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New specialist training facility in Munster has extra edge13368Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3460html17/11/2017 6:43:51 AM2017-11-17T06:40:00Z South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster Campus Stage 2 officially opened New facilities to help students develop the skills required by oil and gas, chemical processing, engineering and resources industries Stage 2 of South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster Campus was officially opened this week. The $12.4 million world-class facility is aligned with industry training requirements and gives students hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting. Students will have access to specialist electrical engineering and mechatronics laboratories, dedicated Navy training spaces and materials testing areas. A specialised process plant control room simulation, debriefing and communications rooms have been developed alongside office space for industry partners, enabling students to directly engage with industry. The new facility is co-located with the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) - a purpose-built oil and gas facility and process plant supported by Shell, Chevron, Woodside, Quadrant Energy, ConocoPhillips and BHP. More than 750 students will attend the campus from 2018, including 450 applied engineering students from the amalgamated Beaconsfield campus and 108 Australian Navy students. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "These upgrades put South Metropolitan TAFE at the forefront of flexible and innovative training in mining, oil and gas, engineering and mineral and chemical processing. "ACEPT and applied engineering study areas will now have a greater ability to share facilities and resources - further strengthening engagement between South Metropolitan TAFE, students and industry. "This collaboration direct with industry means students at the Munster Campus will develop the practical skills employers are looking for and their hands-on experience means they have a head-start when transitioning to the workplace." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Swan Valley review moving forward13365Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5700html17/11/2017 5:10:34 AM2017-11-17T05:00:00Z Survey being sent to all Swan Valley residents and businesses Community perspective a valued component of Kobelke review Review and strategy to provide a major boost to tourism and jobs in the area Results of a survey, soon to be sent to all Swan Valley residents and businesses, will help inform the current review of planning frameworks for the area. The Swan Valley community has been asked to keep an eye on their letterbox, with the survey set to be delivered as part of the next phase of the Swan Valley planning review. The planning review is underpinned by the McGowan Labor Government's $1.4 million for the Swan Valley Development Package - which following the review includes the development of a co-ordinated strategy for the Swan Valley to provide a major boost to tourism and jobs in the area. The survey presents an opportunity for the people and businesses of Swan Valley to articulate their views and aspirations for the future of the region. John Kobelke, who is heading up the review, has already gained an insight into the issues important to the community through a series of targeted one-on-one stakeholder meetings. He is now inviting locals to participate in a written survey. Participation in the survey will enable each household and landowner to participate in the review, as well as update comments or views provided in earlier public consultation. Surveys will be sent to every address in the gazetted Swan Valley area in the week beginning Monday, November 20. Participants will have until Friday December 15, 2017 to return their surveys. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "The survey ensures residents and property owners of the Swan Valley can lend their collective voice to help shape the future of this important region. "It is pleasing to see that the review process is ensuring a thorough, yet timely examination of the issues impacting this region and the people who live and make a living here. "This survey highlights the significant weight being placed on genuine community consultation." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Funding to put Collie Motorplex on road to national accreditation13363Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3780html17/11/2017 4:29:18 AM2017-11-17T04:20:00Z Additional $314,000 funding to complete redevelopment of the Collie Motorplex Funding will enable track to achieve accreditation, creating opportunities to host national motorsport events and boosting the local economy The McGowan Government will provide an additional $314,000 for the Collie Motorplex redevelopment, to bring the facility to national standards and create opportunities for major sporting events in the South-West. Civil works are now almost complete on the $2.97 million redevelopment project, which has included extending the existing 1.6 kilometre track to 2.3 kilometres, and upgrading competitor and spectator facilities. The further $314,000 is required to complete site works that would enable the track to be sanctioned by national bodies. This funding will be used to construct arrester beds, expand run-off areas, replace kerbing and repair existing pavement to achieve accreditation. The upgrades will bring the facility up to the highest national safety standards. Once accredited, the Collie Motorplex will become a major sports tourism drawcard for Collie and the South-West, attracting national-level events and providing a boost to the local economy. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Collie Motorplex will play a key role in diversifying the Collie economy, with these upgrades set to put the town in the mix for nationally significant events. "National accreditation is the next step for the motorplex and will create new opportunities to attract tourists and create local jobs in town. "Collie Motorplex is already a great South-West asset, but with these upgrades it will be able to set its sights on attracting national-level competitions." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We want to see Collie become a centre for motorsports in regional WA, providing a boost to the local economy and driving job opportunities in the South-West. "Securing this funding means the Collie community will enjoy all the benefits of a state-of-the-art motorplex that has real national pulling power." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Seniors housing project in Manjimup hits another milestone13360Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2980html17/11/2017 1:30:16 AM2017-11-17T01:30:00Z Site works have begun and construction of first homes expected in June 2018 Project will generate and support employment and business activity for local economy The delivery of more affordable housing options for seniors living in Manjimup is expected to create and support significant employment and economic activity over the next four years. The Department of Communities hit a key milestone with the Manjimup Seniors Living Project recently, with the start of works to transform the former Manjimup Primary School site into 55 new homes tailored for people over the age of 55. Redevelopment of the 2.5-hectare site on Moore Street, within easy walking distance of medical, retail and entertainment amenities in the town's centre, is planned for delivery in five stages. Subject to demand, 10 to 15 homes will be built annually in the next four years. The initial site works are due for completion in May 2018 with construction of the first homes expected to begin in June 2018. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The Department of Communities has consulted extensively with the Shire of Manjimup since the former primary school site was acquired in 2010 to ensure the delivery of the right housing options for seniors. "The Manjimup Seniors Living Project will deliver appropriate and affordable downsizer housing opportunities for Manjimup seniors. It will provide more than four walls and a roof - it will be a place that people over the age of 55 can call home, in a community they already feel at home in. "The Department of Communities works to advance opportunities, community participation and quality of life of the people it supports, with a clear focus on inclusion and meeting individual needs. The Manjimup Seniors Living Project is a great example of this. "The process of delivering this important local project will create employment opportunities, especially for local businesses and contractors in the construction industry." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New Transperth ferry tender goes to market13358Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5310html17/11/2017 12:21:39 AM2017-11-16T23:30:00Z $2.6 million project to acquire a new Transperth ferry The new ferry will add to the existing two-vessel fleet New ferry will have seating for 148 passengers and a toilet The McGowan Government is encouraging local manufacturers to apply to build a new ferry for the Transperth fleet. The ferry will become the third in the fleet after the MV Shelley Taylor-Smith and the MV Phillip Pendal. It will replace the ageing MV Shelley Taylor-Smith, which is 20-years-old this year and will be retained and used as a reserve when demand is high for special events. The ferries will be rotated through service, with a third vessel allowing Transperth greater flexibility during regular maintenance periods. The new ferry will have 148 seats and a toilet, meaning it can potentially be used for longer journeys than the current Elizabeth Quay-South Perth route, should that be required in the future. A new shelter has recently been installed at the Mends Street Jetty in South Perth to make travel on the ferry even more comfortable for passengers. The ferry is a crowd favourite - in Transperth's recent passenger survey, 99 per cent of passengers said they were satisfied with the service. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Transperth ferry holds a special place in the hearts of families from all over WA - it's a great way to see the Swan River, view the city and commute to work. "The McGowan Government is committed to investing in projects which will ensure the reliability and resilience of our existing transport network. "Our new ferry will be a modern and versatile vessel, built to take on longer journeys so we can keep our options open if new routes are required in the future." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Schools reconciliation projects celebrated at awards ceremony13351Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5720html16/11/2017 4:27:40 AM2017-11-16T04:00:00Z PALS projects aim to increase students' understanding of our unique Aboriginal culture 600 WA schools from across the State participated in more than 900 PALS projects A ceremony was held at the State Library to present awards to winning schools Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has today presented the 2017 PALS awards to schools from across the State in a ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' PALS (Partnership, Acceptance, Learning, Sharing) program encourages young people to learn more about our unique Aboriginal culture, and to be active participants in the reconciliation journey. This year, more than half of all Western Australian schools from across the State participated in PALS reconciliation activities, including the production of an animation based around the dreaming story of Bibra Lake, a performing arts production, Aboriginal art murals, bush tucker gardens and a Noongar language program. The Minister presented awards to the following category award winners Aboriginal Language and History - Bold Park Community School; Arts and Culture - Lumen Christi College; Digital and Technology - Bibra Lake Primary School; Environment - Lancelin Primary School; Health and Wellbeing - Bluff Point Primary School; Student Engagement and Community Participation - joint winners Mater Dei College and Durham Road School; and Troy Cook Award - Bibra Lake Primary School. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "This year the PALS program attracted the highest number of schools who have ever participated in the program. "It is encouraging to see young people embrace reconciliation wholeheartedly and engaged in activities promoting cultural awareness in their schools. "It is great to see the whole school community supporting these important projects and the students participating will be champions for reconciliation into the future." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New team appointed to guide planning reform13350Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements27730html16/11/2017 3:55:11 AM2017-11-16T03:45:00Z Reform team to be established within the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage Team to align planning system with McGowan Government policies such as METRONET Reduced complexity and administrative overlap Establish greater consistency across local government A planning reform team, led by highly experienced town planner Evan Jones, has been appointed to deliver improvements to Western Australia's planning system. The McGowan Government is committed to creating a more strategic and streamlined planning system that is open and understandable to everyone. Parliamentary Secretary John Carey will work with the reform team to ensure key objectives align with policies such as METRONET. These overarching policies will be to strengthen our suburbs by increasing housing choice, boosting public transport and enhancing the built and natural environment. The reform team will have a range of objectives, which will address community concerns around how planning decisions are made. Objectives of the planning reform team will include Making strategic planning the cornerstone of all planning decisions; Opening up the planning system so that it is understandable to all; Clarifying local and State planning roles and functions of the WA Planning Commission and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; Responding to community concerns about accountability and transparency of Development Assessment Panels; Formally recognising the need for community participation; Creating more certainty for industry and cutting red tape; and Refining developer contribution schemes. The review team will provide regular reports on findings and measures that can be implemented subject to final ministerial endorsement and legislative changes if required. It is the McGowan Government's intention for the planning system to address modern requirements of the metropolitan area and regions. Meanwhile, the position of WA Planning Commission chairperson will be advertised shortly, with the successful appointee to start in 2018. The current chairperson's term was recently extended to December 31. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "It is critical for the State Government to set the agenda that we want others to follow. "Through this reform, we will aim to establish a line of sight between strategic, city, regional and local plans so that their relationships are clear. "A good planning system will promote a more compact, connected and liveable city with greater diversity of housing close to public transport. "We want to empower communities to know what can or cannot be built in their area and ultimately get more people involved in the planning process." Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary and Perth MLA John Carey "Our reform agenda will also seek out quick wins which either reduce red tape, streamline processes or make it easier for any stakeholder - residents, industry or councils - to use planning guidelines for their day-to-day business. "We can't simply sit back and say the current planning framework is good enough. We can always do better - and this reform process provides a genuine opportunity to lift the performance of our planning system in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Work underway to upgrade the iconic Mundaring Weir13346Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6940html16/11/2017 2:20:37 AM2017-11-16T02:00:00Z About 180 local workers involved in $14 million project to modernise historic dam 400 tonne crane lifts 40m-long steel pipe into intake tower The South-West of WA is one of three places in the world most impacted by climate change A project to upgrade one of Western Australia's most iconic dams has reached a major milestone this month when a 42 tonne steel pipe was lifted into the Mundaring Weir's intake tower. The $14 million project will help modernise the weir through the refurbishment of the intake tower, its associated pipework, and a new visitor's viewing platform. Perth-based company Clough is carrying out the construction work, with about 180 workers involved in the project. The project is expected to be completed next month. When complete, the Water Corporation will be able to draw water from the dam at a lower depth - reducing the need to transfer groundwater or desalinated water into the dam to boost its level in low streamflow years. To ensure the community's safety during the upgrade, the walkway across the top of the dam wall will remain closed and the Bibbulmun Track has a small diversion in place until December. First built between 1898 and 1901 and considered to be one of Australia's greatest engineering achievements, Mundaring Weir through the Goldfields Pipeline today supplies drinking water to more than 100,000 people from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie. To view time-lapse photography of the steel pipe being placed into the intake tower, visit https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqT1xcCa5H4 Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This is yet another Government project that is supporting local jobs in WA. "The 40-metre-long, 2.5m-wide pipe was manufactured and transported to the site from a workshop in Naval Base. "With our rainfall levels in decline as a result of climate change, this is an important upgrade that will allow the Water Corporation to continue to draw water from Mundaring Weir when its level is low. "The upgrade also ensures communities supplied with drinking water from Mundaring Weir will continue to receive a reliable water supply for decades to come." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New Pilbara marine cadetship program for school leavers12474Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6130html15/11/2017 8:21:11 AM2017-11-15T08:20:00Z McGowan Government election commitment for more traineeships for young Western Australians Pilbara school leavers offered new marine cadetship program in 2018 19 new positions created, 16 of them based in the Pilbara The expanded operations of the Pilbara Ports Authority is set to create more local jobs, including a new marine cadetship program offered to Pilbara-based school leavers. A marine cadet will receive at least two years of training, which will include a period of shore-based learning prior to the opportunity to go to sea, as well as financial support towards required study. The program will be run by the Pilbara Ports Authority, which will work with Port Hedland and Karratha senior high schools to progress the cadetships. The Authority recently developed its Pilbara Ports Authority Workforce Plan to identify further employment opportunities. More roles have become available due to the Authority's expansion of operations associated with the handover of the Port of Ashburton, emerging markets and increases in capital projects. The Authority has created 19 new positions, including Pilbara-based positions in health and safety, marine, landside operations, information and communications technology, maintenance, physical resources, vessel traffic services, dredging, GIS, community relations, project administration and finance; Two new Perth-based positions in commercial and legal; and A new graduate program, including a Pilbara-based graduate engineer, and a Perth-based development and trade graduate. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Pilbara Ports Authority's workforce plan boosts jobs and provides further training opportunities in the Pilbara region. "The marine cadetship program is an exciting initiative that provides the opportunity for Pilbara-based school leavers to pursue a career in the marine industry." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "This is great news for the Pilbara, as we fight for local jobs for our local people. It will benefit our local families throughout Pilbara communities. "I also couldn't be happier to hear that Pilbara Ports will be opening up such a fantastic job opportunity for one of our high school graduates. "That cadetship will hopefully set them up for life in an exciting career that will always be in demand in the Pilbara, and right throughout the world." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Opportunities to grow WA meat industry highlighted12471Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8560html15/11/2017 8:00:18 AM2017-11-15T08:00:00Z Western Australian Meat Industry Guide highlights opportunities for future investment to create jobs across regional WA Sheep, beef and pork identified as key meat industries for future production A snapshot of the Western Australian meat industry has identified strong potential for future investment. The Western Australian Meat Industry Guide, commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, provides an industry overview and highlights emerging opportunities for potential domestic and foreign investors. There is increasing global demand for high-quality, safe and healthy food for the rapidly growing Asian middle class and WA's proximity to the region means it is well positioned to capitalise on export opportunities. WA's meat production system focuses on three key export meats where it has a clear comparative advantage sheep, beef and pork. Goat and a range of other meats provide a second tier of emerging opportunities. The meat processing industry, together with the live export industry, is a critical component of the livestock sector in WA, underpinning domestic cattle and sheep prices and contributing to the sustainability of our regions. A copy of the guide is available at http//www.agric.wa.gov.au/WAagrifood-industryguides Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The aim of this guide is to help grow local agrifood businesses and the regional economy to create jobs. "WA is well positioned to produce more pork going forward. The State's pork industry accounts for 13 per cent of Australia's domestic pig meat production but makes up 28 per cent of export value - and we are well placed to grow in this space. "Chicken production is growing in WA, replacing imports from the Eastern States and many in the industry see a future in goat meat. "The State Government will continue to seek a balance between supporting the current industry and investing in new and emerging agribusiness opportunities. "Government is working with industry to identify opportunities to increase on-shore processing to boost the value of our livestock industries." Minister's office - 6552 6200