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McGowan Government leading the way for gender diversity in sport43415Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3420html10/12/2018 7:19:42 AM2018-12-10T07:10:00Z WA Government helps secure national target of 50 per cent women in leadership roles at Australia's sports governing bodies Agreement reached at Meeting of Sport and Recreation Ministers in Sydney Federal Government adopts new policy after push from Western Australia and other States The McGowan Government has helped spearhead a push for Australian sports governing bodies to commit to having at least 50 per cent women on their executive boards and committees. The deal was struck at the recent Meeting of Sport and Recreation Ministers in Sydney, which saw the tabling of the draft National Policy Framework for Girls and Women. The 50 per cent target is 10 per cent higher than what was originally proposed, and reflects women's representation in the community. The new target was endorsed by all jurisdictions and is now Federal Government policy which will be enacted nationally. The McGowan Government will work with Western Australia's sport and recreation industry to develop a staged implementation strategy to assist sports with any transition. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "I am proud that WA has played a key role in this important national initiative. We advocated strongly for the target to be increased to 50 per cent and this is a good result for equality and the sports industry. "Sport plays such an important role in our culture, so it's vital that the governing bodies are representative of our communities. "Diversity in leadership positions not only better reflects our communities, it has been shown to make good business sense and lead to better decision making outcomes. "The McGowan Government is on track to deliver on its election commitment to increase the representation of women on State Government boards to 50 per cent, and we are pleased the sport and recreation industry are now set to follow. "We will be working closely with the sports industry in WA to improve the gender diversity of boards, as we move towards an outcome more representative of our communities." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "We know that diversity makes good business sense and delivers benefits to the organisation as a whole. "Decision-making bodies should reflect the diversity of their communities. "There are many skilled and capable women with a great deal of expertise to contribute to the sporting industry, and by not having a gender balance we are missing out on a huge array of talent. "This policy sends a message to the sporting community, and the community at large, that gender equality is important and government has a leadership role in driving the agenda for change." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600
Funding research projects to support safer school and online communities43421Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3980html10/12/2018 1:36:15 AM2018-12-09T01:00:00Z Research to prevent and manage bullying in Western Australian schools New development of resources to support safer digital technology use in primary schools Health Minister Roger Cook today announced Telethon Kids Institute will receive funding of $764,776 in Healthway grants to advance research into safer school and online communities. The grants are for two distinct projects; developing safe online practices in primary schools and targeting the problem of school bullying. Led by Professor Donna Cross, a Western Australian team of child health researchers will co-ordinate Telethon Kids' Cyber Friendly Primary Schools project, which aims to support parents and schools to promote positive technology use by primary school aged children. This year, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner reported that a quarter of eight to 12-year-olds report receiving unwanted contact or content from people online. Cyber safety is an issue of particular concern to young people and their families, and this research will help to inform the development of new resources to prevent and reduce risk of harm among WA children and promote their wellbeing through positive and safe use of digital technology. Evidence shows that about one in six students in Australia between seven to 17 years of age are bullied at least once a week. Telethon Kids Institute researcher, Dr Jacinta Francis will lead the Building Out Bullying project to investigate how school policies and environmental factors can influence bullying, social relationships and mental health. The research will contribute to the first set of audit tools designed to objectively measure school-built environment features that influence a student's social and mental health. The research grants are provided under Healthway's Research Fellowship and Health Promotion Research Grants programs, and encourage research into the causes and reasons behind community health issues, as well as exploring ways to prevent harm. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government supports this research to help ensure schools and parents have the right tools to nurture a safer environment for young people when they are online and to help eradicate bullying. "A healthy school community is not only crucial for learning but for a child's mental health and wellbeing. It extends beyond the bricks and mortar to the culture, including the online environment. How young people feel about their school community is important to their sense of place, which we know is connected to positive mental health. "We know that cyber safety is a growing concern for parents, teachers and children so targeting children when they are still at primary school with this new research is timely and important. It will help prevent harm and provide skills for the safe use of digital technology." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Event marks decade of redevelopment on Busselton Foreshore43420Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3850html10/12/2018 1:29:57 AM2018-12-08T06:00:00Z Restoration of historic Busselton Jetty, development of a central hub for youth and community services, and creation of family friendly spaces including playgrounds among achievements celebrated at Showcase Busselton Foreshore Benefits set to continue flowing with commercial sites set to attract investment and stimulate economic growth Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan will today join stakeholders and members of the community to celebrate the decade-long redevelopment of the Busselton Foreshore. From the restoration of the iconic Busselton Jetty to the construction of a youth precinct, the popular coastal stretch has undergone a spectacular transformation over 10 years that has delivered significant social, economic and cultural benefits. The result is a thriving destination that is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike with a visitor centre and exhibition space, along with a skate park, nautical-themed playground and walking promenades among the long list of features that have added to the appeal of the area. The benefits are set to continue flowing to the community in the years ahead, with State Government investment in the creation of commercial sites helping to lay the groundwork for future projects that will boost the economy and create jobs. Short-stay accommodation developments as well as a family restaurant or brewery are proposed for the foreshore. These will further elevate the appeal of the town, located within the State's most visited regional area. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Over 10 years, the redevelopment project has enhanced the experience offered on the Busselton Foreshore and offered commercial, retail, hospitality and tourism opportunities. The development will continue to draw additional tourists and investors to the region, and provide economic benefits to the State. "This has been a remarkable transformation and we commend the City of Busselton, along with the community and stakeholders, for delivering a bustling, world-class tourist destination. "We look forward to the future evolution of the precinct through the development of short-stay accommodation and delivery of future works planned for the Busselton Jetty. "The McGowan Government will continue its commitment to supporting growth in regional Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Beach safety boost with more BEN signs in place for summer43419Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3140html10/12/2018 1:19:48 AM2018-12-08T00:40:00Z Over 100 new Beach Emergency Numbers signs to be in place by Christmas At least 250 more signs to follow in the new year Local government shows strong support for program Beach safety will be given a further boost this summer with more than 100 new Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) signs to be in place by the end of the year. The McGowan Government's BEN sign program commenced in December 2017, as an initiative of Rick Gerring, brother of Ben Gerring who lost his life after a shark bite incident in 2016. At the time, there were concerns about emergency services locating the closest beach access point. Each BEN sign has a unique code to help emergency services pinpoint exact locations and improve crucial response times for a range of potentially serious incidents. This summer BEN signs are to be installed in the cities of Busselton, Mandurah, Joondalup, Bunbury and Nedlands; and the shires of Augusta-Margaret River and Coorow with other local governments to follow. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has been working closely with eligible local government authorities and other stakeholders to rollout the program, with the goal to eventually have more than 1,100 signs in place from Geraldton to Esperance. To date, 27 of the 32 eligible local government authorities have been actively working to map sign locations and prepare grant applications. This summer, the State Government is encouraging all Western Australians to bring their sea sense to the beach to help keep them safe. Sea sense means things such as checking the SharkSmart website for shark activity, abiding by beach closures and warnings, finding your nearest patrolled beach, or using a scientifically proven personal shark deterrent if you are a surfer or diver. More information is available at http//www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "I am pleased to see strong support for this McGowan Government project. It is great to see local government authorities collaborating with the State Government to improve beach safety along our beautiful coastline. "WA has an extensive coastline with many metropolitan beaches and remote and regional locations, at time making beach access locations hard to find. "To have signs in place for this summer in the Capes area, beginning with Augusta-Margaret River, is a boost to beach safety in the area and could be vital in saving lives. "In the event of an emergency, the public can call triple zero and quote the BEN sign number with confidence that emergency services will reach the destination as quickly as possible." Minister's office - 6552 6100
South-West beaches get new shark receivers in time for summer43418Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3110html10/12/2018 1:09:57 AM2018-12-08T00:30:00Z Shark monitoring network extended to Gracetown for the first time Two satellite-linked receivers installed at Cowaramup Bay and one at Lefthanders McGowan Government is doing more than ever before for shark mitigation in WA Safety for South-West beachgoers will be boosted in time for the summer holidays, with the installation of three new satellite-linked receivers that provide near real-time alerts of tagged sharks detected within the receivers' range. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is today commencing the installation of two receivers at Cowaramup Bay and one at Lefthanders, a popular surfing spot south of Gracetown. These acoustic receivers are satellite-linked and will detect any tagged sharks that come within 400 to 500 metres of them. Locations for the receivers were chosen following an online survey conducted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development with South-West communities. These latest installations bring the number of satellite-linked receivers in Western Australia's shark monitoring network to 30, with others located throughout the Perth metropolitan area, Bunbury, Busselton, Meelup, Yallingup, Albany and Esperance. The shark monitoring network plays an important role for beachgoers who want to use their sea sense at the beach. Near real-time alerts of sharks detected on the network are posted to the SharkSmart.com.au activity map and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. This allows beachgoers to make an informed decision before entering the water. WA's shark monitoring network is just one part of the State Government's comprehensive shark mitigation strategy. This strategy includes enhanced beach helicopter and drone patrols; a world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy for divers and surfers; beach enclosures; and a SMART drumline trial off Gracetown to start in early 2019. To learn more about developing your sea sense and the State Government's shark mitigation strategy, visit http//www.sharksmart.com.au Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "With summer and the holiday season here, beach safety continues to be a high priority for the McGowan Government. "Since we came to government we have extended the shark monitoring network to Esperance and Gracetown, both locations of previous fatal attacks. I can't understand why the previous Liberal National Government never put receivers in these locations. "Shark detections from these receivers are provided in near real-time to land managers and relevant authorities, who can take the appropriate actions to ensure beach safety, and information is also posted publicly to the SharkSmart activity map and SLSWA Twitter feed. "These receivers are located at popular surfing spots and information provided by the receivers will help people make an informed choice before entering the water. "This summer we are asking every Western Australian to use their sea sense. This includes checking SharkSmart.com.au before heading to the beach, swimming at a patrolled beach, or if surfing or diving, investing in a scientifically proven personal shark deterrent. "It is still important that water users remain vigilant and to alert other people in the area to any shark sightings they make. All shark sightings should be reported to the Water Police on 9442 8600." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Boost for WA jobs and local lobster supply from WA’s most iconic fishery43417Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7110html10/12/2018 12:37:55 AM2018-12-07T23:50:00Z McGowan Government embarks on plan to grow the State's lobster industry for greater community benefit Potential to create up to 500 WA jobs and double the value of the industry WA to establish the first-ever annual international lobster festival in the Asia-Pacific The McGowan Government plans to double the value of Western Australia's acclaimed western rock lobster industry and create up to 500 WA jobs. Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today announced the Government and the industry's peak body, Western Rock Lobster (Council), have agreed on an innovative industry development package that will substantially grow the industry to provide more benefits to the Western Australian community. The staged plan proposes increasing the commercial catch from 6,300 tonnes to 8,000 tonnes, well within the sustainable limits of the resource. The additional catch will improve revenue to the State Government and increase local lobster supplies. Through this plan, existing western rock lobster licence holders will benefit from an increased catch allocation, with an additional 315 tonnes provided in 2019, and also greater access security. New fishing units will also be created and held by Government for the benefit of the community. This will include the creation of up to 500 WA jobs, increased revenue from the fishery for investment in essential public services, significantly increased local lobster supply for international tourists and Western Australians, and the first-ever international lobster festival in the Asia-Pacific. The State Government will also invest $27.5 million over the next five years to develop the industry, which will include the establishment of a new body corporate and an Institute for Spiny Lobster Research. This institute will support market development and education initiatives; industry innovation, leadership and professional development; and community engagement. The western rock lobster fishery was the first fishery in the world to be certified as ecologically sustainable by the international Marine Stewardship Council. Since then, the fishery has been successfully recertified three times with the last assessment in 2017. Recent scientific studies have confirmed the WA resource is once again in a healthy state. The details of this industry development plan will now go out for consultation. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "This innovative plan will reap huge rewards for the industry and the broader Western Australian community. It has the potential to create up to 500 WA jobs (many in regional areas), double the value of the industry and significantly increase the supply of lobsters into the local market. "It aligns with the Western Rock Lobster (Council)'s vision to grow the industry's gross value of production to more than $1 billion by 2028 and to help build a professional and resilient industry. "Existing operators in the industry fish about 80 per cent of the sustainable catch, leaving 20 per cent of this community-owned resource currently unfished. "I appreciate that the existing fishers would prefer to be granted free ownership of the additional 1,700 tonnes of commercial lobster catch. However, this is a community-owned resource. Sharing the new tonnage - 315 to existing fishers and 1,385 to the State Government on behalf of the Western Australian people - is a fair result. "With this unfished potential, and strong export demand for WA's iconic lobsters, the time is right to ensure that present and future generations of Western Australians enjoy a share in the benefits from this iconic community-owned resource. "The plan also includes creating the Asia Pacific's first-ever international lobster festival. We want to take what we've learnt from the successful Mandurah crab festival and create a unique festival that draws in tourists and gives Western Australians the opportunity to taste our delicious lobster. "We are very pleased to be working alongside this dynamic industry to manage our world class lobster fishery, and ensure future economic contribution of this community resource flows back to Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Lobster fact sheet.pdf
Schools earn cash to help reduce waste19639Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4010html7/12/2018 7:52:08 AM2018-12-07T07:50:00Z $92,925 for Waste Wise Schools across the State Program teaches students the three Rs - reduce, reuse, recycle A total of 30 Western Australian schools have received more than $90,000 for projects that reduce the amount of waste disposed of to landfill. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced the grants to seven regional and 23 metropolitan schools accredited under the Waste Wise Schools program. The money will be spent on a range of sustainable waste projects at schools - from kitchen gardens, worm farms, recycling bins and composters to garden tools and chickens. Lakelands Primary School in Mandurah will receive $11,938 to set up a waste wise outdoor classroom with a shed and mini greenhouse to facilitate composting and growing seedlings. Madeley Primary School will spend its $8,800 grant on its reducing waste to landfill project - setting up an outdoor classroom, recycling station and a trailer to take recyclables to Tamala Park Recycling Centre. They will also buy Green Team vests and signage to make recycling easy. More than 200,000 children attend 454 accredited Waste Wise Schools across WA. The program delivers educational resources aimed at changing behaviour to avoid the generation of waste and encourage diverting waste from landfill. Last year, WA Waste Wise Schools recycled almost 200,000 kilograms of paper and diverted nearly 90,000 kilograms of fruit and vegetable scraps from landfill through worm farming and composting. Accredited schools also recycle batteries, mobile phones, ink cartridges, coffee pods and toothbrushes. The Waste Wise Schools program is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority. Applications for the next Waste Wise Schools grants round will be open from today (December 7) to March 1, 2019. For more information on the program or to become accredited, visit the Waste Authority website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Western Australian schoolchildren are setting a fantastic example through their culture of reduce, reuse, recycle. "Students at Waste Wise Schools show an impressive commitment to changing their behaviour to avoid waste and minimise the amount that ends up in landfill. "They then take this sustainable behaviour home and share it with their parents, siblings and friends. "We all have a responsibility to do the right thing and adopt smarter waste management practices at home, at work and at school. "This Government has already committed to a number of strategic waste reforms including banning lightweight plastic bags and introducing a container deposit scheme." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Nippers funding makes a splash19638Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3540html7/12/2018 6:59:06 AM2018-12-07T06:55:00Z Lotterywest provides $700,000 to Surf Life Saving WA to support nippers program Funding to purchase equipment and safety devices Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) has received $700,000 towards equipment and safety devices to support the nippers program, thanks to the State Government and Lotterywest. SLSWA counts 8,000 Western Australian children aged five to 12 in their nippers program, held at 31 of their clubs around the State - with enrolments growing from year to year. The new equipment and safety devices will contribute to a development program that sees nippers taken all the way through the journey from learning water awareness and surf safety to becoming a qualified surf lifesaver. This will add to the already extensive pool of surf lifesavers who provide an invaluable service to the community in patrolling our beaches and keeping Western Australians safe in the surf. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray presented SLSWA with the State Government funding at the Parliament of Western Australia, where he wished the organisation the best in shaping the next generation of strong swimmers and surf lifesavers. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The WA Government, through Lotterywest, is extremely proud to be supporting community programs such as SLSWA's nippers program, which keeps kids active, healthy and safe. "WA is a State of beach lovers and every bit of this grant will go towards ensuring kids are able to safely enjoy our beautiful coast. "This funding will give our next generation of surf lifesavers a strong start, as they follow the thousands of SLSWA volunteers who have saved countless lives patrolling our beaches over the years." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Three new aquatic centres dive into waterwise program19637Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5860html7/12/2018 3:03:41 AM2018-12-07T03:00:00Z Bayswater Waves, Scarborough Beach Pool and Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre recognised as Waterwise Aquatic Centres Waterwise Aquatic Centres have saved about 858 million litres of water since 2008 Bayswater Waves, Scarborough Beach Pool and Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre have been recognised as Waterwise Aquatic Centres. The Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program is a joint initiative of the Water Corporation and the Leisure Institute of WA Aquatics, with 39 centres endorsed across the State. Over the past decade, Waterwise Aquatic Centres have saved about 858 million litres of water - in aquatic centre terms that is 81 Olympic swimming pools of water. Bayswater Waves, which is run by the City of Bayswater, installed sub-meters at their centre and are monitoring their water use to proactively identify leaks. The centre will also carry out a refurbishment of its change rooms which will include water efficient showerheads and push button taps. Scarborough Beach Pool, run by the City of Stirling, opened in January and features waterwise fixtures such as automated shower timers, and water efficient taps and toilets. The pool is also heated using a geothermal system which is estimated to save about 1,800 tonnes of CO2 each year. Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre, run by the Shire of Broome, installed a 50,000 litre tank to treat and recycle backwash water from the pool, which is then recycled to irrigate its lawn and garden which features waterwise native plants. The centre also has water efficient toilets and showers. The cities of Bayswater and Stirling are also part of the Waterwise Councils Program. For more information about the Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program, visit https//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwisepools Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Congratulations to the City of Bayswater, City of Stirling and Shire of Broome for your efforts to save water and to have your centres recognised through the Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program. "Through the program, the Water Corporation and Leisure Institute of WA Aquatics provide aquatic centre managers with advice and information to review operational water use and support to promote waterwise practices in their centres. "Climate change in WA is having very real consequences. I encourage other local governments with aquatic centres which aren't yet participating in the program to get involved." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New Department of Education director general appointed19636Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements53160html7/12/2018 12:50:30 AM2018-12-07T00:45:00Z Lisa Rodgers appointed new Director General of the Department of Education Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has welcomed the appointment of Lisa Rodgers as the new Director General of the Department of Education. Ms Rodgers' appointment follows a formal Public Sector Commission appointment process. She commences in the role on January 28, 2019. Ms Rodgers has held numerous roles in the education sector in Australia and New Zealand, including senior roles in New Zealand's Ministry of Education. Since 2016, Ms Rodgers has been chief executive of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership. Ms Rodgers will be responsible for leading the Department of Education as it works to equip public school students with the skills they need to achieve academically. The department is focused on lifting student performance in Aboriginal and lower socio-economic groups, and assisting schools to adapt to a shifting social and educational environment. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I congratulate Ms Rodgers on her appointment. She has extensive experience in the education sector in New Zealand and Australia, and is well-placed to lead the department into the future. "I'd like to celebrate the appointment of another woman in a senior public service position, and I look forward to working with Ms Rodgers. "I'd like to acknowledge the Public Sector Commission's work in carrying out the appointment process which has led to Ms Rodgers' selection." Minister's office - 6552 5700