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Broome lands direct flights from Singapore129235Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 7:33:15 AM2017-11-24T07:20:00Z ​SilkAir to run four return trial flights from Singapore to Broome next June Deal with local business, Broome International Airport and Australia's North West Supported by State Government through Tourism Western Australia Visitors will be able to fly directly between Singapore and Broome next year thanks to a deal between Broome businesses, Broome International Airport, Australia's North West regional tourism organisation and SilkAir. The flights could deliver hundreds of visitors from Singapore into Broome and the Kimberley region. Fares and flight schedules will be released soon and Australia's North West will work with SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, to develop packages for travellers. Tourism Western Australia will promote the flights and packages through its Singapore office. Singapore is Western Australia's third biggest international market both in terms of visitor numbers and spend. In 2016-17, 106,000 Singaporeans visited WA and spent $259 million during their stay. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in making the SilkAir charter flights become a reality. "The State Government is focused on bringing more visitors to Western Australia to boost our economy through visitor spend and create more jobs. Increasing aviation access into the State will help us achieve that goal. "While the current deal with SilkAir is for four return trial flights, we are hopeful that the demand for the service will be high and lead the way for further services in the future. "Tourism is vital for the State's economy generating more than $10 billion a year through visitor spend and supporting 109,000 jobs. That's why it is at the centre of the State Government's plan to create jobs and further grow the economy." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Trial of State's first utility-grade energy storage battery underway129232Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 7:48:17 AM2017-11-24T06:05:00Z ​Two large battery storage units capable of delivering up to two megawatts of power are being housed in sea containers at the Mungullah Power Station Energy Minister Ben Wyatt travelled to Carnarvon last week to inspect Horizon Power’s first multi-function utility-grade energy storage system, which is being trialled at Mungullah Power Station. The batteries, which are capable of delivering up to two megawatts of power for one hour, arrived in Carnarvon earlier this year and after undergoing months of extensive testing and commissioning are now in active service, as part of a 12-month trial, and will be used to supply energy to Carnarvon. During the 12-month trial, the batteries will primarily be tested and used to optimise spinning reserve back-up and to store energy when renewable output is at its highest. It is expected that the trial will result in hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings in fuel and maintenance costs because the use of gas, diesel and generators to provide spinning reserve can be significantly reduced. The outcomes of the trial will help Horizon Power determine how to optimise the utilisation of battery technology to further its microgrid capabilities. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt "This project is an excellent example of the collaboration between the State Government and industry to deliver innovative and renewable solutions for the community in the long term. "This is an incredibly innovative project which will present multiple opportunities in the renewable and distributed energy space into the future." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Minister dismisses appeals on Helena-Aurora Range mining proposal129231Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 6:00:20 AM2017-11-24T06:00:00Z ​Impacts on rare and threatened species and landforms carefully considered McGowan Labor Government to make final decision on project Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced he is dismissing all appeals against the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) assessment on a proposal to mine iron ore in the Helena-Aurora Range, north of Southern Cross. The Minister's decision concludes that the EPA's assessment of the proposal was supported by the available evidence on environmental impacts. Other relevant decision-making authorities across government will now be consulted to determine whether or not the proposal should be implemented. Earlier this year, the EPA found that a proposal by Mineral Resources Limited to develop the Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East iron ore deposits within the Helena-Aurora Range was environmentally unacceptable. The EPA's report on the Mineral Resources Limited proposal received nine appeals. These appeals identified a number of objections to the EPA's report and recommendations, which were investigated independently of the EPA by the Appeals Convenor. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "After carefully considering the concerns raised, I have found that the EPA's assessment was rigorous and comprehensive. "I agree with the conclusions of the Appeals Convenor and the reasoning behind those conclusions, and have dismissed the appeals accordingly. "This announcement is not a final decision from government. I will now consult with my ministerial colleagues to ensure the social, economic and environmental aspects of this proposal are considered." Minister's office - 6552 5800
COAG Energy Council agrees to examine mine clean-up rules129196Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 7:55:30 AM2017-11-24T05:40:00Z ​Council of Australian Government Energy Council endorses Western Australia's proposal to examine improved transparency for mine closure costs, along with how to prevent companies from avoiding their closure and decommissioning obligations The McGowan Government's proposal to examine better rules to ensure energy and mineral companies deliver on their rehabilitation and decommissioning obligations was endorsed today by the Council of Australian Government Energy Council. The Council consists of petroleum, energy and mining ministers from all States and Territories, and the Australian Government. Ministers noted the issues Western Australia highlighted, within the Corporations Act and the Australian Accounting Board Standards, regarding mine site rehabilitation and financial obligations. They agreed the Resources and Engagement Working Group should investigate a nationally consistent approach to these issues and would report back to ministers by mid-2018. The endorsement follows the Ellendale diamond mine incident, where the liquidator used a provision of the Corporations Act to renege on its environmental and financial responsibilities. WA's Mining Rehabilitation Fund is used to pay for outstanding rehabilitation. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Western Australia already has stringent laws to ensure mining and petroleum companies plan, budget for, and deliver on rehabilitation and decommissioning obligations. "But we want mining companies to improve their accounting standards and be more transparent when disclosing their environmental liabilities. "The Council's adoption of our proposals is an important step in ensuring companies remain liable for the rehabilitation of resources projects after they close. "We don’t want irresponsible mining companies offloading their clean-up costs onto the Mining Rehabilitation Fund, because this means responsible companies will be subsiding irresponsible companies. That’s not fair, which is why we’re calling on the Commonwealth to ensure action is taken quickly." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Government and industry join forces in the Pilbara129195Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 5:42:13 AM2017-11-24T05:35:00Z ​Pilbara Collaboration Charter signed by the Premier today Agreement between State Government, CME and eight major resource companies Focus on jobs, economic and social benefits for the Pilbara The State Government has signed an agreement with the resources industry to deliver further social and economic benefits to the Pilbara community. The Pilbara Collaboration Charter was signed this morning by Premier Mark McGowan, Chamber of Minerals and Energy chief executive Reg Howard-Smith, and leaders from across Western Australia's biggest resources companies. The charter builds on the industry's existing social and economic contributions, and was developed by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy in collaboration with BHP, Chevron Australia, CITIC Pacific Mining, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto Ore, Roy Hill, Woodside and Yara Pilbara. The first priority for the charter is employment, education and training, particularly the development of pathways to job creation. Other areas included in the charter include community development and health, procurement and supply chain and joint project initiatives. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Pilbara Collaboration Charter provides a framework through which government and industry can work together to deliver further social and economic benefits to communities in the Pilbara. "With a particular focus on jobs, and bridging the gap between training and employment, this charter ensures that those in the Pilbara have access to economic opportunity. "This Government has worked closely with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and industry to ensure a productive relationship with the resources industry, and this charter is a new way for us to continue to work together." Premier's office - 6552 5000
State defence directory to promote local industry capability129156Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 4:00:29 AM2017-11-24T04:00:00Z ​Local companies invited to register for defence industry capability assessment Office of Defence West compiling a WA defence directory to promote local capabilities Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia is calling for Western Australia's defence industry to participate in a capability assessment. The Office of Defence West has engaged TCF Services to assess the State's industrial, research and development, and education and training capabilities in the defence sector. The results of this assessment will be used to create a Western Australian Directory of Defence Industry Capabilities, which will assist Defence West and the State's Defence Advocate to promote WA to the Federal Government, defence contractors and international markets. The information will also be cross-referenced with the Federal Government's Defence Integrated Investment Program, which details $195 billion in planned defence expenditure. This work will enable Defence West to provide targeted advice to businesses, particularly small to medium-size enterprises, and to inform the State's Defence Strategy, due next year. The capability assessment aims to capture companies which aspire to enter defence markets or have an innovative product or service potentially applicable to defence, as well as existing suppliers. Registration for the capability assessment is now open. For more information, visit http//www.defencewesthub.com.au Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "Western Australia has significant defence-related capabilities, and if we are to take full advantage of the upcoming opportunities in this sector then the State Government must work with industry to promote this capability to key decision makers. "Much of our substantial capabilities in the resources sector are applicable to defence, not just in shipbuilding but across the six capability streams identified by the Federal Government. "This capability assessment will be a powerful tool for Defence West to assist, grow and promote our local industry, and to increase our State's contribution to the national defence sector." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Offshore Patrol Vessels to create up to 400 Western Australian jobs129154Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 3:46:42 AM2017-11-24T03:45:00Z ​10 of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels for Royal Australian Navy to be built in Henderson Vessels to be built by Civmec and Austal Project to create up to 400 direct jobs in Western Australia Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that 10 of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels to be built for the Royal Australian Navy will be constructed in Henderson, south of Perth. The Federal Government has confirmed that both Civmec and Austal will share building work for the vessels in Western Australia, using designs by German shipbuilder Lürssen. The first two vessels will be built in Adelaide, with construction to start in the second half of 2018. In 2020, construction will move to WA where the remaining 10 vessels will be constructed. The project is expected to create up to 400 direct jobs, and 600 indirect positions. The Offshore Patrol Vessel program is a key part of the Australian Defence Force's continuous naval shipbuilding program. Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "This is a great day for Western Australian industry, with up to 400 new jobs to be created through our involvement in the Offshore Patrol Vessel program. "The decision to use two WA companies demonstrates the depth of capability of the WA shipbuilding sector, and I congratulate Civmec and Austal on their success. "This announcement provides some confidence for the local shipbuilding industry, which can commence establishing supply chains. "The McGowan Government now looks forward to working with the Federal Government to secure investment for upgrades to the infrastructure at Henderson in order to prepare for the work ahead. "We also look forward to continuing discussions with Lürssen about its proposal to develop a regional shipbuilding hub in WA to capture the significant opportunities emerging in the Asia-Pacific." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional WA short-changed on black spot funding129148Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 2:25:09 AM2017-11-24T02:25:00Z Only seven WA locations out of 106 nation-wide in latest round of Federal Government mobile black spot funding WA Government has contributed more to the Mobile Black Spot Program than any other State The Federal Government has once again shown disdain for Western Australia, with only seven locations in the State prioritised in the latest round of mobile black spot funding - out of 106 nation-wide. Of these seven locations, only one is located in the regions. In previous rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program, the Federal Government has consulted with State governments to prioritise locations for mobile phone towers. However, in the current round, no consultation took place - the funded locations were announced as election commitments. The Western Australian Government has contributed more than $53 million to the Mobile Black Spot Program over the past three years - $20 million more than the next highest contributing State. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our GST share is just the tip of the iceberg now WA is now being ripped off by the Federal Government on mobile black spot funding. "WA takes up about one-third of the country - there is no question that black spots are a major issue for regional people and visitors across the State. "We're calling on the Federal Government to take an open and transparent look at WA's needs on mobile black spots, and to stump up a fairer share for our State." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Two-year funding agreement signed for Ord Valley Muster129147Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 2:10:20 AM2017-11-24T02:10:00Z Supported until 2019 through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program Event attracts about 15,000 attendees More than 30 events over 10 days The East Kimberley's premier cultural celebration, the Ord Valley Muster, has secured State Government funding for another two years through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program. Set in Kununurra, the Ord Valley Muster is a 10-day event that celebrates and showcases the surrounding region through food, art, music, tours, comedy and Aboriginal culture. More than 30 events and activities make up the Oord Valley Muster program, attracting about 15,000 attendees over the 10 days. The muster's major drawcard is the Kimberley Moon Experience, which is held on the last weekend of the festival and in past years has included headline acts such as Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Guy Sebastian and Eskimo Joe. The Kimberley Moon Experience alone attracts about 3,500 guests including celebrities, business leaders and the local community. In 2015, the event was awarded the Best Regional Event in Australia at the 2015 Australian Event Awards, as well as the Best Festival and Event at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards. In 2017, the Ord Valley Muster was inducted into the WA Tourism Hall of Fame. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The McGowan Labor Government is proud to announce a further two-year funding agreement to support this award-winning event, which showcases the wonderful culture and colour of the Kimberley. "Events such as this have a significant positive impact on tourism, economies and communities in regional Western Australia." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Ord Valley Muster generates valuable national and international promotion for WA and the Kimberley region, which translates into more visitors and more local jobs. "The muster highlights and celebrates the beautiful Kimberley landscape, its community and local produce, and is a unique experience for thousands of visitors to the region each year." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA primary school classrooms to be converted into science labs129146Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 2:05:12 AM2017-11-24T02:05:00Z 100 primary school classrooms to be converted into science labs in 2018 and 2019 A further 100 primary schools to be selected for 2020 The McGowan Government is delivering a key election commitment to focus on science in schools The first round of 100 public primary schools has been selected to have existing classrooms converted into science laboratories to prepare student for jobs of the future. The McGowan Labor Government's $17 million election commitment included $12 million to transform 200 existing primary school classrooms into science laboratories by 2021, with an additional $5 million for resources. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced the successful schools today at Connolly Primary School, one of the primary schools selected in the first round. Each school has identified an area to be transformed into a science laboratory from the $12 million investment. In addition, each school will receive $25,000 from the $5 million allocation, to purchase laboratory equipment and resources such as 3D models of the solar system and human anatomy, digital microscopes, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, robotics kits and renewable energy kits. Primary schools across Western Australia - from the Kimberley to the Great Southern - put up their hands for the program. Schools were selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education at their schools to skill students for the jobs of the future. Half of the allocated schools are from low socio-economic areas where students are often disadvantaged by not having access to science facilities. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "It is vital for today's students to understand the concepts taught in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for their future job prospects. "We want to ignite an interest in science in WA children from a young age so they continue with that study in secondary school and are job-ready when they start to enter the workforce in the late 2020s or early 2030s. "Even those students who don't become science practitioners will benefit from the generic skills science subjects teach them - teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication. "Delivering on our $17 million election commitment means students across the State will now be able to learn those skills in modern, well-equipped laboratories." Minister's office - 6552 5700 Round one successful schools (2018-19) SCHOOLSUBURB/TOWNEDUCATION REGIONEsperance Primary SchoolEsperanceGoldfieldsHannans Primary SchoolKalgoorlieGoldfieldsNulsen Primary SchoolEsperanceGoldfieldsO'Connor Primary SchoolKalgoorlieGoldfieldsBayulu Remote Community SchoolFitzroy CrossingKimberleyAllendale Primary SchoolGeraldtonMidwestAlkimos Beach Primary SchoolAlkimos North MetropolitanAshfield Primary SchoolAshfieldNorth MetropolitanBallajura Primary SchoolBallajuraNorth MetropolitanBambara Primary SchoolPadburyNorth MetropolitanBeaumaris Primary SchoolOcean ReefNorth MetropolitanBeldon Primary SchoolBeldonNorth MetropolitanBindoon Primary SchoolBindoonNorth MetropolitanClarkson Primary SchoolClarksonNorth MetropolitanClayton View Primary SchoolKoongamiaNorth MetropolitanConnolly Primary SchoolConnollyNorth MetropolitanDalmain Primary SchoolKingsleyNorth MetropolitanDryandra Primary SchoolMirrabookaNorth MetropolitanGlendale Primary SchoolHamersleyNorth MetropolitanHampton Park Primary SchoolMorleyNorth MetropolitanHerne Hill Primary SchoolHerne HillNorth MetropolitanHighgate Primary SchoolHighgateNorth MetropolitanHudson Park Primary SchoolGirrawheenNorth MetropolitanInglewood Primary SchoolInglewoodNorth MetropolitanJoondalup Primary SchoolJoondalupNorth MetropolitanKoondoola Primary SchoolKoondoolaNorth MetropolitanLake Monger Primary SchoolWembleyNorth MetropolitanMarmion Primary SchoolMarmionNorth MetropolitanMerriwa Primary SchoolMerriwaNorth MetropolitanMiddle Swan Primary SchoolStrattonNorth MetropolitanMindarie Primary SchoolMindarieNorth MetropolitanMount Claremont Primary SchoolMount ClaremontNorth MetropolitanNewborough Primary SchoolKarrinyupNorth MetropolitanNollamara Primary SchoolNollamaraNorth MetropolitanNorth Beach Primary SchoolNorth BeachNorth MetropolitanNorth Woodvale Primary SchoolWoodvaleNorth MetropolitanOcean Reef Primary SchoolOcean ReefNorth MetropolitanRosalie Primary SchoolShenton ParkNorth MetropolitanRoseworth Primary SchoolGirrawheenNorth MetropolitanSawyers Valley Primary SchoolSawyers ValleyNorth MetropolitanSubiaco Primary SchoolSubiacoNorth MetropolitanSutherland Dianella Primary SchoolDianellaNorth MetropolitanSwan View Primary SchoolSwan ViewNorth MetropolitanTapping Primary SchoolTappingNorth MetropolitanWestminster Primary School and Westminster Junior Primary SchoolWestminsterNorth MetropolitanWoodlands Primary SchoolWoodlandsNorth MetropolitanWoodlupine Primary SchoolForrestfieldNorth MetropolitanYanchep Lagoon Primary SchoolYanchepNorth MetropolitanYuluma Primary SchoolInnalooNorth MetropolitanBaler Primary SchoolSouth HedlandPilbaraDampier Primary SchoolDampierPilbaraKarratha Primary SchoolKarrathaPilbaraSouth Hedland Primary SchoolSouth HedlandPilbaraTambrey Primary SchoolKarrathaPilbaraApplecross Primary SchoolApplecrossSouth MetropolitanArmadale Primary SchoolArmadaleSouth MetropolitanAshburton Drive Primary SchoolGosnellsSouth MetropolitanBaldivis Gardens Primary SchoolBaldivisSouth MetropolitanBelmont Primary SchoolBelmontSouth MetropolitanBertram Primary SchoolBertramSouth MetropolitanBicton Primary SchoolBictonSouth MetropolitanBrookman Primary SchoolLangfordSouth MetropolitanBungaree Primary SchoolRockinghamSouth MetropolitanCalista Primary SchoolCalistaSouth MetropolitanCanning Vale Primary SchoolCanning ValeSouth MetropolitanCaralee Community SchoolWillageeSouth MetropolitanCarcoola Primary SchoolPinjarraSouth MetropolitanChallis Community Primary SchoolArmadaleSouth MetropolitanDudley Park Primary SchoolMandurahSouth MetropolitanEast Maddington Primary SchoolMaddingtonSouth MetropolitanEast Waikiki Primary SchoolCooloongupSouth MetropolitanEdney Primary SchoolHigh WycombeSouth MetropolitanGreenfields Primary SchoolGreenfieldsSouth MetropolitanHalls Head Primary SchoolHalls HeadSouth MetropolitanHillman Primary SchoolHillmanSouth MetropolitanKalamunda Primary SchoolKalamundaSouth MetropolitanKoorana Primary SchoolWarnbroSouth MetropolitanMakybe Rise Primary SchoolBaldivisSouth MetropolitanMedina Primary SchoolMedinaSouth MetropolitanMount Pleasant Primary SchoolMount PleasantSouth MetropolitanOrange Grove Primary SchoolOrange GroveSouth MetropolitanOrelia Primary SchoolOreliaSouth MetropolitanRivervale Primary SchoolRivervaleSouth MetropolitanRockingham Lakes Primary SchoolPort KennedySouth MetropolitanWarnbro Primary SchoolWarnbroSouth MetropolitanWestfield Park Primary SchoolCamilloSouth MetropolitanYangebup Primary SchoolYangebupSouth MetropolitanEast Hamilton Hill Primary School Hamilton HillSouth MetropolitanAmaroo Primary SchoolCollieSouth WestFairview Primary SchoolCollieSouth WestFlinders Park Primary SchoolAlbanySouth WestGeographe Primary SchoolBusseltonSouth WestHarvey Primary SchoolHarveySouth WestManjimup Primary SchoolManjimupSouth WestSpencer Park Primary SchoolSpencer ParkSouth WestAvonvale Primary SchoolNorthamWheatbeltBraeside Primary SchoolKatanningWheatbeltEast 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