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McGowan Government’s liquor laws spur business for local brewery21695Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/09/2018 9:49:47 AM2018-09-21T08:30:00Z New liquor reforms a win for Goldfields' Beaten Track Brewery McGowan Government's liquor laws drives more business and tourism opportunities Reforms enable regional hospitality industry to explore extra ways to promote products Kalgoorlie-Boulder owned and operated Beaten Track Brewery has been flourishing since the McGowan Labor Government's new liquor laws took effect. In a first, the new laws have enabled Beaten Track Brewery to showcase its products at more pop-up events such as music festivals and private events. Premier Mark McGowan visited the artisan beer makers, which brew every week and bottle their range of more than 120 beers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, to understand the business and tourism growth it has experienced. Increased interest towards Beaten Track Brewery products has been attributed to the extra opportunities it has been afforded, including attendance at pop-up events since the new liquor laws were passed in State Parliament in June. The McGowan Government's recent changes to the Liquor Control Amendment Act 2018 have strengthened the industry, enabling licensees across Western Australia to grow their business through permits to sell and supply spirits, providing takeaway products and easier access to more pop-up events. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Beaten Track Brewery's success story highlights how the State Government and industry can work together to benefit businesses and consumers alike. "My Government has been working tirelessly to ensure we have up-to-date liquor laws and innovative ideas that support Western Australians, boost the economy and drive visitors to our State. "I'm pleased to see businesses like Beaten Track Brewery grasp the opportunities these liquor law changes have enabled to showcase their uniquely Kalgoorlie-Boulder product." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "It's really good to see the changes the McGowan Government has made have finally given some flexibility to a business that has fought hard to establish itself within Kalgoorlie-Boulder. "We always hear about how small business and innovation is integral to seeing our region flourish and to bring in tourism. It's easy to see that Beaten Track have taken charge on how to create a successful and innovative small business in regional Western Australia. "I'm very glad after much debate in both Houses we can see on the ground now the real world effects the law changes have made since being implemented, and am proud this fantastic Kalgoorlie-Boulder product is really on the map. "I urge all locals who haven't had a chance yet to get down and have a tasting at the brewery, and most of all experience the difference a local passionate team is offering." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Collie named 2018 Tidy Town for Western Australia21693Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/09/2018 7:30:21 AM2018-09-21T07:30:00Z Volunteers worked to reopen Collie's museum Collie River revitalisation, results in improved flow and fewer weeds Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced Collie as the 2018 Western Australia Tidy Towns winner. Collie residents worked on a number of significant community initiatives throughout the year including revitalising and reopening the town's museum, improving the health of the local river and numerous community clean-ups. At one Rotary Club clean-up, 120 volunteers collected 4.5 tonnes of rubbish. The restoration of Collie's museum took a dedicated group of 60 locals, 12 months - cleaning, cataloguing, digitising thousands of photos, and repairing and upgrading displays. The museum reopened in July 2017, and work continues to restore collections and improve accessibility for visitors. Collie also excelled in environmental sustainability, setting up the Collie Weeds and Waterways Advisory Committee to improve the health of the Collie River. Collie will represent WA at the national Tidy Towns awards in Smithton, Tasmania in April 2019. For more information, visit http//www.kabc.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Tidy Towns awards harness the good intent which is alive and well in our communities, giving a platform to those campaigning tirelessly for a litter free and sustainable Western Australia. "Congratulations to Collie on a well-deserved win - Collie residents are clearly very proud of the town they live in and are consistently working hard to make a difference. "The Collie Tidy Towns team has had a strong focus on litter and waste management for many years and has worked hard to make its piece of Western Australia, clean and environmentally sustainable." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "I welcome the news of Collie being selected as Tidy Town of Western Australia for 2018. "I can remember back in 2005 when Collie first embarked on a program led by a dedicated band of volunteers to tidy up both the surrounds of Collie and the image of Collie itself. It has been very obvious they have been successful, winning the Tidy Town award in 2005 and again for this year. "Over the last few years, Collie has gone through a major transformation making it a very attractive town for both tourists and residents. This achievement has been helped immensely by the volunteers in the Tidy Town group, and we wholeheartedly thank and congratulate them." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Category winners Litter Prevention and Waste Management - Port and South Hedland Young Legends - Margaret River Environmental Sustainability - Esperance Environmental Education - Cowaramup Heritage and Culture - Dumbleyung Community Action and Wellbeing - Ravensthorpe/Hopetoun General Appearance - Halls Creek
Extra hours of Christmas retail trading for Perth shoppers21690Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/09/2018 3:53:25 AM2018-09-21T03:45:00Z McGowan Government approves extra retail trading hours for Christmas Extended trading to begin on December 8, 2018 until New Year's Day 2019 Extra trading also approved for Australia Day 2019 public holiday The McGowan Government has approved extended retail trading hours, giving Perth shoppers extra hours to complete their Christmas shopping this season. From Monday December 17, shops can choose to open from 7am on weekdays including Christmas Eve. From December 9, shoppers will have an extra four hours each Sunday to do their Christmas shopping, with shops able to open at 8am and close at 6pm through to Sunday December 30. Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston approved the additional 34 hours for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area starting on Saturday December 8. Shops can open from 8am to 6pm on weekends, Boxing Day and the New Year's Day public holidays (normally 11am to 5pm); larger shops will remain closed on Christmas Day. The extended trading hours will conclude on New Year's Day. Additional extended trading hours for the Australia Day public holiday on Monday January 28, 2019 have also been approved (8am to 6pm), adding an extra four hours. Under the Retail Trading Hours Act, the Minister has the power to extend trading for a 28-day period prior to New Year's Day and for public holidays outside this period, except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day when general retail shops must close. Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "I'm pleased to announce that Christmas retail trading hours will be extended again this year. "The McGowan Government wants consumers and major Perth retailers to take full advantage of Christmas and post-Christmas shopping. "I encourage everyone to buy their Christmas presents from their local community and support Western Australian jobs and retailers." Minister's office - 6552 6700 Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday Public holidays* Normal 8am-9pm 8am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm *Excludes Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day when general retail shops remain closed ​ ​ ​ ​ Saturday, December 8, 2018 8am-6pm Sunday, December 9 8am-6pm Monday, December 10 8am-9pm Tuesday, December 11 8am-9pm Wednesday, December 12 8am-9pm Thursday, December 13 8am-9pm Friday, December 14 8am-9pm Saturday, December 15 8am-6pm Sunday, December 16 8am-6pm Monday, December 17 7am-9pm Tuesday, December 18 7am-9pm Wednesday, December 19 7am-9pm Thursday, December 20 7am-9pm Friday, December 21 7am-9pm Saturday, December 22 8am-6pm Sunday, December 23 8am-6pm Monday, December 24 7am-9pm Tuesday, December 25 CLOSED (Christmas Day public holiday) Wednesday, December 26 8am-6pm (Boxing Day public holiday) Thursday, December 27 8am-9pm Friday, December 28 8am-9pm Saturday, December 29 8am-6pm Sunday, December 30 8am-6pm Monday, December 31 8am-9pm Tuesday, January 1, 2019 8am-6pm (New Year's Day public holiday) Wednesday, January 2 8am-9pm (normal trading hours resume, except for Australia Day) Monday, January 28, 2019 8am-6pm (Australia Day public holiday)
Goldfields school on right path to remarkable turnaround21689Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/09/2018 3:22:48 AM2018-09-21T03:15:00Z New measures reducing suspension rates significantly Programs encouraging disengaged students to attend school Aboriginal students better supported A follow-up review of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School has shown a significant improvement in student behaviour, with a significant reduction in suspensions. The turnaround comes after a report by the Department of Education's Expert Review Group in 2016 which found issues including low staff morale, poor student behaviour and high suspension rates. Following the release of the report, the school took on the recommendations and made a detailed plan to bring about positive changes. So far this year, the number of students suspended has decreased by 22 per cent with the number of incidents resulting in suspensions have been reduced by 35 per cent. The total number of days that students have been told to stay away from school has also dropped by 46 per cent. Work is continuing on tackling attendance rates, with programs including a girls off-site engagement program seeing significant improvement in attendance for students who previously truanted regularly. Staff are also focused on ensuring all Aboriginal students are supported and given every opportunity to succeed through programs including Kalgoorlie Girls Academy, Follow the Dream and the Clontarf Academy. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Staff and students should be commended on the turnaround we are seeing at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School. "Considerable progress has been made in influencing positive student behaviour, with behaviour management strategies contributing to the reduction in suspension rates in recent years. "Students should be proud of their efforts in taking the changes on board and also embracing the school's renewed focus on high achievement." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "Principal Ian Masarei has lead a positive transformation over the past two years. "The school's hardworking staff are unified and morale has changed significantly with a universal goal of building a school environment where every student has the opportunity to achieve their best. "With the ongoing support of the school community, I have no doubt the improvements we are already seeing at the school will continue." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School principal Ian Masarei "Our new direction for the school is one that is focused on student participation in learning and improving student results. "While there is still more to be done, I urge the community to continue to support their school. "The backing of parents and the local community is vital and we need everyone to get on board with these very positive changes." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Series of capsule exhibitions to tour regional WA21685Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/09/2018 2:37:59 AM2018-09-21T02:35:00Z Regional Exhibitions Touring Boost increases visual arts exhibitions in the regions First series of exhibitions to regional WA announced A series of small, 'capsule' exhibitions will be developed with regional galleries as part of the McGowan Government's $8 million Regional Exhibitions Touring Boost (RETB) election commitment. In conjunction with project partners ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), Freighting of Ideas will connect people and stories across the regions with the State's art collection and increase the capacity of regional galleries to present a wide variety of works. Comprised of up to 10 works of art from the State's collection, it is proposed that the first capsule exhibitions will be hung in Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery, Collie Art Gallery, Ningaloo Centre, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Katanning Art Gallery, Vancouver Arts Centre and the East Pilbara Arts Centre. Over the next six years, the RETB will create more opportunities for regional Western Australians to engage with visual arts by increasing the number of touring exhibitions available to regional audiences. As part of the RETB, the capacity for regional galleries to receive and present touring visual art exhibitions will be assessed and upgraded. This includes the professional development of gallery staff and artists, improved gallery education resources and digitised learning programs. The RETB also includes the planning and delivery of a major Aboriginal exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The exhibition builds on AGWA's Desert River Sea project, and will feature culturally significant artworks commissioned from participating Kimberley Aboriginal Art Centres. The intention is that selected works from the project will tour widely in the following years. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The arts play a vital role in supporting the social, cultural and economic growth of regional communities. "The RETB will give regional Western Australians an improved arts and cultural experience, and help boost their local economies." Comments attributed to Acting Regional Development Minister Rita Saffioti "Bringing more visual arts to our regions will boost job opportunities by attracting visitors to regional communities. "The RETB will also create a platform for more local artists to showcase their work to a wider regional audience." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Australia’s best hitting Collie for ATV Motocross Nationals21684Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/09/2018 2:30:12 AM2018-09-21T02:30:00Z Australia's premier quad bike riding event hitting the South-West this October The sport's best - including Luke Gaisford, Chris Bosnakis, Jake Van Vliet, Cody Lincoln and Jae Dowsett - set to battle it out for national titles Event set to attract hundreds of interstate and WA visitors, boosting local hospitality and tourism industries Collie is bracing for the arrival of Australia's premier quad bike riding event, with the country's best set to converge on the South-West town this October to battle it out for honours at the All Terrain Vehicle Motocross Nationals. Australia's top riders - including Luke Gaisford, Chris Bosnakis, Jake Van Vliet, Cody Lincoln and Jae Dowsett - will compete for national titles at Collie's Stockton Park track on October 5-7, 2018. The event will attract about 400-500 visitors to Collie, with 85 competitors, support staff, friends and family set to converge on the town for the weekend's action - including 25 interstate competitors and their teams. Hosted in conjunction with the Collie Motorcycle Club, the weekend's action will feature a range of classes including the 50cc demo, pro championship, veterans championship and the women's championship. The 1.6 kilometre track is set on the banks of the picturesque Stockton Lake, offering an ideal opportunity for spectators to camp at the on-site facilities, watch the racing events and enjoy Collie's natural surroundings. The town's local tourism industry is set to benefit from the weekend's action, with local hotels, restaurants, bars and tourism operators all gearing up to take advantage of the influx of visitors. As well as being the South-West's motorsports mecca, Collie's tourism offerings include mountain bike and bushwalking trails, freshwater fishing, a five-star James Halliday-rated winery and microbrewery, and many scenic swimming holes. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Collie is a proud motorsport town and we are delighted to have the country's best in our backyard to battle it out next month. "This is a great opportunity for visitors to spend the weekend camping by the beautiful blue Lake Stockton, enjoying the events, and taking in all of the unspoilt natural surroundings that the region has to offer. "With an absolutely top winery and microbrewery, scenic bushwalking, and some beautiful swimming spots, Collie is a gem of the State's South-West. "The event will bring hundreds of visitors to the town, offering a real boost to local tourism, and helping to support jobs in a range of local businesses including bars, hotels, restaurants and other small businesses." Minister's office - 6552 6400
First regional Jobs and Skills Centre launched in Kalgoorlie21683Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/09/2018 2:00:39 AM2018-09-21T02:00:00Z First regional Jobs and Skills Centre launched at Central Regional TAFE in Kalgoorlie Delivery of key election commitment with seven Jobs and Skills Centres now open across WA Centres to support employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities Industry, students, job seekers and career changers will have increased access to local job-related services with the Jobs and Skills Centre at Kalgoorlie's Central Regional TAFE officially opening its doors today. A key McGowan Government election commitment, Jobs and Skills Centres are transforming Western Australian TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with business and industry. The locally focused centre will be delivered by Central Regional TAFE in partnership with Worklink, and will support employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model. The Goldfields Regional Labour Market Review - a McGowan Government commitment to make the State Priority Occupations List more responsive to the employment needs of the regions - has also been released today and is available at http//www.dtwd.wa.gov.au The industry insights from the research and analysis project will assist the new centre and Central Regional TAFE to make decisions based on the training priorities in the region. The Department of Training and Workforce Development will conduct annual labour market reviews for each region. Jobs and Skills Centres are now open at Kalgoorlie, Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie, Rockingham and Peel TAFE campuses, and several more will open progressively in regional WA throughout 2018-19. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The implementation of two key projects from the Plan for Jobs in the Goldfields demonstrates our commitment to the region. "Our priority is to create jobs for Western Australians and regional Jobs and Skills Centres will be key to meeting the needs of both jobseekers and employers." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The Plan for Jobs is centred on training and upskilling opportunities to ensure Western Australians are best placed to take up jobs in areas of industry demand. "We know the Goldfields is experiencing an upswing in mining activity and that there will be jobs growth in the disability sector, and it's important we have a local workforce with the skills they need to take advantage of that. "The Regional Labour Market Review, combined with the support provided by the local Jobs and Skills Centre, means training can be better targeted to ensure industry has the skilled workforce it needs, and the local workforce has the skills to access new opportunities." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "The delivery of this election commitment will be critical in providing employers and industry with an avenue for new employment opportunities. "For job seekers - get down to the Jobs and Skills Centre and speak with the lovely staff who work hard to get good full time employment outcomes. "I'm tired of people saying we have social issues with local youth without providing solutions on unemployment rates - I genuinely believe this new centre has the potential to open up pathways to not only our most vulnerable but to everyone." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Bushfire Mitigation Forum to be held in early October21680Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/09/2018 1:45:30 AM2018-09-21T01:45:00Z McGowan Labor Government continuing open dialogue on bushfire mitigation Forum will expand on inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in June 2017 Greater representation of attendees including volunteer groups Following the success of last year's inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit, the McGowan Labor Government will hold an expanded Bushfire Mitigation Forum in early October. The forum will be held at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Complex on October 4, and include up to 100 participants with greater representation from volunteer brigades and groups. This year's forum is an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss, in an open and collegiate environment, how better bushfire management can be deployed throughout Western Australia. It will be an opportunity for representatives from across the bushfire management sector to lead change and co-ordinate efforts at improving community safety. The day will be divided into consultative workshops which will include key sector issues, volunteer perspectives and the design and function of the $18 million Bushfire Centre of Excellence. Attendees will be invited from a wide range of bushfire brigades, volunteer associations, government agencies and regional advocacy groups. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "This forum follows this Government's recent announcement of a record $7.3 million in bushfire management funding. "We are entering a new era of bushfire management and through more funding assistance for local governments and agencies, and greater collaboration with volunteers, we can help make our communities safer. "The inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit was the first time that many of the key stakeholders in bushfire management in our State were even in the same room to discuss these matters. "We need to continue having these open dialogues, and I am pleased that we have been able to expand this year's forum to include volunteers from bushfire brigades spread throughout the State. "It's about listening to all the voices and working to find that common ground, which is about making communities safer and dealing with our State's virtually ever-present threat of bushfires." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Bentley-Curtin plan to activate and grow knowledge precinct21679Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/09/2018 1:00:41 AM2018-09-21T01:00:00Z Activity Centre Plan aims to support an innovative, creative and collaborative centre of excellence Plan to develop a well-connected hub of knowledge, jobs and housing Renewal of Bentley-Curtin Specialised Activity Centre to optimise existing infrastructure A new plan is set to guide future growth in the Bentley-Curtin area to harness its role as an innovation and knowledge precinct. The Bentley-Curtin Specialised Activity Centre Plan sets out to optimise the precinct's strengths and enable diversification to create more employment and enterprise opportunities. The Bentley-Curtin Activity Centre is already home to significant economic, knowledge industry and commercial activity including Curtin University, CSIRO and government departments. The area's existing characteristics lend themselves to further opportunities for renewal and intensification. An important principle of this plan is the inclusion of cycling and walking access alongside public transport. Enhanced connectivity and sense of place in the design of public spaces and landscapes are also features of the plan. This strategic level document is intended to inform further local detailed planning. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The State Government's vision to create a more compact and connected city, by locating places of employment, infrastructure and services close to where people live, is clearly illustrated within the Bentley-Curtin Specialised Activity Centre Plan. "Well-considered, ongoing development of this area represents an investment in education, technology and jobs - particularly as we continue to diversify the WA economy. "Transformation of this area is timely and will stimulate investment, while capitalising on existing infrastructure. "The activation of the Bentley-Curtin precinct is a good example of how we can continue to support population growth in the greater Perth area in a sustainable way." Minister's office - 6552 5500
West Australian Opera returns to Valley of the Giants21671Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3710html20/09/2018 4:35:37 AM2018-09-20T04:00:00Z Tickets are now on sale to the West Australian Opera at the Valley of the Giants West Australian Opera will return to the Valley of the Giants this December after its highly acclaimed performance in 2017. This year will mark the inaugural 'Concert for Conservation' theme with part proceeds committed to a local conservation outcome. Performers Paul O'Neill, Mark Alderson, Ashlyn Timms and Katja Webb will be accompanied by Tommaso Pollio, the musical director for this event who has put together a spectacular program of well-known Puccini, Verdi and Mozart. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions encourages concertgoers to take advantage of a free courtesy bus leaving from Denmark to Walpole to avoid traffic and parking congestion. The trees on the drive in to the opera will also be lit up in orange lighting to promote the McGowan Government's 16 Days in WA campaign to stop violence against women. The concert will be held on December 1, 2018 with gates opening at 5pm for a 7pm performance. To book tickets online, visit http//www.waopera.asn.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This concert is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the local communities who continue to play a key role in making the Tree Top Walk the success that it is, and will deliver a boost to the local economies with hundreds of people travelling to the area. "Concertgoers will be lucky enough to experience the opera in a uniquely beautiful setting with universal access. "It is great to see an event of this scale supporting our campaign to stop violence against women in such a visible way." Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is such a beautiful setting to showcase the incredible talent of WA's iconic opera company. "Cultural events such as this help us grow as a vibrant and successful community, and helps our creative industries promote tourism and jobs across the State. "I am proud to say this event is part of our Creative Regions program which brings world-class performers to regional audiences." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400