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Premier congratulates BHP on expansion of training program13850Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/07/2017 1:12:09 AM2017-07-22T00:00:00Z BHP doubles intake of apprenticeships and traineeships to 200 positions for 2018 Focus on training opportunities for young people in the Pilbara McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs maximises training positions for young Western Australians Premier Mark McGowan today congratulated BHP for its commitment to double the intake of apprenticeships and traineeships in 2018, creating new job opportunities for young Western Australians. The McGowan Government has called on the State's resources companies to ensure that big resources projects create more training positions. Next year, BHP will take on 200 apprentices and trainees, with the majority of positions to be offered to people who live locally in the Pilbara. The 2018 intake will build on about 300 apprentices and trainees already employed in BHP's iron ore business in WA. The McGowan Government will maximise the number of apprenticeships and trainees created on government contracts through the introduction of Western Australian Industry Participation Plans. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The McGowan Government has made it clear that young Western Australians must get more training opportunities on the State's big resources projects. "Our Plan for Jobs has a big focus on ensuring Western Australians get the skills they need to get jobs in the future. "I congratulate BHP on the expansion of its apprenticeship and traineeship program. "Creating these extra positions will give more young Western Australians the opportunity to gain invaluable on-site training and set them on an employment path into the future. "Upon being elected as Premier, I met with mining companies and indicated that I would like to see more apprenticeships and local content in WA. "The election result reinforced that Western Australians did not support the Nationals' plan to rip up State Agreement Acts but did support our plans for more local jobs and training opportunities. "I'm pleased BHP has recognised and acted on our calls for more local traineeships and apprenticeships." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Minister issues challenge for creative young leader13846Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/07/2017 8:43:43 AM2017-07-21T08:35:00Z ​Nominations open for a young Western Australian to lead youth week events More than 100 events to take place across WA during Youth Week Youth Minister Peter Tinley is leading the charge in calling for a creative and inspirational young Western Australian to head WA Youth Week (formerly National Youth Week) celebrations in 2018. Nominations are now open for the WA Youth Week Ambassador, an exciting opportunity for a young person looking to inspire others and strengthen their leadership skills at a State level. The successful applicant will chair the youth week planning committee and help guide the planning and delivery of the week's events across the State. The ambassador will work with the committee, Propel Youth Arts and the Department of Communities to promote, support and develop creative ideas to get more young people involved in WA Youth Week. The young person will also have the opportunity to assess WA Youth Week grant applications, attend events as required and travel to attend the regional launch of Youth Week celebrations. Eligible candidates must be aged between 18 and 25 years and be accessible and available for meetings and media activities relating to Youth Week in 2018. Applications are available at https// and must be received by 5pm on Friday, August 18, 2017. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley "Youth Week is a major event on the youth calendar which celebrates the contributions of young people to the community and also gives them a forum to express their ideas and raise issues of importance. "The McGowan Government is pleased to support the role of the youth ambassador who will play a lead role in this important week and help inform and influence Youth Week events. "We urge young, creative people who are ready to take the next step and keen to develop their organisational and leadership skills to step up and take advantage of this exciting opportunity." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Review of the WA Rail Access Regime13844Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/07/2017 7:04:13 AM2017-07-21T07:00:00Z ​Effectiveness of WA's Rail Access Regime to be reviewed Issues Paper seeking views of interested stakeholders to improve the regime In order to identify possible improvements to the operation of the WA Rail Access Regime, Treasurer Ben Wyatt has announced a review into the regime and welcomed stakeholder submissions. The WA Rail Access Regime has been in operation for more than 15 years. The regime's purpose is to encourage the efficient use of, and investment in, railway facilities by facilitating a contestable market for rail operations. An Issues Paper has been prepared to assist discussion in relation to proposed changes and potential improvements to the regime, and to help stakeholders participate in the review process. The State Government welcomes stakeholder comments addressing any of the questions set out in the Issues Paper, as well as on the operation of the regime more broadly. For more information, email or visit http// The closing date for submissions is September 8, 2017. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "A review of the effectiveness of WA's Rail Access Regime is well overdue. "The Issues Paper proposes a number of potential improvements to the regime in order to better achieve its objective. "Comments are welcomed from interested parties on the matters raised in the Issues Paper or any other feedback on the effectiveness of the regime." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Top WA innovations make the cut for annual awards13842Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/07/2017 1:06:58 AM2017-07-21T01:00:00Z ​Semi-finalists for WA Innovator of the Year announced Program is in its eleventh year, with a prize pool of $145,000 Technologies to protect online banking, prevent mine truck accidents and harness solar energy through windows are among the innovations named as semi-finalists for this year's WA Innovator of the Year program. Sixteen companies have been short-listed for the annual awards, which recognise the exceptional local and regional innovators behind the newest products, technologies, processes and services developed in Western Australia. Winners will share in a prize pool of $145,000 to help commercialise their innovations, and the program also links industry and academia through research collaboration. Former winners have gone on to extraordinary achievements, such as Professors Sue Fletcher and Steve Wilton who won the overall award in 2012 for their gene-patch drug treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Last year, the groundbreaking drug received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, and now the two researchers are working on treatments for nearly 50 more rare diseases. Finalists will be announced next month ahead of the awards ceremony in November. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Acting Innovation and ICT Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is committed to diversifying the State's economy to create new local jobs, and innovation plays an essential role in delivering on this commitment. "For the first time, all semi-finalists will receive professional assistance and mentoring to help foster their innovations - something which has only been offered to finalists in previous years. "I would like to congratulate all the semi-finalists on their achievements, and look forward to the many benefits their innovations will bring for WA." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Steps taken to build biosecurity capacity13840Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/07/2017 12:04:25 AM2017-07-21T00:00:00Z ​State Government-commissioned report recommends strengthening biosecurity capabilities Working group to review implementation of recommendations to bolster biosecurity Tomato potato psyllid discovery in February 2017 led to restrictions on interstate movement of WA produce The McGowan Government has moved to strengthen Western Australia's biosecurity response capabilities following discovery of the tomato potato psyllid in WA in February 2017, with a focus on resolving market access issues. Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan commissioned the Biosecurity Council of Western Australia to assess the effectiveness of the then-Department of Agriculture and Food's response to secure market access for produce following the discovery of the psyllid. The Biosecurity Council report found areas needing improvement within the new Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development related to response structure, staffing, industry collaboration and handling national complexities. The Minister has directed the department to form an implementation working group to review the report's 11 recommendation, with the group to report back to the Biosecurity Council in the next three months. A summary report is available at http// Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Department of Agriculture and Food suffered severe cuts under the previous Liberal National Government, losing almost 500 FTEs over the past eight years - inevitably, some capability was lost through that process. "Departmental staff put in a mammoth effort in the wake of the tomato potato psyllid discovery at peak, nearly 150 staff were working in the incident response team to contain the bug and get Western Australian produce moving again. "However we were aware of industry concern about the effectiveness of the response. "This report was commissioned to ensure that when biosecurity incidents like this occur, we are best placed to negotiate market access for our growers with the other States. "The incident and difficulties faced by WA growers since have highlighted the importance of biosecurity and the Government is committed to building capability and capacity in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Agriculture and Food Division. "We are continuing negotiations with the Eastern States regarding market access for products still affected, and I have put market access protocols on the formal agenda for this month's meeting of Commonwealth, State and Territory agriculture ministers." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Minister congratulates Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation on legal victory678Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6530html20/07/2017 7:55:59 AM2017-07-20T07:50:00Z ​The Federal Court of Australia has today recognised an exclusive native title claim made by Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Decision grants exclusive Native Title over 2,700 square kilometres just north of the Karijini National Park Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has congratulated the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation after the Federal Court today recognised their exclusive native title claim. In a decision handed down by Justice Steven Rares, exclusive native title rights have been granted over all unallocated Crown land in the claimed area and the Yandeeyara Reserve, except for a small area occupied by Rio Tinto's Tom Price railway. The corporation's claim for exclusive native title of the area was first lodged in 2003, making it one of the longest running native title cases in Australia. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "I warmly congratulate the Yindjibarndi people on their successful determination of exclusive native title announced today by the Federal Court. "The Yindjibarndi have proven themselves to be determined and committed advocates in their pursuit of exclusive possession and have won today in the face of not insignificant obstacles over many years. "The evidence presented by the Yindjibarndi satisfied the court that the Yindjibarndi are entitled to exclusive native title rights and interests over the claimed area and the Yandeeyara Reserve because they had established that 'a manjangu (or stranger) still has to obtain permission from a Yindjibarndi elder before entering or carrying out activity on Yindjibarndi country. "Like many other litigated areas of native title, this has been a difficult and drawn-out process for the Yindjibarndi people, and has caused fractures within their community. "However, today's result is a tremendous victory for the Yindjibarndi people and I hope they are able to unite and work together to ensure they are able to utilise their now recognised native title rights to benefit all members of the Yindjibarndi community." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New members appointed to the Heritage Council of WA676Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6140html20/07/2017 6:09:11 AM2017-07-20T06:05:00Z ​Sally Malone, from Albany, appointed to the Heritage Council of WA New appointments and reappointments to the Heritage Council's Register and Development committees An Albany-based public place designer specialising in landscapes, urban design, trails and interpretation has been appointed to the Heritage Council of Western Australia, for a three-year term which commenced on July 1, 2017. With more than 20 years' experience across the public and private sectors, Ms Sally Malone has been involved in various projects including large metropolitan public place construction and smaller designs for regional shires. Ms Malone has also served on various boards including the Southern Ports and Albany Port Authorities, Regional Development Australia Great Southern and the Committee for Albany. Heritage engineer Ian Maitland OAM and historian Lucy Hair have also been appointed to the Heritage Council's Register and Development committees. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "Ms Malone's understanding of the planning process, design and sustainable community, and regional development will ensure she makes a valuable contribution to the Heritage Council. "Having worked with local governments and communities across the State, she has a particular interest in issues such as conserving, adapting, interpreting and promoting culture heritage. "This is an area that is becoming more pressing over time as the rural populations decline and our significant heritage fabric ages. "Ms Malone's appointment ensures that the Heritage Council continues to have someone with excellent experience and knowledge in the regions, following Mr Heaver's retirement after eight years on the board. "As an architect based in Albany, Mr Heaver helped shape contemporary approaches to heritage practice in WA and brought a strong regional voice to the Heritage Council. "I would like to thank Mr Heaver for his service." Minister's office - 6552 5400
People, place, home focus for new Woodbridge apartments674Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5250html20/07/2017 2:01:29 AM2017-07-20T02:00:00Z ​New housing development part of vision to transform Midland and create jobs Sales have opened for a new affordable housing development near the heart of the transforming historic suburb of Midland. The Woodbridge on Green development at 15 Yelverton Drive, Woodbridge will comprise 79 one, two and three-bedroom apartments over five levels. The development is well positioned to leverage the area's existing infrastructure and offers private, social and affordable shared equity housing opportunities. Located in the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority's Midland Workshops Precinct, residents will be a short walk away from a shopping centre, Woodbridge Primary School, Midland Public Hospital, a future medical school and recreational amenities. There is a cycle path to Perth's CBD and the Midland train station and bus interchange will be within 500 metres of Woodbridge on Green. The project is in line with the McGowan Government's METRONET objective to create accessible housing developments with appropriate density around public transport infrastructure. Leading developer Psaros will deliver the Woodbridge on Green project on land owned by the Department of Communities. Construction is expected to take 18 months and create about 80 jobs. The total project value is estimated at $30 million. The development embraces infill housing, with a focus on sustainable high quality, affordable, medium to higher density housing developments - an emerging market in Perth. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "Woodbridge on Green will bring a new range of innovative housing options and deliver integrated and co-ordinated transport networks, as well as an improved lifestyle for residents. "The McGowan Government's vision is to leverage a Government-owned land asset at no impact to State net debt and transform Midland into a thriving precinct." Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts "This local housing development is a very welcome addition and will help transform Midland's precinct into a great place to live and work. I also welcome the local jobs this project will create. "With Midland hospital, the Police Operations Centre, an expanded Midland Gate Shopping Centre and the train station, it will be a great place to live." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Workshop to set agricultural telecommunications strategy672Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6900html20/07/2017 1:00:34 AM2017-07-20T01:00:00Z ​Lack of access to digital infrastructure a major barrier to agricultural growth in WA Digital connectivity workshop to drive strategy for supercharging agtech capabilities McGowan Government to invest $22 million in improving digital infrastructure in regional WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan will today bring together agricultural industry leaders, telecommunications companies and government representatives to chart how best to improve digital connectivity in the regions and drive agricultural technology innovation. The McGowan Government's $22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Fund will invest in innovative connectivity solutions to advance telecommunications infrastructure and technology in agricultural and pastoral regions across Western Australia. The outcomes of the workshop will be used to chart a strategy for how best to leverage the public funding to unlock agtech potential across the State and ensure WA is a world leader in innovative agricultural practices and technologies. Presenters at the forum will include CBH Group innovation manager Claire Dunkley, diversified grower Sue Middleton, telecommunications specialists Jim Wyatt, Ian Gordon and Andrew Mangano and agtech consultant Annie Brox. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our farmers, growers and pastoralists have the smarts and the drive to keep WA at the forefront of agricultural technology. "But industry is telling us loud and clear the main thing holding us back is a lack of digital infrastructure. "The failure of the Turnbull Liberal Government's NBN in remote and rural areas means our agricultural sector is pushing forward with an arm tied behind its back as the rest of the world advances into 21st century agriculture. "We're bringing together industry leaders, telecommunications experts and government to work through how best the McGowan Government can provide a strategic intervention to supercharge our agtech capabilities." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Multicultural Advisory Group appointed669Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8170html20/07/2017 12:32:59 AM2017-07-20T00:30:00Z ​16-member group appointed by the Minister The group will act as a consultative body on issues facing culturally and linguistically diverse communities Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia is pleased to announce the appointment of the McGowan Government's inaugural Multicultural Advisory Group (MAG). The MAG will provide the State Government with direct grassroots feedback and advice on relevant policies, issues and needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities of Western Australia. The role of the MAG is to Be a consultative body to the Minister on issues facing CaLD communities; Provide input on Government policy and planning processes that affect multicultural Western Australians; Provide advice on emerging issues and trends; and Undertake any other activities as requested by the Minister. The MAG has 16 members, appointed by the Minister for a term of one year. Current members include Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman; Ramkrishna Bansal, president, Indian Society of WA; Hajiera Davids, president, Muslim Women's Support Centre; David Denver, president, Jewish Community Council of WA; Abdullah Khan, executive principal, Australian Islamic College; Theresa Kwok, chief executive officer, Chung Wah Community and Aged Care; Anh Nguyen, president, Vietnamese Community in Australia - WA Chapter; Maria Osman, former executive director, Office of Multicultural Interests; Savas Papasavas, chairperson, Hellenic Community of Western Australia Inc.; Joe Radici, president, Italian Club WA; Iqbal Samnakay, president, Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre; Ramdas Sankaran, president, Ethnic Communities Council of WA; Sara Shengeb, project support officer, Youth Affairs Council of WA; Casta Tungaraza, president, African Women's Council of Australia; and Salim Youssef, community director, Australian Arab Association. The group will meet bi-monthly, volunteering their time and expertise to the State. Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "As Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, one of my priorities is to engage with our State's culturally diverse communities and assist them to achieve their highest potential in contributing to WA's development. "I look forward to working with MAG members on a range of important issues that impact CaLD communities and our multicultural State." Minister's office - 6552 5600