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New environmental approval required for Wellard Village Primary School9270Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 8:05:11 AM2020-09-30T08:00:00Z Commonwealth environmental approvals required for Wellard Village Primary School Tuart (Woodland) tree listed as protected ecological community The site of the future Wellard Village Primary School (planning name) is partly covered by vegetation including a number of tuart trees, which the Commonwealth Government recently added to the threatened list of ecological communities. Because of the sensitive nature of the site, a more rigorous consideration of the vegetation is required. The Department of Education is required to seek the approval of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to clear the vegetation to allow the school to be built. The formal Commonwealth assessment process is underway and it is anticipated that the process will be completed by mid-2021. The new primary school will remain at the Wellard Village site and is now expected to open in 2023. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I understand families may be disappointed and it is unusual but it is important that we do the right thing and follow the process that has been set out by the Commonwealth Government. "We wanted to let local families know as soon as possible that they will need to wait one more year to ensure the world-class facilities are completed to the optimum standard and can serve the community in the long term. "I am deeply disappointed that we can't get this school happening sooner but understand that we need to respect the Commonwealth process and our unique local environment." Minister's office - 6552 5700
New modern emergency services training academy set for WA9112Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 3:33:08 AM2020-09-30T03:30:00Z $2.05 million to develop business case and project planning for new emergency services training academy New modern facility to provide better training for increased range of emergencies and natural hazards Training academy would replace current Forrestfield facility built in early 80sThe McGowan Government has committed to building a new modern emergency services training academy to replace the aging Forrestfield facility. More than $2 million has been allocated in this year's State Budget to explore options for a new emergency services training academy for Western Australia and detailed project planning. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will investigate possible designs, locations, costs and timeframes to build a state-of-the-art facility to help train emergency services officers to deal with an increasing range of emergencies and natural hazards. Since the current training academy was built in the early 1980s, DFES' responsibilities have expanded to include emergency management and responding to a variety of natural hazards. The new training academy would help ensure Western Australian emergency services are prepared to respond to the ever-changing infrastructure throughout Perth and the regions including complex structure fires, transport tunnel incidents, and structural collapses. The business case would also investigate the use of the training academy by other emergency management agencies for their operational training. Detailed stakeholder consultation will be undertaken with career firefighters, emergency services volunteers, emergency services associations and unions, and other emergency services partners. The new training academy follows the creation of an Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence in Nambeelup, which is expected to be open by the end of 2020. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "The McGowan Government has invested significantly in our State's emergency services since taking office and this new training academy is another example of our commitment to getting the best for our emergency services. "The first step is the business case, which will assess the timing, location, costs and other matters, but this is an exciting development and will make a significant difference to how our emergency services are trained. "The existing facility at Forrestfield was built in the early 1980s when Perth and the surrounding suburbs and regions had less density and infrastructure. "We now have traffic and rail tunnels, significantly more high-rise buildings and climate change is affecting the intensity and frequency of bushfires and causing issues with flooding. "A new training academy will help to ensure our emergency services responders have state-of-the-art facilities to enable them to train and prepare for the growing frequency and severity of modern-day emergencies. "DFES' responsibilities have also increased substantially since the current training academy was built in the 1980s. "The new training academy will enhance the State's ability to prepare for and respond to emergencies, helping to keep the WA community safe." Minister's office - 6552 6300
State Library delivers one millionth family reading pack9081Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 2:23:23 AM2020-09-30T02:20:00Z One million Better Beginnings reading packs provided to WA families If you lined up all the Better Beginnings reading packs delivered to WA families in the past 16 years, they would stretch from Perth to Kalgoorlie The Better Beginnings family literacy program promotes families reading with babies and young children The one millionth Better Beginnings reading pack was given away today to the Cruthers family to help eight-week old Blake Cruthers on his lifelong literacy journey. It may seem like an early introduction to books, but this milestone also marks another key date in Blake's life journey at his eight-week health check with a community child health nurse. Families reading with their baby from birth improves literacy and learning and provides a positive start in life. Baby Blake will receive another bag when he goes to kindergarten. Between now and then the family's local public library can support Blake's early learning with books and fun family activities. In joint partnership with the State Library, Child and Adolescent Health Service' Community Health nurses are able to provide the Better Beginnings pack to parents at both the 8 week and two-year-old appointments. Child health checks are available to all families free of charge at key ages to assess their child's growth and development, so the collaboration to deliver the Better Beginnings pack at the same time provides a double whammy of benefits. Since 2004, the State Library has been delivering the award-winning Better Beginnings family literacy program with its important messages of reading stories, playing, talking and singing to children from birth. If you lined up all the Better Beginnings reading packs delivered to Western Australian families in the past 16 years, they would stretch from Perth to Kalgoorlie. The program has grown from a small pilot with six local governments to Australia's most extensive family literacy program, delivering packs to 97 per cent of Western Australian families through 139 local governments across the State. A key part of the program is the delivery of reading packs that contain an age appropriate book, information for parents about books and reading and an invitation to join the local public library. In addition to the usual contents of the reading pack, the special one millionth gold pack included a collection of books for the family to read to baby Blake throughout their first year. Better Beginnings also promotes the importance of the relationship families can have with their local public library. Public libraries are great places to go to find free resources and activities that support literacy and lifelong learning. Key to the success of Better Beginnings has been partnering with local governments, other government departments, community organisations and funding partner, Rio Tinto, to bring the program within reach of all Western Australian families. To learn more about how you can help babies and young children by reading with them, check out the Better Beginnings website at http//www.better-beginnings.com.au Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Families reading with their children from birth is vital for preparing children for school and is a cornerstone of lifelong literacy. "The Better Beginnings Program continues to have a positive impact on WA families. "Public libraries are great places for families with many resources that are free to use and borrow and activities that support lifelong learning and recreation." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Local architect appointed to design new TAFE campus in jobs boost for Armadale9080Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 2:15:44 AM2020-09-30T02:15:00Z Architects appointed for South Metropolitan TAFE's $22.6 million replacement Armadale campus Project is part of largest TAFE capital works program in WA history, creating more than 1,000 jobs Project will create opportunities for Armadale's youth Construction anticipated to start in December 2021Armstrong Parkin Architects has been appointed to design South Metropolitan TAFE's new multi-storey Armadale campus, which will provide industry relevant training and revitalise the local area. The purpose-built facility will provide a high-quality environment for locals to learn the skills they need for growing industries. The new campus will boost student capacity, enhance training delivery and be located within the Armadale town centre. Vocational education and training delivered to secondary students will be a strong focus to help address jobs for local young people. The Armadale region has a high need for vocational training programs to provide pathways into long-term jobs. Construction of the new campus will unlock local jobs, while the opening of the campus will have positive flow on benefits for local small business, with more student capacity at the site. Current training delivery in Armadale is dispersed across three ageing leased premises located in the Armadale town centre. There are 12 secondary schools in the Armadale area and the future population growth requires appropriate facilities and courses to accommodate the growing number of students seeking quality educational and training opportunities. The new Armadale campus was announced in July as part of the WA Recovery Plan. A record $167.4 million will be invested to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across Western Australia's TAFE colleges. Site analysis is currently underway with construction of the new campus anticipated to start in December 2021. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This new state-of-the-art TAFE campus will deliver world-class learning opportunities in the heart of Armadale. "This is part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan which will help drive economic and social recovery, and create jobs for Western Australians." Comments attributed to Armadale MLA Dr Tony Buti "This is a significant project that will create a vibrant community hub for Armadale and the surrounding area. "The new Armadale TAFE will provide a first-class learning environment and encourage young people in the area to gain skills in job growth areas which will result in long-term jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct continues to grow9077Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 2:10:37 AM2020-09-30T02:10:00Z Lot 118 acquired by WA developers Hesperia and Birchmead Property Group Development to include residential and commercial opportunities, with construction expected to start in late 2021 and create 750 construction jobs Western Australian developers Hesperia and Birchmead Property Group will partner to deliver a new residential and commercial project at DevelopmentWA's Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct. The project is anticipated to create 750 construction jobs, further boosting the 2,000 construction jobs to be created through the development of the neighbouring Medihotel and Stage 1A of the precinct. The proponents plan to construct a 10-storey development on the 3,438sqm mixed use site, with the almost 17,000sqm floor area to include approximately 120 apartments and commercial opportunities. Subject to approvals, construction is expected to commence in late 2021. Work on Stage 1A of the precinct, which is also being delivered by Hesperia, will commence later this year and is scheduled for completion in early 2023. Plans for Stage 1A were recently granted development approval and include aged care, a Medihotel, residential, commercial, medical and office facilities. The 80-bed Medihotel Murdoch was a key election commitment, and will deliver a better experience for recuperating patients and free up hospital beds so more patients can be treated. The 9.6ha Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct is adjacent to Fiona Stanley Hospital and St John of God Murdoch, and close to Murdoch University, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and South Metropolitan TAFE. The precinct is a catalyst for the delivery of the broader Murdoch Activity Centre, which is set to become a vibrant hub of world-class research, jobs and public transport. On completion, it is expected to deliver up to 35,000 jobs, homes for 22,000 residents, and facilities for up to 44,000 students. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "This latest acquisition by Hesperia and Birchmead Property Group demonstrates the confidence held by leading developers in the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct. "With Hesperia set to begin construction on Stage 1A this year, the planned development on Lot 118 will create more local jobs and is another important step in bringing this world-class precinct to life." Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai "The Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct opens up so many career opportunities for our community. It is incredibly exciting for all of us to see new milestones reached in this project. "Australia's and WA's world-class research and educational facilities are what brought me here as an international student in 1997. The Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct will help our State build on our already exemplary reputation as a world leader in education and research." Minister's office - 6552 5900
$8.5 million committed to identify new HR system for the WA health system9059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 2:06:00 AM2020-09-30T02:05:00Z Process to replace the WA health system's ageing human resource, payroll and rostering systems begins Tender request released to identify a new HR solution to improve governance, workforce reporting and planning capability Key recommendation of the Sustainable Health ReviewThe Western Australian Government has committed $8.5 million to identify a new integrated human resource (HR), payroll and rostering solution to better support the WA health system's workforce. Phase one of this replacement program is now underway with the release of a tender request to identify a shortlist of suppliers who can deliver a single HR Management Information System (HRMIS) that is streamlined, efficient, and easy to use. This process is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 and shortlisted vendors will be invited to take part in a proof-of-concept testing, to determine if their proposed products and services meet the requirements of the WA health system. These requirements include the capability to integrate information including payroll, HR, learning management and rostering; the ability to provide Health Service Providers with access to system-wide data to improve reporting, governance and planning capability; and the ability for WA health system employees to conveniently access their information about shifts, leave and pays, securely on their own devices.Outcomes from the proof-of-concept will inform the Government's 2021-22 Budget process. As part of the HRMIS replacement program, work will also be undertaken by the WA health system to prepare the migration of data to the proposed new system. Investing in a system-wide integrated workforce information system that supports workforce planning is a key recommendation of the Sustainable Health Review. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "A modern and contemporary HR system will enable better workforce planning in response to the changing health needs of the WA community. "This process will enable us to identify a prospective solution that will help inform our ability to deliver the best healthcare services, at the right time, by the right people." Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA company awarded contract to supply new RBT equipment9058Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 2:00:28 AM2020-09-30T02:00:00Z $2.5 million contract awarded to local Balcatta company 1,400 new roadside breathalyser units to be rolled out across WA The Western Australian Police Force will be able to conduct roadside breath tests more efficiently with the arrival of the latest breath testing equipment. Police Minister Michelle Roberts today revealed local company Alcolizer Technology has been chosen to deliver preliminary breath testing equipment for WA Police operations. Alcolizer Technology is a Western Australian based manufacturing company with its head office in Balcatta. The $2.5 million contract will see 1,400 Alcolizer LE5 devices rolled out across the State. The new devices have enhanced technological features, including Bluetooth which allows live data downloads and GPS functionality to allow locations to be recorded for every breath test. The Alcolizer LE5 is currently used by police forces in New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory It follows the delivery of two new booze buses to the WA Police Force in July. Random roadside breath testing was introduced in WA in 1988 and has played a significant role in reducing death and serious injury on Western Australian roads. Last year 1.6 million roadside breath tests were carried out by WA Police. Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "This is a terrific result for the company and WA Police. "Particularly because it supports local businesses and local jobs. "This new technology has inbuilt features which will help assure the integrity of the random breath testing process and allow police to better analyse data and trends. "On top of the two new Booze buses we recently delivered, the McGowan Government is ensuring our Police have the best and latest equipment they need to do their job and keep us safe on our roads." Comments attributed to Balcatta MLA David Michael "This is a great win for a local Balcatta business. "Alcolizer is a great Western Australian company and its products are used right around the country. "I'm glad that WA Police have joined in its extensive list of clients. "I'm also pleased to be part of a Government that supports local jobs and local businesses." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Western Australian schools getting waste sorted8875Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 1:12:21 AM2020-09-30T01:00:00Z More than $60,000 for Waste Wise Schools across Western Australia Schools set up systems to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle Western Australian schools will share more than $60,000 for projects that reduce waste disposed to landfill. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced the funding, which will be used on a range of sustainable waste projects at 25 Western Australian primary and high schools - including education materials to encourage waste free lunches, composts, worm farms, recycling bins and a community recycling hub to collect items not recycled via kerbside bins. The Waste Wise School program is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority. More than 120,000 students attended the 214 accredited Waste Wise Schools across WA in 2019-20. The program delivers educational resources and provides support to facilitate schools to avoid generating waste and to encourage diverting waste from landfill. The Minister has also announced a new Waste Wise Schools online professional learning module in Term 4 to introduce teachers to the program and the new Waste Free Lunch Toolkit which is available now on the Waste Authority website. Applications for the next Waste Wise School grant funding round can be made until Tuesday November 10, 2020. For more information on the Waste Wise School program or to become accredited, visit http//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "We all know that young people can lead the way in caring for our environment and the Waste Wise Schools program enables them to implement real-world programs at their schools that have real impact. "The Waste Wise Schools program teaches kids about good waste disposal practices that they can introduce to their own families at home. "We all have an important role to play in reducing waste and to think about landfill as being the last resort." Minister's office - 6552 5800 The following is a summary of grants for the latest Waste Wise Schools funding round Albany Senior High School, $1,994, for the purchase and set up of a worm farm, bokashi and composting bins to 'close the loop' at school and educate staff and students. Beaconsfield Primary School, $977, to establish worm farms and provide all classrooms with food scrap bins that will be emptied daily for composting and worm farms. Booragoon Primary School, $2,197, to implement The Recycling Hub that will build awareness and enhance recycling rates for items not collected through kerbside recycling. Boyanup Primary School, $2,200, to involve students in writing articles and designing posters to re-enthuse the school community about recycling and to provide gardening equipment for students with sensory challenges. Canning Vale Primary School, $2,081, to create reusable beeswax wrapper for every child in the school to replace cling wrap in lunch boxes and to purchase additional compost bins for each teaching block. Central Midlands Senior High School, $2,000, to reduce food waste by composting, using a worm farm and keeping chickens as part of a garden-to-plate program. Churchlands Primary School, $798, to upgrade the existing chicken coop to improve access. Clifton Hills Primary School, $555, to purchase plastic bins to complement the classroom multi-purpose recycle bins. Comet Bay Primary School, $1,886, to upgrade the current chicken coop that forms part of the sustainable garden for the school and to purchase new recycling bins for the classrooms that will reduce further waste to landfill. Davallia Primary School, $2,140, to improve the whole school recycling program by introducing soft plastic recycling with the addition of new bins in eating areas to help students separate waste into food scraps, general waste, recyclable materials and soft plastic plus the purchase of new paper recycling bins for each classroom and a compost bin or worm farm. Ellenbrook Secondary College, $2,021, to establish a sustainable garden with worms and compost and to produce briquettes from newspapers. Halls Head Primary School, $1,741, to make beeswax food wraps to promote waste free lunches, introducing reusable silicone pouches and reusable lunch wallets. Hudson Park Primary School, $2,200, to purchase extra recycling bins, a compost and worm farm, and relocation of garden beds, to close the loop on organic recycling using the worm tonic and compost in a new school community garden. Immaculate Heart College, $8,596, to introduce a composting system, worm farm and garden area which reduces waste to landfill and involves the whole College community in its operation. John Curtin College of the Arts, $8,800, to contribute to the purchase of the electronic composter that the College has been trialling over the past two years. Joseph Banks Secondary College, $2,748, to support a school-wide recycling program for paper, cardboard and co-mingled containers; expand the scale of the current 'Garden Club' worm farm and provide some support for Containers for Change implementation in the school. Kalamunda Primary School, $2,200, to set up two worm farms, which will be used to divert fruit and vegetable waste from landfill. Worm leachate will be used in the school's vegetable gardens. Kalgoorlie Primary School, $1,960, to set up fruit and vegetable gardens across the school to support waste minimisation including the use of the school's own compost on site and garden produce to be used in the school e.g. breakfast club. Kelmscott Primary School, $1,662, to upgrade the existing plant nursery facility and to increase the organic recycling at school with the purchase of additional worm farms that will help reduce canteen and student food waste to landfill. Koorda Primary School, $1,153, to implement a school wide, student led recycling and food waste program, which enables students and staff to effectively recycle and use food waste as part of a compost and worm farm system. Piara Waters Primary School, $2,071, to begin a waste wise reduction project by encouraging waste wise lunch boxes, implementing whole school paper/cardboard recycling, and implementing whole school composting. Sacred Heart College, $2,150, to expand the two new recycling stations to include organic waste collection. This will create compost for the College gardens, increase the amount of recycling in the College and divert waste from landfill. Safety Bay Primary School, $2,200, to replace the school's old worm farms, which are no longer safe to use, with worm farm bins. St Thomas' Primary School (Claremont), $1,986, to provide paper recycle bins in every classroom, purchase 2 worm farms, a compost barrel bin and gardening equipment. Thornlie Primary School, $2,200, to establish two recycling stations across the school, small recycling stations in office spaces and purchase colour coded bins for office spaces.
Two weeks to get rid of radar detectors before new penalties take effect8874Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 12:33:11 AM2020-09-30T00:30:00Z Heavy penalties for drivers of vehicles fitted with radar detectors begin October 12 New laws bring WA in line with the rest of Australia New penalties could result in a loss of licence during double demerit periods Western Australian drivers are being given notice to remove radar detectors from their vehicles before October 12 or face tough penalties. From that date, any device capable of detecting speed measuring devices gazetted for use by the WA Police Force will be banned. Drivers caught with a radar detector fitted to their car or other light vehicle - operational or not - will be issued with a $1,200 on the spot infringement and seven demerit points. Drivers of a truck or other heavy vehicle will receive a $1,500 infringement and seven demerit points. On a double demerit point long weekend, this would result in a loss of licence. Speed remains the single biggest factor in death and serious injury crashes on WA roads, and the Government has introduced the new laws to make the roads safer for everyone. It will finally bring WA into line with all other jurisdictions around the country, the last of which banned radar detectors two decades ago. It follows the McGowan Government's banning of laser jammers and electronic scramblers, which carry the same infringement penalties. Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "It's taken Western Australia 20 years to catch up with the rest of the country, but I'm pleased we have at long last been able to ban radar detectors. "We are deliberately giving people plenty of warning before these new penalties come into effect. "If you've got one of these devices on your vehicle, then get rid of it. "For years the Liberals ignored this important area of road safety policy, designed to save lives. "These devices have always been about enabling people to speed without being caught and I'm really glad this Government is putting a stop to it." Minister's office - 6552 6900
WA’s leading scientists recognised in Premier’s Science Awards8084Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/09/2020 12:27:31 AM2020-09-29T21:00:00Z Professor Ryan Lister from UWA and Professor Steven Tingay from Curtin University jointly named Scientist of the Year Additional six recipients lauded, including WA Science Hall of Fame inductee Professor Mark Randolph Awards highlight Western Australia's prowess in science, technology, maths and engineering in COVID-19 era when science excellence is in high demand An internationally renowned radio astronomer and a pioneer in the field of epigenomics were jointly named WA's Scientist of the Year, last night, during the 2020 Premier's Science Awards. The prestigious award and its $50,000 prize was shared by UWA-Harry Perkins Institute Professor Ryan Lister and Curtin University-International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research Professor Steven Tingay. At a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the value of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), this year's Premier's Science Award winners demonstrate the diverse talent in Western Australia's science community. Professor Lister's ground-breaking work is recognised internationally for generating the first complete map of the human epigenome, and his research has revolutionised the understanding of genome regulation, stem cell biology and brain development. Co-winner Professor Tingay's astronomy research has been the driving force behind the $50 million Murchison Widefield Array, the precursor to the Square Kilometre Array, and his personal research has resulted in more than 280 refereed publications, accumulating more than 12,000 citations. The Premier's Science Awards ceremony is a key event in the Western Australian STEM calendar, and is an important initiative in celebrating the achievements of local scientists. Premier's Science Awards were also presented to Dr Chris Brennan-Jones (Telethon Kids Institute) - Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000); Morgan Cox (Curtin University) and Todd Bond (The University of Western Australia) - joint winners of the ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000); Simone Harrington (The University of Western Australia) - Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year ($10,000); and Diving deep in the #NingalooCanyons (Western Australian Museum) - Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year ($10,000). The Premier's Science Awards Hall of Fame inductee for 2020, Professor Mark Randolph, was also recognised last night for his lifelong contribution to geomechanics, most notably his work in establishing the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, and Advanced Geomechanics. In June, the State Government launched the Take 2 STEM campaign to encourage greater take-up of STEM subjects and equip students with the skills to drive WA's technological future and create job opportunities. The 2020 Premier's Science Awards were sponsored by Woodside Energy, Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Telethon Kids Institute, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, University of Notre Dame, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia. For more information about the winners and finalists, visit http//www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/ScienceAwards Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Through science we are able to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our times, and COVID-19 has shone more of a light on the importance of STEM to our whole community. "I am pleased of the achievements of all the winners of the 2020 Premier's Science Awards - you have made an incredible contribution, not only to science in WA, but in many cases, across the globe. "This year's award winners represent a wide cross-section of the science world, and should stand as a reminder that achievements in STEM are not only for those with years of experience. "Whether your passion is fighting cancer, combating climate change or unlocking the secrets of the universe, I encourage everyone to use these awards as inspiration, and consider a career in STEM to help drive Western Australia's technological future." Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly "The COVID-19 pandemic has put STEM breakthroughs firmly in the spotlight, and this year's Premier's Science Award winners represent the very best scientists our State has across a wide range of fields. "I would like to congratulate all eight winners in this year's awards, not only for their commitment to the understanding of the world we live in but also for being role models to future scientists across our State. "The WA science community is world leading, and the breakthroughs of these award-winning scientists not only help raise the profile of their universities and Western Australia, they help build a brighter future for us all." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Science Minister's office - 6552 6100