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Local projects create local jobs in Balcatta and Osborne Park2030Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/09/2017 7:00:16 AM2017-09-26T07:00:00Z Local Projects, Local Jobs provides upgrades to three sports clubs in City of Stirling Investment in grassroots sport creates jobs and strengthens communities Three Balcatta and Osborne Park sports clubs will get revitalised clubrooms to the value of $85,000 thanks to the McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative. The Osborne Park Bowling Club has secured $50,000 to spruce up their clubrooms, Balcatta Football Club will receive $25,000 for club improvements and Osborne Park Cricket Club will get upgrades and new equipment to the value of $10,000. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today joined Balcatta MLA David Michael at Balcatta Football Club to announce the community funding, which will strengthen grassroots sport in the City of Stirling. Mr Michael led the local campaign for the upgrades, including $85,000 in funding for the projects as part of his commitments at the 2017 State Election. The McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative will fund more than 200 community sport and recreation projects across the State, creating jobs and building stronger and healthier communities. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Local Projects, Local Jobs not only helps grassroots sports clubs with upgrades to their facilities, it provides benefits to local small businesses and jobs in the process. "David's advocacy means his local bowling, soccer and cricket clubs will be able to offer much more to attract new members and keep club stalwarts coming back. It is that membership which keeps clubs thriving. "Strong local clubs not only contribute to healthier, more active communities, they also help keep communities connected." Comments attributed to Balcatta MLA David Michael "I ran for Parliament because I saw that our area was missing out and was determined to change that. "I am really pleased to have been able to secure this funding for local community-run organisations which give so much to our area." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Glamping given the go-ahead on Rottnest2027Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/09/2017 2:30:24 AM2017-09-26T02:30:00Z A world-class eco retreat is on its way to Rottnest Island Island's first glamping resort Major milestone in a century of Rottnest Island tourism Glamorous camping, otherwise known as 'glamping', accommodation will be available at Rottnest Island from the summer of 2018-19, after plans to build a new beachfront eco-resort at the popular holiday destination were conditionally approved. The 2.8 hectare development, known as Pinky Beach Eco Retreat and Beach Club, will be an ecologically sensitive, world-class eco retreat built as part of the Rottnest Island Authority's vision for revitalising the Island's accommodation offerings. The Eco Retreat will provide different levels of accommodation to suit various budgets, available from about $100 up to $350 per night. The accommodation will be supported by a Beach Club comprising of a licenced bar, cafe, restaurant and function area with views over the ocean to Perth. Access to Pinky Beach will also be improved with the development, with two extra boardwalks and new access to The Basin, linking to the Wadjemup Bidi walk trail. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "This is a significant milestone for Rottnest Island and is the first major development in over 30 years. "Catering for tourists and families, the resort will comprise 86 eco accommodation tents with ensuites, as well as a Beach Club comprising of a licenced bar, cafe, restaurant and function area with views over the ocean. "This development will transform the area and establish a whole new visitor experience at Rottnest. "Anyone who has seen Rottnest Island's beaches will understand the value for visitors to be able to sit back, relax and take in the breathtaking views and setting sun." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Local company Gage Roads secures Perth Stadium beer contract2025Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3090html25/09/2017 3:52:10 AM2017-09-25T02:30:00Z WA local beats out Eastern States companies in competitive tender process Gage Roads injects $22 million a year into the WA economy, supporting hundreds of local businesses Fans to enjoy local product at Perth Stadium Western Australia's own Gage Roads Brewing Co. has secured the beer and cider supply contract for Perth Stadium. The Palmyra-based company beat out competition from the Eastern States to secure the five-year deal with Perth Stadium - complementing the $22 million, the company already injects into hundreds of WA businesses each year. The deal will support the existing Gage Roads Brewing Co. southern suburbs workforce of 85 employees and as well as a range of other WA companies, including farmers, manufacturers, logistics providers and the hospitality industry. Gage Roads Brewing Co. is the biggest buyer of Western Australian grown malted barley, the majority of which is grown in the Wheatbelt enabling 11 million litres of beer and cider to be produced each year. The contract award means Western Australians will be able to enjoy beer and cider brewed in their own backyard when enjoying sporting events and concerts at the $1.46 billion Perth Stadium. The appointment by Stadium Operator, VenuesLive followed a competitive tender process and the McGowan Government hopes more jobs will be created as part of other contracts for work at the new stadium. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "When Western Australian companies win, the whole State benefits. "Gage Roads is a true Western Australian success story - going from local start-up to become one of the country's biggest independent brewers. "Gage Roads supports WA farmers, manufacturers, the hospitality industry and a range of other sectors - meaning this contract win will create jobs throughout the economy." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Western Australians will have the opportunity to enjoy beer and cider brewed in their own backyard while enjoying sporting events and concerts at Perth Stadium. "Gage Roads will increase their production markedly to keep up with the new demand generated by the Perth Stadium contract - and that is good news for the whole State. "The State Government is committed to buying local wherever possible, and we are proud that quality local beer and cider will be front and centre at Perth Stadium." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Progress urged on Ord Stage 211477Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3740html24/09/2017 9:11:21 AM2017-09-24T04:55:00Z Kimberley Agricultural Investment urged to sign lease documents to enable the next phase of its agricultural expansion in the Ord The State Government has invested more than $300 million in Ord Stage 2 and welcomes international investment Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has urged Kimberley Agricultural Investment (KAI) to sign lease documentation provided by the State Government to get Ord expansion plans underway. KAI was last week provided with a final form of the various lease documents for the next phase of its agricultural expansion. The State has been working with KAI to finalise the lease since 2015. Once signed, the State Government has undertaken to move immediately to issue land titles to enable KAI's proposed grain grading and processing plant to proceed as quickly as possible. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "KAI's investment has transformed the Ord but it is also true that in excess of $300 million of taxpayer money has been invested in Stage 2 and the public interest needs to be protected. "After several years of negotiation and considerable compromise by the State Government, it is time for KAI to sign the lease, move on and let this project enter its next phase. "We create a positive environment for international investment in Western Australia but we do require that agreements entered into around that investment are honoured. "We look forward to working with KAI and believe it is in everyone's interest for years of negotiation to now be brought to a conclusion." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Police Exhibition opens at Perth Royal Show11418Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2940html23/09/2017 3:06:18 AM2017-09-23T03:00:00Z Exhibit celebrates 100 years of women in policing Police Minister Michelle Roberts is encouraging show-goers to get along to the Police Exhibition at this year's Perth Royal Show. This year's theme celebrates the important history of women in the WA Police Force. Visitors will be invited to take a step back in time to 1917 - the year when the two very first female police officers were appointed. Other activities and opportunities for visitors include A photo opportunity on a police motorbike and/or in a police car; Daily Constable Care shows at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm; and a Kids Zone colouring-in competition including daily prize packs to be won. The WA Police Force has been involved in exhibiting at the Perth Royal Show since 1996. The exhibition aims to inform visitors of police programs and initiatives and promote the agency as an employer which offers rewarding career opportunities. Last year about 58,000 people attended the Police Exhibition across the eight days. The Police Exhibition will be open from 9am-7pm each day of the show. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "The Police Exhibition has long been a show favourite for people of all ages. "For our police, it's a fantastic opportunity to showcase the good work they do every day in the community. "For visitors, it's a great insight into the world of policing and a chance to meet and interact with our serving police officers. "In this the 100th year of women in policing, I want to pay tribute to and acknowledge the achievements of our female police officers and staff." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Annual Report on State Finances released today11416Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9870html22/09/2017 7:23:59 AM2017-09-22T07:00:00Z Final audited outcomes for 2016-17 slightly better than estimated in recent Budget Outcomes highlight the need for the Government's Budget repair measures Treasurer Ben Wyatt today released the 2016-17 Annual Report on State Finances. The Annual Report on State Finances is a statutory reporting requirement of the Government Financial Responsibility Act 2000 and details the audited financial outcomes for 2016-17. The Annual Report on State Finances shows that for 2016-17 The general government sector recorded an operating deficit of $2.5 billion, $565 million lower than the $3 billion deficit estimated in the 2017-18 Budget; General government revenue grew by a modest 1.6 per cent, following two consecutive years of declining revenue; General government recurrent expenditure increased by 3.1 per cent, with salaries expenditure increasing by just two per cent; The State's Asset Investment Program totalled $5.1 billion, consistent with the 2017-18 Budget estimate and the $5.2 billion infrastructure spend in 2015-16; and Total public sector net debt stood at $32 billion at June 30, 2017, $536 million lower than the estimated outturn in the 2017-18 Budget. This is an increase of $4.6 billion on the level of net debt at June 30, 2016, with all of this attributable to the general government sector. The Annual Report on State Finances can be downloaded from the Department of Treasury's website at http//www.treasury.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "These outcomes are consistent with the run of poor financial results delivered by the previous government. "Over two terms, the Liberal National Government oversaw an increase in total public sector net debt from $3.6 billion at June 30, 2008 to $32 billion at June 30, 2017 - an increase of nearly 800 per cent. "In the face of these figures, I would again call on the Liberal Party to take responsibility for its time in government, and support our efforts to get the State's finances back on track." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Mountain bikes roll into Albany for Southern MTB 201711358Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5740html22/09/2017 5:10:36 AM2017-09-22T05:10:00Z Southern MTB 2017 has grown to five events and caters for all ages and abilities McGowan Government provides $10,000 funding to help make event possible Mountain bike riders and spectators will enjoy the best action on two wheels as the Southern MTB 2017 kicks off in and around picturesque Albany today. Starting as the Albany Urban Downhill in 2013, the Southern MTB 2017 festival now features five events and caters for riders of all ages and abilities. The McGowan Government contributed $10,000 to WestCycle in support of the event through the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme, which supports the delivery of international, national or State events to boost sporting opportunities in the regions. The Southern MTB 2017 offers participants the choice of two race distances in the Southern Peaks event, the Urban Downhill course that will include a new junior course and one for younger riders, the Kids Urban Event. The Jump Comp takes place on Saturday night in the centre of the Albany Town Square Event Village and will showcase a slopestyle multi-feature course, which includes launching off sea containers and other spectacular stunts. The festival runs from Friday through to Sunday. If you are interested in volunteering at the festival, go to http//www.southernmtb.com.au/volunteer Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Mountain bike riding continues to go from strength to strength in Western Australia, with Southern MTB attracting competitors and spectators into the beautiful Albany region. "Mountain bike tourism is a growing, job-creating industry with the potential to provide a shot in the arm to country towns across the State - including Albany. "Southern MTB 2017 should be commended for its inclusiveness. An event like this not only increases participation in adults but the Kids Urban Event is a fun, have-a-go race for riders aged five to 12." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Review of State industrial relations system11356Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11980html22/09/2017 2:46:06 AM2017-09-22T02:45:00Z Review of a more modern and fair State industrial relations system begins State system covers up to one-third of Western Australian workers The McGowan Government today announced the commencement of its review into the State industrial relations system. Senior Counsel Mark Ritter, a barrister with extensive experience in employment and industrial relations law, has been appointed to undertake the review. Mr Ritter was Acting President of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission from 2005 to 2009. Forrestfield MLA Stephen Price will assist Mr Ritter SC with the review. The State system has not been comprehensively reviewed and updated since 2002, and the industrial relations and employment environment has changed significantly since then. The aim of the review is to deliver a State industrial relations system that is contemporary, fair and accessible. It will also develop a process to modernise State awards for private sector employers and employees. The review's final report will be completed for the Government's consideration in about four months. Stakeholders will be consulted and given the opportunity to make submissions. For more information, visit https//www.commerce.wa.gov.au/labour-relations Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government is pleased to announce the delivery of its election commitment to review the State industrial relations system. "The State system needs to be updated to address the changed employment environment and to meet the needs of its constituents - predominately small business employers and employees, and the public sector. "We are committed to ensuring the State industrial relations system is modernised and the review will provide a blueprint on how best to do this." Minister's office - 6552 6700 Terms of Reference The Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system is to consider and make recommendations with respect to the following matters. 1. Review the structure of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission with the objective of achieving a more streamlined and efficient structure. 2. Review the jurisdiction and powers of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission with the objective of examining the access for public sector employees to the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on a range of matters for which they are currently excluded. 3. Consider the inclusion of an equal remuneration provision in the Industrial Relations Act 1979 with the objective of facilitating the conduct of equal remuneration cases and other initiatives in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. 4. Review the definition of employee in the Industrial Relations Act 1979 and the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 with the objective of ensuring comprehensive coverage for all employees. 5. Review the minimum conditions of employment in the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993, the Long Service Leave Act 1958 and the Termination, Change and Redundancy General Order of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to consider whether (a) the minimum conditions should be updated; and if (b) there should be a process for statutory minimum conditions to be periodically updated by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, without the need for legislative change. 6. Devise a process for the updating of State awards for private sector employers and employees, with the objectives of (a) ensuring the scope of awards provide comprehensive coverage to employees; (b) ensuring awards reflect contemporary workplaces and industry, without reducing existing employee entitlements; (c) ensuring awards are written in plain English and are user friendly for both employers and employees; and (d) ensuring that any award updating process is driven by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, with appropriate input from the award parties and other relevant stakeholders. 7. Review statutory compliance and enforcement mechanisms with the objectives of (a) ensuring that employees are paid their correct entitlements; (b) providing effective deterrents to non-compliance with all State industrial laws and instruments; and (c) updating industrial inspectors' powers and tools of enforcement to ensure they are able to effectively perform their statutory functions. 8. Consider whether local government employers and employees in Western Australia should be regulated by the State industrial relations system, and if so, how that outcome could be best achieved.
WA leads the way in workplace mental health11355Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8660html22/09/2017 2:30:17 AM2017-09-22T02:30:00Z $500,000 for cutting-edge program to promote mental wellbeing for WA workers One in five Western Australians will experience mental health issues in any given year A new partnership between the State Government and The University of Western Australia will see the development of a comprehensive set of mental health support resources for WA workplaces. The Mental Health Commission has partnered with The University of Western Australia's Centre for Transformative Work Design to develop evidence-based activities and resources within the Centre's State-wide Thrive@Work Strategy. The assessment tools, training modules, educational materials and other resources will assist WA workplaces to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, and support employee mental health. The funding will also support the implementation of the Western Australian Workplace Mental Health Standards, a set of voluntary guidelines for organisations seeking to be mentally healthy. The development of the standards has been commissioned by the Mental Health Commission as part of the implementation of the Suicide Prevention 2020 strategy. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Workplaces have the potential to impact on people's mental health both positively and negatively. "This funding will assist the Centre to better support organisations throughout WA address the health and wellbeing of their employees and create thriving workplaces. "With one in five of us experiencing mental health issues in any given year and the many hours we spend at work, it is critical that workplaces know how to create environments that help their employees thrive. "Creating thriving workplaces is good for employees, good for the wider community and can reduce the impact of lost productivity on business." Minister's office - 6552 6500
New respite centre helps Aboriginal people stay on country11354Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6400html22/09/2017 2:15:05 AM2017-09-22T02:15:00Z Jigalong buildings repurposed to provide vital health services A new 10-bed respite centre has officially opened in the remote Aboriginal community of Jigalong, assisting sick, disabled and elderly people from the Martu and Western Desert communities to stay on country and access medical care. The Jirlpimili Ngurra centre (which means Elder's Camp) is the result of an East Pilbara Independence Support (EPIS) project to repurpose an existing pensioner complex to provide respite care at Jigalong - 165 kilometres east of Newman. The pensioner complex was originally built in 2009 with funding of $1.7 million from the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing. The refurbishment began in February this year and was completed in May. EPIS contributed $100,000 to cover the cost of renovations, with an additional $20,000 from the Department of Communities. EPIS, a not-for-profit Commonwealth-funded body, manages and operates the centre. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The Jirlpimili Ngurra respite centre will meet a critical community need and enable many elderly Martu people from across the Western Desert communities to stay on country rather than re-locating to urban areas for their health needs. "Through EPIS, the facility is expected to create training and employment opportunities for locals. "The centre provides overnight respite care and a range of daytime services and support in a holistic approach that gives elderly Aboriginal people, the opportunity to access safe, clean accommodation and meals while maintaining their connections with family and friends. "The centre will also enable people to be cared for while their carers take a break." Minister's office - 6552 5300