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New facility to spring WA’s divers onto the world stage9125Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2022 5:07:50 AM2022-01-19T05:05:00Z HBF Stadium's new state-of-the-art dryland dive centre will develop home-grown Commonwealth and Olympic athletes Set to open mid-2022, the facility will bring Perth's diving facilities up to international standard Name of new facility will honour pioneer of diving in WA, the late Bruce Prance OAM Equipment including trampolines and harnesses will allow for ten times more repetitions than water-based training The McGowan Government has started building a new dryland dive centre at HBF Stadium that will help athletes hone their craft to give them the best chance at Commonwealth and Olympic success. The new dryland facility - opening in mid-2022 - will allow divers to use trampolines, springboards, harnesses and foam pits to perform acrobatic jumps without water. Using the dryland facility will help divers practise ten times as many repetitions than traditional water-based training. It is anticipated the innovative centre will help Western Australia to retain home-grown springboard and platform diving stars as they work towards their Commonwealth and Olympic dreams. The FINA international standard training facility will enable athletes and coaches to finely tune techniques of all parts of the dive, apart from the final water entry. When the new facility opens in mid-2022, it will be among just a handful of dryland facilities in Australia - a drawcard for diving training camps and events hosted in Perth. Befittingly, the new facility will also honour the late Bruce Prance OAM, who sadly passed away in 2019 and was involved in the sport of diving for over 70 years. Mr Prance was a State-level diver before he became a world class coach. He was instrumental in the formation of what is now Diving Western Australia in 1957 and became a pioneer of dryland training in Australia. The facility will also be the new home of Diving WA, including office space, athlete area, board room and training room. The facility will include six springboards, three trampolines, six harnesses, a sprung floor, foam pit and weights area Coaches and divers will also have the ability to analyse techniques through three video replay systems Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "The finesse, repetition and courage required to compete in the sport of diving is incredible, and simply astonishing to watch. "A facility like the one we're building is becoming a necessity to be able to compete at the highest levels, so I'm thrilled it's underway. "Developing our athletes on home soil, from grass roots to elite level, is a major priority for high performance sport in Western Australia and will be a significant benefit for divers in the lead up to Brisbane 2032. "Diving is widely-loved by spectators and the facility will look to attract diving events at an international standard. "HBF Stadium is renowned for its world class facilities and the new state-of-the-art centre will be another string to its bow." Minister's office - 6552 5400
International recognition for DFES staff and volunteers9124Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2022 5:00:48 AM2022-01-19T05:00:00Z Emergency services personnel help Canada fight nearly 300 wildfires Service pins presented to 13 DFES staff and volunteers In appreciation of their efforts during last year's Canadian wildfires, 13 Department of Fire and Emergency Services staff and volunteers today received Canadian Deployment Recognition Pins. Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM presented the recognition pins and thanked staff and volunteers for their heroic efforts. The special taskforce of Western Australian firefighters was deployed after Australia received a formal request from the Canadian Government to help its crews tackle the worst wildfires the country had experienced in years due to record temperatures. In British Columbia, a State of Emergency was declared as more than 3,180 personnel were deployed to fight nearly 300 fires sweeping through the province. The WA contingent featured members who travelled from as far as the Great Southern and Mid-West Gascoyne. They completed a 30-day deployment in extreme conditions with the WA contingent undertaking important roles including incident controllers; fire behaviour analysts; and aerial firefighting specialists. Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service volunteers Benjamin Bunney and Heather Bell announced their engagement while on the deployment. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "I am extremely proud that Western Australia was able to answer this call and send an emergency response contingent with such a vast skills set to Canada during these devastating wildfires. "I thank the Department of Fire and Emergency Services' staff and volunteers who put their hands up to protect the Canadian community. "Their actions in successfully filling key roles, including incident controllers, fire behaviour analysts and aerial firefighting specialists, will certainly enhance our reputation around the world. "It is that selflessness, dedication and service under extremely challenging conditions we acknowledge today with the presentation of Canadian Deployment Recognition Pins." RECIPIENTS NAME SERVICE/REGION Heather Bell Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Benjamin Bunney Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Lee Shelley Denmark Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, A/Community Emergency Service Manager Shire of Denmark Jonathon Glasspool Dunsborough Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Matthew Stoltenberg Eaton-Australind Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Adam Mullaney Wanneroo Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Michael Simpson Waroona Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service Thomas Kusters Lancelin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Matthew Holland A/District Officer Emergency Management, Mid-West Gascoyne region Nathan Hall District Officer Emergency Management, Lower South-West region Daniel Katnich Hope Valley Station Officer, Metropolitan South Coastal region Peter Norman DFES State Coordination Kloe Archer DFES State Coordination Minister's office - 6552 5800
New look board to help guide the future of Kings Park9122Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2022 3:02:03 AM2022-01-19T03:00:00Z New Chairperson for Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority named Experienced public sector leader Gail McGowan new Chairperson New Deputy Chairperson and board member also appointed Respected public sector leader Gail McGowan has been appointed Chairperson of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, which oversees the operation of Kings Park and Bold Park. Ms McGowan brings a wealth of experience in public sector governance and management. Ms McGowan recently retired from her role as the Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, has been a member of the Infrastructure WA Board and has held other senior positions across government including WorkSafe and the former Department of State Development. Current board member Ms Sheila McHale has been elevated to the role of Deputy Chairperson. Ms McHale was Chief Executive Officer of Palmerston Association Inc for more than nine years and a Member of Parliament in Western Australia for 12 years, being a Minister for seven of those 12 years in Parliament. Professor Stephen van Leeuwen is a respected Boojarah Wardandi Noongar leader and has been appointed to the board for a three-year term. Professor van Leeuwen is a well-regarded botanical ecologist, research scientist and senior manager. Professor van Leeuwen has a diverse professional research background in flora and fauna ecology, taxonomy and management across WA. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "This is a really exciting time for both Kings Park and Bold Park with a number of exciting projects on the horizon, and I congratulate Ms McGowan, Ms McHale and Professor van Leeuwen on their appointments. "The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Board will undoubtedly benefit from new expertise in planning, cultural heritage and conservation which complement the extensive existing skills and knowledge already present on the board. "My sincere thanks also go out to former Chairperson Richard Simpson, who stepped down in 2021 after nearly two decades in the position." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Applications now open for small business assistance9121Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2022 2:40:06 AM2022-01-19T02:35:00Z Applications for grants of up to $12,500 are now open to businesses directly impacted by public health restrictions in Perth and Peel over the festive season Eligible businesses in the hospitality sector, the music events industry and the creative and performing arts sector can apply for financial assistance Payments of up to $4,400 are available for sole traders, while employing businesses may apply for grants of up to $12,500Applications for financial support are now open for specific businesses directly impacted by the necessary public health measures in Perth and Peel from December 23, 2021 to January 4, 2022. The Small Business Assistance Grant - December 2021 will assist small businesses and sole traders in the hospitality and events sectors that meet the eligibility criteria. Businesses must be located in the Perth and Peel region and demonstrate a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent compared to the same 11-day period last year. The final payment will be based upon the number of days that a business was impacted over the period. Employing businesses may receive $1,130 for each impacted day, while sole traders may receive $400 for each impacted day. Small businesses can check their eligibility and apply online at https//, with payments expected to commence by the end of January. For information on the support available through the Getting the Show Back on the Road and the Night Club Closures One Off Grants programs, please visit https// Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Don Punch "This financial package will provide targeted support to small businesses, including self-employed creative and event workers, directly impacted by the necessary public health measures put in place over the Christmas and New Year period. "The festive season is traditionally a peak period for sectors including hospitality, entertainment, events and catering. The McGowan Government has created an assistance program to help those businesses that experienced cancellations and reductions in turnover while the necessary public health measures were in place. "A fast-track facility has also been introduced to streamline payments and ensure businesses can get financial support as quickly as possible. "I'd like to thank all WA small businesses for their understanding and co-operation in keeping our State as safe as possible as we manage our safe transition towards easing our borders." Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The Getting the Show Back on the Road+ program has updated guidelines available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website to provide support for eligible event and festival organisers. "Additionally, I encourage small business suppliers and contractors in the events industry to check out the Small Business Assistance Grant and lodge an application if their business is eligible." Small Business Minister's office - 6552 6900Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
New reports help power Western Australia’s hydrogen future9120Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2022 2:01:26 AM2022-01-19T02:00:00Z Reports released for McGowan Government-funded studies into the transmission and storage of hydrogen in Western Australia Feasibility study outlines pathway for declaring sections of the Dampier to Bunbury pipeline suitable for up to 9 per cent hydrogen/natural gas blends Report commissioned by GSWA identifies seven onshore depleted gas and oil fields as good candidates for hydrogen storage projects New reports on the transmission and storage of hydrogen identify steps Western Australia will need to take on the road to becoming a global hydrogen powerhouse. Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan highlighted the reports' findings in a speech today to the third Hydrogen Production, Storage, and Infrastructure Development Global Summit, which is being held virtually from January 19 to 20. Prepared by DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd, the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Hydrogen Feasibility Study outlines a pathway for declaring sections of the pipeline suitable for up to 9 per cent hydrogen/natural gas blends. This pathway includes material testing, investigating additional operational constraints and a realignment of regulatory and commercial frameworks. The feasibility study received $216,000 in grant funding from the McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Fund. The McGowan Government has also released the Stage 1 report of its study into the hydrogen storage potential of depleted oil and gas fields in WA. Commissioned by the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA), and prepared by RISC Advisory, the Stage 1 report identifies seven onshore fields as good candidates for hydrogen storage projects. The results of the report will inform Stage 2 of the study, which will involve 3D modelling of a small section of the candidate fields identified in Stage 1. The study was funded through the WA Recovery Plan, which included $1 million for identifying locations suitable for hydrogen storage. A copy of the Stage 1 report is available at https// The public knowledge sharing report for the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Hydrogen Feasibility Study is available at https// Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The WA Government has committed $160 million to making sure Western Australia reaches it potential and becomes a global supplier of renewable hydrogen. "Our commitment includes funding a range of studies that will inform the development of Western Australia's hydrogen industry. "As we start producing more and more hydrogen, we need to know how we are going to safely move and store it around the State. "The two reports we have released today identify steps for making sure we have the infrastructure required for the transmission and storage of hydrogen in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Heat on childcare operators to take care this summer9119Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2022 1:30:34 AM2022-01-19T01:30:00Z Childcare service operators reminded to ensure children are adequately protected from sun and hot equipment Three childcare providers were fined after children suffered burns on playground surfaces and equipment With an influx of children returning to childcare services during the height of summer, the heat is on childcare operators to ensure children are properly protected. The Department of Communities has investigated several incidents where children at childcare centres suffered burns to their hands and feet after coming into contact with hot playground surfaces and equipment. In one instance a two-year-old girl sustained burns to her feet when she stepped on either brick pavers or a metal grate that had been directly exposed to the sun. The child was not wearing shoes at the time, and the burns required medical treatment. The maximum temperature in Perth that day was 38.4°C. The operator was fined $9,000. In another incident, three children suffered severe burns to their feet while taking part in an emergency evacuation fire drill, with two of them requiring hospital treatment. Temperatures soared to 35.8°C in Perth that day, and the fire drill occurred at 2.30pm. Several children aged between 18 and 36 months old were not wearing shoes or socks. The childcare provider was fined $15,000. That same day at a different service, a child under three needed medical treatment after sustaining burns to their feet. The child had been playing outside and was not wearing shoes at the time. An investigation found the child's burns may have been caused by the child coming into contact with hot outdoor synthetic lawn or play equipment exposed to direct sunlight. The operator was fined $14,500. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "It's been a scorching summer and there is still more hot weather on the way. As families return from holidays and more children are back attending childcare centres, it's important to remember how dangerous the sun can be - and the risk of burn injuries to children. "Most childcare service operators appropriately consider UV exposure but in addition, they must also have clear procedures in place to ensure that play surfaces, play equipment and walkways are checked regularly on hot days. "Outside activities should be planned to reduce risk of exposure to hot surfaces, especially in the middle of the afternoon when temperatures peak. "There have been horrific cases of children requiring hospital treatment after receiving burns from hot equipment and surfaces, and we all need to be aware of the dangers. Childcare providers can face fines of up to $50,000. "The Department of Communities regularly conducts on-site compliance checks all year round, and hot play equipment and surfaces will be a focus during the summer months." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Kids’ vaccination blitz ahead of schools returning for 20229118Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2022 12:33:30 AM2022-01-18T21:00:00Z Vaccination blitz for children aged five to 11 from January 22 to 30, 2022 More than 11,400 paediatric vaccination appointments available Perth CBD clinic at PCEC to become a dedicated paediatric clinic Bookings essential, secure your child's appointment at VaccinateWA today More than 27,000 children aged five to 11 have so far been first dose vaccinated A kids' vaccination blitz will start this week with thousands more appointments available to get children first dose vaccinated before the start of the school year to protect our youngest Western Australians against COVID-19. From Saturday January 22 to Sunday January 30, an additional 4,700 COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be available to be booked at State-run clinics for children aged five to 11. This takes the total available kids' appointments during this time to more than 11,400. An additional 8,000 kids' vaccination appointments have already been booked for this period. A dedicated paediatric vaccination clinic will also open at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and increased children's vaccinations will be available at Kwinana and Ellenbrook vaccination clinics. All other appointments booked at the PCEC clinic will continue as scheduled. All other State-run clinics in the metropolitan area and regions will continue to offer children vaccinations as they do now. Parents are also able to book their children into an appointment at GPs and pharmacies across the State. People are encouraged to visit to find their nearest vaccination clinic and visit VaccinateWA to secure their child's appointment at a State-run clinic - bookings are essential. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I urge all parents to take advantage of our kids' vaccination blitz to help protect our children against COVID-19. "Since Monday last week, when children aged five to 11 became eligible, thousands of parents have booked their children in for their first dose and demand for appointments continues to grow. "Getting your child vaccinated now is an important step to help keep them safe when schools return for the 2022 year. "Western Australians have done a great job so far, but there is still more work to be done to get more people vaccinated and more third doses administered before we can safely transition." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "I urge parents with children aged five to 11 to get them vaccinated against COVID-19 to avoid serious illness from the Omicron variant. "I encourage parents to book these additional spots at our State-run vaccination clinics. The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect your child. "GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics are also available for child vaccination appointments, so parents are urged to book at these clinics as well." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
Independent review of governance of the WA health system announced9117Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements24980html18/01/2022 5:00:35 AM2022-01-18T05:00:00Z Former senior Victorian public administrator Ms Kym Peake to lead independent governance review Expert panel to provide advice on the efficiency and effectiveness of the current WA health system governance framework Review will also make recommendations on system governance improvements, in line with the Sustainable Health Review An expert panel has been appointed to conduct an independent governance review of the Health Services Act 2016, which established board-led Health Service Providers (HSPs) legally responsible and accountable for delivering health services to their communities. When the Act took effect five years ago, the Department of Health assumed the role of system manager and over time a total of seven HSPs have been established, responsible and accountable for the delivery of safe, high-quality efficient and economical services for their areas. The HSPs include the North, South and East metropolitan health services, WA Country Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, PathWest and Health Support Services. The governance review will examine the operational and practical effectiveness of the governance structures set out in the Health Services Act 2016 and their impact on patient outcomes, prior to the commencement of a statutory review required under the legislation. Panel members include Chair Ms Kym Peake, Partner, EY Port Jackson Ms Peake has held senior roles in public administration as the former Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and previous Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. Ms Peake led significant governance changes within Victoria's public health system, including the creation of State-wide quality and safety entities, amalgamation of regional health services and creation of a new public entity to manage the purchasing, supply and distribution of medical consumables. Dr David Rosengren, Executive Director Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Dr Rosengren has considerable and current clinical skills and experience working within a devolved governance health system and is a former Chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate. Ms Jo Gaines, GESB Chair Ms Gaines has extensive experience as an organisational leader and strategic policy director having worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to Premier Mark McGowan. Prior to this she was the Branch Assistant Secretary for the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association for 10 years. Mr Gary Smith, Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA and Chancellor of Murdoch University Mr Smith has 35 years of experience in the professional services industry and has provided business improvement and management consulting services to key industry sectors. A retired State Chair, KPMG, he brings strong governance skills and experience to the panel and has supported clients in matters of strategy, leadership, culture and process implementation. The Review's consultation period will begin in February. More information will be released on how to make a submission to the Panel and the consultation process. The Panel will report key findings and make recommendations to the Minister on any governance improvements required to support the future needs of the WA health system. More information is available at https// Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "We are extremely fortunate to have four highly skilled and experienced experts in their fields to report on whether the current legislation is supporting the McGowan Government to provide safe, high-quality, sustainable health care for all Western Australians. "The legislation has been in place for five years so it is timely that a full review be undertaken so that it can hear the views of clinicians, staff, consumers and carers. "This Review will help us independently establish if any changes are required to best support stakeholders, patients and staff to meet current and future demands." Minister's office - 6552 5900
WA’s Plan for Gender Equality going strong9116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8080html18/01/2022 3:06:16 AM2022-01-18T03:05:00Z Government launches second action plan under Stronger Together WA's Plan for Gender Equality First action plan report provides an update on the progress made under Stronger Together Stronger Together drives gender equality in key focus areas including health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership The McGowan Government's second action plan under 'Stronger Together WA's Plan for Gender Equality' was launched today, continuing its commitment to create better outcomes for women and girls and achieve positive change for our whole community. Stronger Together is the first whole-of-government, long-term plan to advance gender equality in Western Australia and is being led by the Department of Communities through four action plans between 2020-2030. The launch of the second action plan coincides with the release of the first action plan report for Stronger Together which details progress on 58 actions across priority areas of health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership. In keeping with the whole-of-government approach, actions for Stronger Together are being delivered across 16 agencies. In 2020-21, 30 actions were commenced and/or completed alongside a further 24 ongoing or long-term actions. Four actions have been specifically developed in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted the pre-existing gender inequalities in workplaces and in unpaid work, demonstrating the ongoing need for systemic change. The launch of the second action plan includes five focus areas to guide the work of Government across the next four years. They include COVID-19 recovery; safety and respect at work; primary prevention; Aboriginal women's leadership; and older women. More than 50 actions are included in the second action plan to support women in our communities including within workplaces, homes, education and training institutions, the justice system and the health system. A further 17 initiatives are being delivered to support staff and drive cultural change within the public sector. The second action plan will be updated throughout the next four years as new actions to drive gender equality are developed and progressed. The Second Action Plan and First Action Plan Report can be viewed online Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "As the Minister for Women's Interests I am committed to driving change that allows women and girls to have equal opportunity in schools, workplaces, at home and in the community. "Gender equality is important for all Western Australians - there is clear evidence that it brings economic and social benefits to everyone. It empowers our community to achieve a better balance between work and family responsibilities, contributing to improved wellbeing and emotional connection. "The second action plan will build on the progress achieved during 2020-21 through the first plan and prioritise actions that support gender equality in areas such as health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership. "There is no question there is still work to do - COVID-19 highlighted the existing gender inequalities in the workplace and at home and further demonstrates the need for systemic change. "Achieving long-lasting cultural change takes time and requires commitment from the whole community. It is everyone's responsibility." Media office - 6552 6600
Western Australians pick names for Black Hawk helicopters9115Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11330html18/01/2022 3:00:46 AM2022-01-18T03:00:00Z Two Black Hawk firefighting helicopters named by Western Australians in public vote The competition to name the Black Hawks received more than 2,500 entriesWestern Australia's two new Black Hawk helicopters have officially been named Yelka and Florian, following more than 12,000 votes cast by the WA public. A public naming competition ran on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services social media recently, with final voting closing on Monday, January 17, 2022. Fittingly, the names honour both the State's indigenous heritage and the firefighters who work to keep the WA community safe. Yelka is the Noongar word for hawk, while Florian is the patron saint for firefighters. The competition attracted more than 2,500 entries and names were narrowed down to a final list comprising five pairs, which were then voted on by the public. For the first time, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services will have two Black Hawk helicopters as part of the DFES aerial firefighting fleet. The two ex-military twin engine aircraft can carry 4,500 litres of water in their Australian-designed and built belly tanks. They can operate for up to 10 hours a day and are a significant addition to the aviation fleet which comprises 37 aircraft and includes fixed wing bombers, helitaks and a national large air tanker. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "I am thrilled to announce the names of our Black Hawk helicopters will be Yelka and Florian. "Yelka and Florian are wonderful names - together, they acknowledge Western Australia's indigenous heritage and honour the incredible contribution of our brave firefighters. "Each year Western Australians follow the operations of our aerial fleet, so giving them the opportunity to name the two Black Hawk helicopters will further strengthen that connection. "These two new Black Hawk helicopters will play a significant role in keeping the Western Australian community safe - not only for this bushfire season, but those into the future. Minister's office - 6552 5800