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Pilbara gets a break as respite house opens20301Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3520html16/03/2018 5:10:59 AM2018-03-16T05:10:00Z Facility to support people with disability, their families and carers with respite Variety of support models providing families and carers choice in respite experience Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today officially opened the Pilbara Retreat (the Retreat) in Port Hedland. The Retreat will provide an opportunity for the families and carers of people with disability to take a break from their caring role, confident that their loved ones can access the necessary supports in an appropriate setting. Taking a break at the Retreat will empower people with disability to develop new skills and participate in new experiences, as well as strengthening families and carers to continue in their important support roles. The Department of Communities developed the Retreat in collaboration with local stakeholders, including members of a Local Community Liaison Group who had significant input into the final design of the facility. Following a public tender process, the Department of Communities awarded the contract to Empowering People In Communities (EPIC) to deliver services at the Retreat commencing from March 19, 2018. EPIC has offices in Hedland, Newman, Karratha and Roebourne and also provides outreach services across the Pilbara region including in Onslow, Jigalong, Tom Price and Paraburdoo. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "This new facility will give people with disability, their families and carers the chance to relax and refresh, which has long-term benefits including strengthening family relationships. "Access to the facilities will be available to all eligible people in the region, giving people across the Pilbara more choice of respite supports. "I would like to acknowledge and thank the Local Community Liaison Group and local stakeholders for their involvement in the design process." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Katanning Harmony Festival showcases multicultural gem20300Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1300html16/03/2018 5:04:14 AM2018-03-16T05:00:00Z Katanning celebrates cultural diversity for Harmony Week Festival supported by the McGowan Government with $40,000 The Katanning community will come together tomorrow (March 17) for the annual Katanning Harmony Festival, which celebrates a town widely regarded as 'the multicultural gem of the Great Southern region'. The festival, which includes live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, market stalls and an international food village, is a highlight in the town's social calendar with about 5,000 people expected to attend. Katanning is one of the most culturally diverse regional areas in Australia with more than 50 languages spoken in the town, and more than 37 per cent of residents having one or both parents born overseas. This incredible diversity is reflected in the harmony festival, which features a number of diverse cultural groups including the Afghan, Chinese, Karen, Filipino, Malay, Burundi, Twa and Indian communities. The McGowan Government is proud to support this Harmony Week event via the Office of Multicultural Interests, the Great Southern Development Commission, Lotterywest, and Healthway. The Katanning Harmony Festival is one of the many events happening around the State to mark Harmony Week, an initiative of the State Government. Harmony Week gives everyone an opportunity to explore and appreciate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity. For more information about Harmony Week, visit http// Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "Katanning is often referred to as a multicultural success story and with good reason. The town has shown how multiculturalism can benefit a whole community culturally, socially and economically. "The Katanning Harmony Festival is an opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity that the town is famous for and for everyone to connect with their neighbours, and celebrate and explore their multicultural society." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance following Tropical Cyclone Kelvin20296Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2050html16/03/2018 4:42:58 AM2018-03-16T04:40:00Z Disaster assistance has been made available for the local government areas of Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Laverton and Wyndham-East Kimberley, which were affected by Tropical Cyclone Kelvin in February 2018. Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said that funding is being made available through the NDRRA to support affected individuals and communities and repair flood-damaged assets. "Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit as a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone, 250 kilometres south of Broome near Anna Plains Station," Mr Taylor said. "There were severe winds in excess of 100 km per hour, with heavy rainfall exceeding 500mm in Broome, 237mm at Anna Plains Station and 229mm in Derby." "Floodwaters continue to affect this region, where many communities are still recovering from Tropical Cyclone Hilda, Tropical Cyclone Joyce and the most recent tropical low." Western Australian Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said that several sections of the Great Northern Highway and all major roads into Broome were temporarily closed. "The funding available through the NDRRA will help these communities recover and ensure damaged public infrastructure can be repaired," Mr Logan said. "The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments recognise the importance of acting quickly to help these communities, particularly those that were affected by flooding in late January." Assistance available under the NDRRA may include personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers, and freight subsidies for primary producers. The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit http// Primary Contacts for assistance and advice are Individuals and Families - Department of Communities, Emergency Services (Child Protection and Family Support) Phone 1800 032 965 Primary Producers - Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Agriculture and Food) Rural Business Development Unit Phone 1800 198 231 Other Enquiries - Office of Emergency Management Phone 6551 4034 or 6551 4041; Email to Information on assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Australian Government's website at http// Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
New approach in the Wheatbelt to secure childcare future20295Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3540html16/03/2018 4:29:46 AM2018-03-16T04:15:00Z Sustainable childcare services in the Wheatbelt region to improve childhood development, employment opportunities and economic prosperity Childcare services in the Wheatbelt region will now be stronger and more sustainable with an investment of $1.4 million, benefiting families and regional businesses. The State Government, through the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund, and Lotterywest today announced joint funding to support the implementation of the Regional Early Education and Development Inc (REED) organisation, which will enable community-based centres to merge under a single banner. Good quality childcare services are important for children's development, their families, and for the economic and social fabric of communities in the Wheatbelt region. For a decade, the sustainability of services in the Wheatbelt region has been a challenge, despite Commonwealth, State and local government financial support. The investment will ensure childcare services Continue to be provided across the Wheatbelt region for the benefit of children and their families, and local businesses; and Are sustainable and can continue to deliver high-quality programs which contribute to children's development in their critical early years. Supporting the mergers will be REED's nine-member board, which brings high-level expertise to its governance role. A central management structure based in Narrogin will free individual management committees from complex governance and legal responsibilities while retaining quality services for children and families in their communities. The Regional Community Child Care Development Fund is funded by Royalties for Regions. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "In regional WA, the provision of childcare is a challenge, in part, due to the difficulty of keeping small, sometimes isolated, community-based services viable. "If we didn't change the way childcare services were being managed in the regions, we faced serious risk of childcare centres closing, a lack of skilled workers and negative impacts on child development with long-term consequences. "Childcare services generate and support local jobs. They facilitate economic development and jobs growth by supporting parents to re-enter the workforce while raising their children. "Childcare services can often be a factor in a family's decision to either relocate or stay in a rural community, and that's also why we're pleased to support the development of services that are both sustainable and meet local needs." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Regional communities have made it clear that access to childcare is critically important to retaining young families in the regions and increasing the participation of women in regional economies. "This is a good investment of Royalties for Regions funding, helping to strengthen workforce participation in the Wheatbelt." Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Families at the heart of Harmony Week in Three Springs20294Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1200html16/03/2018 4:20:46 AM2018-03-16T04:00:00Z Town celebrates Harmony Week with 'Welcome to Three Springs' Event supported by the McGowan Government The Three Springs community will tomorrow (March 17) celebrate Harmony Week with 'Welcome to Three Springs' - a family-friendly multicultural community event. Welcome to Three Springs will feature live cultural performances, local business stalls, interactive activities and a long-table dinner with authentic Malaysian and New Zealand cuisine. The event will provide an opportunity for community members to meet each other and learn about the cultures that make up the town. Many local families from the Mid-West town will be involved in the activities, which include a traditional New Zealand Hungi and Indian henna painting. Locals will be invited to write their names on coloured paper hands, which will then be displayed as a giant heart to represent the Three Springs community. The McGowan Government is proud to support Welcome to Three Springs with $2,300 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. Welcome to Three Springs is one of the many events happening around the State to mark Harmony Week, an initiative of the State Government. Harmony Week gives everyone an opportunity to explore and appreciate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity. Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21 every year. For more information about Harmony Week, visit http// Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "It's great to see Three Springs celebrate Harmony Week in a way that reflects the unique multiculturalism of their community. "Welcome to Three Springs is a truly community-driven event with local families sharing their culture and traditions, and creating a place where diversity is a cherished and important part of the town." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Bridge over Collie River now open to road users20292Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3120html16/03/2018 3:20:46 AM2018-03-16T03:20:00Z Connection between Australind, Millbridge and Eaton communities now completed Construction engaged many local businesses and generated 100 jobs Bridge to reduce the pressure on Forrest Highway and Old Coast Road The new $16.7 million bridge linking Treendale with Eaton is now open, reducing travel time and increasing safety for the fast-growing communities. The bridge is located about three kilometres north-east of the Eaton Fair Shopping Centre and approximately 1.5 kilometres south of the Treendale Shopping Centre. Spanning 224 metres long, the new bridge will halve the journey time between the two communities from 20 minutes to about 10 minutes. Along with providing an important social connection, the bridge will provide essential access for emergency services vehicles and will connect the Treendale and Kingston subdivisions in Australind with Millbridge Private Estate and the Parkridge Estate in Eaton. The project was jointly funded, with the State Government contributing $9.5 million and the shires of Dardanup and Harvey committing $7.2 million collected from developer contributions. An innovative and successful bridge launch method has delivered cost and time savings to this project. Features of the 14.4 metre-wide bridge include a steel/concrete composite superstructure that accommodates two traffic lanes, a pedestrian walkway on the western side and bridge lighting. Possum ropes will also be installed on both sides of the Collie River channel to facilitate possum movements along the watercourse. Work on the structure started in early 2017 and generated up to 100 jobs during its peak construction period, including various local sub-contractors and businesses. The steel components of the beams for the bridge were also fabricated in Western Australia. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "It has been just over a year since construction on this bridge commenced, and it is great to see community excitement and anticipation build for this greatly needed project. "Not only will road users experience the benefits of shorter travel times, the completion of this structure will provide opportunities for improved bus services and a direct pedestrian and cycling link." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "The travel distance between the Millbridge and Treendale communities will drop by approximately 10 kilometres, which will make an enormous difference to those travelling through the area. "Millbridge and Treendale are two of the fastest growing areas in WA and connecting the two areas is critical to the local road network." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New era in job creation: WA Industry Link portal and advisory service launched20289Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9980html16/03/2018 2:30:12 AM2018-03-16T02:30:00Z The new WA Industry Link online portal will help WA businesses to tender for government contracts New era in job creation in Western Australia The Industry Link Advisory Service will assist WA businesses in the regions and metropolitan area McGowan Government's Jobs Law ensures government spending creates opportunities for WA businesses and workers New local industry participation plans will ensure suppliers of government contracts deliver WA jobs Pilot projects underway, with new system to be rolled out in full in September Premier Mark McGowan will today launch WA Industry Link - a key component of the McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Law that will help local businesses to secure work on government contracts. The Jobs Law, passed earlier this year, set out the Government's expectation that opportunities for Western Australian businesses and workers must be maximised when it comes to delivering government goods and services. Each year, the State Government spends about $27 billion on goods, services and works for the community, representing a significant opportunity and stable market for local industry. There are opportunities for Western Australian businesses to get a bigger share of this work, and the WA Industry Link portal will help them to do so. The portal will act as a central online information source on how opportunities for local businesses to supply to the State Government can be maximised. It will also provide an avenue for local industry to share feedback and seek advice, helping to ensure the State Government tender and contracting processes remain open, accountable and transparent. Over time, information and resources will be added to the portal, which will help to streamline the tender, contracting and reporting processes, and make it easier for local businesses and agencies to fulfil the requirements placed upon them. As part of the Jobs Law, prospective suppliers of government contracts will be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender. These will require suppliers to provide information on levels of local business engagement as well as the jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships that will be created and retained. These plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered. Successful bidders will also be required to report on the fulfilment of their plans. An Industry Link Advisory Service has been established to provide a range of services to help local businesses and State Government agencies to understand the new strategy. As part of the advisory service, Local Content Advisors are available to provide advisory services to businesses in regional areas. Their focus is on helping support regional businesses compete for State Government supply opportunities. Pilot projects are being rolled out under the new system, with the new laws to be applied across the board in September 2018. To find out more, visit http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Creating jobs for Western Australians is my number one priority. WA Industry Link represents a new, innovative era in the way government contracts are awarded. "WA Industry Link will ensure more opportunities are created for WA businesses, meaning more jobs for local workers. "The portal will link local businesses to government contracts, and provide them with all the information and support they need to give them the best chance of securing contracts. "The State Government spends billions of dollars each year on goods, services and infrastructure. Through the local industry participation plans, the State Government will ensure that WA jobs are maximised on this spending. "Small to medium-sized businesses represent the lion's share of business activity in Western Australia and around the nation. "They are key, job-creating drivers of the local economy, and the State Government is determined to provide them with the support they need to continue to flourish, long into the future." WA Industry Link pilot projects METRONET rolling stock; Stage 1 of the design and construction of the York Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade; Design and construction of Berth 3 Deck Replacement at the Port of Port Hedland; Bunbury Regional Prison Expansion; Casuarina Prison; New Museum Stage 2; Reid Highway (Altone Road to West Swan Road) Project; Southern River College upgrade; and Melville Senior High School Performing Arts Upgrade. Premier's office - 6552 5000
Bringing cultures together with the world game20288Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3230html16/03/2018 2:03:37 AM2018-03-16T02:00:00Z WA community groups compete in Football West Harmony Week Football Festival Festival supported by the McGowan Government with $3,000 Young people from a number of Western Australia's cultural and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities will converge on Langley Park for the Football West Harmony Week Football Festival exhibition tomorrow (March 17). The teams will represent 10 local communities including the Somalian, Chinese, Turkish, Nigerian, Tanzanian, Karen, Mauritian, Bangladeshi, Saudi Arabian and Ethiopian communities. Consisting of both male and female players, these teams will take part in small-sided games in a round-robin format and share experiences with players from different cultures and community groups. The project will also give participants opportunities to get involved with local clubs in their area, and take part in skill development programs and other participation opportunities through coaching and refereeing. The McGowan Government is proud to support the Football West Harmony Week Football Festival with $3,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. The football festival is one of the many events happening around the State to mark Harmony Week, an initiative of the State Government. Harmony Week gives everyone an opportunity to explore and celebrate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity. Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21. For more information about Harmony Week, visit http// Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "Sport is a unifying element across so many cultures, making it an ideal platform for celebrating Harmony Week. "Multiculturalism is one of Western Australia's greatest strengths and this is reflected in sports participation at all levels from junior sports to our top athletes." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Redevelopments finished in Dalwallinu and Wongan Hills20285Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3740html16/03/2018 1:30:33 AM2018-03-16T01:30:00Z Dalwallinu and Wongan Hills health services' refurbishments complete Part of the biggest capital works program ever completed by the WA Country Health Service Agricultural Region MLC Darren West representing Health Minister Roger Cook, today officially opened the Dalwallinu and Wongan Hills health services which have undergone redevelopments. The redevelopments are part of a $300 million capital works program that is improving capital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions. In the Wheatbelt, Merredin, Narrogin and Northam hospitals are being redeveloped, as well as upgrades to 23 small hospitals and health centres across the region. The Dalwallinu Health Service redevelopment includes a new waiting area, triage room, purpose-built child health consult room and a multipurpose consultation room which is telehealth enabled. There are also two upgraded fully-assisted patient bathrooms; a refurbished kitchen; a secure medical records and communications room; a division between inpatient and outpatient areas using controlled security doors plus a public disabled access toilet. The Wongan Hills Health Service received a new ambulance bay canopy; a refurbished waiting area; a new telehealth enabled multipurpose consultation room; a new toilet and shower with trolley access in the acute care area; a redeveloped kitchen; improved security allowing separation between patient, outpatient and staff areas; and a new disabled access toilet. The new office space also has videoconferencing capabilities enabling staff to attend training without leaving the building, and the consultation room also has videoconferencing capabilities. Complementing improvements to infrastructure, Dalwallinu and Wongan Hills health services have benefited from investment in digital and information systems, including the introduction of a full coverage voice grade wireless network that will support the planned integration of new nurse call and mobile duress systems. Staff will now be able to use mobile technology as Wi-Fi will be available throughout the hospitals. The wireless networks will also support the future use of wireless telehealth carts that will be able to bring videoconferencing to the patient's bedside. Both health services received revamped communication rooms with upgraded switching infrastructure and uninterrupted power supplies that connect to emergency generators, meaning staff have more reliable ICT systems that have the capacity to support new technology as it becomes available. Other small hospital refurbishments recently opened in the Wheatbelt region include Goomalling Health Service, Kellerberrin Memorial Health Service, Kununoppin Health Service, Southern Cross Health Service and York Health Service. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The Dalwallinu Health Service and Wongan Hills Health Service redevelopments, each worth more than $5 million, support the State Government's vision of delivering contemporary healthcare in the country. "The refurbishments improve access to telehealth services, including the Emergency Telehealth Service, meaning residents throughout the State can receive the care they need closer to home." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "Witnessing the redevelopments taking place across health services in the Wheatbelt, I can see that they are enhancing the delivery of health care to local communities. "This investment by the State Government ensures that patients are receiving contemporary and improved health care service." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Minister praises meth seizures as WA’s Meth Border Force tackles scourge20284Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3270html16/03/2018 1:02:15 AM2018-03-16T01:00:00Z 51.5kg of methamphetamine seized in operations this week Six people arrested after investigations targeting the supply of meth into the State 1,345kg of meth seized in WA since July last year The significant outcomes were the result of collaboration with the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Police Minister Michelle Roberts has praised the work of the WA Police Force and their law enforcement partner agencies, in stopping an estimated $50 million of methamphetamine hitting our streets. The Minister joined Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson at Police headquarters today to outline details of several police operations, which this week led to the seizure of 51.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. On Monday (March 12), officers attached to WA's Meth Border Force seized 20 kilograms of methamphetamine after detecting the consignment in the suitcase of a 32-year-old Sydney man. The drugs were detected using the new Meth X-Ray Truck. Also on Monday, 31 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized at Dampier Port in the Pilbara during a joint operation with our Federal counterparts. Two men and a woman, all Bulgarian nationals, have been charged with Commonwealth drug importation offences. Since coming to office, the McGowan Government has made a significant investment in police to tackle the meth scourge. The Meth Border Force is a key plank of the co-ordinated plan, with 100 extra police officers and 20 specialist staff, boosting efforts to intercept the drug before it hits our streets. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I want to congratulate all the officers involved in operations this week, which have led to the significant quantity of meth being prevented from entering our community. "Meth is tearing families apart. It is driving burglaries, theft, serious assaults and other violent crime in our community. "After years of inaction on the meth crisis by the Liberal Nationals, the McGowan Government has moved swiftly to boost police efforts to intercept more of the drug with a $83.5 million investment "Our police are doing an excellent job to remove this highly addictive drug from our streets and communities. "Since July last year, 1,345kg of meth has been seized by the WA Police Force and their law enforcement partners." Minister's office - 6552 6900