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Summer swimming on the cards in Southern Cross with new $5.65 million aquatic centre14560Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/11/2020 7:30:40 AM2020-11-28T07:30:00Z Southern Cross Aquatic Centre in eastern Wheatbelt region officially opened today State Government contributed $700,000 under CSRFF funding The new $5.65 million Southern Cross Aquatic Centre was officially opened today by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray. The pool was built with the help of a $700,000 Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) grant, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The original pool serving residents living in and near the eastern Wheatbelt town of Southern Cross was built in 1963, but its condition in recent years meant it was no longer fit for purpose. The redeveloped aquatic centre includes the replacement of the original swimming pool and upgrading the associated facilities such as a separate toddlers' pool; change rooms and toilet facilities with universal access; kiosk and first aid station; barbecues, seating and shade; and half basketball court and cricket net. Additional funding for the project was provided by the Shire of Yilgarn ($4.9 million) and Mineral Resources Limited ($53,000). Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "This aquatic centre is an example of the commitment of the Shire of Yilgarn and the wider community to ensure people in Southern Cross have the best facilities possible. "This centre has been designed and built to cater specifically for the needs of this community - young and old - as well as those who want to maintain peak fitness. "It's a wonderful amenity which I know will be well used for many years to come." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "The Southern Cross community has waited patiently for this new pool for many years and I thank Minister Murray for making these works a priority. "We all know that it can get very hot in Southern Cross and I am sure this pool will be much appreciated by all members of the local community. "This is yet another investment in regional WA by the McGowan Government." Minister's office - 6552 6400
New mobile app and bushfire awareness campaign aims to save lives14559Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/11/2020 3:06:30 AM2020-11-28T01:30:00Z Hard-hitting new advertising campaign to urge Western Australians to develop a bushfire plan New My Bushfire Plan website and app launched to help families manage their personal bushfire risk Only 35 per cent of Western Australians believe they are at risk of bushfire Western Australia 90 per cent bushfire-prone Western Australians will have no excuse this bushfire season not to be better prepared with a new mobile app and website making the preparation of a bushfire survival plan much easier. The new My Bushfire Plan website and mobile app guides users through the creation of a plan in easy-to-follow steps that can be completed in just minutes. Designed and built in WA, the new platform is an Australian first innovation commissioned by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The website and companion app will assist people to make critical decisions ahead of the bushfire season. It will help them decide what they will do if a bushfire threatens their home and guide them to identify when they will leave, what they will take and where they will go. Having a plan in place before a bushfire strikes can make all the difference when decisions made during a highly stressful event can cost lives. The new website and app have been launched in conjunction with a hard-hitting bushfire awareness advertising campaign. The new campaign urges people to rethink their personal risk with just one in 10 Western Australians having a bushfire plan. The $1 million How Fireproof is Your Plan? campaign asks the community to evaluate their bushfire plans by showing the devastating consequences of being caught in a raging fire. The television advertisement shows people, children and livestock trapped in dangerous bushfire scenarios after leaving it too late to leave during an emergency. The How Fireproof is Your Plan? advertising campaign will appear throughout the southern bushfire season on television, radio, print, online and on billboards. The My Bushfire Plan app is available from the App Store, Google Play or https// Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "We know that indecision can be deadly during a bushfire, and this campaign is deliberately emotive to bring home the reality of being trapped on your property or in a car. "Research conducted by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services shows that while Western Australians understand the danger of fire, and the bushfire risk for the State, most do not understand or plan for their own risk, which is why this campaign is so important. "People might think that they are prepared, but when their hose melts, the power fails or they become exhausted from the radiant heat, they will not be able to think clearly enough to make life-saving decisions. "The new My Bushfire Plan website and mobile app are very straightforward and contain some vital information that can save lives or properties. "You must know beforehand what actions you will take during a bushfire and having a plan in place at your fingertips during an emergency could be the difference between life and death." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Kick-off time for $7.9 million Lakelands Park sports facility in Mandurah14558Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1840html27/11/2020 7:11:22 AM2020-11-27T07:10:00Z Shared sports facility will be used by local community and adjacent Coastal Lakes College Facility will cater for AFL football, cricket and diamond sportsThe new Lakelands Park shared sports facility and clubrooms just north of Mandurah was officially opened today by Mandurah MLA David Templeman. The $7.9 million project will cater for AFL football, cricket and diamond sports (T‑Ball, baseball and softball) for the local community and the adjacent high school. The State Government contributed $4.65 million to the project, which included the development of the facility's three new ovals and floodlighting. The $2.85 million contributed by the City of Mandurah provided for the development of the facility's new clubrooms. The Lakelands Park sports facility is on the corner of Mandurah Road and Banksiadale Gate. The State Government's $4.65 million contribution to the project comprised of $2.5 million McGowan Government election commitment; $1.3 million Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) program funding; and $850,000 from the Department of Education.Funding provided for the project from other sources included $2.8 million from the City of Mandurah; $300,000 from the Australian Sports Commission; and $150,000 from the AFL.The facility will be able to be used jointly by the local community and the Department of Education's Coastal Lakes College. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "I'm very pleased that these top-class facilities will finally be able to be used by the local community and adjacent high school after more than a decade of advocacy for a sporting complex by the local community. "This sporting precinct is a great example of how, through thoughtful design and planning, sporting facilities and clubrooms can become a true community hub, to be utilised by numerous different sporting, social and community users." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "I'm very excited that these facilities will now be available for the growing communities of Lakelands and Madora Bay. "Prior to the 2017 State Election, I made a $2.5 million commitment to support this project. I am glad that the State Government has now contributed a total of $4.65 million to this project. "I can't wait to see these facilities being used by local residents!" Minister's office - 6552 6400
Tidy Towns 2020 Awards winners announced14557Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6830html27/11/2020 7:01:52 AM2020-11-27T07:00:00Z 40 applications received for seven award categories Narrogin named overall 2020 State winnerCommunities around Western Australia are celebrating following the announcement of the winners in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities 2020 Awards. This year's overall State winner is Narrogin. The Wheatbelt community 192 kilometres south-east of Perth was a finalist in four categories and was praised by judges for the huge amount of work that has gone into improving the appearance and accessibility of the town for all community members. The Shire has worked with community groups and residents to support initiatives such as the Gnarojin Community Garden and the sensory garden. The gardens allow community members, particularly those living with dementia, to engage in food production activities and enjoy a café experience. Colourful new bin surrounds throughout the town have resulted in less litter on the ground and community action has also assisted in litter pick-ups. The development of bike paths, a collaborative BMX site, and restoration of the pavilion ensure Narrogin remains a beautiful place to live and visit. There were eight categories in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities 2020 Awards, including a new Community Action COVID Award to recognise initiatives taken to care for and connect community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Corrigin was the winner, with the Corrigin Community Resource Centre (CRC) hosting a photography project on social media to help keep people connected during the recent lockdown period. The community was encouraged to email the CRC one image that best captured their families staying at home. The tag line for the project was "Together We're Stronger". Banners of those pictures now adorn the main street. Other winners included Bridget Mason from Albany, this year's Young Legend. Bridget has volunteered more than 250 hours teaching people with disability how to surf, as well as assisting with Albany's Breakfast in the Park initiative. A link to the winners can be found on the Tidy Towns webpage. As well as a small cash prize, each community also receives signage to display in their town, to let visitors know about the win and also to serve as a reminder to members of that community about the recognition their town has earned. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Regional communities have faced considerable challenges in 2020 and Tidy Towns is an opportunity to celebrate some of the fantastic sustainable achievements that have taken place despite those difficulties. "The passion and drive of regional Western Australians is what makes communities unique and sustainable, and I congratulate all entrants, finalists and winners on setting such a fine example. "Many Western Australians have been wandering out yonder this year, meaning the whole State has benefitted from the efforts of people in our regional communities in making our regional centres even nicer places to visit." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Category Winner Finalists State Winner Narrogin Boddington Greenbushes Kalgoorlie-Boulder Kojonup Narrogin Port and South Hedland Litter Prevention & Waste Management Denham BoddingtonDenhamGeraldton KarrathaNarrogin Port and South Hedland Environmental Sustainability Wongan Hills Boddington Dumbleyung Kalgoorlie-Boulder KojonupPort and South Hedland Wongan Hills Environmental Education Boddington BoddingtonBroomeKalgoorlie-BoulderKojonupPia Wadjarri Wellstead Heritage & Culture Mount Magnet AlbanyCarnarvonDarkanMount Magnet Narembeen Narrogin Community Action & Wellbeing Albany Albany Boddington Narrogin WanderingWaroona Wongan Hills Community Action COVID Corrigin Corrigin GreenbushesKununurra Marble Bar Port and South Hedland Yandeyarra General Appearance Gascoyne Junction Gascoyne Junction Jarlmadangah BurruCity of Karratha (Dampier)Narrogin NorsemanWellstead Yandeyarra Leadership Award Yandeyarra - Trevor Delaport Young Legends Albany - Bridget Mason AlbanyBridgetown Collie GreenbushesKalgoorlie-Boulder Port and South Hedland
Liberal party fails to deliver on puppy welfare14555Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5460html27/11/2020 6:27:12 AM2020-11-27T06:25:00Z Liberal party's true colours revealed in Upper House Failure to support McGowan Government's Stop Puppy Farming legislation puts reform on election agenda A re-elected McGowan Government will prioritise plans to stop cruel practice of puppy farming and de-muzzling of greyhoundsThe Liberal Party's true colours have been revealed in the Parliament's Upper House, with legislation to stop puppy farming failing to gain support in this term of Government. The Stop Puppy Farming legislation, which also included reforms to demuzzle greyhounds, was not supported by the Liberals and will therefore need to be prioritised by a re-elected McGowan Government. Laws to Stop Puppy Farming were a key McGowan Government election commitment in 2017 and were overwhelmingly supported by the community and the animal welfare sector. By not supporting the legislation, the Liberal Party has provided defacto support to the cruel puppy farming industry. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "Puppy farming is a cruel and profit-driven industry that sees vulnerable dogs and puppies bred in horrible conditions and in a way that puts their health at risk. "By refusing to back this legislation, the Liberal Party has given defacto support to this very disturbing practice and ignored the wishes of the community. "The laws would also have removed the muzzles from greyhounds - another popular move that was backed by the animal welfare sector and the community. "A re-elected McGowan Government will prioritise this legislation to ensure dogs and puppies are given the best start in life." Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker "It is hard to fathom that the Liberal Party would stymie this important legislation. "It was not long ago that I spoke at a vigil to remember the 15-month old Boxer 'Strawberry', who was bred to death in a puppy farm. "Her puppies were sold in a WA pet shop. This practice must stop and if re-elected in March, I will continue to fight for the Stop Puppy Farming legislation." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Grants continue to support local music industry14556Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2590html27/11/2020 6:27:28 AM2020-11-27T06:20:00Z Rock band Methyl Ethel to embark on promotional campaign for new album Music manager Hayley Jane Ayres to deliver Sound States conference for WA musicians and managers Projects funded through Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program Popular Perth rock band Methyl Ethel will embark on a worldwide publicity campaign for their new album, thanks to funding from the State Government's Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program. The band is the project of Western Australian producer and multi-instrumentalist Jake Webb, who received a $15,000 grant to promote the album in the Australian, North American, European and United Kingdom markets. The funding will enable the band to engage Grandstand PR and Terrorbird Radio for the promotion, who have previously worked with international acts Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Lucy Dacus and Warpaint. The grant program is also supporting WA music manager Hayley Jane Ayres with a $19,932 grant to cover the costs of delivering the two-day mentorship program Sound States. Sound States provides valuable networking and professional development opportunities for self-managed contemporary music artists and independent managers. It also provides paid work opportunities for the speakers and mentors. The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program assists WA contemporary music artists with a broad range of projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, building links nationally and internationally. Applications are open year-round for grants up to $15,000. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The Contemporary Music Fund is continuing to provide much needed support to our talented local contemporary musicians and music industry professionals during this difficult time. "These two activities indicate the diversity of projects the grant program can support, from recording costs and equipment hire, to travel, marketing campaigns and professional development and mentoring opportunities. "These grants were distributed through the grant program's 15k-plus category, however applications to the U-15k category (grants up to $15,000) are open year-round and I encourage our homegrown music artists to apply." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Medium density policy to create more diverse housing opportunities14554Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10240html27/11/2020 5:50:12 AM2020-11-27T05:45:00Z McGowan Government opens consultation on new draft medium density housing policy New policy prioritises design excellence and greater housing diversity in METRONET precincts, new suburbs and inner-city areas Builds on McGowan Government's historic planning reforms to support economy and jobs Continued planning reform delivers streamlined State policies to guide future development A new policy released today for public comment will guide well-planned, well-designed medium density development, providing greater diversity of housing choice for future generations of Western Australians. Developed as part of the State Government's Design WA initiative, the new planning policy applies to residential buildings up to four storeys high. The policy aims to ensure good design is at the heart of all new developments, including in METRONET precincts, and encourages a wider range of housing types from semi-detached houses, villas and townhouses through to terrace homes and low-rise apartments. It aims to address issues in how medium density housing is delivered across WA and is crucial to achieving a positive change in the built environment. The draft medium density policy considers how home design can improve liveability and respond to modern lifestyles, and how residential development should contribute to the character of streets and neighbourhoods to create authentic and vibrant communities. It also encourages sensible development and retaining a tree canopy. Four key elements of the policy are the importance of designing for the site, wind and sun; connecting the home with the garden; creating functional indoor and outdoor spaces; and 'neighbourliness' - how a dwelling responds to and fits within its surrounding area. More housing choice is needed to accommodate Perth's growing and changing population, with an estimated 800,000 new homes needed over the next 20-30 years, many within appropriate locations within existing suburbs and METRONET precincts. The draft policy is part of a number of reforms implemented by the McGowan Government to create a streamlined and contemporary planning system that puts good design at the centre of planning and development. The McGowan Government's first tranche of historic planning reforms passed Parliament earlier this year, aiming to cut red tape, encourage investment and support local jobs through COVID-19. A copy of the policy, more information and details of how you can have your say are online at https// Consultation is open until April 16, 2021. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This year we passed some of the most historic reforms to Western Australia's planning system to support our economy through COVID-19. "This first tranche of reforms slashes red tape, encourages investment and supports local jobs. "Today's medium density policy launch addresses Perth's 'missing middle' and provides a guide to delivering a type of residential and community development that enhances our neighbourhoods and streetscapes. "This is particularly important as our population continues to grow and Western Australians seek a greater choice in where and how they choose to live. "The right mix of density and well-designed development will create new communities along our METRONET network where people want to live, work and recreate." Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "There has been a lot of medium density delivered over many years. But more recently, many of these developments have contributed to a significant loss of tree canopy and homes with a design that does not contribute positively to the neighbourhood. "People want to live close to services, jobs and good quality transport links. They want the option to remain in the community they love when they downsize, or to buy their first home close to family and friends, in a neighbourhood that is familiar. "Design WA sets a consistent benchmark for design excellence across all local governments, and ensures density is done well to provide a greater choice of housing diversity and create communities that will accommodate our growing and changing population. "Good design is integral to our urban environment. I encourage people to review the proposed policy and engage in informed discussions about the benefits that low to medium density can deliver for local economies, housing affordability and sustainable urban growth." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500
New funding to expand Goldfields migrant employment program14553Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2830html27/11/2020 4:45:33 AM2020-11-27T04:30:00Z McGowan Government invests additional $300,000 into the highly successful Goldfields Migrant Employment Project State Government backs critical supply of skilled and non-skilled workers into the booming Goldfields Program has relocated and connected 50 new migrants into work in the Goldfields The McGowan Government will invest an additional $300,000 over two years into the successful Goldfields Migrant Employment Project to continue to bring new workers to the Goldfields. The investment will help the Goldfields Community Legal Centre consolidate the unique solution to the region's labour shortage, and brings the McGowan Government's total investment into the program to $500,000. The Goldfields Migrant Employment Project was a pilot program funded through the first round of the Regional Economic Development grants program, and has successfully relocated and connected 50 Perth-based migrants into work in the Goldfields. Project participants have been placed in a range of jobs including ICT workers, trades assistants, mining services, delivery and truck drivers, carers and cleaners, and professional placements. The Goldfields Migrant Employment Project is one of several initiatives that the State Government is supporting to meet the rising demand for workers in the Goldfields. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Between the increased mining activity and State Government projects coming online, the Goldfields-Esperance region is experiencing a high demand for labour in most sectors. "This program has been an innovative and very successful way to bring migrants based in Perth to a new life in the Goldfields. "Relocating one person has often resulted in other family members also showing interest in the Goldfields opportunities - we have families bringing their children, using local schools and participating in local community groups. "This additional funding will ensure the program can continue and expand over the next two years, building on the group of 50 migrants already connected into local jobs in the Goldfields. "Well done to the Goldfields Community Legal Centre and the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission for embracing the idea and driving outstanding results." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Goldfields-Esperance tourism attractions on display14552Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3490html27/11/2020 3:43:02 AM2020-11-27T03:30:00Z 'Our Gems WA' website has officially launched, showcasing attractions from across the Goldfields-Esperance region Project supported by almost $800,000 McGowan Government and Lotterywest investment Delivers on election commitment to establish an online tourism trail in the region The 'Our Gems WA' website has been officially launched today enabling visitors to plan their Goldfields-Esperance holiday with ease. Our Gems stands for Goldfields-Esperance Must See' and connects all arts, cultural, natural and tourist attractions from across the Goldfields-Esperance region, all the way from Hopetoun to Eucla, up to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and Wiluna, and everything in between. The website will be the centre point for locals and visitors to discover the attractions, locations and events of the region. Local governments and visitors' centres in the region have access to update the listings on the website and link to current and relevant information. The project will complement and extend the existing visitor experiences and tourism services operating in the region and connect State-funded projects such as the Woodlands centre in Norseman and the Great Beyond Visitor Centre in Laverton, which is currently being upgraded. The project has also developed three self-guided app tours included on the Everythere application - Coolgardie Mother of the Goldfields, Historical Burt Street and Heartwalk Murals. Visitors are encouraged to head to https// and begin exploring their own backyard. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Goldfields-Esperance region offers goldrush history and heritage, self-drive trails through to natural wonders, authentic cultural experiences and outback pubs. "Our Gems WA allows Western Australians and visitors the opportunity to explore the region and discover the attractions, locations and events of the Goldfields and Esperance. "The McGowan Government committed to seeing this important project come to life, and it is great to see this outcome delivered for the Goldfields." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Goldfields-Esperance REDs growing local industry14551Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3550html27/11/2020 3:24:25 AM2020-11-27T03:15:00Z Six Goldfields-Esperance projects share more than $700,000 in Regional Economic Development grant funding McGowan Government investing in regional job creation and diversification in agribusiness and tourism The McGowan Government is backing local industry in the Goldfields and Esperance in the latest round of the Regional Economic Development (RED) grants. Six projects have been supported to share in $770,800 in Round 3 grants to help create new jobs and training opportunities, and expand local businesses in the region. Curtin University will receive $200,000 for research to be undertaken through its Kalgoorlie campus to investigate methods to treat hypersaline water that provides fit-for-purpose supply of industrial water to the resource industry in the Goldfields. The grant will support securing a researcher to undertake the project and look at other ways to unlock further economic potential through water by-products. The Eastern Goldfields Historical Society will receive $105,500 to create the Kanowna Historic Site and Heritage Trail, providing a new heritage tourism experience in the historic town site just 20 kilometres north of Kalgoorlie. The Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation will use its $136,500 to up-skill Aboriginal people in the sustainable harvest of native flora and regenerative agriculture including seed collection and propagation, training and mentoring, and business development. The project will focus on collaboration between horticulture specialists and provide employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people, particularly youth, in regenerative land management practices. Esperance Honey will invest its $133,200 grant to expand and upgrade its facility and equipment to enable increased production and new product lines including raw unprocessed honey, honeycomb, creamed honey and candles. The business will also work towards attaining a B-Qual industry certification to help open up new markets and export opportunities. The McGowan Government has committed an additional $5 million to extend the initiative for another year - with a total of $33.8 million directed to RED grants over six years for projects that will directly benefit regional communities. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Now more than ever, we need to invest in our regions and back projects that create new jobs and provide for businesses to grow and diversify to remain sustainable into the future. "These exciting six projects cover a range of diverse initiatives in the region, from tourism and agriculture to regenerative agriculture practices and Aboriginal employment projects. "We look forward to seeing these projects up and running, bringing local employment and training opportunities and longer term benefits to local communities." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful Round 3 RED grant recipients - Goldfields-Esperance Grant applicant Project description Grant amount Curtin University The Supporting Industrial Investment Strategy in the Goldfields through Fit-for-Purpose Water Research project will test and develop methods to provide industrial water supply to the Goldfields. $200,000 Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation Tjuntjuntjara Microgrid and Battery Storage Project - to deliver a community owned and run battery storage and microgrid for the remote Aboriginal community to become energy efficient and self-manage their own requirements. $185,400 Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation News Skills Ancient Practices - to up-skill Aboriginal people in sustainable harvest of native flora and regenerative agriculture. $136,500 Esperance Honey Facility updated and B-Qual certification - expansion of the business to increase production and diversify product lines. Funding will support the purchase of new equipment and an upgrade of the facility. $133,200 Eastern Goldfields Historical Society Kanowna Historic Site and Heritage Trail - support the design, supply and installation of interpretive signage to create the trail. $105,500 Esperance Distillery Spirit of Esperance - Still upgrade project - support the installation of a new 200 litre still to diversify and expand to produce high value exportable products. $10,200