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Goldfields leads Schools Virtual Power Plant trial17951Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 6:54:42 AM2020-08-04T06:45:00Z Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School to lead innovative solar project Investments in battery storage will cut school's electricity bills $4 million towards transforming schools into Virtual Power Plants Unlocks broader community value and energy system stability Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School is the first school to be confirmed in the McGowan Government's Schools Virtual Power Plant (VPP) pilot project. The first Schools Virtual Power Plant, located at the Goldfields school, is the direct result of the McGowan Government's investment in Kalgoorlie's new energy future. The solar panels and battery are expected to be installed over the coming months. As part of the WA Recovery Plan, the McGowan Government will invest $4 million towards transforming up to 10 schools into smart VPPs - installed by Synergy. A VPP is a network of distributed energy resources such as solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles that are integrated and shared with an energy retailer. Schools will be provided with commercial batteries to store their excess energy for later use, which will also assist with grid stability. This is a step towards a more sustainable future. The trial will run for 24 months and it is expected at the end of the pilot, schools will save on their electricity bills and learn more about the benefits of solar power. Participating schools, determined in conjunction with the Department of Education, have been chosen based on grid suitability and are all from within the South West Interconnected System. More schools will be announced over the coming weeks. The announcement forms part of the McGowan Government's $66.3 million renewable energy technologies package, recently launched, which will boost innovative, clean energy projects throughout Western Australia. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I'm pleased to kick off this trial today at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School, which teaches students about the benefits of renewable energy and new technologies, and will help improve the Goldfields region's renewable energy footprint. "This pilot is another example of how my Government continues to invest in renewable energy technologies and develop a pathway for more job and training opportunities. "It builds on investments we're making in new industries and sectors to help the State rebound stronger than ever in our recovery journey to establish a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "This is an exciting milestone for the McGowan Government, the Schools Virtual Power Plant pilot will pave the way for a more energy efficient system in Western Australia. "Regional Western Australians will be able to enjoy the benefits of rooftop solar and improved power quality in their local communities. "This initiative supports the McGowan Government's Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap, which will help transition WA towards a cleaner, greener energy future." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "This is a great project for Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School, particularly for students studying STEM subjects. "The Virtual Power Plant will be installed by the end of the year, with the project lasting 24 months. "Our local residents will also be able to enjoy the benefits of rooftop solar and improved power quality in their community." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
Joint media statement - Preferred proponent chosen for $852 million Bunbury Outer Ring Road project17950Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 6:25:04 AM2020-08-04T06:20:00Z The Southwest Connex consortium has been named the preferred proponent to design and construct the Bunbury Outer Ring Road, the biggest regional infrastructure project ever undertaken in Western Australia. The consortium, comprising Acciona, local WA company NRW Contracting, MACA Civil, AECOM and Aurecon will now enter into negotiations with Main Roads prior to the contract award anticipated in September. Construction on the $852 million project will begin early next year, subject to environmental and heritage approvals and is estimated to create thousands of local jobs. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this was just one of the major infrastructure projects planned for the South West region. "The Bunbury Outer Ring Road project has been planned for a number of years, recognising the significance of delivering vital infrastructure to provide a safer and more efficient road system for the South West of Western Australia," Mr McCormack said. "Bunbury Outer Ring Road will provide relief for local residents by removing freight and regional traffic from local roads while maintaining easy access to Bunbury and other regional destinations. "Investing in well-planned transport projects will keep the Bunbury region moving and boost its status as a major economic regional centre." Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said this is the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken in regional WA. "During construction, Bunbury Outer Ring Road will provide thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities, benefiting the State and local community," she said. "This project will deliver huge benefits for the economy, both during its construction and once in operation and I'm pleased to see a local WA company play such a big role in its construction. "Maximising local business procurement and Aboriginal participation are key objectives for the project and we have set a target of approximately $300 million to be allocated to local businesses to subcontract on the project." Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP, who worked on securing Federal funding for this project for years, said the Bunbury Outer Ring Road is a well-planned infrastructure project supporting the growth and development of the region. "I'm determined to see as much local South West procurement involved in the construction of this project as possible," Ms Marino said. "Given that local businesses and contractors are struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the prioritisation of this road project and local procurement are critical to the South West." State Member for Bunbury Don Punch said the project will help ease congestion and improve safety as well as creating local job opportunities. "I am pleased to see that local businesses will have so much opportunity to work on this project," he said. "This project will create local jobs while also complementing other major projects underway in the South-West region including the Bussell Highway duplication." WA Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Historic agreement paves way for Ningaloo joint management17949Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 6:06:20 AM2020-08-04T06:00:00Z Indigenous Land Use Agreement signed for proposed Ningaloo (Nyinggulu) Coastal Reserves Reserves to be jointly managed and jointly vested with traditional owners and State GovernmentThe Ningaloo Coast will be jointly managed between traditional owners and the State Government, following the historic signing of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA). Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today joined the traditional owners from Nganhurra Thanardi Garrbu Aboriginal Corporation (NTGAC) and native title representative body Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) on the Ningaloo Coast to celebrate the signing. The agreement provides for the joint management and joint vesting of the existing Ningaloo Marine Park (260,000 hectares) and Cape Range National Park (50,000 hectares), as well as the creation of about 78,000 hectares of new conservation areas extending over approximately 215 kilometres of the Ningaloo Coast. The new reserves will be jointly managed by NTGAC and the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). The Ningaloo ILUA is the first ILUA delivered under the McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks initiative, which aims to increase the conservation estate in Western Australia by five million hectares over five years through new jointly managed parks and reserves. The formal creation of the Nyinggulu Coastal Reserves and release of the joint management plan is expected in coming weeks. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area is one of WA's premier tourism destinations, and the McGowan Government has been working hard with traditional owners to protect the extraordinary natural and cultural values of this place while ensuring ongoing visitor access to camping and other recreational opportunities in the region. "This native title agreement paves the way for this iconic part of the world to be showcased, protected and formally jointly vested and managed with traditional owners and DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service, protecting the area for future generations of Western Australians. "This achievement is the culmination of many years of work to conserve and protect the Ningaloo Coast, and this Government is proud to have worked collaboratively with NTGAC and YMAC to deliver this important outcome." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "We are working with traditional owners to manage country and 'close the gap' by providing social, cultural and economic development opportunities for communities through the negotiation of native title agreements and initiatives such as the Aboriginal Ranger Program. "This native title agreement demonstrates the McGowan Government's commitment to enhanced engagement, partnerships and agreement-making with traditional owners. "This agreement will enhance the management and tourism attraction for this spectacularly beautiful region of our State. "The McGowan Government is currently in negotiations with other native title groups across Western Australia to deliver similar outcomes that will provide meaningful opportunities for traditional owners, create jobs and support new tourism opportunities." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office 6552 5900
Major upgrades at Hands Oval as part of WA Recovery Plan17878Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 5:56:01 AM2020-08-04T05:30:00Z $130 million package to upgrade sport facilities across WA Package includes $5 million for Hands Oval This major investment part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan Full list of upgrades available at inthistogether.wa.gov.au Regional Western Australia is set to benefit after the McGowan Government announced one of the most significant investments in sport and recreation in our State's history, with a $130 million package as part of the WA Recovery Plan. A total of $5 million is being invested towards significant upgrades at Hands Oval in Bunbury to replace infrastructure that is over 50 years old with contemporary facilities. It will enhance Hands Oval's reputation as the premier Australian football facility in the South-West by providing better male and female player change rooms, club facilities and enhanced spectator experiences. The project is expected to create local jobs that will benefit small businesses and contractors. For the full list of projects, visit http//inthistogether.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Sport and recreation is part of who we are as Western Australians, and Hands Oval certainly plays a big role in the South-West sporting landscape. "This investment is part of a State-wide package that will see WA sporting facilities in need of attention being updated and upgraded, whilst contributing towards the economy's recovery. "Hands Oval has been centrestage for footy in the South-West for a very long time, but I don't think much has changed here since my playing days - it's time to bring the ground up to modern standards which will allow it to continue its role well into the future." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "Seeing Hands Oval reach its potential as an AFL and outdoors sports venue has been a long-held aspiration for our community; and I am really proud to be part of the Government that has delivered this outcome. "This investment delivers on two key issues it raises the standard of the facilities at Hands Oval to a level befitting a peak regional facility and it ensures there are appropriate facilities available for the women's league. "This project is a great example of how the McGowan Government is continuing to deliver important community facilities that meet the needs of our community while creating a pipeline of local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Kalgoorlie training revitalised with $10 million TAFE investment17877Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 4:55:12 AM2020-08-04T04:45:00Z $9 million for new Kalgoorlie Heavy Plant and Engineering Trades workshop $1 million to upgrade workshop to expand automotive electrical and light automotive training New facilities will upskill and train locals to meet the needs of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder workforce Half price courses and free skill sets in relevant trade areas Huge investment in TAFE upgrades as part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan As part of the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, Premier Mark McGowan was in Kalgoorlie-Boulder today to announce a $10 million funding injection to bolster trades training at Central Regional TAFE (CR TAFE). A new $9 million Heavy Plant and Engineering Trade Workshop will provide students with a state-of-the-art training environment and support the delivery of job-ready employees to the local resources industry. An additional $1 million will be spent on upgrades to an existing workshop at the CR TAFE Kalgoorlie campus. The combined $10 million capital works project will see approximately 400 apprentices trained at the campus each year in high-demand engineering, fabrication, electrical and automotive programs. The Kalgoorlie TAFE campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by the Premier last week, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to regional WA, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. The capital works projects, key to the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students and boost the Western Australian economy by generating jobs. The new state-of-the-art training facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers in the region by expanding training options and increasing the number of half price courses available, as part of the State Government's Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The people of Kalgoorlie-Boulder can look forward to contemporary, state-of-the-art training facilities where they can train for the jobs of today and into the future. "This is all part of our plan to drive WA's economic and social recovery, by creating a pipeline of local jobs through investment in infrastructure projects and support of vital industries. "Keeping our resources sector strong is a priority. It will ensure we are well-positioned to bounce-back as the WA economy recovers." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "It is clear vocational education and training will play a major role in WA's economic recovery, and world class facilities will ensure a strong future for the resources sector in the Goldfields. "As the economy recovers, we will continue to focus on upskilling and training Western Australians to get them back to work in areas that will drive economic activity across the State." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 ​
$8.2 million in COVID-19 recovery funding for resources exploration17832Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 2:53:40 AM2020-08-04T02:50:00Z An extra $5 million in funding for the Exploration and Incentive Scheme $3.2 million towards purchasing Australia's first CAMECA-1300 Ion Microprobe Investment part of the comprehensive WA Recovery Plan to create a pipeline of jobsPremier Mark McGowan and Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today announced an additional $5 million for the Exploration and Incentive Scheme (EIS) and the provision of $3.2 million for a new ion microprobe for Curtin University. The investment, which forms part of the WA Recovery Plan, will boost exploration opportunities and provide next generation geoscience information for Western Australia's resources sector. The EIS supports five high-level programs, including the successful co-funded drilling program, which offers up to a 50 per cent refund for innovative drilling in under-explored areas in WA. The additional $5 million will increase funding for the EIS to $15 million in 2020-21, resulting in an extra $3 million being available across the next two co-funded drilling rounds. Since 2017-18, the McGowan Government has invested $45 million to continue the EIS which supports industry and creates jobs. Additionally, the funding will accelerate the acquisition of airborne electromagnetic data from the southern half of the State, which is testing for the presence of critical battery minerals (such as nickel) and water. Curtin University, in Bentley, has a 27-year-old ion microprobe that previously provided valuable data about the timing of mineralising events, but it is no longer fully operational. State funding of $3.2 million will enable Curtin to secure $5 million in Commonwealth funding to purchase a new CAMECA-1300 Ion Microprobe, which will be an Australian first. In addition to its geoscience applications, the instrument will be used to support the Australian Space Agency's interest in increasing Australian participation in international deep space sample return missions. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government is committed to supporting Western Australia's resources industry, and ensuring our State rebounds stronger than ever from the effects of COVID-19. "The additional $5 million funding will invigorate the industry and allow more exploration companies to participate in the co-funded drilling program, creating jobs for Western Australians. "The flow-on effect from this additional investment in exploration and technology will result in drilling companies deploying more rigs and workers, and lead to new resource discoveries." Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The new ion microprobe instrument is next-generation, it will be an Australian-first and one of only five in the world. "It will revolutionise our understanding of how and when Western Australia's key mineral deposits formed. "Our resources industry are already world-leaders in technology and research; having access to the Ion Microprobe will provide the State with a unique technological advantage to discover the next generation of resources. "Interestingly, the Ion Microprobe has potential applications well beyond the resources sector, such as understanding the formation of our solar system." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "This is another great announcement for the local Goldfields community and Western Australia's mining industry. "It follows on from the much-needed $7 million expansion of the Joe Lord Core Library that the Premier announced in Kalgoorlie-Boulder last month. "We are the Government that ensured the funding for EIS is ongoing and secure for the long term. We will continue to support projects and activities that bring great local outcomes." Premier's office - 6552 5000Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700
Plan for Goldfields-Esperance unveiled as part of WA Recovery Plan17830Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 2:49:27 AM2020-08-04T02:45:00Z Premier Mark McGowan releases $46 million Goldfields-Esperance Recovery Plan Part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to guide WA through COVID-19 recovery Plan will create a pipeline of jobs in the region and support the local economy Unprecedented investment in local infrastructure, schools and TAFE, community facilities Support for tourism, local manufacturing, and renewable and new technologies The McGowan Government has unveiled a $46 million package for the Goldfields-Esperance region, as part of the WA Recovery Plan to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs. The Goldfields-Esperance Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future. As part of the McGowan Government's $229 million TAFE package, the plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region, including $10 million to Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus for a new Heavy Plant and Engineering Trades Workshop to expand training for mechanic and engineering trades, tailored to support resource sector needs; $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free courses available at Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus; and $32 million to expand the Lower Fees, Local Skills program and significantly reduce TAFE fees across 39 high priority courses. The plan also includes $500,000 for major refurbishments to the Performing Arts Centre at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School as part of the Major School Upgrade package. The Goldfields-Esperance Recovery Plan includes investment in infrastructure and industry to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers. The McGowan Government's revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. The plan includes $16.6 million towards the delivery of a new power station for Esperance; $5 million through the Regional Road Safety Program to upgrade 275 kilometres of Goldfields-Esperance roads with shoulder sealing and installation of audible lines, creating around 25 local jobs; $700,000 for upgrades to visitor facilities in national parks across the Goldfields-Esperance region including buildings, trails, camp sites and roads; $150,000 to upgrade the access road to Dunn Rocks beach/camp ground in Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance; $400,000 to upgrade visitor facilities at Credo Station, Rowles Lagoon, Goongarrie National Park, Stokes National Park, Cape Le Grand National Park, Cape Arid National Park and Esperance Lakes Nature Reserves; $7 million to expand the capacity of the Joe Lord Core Library in Kalgoorlie that stores core samples that contain valuable geoscientific information for exploration companies and others seeking mineral discoveries; An additional $5 million to the Exploration Incentive Scheme in 2020-21 to help accelerate exploration investment in the Goldfields; and $10.2 million towards projects at Esperance Port to help expand the port and increase safety. As well as supporting existing industries, the Goldfields-Esperance Recovery Plan includes a focus on driving investment in renewable energy and new technologies, to create sustainable jobs. It includes $4 million of funding to transform 10 WA schools into virtual power plants, including Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School; $600,000 to install a Battery Energy System in Menzies to allow more customers to install rooftop solar systems and reduce their power bills; and $9.92 million for Horizon Power to deploy standalone power systems that use solar and battery technology to generate and store electricity, making power safer and more reliable for regional customers - including approximately 39 systems across the Goldfields-Esperance region. Strengthening Western Australia's health and community services is a vital component of the WA Recovery Plan. In the Goldfields-Esperance region, the McGowan Government will invest $18.8 million for regional renal hostels including a new hostel in Kalgoorlie. The full list of projects can be viewed at http//inthistogether.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I thank each and every member of the Goldfields-Esperance community for their efforts and sacrifices during the pandemic. "We must remain vigilant, but our work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 means we are in a strong position to continue the process of recovery. "The Goldfields-Esperance Recovery Plan will drive economic and social recovery in the region to ensure it can recover stronger than ever. "It will create a pipeline of short and long term jobs for locals and deliver huge improvements to local infrastructure and services." Premier's office - 6552 5000
State-of-the-art Northam Health Service officially opened following $42 million redevelopment17806Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 2:31:46 AM2020-08-04T02:30:00Z $42 million Northam Health Service redevelopment officially opened The final stage of works included modern operating theatres, a refurbished recovery suite and a dedicated chemotherapy department Northam Health Service has been officially opened, marking the completion of the facility's $42 million redevelopment. New, state-of-the-art features include modern operating theatres at double the previous capacity, a refurbished recovery suite and a central sterile services department. A new dedicated chemotherapy department space has also been established, including a waiting room, reception, consulting room with telehealth capability, and large treatment areas equipped with recliner chairs. The overall Northam Health Service redevelopment saw the inclusion of an expanded emergency department, purpose-built consultation rooms and indoor and outdoor rehabilitation treatment areas, as well as a new ambulatory care building that provides access to community health services. A new satellite renal service has also been established and when operational will allow residents of the Wheatbelt requiring dialysis to avoid travel to the metropolitan area for care. The Northam Health Service redevelopment is part of a $1.5 billion modernisation program overseen by the WA Country Health Service. The Commonwealth Government contributed $3.5 million towards the chemotherapy unit. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "More than $42 million worth of improvements to Northam Health Service are enabling residents of the Wheatbelt to receive first-class care closer to home. "We know people can recover faster when they are close to their personal support networks. "The McGowan Government has remained steadfast in its commitment to providing quality healthcare services to the people of country WA closer to where they live, and the opening of the refurbished Northam Health Service builds upon that." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "This is a significant investment into the Avon region by the McGowan Government. "The new Northam hospital will allow more patients to be treated locally, reducing the need to travel to Perth for treatment. "I have advocated for these upgrades for many years and thank Minister Cook and Premier McGowan for getting the job done." Minister's office - 6552 6500
COVID-19 recovery grant to support vulnerable WA youth17805Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 2:24:13 AM2020-08-04T02:20:00Z $61,758 grant from the COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA youth services Funding to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people aged 15 to 25 McGowan Government investing in the recovery of WA young peopleYouth Minister Dave Kelly today presented Perth Inner City Youth Services with a Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund grant of $61,758 to support the important work it does with young people. Perth Inner City Youth Services works with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people aged between 15 and 25. They provide a range of important services including medium to long term supported accommodation for at-risk young people aged between 16 and 25, as well as delivering support programs for young people aged between 15 and 20 who have a diagnosed mental health condition. Perth Inner City Youth Services also operates 'drop-in' spaces for young people and support programs specifically for trans and gender diverse young people who are experiencing homelessness and disconnection from family. The grant from the Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund will assist Perth Inner City Youth Services with the operational expenses of providing these important services, such as information and communications technology, office rental and vehicles. As part of the McGowan Government's youth-focused COVID-19 recovery package, the Mental Health Commission has also provided $395,000 of funding for Perth Inner City Youth Services to expand its existing PILLAR youth mental health service from a capacity of 15 to 40 young people. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Dave Kelly "Young people in Western Australia have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the McGowan Government has invested in their recovery through a range of youth-focused measures. "Organisations like Perth Inner City Youth Services are a vital part of the community services sector, and play a crucial role in helping build safe and inclusive communities for young people during the pandemic. "Grants from the Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund are helping ensure important support services are available to young people who are experiencing mental health challenges as well as homelessness and disconnection from families at a time when social isolating and distancing is having an enormous impact on their lives. "Many young people are experiencing higher needs than others and I thank Perth Inner City Youth Services for its commitment and dedication to helping some of the most vulnerable members of the community for over thirty years." Minister's office - 6552 6100
$115,000 funding available for schools to encourage active travel17804Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/08/2020 2:09:35 AM2020-08-04T02:00:00Z ​Connecting Schools grant applications now open to encourage walking, cycling and scooting Grants of up to $15,000 available to improve bicycle infrastructure and develop students' road safety skills Record high funding of $115,000 gives more schools the opportunity to get involved $146 million invested over four years to increase cycling infrastructure by 150 kilometres The State Government's popular Connecting Schools grants are now open, with $115,000 available to Western Australian schools in 2020-21 to encourage families to get out of the car and get active on their way to and from school. Schools across Western Australia participating in the Department of Transport's Your Move program can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to upgrade bike and scooter parking, install bike repair stations, wayfinding signage and bike tracks, and run bike skills and road safety education workshops. The Your Move Schools program offers schools practical support to create an active school community with more people walking and riding - increasing physical activity, and reducing car trips and parking pressure around schools. Participating schools are eligible for a variety of different grant packages depending on their Your Move accreditation level. Almost $130,000 has been invested in WA schools through the grants program over the last two years, with the program's success and popularity seeing the grant pool increase from an initial $25,000 in 2018 to $100,000 in 2019. Recognising the importance and benefits of more active trips to school, a contribution from the Department of Education boosted this year's grant funding to a record high of $115,000, giving more schools than ever the opportunity to get involved. Schools can apply for a Connecting Schools grant until December 31, 2020 with more information available on the Your Move website. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Cycling, walking and scooting have many benefits including healthier, happier kids who arrive at school more alert and ready to learn. "Through the Connecting Schools grants, almost $130,000 has been invested in WA schools over the last two years to improve bicycle infrastructure and develop important road safety skills in students. "With family bike riding, scooting and walking having increased markedly this year, it is a great time for schools to improve bicycle access and facilities to encourage families to use the trip to school as another opportunity to get active. "I strongly encourage schools not already signed up to the Your Move program to do so now to enjoy the benefits of this funding opportunity and everything else the program has to offer." Comments attributed to Mount Lawley MLA Simon Millman "It was fantastic to visit Mount Lawley Primary School today to launch the Your Move Program with the Transport Minister. "Mount Lawley Primary has already completed a number of activities this year including bike education and events on National Ride to School day, World Bike day and World Environment day. "Mount Lawley Primary's Your Move program is co-ordinated by a parent-led Traffic Management Group, providing a great example of how parents can get involved in achieving great outcomes for the whole school community." Minister's office - 6552 5500