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Korean War veterans remembered148140Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/07/2017 8:06:29 AM2017-07-27T08:00:00Z ​Minister marks 64th anniversary of the Korean War armistice Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley has urged Western Australians to pause and reflect on the service given by Australia's armed forces on the 64th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. Five years after the end of World War II, Australia became involved in the Korean War. Personnel from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Australian Regular Army were deployed soon after the Korean War began and defended South Korea for the next three years. From June 29, 1950 to July 27, 1953, more than 17,000 Australian sailors, soldiers, airmen and nurses served in the Korean War, with 339 killed, 1,216 wounded and 29 listed as prisoners of war (including three Western Australians). Forty-three Australian servicemen are still listed as 'Missing in Action'. The armistice was signed at 10am on July 27, 1953. Sporadic fighting continued throughout the day, but as evening came the guns fell silent. The armistice came into effect at 10pm, ending three years, one month and two days of war in Korea. Australian personnel remained in Korea with a peacekeeping force until 1957. According to Perth Legacy, 340 Australians appear on the Korean War's Roll of Honour. There were 26 Army, seven RAAF and one RAN Western Australian servicemen killed in action. Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "Western Australians served with distinction in the Korean War and it is important we recognise their contributions today, on the 64th anniversary of the armistice. The Korean War was a significant event in Australia's military history, with our sailors, soldiers, airmen and nurses winning international respect for their courage, endurance and combat skills. "In addition to fighting a determined enemy, our troops endured the hardships of extreme weather, fighting in freezing winter conditions and scorching summer heat. They put their lives at risk to protect people in need and to fight for a better future. "It is important we reflect on the service of these brave men and women whose lives were forever changed by what is often termed the 'forgotten war'." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Jobs boost with first heavy rare earths project outside China148138Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/07/2017 6:01:07 AM2017-07-27T06:00:00Z ​$56 million heavy rare earths pilot project gets under way in the Kimberley Project to create 95 jobs during construction and operation Premier Mark McGowan has turned the sod at a new heavy rare earths project in the Kimberley, which is expected to create 95 jobs in its initial phase. The $56 million project, which is located about 160 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek, is being developed by Northern Minerals Ltd and will take about 11 months to build. Northern Minerals plans to conduct a three-year trial, processing 60,000 tonnes of ore per year to produce mixed rare earth carbonate, including dysprosium and terbium. Dysprosium is a sought-after, heavy rare earth element used in a variety of high-tech manufacturing processes. Dysprosium and terbium are a key component of highly energy-efficient permanent magnet motors used in electric vehicles, wind turbines, air conditioning, and industrial robots. If successful, the company plans to proceed with a full-scale plant with an expected capital expenditure of $329 million and up to 680 new jobs across construction and operations. The proponents have signed an agreement with the Jaru people, guaranteeing that at least 20 per cent of the workforce for the full-scale project will be from the local Aboriginal community. Kimberley MLA Josie Farrar joined the Premier at the event. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This project provides vital economic development and employment opportunities to the Kimberley community, with 50 construction jobs and 45 ongoing operational positions. "The project proponents have also applied for Federal funding for a dedicated Aboriginal training centre at the mine site, to be run in partnership with Kununurra's Wunan Foundation. "The State Government supports this application, and looks forward to the successful completion of the pilot plant project." Premier's office - 6552 5000
McGowan Government delivers extra support to Kimberley classrooms148136Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/07/2017 12:06:30 AM2017-07-27T00:00:00Z ​McGowan Government to put 13.3 additional full-time equivalent education assistants back into classrooms in the Kimberley over three years Additional 14.8 full-time equivalent Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers returned to local classrooms Election commitment follows the Liberal National Government's decision to cut education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers from WA schools The McGowan Government has delivered its election commitment to return education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEOs) to classrooms in the Kimberley. From 2018, an additional 10.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) education assistants will be returned to public school classrooms in the Kimberley, with 12.1 FTE in 2019 and 13.3 FTE in 2020. An additional 3.8 FTE AIEOs will be returned to Kimberley classrooms in 2018, with14.8 FTE in 2019 to give local Aboriginal children additional assistance, which is part of the McGowan Government's commitment to deliver an additional 50 AIEOs across WA. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Putting education assistants and AIEOs back into classrooms in the Kimberley was part of an important election commitment to help reverse the cuts made by the previous government. "This announcement will ensure that Kimberley students get additional one-on-one-support and allows teachers to get on with the job of teaching. "The Liberal National Government's cuts to education assistants and AIEOs impacted negatively on learning at Kimberley schools, however the delivery of our commitment now means there will be more help available to students who need it the most." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Education assistants have an integral role in the education of students including one-on-one literacy and numeracy coaching and extra support for students facing learning difficulties, students with English as a second language and students with disability. "The additional Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers will ensure local Aboriginal children are given additional assistance and every opportunity to overcome any unique challenges they may experience." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Tremendous opportunity awaits East Kimberley with council election16375Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3350html26/07/2017 8:15:21 AM2017-07-26T08:05:00Z ​Community leaders urged to nominate for Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley council election in October 2017 A fresh start has the potential to unlock tremendous opportunity for tourism and economic development in the region Election will be conducted via postal vote, with all eligible voters receiving a voting package Community urged to embrace the opportunity to vote and participate in their future A tremendous opportunity awaits the East Kimberley region with the election of a new council in October 2017. The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley was suspended by the previous Minister for Local Government in October 2016, and is currently under the administration of Commissioner Ron Yuryevich. Local Government Minister David Templeman is in Kununurra today, meeting with community members, business representatives and administrators to encourage local community leaders to nominate for council. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "This is a magnificent part of the world and offers such potential for economic development and tourism. "Electing a quality, representative local government will help the region move forward and capitalise on these world-class assets. "I urge the community to work together, help build resilience in their local government and create a vision for the East Kimberley. "Local member Josie Farrer has been working hard to effect change and encouraging local champions to put their names forward. "At a State level, I have been working on a review of the Local Government Act that will help create an environment that encourages quality representation at the local level. "I have also asked the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to work with the community on training and supporting the election process. "It's time for the local community to stand up and recognise that a strong local government is critical for the East Kimberley to achieve its potential." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "We have some fantastic people living in the East Kimberley region and I will be encouraging them to put their names forward for election. "This represents a fresh start for the community and a real opportunity for progress." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Grant to assist victims of family and domestic violence15696Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3210html26/07/2017 7:40:46 AM2017-07-26T07:30:00Z ​One-off grant of $40,000 awarded to Patricia Giles Centre to assist victims of domestic violence Grant awarded through Local Projects, Local Jobs program The Patricia Giles Centre, which provides accommodation and support for women and children affected by family and domestic violence, has received $40,000 under the Local Projects, Local Jobs program. The McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs program awards grants to local community organisations to assist with upgrades to facilities and the expansion of programs. The funding will support the Patricia Giles Centre's family holiday camp and school uniform fund, the purchase of new bedding items and kitchenware for women's refuge houses, as well as DVD players, vacuum cleaners, and home starter packs. In 2017-18, the State Government will also provide $3.1 million to the Patricia Giles Centre to provide accommodation and support services for women and children impacted by family and domestic violence. Comments attributed to Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting not-for-profit community organisations that provide a lifeline to the most vulnerable members of our community. "This centre not only helps women and children escape family and domestic violence but also gives them the tools they need to start a new journey, free from abuse and harm." Comments attributed to Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton "A safe home is something that many of us take for granted. As the local member, I know first-hand the exceptional work the Patricia Giles Centre does in the community. "That is why this Labor Government is continuing to provide support so the centre can continue to make a difference in vulnerable lives." Minister's office - 6552 6600
State Government support for WA coastal planning projects15695Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7120html27/07/2017 3:10:05 AM2017-07-26T07:20:00Z ​$603,000 towards 24 projects to protect and improve WA's coastline Funding will help address regionally specific issues Protection and improvement of Western Australia's world-renowned coastline will receive a $603,000 funding boost. The State Government is providing funding towards 24 projects aimed at improving coastal amenity or addressing coastal hazards such as erosion and inundation. The funding forms part of the 2017-18 Coastwest and Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program (CMPAP) and is provided to community groups, schools and local governments overseeing coastline projects. Funds from Coastwest support projects that improve local coastal conditions and amenity, while CMPAP funding assists coastal land managers to undertake strategic planning. Both grants are administered by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and support the Western Australian Planning Commission's State Coastal Planning Policy. The 24 funded projects span the State's 20,000 kilometre coastline; from protecting the natural and cultural values of the remote Walsh Point in the Kimberley to planning for coastal hazards in Albany in the Great Southern. The full list of funded projects is available online at http//www.planning.wa.gov.au/coastwest Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "WA is internationally recognised for its spectacular coast and these projects will help ensure it remains this way in the future. "People throughout WA, many of them volunteers and students, are doing vital work to plan for and manage our coastline. "The State Government is proud to provide the support and tools needed for each group to manage regionally specific issues, including developing coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plans, and rehabilitating dunes. "The total value of these projects is nearly $1.86 million, with every dollar of Government funding being complemented by more than two dollars of cash, or in-kind contributions." Minister's office - 6552 5500 2017/18 Coastwest and Coastal Managmeent Plan Assistance Program Grants RegionProject TitleProject ManagerGrantKimberleyWalsh Point Visitor Management MasterplanWunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation$24,500​Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring ProjectEnvirons Kimberley$17,300PilbaraCleaverville Foreshore Management PlanCity of Karratha$16,000GascoyneDenham Townsite Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan Shire of Shark Bay$65,000Mid-WestGeraldton Foreshore African Boxthorn Control - Stage 1City of Greater Geraldton$44,000Perth Metro Challenger Parade Dune Restoration (Dartmouth to Swanage Street, City Beach)The Challenger Dune Eco Restoration Group$15,000​Tompkins Park Foreshore Restoration Stage 2Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group $18,900​Marmion Coastal Foreshore Reserve Rehabilitation 2017-2018Friends of Sorrento Beach & Marmion Foreshore$19,500​Rehabilitation and Care of Kennedy Bay Coastal Sand DunesKennedy Bay Coastcare$8,750​Restoring Bush Forever Site 325 at Iluka - North Ocean Reef ForeshoreFriends of North Ocean Reef-Iluka Foreshore$20,100​Climate ready coastal vegetation trial at Singleton Beach, RockinghamPerth NRM$12,480​Restoration and Habitat Protection Swanbourne DunesCity of Nedlands$19,307​Integrated Foreshore Restoration in City of Stirling Trigg-Scarborough CoastStirling Natural Environment Coastcare$48,980​Restoring the Iconic Cottesloe Coast - Stage 2 for Site C2Town of Cottesloe$8,591PeelMurray Delta Monitoring ProjectShire of Murray$5,620​Mandurah Fairy Tern SanctuaryCity of Mandurah$20,000​Preston Beach Foreshore RestorationShire of Waroona$14,840South- WestOn ground action to protect the Prevelly/Gnarabup coastal environmentShire of Augusta Margaret River $14,175​CoastSwaP Coastal Stakeholder Forums & Best Practice Case StudiesSouth West and Peel Coastal Management Group (CoastSWaP)$8,000​Science on the Toby InletCity of Busselton$18,627​City of Busselton Coastal Adaptation StrategyCity of Busselton$75,000Great SouthernAlbany Senior High School Marine Science ProjectAlbany Senior High School$21,000​Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation PlanCity of Albany$75,000Goldfields-EsperanceDempster Head Management PlanningShire of Esperance$12,500
RSPCA supports domestic violence victims and their pets15693Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7660html26/07/2017 4:01:45 AM2017-07-26T04:00:00Z ​$100,000 State Government grant for RSPCA's Pets in Crisis program Program to help the pets of family and domestic violence victims Family and domestic violence victims fearful of leaving their violent partners in case their pet is harmed will receive support from the RSPCA so both pet and victim can seek a safer environment. State Government funding of $100,000 has been provided to the RSPCA to support a Pets in Crisis program to help the victims of family and domestic violence look after their pets. The funding will help set up a foster care-like situation where the family pet is cared for while domestic violence victims rebuild their lives. Services working with victims of family and domestic violence identified a lack of safe accommodation options for family pets, in some cases resulting in victims being reluctant to move to safe accommodation. The program will have the capacity to help up to 30 families and their pets at any one time, and will provide services across the metropolitan area. The Women's and Men's Domestic Violence helplines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide information, support and counselling. Women's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339 (free call); and Men's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599 (free call). For more information, visit https//www.rspcawa.asn.au/pets-in-crisis.php Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "The Pets in Crisis program will help make it easier for victims of family and domestic violence to safely house their pets away from perpetrators. "As a dog owner myself, I can understand how victims of family and domestic violence may not want to leave their home because they also fear for the safety of their beloved family pet. "The program will give victims peace of mind knowing that their pet will be okay and they can focus on securing their own safe accommodation." Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker "Some perpetrators of family and domestic violence use threats of torture and cruelty to family pets to control victims. "I have met courageous women who have shared personal stories that document this link. "The McGowan Government is working hard to provide a safe pathway for people seeking to escape family and domestic violence, often with their children and family pets." Minister's office - 6552 6600
WA Training Awards 2017 individual finalists announced131968Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10600html25/07/2017 9:21:57 AM2017-07-25T08:50:00Z Finalists represent Western Australia's best apprentices, trainees, students and trainers Awards program nurtures talent ensuring a strong industry Winners will represent WA in the Australian Training Awards later this year Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the 30 individual category finalists for the 2017 WA Training Awards. The State's premier industry awards program recognises individual talent in the training sector. WA Trainer of the Year 2017 finalist Jane Goodfellow's passion for training, inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to lecture in education support and early childhood. Jane's extensive contributions to the industry includes developing an Associate Degree in Education and Auslan professional development courses to meet student and community needs. Winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, September 15, 2017. The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board. For more information, visit http//www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Some of our most promising apprentices, trainees, students and trainers, from across the State are finalists in this year's awards. This awards program opens doors and gives finalists opportunities to take their skills even further. "The training sector is key to our economic future and plays a vital role in the State Government's Plan for Jobs. "Our goal is to build a strong training sector to boost the economy and the WA Training Awards support this." Minister's office - 6552 5700 This year's individual finalists are WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Shayna Daniels Kim Dick Kirsten Holiner Wynston Shovellor-Sesar WA Apprentice of the Year 2017 Lauren Bruce-Smith Nicholas Johnston Tristan Palmer Jamie Stewart WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017 Rachel Orr Esfandiar Shahmir Lalida Udomsak WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Education Jia-Shian Chen Kumbirai Gono Rui Scheidt Feix Charlotte Strike WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA Harmony Broughton Lauren Brunalli Benjamin Rowe Harrison Salter-Browne WA Trainee of the Year 2017 Alex Baldock Claire McLeary Kristina Mutlow WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council Jane Goodfellow Ekta Tandon Robert Taylor Indumathi V WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth Maria Baker Chloe Blight Nardine Burgess Kyle Morgan
Boost for projects supporting women131965Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7510html25/07/2017 4:50:51 AM2017-07-25T04:50:00Z More than $77,000 awarded to 11 community groups to support women's projects Funding is part of the Grants for Women program A project in the Kwinana and Mandurah area that aims to help women achieve economic independence is among 11 projects to receive funding under the State Government's Grants for Women program. More than $77,000 in grants has been awarded to community groups and local governments for projects that focus on addressing the unique issues faced by women. The Inspire Change project received $10,000 to conduct a series of workshops in Kwinana and Mandurah, aimed at women with young or primary-aged children. Topics covered will help build resilience and economic independence, and include financial literacy, budgeting, loans and superannuation, alternative economic opportunities and childcare options and access. Another project to receive funding is angelhands Inc's Trauma Recovery Training which supports people affected by homicide and serious violence. Nearly $10,000 will go towards trauma recovery training aimed at upskilling 20 women to deliver specialised trauma services and gain valuable experience in the mental health industry. Applications for the grants program can be submitted any time and grants of up to $10,000 are available. Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "This program supports projects that provide women with pathways to economic independence, improves their leadership skills and provides support to those who have experienced trauma. "Women continue to experience significant barriers including the gender pay gap. In Western Australia, women are paid 25.4 per cent less than their male counterparts compared with 18.5 per cent nationally. "In addition, women's average superannuation balances are up to 38 per cent less than men's. This means that women are less likely than men to live comfortably when they retire. "The projects funded through the Grants for Women program equip women with the confidence and knowledge they need to take control of their financial situation, build their income and take on leadership positions at work and in the community." Minister's office - 6552 6600 OrganisationProject nameAmount RegionGreen Skills Inc - DenmarkWomen, Leadership for the Future$4,500Great SouthernEnterprise Learning ProjectsEntrepreneurial Ecosystem in the Kimberley$10,000Kimberleyangelhands IncTrauma Recovery Training$9,997North-west metropolitan and north-east metropolitanNational Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) WA ChapterNAWIC WA Mentoring Program 2017$10,000Metropolitan and PeelInternational Forum of Reconciliation and PeaceFinancial Empowerment for Multicultural Women in Business$5,000South-west metropolitanSouth Metropolitan Youth Link IncInspire Change$10,000South-west metropolitan and PeelSouth West Women's Health and Information Service IncMentoring and Networking Circle of Success$10,000South-WestQuairading Community Resource CentreEnhance Your Personal Finance$5,000WheatbeltKondinin Community Resource CentreMoney Smart Women$4,546WheatbeltDalwallinu Community Resource Centre IncBring Out Your Inner Leader Strong Women = Stronger Communities$3,625WheatbeltNungarin Community Resource Centre IncBreak Through to Financial Confidence$4,472Wheatbelt
New deal signed for Sculpture by the Sea131964Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7740html25/07/2017 4:35:20 AM2017-07-25T04:35:00Z New three-year deal signed for popular Cottesloe exhibition Supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA Attracts more than 200,000 attendees a year The State Government has secured Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe until 2020 after signing a new three-year sponsorship deal with the exhibition's organisers. Held at Perth's iconic Cottesloe Beach, the popular annual exhibition drew more than 200,000 visitors to this year's March event. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is one of the biggest annual sculpture exhibitions in the world. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the free event had transformed Cottesloe Beach into an impressive outdoor art gallery over the past 13 years and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors. Mr Papalia said events such as Sculpture by the Sea formed an important part of the State Government's commitment to growing tourism numbers and creating tourism jobs. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Sculpture by the Sea is one of Western Australia's favourite outdoor events and provides the perfect platform to showcase our spectacular coastline to the world. "The exhibition features local, national and international artists, set in a stunning coastal location, which helps to raise the event profile and position WA as an attractive cultural destination. "Events like Sculpture by the Sea are important because they add to the State's vibrancy and help attract visitors, which provides an important boost to the economy." Minister's office - 6552 5600