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Funding for Wiluna school’s training program3068Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 6:34:59 AM2019-11-13T06:30:00Z McGowan Government to contribute $50,000 a year for the next three years to support training opportunities for students at Wiluna Remote Community School The school's unique training model utilises a trade training centre to provide local students and community members with skills that lead to employment Strong links with mining industry to connect local people with job opportunitiesEducation and Training Minister Sue Ellery today visited Wiluna Remote Community School, announcing it would receive $50,000 a year for the next three years for its unique training model. The State Government funding will complement contributions already made by the Shire of Wiluna and local industry to the trade training centre, which tailors training for students that lead to local job opportunities, particularly in the mining industry. In 2017, Central Regional TAFE (CR TAFE) transferred ownership of the school to the Department of Education, marking the start of a new partnership and unique training model for the delivery of vocational education and training in Wiluna. Local Martu elders are involved in determining the courses that run and CR TAFE delivers the training. The Wiluna Remote Community School trade training centre is supported by the Shire of Wiluna and local industry, including Matilda Operations Pty Limited, GWR Group Limited, Salt Lake Potash Limited, Northern Star Resources Limited, Rosslyn Hill Mining Pty Limited, Cameco Australia Limited, Kalium Lakes Limited, Blackham Resources Limited and Echo Resources Limited. Courses include Automotive, Conservation and Land Management and a Rangers program. Last year, the first group of students graduated with a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management. Other training programs support the skills required for the mining industry in the areas of civil construction, loader and welding. A new initiative for 2020, supported by Salt Lake Potash Limited which has a salt lake site less than 15 kilometres south of Wiluna, will see female secondary students join an engagement program. Up to 15 students will learn work-based business and hospitality skills at school, with a view to gaining employment with the company. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The McGowan Government is pleased to join with local mining companies and the Shire to contribute $50,000 a year over the next three years to ensure young people in Wiluna have access to further training and help create pathways to employment. "The school is smaller than other secondary schools with a trade training centre but no less important when you consider how important these courses are to the local Martu community. "By working directly with the Martu community and local industry, and delivering relevant training on site through Central Regional TAFE, we are providing these students with the relevant skills that employers in the region are looking for. "The training model delivered at the centre is a fantastic local initiative that will give the community access to courses that offer real career and life opportunities well into the future." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "The centre provides tailored training programs to support the growing jobs and skills needs of the community, for example the local mining operations and the State Government's Wiluna-Meekatharra Road Upgrade project. "It is great to have local industry contributing because we are ensuring the training is linked to jobs. "There is both an individual and community benefit - students can gain employment locally and employers have access to a skilled local workforce." "The staff at the Wiluna campus, in particular Mac Jensen, punch well above their weight in terms of extremely successful delivery of their programs, excellent engagement with students, and great outcomes for individual students and the wider community." Minister's office - 6552 5700
McGowan Government boosts support for Seniors Recreation Council3067Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 6:07:53 AM2019-11-13T06:00:00Z $40,000 extra funding for Healthy Ageing Through Activity programs Seniors Recreation Council delivers programs and services to encourage active ageing, including Have a Go DayWestern Australia's active ageing movement has been given a boost - with the State Government increasing funding for the Seniors Recreation Council's Healthy Ageing Through Activity programs. The not-for-profit Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. (SRCWA) delivers numerous programs and services to encourage older Western Australians to be more physically, socially and mentally active. Sport and Recreation and Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray today visited the Council's flagship yearly Have a Go Day event at Burswood Park to deliver $40,000 in extra funding for its programs. The Council holds events and programs throughout the State - including the LiveLighter Aged Care Games, Pole Walking presentations, and the annual SRCWA Ball. It also conducts Tech Savvy Seniors sessions around Western Australia to help older people use modern technology and enjoy the social and emotional benefits of connecting online. For more information about the SRCWA, its programs and upcoming events, visit http// Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "For more than 25 years, the Seniors Recreation Council of WA has played an important role in helping seniors to stay active and engaged. "In recent times the SRCWA has grown its profile in the community, having branched out into new areas, including hosting sessions to help older people use computers and social media. "The SRCWA does wonderful work throughout the State and this increased funding will allow it to deliver even better physical and mental health outcomes for older Western Australians and our communities at large." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Schools champion reducing waste3065Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 3:30:47 AM2019-11-13T03:30:00Z More than $67,000 for Waste Wise Schools across Western Australia Students empowered to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycleA total of 25 Western Australian schools are celebrating National Recycling Week this week by sharing more than $67,000 for projects that reduce waste disposed to landfill. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced the funding, which will be used for a range of sustainable waste projects at schools - from waste sorting stations, worm farms and recycling bins to composters and chickens. Honeywood Primary School in Wandi will receive $2,182 to set up worm farms and compost systems to reduce food waste to landfill. North Woodvale Primary School in Woodvale will spend its $4,397 grant to set up green waste recycling, increase food scrap collection and involve the whole school. Holland Street School in Geraldton will use its grant of $4,400 to purchase storage, tools and signage for a student led recycling centre. More than 120,000 children attend the 297 accredited Waste Wise Schools across WA in 2019. Details of successful grants' applicants follows the McGowan Government's announcement earlier this week that new "monster inspired" WasteSorted signage for WA schools was being released to help school students sort their waste correctly. The Waste Wise School accreditation program is funded by the McGowan Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority. The program delivers educational resources aimed at changing behaviour to avoid the generation of waste and encourage diverting waste from landfill. Accredited Waste Wise schools are empowering their community by spreading the 'avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle' messages and providing their students and community with practical activities that raise awareness and reduce waste. Applications for the next Waste Wise Schools grants funding round are now open and close on December 3, 2019. For more information on the program or to become accredited, visit the Waste Authority website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "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. "We need to follow this example being set by our kids. We all have a responsibility to do the right thing and adopt smarter ways to manage our waste at home, at work and at school. "The McGowan Government is committed to a number of strategic waste reforms, including our ban on lightweight plastic bags, the introduction of a container deposit scheme next year, and consideration of further options for reducing single-use plastics following extensive public consultation." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Following is a summary of grants for the latest Waste Wise Schools funding round Aspiri Primary School - $2,198 to set up paper recycling bins. Atwell Primary School - $2,200 to set up worm farms. Beldon Primary School - $2,041 to set up bins to sort waste and make bees wax wraps for waste free lunches. Bencubbin Primary School - $1,950 to set up compost and recycling systems and make beeswax wraps. Bold Park Community School - $,3308 to set up a composting and recycling centre Bunbury Primary School - $1,675 to set up collection bins for composting. Gwynne Park Primary School - $2,200 to set up compost, worm farm and garden infrastructure. Hillcrest Primary School - $4,350 to set up compost and recycling infrastructure and run waste free lunches. Holland Street School - $4,400 to purchase storage, tools and signage for a student led recycling centre. Honeywood Primary School - $2,182 to set up worm farms and compost systems to reduce food waste to landfill. Kinross College - $2,150 to set up paper recycling bins. Margaret River Independent School - $3,554 to set up a waste sorting station with signage. Mary MacKillop Catholic Community Primary School - $4,249 to set up compost, worm farms and garden infrastructure for growing seedlings. Mel Maria Catholic Primary School (St Joseph Pignatelli Campus) - $1,571 to set up fridge worm farms. Mother Teresa Catholic College (Junior School) - $4,964 to purchase worm farms, compost bins and garden infrastructure. Mother Teresa Catholic College (Middle School) - $4,379 to set up worm farms, compost bins, garden beds and a recycling station. Mount Lawley Primary School - $2,200 to create outdoor procedural signage using student designs and purchase tools and bins to better manage waste. Neerigen Brook Primary School - $3,062 to set up recycling bins and create educational posters using student designs. North Woodvale Primary School - $4,397 to set up green waste recycling, increase food scrap collection and involve the whole school. Northampton District High School - $1,368 to set up a chicken coop to build on existing food waste reducing infrastructure. Salvado Catholic College - $1,936 to set up compost bins to recycle food scraps and paper. Shelley Primary School - $2,124 to set up recycling stations to collect paper, plastic, food and general waste. St Columba's Catholic Primary School (South Perth) - $2,196 to set up worm farm and compost infrastructure. St Jude's Catholic Primary School - $300 to purchase paper recycling bins. Wandina Primary School - $2,190 to set up worm farms, compost bins and garden beds.
Contract awarded for William Bay renewal project3064Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 3:19:17 AM2019-11-13T03:05:00Z Roads and facilities in William Bay National Park on WA's South Coast to be upgraded 68 jobs will be created as a result of the projectThe William Bay National Park renewal project is set to start this month, with the contract recently awarded for the redevelopment of the ageing park facilities. Nigel Palmer Earthmoving, a local Denmark-based company, has been awarded the $1.97 million contract for the first stage of the project. The McGowan Government is investing $4.4 million over the 2019-2021 financial years to upgrade the infrastructure at the Park, located between Denmark and Walpole. This investment will ensure visitor infrastructure in the William Bay National Park is modern and able to accommodate continued growth in visitor numbers. The Park attracted almost 300,000 visits during 2018-19, an increase of about 20,000 visits compared to the previous year. Stage one upgrades will include sealing 2.6km of Madfish Bay Road, providing parking for an additional 64 cars, 12 motorcycles and two coaches in the Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks areas, and providing new toilet facilities. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is working with the Shire of Denmark to deliver this project. While the department aims to minimise inconvenience to visitors, sections of the park may be closed intermittently throughout November and December. In an endeavour to ensure access to popular parts of William Bay National Park, Greens Pool parking area and beach will remain open to the public for the full duration of the summer school holidays. The park will likely need to be fully closed in February for the duration of the construction period, which is expected to be completed by June 2020. Diversions for the Munda Biddi Trail will be in place during this time. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "These upgrades are essential to ensure this nature-based tourism asset continues to be appreciated by thousands of visitors every year. "I understand that some of the closures may be inconvenient while this important work is undertaken, particularly during peak periods. But I would like to assure the community that disruptions to people's enjoyment will be kept to a minimum. "William Bay National Park has such a diverse landscape, with the turquoise waters of Greens Pool as its centrepiece. These upgrades will go towards enhancing the visitor experience to this park that is both an environmental treasure and a tourism asset for Western Australia." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Safer roads, improved parking facilities and improved pedestrian pathways will cater to the high visitor numbers at William Bay National Park, helping to drive tourism in the Great Southern. "Our Government's local content policies are once again paying off awarding the contract to a Denmark-based business will ensure more local jobs in the region." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Water Corporation Board appointments3063Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 3:00:49 AM2019-11-13T03:00:00Z Ms Gningala Yarran-Mark to join Water Corporation Board Chairman, Deputy Chairman and two other Board members re-appointed Minister for Water Dave Kelly today announced the Water Corporation had appointed a new member to its Board of Directors and renewed the terms of its Chairman, Deputy Chairman and two other Board members. Ms Gningala Yarran-Mark has been appointed as a new Board member for a term of three years. Ms Yarran-Mark is a qualified lawyer and holds a Master of Business Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Indigenous Australian Research Methodologies. She is currently employed with United Group Limited where she co-ordinates the company's commitments under its Reconciliation Action Plan. Ms Yarran-Mark is also on the Board of Fairbridge College and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services. Her proven ability to bridge indigenous culture with the corporate world will be beneficial to the Water Corporation as it continues to deliver on its own reconciliation vision. The Minister has also re-appointed Board Chairman Michael Hollett, Deputy Chairman David Lock, Board Member Dr Jemma Green and Board Member Mr Ross Holt. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It is fantastic to see a diverse range of people attracted to the Water Corporation Board, who have a wealth of skills, technical knowledge and life experience. "Their capabilities will ensure we have effective decision-making for the sustainable management of our most precious resource - water - and ensure we continue to respond effectively to climate change, a growing State and changing community expectations. "Ms Yarran-Mark's appointment to the Board signifies another important step towards achieving the McGowan Government's commitment to increase the representation of women on Government boards. "Ms Yarran-Mark replaces Mr David Rowe who I wish to thank for his valuable contribution over the last almost four years." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New facilities open at Carnarvon Community College3062Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 2:47:59 AM2019-11-13T02:45:00Z Final buildings at $52.95 million Carnarvon Community College open New facilities bring Kindergarten to Year 12 students on to the same site for the first time Previous building stage included 12 new primary classrooms and administration buildingModern new specialist facilities at Carnarvon Community College are officially open, marking the end of a major construction project that united primary and secondary students in Carnarvon for the first time. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited the school today to open the $26.55 million third and final stage of the facilities for the school's 459 students. Students are now learning in specialist classrooms for science, digital technology, material technology, home economics, hospitality, performing arts and physical education. There are also nine new general classrooms for secondary students. Existing buildings have also been refurbished for a new secondary administration building as well as for special programs including Clontarf and the Shooting Stars netball program. There is also a new sports oval, hard courts and car park. Construction concluded in mid-2019. More than 20 local subcontractors were involved in the third stage, in turn supporting the local economy and job creation. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "These exceptional specialist facilities for Carnarvon Community College's secondary students will be inspiring new places to learn in and will help staff prepare them for jobs of the future. "This new era for public education in Carnarvon will allow students to transition seamlessly through every stage of their schooling on the same site. "It is an exciting time for the school and the town and I applaud the staff, students and the entire school community for their support in building this new school." Comments attributed Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "Regional students deserve top class educational facilities and it's great to see these students today in Carnarvon have access to that. "Clontarf and the Shooting Stars program run across my electorate and they do fantastic work which young people really get engaged in. "I am also really pleased to see that more than 20 local subcontractors helped construct the third stage which is a great boost for the local economy in Carnarvon." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Massive expansion of remotely piloted aircraft for WA Police Force3061Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 2:31:44 AM2019-11-13T02:30:00Z Significant increase in aerial drone fleet to support police operations Program to train 60 police officers as specialist drone operatorsWestern Australian Police will have more mobile eyes in the sky to boost frontline operations, with the announcement of a significant expansion of the Force's aerial drone capability. Police Minister Michelle Roberts today confirmed the WA Police Force would add up to 35 additional drones to its Air Wing fleet and train up to 60 pilots over the next two years. The drones will be used to support a wide range of police operations including search and rescue operations, forensically mapping crime scenes and other police tactical operations. The technology will be fitted with high definition video recording cameras, thermal imaging technology, flood lights and speakers. The specialist drones will be capable of flying in both day and night time operations. It's anticipated that a drone will be available for use in every police district across the State. The initiative is being funded by the McGowan Government's investment in police technology and follows recent announcements on body-worn cameras, mobile devices and body armour. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "The McGowan Government is determined to ensure that our police are equipped with the latest tools to keep us safe. "This is an important initiative and builds on our work to modernise the WA Police Force and give our officers contemporary equipment to do their job more effectively. "These drones will support a wide range of every day police activities and be especially useful during search and rescue operations in difficult terrain. "They will also ensure greater safety for our officers when navigating high risk and dangerous situations, by allowing them to quickly deploy a drone to gain greater situational awareness." Minister's office - 6552 6900
New member appointed to Tourism WA’s Board3060Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 2:10:19 AM2019-11-13T02:05:00Z Bruce Davis joins Board of Commissioners Term until October 14, 2020 Appointment brings total number of commissioners to 10 Businessman Bruce Davis has been appointed to Tourism Western Australia's Board for a one-year term. The founder and managing director of InGlobo Private Equity, Mr Davis has previously held senior management roles across a range of companies including Leisure and Allied Industries, Coca-Cola AMATIL and McDonalds Australia. He is currently serving on three boards and is Chairman of the Bethanie Group Board of Directors, the Director of Bethanie Housing Limited and Director of the Integrated Industrial Proprietary Limited. Mr Davis has a significant consumer marketing background and also brings diverse international experience including as global director of the Young Presidents' Organisation from 2015 to 2018. His appointment fills the final available position on Tourism WA's Board and brings the total number of commissioners to 10. For more information on Tourism WA's commissioners, visit the Tourism WA corporate website. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome Bruce Davis to Tourism WA's Board. "Mr Davis' extensive background as a Board Member, in senior corporate roles and consumer marketing will add to the wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience already represented on the Board." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Developers picked to revitalise old Kinlock Primary School site3066Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 3:38:22 AM2019-11-13T02:00:00Z New affordable housing development just 12km from the Perth CBD Kinlock project will see well-designed density and a focus on community involvementAn exciting new land and housing development will create an inviting and well-connected community on the former Kinlock Primary School site in Ferndale. The Kinlock Infill Development will provide increased housing diversity, choice and affordability in line with the State Government's Affordable Housing Action Plan 2017-18 to 2019-20, which is led by the Department of Communities. The Department has appointed Yolk Property Group and Ventura Homes Group as the project managers for the development and it will work closely with them to deliver approximately 90 residential lots in diverse sizes and prices to suit a range of people, lifestyles and budgets. The development will offer a range of house and land packages and vacant lots, with an appropriate mix of lots allocated for social housing. The majority of the house and land packages will be sold below the median Perth house price - increasing the supply and diversity of affordable housing for Western Australians. To better meet the changing needs of occupants over their lifetimes and provide versatility for people with mobility impairment, every social housing dwelling will incorporate liveable design features. These features will also be available for people who purchase house and land packages. The Department is also investigating opportunities to include sustainability initiatives which will benefit future residents and compliment the unique character of the area. This may include sustainable power generation, the promotion of urban tree canopies, and pedestrian-friendly street designs. The first stage of land development is planned for the 2020-21 financial year and will see the release of approximately 35 lots. For a wide range of affordable housing options, visit http// Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The Kinlock Infill Development is a great example of the McGowan Government working with the private sector to provide a diverse range of living options only 12km from the Perth CBD. "Projects like Kinlock help meet demand for affordable housing and allow people to live close to where they work, where they grew up and where their family and friends reside. "The Department of Communities, Yolk Property Group and Ventura Homes Group will apply sustainability principles to respect local identity and encourage community involvement. "This approach will see an emphasis on sustainable land, material and water use, as well as waste reduction. "The Kinlock project will also include consultation with the local community to ensure the development complements and enhances Ferndale's character and residents' sense of place." Comments attributed to Cannington MLA Bill Johnston "I'm pleased that the Minister shares my commitment to ensuring this development is conducted in full consultation with the Ferndale community. "I'm excited to see a high quality development at Kinlock become a valued addition to the Ferndale community. "Infill development like this means young people can live close to the CBD, which is important for the continued liveability of our city. It's fantastic that the McGowan Government is conducting this infill in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the community." Housing Minister's office - 6552 5300
Animal welfare legislation the focus at upcoming public forums3059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 1:10:01 AM2019-11-13T01:00:00Z Independent panel reviewing the Animal Welfare Act 2002 to hold public forums in Broome, Karratha, Katanning and Perth Current written consultation process open until November 25, 2019 The independent panel reviewing the Animal Welfare Act 2002 is set to hold four public forums to hear the views of industry and the community first-hand. In May 2019, the Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan appointed the panel to assess whether the Act reflects and promotes contemporary best practice in animal welfare. Members of the panel will hold public forums in regional and metropolitan locations to allow interested people to find out more about the review and raise key issues. Information gathered at these forums and through the written consultation process, which closes at 5pm on Monday November 25, 2019, will help the panel draft sound, evidence-based recommendations that reflect the community's views. The forums are scheduled for the following locations November 26, 2019 2pm to 5pm - Mangrove Hotel, Broome November 28, 2019 2pm to 5pm - Karratha International Hotel, Karratha January 31, 2020 2pm to 5pm - New Lodge Motel, Katanning February 3, 2020 2pm to 5pm - State Library, Perth People interested in attending any of the forums should send an email to to book a place. For more information about the review, go to https// Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "A critical component of ensuring the review reflects the views of the community and industry is providing opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas. "The independent panel is conducting this review with an open mind and is keen to meet with people to discuss how the Act can deliver better animal welfare outcomes. "It's also important to recognise that the legislation covers both livestock and companion animals, and comments relevant to either group are welcome. "Ultimately, we want an Act that is modern and effective, and the panel's advice to the State Government will form a key part of any future amendments." Minister's office - 6552 6200