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Powerful road safety campaign aims for zero deaths20265Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/04/2018 1:31:54 AM2018-04-22T10:00:00Z 'Closer to home than you think' campaign puts human face to road trauma Campaign aims to change the way Western Australians think about road safety A powerful road safety campaign that launches on Western Australian television screens tonight (April 22), highlights the human side of death and serious injury on our roads. In 'Closer to home than you think', a man on the street (Francisco) is asked what he thinks is an acceptable number of people to die on the roads in a year. He answers 70. The man is overcome with emotion as 70 members of his family walk towards him, illustrating that road crash fatalities are not just statistics, they are people who leave behind loved ones just like him. Francisco then changes his acceptable number of road deaths to zero. The television campaign did not use actors, as a behind the scenes video reveals. Francisco said he thought he was participating in an in-house training video for the TAC (Transport Accident Commission in Victoria). "When you see your family and you link that to the road toll, it becomes very personal," he said. "I saw my wife and she was emotional too." The Western Australian Government has adopted the campaign for use after it ran successfully in Victoria and New South Wales. A survey of Victorians who had viewed the campaign, showed that 90 per cent believed the community should be aiming for zero lives lost on the roads. The campaign will run in metropolitan and regional WA from April to June 2018. Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "The closer to home campaign really brings home the tragic ripple effect road trauma can have on individuals and their families. "The road toll should not simply be seen as a number, because when we're talking about death and serious injuries on our roads, we are talking about mothers, fathers, grandparents and children. "The advertisement is emotionally powerful, and puts a human element to the hundreds of deaths and serious injuries we hear about every year on our roads. "I hope it will make people think about their driving, so that we might prevent more families experiencing the tragedy of road trauma." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Albany’s new visitor centre opens to help drive visitation20264Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/04/2018 1:24:07 AM2018-04-22T04:00:00Z $2.6 million visitor centre one of the best in Western Australia Co-funded by State Government through Tourism WA The State Government has congratulated the City of Albany on the official opening of the Albany Tourism and Information Hub. The visitor centre is one of the most advanced in the State with touch screen technology, digital windows and virtual reality headsets. The $2.6 million project received funding from the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grants Program. The project was also co-funded by the Australian Government through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program administered by Tourism WA. The Albany Tourism and Information Hub is located in the centre of town on York Street and provides visitors with information about Albany and the surrounding region as well as offering a booking service. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Congratulations to the City of Albany for building one of Western Australia's best visitor centres. "The State Government is proud to have contributed funding to this magnificent facility. "The importance of visitor centres cannot be understated as they inject $117 million into the State's economy and generate more than 900 jobs. "Research shows that people spend more money and time in an area when they use a visitor centre, therefore they are vital for regional tourism." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This new facility is a fantastic addition for Albany and the Great Southern; it will help attract and direct visitors to some of the region's most stunning natural attractions and cultural hotspots. "Tourism is a major economic earner in our regions and the McGowan Government is committed to investing in initiatives like this that drive jobs and strengthen diversification." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Local workers to help build new METRONET railcars20263Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/04/2018 1:11:52 AM2018-04-22T03:00:00Z Key election commitment to create more manufacturing jobs on track Government tender to be released for one of the biggest orders of railcars in WA history $1.6 billion project to deliver 246 new railcars over the next 10 years New target of at least 50 per cent for local manufacturing of railcars included A McGowan Labor Government commitment to create ongoing local jobs is underway, with a tender, set for release this week, calling for proponents to build 246 new METRONET railcars for Perth over the next decade. The pre-qualification tender for the $1.6 billion project will include a local content target of 50 per cent for the manufacturing of new railcars, honouring a key election commitment as part of WA Labor's Plan for Jobs. Funding for a local railcar assembly facility and associated infrastructure is also included within the project's budget. The first stage of the project involves the delivery of 102 new railcars (17 six-car sets) to service the new METRONET projects as they come online. A follow-on order for 144 railcars (24 six-car sets) will also be included in the tender, to replace the network's ageing A-series railcars which were the first electric railcars on the network. $508 million was allocated in the 2017-18 State Budget for the METRONET railcars, but the project will now be expanded to include the replacement of the A-series railcars and associated infrastructure. Delivery of the first 17 new trains, known as the C-series, is due to begin in 2021. The additional 24 trains are expected to be delivered between 2023 and 2026. Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti made the announcement today at the Public Transport Authority's Nowergup Depot, in front of the first trains from the final order of 10 new three-car B-series trains, to be delivered for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project. These trains, ordered under the old policy by the previous Liberal National Government, were mostly manufactured in Queensland or overseas, with only two per cent of the work completed in Western Australia. The companies who apply to build the next generation of METRONET trains will be short-listed to progress to an interactive tendering process before a final supplier is chosen in early 2019. A key consideration of this tender process will be the supplier's ability and commitment to manufacture or assemble 50 per cent of the railcars in WA. They will also be expected to maintain the railcars for 30 years, creating an ongoing pipeline of work. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "These will be our METRONET trains, so it makes sense that they are our local jobs. "Not only will METRONET deliver thousands of new constructions jobs, but the increased demand for new railcars will create a pipeline of work to boost our local manufacturing industry and maximise WA jobs. "My Government's number one priority is WA jobs and with a long-term plan to boost local manufacturing, it makes sense that we cement this strategy in place to build these extra railcars in WA. "Once these trains are delivered, our existing A-series trains operating on the heritage lines will be coming close to or exceeding their operational life of 30 years." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "These trains will travel up to 280,000km a year for 35 years, so we need to get it right. "This is a great opportunity to deliver the next generation of trains that can provide more capacity, and faster transfers, and tap into our local workforce to deliver WA projects with local skills. "The McGowan Government is committed to maximising opportunities for WA jobs, apprenticeships, and businesses, so we believe that with the right supplier on our side, we will be able to keep a significant proportion of the work on these railcars local, and build a highly-skilled home-grown workforce in the process." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA holds its Breath for national film release of Tim Winton novel20262Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/04/2018 12:59:26 AM2018-04-21T09:00:00Z Film project supported 150 jobs; generated $5.6 million for local economy Movie's spectacular filming highlights the beauty of WA's Great Southern region State Government invested more than $2 million in production Homegrown feature film Breath, based on acclaimed Western Australian author Tim Winton's novel of the same name, is on track to delight cinema audiences when released in WA on May 3, 2018. Breath, filmed entirely on location in the Great Southern region, marks the directorial debut of well-known Australian actor Simon Baker. The local production had a significant impact on the region's economy - supporting an estimated 150 jobs over the project's life and generating an estimated $5.6 million short-term benefit for the local economy. The Albany Entertainment Centre will host the Western Australian launch of the feature at a special screening tonight, attended by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan. Breath received major production investment support from Screen Australia ($2 million), Screenwest and Lotterywest ($800,000), as well as Royalties for Regions in association with the Great Southern Development Commission ($1.5 million). Screenwest administered and monitored the Royalties for Regions contribution, along with its own investment, and worked with the Great Southern Development Commission to ensure the project met its 'buy local' and human capacity development obligations. The stunningly shot film has previously premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and at the Gold Coast Film Festival. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Breath is a beautifully shot film that showcases our stunning Great Southern region, including the iconic Elephant Rocks near Denmark. "Quantifying the benefits (of the filming project) to the local economy is vital for future industry growth, and I am encouraged by how well this project has evolved. "We need to keep telling local stories using local voices, and the only way we can continue to do this is to showcase the real outcomes from these sorts of local initiatives and attract new investment for culture and arts in our great State." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Producing this uniquely WA film in the Great Southern has been a boost to the local economy and it has been fantastic to see local communities embrace the film. "Before shooting, we estimated the project would generate a $5.6 million short-term benefit to the local economy including 150 local jobs. "This should bring new local and international interest in the Great Southern, and will help to cement the region's reputation as a cultural hotspot." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 About Breath Breath is based on Tim Winton's award-winning novel of the same name. Breath has been adapted for the screen by Gerard Lee (Top of the Lake). Tim Winton and Simon Baker, who also co-produced with Oscar® and Emmy® Award–winning producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) for Gran Via Productions and Jamie Hilton (The Little Devils) for See Pictures. Executive producers are Tom Williams, Johnny Mac and David Hansen for Autumn Productions, and Laura Rister. Breath follows two teenage boys, Pikelet and Loonie, growing up in a remote corner of the WA coast. Hungry for discovery, the pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando, a mysterious older adventurer, who pushes the boys to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. Director Simon Baker also stars in the film as Sando, alongside an impressive cast including Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh and Rachael Blake, and introducing Samson Coulter as Pikelet and Ben Spence, a Margaret River local, as Loonie. Roadshow Films are distributing the film across Australia.
Albany a heritage hotspot with new listings20256Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/04/2018 12:45:42 AM2018-04-21T06:00:00Z The addition of three places to the State Heritage Register will help improve tourism, support the creation of jobs and boost the local economy Albany's Wesley Church spire, a landmark feature of the city's skyline since 1891 148-year-old Albany Co-operative Society Building, built by the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Navigation Company (P&O Shipping), played a key role in Albany's early commercial activities Former Albany State School Group includes public school buildings, the Headmaster's house and garden - dating from the 1890s The addition of three places to the State Register of Heritage Places will cement Albany's reputation as a heritage hotspot and help boost tourism, supporting the creation of jobs and boosting the local economy. Albany's Wesley Church Group - including a church, manse, and three halls - is an excellent example of a church complex designed in a variety of gothic architectural styles. The church group has strong community significance as the hub of Methodism in the region, as well as ties to many prominent citizens who contributed at various times to its physical and social development. The church itself was constructed between 1889 and 1891, as Albany's population boomed following the opening of the Great Southern Railway. A telling sign of the optimism in Albany at the time, it was built to seat 450 people despite only having 33 members. Notable architects and builders of the church group include architects Alfred M. Bonython (church, 1891), George Johnston (manse, 1903), James Hine (Albert Hall, 1914), and Harold Smith (Kindergarten Hall, 1958), as well as builders Charles Layton (manse, 1903), and Alexander Thomson (Albert Hall, 1914). Today, the Wesley Church Group remains in use for various church purposes including worship and community events. The former Albany State School comprises an intact group of public school buildings including a Headmaster's house and former garden, and was developed to cater for Albany's growing population during the 1890s gold boom in Western Australia. The primary school and infants school were designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style, and the primary school, designed by prominent Perth architect George Temple Poole in 1895, includes a fine example of a large central hall of exceptional design quality. The school buildings form a significant precinct in the historic centre of Albany, and the adjacent Alison Hartman Gardens that were once part of the early layout of the school, contribute to the historic streetscape of York Street. The Albany Co-operative Society Building was purpose-built in 1870 by P&O Shipping agent William Clifton. The building housed one of Australia's first ever co-operative societies. Mr Clifton established the member-owned society in 1867 to improve the welfare of the company's employees, who could not afford the high cost of basic provisions in Albany. Three years later, the Albany Co-operative Society Building was constructed by local carpenter and builder John Underwood Green, on the corner of Frederick and Spencer streets. A freestanding, two-storey granite and brick structure - designed predominantly in the Victorian Regency style - it included a manager's residence, store and shop. Since the co-operative's closure in 1883, the building has been used as a railway barracks, guest house, and storage facility for the Albany Historical Society. In 2017, the City of Albany completed extensive conservation works to restore the building to its original form. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "I am delighted that the Wesley Church, former State School buildings and the Albany Co-operative Society Building's inclusion in the State Register of Heritage Places, means these properties will continue to be part of the Albany community for many years to come. "These sites now join 56 other significant places in Albany on the State Register of Heritage Places." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "The listing of these three places is fantastic news for Albany, which is proud of its heritage and benefits enormously from related tourism. "Tourism is a strong supporter of jobs in the region and the listing of these places will help the local economy and keep people employed." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Land sale to create vibrant new East Perth precinct20255Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/04/2018 12:35:00 AM2018-04-21T03:05:00Z 20 Bronte Street, East Perth to be purchased by a private syndicate of local investors Old Perth Girls School and 20 Bronte Street to become an integrated mixed use development A private syndicate of local investors led by Australian Development Capital (ADC), with a cornerstone investment by the Warburton Group have entered into a contract with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to purchase 20 Bronte Street, East Perth. Last year, ADC/Warburton purchased the adjacent Old Perth Girls School property. ADC/Warburton plan to develop the Old Perth Girls School and 20 Bronte Street as an integrated precinct, containing a mix of land uses potentially incorporating residential, retail, office accommodation and community space. It is known that 20 Bronte Street was a cemetery during the early days of Perth and potentially hundreds of human remains are buried at the property. As a condition of the sale, ADC/Warburton must enter into a Heritage Agreement which will govern the remediation process and ensure exhumation and reinterment is conducted in an ethical manner. The sale of 20 Bronte Street is expected to settle within the next 60 days. Following settlement of the land sale, details of the sale, including the sale price, will be published on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage's website at http//www.dplh.wa.gov.au. Lists of Government land assets recently sold (including sale prices), properties currently for sale and those being prepared for market can also be found on the department's website. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "With this land sale, 20 Bronte Street in East Perth, currently a vacant block of land, will find new life with the iconic Old Perth Girls School as a mixed use, residential, retail, office accommodation and community space. "The buyers have extensive experience with similar redevelopment projects, including a number of heritage properties within the Perth CBD. "The property development team has a strong understanding of the heritage values of the property, and will respect the building's history and heritage as part of the repositioning of the site as a residential, mixed use and community hub." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Equipment and uniform funding help Pilbara sport clubs kick goals20254Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/04/2018 12:27:04 AM2018-04-21T03:00:00Z McGowan Labor Government delivers funding to Pilbara sporting clubs 30 clubs to share in more than $50,000 of funding to purchase new equipment and uniforms Funding delivered through the Local Projects, Local Jobs program The McGowan Labor Government has delivered more than $50,000 to 30 sporting clubs across the Pilbara, to help purchase new equipment and uniforms. From traditional sports such as cricket, soccer and swimming, to modern pursuits of roller derby and pony club, the grants reach all corners of the Pilbara, supporting clubs of all shapes and sizes. The 30 clubs will share in more than $50,000 with funding ranging from $840 to $5,500. The Pilbara Regional Football Development Committee received $5,500 to support the establishment of the Pilbara Nightfields Project in Nullagine, Marble Bar and Roebourne. The Nightfields Project will deliver after-hours football activities for youth, in partnership with WA Police, Youth Justice, Aboriginal corporations and youth services. Other grants include $2,000 for the Hedland BMX Club to purchase new portable shades, $2,000 for the Shire of East Pilbara to purchase equipment for the Newman Youth Centre, and $2,000 for the Nickol Junior Soccer Club to assist in the purchase of uniforms. The funding is part of the Local Projects, Local Jobs program, which supports grassroots sporting and community organisations. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I am pleased we have been able to deliver much needed funding to regional sporting clubs across the Pilbara. "Strong local sporting clubs create healthy, active communities and this funding will allow them to upgrade facilities and purchase new equipment. "This Government is committed to supporting grassroots sporting clubs across regional Western Australia." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "Our local sporting clubs are a great way for residents of the Pilbara to meet new people and form a sense of belonging in the community. "Clubs are often run by a group of dedicated volunteers and rely on donations and funding to operate, so it's important to provide support." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Victoria Cross recipients protected for generations to come20253Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/04/2018 12:21:08 AM2018-04-21T01:00:00Z McGowan Government formalises protection of Victoria Cross war graves and memorials Agreements with the Shire of Esperance and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board coincide with the 103rd anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli in World War I Currently nine Victoria Cross recipients commemorated in WA The State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, fulfilling a pledge to protect the graves and memorials of Victoria Cross (VC) recipients commemorated in Western Australian cemeteries. The agreements will ensure the future preservation of VC graves and memorials while safeguarding the rights of the families to honour their loved ones as they wish. Local Government Minister David Templeman signed the MOU with the Shire of Esperance in the presence of the family members of the late Tom Starcevich VC, who was commemorated at the Esperance Lawn Cemetery in 1989. Tom was awarded the VC during the Borneo campaign of the Second World War for single-handedly capturing four Japanese machine gun positions on June 28, 1945. Complete disregard for his own safety played a significant part in the success of his decisive action. The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour to members of the Australian Defence Force. It is awarded to a person who, in the presence of the enemy, displays the most conspicuous gallantry, or daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty. Mr Templeman has already signed a similar Memorandum of Understanding with the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board to protect the graves and memorials of the remainder of WA's VC recipients - commemorated at the Karrakatta and Fremantle cemeteries. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "The McGowan Government believes the significance of this award and the great achievements of those awarded the VC, warrants protection and retention. "By preserving these war graves and memorials, we demonstrate our collective respect for the contributions, sacrifice and heroic achievements of VC recipients, and we also help to ensure that their individual stories are shared with the community for generations to come." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Scott Austic conviction referred to the Court of Appeal20251Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/04/2018 12:14:10 AM2018-04-20T22:00:00Z Attorney General refers Scott Austic petition to the Court of Appeal Attorney General John Quigley has decided to refer the 2009 conviction of Scott Austic for the wilful murder of Stacey Thorne to the Court of Appeal. The decision follows a petition made on behalf of Mr Austic dated February 19, 2018. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I decided to refer the petition to the Court of Appeal upon the advice of the Solicitor General. "I have also received a copy of the outcome of a previous investigation by the Corruption and Crime Commission into allegations of misconduct concerning the case. "The Corruption and Crime Commission formed no opinions of misconduct by either the police or the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The CCC noted, however, that there were potential concerns in relation to aspects of the evidence against Mr Austic, including in relation to a cigarette packet and the knife identified as the murder weapon. "I have accepted the Solicitor General's advice that public confidence in the administration of justice requires that those concerns be fully addressed in an independent, open and transparent way. The best way for that to occur is for those concerns to be addressed by the court. "It will be a matter for the court to determine whether, by reason of the matters Mr Austic raises, there has been any miscarriage of justice in his case. "Having decided to refer the matter it is not appropriate for me, as Attorney General, to express any view in relation to the merits of the case. "I understand that the referral of this case back to the court may cause distress to Ms Thorne's family and I extend my condolences to them for their loss. "I hope that the examination by the court of matters that have been the subject of public comment for some years will finally bring speculation about this case to an end. "I plan to introduce legislation into the Parliament later this year, similar to that in South Australia and Tasmania, to allow cases such as this one to be presented directly to the Court of Appeal instead of being considered by the Attorney General." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Committee to kick-start growth plan for Bunbury and Collie19265Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4080html20/04/2018 7:31:47 AM2018-04-20T07:30:00Z Ministerial Steering Committee to oversee development of an economic development plan for Collie and Bunbury regions Committee to explore ways to diversify the regions and drive job growth Inaugural meeting today in Collie Strategic opportunities to drive economic growth and job opportunities for Bunbury, Collie and surrounding areas are the focus of an inaugural steering committee meeting today. The Ministerial Steering Committee, chaired by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, will oversee the creation of an economic development plan targeting the region. The committee, whose membership also includes Reece Whitby MLA, Mick Murray MLA, Robyn Clarke MLA and Don Punch MLA, will convene for an initial term of 12 months. A multi-agency approach, facilitated by the South-West Development Commission, is being undertaken to develop and implement the plan. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "There is enormous growth potential in Bunbury and Collie; our plan will help to drive future development by identifying new industry, employment, upskilling and training opportunities, as well as building community capacity. "We are focused on jobs creation and economic diversification to create a sustainable, prosperous future with a diversity of employment and business opportunities for local people. "Over the next 12 months, we will work towards creating a strategic plan that will look at new opportunities for industry and jobs, training plans to assist workers and young people to develop capabilities to work in new regional industries, and programs to build community capacity. "We will be working closely with local industry and the community to identify and build on the existing strengths of Bunbury and Collie to help unlock new opportunities for the region." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "It's great to be part of a committee that will provide direction for towns in the Collie-Bunbury region. "This will ensure that there's a co-ordinated approach to building economic opportunities across the region. "Too often we have been competing against each other but now I look forward to working together for a positive outcome." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "There is huge opportunity in our region to attract new industries, particularly within the manufacturing sector, to generate significant jobs growth and to make the most of our existing assets like the Bunbury Port. I am very pleased to be involved with any initiatives that support these outcomes. "It is well known that when Collie sneezes, Bunbury catches a cold, so we must work together to grow jobs. "Having the Minister for Regional Development working directly with myself and Mr Murray as local members to focus attention on securing the strongest possible jobs growth for our communities is a great step forward, and demonstrates the commitment of the McGowan Government to our region." Minister's office - 6552 6200