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Chelsea Football Club arrives in Perth30792Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3690html20/07/2018 6:05:14 AM2018-07-20T06:05:00Z First international soccer club appearance at Optus Stadium The club's only appearance in Australia Secured and supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WAThe McGowan Government has welcomed English Premier League powerhouse Chelsea Football Club to Perth, ahead of its friendly match against Perth Glory on Monday, July 23. A star-studded squad of 25 Chelsea players has been confirmed including Cesc Fàbregas, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso and Pedro, and new addition Jorginho. The match will be the first time the recently appointed management team, featuring manager Maurizio Sarri and his assistant Gianfranco Zola, have been in control of the Chelsea squad. It will also be the first international soccer club appearance at the stadium, and the first time Chelsea has been to Perth since 1974. The deal to bring Chelsea to Perth, struck by Tourism WA and Optus Stadium operator VenuesLive, will include an open Chelsea training session at the WACA tomorrow from 6pm to 7pm. To attend, fans must register through Optus Stadium's Facebook page. Final tickets to the match are still available and a special Chelsea FC Fan Zone will be set up outside Optus Stadium at 4pm on match day, ahead of the 7.30pm kick-off. For more information, visit http//www.optusstadium.com.au Comments attributed to Acting Tourism Minister Bill Johnston "We are very excited to welcome the Chelsea Football Club to Perth and hope the team gets the opportunity to explore all our vibrant city has to offer. "This match will give football fans an opportunity to see one of the most successful English Premier League teams of the past 15 years up-close. "We are also looking forward to welcoming visitors who have travelled from interstate and overseas to watch this match. "Big events like this provide a great platform to show off Perth as the vibrant Western gateway to Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Rockingham's dedicated Jobs and Skills Centre a hit with locals30785Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3890html20/07/2018 3:35:13 AM2018-07-20T03:35:00Z McGowan Government delivers on Jobs and Skills Centres commitment to better link training sector with industry Centres to connect jobseekers to local job opportunities and prime industry for future growth and diversification of the economy Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre supports growing number of locals seeking new opportunities Premier Mark McGowan today joined Member for Baldivis Reece Whitby MLA to launch the newest of the State Government's Jobs and Skills Centres at Rockingham TAFE. Rockingham and surrounding suburban residents are the latest to benefit from a Jobs and Skills Centre, with others already established at TAFE campuses in Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge and Thornlie. The implementation of Jobs and Skills Centres across Western Australia delivers on the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to transform Western Australian TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with businesses and industry. Locally-focussed Jobs and Skills Centres support local employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. This will ensure that training programs are well targeted to meet industry needs and will enable people to access training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development. Jobs and Skills Centres are an example of the strong partnerships between TAFE and industry to increase training opportunities. At the Rockingham centre alone, 20 new apprentices/trainees have signed up with employers in recent weeks. Since its launch, the Jobs and Skills WA website has welcomed more than 60,000 visitors with 6,500 visiting the jobs board page and 600 visitors to the Rockingham Jobs and Skills landing page. A further eight centres will be established in regional areas throughout WA, extending from Broome in the north, to Albany in the south, and Kalgoorlie in the east. Outreach services will expand the network across WA, and specialist services will assist people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and ex-offenders. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government's top priority is jobs for WA, so it's essential we continue to implement our Plan for Jobs. A component of that was the introduction of Jobs and Skills Centres. "A growing number of Western Australians are wanting to work, so we need to connect people to real resources. Jobs and Skills Centres will help with job searching and job matching, and assist with apprenticeships and traineeships. "We will continue to work with TAFE and industry to bridge the gap between training and employment. Already, we have delivered on our commitment to freeze TAFE fees to enable more Western Australians to get the skills they need to get jobs and grow our State's economy." Comments attributed to Reece Whitby MLA "The Rockingham South Metro TAFE is a key location for the new Jobs and Skills Centre because of its proximity to growing suburbs such as Baldivis and Wellard. "I know many people are struggling to find steady employment right now, and the new Centre is great because it will help locals upskill for actual jobs on the ground." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Loan to help sheep processor grow exports30784Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4410html20/07/2018 3:05:13 AM2018-07-20T03:05:00Z McGowan Government Co-operative Loan Scheme provides $5 million to Katanning sheep meat processor to undertake capital works Improvements will create efficiencies and opportunities, generating growth, regional jobs and increase exports The McGowan Government's Co-operative Loan Scheme will provide $5 million for capital works at a Katanning processing plant, to expand capacity to process higher value chilled sheep meat. The loan to the WA Meat Marketing Co-operative (WAMMCO) will enable the farmer-owned business to improve efficiencies and grow its export markets. Works include the purchase of a Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) machine, and meat meal shaker machines, as well as upgrades to the boning room and electricity supply. Local contractors will be prioritised to undertake the works, providing a boost for local jobs in Katanning. More than $90 million of funds have been provided to established WA co-operatives for capital purchases since the Co-operative Loan Scheme's inception in 2004. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This loan will help WAMMCO remain internationally competitive by adopting new technology and processes that ensure the quality and diversity of its products meet market requirements and customer demand. "The DEXA machine will be a very valuable asset to provide objective measurement feedback about lean meat, bone and fat content of each carcass to Meat and Livestock Australia and producers to improve sheep production, efficiencies and returns. "The upgrades to the boning room will include a new vacuum packing machine to increase capacity and exports of high value WA chilled sheep meat. "WAMMCO is an important part in the State's livestock industry, which has continued to evolve and respond to the ever changing demands of the global protein market. "Supporting businesses like WAMMCO means support for jobs and opportunities in our regions." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Australian Marine Complex-Common User Facility celebrates 15 years30782Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3310html20/07/2018 2:35:19 AM2018-07-20T02:35:00Z 15th anniversary of the Australian Marine Complex-Common User Facility (AMC-CUF) Strategic centre encourages greater local content $2.5 billion contribution to local economy and more than 40,000 jobs created Premier Mark McGowan today congratulated the Australian Marine Complex-Common User Facility (AMC-CUF) in Henderson for 15 successful years of operation. The State Government-owned asset aims to capitalise on growing potential in marine, defence, mining, and oil and gas industries by enabling delivery of major engineering projects in WA. The AMC-CUF has generated $2.5 billion for the local economy and created more than 40,000 jobs through 440 projects over the past 15 years. The Common User Facility has a broad market focus and has been designed so a number of projects can be undertaken concurrently by different companies. This strategic infrastructure is unique in Australia with the diversity of work ranging from oil and gas operators, Department of Defence, mining companies and ship building. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government's priority is to diversify the economy and create jobs for Western Australians. "Over the past fifteen years the AMC has generated $2.5 billion for the State economy, supported more than 440 projects and created more than 40,000 local jobs, showing what can happen when we do economic development the right way. "By being a 'common user facility' with a broad market focus, it has provided companies, who otherwise wouldn't have this level of capacity, the ability to bid for, win and complete work that would otherwise miss Western Australia. "Unlocking the potential of the precinct will not only attract more investment into these sectors but will create a diversity of employment opportunities. "I congratulate the Australian Marine Complex on 15 successful years and wish them more success for the future." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Kununurra water playground plans progressing30783Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2050html20/07/2018 2:35:19 AM2018-07-20T02:35:00Z Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray meets local representatives to progress project McGowan Labor Government has committed $590,000 towards water playground project following Josie Farrer's advancement of the concept $100,000 also granted to Kununurra Bushmen's Rodeo and Campdraft Association from local upgrades Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today met with the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley to discuss plans for the proposed Kununurra water playground. The project, advanced by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer in consultation with local Aboriginal elders, will provide a much-needed recreational facility for Kununurra youth. Minister Murray and the Shire discussed site options and the progress of the Shire's new aquatic facilities masterplan. Minister Murray also visited the Kununurra Bushmen's Rodeo and Campdraft Association to discuss plans for its new facilities – which will be built thanks for a recent $100,000 contribution from the McGowan Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF). Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation, Minister Mick Murray "A water playground in Kununurra will be a fantastic facility for local youth to have fun and cool off from the region's tropical climate. "The Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley has been working hard on their aquatic masterplan, and I know the local community cannot wait for this important project to progress. "It was also a pleasure to visit the Bushmen's Rodeo and Campdraft – a sport that has grown substantially in a short period of time due to the hard work of volunteers and support from the Kununurra community. "The $100,000 CSRFF grant will allow the Rodeo and Campdraft to continue to grow and provide more tourism-focused events in the Kununurra region." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Strong Mind, Strong Game builds mental resilience in Derby30778Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2400html20/07/2018 1:07:57 AM2018-07-20T01:05:00Z 'Strong Mind, Strong Game' pilot program uses football as an engagement tool to improve mental health outcomes for at risk Kimberley youth McGowan Government's Youth Engagement Scheme contributes $20,000 to important program An innovative sport program, designed to build mental health resilience in at-risk Kimberley youth, has received $20,000 from the McGowan Government's Youth Engagement Scheme. The Strong Mind, Strong Game pilot program was developed by child psychiatrist Deeta Kimba and the Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation and aims to address the disproportionately high rate of youth suicide and self-harm in the Kimberley. Targeting young women from ages 12-18, many who have not had the support to engage in community sport and recreation, the program will use AFL football to develop a healthy mind body connection. Strong Mind, Strong Game launched in April 2018 and has been integrated into the West Kimberley Women's Football League. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation; Volunteering; Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "Sport is an incredible vehicle for change. It has the capacity to engage young people from all backgrounds and truly improve lives and communities. "We are proud to provide $20,000 funding through the Youth Engagement Scheme to support this pilot program. "The McGowan Government is focused on improving mental health outcomes in the Kimberley and Strong Mind, Strong Game is a valuable tool as we strive to help people live their best lives." Minister's office 6552 6400
Have your say on a new framework for workforce strategy in mental health, alcohol and other drug organisations30779Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5240html20/07/2018 1:33:12 AM2018-07-20T00:05:00Z Western Australians are invited to have their say on a State-wide workforce framework to enhance the development of organisations in the mental health and alcohol and other drug sectors. The State Government has released the draft Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Strategic Framework 2018-2025 for community consultation today. The framework aims to guide the growth and development of a qualified and skilled workforce that will provide high quality mental health and alcohol and other drug services for the Western Australian community. It suggests strategies and actions organisations can take in their workforce planning and development to ensure they are equipped to adapt to the changing landscape. The framework is an important initiative in working toward more mental health and alcohol and other drug community based services and implements a key early action of the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025. The framework was developed by the Mental Health Commission in collaboration with consumers, families and carers, clinicians, government agencies, non-government organisations, and peak sector bodies. The consultation period will close on 29 August 2018. For more information, to make a submission or to download a copy of the draft framework, visit http//www.mhc.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Mental health and alcohol and other drug-related issues affect many Western Australians so I encourage everyone in the community to have their say on this draft framework. Ultimately, we want to ensure the continuation of a skilled workforce to provide high quality services for Western Australians with mental health and AOD-related issues, now and into the future. This framework will help us reach that goal. It will help shape the future of the mental health and alcohol and other drug workforce and provides broad, high level guidance on workforce planning and development actions that can be implemented across the State." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Boost for WA premium food and beverage producers30775Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4780html20/07/2018 1:32:09 AM2018-07-20T00:00:00Z $120,000 in grants for three Western Australian premium food and beverage producers Funds to help expand business operations and grow employment opportunities in agrifood industries The McGowan Government has today announced $120,000 in business grants to Western Australian food and beverage producers as part of the Premium Food and Beverage Investor Ready Incentive Scheme. Premium Wagyu beef producer Irongate, pome fruit export packing facility Newton Orchards and premium juice company Pressed Earth were the successful recipients of the grants totalling $120,000. Each business offers a unique business development and growth opportunity, with potential to create jobs and grow the production of agriculture and food in WA. The incentive scheme targeted premium food and beverage businesses with a turnover of up to $20 million, with the aim of supporting them to become more investor ready and improve their capacity to attract growth capital. Recipients will use the funds to engage specialist expertise to develop their business models, and are required to match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar co-contribution basis. The businesses will be supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The incentive scheme provides support to Western Australian businesses to attract investment, allowing them to expand their operations, develop their product and service offerings, and advance their export capabilities. "The successful businesses have shown that with some financial support, they can attract the right investor to supercharge their growth. "These grants will generate long-term benefits for the regions and the State, creating job opportunities and flow-on benefits to local communities and businesses." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Consortium identifies job creating opportunities and industry growth30768Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7660html20/07/2018 1:27:52 AM2018-07-19T05:05:00Z Lithium and Energy Materials talks centre on building global industry McGowan Government to build on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Western Australia has all the materials required for battery production The Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Consortium met today to ensure Western Australia capitalises on its status as the world's leading producer of lithium. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston acknowledged the important contributions made today from all attendees towards the development of the McGowan Government's Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy for WA. The strategy will be fast-tracked for completion within six months. It will deliver strategic direction and confidence to industry and its stakeholders, and assist in accessing Commonwealth funding to facilitate economic growth and diversification, job creation and research outcomes. Advances in vehicle and battery storage technology has driven demand for lithium and related energy materials. Our competitiveness in the battery supply chain is the highest in the early 'raw materials'. This is followed by the 'processes materials' phase, which WA is developing. Processing will add substantial value to WA's lithium industry with increases in the value of the products shipped overseas, job creation and increased expertise in a growing industry. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government is fulfilling its election commitment to encourage the development of battery technologies and downstream processing in Western Australia. "The battery materials industry has the potential to transform the State, creating jobs and diversifying the local economy. "The Consortium brought together Government and industry representatives, from across the battery value chain, to identify the key initiatives required to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Western Australia." Minister's office 6552 6700
WA is the perfect launching pad for the Australian Space Agency30767Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6030html19/07/2018 12:31:56 AM2018-07-18T22:30:00Z Science, Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly to meet with Australian Space Agency head Dr Megan Clark AC in Perth today Minister and Chief Scientist to pitch WA as the base of the Australian Space Agency WA has the geography, capability and local expertise to have a thriving space industry The McGowan Government is today ramping up its calls for Australia's new Australian Space Agency to be based in Perth. Science, Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly will today meet with Dr Megan Clark AC, the head of the Australian Space Agency, to bolster WA's pitch as the perfect base for the agency. In June, a report by ACIL Allen was released which showed Western Australia would be an ideal home for the Australian Space Agency. The report found WA has geographic advantages and expertise required to have a thriving space industry, which aligns with the objectives of the Australian Space Agency. There are already 74 international and Australian companies with a presence in WA operating in space and space-related services. Western Australia has already been involved in the space industry for nearly 60 years and has been involved in major projects such as the European Space Agency's ground station at New Norcia, a range of commercial space communications stations, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly "Growing the space industry in WA will create local jobs, provide more opportunities for our local businesses and help diversify the WA economy. "Earlier this month, the State Government held an Industry Roundtable to further solidify WA's position as the perfect home for the Australian Space Agency. "From this roundtable we have identified new opportunities for WA in the Australian Space Agency. "Along with a WA-headquartered national space agency, there is an opportunity for a locally-based mission control centre and the McGowan Government is prepared to co-fund a new robotics and artificial intelligence innovation hub. "Everyone knows WA has the geography, capability and local expertise to have a thriving space industry, we just need the Federal Liberal Government to commit to basing the agency here." Comments attributed to WA Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken "Following up on the ACIL Allen report and the recent industry meetings, WA is incredibly well positioned to be the headquarters of the Australian Space Agency. "It has been a pleasure working closely with Dr Megan Clark and I look forward to continuing to work closely with her to see how Western Australia can contribute to the development of the Australian Space Agency." Minister's office - 6552 6100