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Important update for recent travellers from New South Wales to WA2321Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/06/2021 5:50:22 AM2021-06-19T05:45:00Z New South Wales arrivals into WA effective immediately are subject to strict new conditions All arrivals must be tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until receiving a negative result Anyone who has visited any of the exposure sites in NSW during the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure Measures introduced based on the latest health advice and aligned to previous measures applied in December following the initial NSW northern beaches outbreak Western Australia's Chief Health Officer has provided updated advice to the State Government on our controlled interstate border due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in New South Wales. With NSW reporting five COVID-19 cases linked to the initial case - the transport worker - the State Government is taking immediate steps under its controlled border arrangements to further protect WA. Effective immediately all arrivals from NSW must get a COVID-19 test on arrival or within 48 hours and self-quarantine until they return a negative result - they must wear a mask when in transit to their premise or to get a COVID-19 test; anyone who has visited any of the exposure sites in NSW during the relevant times should self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure and be tested immediately (within 48 hours) and at day 11. Airport testing is being arranged for Perth Airport domestic terminals from tomorrow (June 20) for all NSW arrivals, however, arrivals can also choose to go to other COVID public or private testing clinics. Anyone who has arrived from NSW since June 11, 2021 should monitor their symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 if unwell. Arrivals into Western Australia are asked to continue to monitor the NSW Health website for updated exposure locations. Anyone who is unwell or experiencing symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until they return a negative test result. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The situation in NSW is fast evolving and concerning given the outbreak involves the Delta strain of the COVID-19 virus. "Based on the latest health advice, we're introducing extra precautionary measures with immediate effect to protect Western Australians. "This is consistent with measures taken in December last year at the beginning of the NSW northern beaches outbreak and in late May at the beginning of the outbreak in Victoria. "These additional testing controls may cause some disruptions for some people, but the health of Western Australians is my priority. "It's critical that anyone who is unwell or is experiencing symptoms must get a COVID test immediately. "I want to thank Western Australians and affected travellers for their understanding." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The latest outbreak in NSW is very concerning. "Our best wishes are with the people of NSW as they work to bring this outbreak under control. "It's an important reminder for Western Australians to continue to follow the basic COVID-safe practices - like checking in using the SafeWA app and staying home, and getting a test, if unwell. "I thank everyone for their understanding as we continue to do all we can to keep Western Australians safe throughout the pandemic." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Donnybrook’s older residents a step closer to a new place to call home2320Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/06/2021 5:15:10 AM2021-06-19T03:30:00Z Construction underway on Bridge Street Housing Project 10 independent living units to be built in Donnybrook $2 million McGowan Government investment through the Regional Aged Accommodation Program Construction on a $3.25 million development for ageing residents in Donnybrook is underway, with $2 million in funding support from the McGowan Government. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns today turned the sod on the Bridge Street Housing Project. A total of 10 independent living units will be built by Alliance Housing, providing affordable rental options for over-65s. Once complete, there will be eight two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units built to adaptable housing standards on Donnybrook's Bridge Street. The development is close to the services and amenities located in the Donnybrook town centre, which is currently being given a makeover. In line with the McGowan Government's commitment to maximising local business participation, South-West based JAK Civil has been contracted to undertake site works with Smith Constructions the successful tender for construction. The Bridge Street Housing Project is being delivered by Alliance Housing, with funding support from the State Government, and land from the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup. The McGowan Government is funding the project through the Regional Aged Accommodation Program, which helps to address the aged accommodation needs of regional Western Australia. In the South-West, Brunswick River Cottages has expanded with support from the program, and Capecare Dunsborough will open its doors in the coming months. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Bridge Street Housing Project will expand the stock of aged accommodation in the South-West, providing more options for older people to age in their own communities. "We also see an increasing number of Western Australians choosing regional living - and expanding housing helps drive that positive trend. "Not only are there social benefits, but also economic benefits associated with construction of aged care developments including the creation of opportunities for local contractors and suppliers." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "This project is a great opportunity, both for the residents of Donnybrook and the greater South-West, creating local jobs and supporting affordable housing initiatives. "I care about the future of Collie-Preston and this project is an example of the way in which the McGowan Government is delivering on its promises in the region." Comments attributed to Alliance Housing Chairperson Jan Pedersen "Alliance Housing are excited to deliver this modern housing project for the local community. "Donnybrook is a wonderful place to live and Alliance Housing are thrilled to enable the older members of this community to age in place. "The project has been a long time in the making and today marks the first day of the project coming to fruition." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Donnybrook heritage precinct transformed into a thriving destination572Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/06/2021 5:03:33 AM2021-06-19T02:30:00Z Donnybrook Heritage Goods Shed Interpretive Centre and Station Square officially open McGowan Government contributed $2 million towards revitalisation project One of Donnybrook's oldest precincts is now its newest destination, with the South-West town's revitalised goods shed and surrounds officially open. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today joined Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns, representatives from the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and the local community to celebrate the completed Donnybrook Heritage Goods Shed Interpretive Centre and Station Square. A $2 million McGowan Government contribution has breathed new life into the State heritage-listed goods shed, which has been restored and now houses an interpretive centre which tells the story of Donnybrook. A commercial opportunity has also been created through the project, to offset the Shire's recurrent operating costs of the facility. Local food and beverage business 'Park Donnybrook' will operate from within the centre and be responsible for the day-to-day management of the facility. Other enhancements to the railway precinct include the establishment of new boardwalks, which better connect the east and west areas of the town, providing linkages between Collins Street and the central business district. The Station Square area has been landscaped, making the area an even better place for locals and visitors, close to the Apple Fun Park which is in the process of being refreshed. The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup carried out the revitalisation, working with mostly South-West based contractors including Perkins Builders which delivered the project from designs by MCG Architects. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Donnybrook Heritage Goods Shed Interpretive Centre and Station Square creates a fresh experience for this beautiful town, enhancing the experience for locals and visitors alike and building new social and economic opportunities. "If you've visited in the past, the rejuvenation of the Donnybrook historic railway precinct provides a reason to rediscover this South-West town and enjoy what this very pretty and engaging town has to offer. "Congratulations to the team from the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and all who have worked on this project to make it a reality." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "In addition to celebrating the heritage value of the revitalisation project, this is a wonderful opportunity to support local businesses through enhanced tourism and economic development opportunities. "As a South-West local, I fully understand the importance of creating new jobs in regional WA." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA-led projects handed $600,000 to go to the Moon and Mars2318Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4290html18/06/2021 9:34:28 AM2021-06-18T09:30:00Z Three WA-led projects share $600,000 in grants to develop technology for future space missions Organisations to conduct feasibility testing to turn concepts into space technologies Funding is part of the Australian Government's Moon to Mars Initiative with NASA Science Minister Roger Cook has congratulated local organisations who have been awarded $600,000 of funding to develop technologies that will support future space missions to the Moon and Mars. Three Western Australian-led projects will each receive $200,000 as part of the Australian Government's Moon to Mars Demonstrator Feasibility Grants program. The funding will be used to develop technologies needed for future space missions. A total of 20 organisations across Australia each received up to $200,000 of funding to conduct feasibility testing and transfer their projects from concept to next generation space products and services. Headquartered in Perth, the Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE) consortium is part of two successful projects to receive funding. One project led by AROSE will demonstrate the feasibility of an Australian operated Lunar Construction Rover and develop a business and commercialisation plan to secure further investment. AROSE is also supporting Queensland University of Technology and Canadian space technology company MDA, to develop a robotic solution to handle logistics within NASA's future Lunar Gateway space station. The McGowan Government has committed $1.5 million over three years to AROSE, from 2020 to 2023. Curtin University's Binar Prospector will lay the foundations for proposed future Moon missions to locate and produce high resolution digital mapping of resources on the Moon using their Binar CubeSat space craft. In January 2021, the McGowan Government announced it had invested $500,000 into Curtin University's Binar Space Program. The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with Fugro Marine Australia, will demonstrate the feasibility of their optical laser technology to provide communications support for NASA's inspirational Artemis Program to send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. Comments attributed to Science Minister Roger Cook "It's fantastic to see the potential of these Western Australian projects recognised with Moon to Mars Demonstrator Feasibility grants. "The projects highlight the important contribution Western Australia is making to space exploration, research and commercial activities. "As home to some of the most innovative organisations in the world, we are committed to harnessing opportunities that grow our space sector, which is key to diversifying our economy and creating new high skilled jobs across the State." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Expert advice to grow food and beverage businesses2315Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5150html18/06/2021 6:51:36 AM2021-06-18T06:30:00Z 74 food and beverage businesses to access funding support under McGowan Government's Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program Small to medium enterprises across metropolitan and regional areas supported to engage professional consultants or technical expertsThe McGowan Government will support 74 food and beverage businesses to grow their operations and boost local jobs. Round Two of the Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program will provide $494,949 worth of vouchers to local businesses to support access to expert advice to grow. The program provides small to medium enterprises in metropolitan and regional areas with vouchers of up to $10,000 to engage a professional consultant or technical expert to assist business growth objectives, spanning from digital and technology planning to market positioning. Eligible businesses are also required to invest on a minimum dollar-for-dollar co-contribution basis. The program is delivered by the Agribusiness Food and Trade team within the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. A list of successful Agrifood and Beverage Voucher recipients is available at http//www.agric.wa.gov.au/AFBvoucherrecipients Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The WA Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program helps businesses build their capacity and confidence to capture new opportunities for growth. "The assistance will help businesses expand a wide range of manufactured products, including premium beef, lamb, confectionery, juices, truffles, cider, seafood, dried fruit, cereals, craft beer, wine, alcoholic spirits, pasta, honey and kombucha. "It also supports primary producers who want to take steps towards manufacturing to produce value-added food and beverages. "Building our food and beverage businesses across the State boosts local jobs, provides new market options for our agricultural sector and supports our regional economies." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Investment kickstarts South-West hemp processing2314Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5910html18/06/2021 4:24:03 AM2021-06-18T04:00:00Z McGowan Government investment supports local hemp processing New Margaret River hemp processing facility up and runningA McGowan Government investment has helped kickstart hemp processing in the South-West, with a new processing facility now operational in Margaret River. The Margaret River Hemp Processing facility, the first of its kind in Western Australia, is processing locally grown hemp into hurd, fibre and fines for the building and textile industries. With a $399,000 funding boost through the McGowan Government's Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund and Industrial Hemp Grants Scheme, the facility was able to get up and running and expand to meet local demand. The hurd, taken from the core of the hemp stem, is being used to make hempcrete masonry walls featured in sustainable hemp homes, as well as for horse and pet bedding and hydro mulch. The fibre is suitable for insulation and mattress padding. South-West building company Hemp Homes Australia has used material processed at the local facility to build hemp houses in Margaret River. Hemp is an emerging industry, with processed industrial hemp materials having the potential to replace cardboard, paper, wood and even plastics in many applications across the building, textile and industrial sectors in the future. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Margaret River Hemp Processing facility is up and running, opening up a new and job-creating industry for the South-West. "Local processing is critical to drive the emerging hemp industry in the South-West - it makes hemp a more valuable cropping option. "Margaret River builder Gary Rogers and Esperance farmer David Campbell have done a great job to have the vision and commitment to get this project off the ground. "We invest in regional projects like this to support industry expansion and diversification of local economies." Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "It is fantastic to see emerging industries such as hemp growing and processing starting up in our region. "Local innovation is creating local jobs right here in the South-West. It is exciting to see the potential for future expansion in this innovative new industry." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Humpback whale swim tour season starts along Ningaloo Coast2313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4650html18/06/2021 2:19:59 AM2021-06-18T02:05:00Z Humpback whales have begun arriving in northern waters Western Australians encouraged to 'Wander out Yonder' and contribute to the recovery of licensed tour operatorsHumpback whales have been spotted along the spectacular Ningaloo Coast, with Western Australians encouraged to support tour operators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the humpback whale swim tour season starting soon, visitors to the Ningaloo Coast have the opportunity to swim with these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Humpback whales generally migrate through Exmouth and Coral Bay between July and October, and Western Australians can interact with them through licensed in-water tours. Each year approximately 40,000 humpback whales migrate along the coast of Western Australia. Visitors would also get the chance to spot other marine life along the Ningaloo Coast, including whale sharks, marine turtles, dolphins, dugong, rays and sharks. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Humpback whales have already been spotted along the stunning World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast. "Swimming with these incredible animals is a bucket list experience and the only place in Western Australia this can be done is with a licensed operator on the Ningaloo Coast. "Now is the perfect time to 'Wander out Yonder' and support tourism businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Healthy clubs a Western Australian staple2319Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7460html18/06/2021 12:39:33 PM2021-06-18T02:00:00Z 30 Western Australian sporting clubs awarded funding through Healthway's Winter Healthy Sporting Club Grants Grants support WA clubs to purchase equipment and with training towards healthy canteens and providing healthy food optionsThrough Healthway's 2021 Winter Healthy Sporting Club Program, the McGowan Government has awarded more than $100,000 to 30 Western Australian sports clubs to support their efforts to build healthy sporting club environments. The program provides up to $4,000 in grants to sporting clubs over the 2021 season. The funding enables clubs to increase their healthy food and drink choices at club-run canteens, kiosks or food services, as well as improve awareness of the importance of good nutrition, particularly for young people. The initiative sees Healthway partner with the Western Australian School Canteen Association to provide support in education and key resources. Since the program started in 2019 there have been 205 Healthy Sporting Club Grants awarded, providing $679,862 in grants to metropolitan and regional clubs across Western Australia. Applications for the 2021 Summer Healthy Sporting Club program will open in August. For more information, visit http//www.healthway.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "It's fantastic to see sporting clubs encouraging their members to develop healthy habits and have access to healthy food and drink options, on and off the field. "Local sporting clubs are an ideal environment to encourage our community to seek out and embrace healthy choices. "I'm delighted to see so many clubs reach out to find more ways to benefit their members." Minister's office - 6552 6500 Successful club Funded amount Mandurah BMX Club Incorporated $3,979 UWA Volleyball Club Incorporated $2,190 Capel Regional Equestrian Park Inc $3,300 Karratha Enduro and Moto-x Club Inc $3,750 Kingsway Little Athletics Centre $4,000 Warwick Greenwood Junior Football Club $2,000 Leederville Sporting Club $4,000 Ocean Ridge Junior Football Club Inc. $4,000 Swanbourne Tigers Junior Football Club Inc $4,000 Ravensthorpe Tigers Football and Sporting Club Inc $2,470 Manning United Football Club Incorporated $3,669 Mandurah City FC (Soccer Club) $2,900 East Fremantle Lacrosse Club Inc $3,965 Balga Football Club Inc $3,550 Scarborough Junior Football Club $4,000 Carnamah Perenjori Football Club $3,990 Thornlie Tennis Club (Incorporated) $3,097 Kalamunda Districts Hockey Club $2,450 Gosnells Junior Football Club (Inc) $2,450 Serpentine Jarrahdale Serpents Rugby League & Sporting Club Inc. $4,000 Esperance Hockey Association Inc. $3,994 Boxwood Hill Combined Sports Club (inc.) $3,648 Roleystone Football Club Inc $3,640 Broome Squash Club (Inc.) $4,000 High Wycombe Junior Football Club $3,208 Mount Lawley-Inglewood Junior Football Club (Inc.) $4,000 Huntingdale Junior Football Club $4,000 Bridgetown Junior Football Club Inc $4,000 Busselton Districts Junior Rugby Club Inc $3,044 North Coast Raiders Hockey Club Inc $3,320 Total $104,614
Onslow successfully powered by 100% renewable energy in trial2312Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11720html18/06/2021 12:02:40 AM2021-06-17T23:00:00Z Australian-first Onslow trial successfully powers microgrid with 100 per cent renewable energy An intelligent system was utilised to unlock the microgrid's potential Projected to reduce carbon emissions by 820 tonnes per yearHorizon Power has demonstrated the Onslow microgrid's full capacity after successfully powering the Pilbara town for a total of 80 minutes. Electricity was powered by 700 kilowatts of customer generated solar and 600 kilowatts of utility solar, while supported by battery technology. This successful trial comes after the Minister announced the Renewable Energy Project in Onslow in March 2019, to stimulate the uptake of solar panels and batteries. An intelligent Distributed Energy Resources Management System (DERMS) was integral to the success of the trial, using predictive analytics to maximise the amount of renewable energy in the microgrid while maintaining network stability for all customers. It is the first time DERMS has been deployed in a remote microgrid in Australia. Horizon Power, and partner PXiSE Energy Solutions, will continue further DERMS testing ahead of commissioning the project later this year. With this hydrocarbon free functionality, the Onslow Power Project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by about 820 tonnes per year. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The operation of the Onslow microgrid powered by 100 per cent renewables signifies a landmark step towards building a cleaner, brighter, renewable energy future for our State. "This innovative project demonstrates how distributed energy resources can be safely integrated at the grid level, unlocking further benefits from Western Australia's world-leading rooftop solar uptake." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Peter Foster "The Onslow Power Project is a working example of the McGowan Government's commitment to regional development and renewable energy growth. "The success of this trial paves the way for more affordable and reliable energy for households and businesses in Onslow, and is part of the Labor Government's upgrade of the social and critical infrastructure in the town." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Updated COVID-19 vaccination rollout in WA2311Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements22680html17/06/2021 8:09:02 AM2021-06-17T08:00:00Z Adjustments made following national expert health advice to the Commonwealth From tomorrow (June 18), 50 to 59 year olds will also be able to get the Pfizer vaccine No change to 40 to 49 year olds and those 60 and older in updated rollout program Those 30 to 39 year olds with Pfizer appointments will still be able to get the vaccineThe State Government has today announced WA's updated COVID-19 vaccination rollout program in line with national health advice. The adjustments come following the Federal Government's announcement to allow people aged 50 to 59 to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine following updated health advice. From tomorrow, (Friday, June 18, 2021) 50 to 59 year olds living in WA will be able to get the Pfizer vaccine, through State-run clinics, in line with the national health advice. Those aged 50 to 59 who are already booked in and due to receive their first dose of AstraZeneca will be contacted by WA Health to have their booking changed to a Pfizer booking. People aged 50 to 59 who have already had their first dose of AstraZeneca should keep their booking and continue to get their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is important because the clear national health advice is that different vaccines should not be mixed. There are no changes to the 40 to 49 year olds under the WA rollout program. From July 5, people aged 40 to 49, along with those aged 50 to 59, are able to receive their Pfizer vaccination through the Federal Government's GP and respiratory clinic rollout program. People aged 30 to 39 who have made bookings at our State-run clinics will have their bookings honoured. Bookings for this cohort have been extremely high and appointments are already booked out until August. People aged 30 to 39 who have not yet made a booking are encouraged to go to https//rollup.wa.gov.au and register their details, so as soon as more Pfizer supply becomes available from the Commonwealth, they will be able to get a booking quickly. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We've moved quickly to make adjustments in accordance with the national health advice announced by the Commonwealth today. "Our priority is to ensure as many people are vaccinated to better protect our community from COVID-19. "The expanded program means that those 50 to 59 year olds will be able to receive a Pfizer vaccine. "People like myself, in the 50 to 59 year old cohort, who have already received their first dose of AstraZeneca, should keep their booking and continue to get their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. "This is crucial because the health advice is clear that different vaccines should not be mixed. "We're going to continue to rollout the COVID vaccines as quickly as possible and we're going to continue to advocate for more Pfizer vaccines from the Commonwealth and ensure it's made more accessible to WA, through GPs and respiratory clinics. "The best way out of this pandemic is to get vaccinated." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Our goal has not changed. It is to get as many Western Australians vaccinated as possible. "Around 500,000 Western Australians have now had at least one dose to help protect them and the community against the spread of COVID-19. "What we have seen in recent weeks is that Western Australians want to get vaccinated but what we really need is more supply from the Commonwealth to meet that demand. "During this long journey in the fight against COVID-19 we have always followed health advice. "We are doing that again today and will continue to do so in future." Premier's office - 6552 5000Health Minister's office - 6552 6500