of the map series is sponsored by BHP. The Smart Park maps can be downloaded via the Avenza Maps app from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, and instructions can be found on the WA Parks Foundation website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Kalbarri National Park is just one of the spectacular destinations that will be part of this new and innovative series. "We hope to eventually have these maps in all 101 of the State's national parks and reserves to enhance visitor experience and encourage more people to get out and visit these destinations. "Many of WA's network of parks have no or limited network coverage and this map series provides access to geo-referenced PDF park maps for offline use on iOS, Android, smartphones and tablets." Comments attributed to WA Parks Foundation chairperson Kerry Sanderson "Encouraging people to experience and enjoy Western Australia's treasure trove of national parks is one of the main aims of the Foundation. "Our national parks are a wonderful natural resource, with so much to offer in terms of their scenic splendour, ancient geology and biodiversity. "The Smart Park maps are a practical aid in making it easier for people to access the parks, some of which are vast and remote, and to confidently navigate their features. "Twenty of the State's most popular parks have been prioritised for mapping, with more to follow. "Our State Government partner, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is pivotal in helping the Foundation towards achievement of this goal. "We are very fortunate, also, to have the strong support of BHP, our corporate partner in this initiative. This financial and other assistance is greatly appreciated." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Smart Park maps Download the Avenza Maps app from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to access your Smart Park maps. Search for Karijini Smart Park Maps in the Avenza store to download. Its free! Tell us your thoughts, ideas or feedback or nominate your favourite WA national park by visiting http//www.ourwaparks.org.au/resources/kalbarri-smart-park-map
Adventure awaits with new Collie mountain bike trails13280Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA A further 12 kilometres of new trails now 22780html28/06/2020 5:11:40 AM2020-06-28T05:00:00Z Arklow mountain bike trails completed Includes adaptive trail to accommodate riders with disability Part of $10 million Collie Adventure Trails project Mountain biking enthusiasts have additional trails to explore in the South-West with the completion of the Arklow trail network, north of Collie. A further 12 kilometres of new trails now winds its way through the Arklow forest, giving mountain bike riders a view of the stunning environment at Collie's doorstep. The Arklow mountain bike trail network totals 36km; 26km of which is new or upgraded trail. This includes the 9.5km Arklow adaptive trail, with six kilometres of the new trail built to accommodate hand cycles, allowing mountain bike riders with disability the opportunity to enjoy even more of the area. The new trail is part of the McGowan Government's $10 million initiative to create and maintain more than 180km of high-quality mountain bike and bushwalking trails in Collie and Dwellingup. Collie Adventure Trails was funded through the McGowan Government's $60 million Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund. Other additions that are in the works include expanded car park facilities at the Wellington Dam precinct and the Wiilman Bilya walking trail. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government is focused on diversifying regional economies, which is why this project is so fantastic for the people of Collie and its surrounds. "Trail riding is one of the world's fastest growing sports, and we expect these new trails will attract adventure tourists from far and wide, supporting the local economy in Collie. "I'm also proud that this project has given a boost to the region's economy, generating close to 150 construction jobs. "This is an exciting development that is part of the State Government's comprehensive plan to sure the future of Collie." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government recognises the value of Western Australia's national parks, reserves and forests and is committed to creating new and improved ways for visitors to get out and enjoy and connect with them. "The Arklow Trail really showcases the pristine Arklow Forest and with the trail on the doorstep of Collie, there's no doubt it will be a hit with mountain bikers. "It's fantastic that this trails network includes the adaptive trail which was designed to ensure mountain bike riders with disability can get out and enjoy the benefits of nature in the South-West." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "The Arklow trails are yet another reason for people to visit Collie, which is fast becoming a nature-based recreation hub thanks to significant investment from the State Government. "Developing the town as a premium mountain bike destination will not just drive regional tourism, but it will also bring more jobs to the South-West. "With more works on the way for the Collie Adventure Trails initiative, the town's future is looking bright." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Call for expressions of interest in paper and cardboard recycling grants13275Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 20590html26/06/2020 9:34:09 AM2020-06-26T09:30:00Z McGowan Government calls for expressions of interest to grow local processing capacity for paper and cardboard National export ban on paper and cardboard commencing on July 1, 2024 The McGowan Government is calling for expressions of interest for grants to help boost the processing capacity for Western Australia's 80,000 tonnes of mixed paper and cardboard waste. The expression of interest is advertised on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's website and is open from today (June 26) to 9am on July 27, 2020. The Council of Australian Governments agreement on March 13, 2020 confirmed a timetable for phasing out waste exports and building domestic infrastructure to support reuse and recycling. Mixed paper and cardboard will be subject to the national export ban commencing on July 1, 2024. It is important that the McGowan Government considers all proposals that will contribute to a more competitive and sustainable domestic market for mixed paper and cardboard collection, reprocessing and sale. As part of the national response to the ban on waste, the Federal Government is asking industry and State and Territory governments to work together to bring forward project proposals that deliver a national solution for mixed-paper recycling in Australia. Funding may be made available from the State Government and matched by the Australian Government for one or more selected projects. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Export bans on paper and cardboard open up new opportunities to explore local processing of recycled materials, and we are committed to finding a solution that is right for Western Australia. "The McGowan Government is investigating options for local processing to help achieve its recycling targets. "We are seeking industry proposals for increasing capacity for processing mixed paper and cardboard, and look forward to working with the Federal Government on proposals that will contribute to a more competitive and sustainable domestic market. "The McGowan Government is committed to a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy which is key for protecting our environment for future generations." Minister's office - 6552 5800