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Regional workshops to address palliative care154278Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2017 5:01:43 AM2017-05-24T05:00:00Z ​Geraldton and Busselton to benefit from palliative care awareness campaign Focus on patient's wishes for their future treatment close to end-of-life Geraldton and Busselton will be the beneficiaries of a Western Australian health-funded initiative to increase the awareness of palliative care and other end-of-life issues. Funding of $96,514 has been provided to Palliative Care WA to deliver Advance Care workshops in metropolitan and regional areas. The regional workshops announced today - during National Palliative Care Week - will be delivered in Busselton on Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15 and in Geraldton on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22. People wanting to attend the Busselton workshop should contact 9751 1642 and those seeking to attend the Geraldton workshop should contact 9956 6636. Workshops in Melville, Cockburn and Mandurah have already been delivered as part of the four metropolitan workshops, and another is being planned for Joondalup. A cross-sector group has been established to develop a public awareness campaign to increase understanding of the limits of medical interventions, benefits of palliative care and importance of advance care planning. The group will look at ways to engage and inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and those in remote and rural locations on advance care planning. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Advance care planning initiates the discussion between a patient facing end-of-life and their carers, family and health professionals about the patient's values, beliefs, and treatment and care options. "It focuses in particular on the patient's wishes for their future treatment and care should they no longer be able to make or communicate their decisions at the time they are needed. "These are the first forums of their type to be held in regional WA and are designed to encourage people to think about their end-of-life care matters." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Schools provide platform for Aboriginal reconciliation154274Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2017 4:05:24 AM2017-05-24T04:00:00Z ​In 2017, more than 600 schools from across the State will co-ordinate over 900 PALS projects that aim to increase student's understanding of our unique Aboriginal culture Each school will receive $750 per project from the State Government to support their activities The State Government's PALS (Partnership, Acceptance, Learning, Sharing) program encourages young people to learn more about our unique Aboriginal culture and to be active participants in the reconciliation journey. This year, more than half of all Western Australian schools will co-ordinate a PALS reconciliation activity, including the production of Aboriginal art murals, bush tucker gardens and incursions with Aboriginal elders. Public, private and independent schools from across WA - including schools in Geraldton, South Perth, Wiluna, Broome, Subiaco and Kununurra - will participate. Each school will receive $750 per project from the State Government to support their activities For more information, visit https//www.daa.wa.gov.au/community-development/pals Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "PALS provides an opportunity for students to learn about our unique Aboriginal culture in fun, creative and engaging ways. "Young people genuinely embrace reconciliation, so it is important that cultural awareness is developed early. 'I have always wanted to embed the long and impressive Aboriginal cultural history into the identity of what it means to be 'Australian'. PALS is an important part of this process. "I hope these projects will lead to dinner-time discussions with brothers, sisters and families to further enhance the reconciliation effort." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Flu vaccination rates slump to an alarming low154272Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2017 3:00:59 AM2017-05-24T03:00:00Z ​More than 1,500 Western Australians hospitalised due to flu last year Uptake of influenza vaccine declining, despite risk remaining high Free influenza vaccine available to a number of eligible, at-risk groups New data from the Department of Health has shown the uptake of the flu vaccine has declined, despite the risk of influenza remaining high. In 2016, there were 7,937 confirmed influenza cases in Western Australia, of which 20 per cent (1,580) required hospitalisation. The 65 years and over demographic, which represents 12.3 per cent of the Western Australian population, accounted for 22.5 per cent of total flu cases (1,788). Of this cohort, 23 per cent (722) required hospitalisation for their symptoms. Yet despite these high numbers, the uptake of the flu vaccine in this demographic was 56 per cent in 2016; this is down from 64.2 per cent in 2014. These new findings follow a study led by Princess Margaret Hospital infectious diseases specialist Christopher Blyth which found the vaccination rate for the under-five age group had fallen from about 42 per cent in 2008-09 to just seven per cent in 2010-14. The influenza vaccine is available free through immunisation providers including GP clinics, community health clinics or Aboriginal medical services for eligible, at-risk groups including young children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, pregnant women, people aged 65 years and above, and those with chronic medical conditions. People not eligible for the free vaccine can get it through their GP or at a participating chemist for a small cost. Anyone with concerns about whether they or members of their family should be vaccinated should discuss this with their GP. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Influenza is a highly contagious disease and in severe cases can result in complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and acute respiratory disease and can lead to hospitalisation or even death. "The decline in the number of people getting the influenza vaccine is a startling trend that is unnecessarily jeopardising peoples' health. "It is important people get vaccinated against the flu every year, as last year's vaccine may not protect them from this year's viruses and protection may wane after three to four months. "Now is the best time to be vaccinated to ensure maximum protection for the peak flu season in August and September. "Each year our hospital Emergency Departments are put under extra pressure during the peak flu season, due to patients presenting with flu and flu-like symptoms. "With the onset of colder weather, we will see an increase in the number of flu cases. People can reduce their risk of contracting the flu by getting the flu vaccine now." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Roe 8 jobs secured as environmental rehabilitation gets underway154270Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2017 2:51:58 AM2017-05-24T02:45:00Z ​231 jobs secured on new congestion-busting projects across Perth Sensitive wetlands and valued bushland in Roe 8 corridor to be rehabilitated A community-led group will revegetate the site in the winter months McGowan Government creating more than 6,000 jobs through 18 new road projects across WA The rehabilitation of the Roe 8 site is now underway, marking the conclusion of a successful negotiation process to redeploy workers to new projects and secure jobs. Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today visited workers managing the early rehabilitation program. The initial rehabilitation program forms part of a package of work awarded to the former Roe 8 Alliance to safeguard jobs and bring forward alternative projects that will relieve congestion on Western Australia's road network. The Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group, chaired by the Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley, is overseeing the site remediation and looking at opportunities to maximise community participation in the rehabilitation activities. Initial works by the alliance will focus on weed control, removal of mulch piles and installation of permanent conservation reserve fencing to protect regrowth on the site. In the coming months, the alliance will begin work on three important road upgrades The extension of Murdoch Drive to connect to Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway A dual carriageway on Armadale Road between Anstey and Tapper roads A dual carriageway on Wanneroo Road between Joondalup Drive and Flynn Drive The projects will safeguard the jobs of the design and project development teams following the cancellation of Roe 8 and ensure the scope of each development project is consistent with other works in adjacent areas. Meanwhile, the McGowan Government has committed to a further 15 road projects as part of the recently announced $2.3 billion State and Federal governments road and rail funding agreement. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The start of the rehabilitation program marks a symbolic end to the Perth Freight Link saga. "Our new package of works will address congestion and safety concerns on key sections of our road network and boost job opportunities for Western Australians. "We have delivered on our commitment to save the 231 jobs associated with Roe 8 and look forward to the new projects getting underway soon." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The new projects form part of the largest congestion-busting works program ever undertaken in WA. "These 18 new road projects - fully funded by the Federal and State governments - will transform our road network, leading to smarter, safer and more efficient journey times for all road users. "The rehabilitation program will ensure the local community have their say on the future of these valuable sites." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Increased opening hours for Canning Vale Police Station154268Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2017 1:30:52 AM2017-05-24T01:30:00Z ​Canning Vale Police Station open for longer Expanded opening hours meets key election commitment Expanded service will ensure improved community access to police Canning Vale Police Station is now open to 7pm on weekdays, meeting a key election commitment by the McGowan Labor Government. The increased level of service will ensure the community has greater in-person access to police assistance. The expanded opening hours at Canning Vale Police Station is part of the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to deliver expanded opening hours at Belmont, Canning Vale and Forrestfield police stations. The Canning Vale Police Station is located at 449 Nicholson Road and can be contacted by phoning 9456 9555. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I am pleased to announce residents will now be able to attend the Canning Vale Police Station between the hours of 8am-7pm on weekdays to report any concerns or crimes. "This meets a key election commitment and will ensure the community has greater access to police services in-person. "By expanding the original 8am-4pm weekday opening hours, we are providing local residents with more options to access police services, whether it be to report a crime or seek other police services. "The McGowan Labor Government is focused on delivering a police service that is responsive to community needs, reduces crime, delivers better response times and brings more offenders to justice. "I would like to thank Southern River MLA Terry Healy, and other Labor members in the surrounding electorates, who all played a critical role in the election campaign, hearing the concerns of local residents and using the community feedback to shape our election commitments that are now being delivered." Comments attributed to Southern River MLA Terry Healy "The McGowan Labor Government is delivering on its promise to expand the opening hours of the Canning Vale Police Station. The complex is located on the border of three electorates, and services several more, so this is a great outcome for all residents in the south metropolitan region. "Residents have expressed their concerns about local crime to me and my fellow Labor colleagues in surrounding electorates, and I am pleased to see this election commitment being honoured so quickly by the Government." Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai "I am pleased the McGowan Labor Government has acted immediately to deliver such an important promise to the local community. "Extending the opening hours of the Canning Vale Police Station should result in a much stronger police presence and boost community safety in my electorate." Comments attributed to Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire "I campaigned hard on providing a better policing service to the residents of Thornlie and I'm pleased the Government has acted quickly to honour that promise. "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to making sure people feel safe in their own homes and communities and keeping police stations open when the community needs them." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Funding for waste avoidance projects154266Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2017 12:40:36 AM2017-05-24T00:30:00Z ​New round of funding for Community and Industry Engagement Program $212,950 awarded to five WA projects Four Western Australian organisations will share nearly $215,000 to develop key waste management projects that boost recycling and improve waste management practices. The McGowan Labor Government's Community and Industry Engagement Program will fund five new projects across the State. The City of Cockburn secured nearly $130,000 to promote the rollout of its three-bin kerbside collection service. The funding will help the city to educate residents about the third wheelie bin which is being introduced to recycle garden waste. Curtin University received $50,000 to study the use of construction and demolition wastes as a complete replacement for raw natural aggregates in concretes. Two Western Australian Local Government Association initiatives - kerbside bin tagging and improving waste management for multiple dwelling housing developments - attracted funding totalling $25,000. The Community and Industry Engagement Program is administered by the Waste Authority and funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. For more information, visit http//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/programs/cie/ Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "These grants will help the successful applicants reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill. "The program's main aim is to support projects that contribute to achieving the McGowan Labor Government's targets - including diverting 65 per cent of metropolitan municipal solid waste and 75 per cent of construction and demolition waste from landfill by 2020. "The Better Bins program is key to supporting the State's recycling targets and this Community and Industry Engagement funding will help ensure a successful take-up by Cockburn residents." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Community and Industry Engagement Program - Second Round 2017 Recipients City of Cockburn - $129,704 to support a Better Bins three-bin rollout, including a source separation and education program and a community education and engagement program to complement the garden waste bin implementation; Curtin University - $50,000 to conduct a feasibility study, including technical and sustainability assessment on the effectiveness of the use of construction and demolition wastes as a complete replacement of raw natural aggregates in concretes; Western Australian Local Government Association - $10,000 for a bin tagging program to develop resources and conduct a direct, household by household, intervention that helps to increase recycling and reduce contamination in the recycling, general waste and organics bins; Western Australian Local Government Association - $15,000 to develop better practice guidelines for managing waste from multiple dwelling developments; and Greenskills Inc. - $8,246 for the Sew Cool project - a local Denmark initiative that will upcycle old, stained or normally un-reusable clothing and materials that would otherwise go to landfill.
New judge for the Court of Appeal154279Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2017 5:55:32 AM2017-05-23T23:30:00Z ​Hon. Justice Andrew Beech SC appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal Attorney General John Quigley today announced the appointment of the Hon. Justice Andrew Beech SC as a judge of the Court of Appeal. This appointment fills the vacancy left by the resignation of the Hon. Justice David Newnes as a judge of the Supreme Court and a judge of the Court of Appeal from April 21, 2017. Justice Beech's position becomes effective today following a swearing-in ceremony. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Justice Beech takes up his new appointment today following a successful legal career spanning more than three decades. "Justice Beech was admitted to practice after obtaining a Bachelor of Jurisprudence with Honours in 1983 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1984 at The University of Western Australia. "He completed his articles in 1985 and went on to work as a solicitor at Parker and Parker for a number of years and then later as Crown Prosecutor from 1992 to 1994. "In 1994, he joined Francis Burt Chambers as a barrister and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004. "Between 1997 and 2007, he held various positions including editor of the Western Australian Reports, a lecturer at The University of Western Australia and Hearing Commissioner for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. "Justice Beech was appointed judge of the Supreme Court of WA in 2007 and has been sitting full time as a judge of the Court of Appeal in recent months. "I commend Justice Beech on his appointment as a judge of the Court of Appeal." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Historic election of first female Legislative Council President154087Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/05/2017 7:19:40 AM2017-05-23T07:15:00Z ​Honourable Kate Doust MLC elected as first female Legislative Council President Premier congratulates Ms Doust on her historic election Honourable Sue Ellery MLC WA's first female Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council Premier Mark McGowan today congratulated the Honourable Kate Doust, Member for South Metropolitan Region, on her election as the first female President of the Legislative Council. Ms Doust was elected unopposed in the first sitting of the new Legislative Council. First elected to State Parliament in 2001, Ms Doust has held various Parliamentary Secretary and Shadow Minister roles and sat on multiple Parliamentary Committees. The appointment of Ms Doust follows the election of the Honourable Sue Ellery MLC as the first female Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I congratulate Kate Doust on her election as President of the Legislative Council. "This is a historic election, with Ms Doust to be the first woman to hold this position. "She has made a significant contribution to the Western Australian Parliament over a number of years and I have no doubt she will carry out this role in a professional and diligent manner. "I'm pleased there are now two outstanding female Members of Parliament taking leading roles in Western Australia's Upper House." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Transfer of Busselton and Dunsborough water assets not to proceed154002Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/05/2017 6:26:22 AM2017-05-23T06:15:00Z ​Transfer of water assets would result in increased costs to the State Proposal would require legislative change Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced a proposed transfer of ownership of Dunsborough water and Busselton drainage assets from the Water Corporation to Busselton Water will not proceed. The previous government had indicated in-principle support for the proposal prior to fully considering a whole-of-government business case. Investigations since the election of the McGowan Labor Government have revealed there would be significant financial and legal implications for the State. The transfer of ownership would have been contrary to the principles of the Water Services Act 2012 and the Water Corporations Act 1995, and would have required special legislation. The Department of Treasury estimated the transfer would have cost the State Government between $3 and $12 million over the first three years. Importantly, investigations also found it was unclear if the proposal would deliver improved pricing and security of supply for Dunsborough water users or improved drainage outcomes beyond those resulting from the Vasse Taskforce. The option for a non-potable water supply for Dunsborough outlined in the proposal will be considered as part of broader water planning in the South-West. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This proposal is a very complex financial transaction and the advice from the Department of Water is that it would cost the government overall and not save money. "In the current Budget climate, even a small cost to the State Budget needs to have compelling public benefit. "The Department of Water has indicated that the transfer of ownership would have no likely benefits to customers." "The previous government were reckless to support this transfer without considering all implications across government. This is another example of their poor decision-making and poor planning." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Great Eastern Highway passing lanes completed in the Goldfields154275Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2017 4:23:00 AM2017-05-23T04:50:00Z ​15 new overtaking lanes provide safer passing opportunities The State Government has completed 15 new overtaking lanes on Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields region. Eight eastbound lanes and seven westbound lanes, each with an average length of three kilometres, have been built along 225km of the Great Eastern Highway between Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Southern Cross. This project was managed by Main Roads and delivered by WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd. To complement the new passing lanes, WBHO Infrastructure will complete a further 6.7km of extra highway overlay and widening works on this section of Great Eastern Highway, about 30km east of Boorabbin, by mid-2017. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This 225km section of Great Eastern Highway carries about 1,200 vehicles per day and more than 30 per cent of these are heavy vehicles. Between 2010 and 2014, there were 103 crashes on this stretch of highway. "These new overtaking lanes will provide regular passing opportunities, helping to reduce driver frustration. They will also improve travel time and address safety issues that have contributed to vehicle incidents along this road. "At each location, the highway has also been widened to provide a one metre sealed shoulder and a one metre unsealed shoulder, which further improves safety." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Great Eastern Highway plays an important role in the regional and national road network and is the most direct sealed link between Perth and the Eastern States. "This important infrastructure project provided direct jobs for up to 100 people during the construction period." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200