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Community invited to comment on the impacts of methamphetamine use in WA27809Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/01/2018 4:00:24 AM2018-01-16T04:00:00Z The first-hand experiences of Western Australians directly affected by methamphetamine use are being sought by the McGowan Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Reducing harm, supply and demand of methamphetamine is a key priority for the McGowan Labor Government, with $131.7 million committed to implementing the Methamphetamine Action Plan The McGowan Labor Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan (MAP) Taskforce is undertaking public consultation and is seeking comments from those affected by methamphetamine in Western Australia. Members of the community, including individuals and families directly affected, as well as health service providers, community workers and business owners, are invited to contribute their views through the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce website. Community views and insights are vital in helping the MAP Taskforce formulate its advice to the State Government on practical ways to reduce harm, supply and demand of methamphetamine in WA. The online comment period is open until March 16, 2018. As part of the McGowan Government's State-wide plan, the taskforce will provide advice to the State Government on gaps in services and how programs can best meet the needs of the community, in particular targeting areas of greatest need. Chaired by Ron Alexander, and including members of the community and experts in the field, the taskforce will also provide advice on opportunities for better collaboration between government agencies, communities and businesses. The taskforce will also investigate the potential for successful interstate or overseas programs to be adapted to WA circumstances. Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Understanding the views, insights and challenges faced by those directly affected by methamphetamine use is vital to the work of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce. "I encourage anyone affected to take the opportunity to comment, as their insight will help shape the taskforce's advice to Government on how to respond to the complexities and challenges of WA's meth issue and how best to meet the needs of those most vulnerable in our community." Minister's office - 6552 6500
One-stop shop launched to streamline water and environmental assessments27807Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/01/2018 1:00:08 AM2018-01-16T01:00:00Z New online gateway to modernise water and environmental assessments and approvals process Part of the McGowan Government's public sector reforms to improve public access to government departments and agencies The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has developed a new one-stop shop service for water and environmental assessments and approvals. Water Minister Dave Kelly and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today launched the new service which is available through the department's website. Project applicants that require environmental and water approvals can now engage with the department through a single contact point supported by a new internal co-ordination framework that will save time and improve the service for applicants. The creation of this new one-stop shop service is consistent with the McGowan Government's Public Sector Reform which is designed to improve customer access to government services and overall response times. The department's improvements to online service delivery demonstrate how agencies can contribute to and support the Government's drive for digital transformation across the public sector. In July 2017, the departments of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority amalgamated to become the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "To drive economic growth in WA, we need to make it easier for the public and industry to do business with government departments. "That is why we amalgamated the various departments in July 2017 and are now improving the approvals process to deliver a better customer experience. "Previously industry would have had to approach potentially three different agencies (Department of Water, Department of Environmental Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority) to ascertain what environmental approvals they would require for their project. "But now with this new online one-stop shop, all the information they require is at their fingertips." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "As a Government, we are committed to simplifying what can often be complex government processes without compromising on our environmental rigour. "Many project assessments previously required proponents to bounce from one door to another, causing frustration with the process. "Today's go live on the new webpage will be welcomed by industry and our stakeholders as a better way to do business." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Funding to build stronger regional communities27803Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/01/2018 12:07:03 AM2018-01-16T00:05:00Z More than $700,000 awarded to 39 regional local governments Youth development grants and scholarships to provide job opportunities for young people Community development grants and scholarships to help build community partnerships Ensures regional communities are sustainable into the future More than $700,000 has been injected into regional communities for local governments to provide job opportunities for young people and build stronger partnerships with the community sector. A total of 70 grants have been awarded to 39 country local governments across four programs through the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF). Under the Community Development Grants Program, a total of $224,486 was awarded to 14 local governments to undertake programs involving best practice in community development and working in partnership with the not-for-profit sector and community. A further $450,000 has been awarded through the Youth Development Scholarship and Youth Development Traineeship programs to 30 local governments. The funding will enable young people in the regions to develop long-term employment skills and expose them to future employment opportunities within local government. An additional six grants were awarded through the Community Development Scholarship Program to offer accredited training to country local government employees to build their capacity to deliver community development initiatives within their community. The CLGF has provided more than $5 million in funding over two years to improve the capacity of country local government. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "This is an example of the State Government's commitment to investing in the future of local government in WA. "By giving young people opportunities to start or further careers in the local government sector while living in their local area, we are contributing to the attraction and retention of young people in the regions. "A partnership approach to community development can also assist to manage these challenges to ensure that local governments are sustainable into the future." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Local governments in the regions experience unique challenges such as remoteness, limited economic opportunities and an ageing population. "These grants will give our regional local governments more opportunity to develop the capacity to deliver the services, regional communities need." Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
First public feedback for Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET sought27802Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements30html16/01/2018 12:01:52 AM2018-01-16T00:00:00Z Communities along future Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET alignment to assist planning process Options analysis for Morley-Ellenbrook rail line underway Survey to gauge community vision for planning and transport The McGowan Government and METRONET team have launched the first public consultation process for the future Morley-Ellenbrook Line. A survey available to residents along the future rail corridor will feed into the McGowan Government's planning for the METRONET rail project. Communities in the area have been invited to complete the online survey about their current travel habits and future needs as part of the planning process for the METRONET rail line to Ellenbrook via Morley. The rail line will provide Perth's growing north-east suburbs with improved transport connections, and create new communities around integrated station precincts. The online survey results will gauge what the community values, their vision for the area and provide a better understanding of current travel habits. Work is already underway on assessing the technical feasibility of the preferred alignment, preliminary site investigations, land use planning and high level concept design including potential grade separations and stations. The work will be supported by planning specialists when the major consultancy tender is awarded in coming weeks. Meanwhile, the METRONET team has also started discussions with relevant local governments and other key stakeholders. Residents and businesses in the communities around Ellenbrook, Aveley, Henley Brook, Dayton, Brabham, Bennett Springs, Morley, Malaga, Ballajura and surrounding suburbs are asked to complete the online survey. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Building a rail line to Ellenbrook is a major priority for the McGowan Government, and since starting the project from scratch last year, we have made significant planning progress. "I have worked closely with the METRONET team, local governments and stakeholders - it's now time to hear from the local residents. "To ensure the rail line represents the best outcome for the local community, we want to understand and hear from residents on what your community means to you, and what you'd like to see it look like in the future. "In the interim, I think it's important that we as a Government hear from the people of these communities about the METRONET plan, and how we will be creating vibrant, connected transport precincts through our integrated plan." Comments attributed to Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson "The METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook line will serve residents of Morley and Noranda extremely well. "The new train line will reduce congestion on our local roads and make it easier and safer for residents to commute to school and work. "To make sure we see the best outcome for our suburbs, it is important that the Government hears from local residents. "I will be encouraging local residents in Morley and Noranda to have their say in this survey and I look forward to hearing their ideas." Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw "The Ellenbrook rail line was the number one local commitment during the election and people continue to tell me how important it is to them. I am just so pleased that the McGowan Government is listening to our community and getting on with the job. "Ellenbrook rail will transform the area; it will activate our town centre and make it the satellite city that was envisaged 20 years ago. "The Ellenbrook Station Precinct will create new jobs and business opportunities for locals. Getting the design right will help make sure we have a vibrant and energetic town centre. "Combined with our Lord Street upgrades, East-West Bus Link and the NorthLink WA Project, residents in Ellenbrook, Aveley and The Vines will finally have the infrastructure they need and deserve. "We have a great opportunity to tell the Government what we want from our rail service. Please make sure that you complete this survey to make sure that our voices are heard." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance following December’s Tropical Cyclone Hilda27801Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements70html15/01/2018 11:57:08 PM2018-01-15T21:00:00Z Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and the Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan today announced the activation of disaster assistance for Broome in response to the impacts from Tropical Cyclone Hilda on 27 December 2017. Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). "The Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to working together to help the recovery of disaster affected communities like the local government area of Broome," Mr Taylor said. "The north of Western Australia has again faced heavy rains and winds this week from Cyclone Joyce. This assistance announced today will help recovery efforts from the earlier Cyclone Hilda event just after Christmas, including restoration and replacement of road infrastructure and removal of debris from residential properties." Minister Logan said that a range of assistance was now available to support eligible residents, small businesses and primary producers within the disaster affected local government area of Broome. "We are also providing assistance to councils and state agencies to cover the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged public infrastructure," Mr Logan said. Assistance available under the NDRRA may include personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers, and freight subsidies for primary producers. The Department of Communities administers this assistance. To enquire about this assistance, people should contact or call 1800 032 965. Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at and the Western Australian Office of Emergency Management website at Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Grants to help reduce waste27799Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3380html15/01/2018 8:35:11 AM2018-01-15T08:30:00Z $1 million for organisations that target waste management priorities The McGowan Labor Government has confirmed its commitment to waste reduction - offering $1 million to support projects that divert waste from landfill. Announcing the funding today, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has called for projects that champion better waste management practices and improve awareness of the need to reduce waste. The Community and Industry Engagement program is an opportunity to gain financial backing for projects that address the State Government's waste management priority areas, including minimising food and plastic waste and improving the use of recycled construction and demolition products. Previous funding recipients include the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's bin tagging program - highlighting what can be recycled through the city's kerbside collection service - and Curtin University's research into the use of recycled aggregate concrete. The funding - from the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account - is available for community groups, industry, local governments, regional councils, State Government agencies, peak bodies, and research and educational institutes. For more information on the Community and Industry Engagement program or to apply for funding, go to the Waste Authority's website. Applications close at 12pm on Monday February 12, 2018. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Reducing waste is an important issue for the McGowan Labor Government and we have already made progress with initiatives such as the proposed ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags and the introduction of a container deposit scheme. "The Community and Industry Engagement program provides an opportunity to get financial backing for projects that address the State Government's waste management priorities to help Western Australia become a more sustainable low waste community. "I encourage funding applications to tackle issues such as reducing waste generation, diverting waste from landfill and community and industry education." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Optus Stadium on track for record-breaking AFL Women's crowd27787Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4720html14/01/2018 11:24:26 PM2018-01-14T23:20:00Z Fremantle Dockers to play Collingwood on Saturday, February 10, 2018 Tickets on sale to the general public at 9am (AWST) tomorrow (January 16) Match a chance to attract Australia's biggest-ever crowd for a standalone women's sporting match Western Australians are encouraged to support Optus Stadium's push to attract the country's biggest-ever crowd for a standalone women's sporting match when the Fremantle Dockers play Collingwood on Saturday, February 10. More than 30,000 fans are expected at the match, which would break the AFLW attendance record, and put into play the possibility of eclipsing the Australian-record women's sport attendance of 41,000 - which has stood since 1929. The match is expected to smash the current Fremantle Dockers Women's record home crowd of 10,000. With tickets only $2, including free public transport, the match is an ideal opportunity for those who did not get a Community Open Day ticket to be among the first to visit Optus Stadium. Tickets to the match will be available for purchase via the Ticketmaster website from 9am tomorrow (January 16). All proceeds will be donated to the Starlight Foundation and the Fremantle Dockers Foundation. Ahead of the match, fans will be able to watch the Fremantle Dockers men's team train for the first time on the Optus Stadium playing surface, followed by a signing and photo session. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "This match gives all Western Australians the opportunity to be part of sporting history. Not only will it be the first football match played at Optus Stadium, it is on track to break the attendance record for the AFLW. "There is even a chance of breaking the Australian record crowd for a standalone women's match, which would beat Adelaide Oval's 89-year-old record. "For anyone who didn't get a ticket to the Community Open Day, this is a great opportunity to be one of the first to visit Optus Stadium - at a cost of only $2." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "The fact the AFLW secured the first football match at Optus Stadium shows just how far women's sport has come in this State. "The current AFLW record crowd is 24,568, held by Carlton and Collingwood, and we want everyone's help to surpass that and bring the record home to Western Australia. If we could even top the all-time Australian record that would be sensational. "We have seen huge increases in participation and interest in recent years in a whole range of women's sports - and AFL Women's has been instrumental to that success." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600
State Government funding to help Western Australians stay sun safe769818Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5900html13/01/2018 2:53:00 AM2018-01-13T00:00:00Z Almost $900,000 in Healthway grants for sun safety education and awareness programs Cancer Council receives $825,000 for its SunSmart awareness campaign Telethon Kids Institute benefits from $74,956 research funding grant for new online sun safety tool Health Minister Roger Cook today announced Healthway grants totalling $899,956 towards the education and promotion of sun safety to reduce the incidence of skin cancer. Two in three Australians will develop skin cancer before the age of 70, and every year more than 2,300 people die from the disease. In Western Australia in 2014, more than 230 people died from skin cancer (melanoma and non-melanoma). A grant of $825,000 has been allocated to the Cancer Council of Western Australia to continue its SunSmart awareness campaign until the end of 2020. The funding, provided by the State Government through Healthway, will go towards sun protection awareness raising initiatives such as the continuation of the digital outdoor worker ultraviolet (UV) daily campaign and SunSmart fashion project in partnership with Curtin University. In addition, more than $74,000 has also been granted to the Telethon Kids Institute to develop and test an online tool, targeted at teenagers - in particular those aged 12-13, to improve awareness of good sun protection and Vitamin D. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government is committed to supporting initiatives which educate the community about skin cancer and prevention. "By remembering to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide when the UV is 3 or higher, people can minimise their exposure to UV radiation, and reduce their risk of developing skin cancers. "During the height of summer, while many of us are holidaying and spending time outdoors, it is timely to remember the importance of sun safe behaviour to help prevent skin cancer." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Independent review of assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy legislation769817Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5070html13/01/2018 2:39:22 AM2018-01-12T23:00:00Z Independent review of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 and Surrogacy Act 2008 Provides an opportunity for public consultation and a strong foundation for updating the regulation of assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy The McGowan Government today announced an independent review of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (HRT) and the Surrogacy Act 2008. There is considerable public interest in assisted reproductive technology (ART) and surrogacy as about one in six couples have difficulty in conceiving a baby; about four per cent of births in Australia occur through assisted reproductive technology. There have been significant developments in technology and changes in community attitudes to ART and surrogacy. The relevant Western Australian laws are out of step with other Australian States and Territories. The review will provide a strong foundation for updating the regulation of ART and surrogacy. The terms of reference provide an opportunity for a wide range of complex scientific, ethical and legal issues to be considered in today's society. The review will be undertaken by Associate Professor Sonia Allan, a highly regarded legal academic, who recently completed a review of similar legislation in South Australia. Details of the review can be accessed at http// The closing date for written submissions is 5pm, Friday March 16, 2018. This will be followed by a period of consultation and forums. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "These laws are outdated in parts and are arguably not meeting current needs and developments in practice occurring in other Australian States. "This review is long overdue and I encourage all interested parties to take the time to make a submission, and have their say." Minister's office - 6552 6500 Background The Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (HRT Act) provides for the functions of the Reproductive Technology Council (Council), regulation relating to the practice of, the procedures used in, and the ethics governing human reproductive technology; to make provision with respect to the use of this technology in relation to artificially assisted human conception and for the regulation of certain research; and related purposes. The Surrogacy Act 2008 provides for the regulation of surrogacy arrangements in Western Australia and for the parentage of children born as a result of those arrangements. The legislation also specifically prohibits surrogacy for financial gain.
Grants awarded to community groups to protect river769812Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8770html12/01/2018 5:00:14 AM2018-01-12T05:00:00Z 17 community groups receive funding in first round of Community Rivercare Grants The not-for-profit volunteer groups will share $300,000 in 2018-19 The McGowan Labor Government has today announced the first round of grant recipients for its Community Rivercare Program, which will see $900,000 allocated to community groups over three years via the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The funding will help deliver projects including foreshore restoration and riverbank erosion, reduction of nutrient inflows, native waterbird conservation, native fish habitat protection and restocking of native recreational fish species. Grant projects which received funding in round one include Ellen Brook endangered native fish habitat enhancement; Bannister Creek and Canning River Regional Park boundary enhancement; Bardon Park environmental restoration works; Astley River Park foreshore restoration; Helena River restoration at north bank; Helena Valley restoration west of Scott Street; Attadale foreshore conservation and restoration of riparian vegetation; and Piesse Gully weed control and revegetation. The full list of recipients is available at https// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "By investing in this new program, the McGowan Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to further recognise and support the important work undertaken by volunteers along river foreshores. "Community groups are instrumental in protecting and enhancing the natural values of our rivers, and in turn increasing public enjoyment of vibrant recreational areas. "Congratulations to the 17 groups that have received grants in this first round. I encourage groups to apply for further grants under round two of this program later this year, so we can continue to support these important projects." Minister's office - 6552 5800