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Exploration increase a strong indicator for WA resources sector3051Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml12/11/2019 6:22:49 AM2019-11-12T06:15:00Z ​Round 20 of the EIS co-funded drilling program offers $4.93 million to 41 projects The search for battery minerals, gold and nickel dominate this round Potash an emerging industry, with applications for exploration increasing The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has reviewed 64 applications for the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) co-funded drilling program. Successful Round 20 applicants will receive up to $4.93 million for 41 projects, with the majority of projects located in the Eastern Goldfields, exploring for nickel and gold. A third of the applicants are searching for battery commodities and this is dominated by nickel, or nickel-cobalt exploration. Other commodities include vanadium and lithium. Applications listing potash as the exploration target are now a regular occurrence for co-funding. The applications reflect an emerging industry sector, which is being supported by the McGowan Government with the introduction of new lower tenure rental rates for mining leases. Since it commenced in 2009, the EIS drilling program has offered funding to more than 940 projects resulting in more than 800,000 metres of drilling across the State. The next round of the program opens in February 2020. For more information on the projects, visit http// and for more on the McGowan Government's Future Battery Industry stategy visit https// Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Collectively the 64 applicants requested nearly $8 million dollars for co-funded drilling reflecting positive activity in resource exploration, a great sign for Western Australia. "It's great to see such a diverse range of battery and traditional minerals, such as base metals and gold, with gold experiencing a strong market value this past financial year. "The McGowan Government is supporting Western Australia's mining sector, which is helping increase employment figures and the number of mining tenements and exploration licences." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Have a Go Day hitting the shores of Burswood Park tomorrow3049Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml12/11/2019 5:06:01 AM2019-11-12T05:05:00Z Western Australia's best free seniors event returns for Seniors Week 2019 Have a Go Day coordinated by the Seniors Recreation Council of WA, with support from the McGowan GovernmentWestern Australia's top seniors event Have a Go Day returns to Burswood Park tomorrow as Seniors Week 2019 celebrations roll on. The free annual event - now in its 27th year - provides information, demonstrations and opportunities for older Western Australians to try out a wealth of community-based activities and programs. This year's Have a Go Day features over 230 activities, including tai chi, yoga, dancing, land sailing and canoeing. It also offers free health checks, fitness activities, cooking demonstrations and a range of music and dance performances. The event runs from 9am-3pm, with a free shuttle bus service operating from Burswood Station and Burswood Park over the course of the day. Have a Go Day 2019 is coordinated by the Seniors Recreation Council, with support from the State Government. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "Have a Go Day gets bigger and better every year, always offering a wide range of community activities and social outlets for older Western Australians to explore. "There have never been more social and recreational options available to older people than there are today - with Have a Go Day providing the ideal one-stop shop to try what's on offer out in our communities. "Nobody embodies the spirit of Have a Go Day quite as strongly as Seniors Recreation Council President Hugh Rogers - and I commend him and his team for once again putting on this terrific event." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Perth City lights up to welcome families to best ever Christmas trail3050Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml12/11/2019 5:06:03 AM2019-11-12T05:00:00Z 2019 City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail bigger and better with 27 light installations across the city - a big increase from the 18 installations in 2018 Christmas Lights Trail launches this Friday evening and will run every night until December 26 State Government funding, through Lotterywest, will help activate the city and encourage people to visit local shops, bars and restaurants, providing a boost to the local economy Launch of Christmas Lights Trail coincides with the start of a three-hour free parking initiative in the CityPerth will earn its title as the City of Lights again this festive period, with the City of Perth's Christmas Lights Trail featuring 27 light installations across the CBD creating an amazing free experience for young families, holiday shoppers and tourists. Premier Mark McGowan has helped spark the beginning of the City of Perth's festive season, with the announcement of a $685,000 Lotterywest grant towards the City of Perth. The funding allocation is for three events over summer, the Christmas Lights Trail ($150,000), New Year's Eve celebrations ($100,000) and 2020 Australia Day Skyworks ($435,000). The three events will activate Perth and encourage up to 300,000 people to visit the city centre, filling local retail shops, bars and restaurants, supporting local jobs and providing a boost to the CBD economy. Weekend entertainment will feature throughout the malls, along with roving performances within Forrest Chase, Raine Square, Kings Square and the Perth Cultural Centre on Friday and Saturday evenings. The free three-hour parking trial, which launches this Friday, will open up 1,674 car bays in central CBD retail positions at His Majesty's Theatre, Pier Street and the Perth Cultural Centre on weekends and public holidays. The trial will also include free parking along the East Perth and West Perth retail strips. The McGowan Government is continuing to work closely with the City of Perth and other agencies to encourage more people into the City over this festive season, with other initiatives including a trial of free three-hour parking and further funding for homelessness services. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Our city will light up again this festive season, with 27 unique light installations spread across the CBD making this our best Christmas Lights Trail yet. "For families with young children, the Christmas Lights Trail is really something special, putting smiles on the faces of thousands of WA kids. "This is a great opportunity for local families to visit the city and spend some time exploring each of the different, unique areas while following the Christmas Lights Trail. "With 1,674 car bays in central CBD locations opening with free parking for three hours from this Friday, every Western Australian can come into the city and experience the Christmas Lights Trail for free. "Events and initiatives like this will provide a much needed boost to the local economy and help support local jobs in our capital city." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "The Christmas Lights trail is a proven success at activating our city by encouraging families and visitors to follow the trail through different parts of the city, with increased foot traffic for local businesses nearby. "That's why it's fantastic to see the Christmas lights program expanded, increasing coverage across the CBD and precincts." Comments attributed to City of Perth Commissioner Andrew Hammond "The City of Perth is proud to ring in the festive season with our biggest Christmas program ever thanks to support from the State Government through Lotterywest. "The return of the much-anticipated Christmas Lights Trail will herald a spectacular line-up of free family fun and entertainment plus unique shopping and dining experiences inviting everyone to experience the joy of Christmas in the city." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Grants announced for International Day of People with Disability3048Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml12/11/2019 3:19:37 AM2019-11-12T03:15:00Z 84 grants provided for community events and activities Promoting the participation and inclusion of people with disability Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced the 84 successful grant recipients ahead of next month's celebrations to mark the United Nations' International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) 2019. The UN-sanctioned IDPwD on December 3 celebrates achievements and contributions of people with disability, with a focus on striving for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers. This year, the number of events and activities in Western Australia held on or around IDPwD has increased substantially, with 84 grants of up to $1,000 provided by the McGowan Government. As part of this year's theme for IDPwD, the WA grants will help raise awareness about the importance of participation and inclusion for people living with disability. Events start on November 23 and cover the entire State, from Perth to the Great Southern, Goldfields and the far north. Activities range from awards events, free performances and workshops to exhibitions, including athletics and Para Dance display. For more information about the IDPwD and a calendar of events, visit https// Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The UN International Day of People with Disability celebrates the achievements and contributions of people with disability and is a valuable opportunity to acknowledge the importance of their participation in society. "The McGowan Government is proud to once again support so many outstanding initiatives and events across Western Australia that bring people together, break down barriers and give people with disability a voice. "Events for the International Day of People with Disability provides an opportunity for improving people's lives and promoting greater inclusiveness and equality." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Rockingham kids set to benefit from Lotterywest grant3047Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml12/11/2019 1:04:01 AM2019-11-12T01:00:00Z $985,000 Lotterywest grant for fit-out and refurbish new Rockingham Youth Centre The Centre will increase community connection and offer support for young people Members of the City of Rockingham's Youth Work and Youth Development teams to relocate from the City's administration building Rockingham residents aged between 12-24 expected to increase by 10,600 by 2036Premier Mark McGowan today presented a Lotterywest grant of $985,000 to the City of Rockingham for the fit-out and refurbishment of the Rockingham Youth Centre. The Centre, which is located in the heart of Rockingham on Mackinnon Street, aims to create a safe space where young people can hang out without the fear of being moved on, and learn new skills in ways they can relate to. When up and running, the Centre will host a range of early intervention and prevention workshops, skill development sessions, forums and community events alongside leadership programs including Youth Reference Group, Junior Council, Skate Park Reference Group, and employability, life skills and recreation and cultural skills development opportunities; as well as being a place to meet friends and have fun. The Centre will also house spaces for study, along with leadership, art and recreation programs. The number of Rockingham residents aged 12-24 is expected to increase by about 10,600 by 2036, so it's important vital infrastructure and services are in place to cater for growing demand. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I am proud to support my local community in building resources that will allow the younger members of Rockingham to connect with their City. "This Centre will host a range of workshops that will develop life skills and become a hub for young residents to take positive steps towards their future. "The Rockingham Youth Centre will be a space for young people to make their own, ensuring they have somewhere to go that's safe and empowers them to develop skills for their future. "Rockingham is one of the fastest growing cities in the State and projects like this are helping to create a prosperous and well connected community." Minister's office - 6552 5200
Energy utilities and TAFE join forces to upskill WA workers3045Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml12/11/2019 12:32:44 AM2019-11-11T23:30:00Z More than 100 workers to be upskilled to service the future electrical landscape Western Power and Horizon Power workers start course to become electrical fitters Western Power will install 57 standalone power systems by 2020 The cleaner, lower cost and more reliable delivery of electricity to customers across Western Australia is requiring new skills in the energy sector. The State Government has taken action by investing in a first-of-its-kind training program to upskill its energy utility workers in new energy technology solutions, such as standalone power systems. On Monday, 12 Western Power and Horizon Power electricity supply industry distribution powerlines and cable jointing workers commenced a 12-month program at North Metropolitan TAFE to become trade qualified electrical fitters. Once qualified, the employees will be able to operate, maintain and repair standalone power systems, which combine solar, battery and diesel generation. The Horizon Power Port Hedland and Karratha-based employees will be able to maintain and repair the North West interconnected system transmission terminal yards and distribution substations in the Pilbara, as well as the new Onslow utility grade solar farm and battery. The training program is a collaboration between TAFE, Horizon Power, Western Power, and the WA Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council. By 2020, Horizon Power will have installed 17 standalone power systems for customers living in the Neridup and Beaumont farming areas in the Goldfields-Esperance region. This new training initiative complements Western Power's existing partnership with TAFE to develop skills for the growing rollout of standalone power units. Western Power will install a further 57 standalone power systems this year, which is Australia's biggest rollout. Comments attributed to Education Minister Sue Ellery "The WA Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council and North Metropolitan TAFE are working closely with industry to ensure we have a workforce skilled to support energy transformation. "This training program will ensure we keep jobs in our regions by futureproofing our workforce with the necessary skills and qualifications." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The energy sector is experiencing a rapid transformation worldwide; it's important we have the appropriate training programs available to upskill our workers and ensure they're equipped to meet the technological requirements of the future. "The McGowan Government is committed to delivering a cleaner, brighter and more resilient energy supply for Western Australians for decades to come." Education Minister's office - 6552 5700 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
TAFE Partnership with Rio Tinto delivers an Australian first3046Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml12/11/2019 12:33:44 AM2019-11-11T23:00:00Z Australia's first Certificate IV in remote operations to be offered by South Metropolitan TAFE in 2020 Industry collaboration creates pathway to jobs in the field of automation McGowan Government continues to work with industry to train Western Australians for jobs of the future Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the introduction of a ground‑breaking course in remote operations - the first of its kind in Australia. Starting at South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) Munster campus in 2020, the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations was developed through the Resource Industry Collaboration, a landmark partnership between the McGowan Government, SMTAFE and Rio Tinto Iron Ore. The partnership aims to ensure Western Australian workers are prepared for industry advancements, innovation and automation, and reflects the Government's commitment to collaborating with industry to create a highly skilled workforce. Approximately 30 Rio Tinto Iron Ore employees will be involved in the pilot of the new qualification. Pending successful completion of the pilot, the first course will start in 2021. Combining integrated learning in a control centre, the new qualification is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to work at some of Australia's top-tier automation facilities, such as Rio Tinto's Remote Operations Centre in Perth. Today's announcement follows the introduction of two additional automation courses in June 2019, a Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations and a micro-credential course for apprentices and technicians, developed under the same Industry Collaboration. Rio Tinto has committed $2 million towards the development of these qualifications, providing pathways to emerging jobs in the field of automation and placing WA at the forefront of technological development in the resources sector. The Resource Industry Collaboration is led by WA State Training Board Chair Jim Walker and includes Rio Tinto, Santos, Yara, Komatsu, BHP, FMG, South32, Roy Hill, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, TAFE WA, the University of Western Australia and Scitech. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "TAFE is an important pathway for many Western Australians - whether you're just out of school or looking for retraining opportunities, this new course will provide a unique set of skills, setting workers up for the new jobs being created through technological innovation. "These new courses will allow us to maintain our competitive advantage as a leader in automation technology in Australia, ensuring the continued diversification of our economy and helping local workers assist the mining industry well into the future. "Congratulations to Rio Tinto, South Metro TAFE and all members of the Resource Industry Collaboration in making this new course a reality." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This is a great example of the State Government and industry working together to ensure the training sector is responsive to technological advancements, providing opportunities for Western Australians to acquire the skills needed for emerging career paths. "Western Australia is a global leader in automation and this pioneering course will allow our community to take full advantage of the many opportunities automation is expected to deliver to industry and the WA economy in the near future. "The McGowan Government is also supporting TAFE to help make Western Australians more skilled for the workforce through the recent announcement that fees for 34 high priority courses would be cut by 50 per cent from next year." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Cutting red tape to help patients access medicinal cannabis3044Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml12/11/2019 12:26:45 AM2019-11-11T22:00:00Z General practitioners authorised to prescribe medicinal cannabis without specialist approval Follows analysis and review of data over three years Changes align Western Australia with other Australian jurisdictionsThe McGowan Labor Government has made it easier for patients to access medicinal cannabis by allowing GP's to prescribe the medication without the need for referral to a specialist. The change brings Western Australia closer into line with other Australian jurisdictions including New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. By eliminating the need for a specialist prescription, patients who may suffer conditions such as multiple sclerosis and chronic pain can access medicinal cannabis through a visit to their GP. Doctors will still be required to seek specialist approval when prescribing for children under the age of 16 and for patients who are drug dependent or have a history of drug use. The change comes following a Department of Health review of three years of prescribing data, collated since the Commonwealth first introduced legislative changes to allow the manufacture of medical cannabis products. From November 2016 until August 2019 there were 876 approvals to prescribe medicinal cannabis in Western Australia. Medicinal cannabis products are not approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration or funded by the federally controlled Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme. They remain classified as controlled drugs throughout Australia. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Medicinal Cannabis is often prescribed as a drug of last resort for people who are suffering and in terrible pain, this announcement underpins the McGowan Government commitment to putting patients first. "The new changes bring Western Australia closer into line with other states and territories and follow detailed analysis of three years' worth of data by the WA Department of Health. "Whilst the listing of medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is the responsibility of the Federal Government, it is important for the Commonwealth to have a flexible system that expedites affordable access to new and emerging healthcare treatments." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Construction of the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Koodaideri Road Over Rail Bridge3027Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4230html11/11/2019 5:42:21 AM2019-11-11T05:35:00Z Another bridge to keep Great Northern Highway safe in the Pilbara Main Roads managed project to create 40 local jobs Completion of new bridge expected in mid-2020A $23 million contract has been awarded to a Joint Venture between ACCIONA Geotech and Clough Projects (ACJV), for roadworks and bridgeworks on Great Northern Highway just north of Auski Roadhouse. The project will involve the construction of a new bridge, carrying Great Northern Highway traffic over the proposed Rio Tinto Iron Ore Koodaideri Rail Line, ensuring the safety of all motorists using Great Northern Highway once the mine is in operation. The works also include the construction and realignment of 3.6 kilometres of Great Northern Highway and a new intersection at the Rio Tinto mine access road, to be constructed as part of the Rio Tinto Koodaideri project. Construction of the project will begin in November 2019 with completion expected in June 2020. The project, funded by Rio Tinto and managed by Main Roads, is expected to create a minimum of 40 local jobs. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Rio Tinto has acknowledged the potential risk to the public with their rail operations and are to be commended on their proactive approach to engage Main Roads to construct a new bridge - the safest possible crossing infrastructure for the travelling public. "An average of 721 vehicles per day use this section of Great Northern Highway, around two-thirds of which are heavy vehicles. "This project will significantly increase efficiency and improve safety for road users by eliminating the road/rail conflict." Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA remembers: 101 years since signing of Armistice3026Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2490html11/11/2019 2:21:59 AM2019-11-11T02:15:00ZToday, November 11, is Remembrance Day. Today also marks the 101st anniversary of the signing of the Armistice to end the Great War, and the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice Day service which was held at the (then) new Cenotaph in London. It is also 100 years since the last troop ship returned to Fremantle. While that was a happy occasion for many families the moment was bittersweet thousands of families across Western Australia mourned the death of loved ones who would never return home. Over a third of Western Australian men between 18 and 41 served in this conflict. 50 per cent of those were either killed or wounded. The deaths of 6000 young Western Australians literally decimated a generation. Official estimates are that about 1,000 Indigenous Australians - out of an estimated population of 93,000 in 1901 - fought in the First World War, though the real number is probably higher. It's also often overlooked that 2,139 Australian nurses served overseas with the Australian Army Nursing Service and Britain's Imperial Military Nursing Service, and 29 Australian nurses died from disease or injuries either on active service or from injuries or illness sustained during their service. Over the decades, the day has had a number of names, and in Australia November 11 has for some decades been known as Remembrance Day. Each year on this day Australians observe one minute's silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. Across the globe, ceremonies will honour the memory of men and women who sacrificed their lives in the service of their countries. A video will be screened at 11am, November 11 2019, at Yagan Square, the Northbridge superscreen, the Perth Cultural Centre and made available to schools across WA. Services will be held at war memorials and schools across WA, at which the 'Last Post' will be played and the minute's silence observed. Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "From an Australian population of fewer than 5 million, 416,809 men enlisted for the Great War, including 32,231 Western Australians. "In total, more than 60,000 Australians were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner, making the Great War the most devastating conflict for Australia in terms of deaths and casualties. "In the 105 years since the outbreak of The Great War, there remains an enduring significance of their sacrifice in the hearts and minds of Australians. "This spirit carried Australians through the Second World War, the Malayan Emergency, the Korean War, Borneo, Vietnam and more recently, Iraq and Afghanistan. "Today, Australia's servicemen and women are among the best in the world. "They are highly trained, experienced professionals who have committed to serving something bigger than themselves. "Each Remembrance Day we honour those service men and women who have defended our values and freedoms, in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. "We also should remember those Australian service men and women who have lost their lives in training incidents - the price, it can be said, for maintaining the highest of standards. "We acknowledge all current and former members of our defence forces - the men and women who serve our country on a daily basis." Minister's office - 6552 5300