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Local F1 star opens Motor Museum of WA extension10010Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 10:30:07 AM2017-09-20T10:30:00Z Daniel Ricciardo opens Motor Museum of WA extension at Whiteman Park Lotterywest grant of $711,990 helps fund museum expansion Motor Museum of WA now home to Ricciardo's first Red Bull Formula 1 race car Fresh from placing second in the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix last weekend, Perth's Daniel Ricciardo made a pit stop to open the new exhibition space at the Motor Museum of WA in Whiteman Park. The $2 million extension, which received a $711,990 Lotterywest grant, was purpose-built to house up to 75 extra vehicles. In a major win for Whiteman Park, the museum has also secured Ricciardo's first Red Bull Formula 1 race car - complete with engine - as a permanent loan. The iconic Red Bull Renault will be a key attraction at the motor museum, which is close to the old Caversham Circuit where Australian racing legend Sir Jack Brabham competed in several Grand Prix during the 1950s and 60s. Since 1994, the Motor Museum has been a popular drawcard for Whiteman Park. The new exhibition space gives visitors better access to the State's biggest collection of motoring history. The Motor Museum is open from 10am to 4pm weekdays and 10am to 5pm on weekends. For more information, visit http//www.whitemanpark.com.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Becoming the home of Daniel's first Red Bull race car is a major coup for the Motor Museum of WA. "It's a fantastic gesture that our own international sports star has lent his support to open the museum's new facility, which is run by a board and 65 passionate volunteers." Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "WA is immensely proud of Daniel Ricciardo's achievements on the track and having his first F1 car at the museum in Whiteman Park is a great nod to his hometown. "The museum houses the State's biggest collection of motoring history and the new extension, along with Ricciardo's racer are exciting additions to Whiteman Park's range of transport-related attractions." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500
Mundijong clubs get funding to build stronger communities10007Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 8:06:35 AM2017-09-20T08:00:00Z Local Projects, Local Jobs helps Darling Range clubs thrive Mundijong Serpentine Little Athletics Club and the Mundijong Centrals Football and Sportsman's Club benefit from grant Two Serpentine Jarrahdale sports clubs are set to benefit from brand new equipment and facilities from the State Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today joined Darling Range MLA Barry Urban at Mundijong Pavilion and Oval to announce funding for the Mundijong Serpentine Little Athletics Club and the Mundijong Centrals Football and Sportsman's Club. The $20,000 grant will provide for three new fridges for the football club and two new gazebos for the little athletics club, as well as high jump mats, javelins, hurdles and a new public address system. 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 "It's great to see these local Serpentine Jarrahdale clubs getting some help to buy equipment and improve club amenity. "Clubs with quality equipment and facilities do better at retaining members and attracting new participants. Memberships are what keeps clubs on their feet and thriving. "Strong local clubs not only contribute to healthier, more active communities, they also help keep communities connected." Comments attributed to Darling Range MLA Barry Urban "Both of these clubs are important to the fabric of our community - for both our social wellbeing and the health of local people. "In athletics, quality equipment is key to keeping participants safe and healthy so these kids can continue doing what they love. "The new fridges for the football club will make sure they can offer a better game day experience for players and spectators." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Ellenbrook maintains reputation as best of the best at UDIA Awards10004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 4:30:39 AM2017-09-20T04:30:00Z Two wins for Ellenbrook at the UDIA Awards for Excellence WA's best development project has potential to support 8,000 jobs The Swan Valley suburb of Ellenbrook won two prestigious accolades at the 2017 Urban Development Institute Australia (UDIA) Awards for Excellence recently, further cementing its national and international reputation. Ellenbrook beat stiff competition from four other WA entrants to take home the Masterplanned Development Award, as well as the acclaimed Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence. The Russel Perry Award is particularly significant as it recognises the best project across all the category winners. Ellenbrook is already Australia's most awarded urban development project, with more than 40 wins under its belt. In 2015, it was officially recognised by the International Real Estate Federation as the world's best master-planned community. Jaye Radisich, the former Labor Swan Hills MLA, was a long-standing champion of the visionary development during the 2000s. The current Labor MLA, Jessica Shaw, shares that passion. Ellenbrook consists of eight self-supporting villages, each with their own style, that are built around a modern town centre. The Department of Communities and Morella Pty Ltd are partners in the joint venture that is project managed by LWP Property Group. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "A primary objective of the Ellenbrook development is boosting the creation of local jobs and reducing the need for residents to commute long distances to work. "About 5,600 jobs have been generated since Ellenbrook was launched and there is strong potential for this figure to rise to 8,000 jobs once construction is complete. "Ellenbrook is also home to more than 1,200 local businesses primarily involved in construction, logistics, and professional services." Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw "These latest UDIA Awards are a great result for Ellenbrook and highlight the benefits that are flowing and will continue to flow from this development. "My Labor predecessor, Jaye Radisich, who was the youngest woman ever elected to the WA Parliament, was a strong and vocal supporter of Ellenbrook and I am privileged to continue that work. "Ellenbrook is a flourishing development that demonstrates how government can partner with the private sector to successfully integrate social and affordable housing into vibrant, active and diverse communities." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Innovation offers small but sweet addition to Ellenbrook10003Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 4:00:28 AM2017-09-20T04:00:00Z 80sqm lots the first under 100sqm to gain green title in development Housing Minister Peter Tinley has turned the first sod on a project that will provide greater flexibility and more design choices for those looking to buy in the nationally and internationally acclaimed Ellenbrook development. The 80sqm lots - of which there will be eight in the new Reveley Terrace project built by Now Living (a BGC Residential company) - are the first green-titled lots under 100sqm. It is anticipated that their affordability will encourage first and low-income homebuyers, and those seeking to downsize, by helping them to secure funding more easily. The boutique lot developments are the latest in a line of innovations that have seen Ellenbrook win about 40 national awards for its excellence in design and planning. The new lots are located in the heart of the Ellenbrook town centre within easy reach of open space and parks, office and retail facilities, public transport and schools. Ellenbrook - a joint venture between the Department of Communities and a LWP property syndicate - is located 30 minutes north of Perth and offers a range of housing options for those seeking a self-sustained and modern village atmosphere and lifestyle. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The Ellenbrook vision is running from strength to strength and continues to deliver dwelling options that can help to realise the McGowan Government's social housing policies. "I am really encouraged by the willingness of LWP to go above and beyond in its efforts to make Ellenbrook a better place to live, work and play. "Ellenbrook has set the benchmark that future developments will have to strive to meet." Minister's office - 6552 5300
$17.2 million for Toodyay Road safety improvements10001Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 3:47:52 AM2017-09-20T03:30:00Z $17.2 million for road widening, sealed shoulders and intersection upgrades Work on a series of new safety upgrades to Toodyay Road is expected to get underway before the end of the year. Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts today confirmed $17.2 million in funding from the Road Trauma Trust Account had been approved to start the work immediately. The $17.2 million will go towards Widening a 27 kilometre stretch of Toodyay Road to include an 11 metre sealed surface and sealed shoulders; Construction and realignment of overtaking lanes; Jimperding Brook realignment and bridge replacement; Continuation of improvement works at the Toodyay Road and Stoneville/Reen roads intersections; and Safety modifications at the Toodyay Road and Roland/O'Brien roads intersections. Between 2012 and 2016, 10 people lost their lives and 39 people were seriously injured in crashes on Toodyay Road. This latest money takes the total allocation of Road Trauma Trust Account funds spent on safety improvements and upgrades on Toodyay Road to $33.64 million. Mrs Roberts today visited Toodyay Road ahead of the Queen's Birthday long weekend and school holidays. Double demerit points come into force at midnight Thursday, September 21, 2017 and will run until midnight Monday, September 25, 2017. Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "This is a stretch of road which has a tragic history, but these upgrades should go a long way to helping create a safer road environment and save lives. "The improvements are being funded through the Road Trauma Trust Account, which collects 100 per cent of its funds from speed and red light camera infringements. "These are exactly the sorts of projects this fund was set up for - initiatives which improve road safety outcomes and help prevent the types of crashes which cause serious injury or death. "I also want to take the opportunity to remind drivers that from midnight Thursday, double demerit points will apply for speeding, red light, seatbelt, drink and drug driving and mobile phone offences. "I urge all drivers to plan their journeys this long weekend and across the school holidays, slow down and help us save lives on WA roads." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "On top of Road Trauma Trust Account funding, the 2017-18 State Budget includes $96 million towards road safety programs in regional WA and an overall 20 per cent increase in regional road funding. "We're getting on with the job of improving dangerous roads, as demonstrated with Toodyay Road and our recent investment in improving Indian Ocean Drive." Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw "I have pushed hard for safety upgrades to Toodyay Road. "I use the road every day and am so pleased the McGowan Government has listened and taken immediate action. "Safety on Toodyay Road has been one of the biggest concerns raised by Hills residents, so they will be pleased to hear funding has been made available for further improvements." Police and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
World-class Pompeii exhibition opens in Fremantle9998Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 2:16:18 AM2017-09-20T02:15:00Z New Pompeii exhibition opens at WA Maritime Museum Objects include jewellery, food and haunting body casts School holiday activities and lectures planned for five-month season The courage of the Roman navy as it tried to save lives in the wake of the devastating Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD is at the centre of a new exhibition opening at the Western Australian Maritime Museum on Friday, September 22. Escape from Pompeii the untold Roman rescue is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Fremantle, boosting the local economy and supporting the creation of jobs. It features a range of artefacts including jewellery, lamps, tableware, a mirror, and food items such as a loaf of bread - all remarkably preserved in the ash and debris. Visitors will see a rostrum (used to ram other vessels) from a Roman warship recovered from the site of a famous sea battle, and reliefs celebrating Rome's naval victories. The exhibition also includes five replica body casts of victims of the eruption, capturing their final moments. Escape from Pompeii follows the accounts of Pliny the Younger, who witnessed the event and created the only known surviving first-hand account of the eruption. Opening in time for the school holidays, a range of activities have been planned including Roman costume demonstrations and re-enactments with Roman soldiers and pirates. Lectures and Pompeii-themed nights are also planned for the five-month exhibition season. Escape from Pompeii, which runs until February 4, 2018, has been developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in association with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti. For bookings and more information, visit http//museum.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "This is a world-class exhibition and I encourage all Western Australians, as well as visitors to our great State, to go to the WA Maritime Museum and experience something extraordinary. "Apart from providing a rich cultural experience, international exhibitions such as this add to the vibrancy of our city, boost local businesses and assist in creating jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Accolades honour State’s social housing initiatives9996Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 1:09:36 AM2017-09-20T01:00:00Z Department of Communities and its partners win three awards Awards showcase social housing success stories The Department of Communities has picked up three prestigious awards at the 2017 Australasian Housing Institute's (AHI) WA Professional Excellence in Housing Awards, held last night at the Flour Factory in Perth. The awards recognise the housing professionals who have made a significant and lasting difference to tenants, clients, the community, and their profession. The winner of the Leading Community Engagement Practice award is the Transitional Housing Program, developed by the department with the Kimberley Development Commission. Community Housing Limited, the Wunan Foundation, Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services, and Centacare Kimberley are also key partners. The program provides stable, affordable housing and support services for eligible Aboriginal people. It aims to build the capacity of participants to achieve self-sufficiency, financial security, household stability and ultimately home ownership. The Transitional Housing Program utilises housing as a platform to improve employment and educational outcomes, and facilitates intergenerational change. 100 per cent of the participating households in Broome had at least one adult in employment, and school attendance rates were at 96 per cent. The department's Assisted Rental Pathways Pilot shared the award for Leading Innovation. Under the pilot, the department joined four community services organisations, Centrecare; Salvation Army; Outcare; and Multicultural Services of WA, to trial an innovative form of assistance to support 200 social housing tenants and applicants to transition to private rentals. Participants receive a tiered rental subsidy and individualised assistance to build their personal capacity, financial capacity and self-sufficiency in the private housing market. The Foyer Oxford complex won the Excellence in Social Housing award. Foyer Oxford was developed by the Department of Communities, Anglicare WA, Foundation Housing and North Metropolitan TAFE. Foyer Oxford brings together a range of partners from government, the community sector and industry to deliver a holistic response to youth homelessness. The AHI is the professional association representing workers and volunteers in Australia and New Zealand's multi-disciplinary social housing industry. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "It is highly encouraging to see the standard of work that resulted in these awards and congratulations are due to all involved with the Transitional Housing Program, Assisted Rental Pathways Pilot, and Foyer Oxford. "You have all helped build the sense of wellbeing and hope for many people in difficult circumstances such as women and children escaping domestic violence, veterans requiring crisis accommodation and people transitioning out of homelessness. "The McGowan Government recognises and values the AHI award winners who provide specialist support and accommodation services that directly benefit the most vulnerable members of our community." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Women to make up half of all Government board appointments9994Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 12:55:07 AM2017-09-20T00:30:00Z McGowan Government increasing the number of women appointed to Government boards, committees and advisory bodies OnBoardWA, a new register to encourage those interested in joining a board or committee, launched today The McGowan Government expects to deliver on its election commitment to increase the total number of women appointed to Government boards and committees to 50 per cent by 2019. The Government has already boosted the number of women appointed to boards and committees from 43 per cent to 44 per cent since the election. Launching OnBoardWA, a new website and register encouraging diverse representation on State Government boards or committees, Premier Mark McGowan and Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk called on women to express their interest. Women make up about half of the Western Australian workforce and more than 70 per cent of the public sector yet are under-represented at the decision-making level. Women on boards lead to better informed decision-making, better performance and more effective governance while also creating stronger connections with the community. Equal gender representation also delivers economic benefits and reduces the pay gap. The OnBoardWA website hosts a range of resources to assist those wanting to contribute and is available at http//www.onboardwa.jobs.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Government boards and committees rely on community members willing to offer their time, experience, expertise and advice. A cross-section of the community is needed to voice new ideas. For this to happen, it is imperative we increase the number of potential nominees through the OnBoardWA register. "To ensure our State reaches its full potential, we must also fully utilise the skills, insights, perspectives and experiences of women. "As a Government, we are responsible for many of the interventions required to close the gender gap. Gender balance on decision-making bodies improves performance, provides representative leadership and produces real economic benefits. Our decisions are purposeful; we are working to generate positive change and create real opportunities for women's participation. "I encourage everyone, especially women to register with OnBoardWA to ensure a pool of talented and knowledgeable Western Australians is available for selection to government boards and committees. For those of you who know a capable person, please encourage them to register with OnBoardWA." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "Government boards and committees should reflect the diversity that we have in society. Sadly, currently they don't go far enough. They should also be composed of the best expertise on offer, but by not having a gender balance we are missing out on a huge array of talent. "Government should be leading on this issue - and the McGowan Government is doing exactly that. We know that leadership is the key if we want decision-making bodies throughout our community to reflect gender equality. "I strongly encourage women who want to broaden their skills and give Western Australian women a voice register with OnBoardWA and tell us what you can do." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Women's Interests Minister office - 6552 6600
Giant dinosaurs descend on Perth in bigger and better exhibition9572Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5380html19/09/2017 2:30:10 AM2017-09-19T02:30:00Z Dinosaur Discovery exhibition opens in Perth tomorrow, attracting visitors and supporting the creation of jobs Bigger and better than the record-breaking 2014 exhibition Features two magnificent Tyrannosaurus rex Western Australians can get up close and personal with some of the giants of the Cretaceous period these school holidays. The Western Australian Museum's Dinosaur Discovery Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition features 23 moving, life-size animatronic models of the Cretaceous period. Opening tomorrow at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the exhibition features augmented reality experiences, a digital dinosaur track encounter, digital interactives and dedicated kids' activities. Some of the dinosaurs featured in the exhibition include the Tyrannosaurus rex, Spinosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Amargasaurus, Styracosaurus and Protoceratops. There will also be an Australian connection with Australovenator, a meat-eating dinosaur with large claws, found in Australia during the mid-Cretaceous period. Other activities include a lecture series focusing on a range of subjects including meteorites, ancient DNA and various extinct animals from Western Australia, plus the Cretaceous pop-up bar which will be held on selected Friday nights throughout the exhibition. Dinosaur Discovery will run from September 20, 2017 to January 28, 2018. For bookings and more information, visit http//museum.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "As a parent of four young children, I am especially excited about this fantastic exhibition, which opens in time for the school holidays. "A smaller version of the exhibition was held at the Western Australian Museum in 2014 and broke all visitation records with more than 173,000 enjoying its scale, innovation and interactivity. "I am expecting this exhibition, which is bigger and better than the last one, to attract even more people to the city, supporting the creation of direct and indirect jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Fremantle Dockers AFLW game confirmed for Perth Stadium9288Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7890html19/09/2017 12:30:36 AM2017-09-19T00:30:00Z WA's AFL Women's side, Fremantle Dockers, to play against yet-to-be announced rival Match scheduled for Saturday February 10, 2018 at Perth Stadium McGowan Government to provide free public transport to and from the event $2 tickets with all proceeds donated to charity The Fremantle Dockers Women's side is on track to make history when it plays against an AFL Women's rival at Perth Stadium on February 10, 2018 - with the match expected to be the biggest standalone women's sport event ever held in Australia. Crowds are expected to be in excess of 30,000, breaking the attendance record for an AFLW match and easily eclipsing the 10,000 who watched Fremantle's AFLW debut at Fremantle Oval. The McGowan Government will provide free public transport to and from the match, with tickets only $2 and all proceeds going to charity. Ahead of the match, fans will be able to watch the Fremantle Dockers men's team train for the first time on the Perth Stadium playing surface followed by a signing and photo session. Tickets to the match will become available following the release of the 2018 AFLW fixtures, with demand expected to be high. Premier Mark McGowan recently announced that the official opening of Perth Stadium would be a free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21, 2018. Perth Stadium will host two Ed Sheeran concerts and the Perth NRL double header in March 2018, Chelsea Football Club versus Perth Glory in mid-2018, State of Origin II and a Bledisloe Cup match in 2019 with more world-class events to be announced soon. Construction of the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium is more than 94 per cent complete. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The AFL Women's match is expected to attract more than 30,000 fans, which would break the record for the biggest attendance at an AFLW match ever. This is a great event for Perth Stadium and women's sport in general. "Women's sport is growing at an incredible rate throughout WA - and this is a great opportunity to see some of the country's best female footballers." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "The AFLW Fremantle match has the potential to be the biggest ever standalone women's sport event in Australian history - and the first of many more at Perth Stadium. "Having this major AFLW event so early on in Perth Stadium's life sends a great message to young women, girls and the wider community about gender equity - and I hope it will inspire many to follow their sporting dreams." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Public transport will be the simplest and cheapest way to get to Perth Stadium, and I encourage as many attendees as possible to catch the train or bus to get to this historic event. "The McGowan Government is proud to provide free public transport to what will be a great family day out when the Fremantle Dockers Women's side take on an AFLW rival at Perth Stadium." Comment attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "We are in the process of filling Perth Stadium's events calendar with as much quality content as we can - to attract tourism dollars, create jobs and get the economy back on track." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600