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Joint media statement - Disaster assistance for flood affected communities in Western Australia37774Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14550html15/02/2017 9:00:19 AM2017-02-15T08:00:00Z ​ Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced disaster assistance in response to flooding that affected Western Australia in January and February 2017. Minister Keenan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). "The Australian and Western Australian governments recognise the need for effective action to help communities recover from the impacts of the recent rainfall and flooding," Mr Keenan said. "We are saddened by the news that two men died in relation to the floods. Our thoughts are with their loved ones at this time." Premier Barnett said there has been extensive flooding across much of the State since January and continuing into February. "This assistance we are announcing today will provide individuals, families and communities with a much needed helping hand," Mr Barnett said. Assistance available under the NDRRA may include personal hardship and distress assistance for families and individuals to help with emergency needs such as food, clothing and accommodation personal and financial counselling financial assistance for local and state government authorities to undertake counter-disaster operations and to restore damaged public infrastructure interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers who have been directly impacted, and freight subsidies for primary producers. Seven Regional Development Australia Regions (regions) consisting of 88 local government areas (LGAs) will receive NDRRA assistance as part of this announcement. The Australian and Western Australian governments will continue to work together to ensure that communities have access to the assistance they need. Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at and the Western Australian Office of Emergency Management website at Premier's office - 6552 5000 Local Government areas receiving NDRRA assistance SwanNarembeenJerramungupAshburtonNorthamptonKalgoorlie-BoulderBroomeNungarinKatanningBruce RockPerenjoriKentCarnamahPort HedlandKojonupChapman ValleyQuairadingKondininCoorowSandstoneKulinCueTamminLake GraceCunderdinThree SpringsLavertonDalwallinuTrayningLeonoraDandaraganVictoria PlainsMenziesDerby-West KimberleyWestoniaNarroginDowerinWilunaNgaanyatjarrakuEast PilbaraWongan-BalliduPingellyGoomallingWyalkatchemPlantagenetGreater GeraldtonWyndham East KimberleyRavensthorpeHalls CreekYalgooWaginIrwinYilgarnWanderingKarrathaAlbanyWest ArthurKellerberrinBrooktonWickepinKoordaBroomehill-TambellupWilliamsMeekatharraCoolgardieWoodanillingMerredinCorriginBeverleyMingenewCranbrookChitteringMooraCuballingGinginMorawaDenmarkNorthamMount MagnetDumbleyungToodyayMount MarshallDundasYorkMukinbudinEsperance MurchisonGnowangerup
WA’s top Aboriginal public school students for 201637757Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12720html13/02/2017 6:20:50 AM2017-02-13T06:20:00Z Rob Riley Memorial Prizes awarded to students from Comet Bay College and Perth Modern School Winners receive $5,000 towards further education and training The two top Aboriginal public school Year 12 students for 2016 have been named Rob Riley Memorial Prize winners at a ceremony today. Education and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier announced Perth Modern School graduate Patrick Olofsson as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) prize winner, and Comet Bay College graduate Elli Swinson as winner of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) prize. "Both students have big plans for the future and I am delighted to reward the hard work that sees them on the path to achieving their goals," Mr Collier said. "Elli has always had an interest in aeroplanes and aviation and she used her certificate course in aviation studies to get closer to her dream of jet-setting around the world. "She plans to put her academic achievements and flight simulation experiences to good use as she pursues a career as a flight attendant. "Elli is a determined student who achieved not only her WACE and a Certificate III in Aviation (flight operations), but also a Certificate II in Community Services and a Certificate II in Retail Services." From aeroplanes to aerodynamics and beyond, the Minister said that Patrick Olofsson from Perth Modern School would use his outstanding ATAR to fulfil a love of astrophysics. "Patrick received an exceptional ATAR of 96.6 and will study a Bachelor of Science majoring in astrophysics at Curtin University this year," Mr Collier said. "He excelled in physics, as well as chemistry, English, food science and technology, and specialist mathematics." Fact File Rob Riley was an Aboriginal leader who made outstanding contributions in social justice, Aboriginal human rights and reconciliation The Rob Riley Memorial Prizes are awarded each year to the leading Aboriginal Year 12 WACE student and the leading Aboriginal VET student in public school Minister's office - 6552 6300
Premier requests writs for 40th State election75262Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements22140html1/02/2017 6:05:38 AM2017-02-01T06:00:00Za ​Premier will direct public service to invoke caretaker mode Premier Colin Barnett and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey have visited Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, to advise her to issue the writs for the forthcoming State election. "This afternoon, I visited the Governor to advise her to issue the writs directing the Electoral Commissioner to proceed with elections in all 59 Legislative Assembly districts and six Legislative Council regions on Saturday, March 11," Mr Barnett said. "I will also direct the acting director general of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to formally implement the Caretaker Conventions across the public sector to coincide with the issuing of the writs." The Premier said the caretaker period ensured that decisions were not taken that would bind an incoming Government or limit its freedom of action, and would apply until the election result was known. Fact File General State elections are held on the second Saturday in March every four years Premier's office - 6552 5000
Assistance for Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku75249Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9490html1/02/2017 6:30:27 AM2017-02-01T05:55:00Za ​Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku undertaking remedial action The Liberal National Government is working with the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku to overcome significant and ongoing compliance issues with the appointment of a qualified adviser. Local Government Minister Paul Miles said this was the first time that any Minister had used the compliance activity pathway and the council had agreed to comply with his remedial action plan. Hence, Governor's Orders and the appointment of a Commissioner would not be required. "I understand the remoteness of the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku creates significant challenges with meeting compliance requirements and that it has ongoing problems attracting and retaining suitably qualified and competitive employees," he said. Mr Miles said the Department of Local Government and Communities was working to help the council meet the administrative requirements of the Local Government Act 1995, and together have appointed John Thurtell as an adviser to assist council to address these matters. Mr Thurtell will report to the Minister and the department. "Mr Thurtell has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities, including in this region, and will bring sound cultural knowledge to the role. He will work closely with the department and the Shire to put in place an appropriate administration structure, and develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Local Government Act," he said. "The council has also committed to undertake further governance training to ensure they meet their obligations to ratepayers. The Liberal National Government is committed to protecting the interests of ratepayers and residents of all communities, however small or remote." "I am confident that the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku will emerge a stronger local government as a result of this action," Mr Miles said. The Shire has welcomed the constructive and supportive approach taken by Mr Miles to address the timeliness of its statutory reporting and other administrative requirements. Fact File A Show Cause Notice was issued on January 6 under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1995, requiring the council to undertake remedial action to address compliance issues The Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku is located in the Gibson and Great Victoria deserts and is home to about 1,500 residents in 10 Aboriginal communities over 159,948 square kilometres near the WA, NT and SA borders Until 1993, the Shire was part of the Shire of Wiluna and now has its administrative centre in Warburton Minister's office - 6552 6600
Minister acts on Carnarvon concerns75255Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15280html1/02/2017 5:59:04 AM2017-02-01T05:50:00Za ​Shire of Carnarvon to undertake governance review Independent auditors have been appointed to undertake a review of governance and accountability at the Shire of Carnarvon, Local Government Minister Paul Miles announced today. Mr Miles said he had taken the action following ongoing concerns by Carnarvon residents since 2012 about the Shire's Fascine Revitalisation Project and other local issues, including a recent petition from more than 200 residents. "The Department of Local Government and Communities has been liaising closely with the Shire of Carnarvon's chief executive officer to address a number of issues at the council," he said. "Given the frustration of Carnarvon residents with the current situation, I have acted to ensure that the Shire clearly and openly sets out how the community's concerns will be addressed." The Australian Institute of Company Directors has been engaged to conduct the review, which will assist the council in addressing any areas requiring attention. The review will focus on probity, transparency and consolidation of procedures and processes. Councillors have also agreed to attend training in early March on effective community leadership, to be funded through the Liberal National Government's $240,000 commitment to elected member training through the Country Local Government Fund. "I am committed to protecting the interests of ratepayers throughout Western Australia and ensuring that residents, businesses and the community of Carnarvon can have confidence in their council," the Minister said. Fact File Following an investigation into the Shire of Carnarvon in 2014, the Department of Local Government and Communities concluded there were examples of poor procurement practice However, no misconduct was established that could lead to prosecution The department will continue to closely monitor the Shire of Carnarvon Minister's office - 6552 6600
Seven new projects benefit regional aged care75264Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9960html1/02/2017 5:19:56 AM2017-02-01T05:00:00Za ​$7 million to improve access to aged and dementia care Grants across the Great Southern, Goldfields, Wheatbelt and Mid-West regions Funded through the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions A $7 million grant program will help seven care organisations provide more accommodation for older regional residents, assisting them to remain independent and continue as active community members. Health Minister John Day said the grants were part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions. "Evidence from around the world shows that local communities and individuals alike benefit when we keep older people well, functioning independently, and living in their homes and towns," Mr Day said. "That means improving local facilities and the quality of dementia care. With the right services and infrastructure, people feel supported, safe and secure. This is fundamental to the Liberal National Government's strategy to bring care closer to home." The new grants are in addition to $13 million worth of aged and dementia care grants, announced by the Liberal National Government in November 2016, which were also funded as part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative. In applying for the one-off grants, eligible organisations had to demonstrate how they could enable ageing people to stay in their communities. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said supporting the provision of suitable aged care services was essential to building a better quality of life in regional communities. "The innovative projects being delivered through these grants will provide a higher level of security for senior members of our regional communities, as their needs change," Mr Redman said. "This is another example of Royalties for Regions investing in community-based projects to contribute towards the sustainability and liveability of regional WA." Most of the projects are scheduled for completion by the end of 2018. Fact File The WA Country Health Service supports the concept of ageing in place, which makes it easier for older people to stay socially and physically connected with their community The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care For more information, visit http// Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https// Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Building Capacity to Support Ageing in the Community Projects Dementia Friendly Communities in Regional WA Funding of $737,092 will raise awareness and understanding of dementia using roadshows, which aim to reduce stigma and increase timely support. A pilot program will create a 'whole of town' approach to dementia in two towns in regional WA. Pioneer Lodge Accommodation and Extension, Northampton Funding of $30,460 will support the creation of eight self-contained independent living units for aged people, with communal gardens, security fencing and carports. Mullewa Age Appropriate Accommodation, Mullewa Funding of $1,579,600 will create a minimum of four specifically designed aged-care dwellings for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, in close proximity to commercial, community, recreation and health services. The dwellings will allow people to live independently and to access support services as they age. Age Appropriate Accommodation, Leonora Funding of $1,210,000 will support the creation of an independent living village with 16 units for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, a common community space and a multi-use meeting room. The design will help residents feel a sense of belonging in a safe and secure environment. Ramps Reinstatement Project, Broomehill-Tambellup Funding of $27,500 will improve ramps in the main business area to allow maximum convenience, increased access and uninterrupted flow of movement for older people with mobility issues. Age Appropriate Accommodation, Dongara Funding of $2,419,000 will allow for the design and construction of six independent living units, designed to allow local people to age in their local community, incorporating the principles of dementia-enabling design, promoting independence and easy access to local services. Great Southern Community Care Program, Great Southern region Funding of $1 million for the construction of a community care centre to support a hub and spoke community service program for regional communities.
Building set to begin at hospitals75252Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9790html1/02/2017 4:32:45 AM2017-02-01T04:30:00Za ​Devlyn Constructions and Firm Constructions win tenders for four hospitals Upgrades part of $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Upgrades to the Boddington, Goomalling, Kununoppin and Wyalkatchem-Koorda health services are progressing, with building contracts awarded for all sites. Health Minister John Day said Devlyn Constructions would carry out the refurbishments at Boddington and Goomalling, while Firm Constructions had won the contracts for Kununoppin and Wyalkatchem-Koorda. "The upgrades are due for completion by the end of the year and will be undertaken in stages to minimise disruption to patients and staff," he said. "These are important improvements and are part of the Liberal National Government's ongoing commitment to delivering quality health care as close to home as possible." Wyalkatchem-Koorda Health Service will receive a redeveloped emergency department and a new consultation room, an improved waiting area with secure reception area, a new activity room for day therapy, an enlarged activity room for aged care residents and a refurbished kitchen. Goomalling Health Service will receive a major refurbishment and extension to the emergency department including a resuscitation bay, treatment bay, dedicated triage room, waiting room and a utilities and storage area. There will also be a new telehealth-enabled consultation room and a kitchen redevelopment. Kununoppin Health Service upgrades will include an updated emergency department and pathology area, a new triage room, improvements to the GP consultation area, upgraded fully assisted bathrooms and ensuites for inpatients, a new patient laundry and a refurbished kitchen. Boddington Health Service upgrades will include a new dedicated room for triage, an upgraded main entrance and refurbished waiting area, relocation of the staff reception area and a redeveloped and upgraded kitchen. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative was committed to narrowing the divide between regional and metropolitan health services. "The refurbished health facilities will make a significant contribution to the improvement and efficiency of health services in these communities," he said. "They will support contemporary models of care and strengthen the medical workforce to ensure health services remain sustainable in the Wheatbelt." Fact File About $16 million has been allocated to upgrade five hospitals under the third phase of the Southern Inland Health Initiative's small hospitals and nursing post refurbishment program at Boddington, Goomalling, Kununoppin, Wyalkatchem-Koorda and Quairading For more information, visit http// For details on Royalties for Regions, see https// Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New Cunderdin Health Centre design revealed75258Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7350html1/02/2017 4:09:53 AM2017-02-01T04:00:00Za ​New health centre to replace Cunderdin hospital Convenient location to benefit older people and those with disability Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Final plans for the new Cunderdin Health Centre have been revealed, promising a new era for local health care. Health Minister John Day said the new centre was being built as part of the Liberal National Government's $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI), made possible by Royalties for Regions. "The centre will focus on promoting good health, the prevention of illness and the management of chronic disease, so people can stay well and minimise their time in hospital," he said. "In addition to improved primary and community care facilities, it will continue the provision of round-the-clock emergency care from an upgraded emergency department." The new emergency department will include state-of-the-art equipment, with Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS) access, outpatient facilities equipped with videoconferencing, multi-purpose consultation and treatment rooms, and group therapy rooms. The local general practice will also be located within the health centre. "I congratulate Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, who have designed a light-filled health building which promises a positive experience for patients and staff," Mr Day said. "The centre's shape and materials reflect its surroundings and will complement the natural environment." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new health facility would enhance patient outcomes. "Royalties for Regions is investing in strategic health initiatives to ensure regional patients can receive timely and effective care, closer to home," Mr Redman said. "The provision of quality, modern care is essential to the long-term sustainability of our regional communities." Staff and community members were involved in the design, with the local Cunderdin Project User Group reviewing plans and providing feedback. "The centre will be located alongside new housing being built to benefit older people and those with disability," Mr Redman said. "These residents will benefit from close proximity to medical care, hopefully helping more people live locally for longer as they age." Construction of the Cunderdin Health Centre is due to start in mid-2017 and is scheduled for completion by September 2018. Fact File SIHI's $300 million capital works program is the biggest undertaken by the WA Country Health Service, with new builds and upgrades to 37 hospitals and health services in the Wheatbelt, South-West, Great Southern and Mid-West - http// It includes about $34 million to redevelop four small hospitals in Cunderdin, Pingelly, Mullewa and Dongara Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https// Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
More community facilities for Whiteman Park75257Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8520html1/02/2017 3:56:10 AM2017-02-01T03:45:00Za ​Five-year strategic plan for Whiteman Park has been finalised Plan to guide the park's ongoing use as a major community and tourist centre Planning for new community facilities to benefit visitors Planning and Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher today released the final Whiteman Park Strategic Plan 2017-2021 to guide the ongoing use and enjoyment of the park into the future. "Whiteman Park is one of the State's leading tourist attractions with more than one million visitors each year and it is important that we have a plan for the park's future that focuses on its best attributes - community access, the environment and heritage," Mrs Faragher said. "A number of new community facilities will enhance the visitor experience at the park. $100,000 will be made available for detailed planning of a new recreation facility that will be available to youth in the area. The facility is likely to be located on Lord Street near the main entry. "Accessibility of the park for the wider community is also to be enhanced, with funding to allow detailed planning for a new Changing Places bathroom facility, and an all abilities playground near Mussel Pool, to be delivered by the State Government in partnership with the Pia's Place project and the Touched by Olivia Foundation." The Minister said that the park could accommodate more visitor services and attractions that aligned with the strategic plan, and an expression of interest would soon be open to businesses. The strategic plan outlines four key objectives for Whiteman Park provide interconnected meeting places for communities to meet, recreate in and enjoy provide improved community access to the park's activities create a destination of significance for local and international visitors conserve the environment and Whiteman Park's heritage for future generations. The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board is undertaking detailed site investigations to look at the feasibility of developing a parkland cemetery on Marshall Road. Fact File At 4,000 hectares, Whiteman Park is one of the biggest capital city regional parks in the world and nearly 10 times the size of Kings Park The park won the 2016 Major Tourist Attraction gold medal at the WA Tourism Awards The draft plan was released for public comment in October 2016 and received 17 submissions For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
New system to support better care for rural WA75260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13690html1/02/2017 3:30:19 AM2017-02-01T03:30:00Za ​Community health info system rollout across the WA Country Health Service Kimberley rollout begins in May for completion by December 2017 Provides continuity of care for highly mobile clients Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Community health care in rural Western Australia received a major boost today, with the announcement of a $10 million Community Health Information System to better target personal health care. Health Minister John Day said the contract for the new system had been awarded to Telstra Health and would be funded from the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions. "The Community Health Information System will provide an electronic clinical record for patients attending WA Country Health Service's community and primary health centres," he said. "It will help streamline consistent health care across WA, particularly for highly mobile patients and high-risk client groups, and will promote better regional health outcomes." The Community Health Information System will record information about child health and development including vaccinations, public health, chronic disease management and pharmacy information to deliver community-based clinical services. Mr Day said the system would first be introduced in the Kimberley this May before being rolled out to the remaining six WA Country Health Service regions. "The long-term aim is to help close the gap in health outcomes between regional and city residents. An important aspect will be the information system's capacity to monitor clinical and practice reforms and thereby promote continuous improvement," he said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was investing in significant initiatives to support positive health outcomes in regional WA. "The Community Health Information System will be an innovative solution that enhances the delivery of health services in regional WA," Mr Redman said. "Royalties for Regions is about strengthening and growing the regions and this investment will provide tangible, long-lasting benefits to help build sustainable regional communities." Fact File The $10m Community Health Information System investment is part of the Liberal National Government's $500m Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions and delivered by the WA Country Health Service The system will operate in all country areas of WA Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https// Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700