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WA leads innovation in water safety13475Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2017 7:30:06 AM2017-05-30T07:30:00Z Crawler technology wins Water Industry Safety Award The award recognises safety improvement and injury prevention Water and innovation were on show in Dampier today, with Water and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly observing the Water Corporation's award-winning crawler technology in action at a local water tank. The technology won the national Water Industry Safety Award at the 2017 Australian Water Awards, held during the Ozwater conference earlier this month. The crawler is a remote controlled device that attaches to the external steel wall of a water tank and measures the thickness and condition of the steel using ultrasound technology. The device can roam up to 30 metres high, which allows the Water Corporation to get a clear picture of the condition of the tank. This advanced technology means Water Corporation workers no longer need to use cherry pickers to physically inspect tanks, eliminating safety risks posed by working at heights. Comments attributed to Water and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "It was great to be in Dampier today and see the Water Corporation using innovative technologies that improve worker safety. "This device can now be used at tanks across the State, eliminating the risks posed by working at heights. The crawler can also be used to inspect confined spaces, which are too small for workers to enter. "The idea for this technology came from a Water Corporation engineer who saw a documentary about similar technology being used to inspect steel structures and investigated how this could be applied to the Water Corporation's infrastructure. "As the Minister for Innovation and ICT, as well as Water, it is excellent to see the Water Corporation address safety challenges through innovative thinking and technologies. "Congratulations to the Water Corporation for taking out the Water Industry Safety Award." Minister's office - 6552 6100
City of Karratha recognised for sustainable water use13473Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2017 5:51:35 AM2017-05-30T05:50:00Z ​City of Karratha recognised as a Waterwise Council Karratha Leisureplex also recognised as a Waterwise Aquatic Centre The City of Karratha's efforts to ensure the Pilbara town is sustainable and waterwise were today recognised by Water Minister Dave Kelly during a visit. The City of Karratha has been endorsed as a Waterwise Council and the Karratha Leisureplex, which is managed by the local council, has also been named a Waterwise Aquatic Centre. The Waterwise Council Program is run through a partnership between the Water Corporation and Department of Water, and supports councils to improve water efficiency in their operations and liveability in their communities. The Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program is run through a partnership between the Water Corporation and the Leisure Institute of WA to promote water efficiency. The program has helped the industry save more than 700 million litres since 2008 - that is enough water to fill about 280 Olympic-sized pools. For more information, visit https//watercorporation.com.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The City of Karratha is the first local government in the North-West to receive both Waterwise Council and Waterwise Aquatic Centre endorsement, for its leisureplex facility. "A key part of its waterwise efforts is the use of high-quality recycled water from the Water Corporation's wastewater treatment plant, which has supplied more than one billion litres of recycled water for irrigation over the past two years. "The city also completed an audit of its water use and encourages employees, and the community, to save water at its sites. "The City of Karratha has shown it is committed to ensuring its operations are sustainable and waterwise." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Ice Breakers funding to help with meth scourge in Albany13471Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2017 4:01:50 AM2017-05-30T04:00:00Z ​McGowan Government delivers election commitment to fund trial of Ice Breakers program in Albany Ice Breakers assists methamphetamine addicts to beat their addiction $360,000 commitment to fund two-year trial The McGowan Labor Government has moved swiftly to honour its election commitment to support a trial of the Ice Breakers program in Albany to help methamphetamine addicts to recover from their addiction. In Albany today, Premier Mark McGowan announced that $360,000 would be provided to the Albany PCYC to carry out a two-year trial. The Ice Breakers program supports meth addicts to move from dependence into recovery. It has successfully helped hundreds of participants across the State to beat their addiction and has experienced significant demand, with nearly 4,000 hours in voluntary service delivery to people addicted to meth. The McGowan Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan includes a focus on support services that cater for long withdrawal and recovery periods and high relapse rates associated with meth use. Today's announcement follows the introduction of new laws that will increase the maximum penalty for meth traffickers to life imprisonment. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is an important announcement for the Albany community and I'm pleased the McGowan Government has been able to fast-track funding for Ice Breakers. "Meth addiction has a devastating impact on regional communities and I know many Albany families have been torn apart as a result of the drug. Families are desperate for better services to help their loved ones beat their addiction. "We are committed to a multi-faceted approach to dealing with the meth crisis confronting our State. "Our Methamphetamine Action Plan will focus not just on prosecution, but also prevention, treatment and rehabilitation and that's why we will continue to support programs such as Ice Breakers. "We will work with stakeholders in Albany to develop a targeted program of recovery for those affected by the scourge of meth. "I thank the Albany PCYC and Albany MLA Peter Watson for their tireless efforts to assist local families dealing with addiction." Premier's office - 6552 5000
McGowan Government pressing ahead with Albany road projects13469Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2017 12:57:45 AM2017-05-30T01:00:00Z ​Funding to be provided for major upgrades to roads in Albany Upgrades to South Coast Highway will soon get underway Government allocates $35 million to Albany Ring Road Upgrades will improve road safety, create tourism opportunities and jobs McGowan Government getting on with delivering election commitments The McGowan Government is proceeding with important election commitments to complete the Albany Ring Road project and to upgrade South Coast Highway. In Albany today, Premier Mark McGowan confirmed funding through Royalties for Regions will be provided to allow both projects to get underway. The Albany Ring Road is a heavy haulage freight route that will connect Albany Highway to the Port of Albany via the Link Road/George Street alignment. Stage 1, between South Coast and Albany highways, was completed in 2007. Completion of the project will divert the heavy freight traffic away from the highly urbanised area of Albany and the 'big roundabout'. It is a solution to the safety concerns created as a result of large volumes of local traffic sharing the roads with large freight vehicles. The McGowan Government has committed $35 million towards the project. The balance of the funding will be sought from the Federal Government. The upgrades to South Coast Highway will improve road safety for freight, tourist and local traffic. The McGowan Government will provide funding towards the first stage of the upgrade between Albany and Jerramungup, including widening the road and the construction of passing lanes. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The McGowan Government is getting on with the job of delivering these important road projects for the people of Albany. "The Albany Ring Road will create a heavy haulage route that will allow large freight trucks to effectively bypass local traffic. The community has long-held concerns about safety, particularly near the roundabout, and the new road will improve traffic flow substantially. "This project is vital to support the economic development of the region, export opportunities from Albany Port and the wellbeing of the community. "The State Government is seeking Federal support for this important project. "Upgrading the South Coast Highway will improve a vital piece of infrastructure that supports the growing Great Southern economies and provides jobs for the people in the region. "There are high levels of concern within the community and industry on the condition of the South Coast Highway in relation to efficiency of operations and road safety. "The upgrades are needed if the Great Southern's regional road network is to safely accommodate increased traffic from grain, other strategic freight, tourist and inter-town traffic. "These announcements are part of the McGowan Government's commitment to fixing dangerous country roads and creating jobs in regional Western Australia." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Major boost to marine science education13467Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2017 2:04:26 AM2017-05-30T00:00:00Z ​Funding boost to marine science education Students to better understand marine environment and support its stewardship Fisheries and Science Minister Dave Kelly today announced a major boost to marine science education in Western Australia after the Department of Fisheries and Woodside entered into a major sponsorship agreement. The partnership will help the next generation of students better understand the State's beautiful marine environment and support its stewardship. The agreement includes $300,000 in support from Woodside, and builds on its previous joint initiatives with the department to help further develop the popular Marine WATERs website. The website is an online education toolkit providing additional learning pathways for students, particularly those in Western Australia's regional communities. Teachers and students from kindergarten to Year 12 have access to teaching and study guides, lesson plans, games, posters, fact sheets, presentations and videos. The new sponsorship will see the site enhanced with more information, including regionally specific content and a data collection app for use outside the classroom. For more information, visit http//MarineWATERs.fish.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Fisheries and Science Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to sustainably managing and promoting the State's remarkable marine environment. "Marine WATERs has become Australia's leading dedicated online marine education resource, regularly accessed by more than 7,000 teachers and students. "The enhancement of Marine WATERs will improve access to information on the website, and will include new education resources and programs with a regional focus. "Woodside's two-year sponsorship of this program will make a difference in the way children learn about our marine environment, fisheries and aquatic resource management - particularly for students and their teachers in our regional centres." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour takes out national award10439Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/05/2017 9:16:05 AM2017-05-29T09:00:00Z Fremantle home to Australia's best public boat harbour Marina of the Year Awards acknowledge the Department of Transport's exceptional management of the facility Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour has been named Australia's best public boat harbour in the prestigious Marina of the Year Awards. The iconic harbour has a rich history that began as a single jetty where fishermen landed their catch in the early 1830s and became world famous in the 1980s as the stage for Australia's defence of the America's Cup. Today the harbour attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year, who enjoy the unique atmosphere created by the operation of licensed fishing vessels alongside restaurants, a boutique brewery, retail outlets and family friendly public facilities. The integrated activities of the harbour currently employ more than 1,000 people. The harbour is also home to charter and recreational vessels, with quality pens at the facility highly sought after given its convenient location to Rottnest Island and the Swan River. Award judges highlighted the Department of Transport's management of the facility contributed to the overall experience and attraction of the harbour. There is strong collaboration between the department and both marine and tourism-based traders to achieve their collective and individual goals. Since 2009, 189 new and upgraded pens have been provided at the harbour as part of the department's jetty replacement program. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is a world class facility and worthy of its new title as Australia's best public boat harbour. "The harbour's history coupled with its unique offering to locals and tourists, make it one of Western Australia's favourite destinations. "The Department of Transport's expertise as manager of this significant asset is recognised in this national award and by the WA community." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Appointment of new judge to the Supreme Court10422Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/05/2017 12:09:58 AM2017-05-28T23:30:00Z Hon. Gail Archer appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court Attorney General John Quigley today announced the appointment of Gail Archer SC as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. This appointment fills the vacancy left by the resignation of the Hon. Justice David Newnes from April 21, 2017. Ms Archer's position becomes immediately effective following a swearing-in ceremony today. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I congratulate Justice Archer on this appointment and acknowledge her ongoing contribution to the administration of justice and service to the Western Australian community. "She brings nearly 30 years' legal experience to the Supreme Court. "Justice Archer completed her articles at the Crown Solicitor's Office in 1989, where her Honour gained experience in matters involving workers' compensation, civil claims and conveyancing. "In 1993, Justice Archer joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions where she conducted more than 150 jury trials. "From 2002 to 2004 she was Principal Counsel at Legal Aid WA. "In 2004 Justice Archer joined Francis Burt Chambers and practised as a barrister, in a wide criminal and civil practice. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2007. "Justice Archer sat as a Commissioner in the District Court for periods in 2005 and 2006 and was appointed in 2007 to conduct a statutory review of the Corruption and Crime Commission Act. "From April 2008 to February 2011, Justice Archer was the Acting Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission. "Justice Archer has taught forensic advocacy nationally and internationally and is a coach in the Australian Bar Association Advanced Advocacy Course. "Justice Archer brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role and I know she will continue to make a strong, positive contribution to WA's justice system." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Joint media statement - Work on the Airport Central Station underway3190Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5340html28/05/2017 4:48:28 AM2017-05-28T03:30:00Z Work has begun to build the underground station box structure The station will provide direct access to T1 and T2 for visitors and locals Project jointly funded by the State ($1.37b) and Federal ($490m) governments Forrestfield-Airport Link is the first METRONET project, creating 2,000 jobs The Forrestfield-Airport Link is a step closer to reality with a construction site now established and work underway at the Airport Central Station. The construction site at the Perth Airport, located near the control tower, will be ready for the tunnel boring machine to start travelling through in early 2018. The tunnel boring machine will first break ground in Forrestfield in late July, starting its two-year journey to Bayswater. Three new stations will be built as part of the new rail link - Belmont Station, Airport Central Station and Forrestfield Station. Perth Airport users will have access to a direct 18-minute train journey to the central business district. The works at Perth Airport coincide with the release of artist impressions of Airport Central Station. The underground station has been designed to create a seamless journey to the airport terminals via an elevated walkway. The station has a striking roof shape inspired by the aerodynamic features of aircraft with ample natural light to the concourse and platform levels. The Forrestfield-Airport Link project is closely aligned with Perth Airport's redevelopment plans to consolidate the domestic and international airport terminals. Works have begun at the airport to construct the underground station box structure adjacent to the existing airport control tower. Like most stations on the Transperth network, the station will have lifts, stairs, escalators, toilets, ticketing and information services, a kiosk and customer service staff. The Forrestfield-Airport Link is expected to be completed in late 2020. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This important rail link was the number one priority of the METRONET vision. "With work now underway, this project will deliver a significant jobs boost for Western Australians and help improve connectivity across our suburbs." Comments attributed to WA Senator Mathias Cormann "The $490 million Federal Government investment into the Forrestfield-Airport Link project is part of more than $1.2 billion in Federal GST top-up payments for Western Australia since April 2015. "The work on this important project will support the WA economy by creating jobs and ensuring that our communities are well serviced by high-quality transport services." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "As well as creating 2,000 jobs throughout the life of the project, the Forrestfield-Airport Link will revolutionise public transport in the eastern foothills, and provide choice for how many of us travel to and from Perth Airport. "The Forrestfield-Airport Link will provide affordable, efficient and quick access to the airport and eastern foothills - it will be a two-zone fare from the CBD." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Specialist team to drive METRONET vision914Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7880html28/05/2017 3:26:19 AM2017-05-28T02:50:00Z Specialist team of experts to oversee delivery of METRONET Team will maximise transport, land use and value capture opportunities Establishment of team of experts delivers on election commitment A multi-agency team that will drive the McGowan Government's METRONET vision to transform Perth's transport network is set to be established. The specialist team will be comprised of experts in transport planning, land development, town planning and value capture. METRONET is as much a land use plan as a transport plan, and each project will be designed to marry the best transport outcomes with optimised land use outcomes. For the first time in Western Australia, there will be a mechanism to capture the increased value of land due to new infrastructure, such as a new train station, to help pay for specific projects. Experienced public servant Anthony Kannis is to be formally appointed as the team's project director next week to immediately begin work. Mr Kannis is a former senior Treasury official and was a key member of a project steering committee that helped deliver the Mandurah Line and the new underground rail connection in the central business district. Mr Kannis was also a board member of Infrastructure Australia for six years from 2008. The first stage of METRONET includes Completion of the Forrestfield-Airport Line (Expected completion end of 2020); Building the Yanchep extension (Expected completion 2021); Building the Thornlie to Cockburn line (Expected completion 2021); Planning and construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line (Expected completion 2022); Building the Byford extension (Expected completion 2023); Starting a program of removing level crossings on the Armadale, Fremantle and Midland lines; and Building new stations at Karnup and Midland. Part of stage one will also include planning work for an inner suburb light rail system, improving bus services and circle routes and creating better synergies between cycling infrastructure and public transport. The METRONET team will include experts seconded from agencies including the Department of Transport, Public Transport Authority, Main Roads WA, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, the soon to be established Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the departments of Finance and Treasury. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This team will comprise of experts from a variety of fields, who will work together under one office to deliver the best land use, transport and finance outcomes for METRONET. "METRONET is not only a transport plan but a blueprint for creating a network of well-connected activity centres across Perth. "The team will combine their expertise to achieve these outcomes and deliver on the McGowan Government's plan to connect our city, reinvigorate suburbs, cut congestion and create thousands of jobs in the process." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Skippers’ views sought on changes to safety equipment154456Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4450html27/05/2017 3:01:39 AM2017-05-27T03:00:00Z Mandatory wearing of lifejackets to be considered as part of recreational vessel safety equipment review Boat owners encouraged to have their say in safety review and participate in online survey The McGowan Government is launching the first major review of recreational boat safety equipment requirements in 25 years. The review will involve public consultation to examine what safety equipment will be required on recreational vessels in Western Australia. Since the last review in 1992 of the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958, there have been a number of changes to technology, the boating population and to national and international equipment standards. In recent years there have been a concerning amount of injuries and fatalities, with 25 lives lost due to recreational boating accidents in the past four years. Recreational boat owners now have the chance to participate in the review of safety equipment requirements for Western Australian waters. The Department of Transport will conduct a two-stage consultation process, with the release of the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Discussion Paper - Summary, which raises key issues impacting on current and possible new safety equipment requirements. Safety equipment is required for the 100,000 recreational vessels registered in WA and the growing number of different types of personal watercraft, sailboards, paddleboats and sail boats in specified areas of operation. Safety equipment items under review include Lifesaving appliances (survival craft and buoyancy aids such as lifejackets); Communication devices such as radios and distress signalling sheets; Navigation equipment (compasses and Global Positioning Systems); Equipment to extinguish or control fire; Miscellaneous equipment such as first aid, lighting, paddles, bilge pumps and anchors; and Distress signals such as emergency position indicating radio beacons, personal locator beacons and red hand held flares, red parachute rockets and orange smoke signals. Feedback received as part of the first phase of the review will be used to formulate changes to the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958 that will be the subject of the second phase of consultation. Comments on the discussion paper need to be made by close of business on July 10, 2017. To view the discussion paper or participate in the online survey, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/safetyequipmentreview Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "WA has some of the most stunning coastlines and waterways in the world but it is vital we use them safely. "Too many families have been impacted by tragedies on local waters and this is why we need to bring the safety regulations into the 21st century. "In an emergency, safety equipment can save a life so we must ensure the requirements meet the needs of the growing number of vessel types and also reflect the significant improvements in technology since the last review in 1992. "The aim of the review is to enhance the safety of people on the water without reducing the participation rate or imposing unreasonable costs on those who enjoy boating." Minister's office - 6552 5500