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Town of Cambridge issued with show cause notice9089Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/05/2020 6:47:56 AM2020-05-26T06:45:00Z Town of Cambridge issued with show cause notice Town has 21 days to respond Local Government Minister David Templeman today issued the Town of Cambridge with a show cause notice asking why the local government should not be suspended for up to six months and require council members to undertake governance training. In accordance with the Local Government Act 1995, the Town of Cambridge has 21 days to respond. Due to escalating complaints related to the relationship between the Town's Council and the Administration, an Authorised Inquiry was initiated by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in April 2018. Since then, the Authorised Inquiry has uncovered a number of failures of the Council to ensure that the local government performs its functions properly. This inquiry is ongoing and a report will be provided to State Parliament in due course. Based on evidence provided, the Minister suspects that the Council has failed to ensure that elected members understand and observe their respective roles regarding administrative and operational functions; the working environment between the Council, the CEO and the employees was free from involvement or interference by councillors; and the workplace culture for employees was free from intimidation and undue pressure. In accordance with obligations under the Act, the Minister will decide what action to take after he has received a response from the Town of Cambridge. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "I have concerns about the Town's ability to effectively manage operations and provide good governance for the people in its community. "I have formed a suspicion about matters in the show cause notice, that if correct, would make it inappropriate for the Council to continue to act. "I am committed to protecting the interests of ratepayers and ensuring residents and businesses in the Town of Cambridge can have confidence in their council. "I do not take these actions lightly." Minister's office - 6552 5400
'In this together': online National Reconciliation Week celebrations begin this week9087Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/05/2020 3:23:58 AM2020-05-26T03:15:00Z National Reconciliation Week 2020 runs from May 27-June 3 'In this together', the theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020, now resonates in ways we could never have imagined Online celebration offers immersive content to empower Australians to participate in truth tellingWestern Australians are encouraged to join the digital celebration of Reconciliation Week 2020, as COVID-19 reminds us that, more than ever, we are 'In this together'. The national celebration of Reconciliation Week starts tomorrow (May 27) and runs until Wednesday, June 3. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, large public gatherings have been replaced with immersive online content, including storytelling and videos, to empower Australians to understand and better participate in truth telling. Reconciliation WA has compiled a video series called Reconciliation Conversations, which features prominent Aboriginal Western Australians including Des Headland, Tui Raven, Richard Walley, Robyn Smith-Walley and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt. This year's theme, 'In this together', is a theme that Western Australians have embraced during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a remarkable display of mutual respect and collaboration, industry, governments, Aboriginal communities and individuals have over the past three months partnered to protect Aboriginal communities from the spread of COVID-19. For more information about Reconciliation Week 2020, visit https//www.recwa.org.au/ Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "COVID-19 has challenged us all to find different ways to embrace National Reconciliation Week, but its meaning doesn't change. "Reconciliation WA's on-line resources provide all Western Australians access to an extensive array of local interviews, podcasts, webinars, films and more, from our homes, schools and workplaces". "We are all in this together, and through taking the time during National Reconciliation week to learn and share online, we can inform ourselves on how best to act to advance our reconciliation journey and build a better WA." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The Aboriginal story is integral to the Australian story. It is who we are as a State, and as a nation. Truth telling is about sharing the full story for everyone to hear. "The McGowan Government is committed to truth-telling as a key part of the reconciliation journey, and to ensuring Aboriginal leadership is at the policy and decision making table. "The Aboriginal Advisory Council of Western Australia is a critical partner with Government on key policy developments, such as the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and a State Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy. "These policies will provide a partnership mechanism to improve outcomes for Aboriginal well-being. "During National Reconciliation Week, we encourage all Western Australians to listen to the voices of members of our Council, together with Aboriginal Elders, leaders, youth and communities, as they share their stories, perspectives and discuss opportunities for reconciliation. "Western Australia's response to the COVID pandemic provided an opportunity to reflect on critical reconciliation themes including, mutual respect, acknowledgement and partnerships." Minister's office - 6552 6100
October launch date for WA's Container Deposit Scheme9085Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/05/2020 2:34:53 AM2020-05-26T02:05:00Z Containers for Change to be launched on October 1, 2020 Assistance package of up to $3.5 million announced to support network participants impacted by scheme's deferral Package will ensure the scheme goes ahead, providing revenue, employment and fundraising opportunities across the StateThe McGowan Government has today announced Western Australia's container deposit scheme will commence on October 1, paving the way for reduced litter, improved recycling rates, and the creation of new businesses and employment opportunities across the State. It is estimated more than 500 jobs will be created at refund points across the State, including hundreds of jobs to be targeted at employing people with disability, the long-term unemployed and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as opportunities for apprentices and trainees. Containers for Change will allow Western Australians to claim a 10-cent refund when they return eligible beverage containers at designated refund points across the State. Today's announcement includes a financial assistance package of up to $3.5 million to support network participants financially impacted by deferral of the scheme, ensuring they remain viable until scheme commencement. It will also ensure sustainability of the collection network. In preparation for the scheme, participants made financial commitments such as taking on leases, staff and technology to support their operations. The funding will be made available from June 2, 2020 until scheme commencement. More information is available on the department's container deposit scheme page -https//www.dwer.wa.gov.au/cds/information Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Western Australians have been telling us they are ready and willing to get involved in a cash for cans scheme, they want to recycle right and they want to ensure less beverage containers end up in landfill. "The scheme's launch date had to be delayed due to COVID-19, a decision that was supported by the community and the scheme co-ordinator, and public health advice. "An October launch date strikes the right balance between keeping people safe and ensuring the sustainability of the network. "We are getting on with the job of making sure this scheme delivers the best possible outcomes for all Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Community views to help shape plan for Cape Peron’s future9083Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/05/2020 2:01:05 AM2020-05-26T02:00:00Z More than 850 community responses received on future plans for Cape Peron Environmental protection, recreation and improved community access under consideration Community consultation an essential component of local planning Western Australian Planning Commission to consider outcome and provide recommendation to State Government in coming months The Rockingham community have embraced the opportunity to have their say on the future of Cape Peron with more than 850 responses, including 500 from the local area, received over a five-week consultation period. An online map also attracted more than 1,000 visitors who used the interactive tool to indicate preferred uses and activities for the area, generating 428 comments and further engagement. Cape Peron is highly valued by the local community, offering a mix of recreational uses set amongst a spectacular natural environment. Identified as one of 15 planning investigation areas, a previous scheme amendment was withdrawn to allow for more detailed planning to identify appropriate land use changes. The results will be reviewed by a State Government working group, representatives from the City of Rockingham and the Community Reference Group. Issues to be considered as part of the review of community feedback include environmental protection, recreation and community access, bushfire risk and lease management. The Western Australian Planning Commission will consider the outcome in coming months and make a recommendation to the State Government for a final decision on Cape Peron's future. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "Cape Peron is a much-loved area for generations of local families. "I'm pleased so many people made time to have their say on the future of Cape Peron - this is a clear indication of how important this area is to the local community. "This consultation is a great example of our planning reform agenda in action - making sure the community has the opportunity to have their say early in the planning process." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Green light for world-leading renewable hydrogen from wastewater project9079Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/05/2020 1:02:58 AM2020-05-26T01:00:00Z Australian-first project to produce renewable hydrogen and graphite from wastewater Water Corporation and WA company Hazer Group have partnered to develop the technology for commercial use Supports the McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Strategy to foster growth in the WA hydrogen industry For the first time in Australia, a project is in the pipeline to produce low-emission hydrogen and graphite from sewage at a wastewater treatment plant. Water Minister Dave Kelly and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the project today for Western Australian-based technology company, Hazer Group to use waste gas (biogas) for its world-leading hydrogen and graphite production process. The three-year operation at Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Munster will produce around 100 tonnes of fuel-grade hydrogen and 380 tonnes of graphite each year, with the potential for expansion. The project is expected to create up to 20 new jobs and help sustain more than 100 others in the contractor and supply chain. The technology capitalises on the waste product of biogas - primarily composed of methane and carbon dioxide - which is released during the wastewater treatment process as solid matter (biosolids) breaks down. While most of this renewable fuel is currently used to produce electricity for the treatment plant, the excess is usually burned off - now it will be converted into valuable materials using an iron ore catalyst. The technology was developed at The University of Western Australia before being acquired by Hazer Group. Hydrogen has a wide range of industrial and commercial uses, including vehicle fuel and chemical feedstock. Graphite has potential for a number of industrial applications, such as the production of lithium-ion batteries, water purification and advanced materials. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Excess gas produced during the wastewater treatment process is currently burned off but this innovative technology will instead use it to create low-emission hydrogen and graphite. "This will help decarbonise the Water Corporation's operations to further support its sustainability objectives, while generating additional revenue and staff training opportunities. "I commend the Water Corporation for partnering with Hazer Group to facilitate this renewable waste-to-energy scheme." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Hydrogen is an increasingly important renewable fuel source, and this world-leading project will showcase our State's capability in the hydrogen industry through the commercialisation of a technology developed right here in WA. "The Hazer Group's project aligns perfectly with the McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Strategy, set up to position WA as a major producer, user and exporter of renewable hydrogen. "This initiative represents an important first step towards kick-starting renewable hydrogen production capacity and driving the use of zero-emissions transport fuel for buses, heavy trucking, waste collection, and light vehicle fleets. "In partnership with the City of Mandurah, Hazer Group is also exploring plans to establish WA's first refuelling infrastructure hub with a grant from the WA Renewable Hydrogen Fund." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Funding continues wild dog control to protect WA sheep industry9078Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5290html25/05/2020 6:02:53 AM2020-05-25T06:00:00Z McGowan Government extends funding of wild dog on-ground control activities Funding for doggers to help protect the sustainability and profitability of the State's $1.6 billion sheep industry The McGowan Government will invest $750,000 to maintain on-ground control measures that help to protect WA's $1.6 billion sheep industry from the threat of wild dogs. The $750,000 investment will continue the services of eight full-time-equivalent licenced pest management technicians for another year to control wild dogs inside the State Barrier Fence and adjacent buffer zone. The technicians, or doggers, are employed by six Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBG) to manage the impact of wild dogs on government land through baiting and trapping. The efforts of the RBGs, doggers and individual land managers serve to protect the profitability and wellbeing of the State's 14.5 million head sheep flock. Their activities form part of an integrated pest control program under the WA Wild Dog Action Plan. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Extending this funding will mean the good work done by the doggers and Recognised Biosecurity Groups to protect the State's sheep industry can continue. "The State Government has invested extensively in protecting livestock from wild dogs, including a $5.8 million four-year program to replace, repair and maintain the State Barrier Fence and access tracks, and $6.9 million to construct the Esperance Extension of the State Barrier Fence. "The McGowan Government is looking to continue its strategic State-wide management approach to wild dogs, with work underway on a new action plan extending to 2024." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Regional travel restrictions to be lifted as part of WA roadmap9076Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements65870html25/05/2020 4:50:42 AM2020-05-25T04:50:00Z Phase 2 regional travel restrictions eased further, commencing Friday, May 29 Decision based on latest health advice for Western Australia Travel to remote and vulnerable communities remain prohibited to protect residents Commonwealth biosecurity areas, including Broome, set to be lifted on Friday, June 5 Western Australia's remaining regional travel boundaries will be reduced further, as part of the State Government's gradual and safe easing of COVID-19 restrictions. From this Friday, May 29 (or 11.59pm on Thursday, May 28), the regional boundaries will be lifted except for regions that are bound by the Commonwealth's designated biosecurity determination and 274 remote Aboriginal communities. The decision comes seven days after restrictions were eased as part of Phase 2 of the WA roadmap, which saw internal borders within Western Australia reduce from 13 to only four. Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson is satisfied that after seven days of no outbreaks during Phase 2, and with WA's hard border with the east in place, regional boundaries could be reduced further for the upcoming WA Day long weekend. The WA Police Commissioner and the State Government are working with the Federal Government to remove the Commonwealth designated biosecurity areas from Friday, June 5 - around two weeks earlier than the anticipated deadline set by the Federal Government. This means until then, people will need an exemption to enter the Kimberley region, parts of the East Pilbara and the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku. Consultation will continue with WA's remote communities to ensure they are provided with ongoing support after June 5. Existing Directions under the State Government's Emergency Management Act that restrict entry into these communities will remain in place pending further consultation. Monitoring of Phase 2 will continue over coming days before other restrictions are eased in Phase 3, which will be introduced as soon as possible. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australia's success in curbing the spread of COVID-19 has been world-leading. "I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and I urge everyone who can travel to get out there, wander around WA and support local businesses. "Our local businesses and tourism operators need our support the most now. "This pandemic is having a significant impact on our local economy, that's why we have moved to ease restrictions as soon as it has been safe to do so. "If we continue to record low case numbers, I look forward to finalising Phase 3 of the WA roadmap and significantly ease restrictions further across our State. "Based on health advice, Western Australia's hard border with the rest of the country will remain in place, and will likely be the final restriction lifted." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Getting to this part of our journey has required detailed consultation with our Chief Health Officer, Police Commissioner and health authorities. "We will continue to listen to the best of health advice that is unique for our State. "Our regional travel restrictions have been an important measure in helping limit the spread of COVID-19 - it's worked and resulted in low numbers of cases in regional WA. "We need a little more time before the Commonwealth biosecurity zones can be lifted, as COVID-19 poses a greater health risk to residents of remote Aboriginal communities. "We expect this to be finalised shortly with the Federal Government, and thank everyone in those areas, including Broome, for their co-operation. We hope this will provide certainty for those residents and businesses going forward." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Government seeks architect to shape future development vision9075Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13550html25/05/2020 4:07:28 AM2020-05-25T04:05:00Z Western Australian State Government seeks experienced architect for lead role Government Architect will advise on significant State developments Planning reform presents unique opportunity to shape Perth's future growthRegistered architects are encouraged to nominate as Western Australia's next Government Architect to help shape the future development growth of the State. The position provides design leadership and strategic advice to ensure good design is at the centre of all development and major projects. The Government Architect also heads the State Design Review Panel, ensuring Design WA policies are central to all development, and will also support the newly proposed Special Matters Development Assessment Panel, which will consider major developments to support our post-pandemic economic recovery. The successful candidate will also play a key role in the design and development of METRONET precincts, major infrastructure projects and significant commercial, industrial and residential developments that will create vibrant communities and breathe new life into existing neighbourhoods. The successful candidate will be a leading advocate for good architecture and design, collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders and form effective partnerships with industry to develop a shared vision for high-quality development in Western Australia. Applications are open for three weeks, closing Wednesday June 17, 2020. More information, including remuneration, position statement and application criteria is available at http//www.jobs.wa.gov.au/ Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "Good design is fundamental to creating great places for people to live. "The Government Architect will play a significant role in shaping the evolution of our city, as well as influencing design of development across the State. "Current planning reform measures will open new opportunities and encourage exciting development proposals from both the public and private sector, including local community infrastructure, road and rail networks and more complex mixed-use developments. "We have a very strong talent pool in Western Australia and I encourage all architects who share our vision for a connected, vibrant city, to put their names forward for this exciting opportunity." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Lights, camera, action at Belmont City College!9074Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14140html25/05/2020 4:03:44 AM2020-05-25T04:00:00Z Construction is under way on impressive $5 million performing arts centre at Belmont City College Building contract awarded to Devlyn Construction McGowan Government election commitment delivered Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced that construction is now under way on the impressive performing arts centre at Belmont City College. The $5 million investment will see the college's existing performing arts space receive a complete makeover and expansion. The new contemporary performing arts centre will have fixed audience seating for 250 people, a stage, green room, foyer and additional storage space. Existing areas will also receive a modern refurbishment as part of the project. The construction contract was awarded to Devlyn Construction in March and works commenced in April. The project is expected to be completed in April 2021. The McGowan Government is investing $452.8 million over this financial year to improve infrastructure in public schools and create jobs. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a big milestone for an important local election commitment. The new performing arts centre will provide a first-class training ground for budding performers for years to come. "There's no doubt this has been a challenging school year for all Western Australian students, and the community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredible. "As we begin the process of economic recovery in WA, it's important that we continue to invest in our schools to ensure that students are learning in the best possible environment." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Belmont City College has fantastic creative arts programs, including a music excellence program and a specialist contemporary drama program. "Students and staff will be able to take up new opportunities and enhance their teaching and learning once the modern new performing arts facilities are complete. "We want to make sure we are providing schools with the very best facilities so that students can reach their full potential." Comments attributed to Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe "With a passion for the arts, I am delighted to see Belmont City College receive this investment to build a state-of-the-art performing arts centre. "The new performing arts centre will provide both the students and teachers with the space to carry out and teach dance, design, media arts, performing arts and visual arts. "I can't wait to see the facilities in 'action' next year. "The school desperately needed an upgrade to their performing arts facility, given Belmont City College provide a specialised drama program, they were not able to accommodate the number of students wanting to participate in their drama courses. "I'm rapt that students in Belmont will now have a state-of-the-art performing arts facility." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Joint media statement - Great Central Road (Outback Way) sealing works underway9072Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8680html25/05/2020 2:15:43 AM2020-05-25T02:05:00Z Work will soon begin on sealing Great Central Road with a $20 million contract awarded to Wongutha Way Alliance, a joint venture between CareyMC Pty Ltd and Central Earthmoving Company Pty Ltd. In consultation with local elders, the Alliance was aptly named the 'Wongutha' Way Alliance, meaning the broad group of local Aboriginal people who reside in the area and celebrating the united commitment to provide benefit to local communities. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said providing interstate connectivity for tourists, communities and the freight industry will help support our economy far into the future. "It's exciting to see work starting on this 41km section of Great Central Road. The project includes reconstruction of the pavement and sealing the road surface, which will ultimately form part of the longer-term upgrade of 'Outback Way," Mr McCormack said. "This will create Australia's third Transcontinental Highway, providing a sealed route starting in Laverton, Western Australia, through Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and connecting all the way to Winton in Queensland." West Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said Great Central Road provides the ultimate 'Aussie Outback' experience - sealing this road will allow more visitors to travel this iconic route and experience a true West Australian Outback adventure. "The Wongutha Way Alliance is the first of its kind, and embodies our commitment to providing long term, sustainable employment opportunities for West Australians in the most remote parts of our state," Ms Saffioti said. "It is pleasing to see the commitment made by this joint venture in both training and guiding trainees on this project." Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson said the Wongutha Way Alliance has been preparing for this project since 2019, with the recruitment of local Aboriginal people into structured training programs. "These programs included theory and practical 'hands-on' training modules, which were carried out in the Laverton Community Hall, Carey's Laverton yard and nearby sites," Mr Wilson said. "A graduation ceremony was held in Laverton on February 14, 2020 where each trainee was presented a training certificate and offered a job with CareyMC Pty Ltd to work on the Outback Way project." West Australian Treasurer and Minister for Finance, Aboriginal Affairs, and Lands Ben Wyatt said the communities along the Great Central Road offer some of the most unique cultural experiences in the country, giving tourists a real insight into Australia's Aboriginal heritage. "This project will see up to 30 Aboriginal people involved in construction works and ongoing employment opportunities, with an expected economic boost from an increase in visitors to the area," Mr Wyatt said. "Both CareyMC and Central Earthmoving have embraced the McGowan Government's commitment to increase employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people and businesses in the region." The Great Central Road project is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government committing $37.2 million and the West Australian Government committing $9.3 million. WA Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 WA Treasurer and Aboriginal Affairs and Lands Minister's office - 6552 5900