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WA salmon boosts our economy and delivers great autumn fishing14696Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 8:10:02 AM2020-02-24T08:00:00Z Recreational salmon fishing contributes $331 million annually to State economy Study reveals how fishers' chase for salmon boosts regional economies Study's release coincides with announcement of awesome autumn of salmon fishing A study funded by the State Government through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) has revealed that anglers targeting Western Australia's abundant schools of migrating salmon contribute about $331 million to the State's economy each year. Premier Mark McGowan, Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley and Recfishwest CEO Andrew Rowland released the report today to coincide with the announcement of a series of salmon-related fishing events along the south-west and southern coast this autumn. Schools of migrating Australian salmon - not to be confused with the pink-fleshed Atlantic salmon - attract significant numbers of fishers to WA's South-West and Great Southern beaches. The RFIF-funded survey commissioned by Recfishwest revealed that fishers spent an average of $460 per trip and stayed an average of 3.5 days while enjoying the thrill of the salmon chase. The study, the first of its kind to look at a specific species, sought to determine the economic value of recreational salmon fishing by assessing what fishers spent on goods and services such as fuel, bait, fishing gear, food, drinks, accommodation, camping gear and clothing. It found $75 million is spent each salmon run on underpinning local businesses, such as bait and tackle dealers, with a further $89 million generated for local tourism providers. A previous RFIF survey has shown that WA's recreational fishers spend $2.4 billion annually on their sporting hobby. For more information about the activities planned for Recfishwest's awesome autumn of salmon, visit http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "West Aussies love fishing and this study shows just how important recreational fishers are to WA's economy - especially local economies in regional areas. "The study was made possible through the use of funding raised by the State Government's recreational fishing licences. "We can see the $331 million contributed annually by recreational salmon beach and boat fishers provide a big boost to local businesses and jobs throughout the Great Southern and South-West of WA. "It is also very encouraging to note that three out of every four salmon caught are released and provide future generations with the opportunity to enjoy this iconic Western Australian fishing experience." Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley "WA has a long and vibrant history of fishing for the shared resource of Australian salmon with both recreational and commercial fishers taking advantage of the annual salmon migration. "Recfishers are able to chase and hook a fantastic sportfish on some of the world's best beaches - and given the health of our salmon stocks here in WA, we can catch more and bigger fish on average than anywhere else in Australia. "Whether you catch and release, keep your fish to share a meal with your family or just take some snaps with the kids as an experience to remember - it's all a wonderful and ingrained part of WA culture. "I encourage everyone to get involved with the upcoming autumn Salmon Spectacular." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "Albany has some of the best fishing spots in all of Western Australia. "It's a popular pastime for locals and tourists alike and it's encouraging to see how much recfishing contributes to our local economy each year. "With a wide range of activities planned for the Recfishwest's awesome autumn of salmon, I'd encourage all residents to get involved and have fun." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 5300
Innovative shearing camp heads to Great Southern14695Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 7:32:08 AM2020-02-24T07:30:00Z Up to 10 young Aboriginal people to train in shearing and wool-handling camp in the Great Southern beginning April 20, 2020 Similar camps scheduled for the Mid-West, Wheatbelt and Esperance regions in the next six months A new training program for aspiring Aboriginal shearers in the Great Southern region will build on the success of a Mid-West pilot program in January this year. Up to 10 young Aboriginal people from the Great Southern will participate in a shearing and wool-handling camp at a Wellstead farm beginning on April 20, 2020. The camp will be run by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in conjunction with Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the WA Shearing Industry Association and local businesses. Accredited AWI trainers Kevin Gellatly, Amanda Davis and Todd Wegner will work with local shearing contractor Mick Thomas and Aboriginal mentor Barry Ugle to deliver the program. The Great Southern event follows an Aboriginal-focused shearing camp held in the Mid West with Geraldton-based Mhunga Whalla in January, which saw all nine young participants graduate and obtain further experience in regional shearing sheds. The camps are part of a McGowan Government effort to explore the creation of permanent Aboriginal-focused shearing hubs throughout the State. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Great Southern shearing and wool-handling camp follows the outstanding success of the inaugural Aboriginal-focused training program in the Mid-West. "It will make another strong contribution to realising the McGowan Government's vision of permanent Aboriginal-focused shearing training hubs in regional WA. "This partnership with AWI will create jobs for local Aboriginal people and support future labour needs in a wool industry that is seeing a return to higher prices. "Further shearing trials are planned in the next six months in the Mid-West, Wheatbelt and Esperance regions." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Lotterywest grants to boost South Coast conservation14694Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 7:00:20 AM2020-02-24T07:00:00Z South Coast Natural Resource Management awarded $2,694,367 grant Bush Heritage Australia awarded $775,762 grant Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today presented two Lotterywest grants to assist with conservation efforts in the South Coast Region. South Coast Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Bush Heritage Australia were awarded $2,694,367 and $775,762 respectively. South Coast NRM works to protect and enhance the natural assets of the South Coast Region. The Lotterywest grant will go towards the Restoring Noongar Boodja Project, which aims to build the capacity and capability for Aboriginal people of the South Coast Region to preserve Noongar heritage, while restoring and protecting culturally significant locations. Bush Heritage Australia will be putting the grant towards its five-year fauna restoration project, aimed at restoring native fauna species between the Stirling Range National Park and Fitzgerald River National Park. The project includes landscape-scale feral animal control intended to protect and increase the populations of native fauna. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "South Coast NRM and Bush Heritage Australia both make valuable contributions to our State's environment and the McGowan Government, through Lotterywest, see these as important projects to support. "Through site restoration and feral animal control, these projects are expected to assist with the protection of threatened species like the Australasian bittern, western ringtail possum and chuditch. "The groups and volunteers behind these projects do some incredible work to preserve and enhance Western Australia's diverse environments and we commend and appreciate their efforts." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Specialist care closer to home for Great Southern patients14693Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 5:47:10 AM2020-02-24T05:45:00Z New public neurology service set to be established at Albany Health Campus Lifesaving radiation oncology services one step closer with the project reaching schematic design phase Access to specialist care close to home expected to improve patient outcomes Putting patients first and providing care closer to home a priority under McGowan Labor Government Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook have today visited Albany Health Campus to announce a new public neurology service with face-to-face clinics running from March 2020. The new service, as part of an 18-month trial, established by the Western Australian Country Health Service in conjunction with Fiona Stanley Hospital will mean some people with complex neurological conditions, such as motor neurone disease, and multiple sclerosis, can be seen closer to home and their support networks. Six clinics led by visiting Perth neurologists have been scheduled for 2020 with further capacity for appointments using telehealth, or videoconferencing technology. The visiting neurologists will work closely with doctors at Albany Health Campus to ensure care is well coordinated, and that care and treatment continues between visits. While touring the facility, the Premier and Health Minister visited the site for the new specialised bunker and received progress of the new lifesaving radiation oncology service being established at Albany Health Campus. The McGowan Government invested more than $13.1 million for the radiation oncology service project which has now reached schematic design phase whereby the overall layout will be finalised. With schematic design expected to take approximately six months, the WA Country Health Service will then commence determining finer details including fittings and equipment. Construction is forecast to take approximately 12 months after the planning stage is complete with the service anticipated to be operational in 2022. More than $500,000 has been invested for refurbishment works at Albany Health Campus as part of the McGowan Government's hospital maintenance blitz to further support jobs and the local economy. Works include roofing replacement and repairs to the onsite population health building; upgrade works to the adult mental health unit courtyard; and plumbing and water service upgrades.Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Delivering quality healthcare closer to home is about us putting patients first, and is a big focus for my Government. "That's why initiatives like the new trial neurology service and the establishment of a lifesaving radiation oncology service at the Albany Health Campus are so vital to Great Southern patients. "Our investment in new health services like these and better health infrastructure through maintenance upgrades in the Great Southern region are examples of how we're ensuring regional health care gets the attention it requires." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Here, the WA Country Health Service and South Metropolitan Health Service have joined forces to see patients in Albany have access to specialist neurology services for the first time. "I look forward to learning the results of the trial neurology service in due course. "We know that access to specialist care close to home improves patient outcomes and this is just another example of the McGowan Government's ongoing commitment to ensuring country communities can receive the care they need when and where they require it. "I'd like to thank Peter Watson for identifying this gap in public neurology services back in late 2017 and his advocacy for a local service. "We know the Great Southern community is keen to see this service up and running and rest assured the WA Country Health Service is working hard in the background to make this happen. "Reaching schematic design is a significant milestone for the radiation oncology project - this process usually takes around six months and will then see the WA Country Health Service move to finer details such as equipment and fittings." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "I'm very pleased that Albany patients will no longer have to travel to Perth for neurology appointments and equally pleased to see the progress on Albany radiotherapy so that local cancer patients will soon be able to access radiotherapy closer to home. "Bringing services closer to home is all about putting patients first." Premier's office - 6552 5000Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern14692Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 4:01:12 AM2020-02-24T04:00:00Z Communities to develop Great Southern Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy Strategy to connect the region's unique people, places, stories and heritage Part of Regional Arts and Culture Investment ProgramGovernment organisations and community will collaborate to develop an arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern region, thanks to a $50,000 investment from the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program (RACIP). The strategy will define a vision and direction to connect the region's people and places, share local stories, preserve heritage and nurture the region's diverse cultural and creative industries. The Great Southern Development Commission, local governments, creative groups, community organisations and residents will also work to develop action plans for stakeholder communities, while encouraging collaborative activities and outcomes. This activity is a pilot of the Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning grant program, a part of the RACIP, which opens to regional local governments on October 6, 2020. More information on the grant program will be available soon. The RACIP will deliver almost $20 million to regional Western Australia over four years. The program is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries with funding from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The strategy will support the Great Southern region to nurture its rich and unique history, people, places and heritage. "The arts and creative industries play a positive role in the social, cultural, and economic growth and vitality of regional communities. "When it opens later this year, the Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning grant program will assist local governments with cultural plans that will ultimately improve jobs growth, economic diversity and community wellbeing." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The arts play a vital role in making the regions an attractive place to live and work and together with local governments, the State Government is working to build cohesive, liveable, prosperous communities. "The State Government's investment in RACIP will create jobs, increase tourism and broaden the region's economic base." Comment attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "We have a vibrant arts and culture scene in Albany and the Great Southern and it is fantastic to have this funding allocated to help preserve this and enhance it for the future." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
State Government provides $535,000 to improve Great Southern sporting facilities14691Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 1:49:49 AM2020-02-24T01:45:00Z Kojonup and Boxwood Hill projects to receive funding under the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) CSRFF helps community groups and local governments to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreationTwo communities in the Great Southern are to receive a total of $534,995 to help them build better sport and recreation facilities for their local communities. The Shire of Kojonup is to receive $309,995 to redevelop four netball courts and provide floodlighting to the oval at the Kojonup Sports Precinct. And the Boxwood Hill Combined Sports Club near Bremer Bay is to receive $225,000 to help upgrade ablution and changeroom facilities at its sporting grounds. The projects have been funded in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The CSRFF provides financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The Shire of Kojonup and the Boxwood Hill Combined Sports Club are to be commended for their commitment to providing quality leisure facilities for their players and supporters. "Such facilities can play an important role in building stronger, healthier communities. "That's certainly the case at Boxwood Hill, which hosts several sports including Australian Rules Football, cricket, netball, tennis and hockey. "The club is a meeting place for the district where local teams, supporters and the community come together to enjoy sport and build community spirit and wellbeing." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Seeding reconciliation through Agribusiness in the Great Southern14690Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 1:30:24 AM2020-02-24T01:30:00Z DevelopmentWA collaborates with Albany natural resource management firm to cultivate Aboriginal Agribusiness development in Great Southern Native seeds collected at Emu Point donated to Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation's not-for-profit nursery Supports initiative designed to upskill Aboriginal agricultural and horticultural businesses and lay foundations for self-sustaining economic viability The State Government has joined forces with an Albany based natural resource management firm in support of the development of Aboriginal agribusiness in the Great Southern. South Coast Natural Resource Management was engaged by DevelopmentWA to lead a team of Aboriginal horticulturists to collect native flora seeds from Emu Point for preservation and cultivation. Seeds from 34 plant species were collected over many months and have been donated to the Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation, which has established a not-for-profit nursery that specialises in cultivating native species for local and State-wide markets. Funding under the Australian Government National Landcare Program's Regional Land Partnerships has enabled South Coast Natural Resource Management to invest in training and upskilling for Aboriginal agricultural businesses and further encourage meaningful engagement in the region. Importantly, the overall objective is to help businesses lay the foundations for self-sustaining economic viability. The seed initiative is part of DevelopmentWA's planning for the Emu Point residential estate and reflects the agency's Reconciliation Action Plan. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "I congratulate South Coast Natural Resource Management and Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation on their work on this wonderful initiative. "This is an excellent example of practical steps that can be taken to support the creation of local jobs and provide training opportunities for local Aboriginal people who want to develop specialised skills for harvesting, cultivating and replanting native flora species, many of which are considered difficult to propagate. "In addition to the environmental, economic and cultural outcomes of DevelopmentWA's Emu Point seed program, it is also demonstrating the tangible benefits of organisations embracing Reconciliation Action Plans." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Road projects across the Great Southern taking shape and creating jobs14689Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 1:16:19 AM2020-02-24T01:15:00Z South Coast Highway safety improvements have commenced, Stage 1 completed, Stage 2 underway Industry invited to submit proposals to design and construct Albany Ring Road Construction on Albany Ring Road due to commence in late 2020 and is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs Key McGowan Government Albany infrastructure commitments underway A range of road projects across the Great Southern region are starting to take shape, creating local jobs and opportunities for local businesses. Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti joined Albany MLA Peter Watson on South Coast Highway today, to view the $4.5 million Stage 2 works underway between Monty's Leap winery and Kalgan River Bridge. These works, which include widening a 2.8 kilometre section of the road from seven metres to 11 metres, with a two-metre sealed shoulder in each direction, are expected to be completed in mid-2020. These works are the second stage of a $30 million package of upgrades to South Coast Highway, a key McGowan Government election commitment, being delivered in stages. Stage 1 works, between Killarney Road and Monty's Leap winery were completed in June 2019 and included the construction of a passing lane at Mead Road. A third stage of works, between Bluff Creek and Kojaneerup West Road, is currently in development and will include road widening and the construction of two passing lanes. The Albany Ring Road project has also reached a significant milestone, with three consortia, BMD Constructions Pty Ltd, CPB Contractor Pty Ltd and Decmil Southern Pty Ltd, shortlisted and invited to submit detailed design and construction proposals. The $175 million project is a landmark investment and when complete, the 11.5 kilometres of new road will provide an alternative route for freight vehicles around the centre of Albany to the Albany Port. It is estimated up to 1,000 jobs will be created during the construction phase. Albany Ring Road is scheduled to begin construction in the second half of 2020, subject to relevant environmental and statutory approvals. Other road upgrades completed, underway or planned for the Great Southern region include $400,000 for a South Western Highway/Macintosh Road intersection upgrade; $450,000 for Denmark Mount Barker Road/East River Road intersection upgrade; $3.85 million for Albany Highway - Kojonup South widening; $20 million annual road maintenance program; and $720,000 Albany Highway and Martagallup Road intersection upgrade which was completed in January 2020. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government is committed to improving and upgrading regional roads. Not only does this improve safety for locals and create local jobs but it encourages more tourists to get outside the city and visit our regions. "One of our key election commitments was upgrading South Coast Highway. I am pleased to see Stage 1 of the upgrades is complete and Stage 2 is now underway, supporting 44 jobs. "The Albany Ring Road has been talked about for years and my Government is committed to delivering on these much needed upgrades. "We expect up to 1,000 jobs will be created when the road from Albany Highway to Princess Royal Drive is under construction, providing a welcome boost to the local economy." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Local jobs and providing opportunities for local companies is a priority for the Albany Ring Road project. "The procurement process for Albany Ring Road includes set criteria to ensure potential contractors incorporate initiatives to maximise local content as part of their proposals. "The McGowan Government is serious about reducing crashes and saving lives on regional roads. "That's why we've allocated $2.4 billion in the 2019-20 State Budget for much needed regional road repairs and upgrades." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "Stages 2 and 3 of the Albany Ring Road have been talked about for over a decade - I'm pleased the McGowan Government is getting on with the job and delivering on these much needed upgrades. "South Coast Highway is a popular road for locals and tourists alike. Once the $30 million worth of upgrades are complete, it will be safer and mean more people will be able to enjoy the delights of the Great Southern." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Up to $20,000 available for WA businesses to innovate and grow to create WA jobs14688Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 1:09:16 AM2020-02-24T01:00:00Z WA small to medium enterprises can apply for Innovation Vouchers Program to commercialise their innovative products Businesses can secure up to $20,000 to put towards professional skills and services that advance their ideas The Innovation Vouchers Program, funded through the McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund, is creating jobs for Western AustraliansBusinesses around Western Australia can now apply for a State Government grant to help commercialise their innovations, helping diversify the State economy and create jobs. Applications have opened in the 2020 round of the Innovation Vouchers Program (IVP) which helps small to medium enterprises (SMEs) engage professional skills and services to advance their ideas or commercial activities. Applicants can access up to $20,000 to be put towards research and development, product development, technology transfer and intellectual property, and commercialisation support services. Protective Innovations, a Malaga-based protective equipment firm that received a voucher in 2019, used its grant to develop a marketing strategy for its innovative products. It has since grown from 3 to 10 employees and will this year showcase its goods at ConExpo in Las Vegas in March. Jandakot-based Electro.Aero, a 2018 IVP participant, used its $20,000 voucher to develop a propulsion system for sustainable aviation, Prototype ElectrDuct115. The firm has now submitted a patent for the system, secured several domestic and international customers, $500,000 in angel investment, and grown from 6 to 9 employees. Applications for the 2020 Innovation Vouchers Program close on March 25, 2020. Recipients must co-contribute at least 20 per cent of their voucher funding to be eligible. The program is supported by the McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "The WA Government recognises that SMEs have great ideas but that it can be difficult taking these ideas and turning them into sustainable business opportunities with real commercial outcomes. "The Innovation Vouchers Program is designed to help innovators overcome some of those hurdles on the path to commercialisation. "Last year, 15 vouchers were awarded to WA SMEs across a wide variety of sectors to give them the leg-up they need to turn their great ideas into products that make money and create WA jobs. "It's just one of several programs funded by the McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund that is supporting new and emerging businesses in WA to create jobs and diversify the economy." Minister's office – 6552 6100
Scholarships to transform mine maintenance14687Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/02/2020 12:16:24 AM2020-02-23T23:30:00Z Australian Research Council Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science officially launched The Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) has committed $240,000 over five years for two PhD students Congratulations to Tyler Bikaun and Gabriel Gonzalez, the MRIWA scholarship recipients The Australian Research Council Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science was officially launched today. The centre seeks to use data science to transform maintenance in the mining sector by eliminating manual, repetitive transactional work; developing models to enable people to make better complex decisions; providing standardised training for industry to improve maintenance productivity; and building an ongoing maintenance capability in research institutions and industry. Curtin University secured $3.9 million of funding over five years for the Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science from the Australian Research Council and a further $5 million from third party partners. Partners with Curtin University in the centre are BHP, Alcoa, Roy Hill, UWA, CSIRO, CORE Innovation Hub and MRIWA. MRIWA has committed $240,000 over five years for two PhD students to work closely with industry to resolve significant maintenance challenges using data science. The scholarships have been awarded to Tyler Bikaun and Gabriel Gonzalez. More information about the centre can be located at https// Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The work environment of the mining sector is becoming increasingly more complex with the volume of data now available and the challenge for the sector is to use this data effectively. "It is a pleasure to announce Tyler and Gabriel as the recipients of the MRIWA scholarships. "By MRIWA investing in scholarships at the centre, the State Government is supporting the mining sector to find innovative solutions to its maintenance challenges." Minister's office - 6552 6700