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Survey finds health workers positive and committed to patient care14177Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/07/2020 4:00:13 AM2020-07-02T04:00:00Z Second 'Your Voice in Health' survey finds health staff positive about their roles and strongly committed to patient care Engagement levels rise despite interruption of COVID-19 pandemic Areas for improvement include more support for staff wellbeing The results of the second Western Australian health system staff engagement survey have shown increased employee engagement, and a workforce positive about their roles and strongly committed to patient care. Despite the interruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey - which was undertaken in March - resulted in an Employment Engagement Index of 66 per cent, up from 62 per cent last year. The annual Your Voice in Health survey is a McGowan Government election commitment designed to enable staff to identify issues in the workplace and suggest how to better look after their health and wellbeing. Areas of strength across the health system included that staff felt positive about their roles; had a strong commitment to service delivery and patient care; felt in alignment with their organisation's goals and objectives; behaved in an accepting manner towards people from diverse backgrounds; and highlighted strong collaboration within teams. The survey also identified staff felt more needed to be done to support their health and wellbeing, and needed more support to share their concerns and challenge workplace practices with leadership. Health service providers are reviewing the survey results to ensure support can be provided to those particular areas where improvement is necessary between now and the next survey, to take place in March 2021. The latest survey results can be found at http// Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Our staff are our most precious asset and the McGowan Government is so grateful to have such skilled and caring people looking after the health of Western Australians. "This has been borne out by the outstanding and ongoing commitment to the health system our staff have made in dealing with the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Thank you to the many WA health system staff who participated in this survey, particularly given that staff were also preparing to deal with the impact of COVID-19 at the time. "This effort alone points to what the survey showed an increasing level of engagement in our health system, from a workforce committed to providing the best possible patient care. "A properly engaged workforce is crucial to ensuring the outcomes of the Sustainable Health Review can be successfully achieved. "I have instructed the Department of Health and the Health Service Provider Boards to start work immediately on identifying changes that need to be made." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Budget repair measure exceeds expectations14176Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/07/2020 3:09:23 AM2020-07-02T03:05:00Z Foreign Buyers Surcharge raises over $19 million in its first full year Nearly 550 transactions were assessed for the surcharge Surcharge pays for the freeze on TAFE fees and contributes towards Budget repair In February 2020 the Liberal Party announced they would scrap the surcharge In its first full year, the Foreign Buyers Surcharge introduced by the McGowan Labor Government as a Budget repair measure has raised over $19 million. The surcharge, which is used to pay for a freeze on TAFE fees, was applied to nearly 550 transactions and exceeded the 2019-20 revenue estimate. The seven per cent surcharge applies to all purchases of residential property in Western Australia by foreigners, including individuals, corporations and trusts. The surcharge is on top of the normal transfer duty payable on property purchases. The surcharge does not apply to purchases of commercial or industrial property, nor does it apply to residential developments of 10 or more properties, commercial residential property such as hotels, student accommodation and retirement villages, or mixed use properties that are used primarily for commercial purposes. The seven per cent rate is consistent with the rate applied in Queensland and South Australia and is lower than the rates applied in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. In Parliament earlier this year the Liberal Party confirmed it would remove the McGowan Government's surcharge on foreign buyers of residential property in WA, costing WA taxpayers $70 million. Comments attributed to Finance Minister Ben Wyatt "The surcharge delivers on a McGowan Labor Government election commitment to repair State finances. "The surcharge has raised over $19 million in 2019-20 to assist in funding a freeze on TAFE fees that were increased under the previous Liberal National Government. "This is a significant outcome for all Western Australians and highlights the small proportion of foreign investors in the local housing market are prepared to pay their share to benefit from Western Australia's services and infrastructure. "Given the first full year results of this surcharge and the significant amount of money it raises for WA taxpayers, it's utterly ridiculous that the Liberal Party wants to scrap it." Finance Minister's office - 6552 5900
$57 million recovery package for WA TAFE and training sector14175Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/07/2020 3:00:35 AM2020-07-02T03:00:00Z $57 million package to help with WA's recovery from COVID-19 $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians Courses will focus on current and emerging job opportunities $32 million for more major reductions in TAFE fees as part of the WA Recovery Plan TAFE fees for 39 additional high priority qualifications slashed by between 50 per cent and up to 72 per cent for Diploma courses Maximum annual fee that youth and concession holders will pay is capped at $400 for Semester 2 The McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash TAFE fees by as much as 72 per cent for thousands of Western Australians as part of the WA Recovery Plan. In an expansion of the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative that rolled out before COVID-19, TAFE fees for a further 39 high priority courses will be slashed by as much as 72 per cent. The expanded program now includes 73 courses in total and will ensure Western Australians, can access affordable training to help them get back into jobs, after TAFE fees increased by as much as 510 per cent under the previous Liberal National Government. The heavily reduced fees have been targeted to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The program now also includes 27 Certificate courses that will be reduced from between 50 and 67 per cent for areas such as plumbing, agriculture, METRONET courses, construction, electrical trades, health services, fabrication, mental health and disability services. Six diploma courses - including Diploma of Nursing, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma of Community Services, will have their fees reduced by 72 per cent. A further six pre-apprenticeship courses will have fees cut by 67 per cent. The pre‑apprenticeships course, which include areas including automotive electrical technology, engineering, plumbing and, building and construction, will prepare students for apprenticeships in industries where there will be demand for skilled workers. From the second semester, the maximum annual fee students will pay is capped at $400 for concession students and youth and $1,200 for non-concession students. It is expected that adding a further 39 courses to the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative will increase annual TAFE enrolments by more than 6,000 students and provide fee relief to more than 27,000 enrolments over the second half of 2020 and during 2021. The package includes $25 million for 'Free TAFE Short Courses' that have been developed in consultation with industry to engage displaced workers, including women and young people, and meet immediate and emerging skill requirements as the economy recovers. The free short courses will provide a launch-pad for students to up-skill for new jobs and provide pathways to full qualifications. The initial list of 15 short courses will be available to around 13,500 Western Australians and includes courses in, hospitality, logistics, cyber security, agriculture, civil construction and small business. Many of the short courses have built-in foundation digital skills and literacy and numeracy training. The free short courses can also be used as a credit towards a full qualification from the expanded Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative. Enrolments open on Monday July 6, 2020. For more information visit http// or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64. The TAFE fees announcement is in addition to the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re‑engagement Incentive that provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee whose training contract was terminated on, or after, March 1, 2020. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "TAFE is a major part of Western Australia's recovery from COVID-19. "Our training-led plan will prepare Western Australians to get back into jobs to meet the economy's immediate workforce needs following the impacts of the pandemic. "As we continue the recovery process, we will continue to focus on getting Western Australians back to work in areas that will drive economic activity across the State. "We are calling on Western Australians to take advantage of the free short courses and low course prices in areas like METRONET, fabrication, construction and agriculture, as well as vital services including nursing, early childhood and mental health. "It is particularly important to help young people get into affordable training, which is why we have capped the course fees for concession students and those aged 15-24." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Training is vital to develop a skilled workforce to support the State's economic recovery. "With an additional 39 courses added to the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative, now is the time to get into training with more than 70 courses available at significantly reduced prices. "The initial 15 free short courses will enable people to upskill for current and emerging jobs in areas like hospitality, logistics, cyber security, agriculture, civil construction and small business. "As the economy recovers, skilled workers across a range of trades and occupations will be in high demand and it's essential we provide as much support as possible." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Successful wildlife rehabilitator grant recipients announced14174Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/07/2020 2:15:11 AM2020-07-02T02:00:00Z 38 licensed groups and individuals will receive funding through a one-year grant program A total of $214,000 provided through the new State Government grants program, in partnership with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife The McGowan Government has today announced the successful recipients of the Wildlife Heroes Wildlife Rehabilitation and Emergency Response Grants 2020. The one-year grant will see 38 licensed wildlife rehabilitators share in $214,000 to provide care for sick and injured native wildlife, with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. Recipients will be able to use funds for relevant items, such as to purchase specialist equipment, animal food, first aid supplies, veterinary support, reference materials and the development and implementation of training courses. A total of $150,000 was initially available through the program, made up of $100,000 from State Government funds and $50,000 from the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife's Wildlife Heroes project. The State Government increased the funds available to $214,000, funding all applicants who met the criteria for a grant. Grants will be distributed as follows Groups with more than 20 volunteers will be allocated up to $10,000 Groups of between two and 20 volunteers will be allocated up to $2500 A number of individual wildlife rehabilitators have also been funded A full list of successful recipients is available below. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government is very proud of the high standard of care that wildlife rehabilitators provide to some of Western Australia's most vulnerable native wildlife. "By investing in this program, we are providing licensed rehabilitators with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and resources to ensure sick and injured native animals receive the care they need to hopefully return back to the wild. "Congratulations to the 38 individuals and groups who have received grants through this one-year program. I look forward to hearing about the incredible work that is achieved as a result." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Grantee Location Native ARC Inc Bibra Lake, Perth Black Cockatoo Preservation Society Martin, Perth Western Australian Seabird Rescue Inc Bayswater, Perth Native Animal Rescue Malaga, Perth Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Inc Lesmurdie, Perth KANE (Kimberley Animals, Nature and Education) Kununurra, Kimberley Healing Hands Wildlife Care Inc Albany, Great Southern Darling Range Wildlife Shelter Martin, Perth Goldfields Native Animal Care Inc Kalgoorlie, Goldfields Wild Life West Inc Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley River Wren Rescue Stake Hill, Peel Kangaroo Haven Inc Kununurra, Kimberley Born Free Wildlife Carers Inc Lower King, Great Southern Mandurah Just Joey Marsupial Care Inc Coodanup, Peel Lisa's Kangaroo Retreat Inc Port Hedland, Pilbara AUZZIE's Raptor Rehabilitation Association Inc Bennett Springs, Perth Marsupial Mammas and Pappas (Inc) Toodyay, Wheatbelt Express Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc Henley Brook, Perth FAWNA Inc Busselton, South West Midwest Marsupial Carers Inc Geraldton, Midwest Bluebush Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Buntine, Wheatbelt Possum Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc Busselton, South West Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary Mt Helena, Perth Amaris Wildlife Sanctuary Inc Tenterden, Great Southern Maroo Wildlife Refuge Inc Manjimup, South West Geraldton Greenough Wildlife Rescue Inc Greenough, Midwest Society for the Preservation of Raptors Inc Margaret River, South West Raptor Fliers Association of Western Australia Inc Crossman, Wheatbelt Esperance Roo Haven Monjingup, Great Southern Parnana Pikurtu Wildlife Sanctuary Inc Moorine Rock, Wheatbelt
WA’s prison capacity expanded with 512 new beds coming online14173Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/07/2020 1:06:18 AM2020-07-02T01:00:00Z Two of four new units at Casuarina Prison now open Prisoners being moved into new 128-bed units Part of $96.3 million expansion of Casuarina Prison Addresses prison overcrowding inherited by previous Liberal-National GovernmentThe legacy of overcrowded Western Australian prisons and underinvestment in prison infrastructure is now being addressed with the commissioning of two 128-bed units at Casuarina Prison. The new units, part of a $96.3 million four-unit expansion, are now being filled with prisoners from within Casuarina and from Hakea Prison. The movement of the prisoners has provided much-needed relief to the State's prison estate that, for many years, had been dealing with the severe overcrowding crisis left by the previous Liberal-National Government. The McGowan Government implemented a rapid bed infill program on coming into office and began planning to use existing prison land to build new prison units at Casuarina Prison and Bunbury Regional Prison. The 160-bed Bunbury unit was complete last November and the four units at Casuarina prison were recently finished. Both projects provided hundreds of local jobs and used local content. The third Casuarina unit will become WA's first Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Prison for men and will offer 128 prisoners the opportunity to address their addictions which have led to their offending. It is expected to be operational by October. The remaining fourth unit is intended to become a dedicated mental health accommodation unit, which, again, will be a first for WA. In total, the McGowan Government has added 882 new beds to WA's custodial estate for an investment of just $127 million, which is a fraction of the potential cost for a new standalone prison. Another 344 beds will be built at Casuarina Prison by 2023, bringing the total to 1,228 beds the McGowan Government has added to WA's custodial estate for $310 million at a cost of hundreds of local jobs created. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan "The legacy of overcrowding in our State's jails has been a long one, but the solution has been quick. "The McGowan Government saw the opportunity to use existing prison land to fast track the build of new units that would address the years of underinvestment by the previous Liberal-National Government in our jails. "It might have been an easy political solution to turn a blind eye for the previous Government, but the problems of overcrowding also affect staff, safety and rehabilitation outcomes, which in turn is a problem for society. "These 512 new beds at Casuarina combined with the new 160-bed unit at Bunbury and the rapid infill program of 212 beds means we have put in place 882 new beds, which is the equivalent of a new prison, but in a fraction of the time and cost. "By the end of 2023, Casuarina Prison will be the biggest in the State with 1,782 total beds, which will include a Super Max unit for disruptive prisoners, a priority one mental health unit and aged care support." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Artists sought for high-profile Cockburn tower artwork14172Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/07/2020 12:32:44 AM2020-07-02T00:15:00Z Artists are encouraged to submit designs for Cockburn Central Station tower display Local community voted for new artwork to replace deteriorating Cockburn Faces Open to works from a variety of media and following themes identified in public survey Three works to be shortlisted for progress to next stage and put to a community vote The McGowan Government is seeking expressions of interest from local artists to create a new piece of public art to feature on Cockburn Central Station's high-profile tower. The EOI is open to works made using a variety of media, with the design expected to follow one of the themes identified in the recent public survey - native fauna, flora or landscapes, indigenous artwork or something representative of the Cockburn community. In a community survey earlier this year, almost half of the more than 2,400 respondents voted for a new piece of artwork to replace the station's previous Faces of the Community display, which was removed last October amid safety concerns over its deteriorating condition. Following the EOI period, three artworks will be chosen to progress to the next stage, with each of the shortlisted artists to be given $1,000 to progress their work to concept design stage. The three works will then be put to a community vote, with the most popular to be installed on the station tower. Designs should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format and the artist should specify the medium in which they will deliver their piece. Submissions are now open and will close on August 2. More information can be found here. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The famous, or to some the notorious, Cockburn Faces served their purpose but were past their use-by. "This is a wonderful chance for local artists to create a beautiful new piece of art that will be seen by thousands of commuters each day for years to come. "With such an open criteria, we want our talented WA artists to use their creativity on a piece that reflects one or more of the themes we now know are preferred by the local community." Comments attributed to Cockburn MLA Francis Logan "As a local MP who has been campaigning for the replacement of those creepy faces for so long, I'm very happy we are now moving to seeing something more pleasant on the Cockburn Tower. "This is a prominent feature, especially for the thousands of drivers who travel the freeway each day, so I hope the new artwork will be aesthetically pleasing, even amusing, but definitely not controversial. "We've had enough of that over the last 10 years." Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai "I am excited to see the inspiring concepts our local artists will create, that will potentially be seen by the thousands of motorists and train commuters who see the Cockburn Tower every day. "I hope that some of the excellent creative minds from my electorate of Jandakot consider making an expression of interest." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Electric bus trial for Joondalup CAT route14170Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/07/2020 12:23:37 AM2020-07-02T00:00:00Z Electric buses will be trialled in Joondalup on a five-kilometre CAT route Joondalup depot to be modified to include high-voltage EV charging system McGowan Government awarded $549 million 10-year bus contract to Volvo last year, supporting local jobs Unprecedented investment in transport infrastructure in the northern suburbs Commuters on the Joondalup CAT route will travel in style on an electric bus as part of a Western Australian-first trial. From early 2022, battery-electric buses will operate on the Joondalup CAT service, with a contract to modify the Joondalup bus depot, to include a high-voltage EV charging system, to be awarded in coming months. The Joondalup CAT route was chosen because its five-kilometre circuit is ideal for the trial operation of an electric bus. The trial vehicles will be supplied by Volvo through its existing bus supply agreement, with the cost of a Volvo electric bus at the current Transperth specification estimated at $1 million per vehicle. As part of a new $549 million bus supply contract awarded in March 2019, Volvo Buses, in partnership with Volgren Australia, is supplying 90 buses a year for five years, supporting local jobs and apprenticeships. The contract includes an option for Volvo to provide alternative technology, such as battery-electric buses which emit fewer greenhouses gases than diesel and natural gas-powered models. Safety, reliability and efficiency will be among the key considerations examined under the trial. The McGowan Government has a number of major transport projects underway or planned for the northern suburbs including the Yanchep Rail Extension, Mitchell Freeway southbound widening and Ocean Reef Road interchange. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Trialling new, green technology is a great use of our public transport network, already one of the most environmentally friendly ways to get around Perth. "This is the first time we have trialled electric buses on a CAT route and I'm excited to see what commuters think about this new technology. "The Member for Joondalup raised the issue of electric buses with me in Parliament last year and I'm pleased we have been able to work together to deliver this for the local community. "We are committed to expanding transport options for northern suburbs residents and this trial complements a range of other projects we have underway or planned including the Yanchep Rail Extension and Mitchell Freeway widening." Comments attributed to Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton "I am excited that Joondalup is the location that will be trialling an electric CAT bus service in the city centre and I hope that we can be the leader in the metropolitan area for this technology. "It's important we look to alternative technologies for our public transport bus fleet in the future. "I know that our community will support the use of alternative technologies to power our public transport." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Local governments leading the way towards a Waterwise WA14169Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/07/2020 12:23:28 AM2020-07-01T23:00:00Z All 32 metropolitan local governments now participating in Waterwise Council Program 42 local governments across WA now endorsed through the programWater Minister Dave Kelly has commended local governments for their commitment to developing sustainable, liveable communities and leading the way towards a Waterwise WA. The Western Australian Government's Waterwise Perth Action Plan sets the direction for transitioning Perth to a leading waterwise city by 2030. Today marks a milestone towards achieving the plan's targets, with all metropolitan local governments now participating in the Waterwise Council Program. The program encourages councils to adopt waterwise principals with free education resources, data loggers to assist with leak detection and access to greening scheme funding up to $10,000. The Minister extended his congratulations to the Town of East Fremantle, Shire of Peppermint Grove and City of Wanneroo for being officially endorsed as Waterwise Councils in 2020. The Town of Cottesloe, Shire of Murray, City of Wanneroo and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale achieved Gold recognition for the first time in 2020. Gold recognition is awarded for innovation and leadership in the pursuit of creating waterwise communities, with 22 metropolitan local governments achieving the standard. The Waterwise Perth Action Plan's target is for all metropolitan local governments to be recognised as Gold by 2030. For the cities of Melville, Kalamunda and Kwinana, 2020 marks 10 years within the Waterwise Council Program. To commemorate this achievement, each will be presented with a sustainable park bench, designed and made in WA. The Waterwise Council Program is a partnership between Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Thank you to local governments across Western Australia for continuing to show leadership to their communities through the Waterwise Council Program. "Waterwise councils promote the valuable role of water in creating liveable, vibrant and healthy communities. "It is especially pleasing to see all metropolitan local governments now participating in the program, marking an important milestone as we move towards targets in the plan. "I encourage all local governments across Western Australia to commit to the Waterwise Council Program. Climate change is real and local governments have an important role to play in our State's waterwise future." Minister's office - 6552 6700 Waterwise Council Program 2020 recognitions Newly endorsed Waterwise Councils Town of East Fremantle Shire of Peppermint Grove City of Wanneroo Waterwise Councils recognised for 10 years as part of the program City of Melville City of Kalamunda City of Kwinana Waterwise Councils recognised as Gold for the first time in 2020 Town of Cottesloe Shire of Murray City of Wanneroo Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Waterwise Councils recognised as a repeat Gold in 2020 City of Bayswater (4 years) Town of Victoria Park (4 years) City of Vincent (4 years) City of Kwinana (4 years) City of Mandurah (4 years) City of Cockburn (4 years) City of Joondalup (4 years) City of Perth (4 years) City of Subiaco (4 years) Town of Bassendean (3 years) Town of Cambridge (3 years) City of Canning (3 years) City of Swan (3 years) City of Rockingham (2 years) City of Fremantle (2 years) Town of Mosman Park (2 years) City of Stirling (2 years) Shire of Mundaring (2 years)
$6,000 for employers who take on a displaced apprentice14171Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/07/2020 12:24:56 AM2020-07-01T21:30:00Z $6,000 incentive for employers who take on a displaced apprentice $3,000 for employers taking on a displaced trainee New Apprentice and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive helping maintain pipeline of skilled workersUp to $6,000 in financial support is now available to employers who take on a displaced apprentice or trainee as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to support apprentices and trainees during the State's COVID-19 recovery. The new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee. Employers who take on an apprentice or trainee whose training contract was terminated on, or after, March 1, 2020, are eligible to receive the payment. The incentive will help employers maintain a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia and is available until June 30, 2021 from the Department of Training and Workforce Development. The financial boost for businesses follows the recent announcement by the State Government to cover the training costs for more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees, who have had their contracts cancelled or suspended, to continue their 'off the job' training for up to six months. The incentives are supported by a new Out of Contract Register, available on the Jobs and Skills WA website, which helps apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer. The register provides employers with a quick search tool to find apprentices and trainees who are keen to continue their training. For more information on the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive, visit http// or call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54. Further support is also available at TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres. These centres are located around the State to help with job search, resume assistance and interview tips. Free online resources include videos, a jobs board, and the new 'Career Connect' Facebook community. To find out how a Jobs and Skills Centre can assist visit http// or call 13 64 64. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Having a pipeline of skilled workers is critical to the success of the State's recovery post COVID-19. "We know that many apprentices and trainees have been doing it tough during this period, and as we continue the recovery process, we want to get them back into our workshops and back to work. "By providing these financial incentives, we are backing our local businesses to take on displaced apprentices and trainees to ensure our future workers have the technical and practical skills to meet the immediate needs of the workforce." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "With up to $6,000 available to employers, now is the time to take on an apprentice or trainee. "We are helping apprentices and trainees get back into work through providing financial incentives to businesses to build a skilled workforce." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Relief fund to support galleries to bounce back14167Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7540html1/07/2020 5:07:32 AM2020-07-01T05:05:00Z Regional public art galleries supported through $195,000 relief fund Funding will ensure regional galleries are equipped to reopen and present exhibitions Part of Regional Exhibition Touring BoostA $195,000 relief fund will be available for eligible regional art galleries that had to cancel exhibitions and close their doors due to COVID-19. The funding will ensure the galleries have the capacity required to host visual art exhibitions and activities in the future as part of the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost (RETB). It will assist recovery in re-establishing vital community arts activity. The first RETB exhibition was on tour, and the second one was about to commence, when regional border closures and physical distancing restrictions saw public galleries close across the State. The RETB is an $8 million election commitment creating more opportunities for regional Western Australians to engage with visual arts, by increasing the number of touring exhibitions to regional towns and communities. The RETB is delivered by ART ON THE MOVE (AOTM) and the Art Gallery of WA, and is managed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. AOTM will administer the fund. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Since the first tour, the RETB has created positive outcomes for regional artists, audiences and communities. "This relief fund will provide immediate support for the galleries to bounce back in these difficult times - ensuring they are well equipped to host RETB exhibitions and in rebuilding vital community activity and culture across the State." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Regional art galleries play a crucial role in their communities, providing opportunities for local artists and the general community to engage more in culture and the arts. "This funding will ensure the galleries are well equipped to provide this important service - but also to present high-calibre works from the State Art Collection to the regions." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200