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Satellite mapping helps farmers drill down on pastures12342Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/06/2022 4:03:06 AM2022-06-24T04:00:00Z Livestock producers can access Pastures from Space online maps to monitor pastures Revamped mapping service connects to almost 20 years of Landgate's historical satellite information at the click of a button Supports farm business resilience and adaptabilityLivestock producers can now zoom in for a closer look at their pastures using satellite data to make the most of their grazing paddocks. The popular Pastures from Space mapping service - a partnership between the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Landgate and CSIRO - has been upgraded with new features to measure and compare pasture growth across seasons. This latest service covers the State's grainbelt and allows producers to access green feed-on-offer and pasture growth rates for their property to help manage livestock grazing. Users can now view cumulative pasture growth rates as an average across the property and compare this to previous years, dating back to 2004. This can help identify total pasture production, estimate potential stocking rates and examine whole-of-property growth potential for the season. Farmers can zoom in on a pixel (6.25 hectares) and find all historical and current pasture data for that area. The Pastures from Space site can be accessed at https//pasturesfromspace.dpird.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Pastures from Space was a world-first service when it was developed almost 20 years ago to show estimates of pasture production based on satellite data backed up with rigorous paddock ground-truthing. "Farmers are adept at incorporating a range of technologies to get the best from their farming systems, and this upgraded service will help them manage their livestock and be even more adaptable to changing seasons. "The pixel function can focus in on part of a paddock to assess its potential production, and the impact of new practices, fertiliser application and new pasture establishment." Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey "The new Pastures from Space web application now opens up nearly two decades worth of Landgate's historical satellite information at a level that farmers and producers have never had access to before, all at the click of a button. "This will allow them to make the most of good growing seasons and be more resilient through a dry season." Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5300
Aqwest announces Board Director re-appointments and new appointment12341Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/06/2022 3:43:14 AM2022-06-24T03:35:00Z Rhonda Norman and Wendy Giles reappointed to Aqwest Board New Board Director Mick Murray appointed to Aqwest Board Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced the re-appointment of Dr Wendy Giles and Rhonda Norman and the appointment of Mick Murray to the Aqwest Board of Directors. Minister Kelly also acknowledged the service of retiring Deputy Chair Neville Eastman who has served on the Aqwest Board for the past 10 years. Dr Giles is the former Associate Dean of Edith Cowan University in Bunbury, a South Regional TAFE Governing Council member and a City of Bunbury Councillor. Mrs Norman is a proud Noongar Wilman woman and has extensive experience in human resource management, training, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and policy development. Mr Murray is a former Member of Parliament, having served the Collie-Preston electorate for 20 years before retiring in 2021 and is a passionate supporter of junior hockey and football. Other serving Board Directors are Chair Stan Liaros, Tresslyn Smith and Patricia Scaffidi. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "I would like to congratulate Wendy and Rhonda on their re-appointments and thank them for their ongoing contribution to the Aqwest Board. "Mick has been a champion of the South-West community as a former MP for two decades and brings a wealth of experience to the Board. "Neville has made a significant contribution over 10 years to the Board, holding the roles of Deputy Chair and Chair of the Board's Audit Committee and I thank him for his dedicated service. "The Aqwest Board of Directors bring a diverse range of skills and extensive business experience which ensure they can continue to make informed decisions in the best interest of customers and shareholders - the people of the City of Bunbury." Minister's office - 6552 6100 About Aqwest Aqwest is a government trading enterprise which provides drinking water to about 35,000 people in the City of Bunbury and surrounding areas.
New buildings at Gingin District High School officially open12340Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/06/2022 3:30:04 AM2022-06-24T03:30:00Z New classroom buildings officially opened at Gingin District High School following a fire that damaged the school in 2019 Two refurbished buildings and new classrooms among the completed works New classrooms providing local students with modern spaces to learnEducation and Training Minister Sue Ellery today officially opened new classroom buildings at Gingin District High School after a fire damaged the school in 2019. The $2.2 million rebuilding works included the refurbishment of two fire-damaged buildings, demolition of one damaged building, construction of a new building with two classrooms, a toilet refurbishment and soft landscaping. The new buildings provide modern facilities for students at the school to learn in, with the new rooms to be used as multi-purpose classrooms, including for STEM lessons and student interactions with other schools through web conferencing. Hart Architects was the lead consultant for the works, which were carried out in two stages. Stage one, completed in June 2021, involved the restoration of the fire-affected buildings, including four classrooms. Stage two included the construction of a new building, which was completed this year, including two classrooms, toilets, storerooms and covered walkways. A small piece of the fire-damaged classrooms has been retained through the original wooden school lettering that was saved and is now displayed on the outside of the school at the Daw Street entrance. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "It's wonderful to be here today to officially open these modern classrooms for Gingin District High School students to learn and thrive in. "The buildings that were damaged by fire in 2019 were the original classrooms from when the school first opened in 1964. Many local people were educated in those buildings, so the loss to the community was significant. "However, there is still a nod to the original classrooms and their history on site, with the wooden school lettering saved from the fire and displayed on the outside of the school." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Sandra Carr "It's fantastic to see the rebuilt and new facilities completed, and the Gingin District High School staff and community continuing their great work educating and supporting local students in the modern classrooms. "Many of the school's former students would have felt a sense of loss following the fire, so it is fitting to see that a piece of the former classrooms has been preserved in memory of lessons, experiences and friendships past." Minister's office - 6552 5700
South-western snake-necked turtle conservation funding boost12339Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/06/2022 2:00:12 AM2022-06-24T02:00:00Z South West Corridor Development Foundation receives $131,700 funding Citizen science project supported by Murdoch University Turtle Ecology Team Research partners to provide training for volunteers to become 'turtle trackers' Turtle SAT app to help monitor population of south-western snake-necked turtleA citizen science project aimed at saving the vulnerable south-western snake-necked turtle has received a funding boost towards an innovative conservation scheme. The South West Corridor Development Foundation (SWCDF) has been granted $131,700 in Lotterywest funding for the project, which incorporates community action and traditional owner knowledge, with the backing of university scientists and State and local government. Volunteers will be trained as 'turtle trackers' by ecologists from Murdoch University's Harry Butler Institute and will be able to use the new Turtle SAT app to record and monitor the native species. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is also supporting this initiative through training, licensing and by promoting the project throughout its network of volunteers. Studies have shown that south-western snake-necked turtle populations are declining, particularly around Perth. A recent Murdoch University study found very few juvenile turtles of this long-lived species in 35 urban wetlands. Predators such as foxes and ravens are a threat to the turtle, along with mortality from road strikes, across the range of this species - from Jurien Bay in the north to the Fitzgerald River National Park in the east and, if left unmanaged, there is concern about potential localised extinction. The SWCDF is an alliance of local councils, including the City of Fremantle, Rockingham and Kwinana, working to achieve positive social and economic outcomes, and the sustainable long-term management of the natural environment since it was established. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "This is a fantastic initiative bringing together volunteers, community organisations, traditional owners, State and local government, and backing them with lottery funding, to address this conservation challenge. "The project is embracing modern technology, with the Turtle SAT app, enabling and empowering volunteers to provide feedback electronically. "In the short and long-term, these population surveys will contribute to the monitoring, protection and recovery of one of our region's most vulnerable species. "I look forward to hearing positive news from this network of ecologists and volunteers about the health of the south-western snake-necked turtle." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Mental health pilot to boost Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing12338Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/06/2022 1:13:24 AM2022-06-24T01:00:00Z McGowan Government delivers on $17.6 million commitment to pilot culturally secure Social and Emotional Wellbeing Model of Service program Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia awarded contract to deliver the pilot through Aboriginal community-controlled organisations Designed to improve holistic mental health outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West, Goldfields and South-West The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia has been awarded $17.6 million to deliver a mental health pilot to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people. The regional Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Model of Service pilot program aims to increase access to social and emotional wellbeing and healthcare services for Aboriginal people of all ages in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West, Goldfields and South-West regions of WA. Local Aboriginal community-controlled organisations will run the program in their communities Bega Garnbirringu Health Service in Kalgoorlie; Derby Aboriginal Health Service in Derby; Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation in South Hedland; Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service in Geraldton; and South West Aboriginal Medical Service in Bunbury. Through culturally secure prevention and community development, psychosocial support, targeted interventions and coordinated care by multidisciplinary teams, the pilot is expected to improve quality of life for Aboriginal people. The Mental Health Commission will work with the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia to support the governance and evaluation of the pilot. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal Western Australians is a priority and I am pleased to deliver on this commitment which aims to help people achieve and sustain good health. "The Social and Emotional Wellbeing Model of Service pilot program will be delivered by Aboriginal organisations that know their communities and the importance of providing culturally secure and holistic healthcare. "The pilot complements the State Government's work in progressing towards the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, which aims to reduce deaths by suicide and enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people across Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Millions more free RATs for Western Australians at pop-up locations12337Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/06/2022 12:46:06 AM2022-06-24T00:30:00Z Three million more free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be handed out at pop-up sites across the State over the next month, starting this weekend Pop-up distribution will start with the State of Origin match at Optus Stadium this Sunday (June 26) and expand to train stations, shopping centres and other major events over the next month Supports close contacts with no symptoms fulfil their testing requirements to leave isolation by making free RATs more accessible at more locations All Western Australians urged to take advantage and stock up on free RATs to stay safe during the winter respiratory illness season Three million more free RATs will be available over the next month for the Western Australian community at pop-up distribution sites in metropolitan and regional areas, starting this weekend. Sporting fans attending this weekend's State of Origin game will be able to collect free RATs at Optus Stadium before the game. RATs will also be made available at other major events and festivities over the next few weeks. RATs will be handed out at Perth metropolitan shopping centres in the week commencing Monday June 27, starting in Victoria Park, Rockingham, Warwick and Midland. Other metropolitan shopping centres will also come on-line in the following weeks. Pop-ups at regional shopping centres will start in the week commencing Monday July 11. Commuters will be also able to collect free RATs at train stations on the Mandurah, Joondalup, Fremantle, Thornlie, Midland and Armadale lines over the next month. A list of RAT pop-up locations and dates is available on WA.gov.au. The list will be updated regularly as more locations become available. Western Australians are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and bolster their supply of RATs to stay on top of managing COVID-19 during the cooler months. The additional RAT distribution points also further support close contacts with no symptoms, who can leave their place of isolation provided they undertake a daily RAT, wear a mask when outside the home and avoid high-risk settings. As well as staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, Western Australians are urged to roll up and receive a free flu vaccination for the month of June at State-run vaccination clinics and participating GPs and pharmacies to stay safe over winter. The Australian-first WA Free RAT Program has delivered millions of RATs to the WA community since its launch in February through household deliveries, collection pick-ups, pop-up locations, and through distributions by local organisations, community resource centres and local Members of Parliament. For more information about staying safe during winter, visit On a roll. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We are continuing to support the community and manage COVID-19 like no other State Government, with our WA Free RAT program expanding further to make RATs even more accessible. "I encourage all Western Australians to pick up free RATs at this weekend's State of Origin and when they're out and about in the community or catching public transport. "COVID-19 is not over, so it's important that all Western Australians have access to RATs whenever they need them. "I want to thank Western Australians for continuing to play their part in testing and isolating accordingly." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "RATs are the quickest and most convenient way to detect COVID-19 as it happens, leading to more people looking after themselves and isolating to protect others. "We know that frequently purchasing RATs may be tough on the family budget, so we hope that making even more tests available at pop-up sites across the State provides some further financial relief for the community. "WA continues to be well-placed and equipped to manage the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and we are committed to making sure everyone can continue to access free RATs." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
WA to establish investment and trade office in Frankfurt12336Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/06/2022 12:33:57 AM2022-06-23T22:30:00Z WA Government to open new investment and trade office in Frankfurt Announcement made by Deputy Premier Roger Cook at an Invest and Trade WA showcase in Frankfurt New office recognises growing opportunities between WA and Germany The McGowan Government has announced Frankfurt as the newest location in its network of international offices. This announcement was made by Deputy Premier Roger Cook at an Invest and Trade Western Australia showcase held in Frankfurt this week. The Deputy Premier is visiting Frankfurt as part of an Invest and Trade WA mission to the United Kingdom and Germany to promote investment and trade opportunities, and showcase WA's industry capabilities. Frankfurt will be the first spoke office established within the United Kingdom/Europe Hub of the Western Australian International Investment and Trade Office Network. Expected to be open from January 1, 2023, the setup and operations of the Frankfurt office will be overseen by WA Agent General Mr John Langoulant AO, who is based in London. Frankfurt is one of four new spoke offices to be established by the WA Government in 2022-23 to strengthen investment and grow opportunities within the State's key markets. The network currently has offices located in London, Singapore, Jakarta, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo and Seoul. Establishing an office in Frankfurt reflects Germany's importance as a source of foreign direct investment in Australia (valued at AUD $20.177 billion in 2021), with growing opportunities for WA in a range of sectors such as clean energy (with a focus on renewable hydrogen), batteries and critical minerals. Frankfurt is also an ideal location to leverage opportunities in other industry sectors such as the creative industries, information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology and life sciences. Germany is WA's 13th largest trading partner, with AUD $3.1 billion of goods traded in 2021. Last year, WA accounted for 17 per cent of Australia's total trade in goods with Germany. Operating as the 'front door' to WA for overseas investors, Invest and Trade WA works to attract investment into the State and foster mutually beneficial trading relationships. For further information, https//www.investandtrade.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Deputy Premier and State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "I am pleased to announce that Frankfurt will be the newest location in the Western Australian Government's network of international investment and trade offices. "As a global financial and technology hub, Frankfurt is a gateway to exciting investment and trade opportunities for Western Australian companies. "The Western Australian Government is committed to growing the strong relationship between our State and Germany, which is underpinned by common values, strong people-to-people connections, and substantial trade and investment links." Deputy Premier's office - 6552 6500
Two new direct flights set to soar as WA reconnects with the world12335Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/06/2022 12:23:47 AM2022-06-23T21:00:00Z Qantas to reconnect Perth and Johannesburg from November 1 New Qantas non-stop route to Jakarta commences from November 30, 2022 Supported by the McGowan Government's $195 million Reconnect WA package Western Australia continues to reconnect with the world with two new international routes to take flight later this year as part of the McGowan Government's plans to diversify the economy. New 11 hour non-stop flights to South Africa will launch from November 1, with Qantas to operate three return flights per week from Perth to Johannesburg on its Airbus A330 - reconnecting South Africa to WA with a direct route for the first time since 2020. The Johannesburg route will be the only direct connection between WA and South Africa, and is expected to be highly sought after as it removes any transit via Sydney, Singapore or the Middle East, which travellers currently have to contend with. Direct flights between Perth and Jakarta will start from November 30, with Qantas to offer three flights per week on its Boeing 737 aircraft. The four and a half hour new route will help build important economic relationships between WA and Indonesia, an important trading partner. Fares for both routes go on sale today with Perth-Jakarta flights starting from $870 return and Perth-Johannesburg fares from $1,800 return. Each new route is a first for Qantas and both have been supported by the State Government's $195 million Reconnect WA package through Tourism WA. In 2019, Indonesia was WA's seventh largest international market by number of visitors, with 38,800 visitors spending an estimated $81 million in the State. That same year, South Africa was the State's 14th largest international market by number of visitors, with 20,000 visitors spending an estimated $32 million in WA. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "These two flights prove that our message is being heard loud and clear - WA is safe, open and reconnected with the world. "These two flights are a vote of confidence in our State and are important aviation connections that will improve international access to WA, which is vital in diversifying our economy. "Having direct connections to both Jakarta and Johannesburg will drive visitors to WA and increase business, investment and study opportunities from Indonesia and South Africa to Western Australia. "They will get to experience our wonderful State, which is known for its iconic beaches, natural landscapes and world-class food and wine destinations, engage with our incredible tourism industry, and do business or study in WA - injecting millions into our economy and creating jobs for Western Australians. "The State Government is committed to increasing WA's aviation capacity and securing new routes like these Jakarta and Johannesburg services, through the $195 million Reconnect WA package, and ensure these flights could be made a reality. "We've worked with Qantas and Perth Airport to help make these routes a reality, and I want to acknowledge both Perth Airport and Qantas, for their co-operative approach to deliver these flights." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook "The launch of these two important routes on top of the new direct flights to the UK and Continental Europe firmly establishes Perth as the western gateway to Australia. "I know from my recent mission to East Java that the demand for both tourism and trade with Western Australia is only going to keep increasing, so it is vital we make it easy for both travel and air freight. "Java's population of about 150 million is almost six times the size of Australia, while Jakarta alone has almost 11 million people. "So that gives you an idea of the opportunity ahead for WA by having closer ties with Jakarta. "We strongly encourage Indonesians and South Africans, particularly those with friends and family in our State, to take advantage of these fantastic new flights and visit your loved ones in Western Australia." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 6500
More new recruits join record number of police on the street12333Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1810html23/06/2022 12:16:38 PM2022-06-23T11:45:00Z 54 new police officers join the WA Police force McGowan Government delivering record number of police on our streets New recruits from a diverse range of backgrounds Police Minister Paul Papalia and Commissioner Chris Dawson have welcomed 54 new officers into the Western Australian Police. Family, friends and loved ones assembled to cheer on 41 men and 18 women from Red and White Squads as they graduated training at the Joondalup academy. The reinforcement to the ranks marks another milestone in the McGowan Government's commitment to put more police on WA streets than ever before. 570 people have already joined the blue family as a result of the State Government's commitment to enlist 950 new officers to the force over four years. The recruits, who celebrated the completion of their 28-week intensive foundation training course, continue to come from a range of backgrounds with a variety of life experience. The youngest graduate was just 19 years old - the oldest, 50 years old. Two of the officers are Aboriginal, six originate from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and six can speak another language. Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia "The McGowan Government is committed to continuing our record police recruitment drive and making WA safer for our community. We already have more officers on our streets than ever before, and they are better resourced than ever before. "These new recruits have joined a world class police force, where they will have the opportunity to pursue meaningful, exciting, and diverse careers. They will have the guidance and mentorship of officers who have helped keep WA safe through a time of unprecedented challenge. "They will get to make their own mark during an exciting time in law enforcement, as we continue to invest in cutting edge technology and deliver our State the police force of tomorrow, today." Minister's office - 6552 5600
COVID-19 testing clinic changes to reflect demand12332Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17770html23/06/2022 7:17:50 AM2022-06-23T07:15:00Z Four public metropolitan COVID-19 testing clinics to close from July 15, 2022 Free PCR testing will continue to be available at more than 60 sites across the State Adjustments will boost staffing at hospitals by 121 full-time equivalent staff Rapid Antigen Testing being used more often than PCR tests to identify COVID-19 thanks to the success of the McGowan Government's WA Free RAT program Following a review of public demand, four metropolitan PCR testing clinics will be wound down from July 15, 2022 as Western Australia continues its soft landing through the Omicron COVID-19 outbreak. Public clinics at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Armadale Health Service, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and St John of God Midland Public Hospital will close from July 15, with free PCR testing continuing to be available at other sites across WA, with other local facilities still available at nearby locations. Testing clinics at Royal Perth Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus, Rockingham Hospital and the PathWest public drive through facility in Murdoch (alongside Fiona Stanley Hospital) will continue to operate between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and from 8am to 4pm on weekends. Free PCR testing also continues to be available through private pathology clinics. PCR testing arrangements in regional areas remains unchanged. To find a COVID-19 testing clinic near you visit, healthywa.wa.gov.au The change will return 121 full-time equivalent staff, more than half of whom are nurses, back to hospitals. COVID-19 cases continue to decline in WA and Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are being used more often than PCR tests to identify the virus thanks to the success of the WA Free RAT program. Between May 1, 2022 and June 22, 2022, 303,249 COVID-19 cases were identified in WA using RATs, compared to 178,617 cased identified via PCR testing. Since its inception, the WA Free RAT program has distributed more than 12.9 million RATs to people across the State. WA is the only State to provide free RATs to residents. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "With WA's COVID-19 cases at stable levels and the demand for PCR testing significantly reducing, some staffing resources can be moved from testing clinics back to hospital settings. "This reasonable and basic adjustment can be made thanks to WA's successful soft landing and rapid uptake of the WA Free RAT Program. "These adjustments are modest and as a result will return more health workers back to their primary roles. "We'll keep monitoring this and if there are further adjustments that need to be made to benefit Western Australians, keeps them safe, and put patients first, that's what we'll do. "I want to thank our health workers, people front of house or back of house at COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics for their contribution and efforts in keeping WA safe. "PCR testing will continue to be available across the State for those who want it at both public and private clinics." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "This timely change will return 121 FTE staff, including nurses, back to hospitals where we need them the most. "I'd like to thank all our testing clinic staff who have been, and continue to be, an important part of our COVID-19 frontline since the start of the pandemic. "The quick establishment of these clinics was unprecedented in the State and an extraordinary effort that has been vital to our management of the virus since the beginning." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900