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Boost for farmers with completion of Murchison cell fence14069Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3970html4/10/2022 6:02:18 AM2022-10-04T06:00:00Z Murchison Region Vermin Cell fence completed, enclosing 53 pastoral properties in a wild dog-proof cell Fence aims to improve wild dog control and increase pastoralists' confidence to return to sheep and goat productionAgriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has officially opened an expansive cell fence project in the Murchison today, which is protecting 53 pastoral properties in the region from wild dogs. The McGowan Government has invested $1.144 million towards building the Murchison Regional Vermin Cell fence, to encourage small livestock production in the rangelands. The cell builds off the State Barrier Fence to encompass more than 6.5 million hectares of pastoral land, extending through the Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Sandstone, Cue and Meekatharra areas. The State Government's investment was part of the Western Australian Wild Dog Action plan. The cell will allow pastoralists inside the fenced area to control wild dogs, and mitigate the threat of the animals migrating back into the area from the surrounding rangelands. This is one of four cells in the pastoral region - backed by the State Government - aiming to help rebuild the sheep industry by demonstrating the effectiveness of cell fencing in combating wild dogs. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Sheep farming and wild dogs are simply incompatible. "The completion of this cell in the Murchison region will now allow pastoralists to get on top of wild dog numbers within the fence and give them confidence to invest in small stock production once again. "This project has contributed to strong local job creation and Aboriginal involvement, including the use of regional contractors to erect 283 km of wild dog proof vermin fencing, and sourcing of materials through a local supplier." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA Government to review young offender laws14068Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13010html4/10/2022 3:02:44 AM2022-10-04T03:00:00Z Department of Justice instructed to review Young Offenders Act 1994 Review to consider Act's objectives in current youth justice environment Stakeholder consultation will help underpin examination of laws The Western Australian Government will undertake a comprehensive review of youth offender laws to ensure they can provide the best outcomes for young people involved in the justice system and the community. Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston has instructed the Department of Justice to determine whether the Young Offenders Act 1994 is continuing to efficiently achieve its objectives regarding contemporary youth justice issues and trends. Key principles of the Act include diverting young people from the formal criminal justice system where possible and using detention as a last resort, while protecting the community. The review comes as the State's corrective services, police force and courts face and adapt to a changing youth justice landscape. It will examine the over-representation of young Aboriginal people in detention, the effect of cognitive impairment disability on diversion, and the isolation and separation of detainees. A consultation process will be undertaken as part of the review. An issues paper will be circulated seeking feedback from stakeholders on diversion methods, rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. Written submissions received in response to the paper will inform the review, which is expected to be completed in the next 12 months. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston "Youth justice is a highly complex area involving extremely challenging young people who have committed crimes or are at risk of doing so - and in many cases they need help to get back on the right path. "Young Aboriginal people make up a disproportionate number of young offenders and young people in detention, which will be considered in the course of the review. "Few would argue against the need for greater diversionary and rehabilitative measures for WA's youth and addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system. "The review aligns with the McGowan Government's priority of reducing youth reoffending." Minister's office - 6552 6700
FishWatch reporting service goes online14067Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4020html4/10/2022 2:12:41 AM2022-10-04T02:00:00Z Reports of illegal fishing activity can now be made online via Crimestoppers The new FishWatch online platform is in addition to the existing 24-hour hotlineAnyone who spots suspicious fishing activity in Western Australian waters can now access a new online service to make a report. The fishing, boating and beachcombing community have an important role to play in helping protect the state's oceans and waterways. The new online FishWatch platform allows users to provide detailed illegal fishing tip-offs, such as car and boat registrations, times, dates and locations. There is also an option to include supporting photos or screenshots. This information will help the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development tackle illegal fishing behaviour which harms fish, impacts the marine environment and undermines the experience of responsible fishers. Members of the public can make a report at the CrimeStoppers website www.crimestopperswa.com.au/organisation-report/ by clicking on the department link. This will complement the existing FishWatch 24-hour hotline, which remains available on free call 1800 815 507. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "If you see or hear about fishing activity that isn't quite right, make a report through the new FishWatch online reporting service or use the 24-hour hotline. "This may include someone netting where they shouldn't be, exceeding their bag limits, taking undersized fish, fishing in a closed area or attempting to sell recreationally-caught fish. "With technology now constantly at our fingertips - even on the water - photos, videos or screenshots can be quickly uploaded to this online reporting service and provide valuable leads to assist our officers investigate and stop illegal fishing activities. "Past reports to FishWatch have resulted in successful apprehensions, so by reporting what you see, you will assist us in protecting WA's fish resources for future generations." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Strong WA contingent to attend Land Forces 202214066Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7140html3/10/2022 10:06:47 PM2022-10-03T22:00:00Z ​ More than 30 WA defence industry innovators exhibiting to national and international industry leaders More than 20 WA small and medium-sized enterprises hosted at the Defence West stand as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to grow and support the sector Land Forces 2022 will run from October 4-6 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre The world-class capability, innovation, and technology of Western Australia's defence industry is on show this week at the Land Forces 2022 conference in Brisbane. More than 20 WA-based organisations have been selected to join Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia at the event today, with the best of the West showcased for national and international decision makers and leaders. The organisations were selected through an expression of interest process and will be hosted on the WA Government's Defence West stand, as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to grow and support the sector. Several high-profile WA companies also plan to host their own stands at the event. Leading WA businesses will showcase a range of capabilities, including advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems, cyber security, communications, and data management. Hosted by the AMDA Foundation in collaboration with the Australian Army - Land Forces is our region's premier international land defence exhibition, showcasing equipment, technology, and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 13,000 people from industry, government, and defence attended Land Forces 2021. The McGowan Government has committed $350 million to support defence expansion in WA. Identified as a priority sector in the McGowan Government's economic development framework - Diversify WA - the growth of the defence industry is important to ensuring the State has a strong and diversified economy with secure, quality jobs. Comments attributed to Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia "There have never been more opportunities for the WA defence industry than there are right now. "The Australian Army has begun the largest peacetime acquisition phase in its 121-year history and the strategic posture of the Australian Defence Force is currently under review. "The historic AUKUS alliance will no doubt also bring massive opportunities for the defence sector, and the McGowan Government is committed to making sure our WA innovators and businesses are best placed to seize those opportunities. "The WA Government is proud to support the State's expanding defence industry at the conference, providing local companies and SMEs with a unique opportunity to engage with decision makers. "Unlocking the full potential of our defence industry is a key part of the WA Government's plan to diversify the State's economy and secure the jobs of the future for Western Australians." Minister's Office 6552 5600
Special services to commemorate Bali Bombings14064Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11330html2/10/2022 2:20:16 AM2022-10-01T23:00:00Z ​ 12 October to mark 20 years since the atrocious Bali Bombings Bali Memorial Association to host public commemorative service at Kings Park, supported by State Government State Government to host private breakfast event for those directly affected by the attacks Special exhibition to open at WA Museum Boola Bardip Western Australians can pay their respects to the lives lost in the 2002 Bali Bombings at a special commemorative service to mark 20 years since the tragic event. On 12 October 2002, 202 people - including 88 Australians - lost their lives when bombs were detonated at a popular Kuta night spot. Hundreds more were seriously injured. To commemorate the 20th anniversary, a public service will be held at the Bali Memorial at Kings Park at 5.30am on Wednesday, 12 October 2022. The event - hosted by the Bali Memorial Association with support from the State Government - will give Western Australians an opportunity to honour the victims of the 2002 and 2005 bombings. Following the service, the State Government will host a private breakfast event for those directly affected by the tragedy - survivors, as well as family and friends of victims. To mark the 20th anniversary, a 'Remembering the Bali Bombings 20 Years On' photographic exhibition will open at the WA Museum Boola Bardip from Wednesday (12 October). Given its proximity to Bali, Royal Perth Hospital - assisted by other local organisations - played a key role in treating injured survivors that were airlifted to Western Australia. As a tribute to the extraordinary work of the hospital staff, photographs and video testimonials from survivors and staff will be on display in the special exhibition. The photographic exhibition will run until 28 February 2023 at the Old Gaol at WA Museum Boola Bardip. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians will never forget the atrocious attacks in Bali. "The 20th anniversary is a time for our community to come together to remember the lives lost and show our support for survivors, friends and families. "Importantly, it provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the extraordinary efforts of hospital staff that treated survivors, and the outpouring of community support in such a difficult time for so many Western Australians. "We thank the Bali Memorial Association for the continued efforts over the past 20 years to support those affected by this tragedy." Comments attributed to Bali Memorial Association Treasurer Keith Pearce "For those who were there and those who lost loved ones it seems like yesterday. "The Bali Memorial Association believes it is important to continue to provide a commemoration each year and especially important on significant anniversaries such as this. "At this difficult time, I am sure people will find comfort knowing our Government has not forgotten us." Premier's office – 6552 5000
WA Bike Month blasts off at Mindeerup14063Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6970html1/10/2022 5:04:34 AM2022-10-01T05:00:00Z Bike month encourages people of all ages and abilities to give bike riding a go $8 million available as part of Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program McGowan Government investing $347 million in walking and riding infrastructure over next four years More information on WA Bike Month events available at www.wabikemonth.com.au Western Australians are encouraged to dust off their helmets, pump up their tyres and give bike riding a go during WA Bike Month. Held from 1 to 31 October, Bike Month is Western Australia's annual celebration of bike riding for transport, fun and a healthier lifestyle. The festivities were launched today at the Big Bike Month Blast Off celebration held at Mindeerup, kicking off four weeks of events to encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride more often. During WA Bike Month, applications will also open for the popular Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program. As part of the program, up to $8 million will be provided to local governments for the design and construction of safe walking and riding infrastructure, increasing opportunities for Western Australians to choose active transport to move around the State. For the first time, a new grant category will be available as part of the program. Six local governments will be awarded an Active Travel Officer grant to employ a dedicated staff member to deliver bike planning and infrastructure projects and implement initiatives to encourage their community to walk and ride. This year, the State Government announced a record $347 million investment in cycling infrastructure over the next four years, which will continue to improve safety and bike network connectivity in WA. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Riding is a great way to travel short distances, such as going to the shops or the train station. It is an enjoyable way to get some exercise, see more of your community and it also helps take cars off the road. "Our Government is facilitating a record $347 million dollar investment in active transport infrastructure around WA over the next four years, creating a more connected cycling network making it easier than ever for us to get around on our bikes. "The $8 million awarded as part of the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program will support local governments to enhance recreational, commuter and tourism riding and walking experiences for residents and visitors to the State. "It is just one way we are working collaboratively with local government to ensure our active transport infrastructure is safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. "I encourage everyone - from experienced riders to those who may be getting on the bike for the first time - to participate in a WA Bike Month event in their area and share their #ridetogetherwa moment this October." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Recreational herring fishers can now enjoy a bigger bag limit14062Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4840html1/10/2022 2:16:07 AM2022-10-01T01:05:00Z From today WA's recreational fishers can catch up to 20 herring per day The successful herring recovery proves the value of research and management Herring is one of the State's 'bread and butter' species for recreational fishers Fisheries Minister Don Punch has approved an increase to the daily bag limit for recreational herring fishing in Western Australia, which comes into effect as of today. The new rules allow anglers to catch up to 20 herring per day, a significant increase from the previous limit of 12. Recfishwest requested the increase following last year's herring stock assessment, which indicated that action taken in 2015 to halve total catches had succeeded in rebuilding the stock. The new limit validates the benefits of scientifically-informed fisheries management and WA's recreational and commercial fishing sectors working together to ensure the long-term sustainability of this important species. Australian herring is a nearshore finfish found in the South-West of WA and is extremely popular with young fishers. Many recreational fishers will have fond memories of catching their first fish, which for many is a herring. Ongoing sustainable management will help protect quality recreational fishing experiences and enhance the supply of Australian herring onto the dinner plates of local consumers. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "With the herring recovery backed by the latest scientific stock assessment, Recfishwest requested the daily herring bag limit increase from 12 to 20. I am very pleased we can make this change, which will enable fishers to catch an ample feed for themselves and their family. "Both recreational and commercial fishers played an important part in reducing catches to help the herring stock recover. They are now enjoying the benefits of their commitment to the sustainability of the Australian herring resource. "Good science and sustainable management remain the goal of the McGowan Government to ensure ongoing quality recreational fishing experiences and supply of Australian herring for local consumers, through commercial fishing operations." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Single-use plastic cups for cold drinks banned from today14061Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements24070html1/10/2022 2:04:45 AM2022-10-01T01:00:00Z Ban to save up to 181 million plastic cups from landfill or litter each year Stage 1 of WA's nation-leading Plan for Plastics now complete Consultation on Stage 2 has begun and is open until next month The sale or supply of single-use plastic cold beverage cups has been banned from today (1 October). The move completes the first stage of Western Australia's Plan for Plastics, with the State leading the nation. The bans will save 430 million single-use plastics from landfill or litter in WA each year, with cold cups accounting for more than 40 per cent. Nine items have been phased out as part of WA's Plan for Plastics first stage since July, including plates, cutlery, drink stirrers, drinking straws, thick plastic bags, expanded polystyrene food containers, helium balloon releases and unlidded containers. The Stage 1 bans are estimated to eliminate large amounts of single-use plastics every year, including 300 million plastic straws, 50 million pieces of plastic cutlery and more than 110 million thick plastic shopping bags. The extended transition period to 1 October for cold cups was to allow retailers and suppliers to access support to help them transition to single-use plastic alternatives. Western Australia continues to lead the way and the State-wide ban coincides with McDonald's replacing approximately 17.5 million plastic cold beverage cups and lids in its McCafés across the State, in an Australian first. This means that around 140 tonnes of plastic will be removed from annual circulation. The State Government is urging businesses to make the switch, and will continue to use a common-sense, education-first approach to enforcing the ban. Businesses or community groups needing support can visit http//www.plasticsbanwa.com.au People that require single-use plastic items to maintain their quality of life, such as those in the disability, aged care and health sectors, will be ensured a continued supply. Single-use plastic takeaway coffee cups among other plastic products will be targeted in the next stage, which will be introduced from February 2023. Disposable options will also still exist, with certified compostable cups and lids excluded from the ban and already widely used by businesses. Transition timeframes for Stage 2 banned products, including single-use plastic coffee cups, will be determined through consultation. To have your say, visit http//www.wa.gov.au/planforplastics by 18 November 2022. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "It's great to see Western Australians embrace the first stage of our Plan for Plastics, and many businesses have already completed the transition. "This is another positive step in reducing our impact on the environment, which has the public's overwhelming support. "We can be proud that our State continues to lead the way in tackling single-use plastics." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Legal Aid work in the limelight at Community Service Law Awards14060Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8200html30/09/2022 11:26:48 PM2022-09-30T22:15:00Z Attorney General's Community Service Law Awards go to four winners Robert Lindsay recognised for public legal and pro bono contributions Kate Turtley-Chappel picks up new award for Legal Aid panel members Two lawyers who have devoted a large chunk of their careers to public legal assistance have taken out the individual categories in the Attorney General's Community Service Law Awards. Veteran barrister Robert Lindsay won the Individual Award and criminal lawyer Kate Turtley-Chappel was chosen for the inaugural Legal Aid Panel Member Award. Attorney General John Quigley presented the awards - which celebrate legal work for the public good in Western Australia - as part of a gala event last night. Mr Lindsay is a former director of Legal Aid WA. Since becoming an independent barrister in 2000, he has continued to represent Legal Aid clients and acted for others on a pro bono or discounted basis. Ms Turtley-Chappel is a former Legal Aid and Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia lawyer who in private practice remains committed to serving clients of both agencies. The Legal Aid Panel Member category was introduced this year to recognise private lawyers who have made exceptional contributions assisting disadvantaged people. The Not-for-Profit Award went to Kimberley Community Legal Services, which assists clients free of charge across a vast region reaching remote communities where no other general legal services are regularly available. Clayton Utz won the Legal Firm Award. In the last financial year, 93 per cent of the firm's lawyers and partners in Perth acted in pro bono matters at an average rate of about 52 hours per lawyer. This is the 16th time the awards have been held. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "The lawyers and organisations honoured in these awards have been outstanding in selflessly providing their services to vulnerable Western Australians. "I'm pleased that the invaluable work being done for clients of Legal Aid has been prominent among those recognised. "Robert Lindsay has inspired junior practitioners to follow his example in taking on pro bono work and been assiduous in seeking justice for refugees and asylum seekers. "Kate Turtley-Chappel is the principal of a private practice, yet frequently takes on challenging and difficult matters for underprivileged and sometimes contentious clients. "Kimberley Community Legal Services during the COVID-19 pandemic continued to handle hundreds of cases despite strict travel limits being in place. "Clayton Utz's pro bono work has covered the spectrum of legal matters and includes 19 successful compensation applications for survivors of sexual assault and family violence." Minister's office - 6552 6800
Grants available to mark International Day of People with Disability14059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8310html30/09/2022 5:26:48 AM2022-09-30T05:25:00Z Grants of up to $1000 available for events to celebrate International Day of People with Disability The United Nations sanctioned day is celebrated every year on 3 December Initiatives and events will celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of people with disability The State Government is making $100,000 available in sponsorship for inclusive community events and activities to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) 2022. Local government authorities, community groups and non-government/not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for funding. IDPwD is a United Nations-sanctioned day that is celebrated on 3 December every year. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, and celebrate their achievements and contributions. Disability Services Minister Don Punch today announced that the Department of Communities has funded Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) to provide grants of up to $1000 for community organisations to celebrate IDPwD in 2022. Successful applications will include initiatives and events that aim to raise awareness, educate, and inform the broader community about people with disability. This year's State theme of "Leading the Change" encourages everyone to commit to making sure opportunity, inclusion and access is available to everyone. The sponsorship funding is aligned with the vision of A Western Australia for Everyone State Disability Strategy 2020-2030 to build a more inclusive Western Australia and empower people with disability to participate meaningfully in all parts of society. DDWA is a peak body for disability which has successfully administered the IDPWD grants on behalf of the Department of Communities since 2020. Applications close on 24 October 2022 and successful applicants will be notified and announced in early November. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity for us to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of people with disability. "The State Government is committed to building a more inclusive Western Australia in which people with disability are engaged and feel empowered to live as they choose, in a community where everyone belongs. "I'm pleased that Developmental Disability WA will once again be administering the grants." Minister's office - 6552 6900