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Donations from Containers for Change top the $2 million mark3419Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2021 6:55:53 AM2021-07-27T06:45:00Z More than $2 million raised for community groups through Containers for Change More than 627 million containers returned State-wide since launch Western Australians have raised more than $2 million for thousands of local community groups by donating refunds from drink containers through the State's Containers for Change initiative, with more than 627 million containers returned State-wide since the launch.  Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson made the announcement while visiting Return-It in Geraldton, which has received the most containers of any refund point outside of the Perth metropolitan area and the third highest amount overall in the State. Total donations in the Mid-West now exceed $116,000, with more than $68,500 going to community groups and more than $48,000 to local charities. These include schools, the School of the Air, sporting clubs and the local Rotary Club. Containers for Change was launched on October 1, 2020 and encourages Western Australians to return eligible drink containers for a 10-cent refund. More than 627 million containers have been returned State-wide since the launch.  Donations can be made to any organisation fundraising through Containers for Change by using the groups scheme ID.  A list of charities and community groups fundraising through Containers for Change can be found at http// More information about the scheme can be found at http// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Two million dollars in donations is a fantastic achievement for the people of Western Australia. We have done it 10 cents at a time, which just shows that every returned container counts. "I'd like to thank the Geraldton community for embracing Containers for Change. Thanks to your generosity, 28 local charities and community groups have received much-needed funding. "Containers for Change results in an increased recycling rate in Western Australia, diverting tonnes of recyclable material from landfill." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Work begins with local contractors on medicinal cannabis facility near Collie3418Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2021 6:10:26 AM2021-07-27T06:10:00Z Collie business wins earthworks contract for medicinal cannabis facility 50 construction jobs to be created in Collie over 12 months $2 million from Collie Futures Industry Development Fund to support project Site works have begun on a medicinal cannabis facility delivering job opportunities for local trade contractors. Cannaponics Limited is building a new commercial cultivation, extraction, processing and distribution facility to compete in the rapidly growing medicinal cannabis industry. The McGowan Government has allocated $2 million from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund to support the project. The earthworks contract has been awarded to local Collie business T & R Contracting, partnering with Donnybrook Civil Earthmoving Contractors. The building contract has been awarded to WA company Ballpoint Construction Group, with Cannaponics encouraging as much local employment as possible. Cannaponics' 160-acre property near Collie will become home to a 3,600sqm greenhouse and a 2,000sqm manufacture facility. The Cannaponics project will create approximately 50 jobs during the 12 months of construction. The project is expected to become a multi-million dollar enterprise, with flow-on effects to benefit Collie's economy. Future stages of the project are planned to increase production and create more local jobs. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The medicinal cannabis industry is rapidly growing and Western Australia is well placed to compete in that industry. "Stage one of the Cannaponics project is expected to generate 50 jobs during construction, and our focus on local content has ensured a local Collie business has been awarded the first contract. "The Collie Futures Fund is continuing to attract new and innovative industries to the region, driving local jobs and supporting the town's transition." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "It's a very exciting day for Cannaponics Limited who have reached an important milestone of this project. "Cannaponics is establishing itself as a new industry in Collie which will create long-term local jobs. "It is also very pleasing to see their commitment to using local contractors for the construction phase of the project." Minister's Office - 6552 6200
State Government supports inaugural Merredin Festival3417Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2021 4:45:11 AM2021-07-27T04:35:00Z Shire of Merredin receives $25,000 Lotterywest grant for inaugural memorial festival Festival set to celebrate local history and culture in the WheatbeltPremier Mark McGowan met with the Shire of Merredin today and presented a $25,000 Lotterywest grant to support the inaugural Merredin Memorial Festival. The three-day festival, which starts on Friday September 24, will commemorate the town's heritage, agricultural industry and Aboriginal culture. It will also pay tribute to Merredin's military history, with the Festival dubbed 'Troops, Trains, and Treasures.' An immersive media display at night will also feature, lighting up local heritage buildings to help share the historical significance of Merredin during World War II. The $25,000 grant, provided through Lotterywest, will support costs towards the festival, in particular to support family friendly activities, market stalls and concerts. This grant has been part of the record breaking $864.9 million return to the Western Australian community in Lotterywest prizes and grants in the 2020-21 financial year. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I'm delighted to present this Lotterywest grant to the Shire of Merredin for this exciting new festival. "Lotterywest's COVID-19 Relief Fund was a swift response by the State Government to reprioritise its grant making to help the local community recover from the impact of the pandemic. "This grant is an example of how not for profit groups and local governments are working to engage their community, by celebrating local history and culture. "Western Australia is fortunate to have the only State-owned lottery in Australia where the profits are returned back to the community." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Joint media statement - Highway upgrades kick off supporting local jobs and improving safety3415Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2021 4:30:35 AM2021-07-27T04:30:00Z Work will kick off this month on two highway projects in Upper Swan and Wooroloo that will help to ease congestion, improve safety and support around 180 jobs. A new roundabout will be constructed on Great Northern Highway at the intersection of Apple Street and Coondaree Parade in Upper Swan. The project will also include realigning the existing intersection, improvements to drainage and street lighting, new pedestrian and cycling facilities, and a new accessway for heavy vehicles at the Apple Street Road Train Assembly Area. The $14 million project is jointly funded by the Federal Government, State Government and third-party stakeholders (Satterley Property Group, City of Swan and BGC) and will improve travel times and road safety at the intersection, increase connectivity in the area with a cyclist lane, cater for various heavy vehicle movements, and improve drainage. WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd will undertake the works, which are expected to be completed in the first half of 2022. Work will also be undertaken to realign two kilometres of Great Eastern Highway in Wooroloo - used by more than 7,000 vehicles a day - which will eliminate three substandard curves, help reduce the risk of crashes and improve safety. Work will be completed by Decmil Southern Pty Ltd with the new section of highway to include a painted median to provide better separation between traffic, as well as wider sealed shoulders and safety barriers. The project also includes a new connection to Old Northam Road, upgrades to Wooroloo Prison Farm access road and the addition of left and right-turn pockets at both intersections. The $14.4 million project is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments and is anticipated to be completed in the first half of 2022. Comments attributed to Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher "The Morrison Government has allocated an unprecedented amount of funding to road upgrades throughout Western Australia and is getting on with delivering infrastructure projects that improve congestion and safety for commuters, ensuring they get home quickly and safely. "Under the Urban Congestion Fund, we are delivering 177 individual packages of works nationwide. The Great Northern Highway-Apple Street intersection upgrade and Great Eastern Highway and Old Northam Road projects bring the total number of Urban Congestion Fund projects around Australia that are completed or underway to 65. A further 51 are expected to start construction this year. "This is just the latest example of us delivering on our commitment to progress critical infrastructure projects across the country under our record $110 billion 10-year infrastructure investment pipeline, which is helping to drive Australia's world-leading economic recovery." Comments attributed to WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting local jobs while also improving safety and easing congestion on our roads. "Thousands of cars use these intersections each day, many of which are heavy vehicles. "These projects will help transform the local areas, and make it easier for drivers as our communities continue to grow." WA Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Dongara Health Centre redevelopment one step closer with tender award3414Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2021 4:22:42 AM2021-07-27T04:10:00Z $6.81 million tender awarded to Devlyn Australia Pty Ltd for construction works at Dongara Health Centre Upgrades include a contemporary emergency department, ambulance bay, expansion of residential aged care and telehealth services Redevelopment expected to reach practical completion in mid-2023 The McGowan Government has announced the $6.81 million tender for redeveloping Dongara Health Centre to be delivered by WA-based company, Devlyn Australia Pty Ltd. The design will upgrade existing facilities and allow for improved patient flow. The redevelopment includes a contemporary emergency department; new Emergency Telehealth Service videoconferencing facilities; group therapy rooms; multi-purpose consult rooms enabled with telehealth; a new ambulance bay; new aged care beds; and a new palliative care suite.The upgrade to Dongara Health Centre will provide residents with access to modern facilities in line with the McGowan Government's commitment to revitalising ageing health services across regional Western Australia. Dongara Health Centre will remain fully functioning throughout the course of the redevelopment with practical completion expected mid-2023. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Today's announcement is an important step forward for the redevelopment of the Dongara Health Centre. This redevelopment has been close to the hearts of the people of Dongara and Port Denison for a number of years. "We are committed to providing them with regular updates as the project progresses, including the tender that we have now awarded to Devlyn Australia Pty Ltd. "Securing the WA-based company Devlyn Australia Pty Ltd for the construction works will be a boost for local jobs and local businesses. "The revitalised Dongara Health Centre is set to provide access to technology that will play a huge role in improving patient experience and connecting patients with specialists via state-of-the-art virtual care technology. "I'm pleased the McGowan Government is delivering on its commitment to providing modern health care to Western Australians regardless of where they live." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Contract awarded for new pens at Carnarvon Boat Harbour3412Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2021 4:05:45 AM2021-07-27T04:05:00Z $2.1 million contract awarded to design and construct 16 new pens at Carnarvon Boat Harbour Work to start next month to provide year-round ocean access for Carnarvon skippers within a year Investigations into long-term sustainable solution ongoing Part of $7 million Fascine Entryway Project funded by $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan Work will start next month on the detailed design and construction of 16 new floating boat pens at Carnarvon Boat Harbour, as investigations continue to find a sustainable long-term solution to Fascine access issues. The new pens are part of the Fascine Entryway Project - a multifaceted $7 million project to improve ocean access for the commercial and recreational fleet at Carnarvon. Following a successful tender process, SMC Marine has been contracted to deliver a concrete floating pen set to accommodate 16 vessels up to 15 metres long, with works expected to take around seven months to complete. Concurrently, engineering and environmental studies are underway to determine the best approach to open the Fascine, while regular hydrographic surveys will provide valuable data about changes to the entrance channel and strategically positioned instrumentation is collecting wave, current and water level information. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Access issues for the Carnarvon fascine have been an ongoing issue - we know how important being able to access the water is for residents and tourists that visit the region. "Last year we allocated $7 million as part of the WA Recovery Plan to look at both short term and long term solutions to enable year round access to the Fascine. "We have reached a key milestone with the tender being awarded to design and construct 16 boat pens at the Carnarvon Boat Harbour, with work due to commence next month. "We are continuing to collect data and work towards a long term solution to ensure better and continued access to the Fascine." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We are working closely with the Shire of Carnarvon and the Carnarvon Yacht Club to find a long-term solution to this problem that has beset Carnarvon for years. "Expanding the Carnarvon Boat Harbour will ensure local skippers can continue to get out onto the water while that work progresses." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
McGowan Government invests $2 million to establish Collie graphite hub3413Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2021 4:16:09 AM2021-07-27T04:00:00Z Western Australia's first graphite processing plant to be built in Collie $2 million grant from Collie Futures Industry Development Fund to support first stage Foundation stage of the project expected to create up to 40 full-time jobsCollie is set to become home to WA's first graphite processing plant, backed by a $2 million grant from the McGowan Government. Western Australian based company International Graphite will establish the new micronising and graphite foil manufacturing facility in Collie's light industrial area. The first stage of the project is expected to create around 40 full-time jobs for people in Collie and the surrounding region, with plans to expand the facility to add manufacturing capability. The facility will include the capability to re-package and distribute expandable graphite powder for use in graphite foils and fire retardants. Development of the plant will see manufacturing of graphite products for new technologies including mobile phones, computers, high-pressure sealants and fire-retardant building materials. International Graphite is also researching and developing potential to process graphite to produce anode material for lithium-ion batteries. This complements the aims of the McGowan Government, through the Future Battery and Critical Minerals Industry Strategy, to develop a value-adding battery industry in the State. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our Government has worked hard to attract another new 21st century industry to Collie. "International Graphite selected Collie as a strategic location for the new processing and manufacturing plant, based on existing regional industries and infrastructure, skilled local workforce, and ability to access overseas markets. "This is a big win for Collie's Just Transition - a collaborative effort by the McGowan Government, industry and the community to attract new industries to the region as the world moves away from coal-fired energy production. "We look forward to International Graphite progressing the development of the plant and creating more full-time jobs in Collie." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "The McGowan Labor Government has made a significant investment in order to attract International Graphite to Collie. This industry is a WA first - and it's happening right here. "This is the reason for the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund - to position Collie to be a location of choice for new industries. "I'm proud to say that we've delivered on this project, which shows the McGowan Government's support for Collie's Just Transition by creating local jobs for our committed, skilled, local workforce." Minister's office - 6552 6200
$1 million boost delivers perinatal mental health pilot programs for mums and dads3236Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2021 3:37:17 AM2021-07-27T03:30:00Z More than $1 million investment to support new perinatal pilot services to increase parental mental health opportunities Seven service programs in the metropolitan and South-West to improve access for vulnerable parentsMental Health Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced more than $1 million to launch new perinatal pilot programs for vulnerable Western Australian parents. Perinatal mental health services are important to promote confidence and emotional wellbeing for new and experienced parents around the time of the birth of a new child. The funding of seven new pilot programs will deliver services tailored to individual community needs, addressing service gaps which have been identified in the metropolitan area and the South-West. The programs will include services for women experiencing co-occurring complexities such as history of trauma, family and domestic violence and will also include a New Dads' program to address barriers for fathers to access support. The pilot programs will be delivered by experienced service providers and outcomes from the programs will be used to inform future planning and development of mental health services for Western Australians. The seven new pilot services to be awarded grants are Women's Health and Wellbeing Services; South Coastal Health and Community Services; Fremantle Women's Health Centre; Midland Women's Health Care Place; Women's Health and Family Services; Australian Association for Infant Mental Health WA; and The Radiance Network South West.Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson "These new perinatal pilot programs are further proof of the commitment by the McGowan Government to provide community focused and proactive mental health support for all Western Australians. "The McGowan Government recognises that investing in perinatal and infant mental health builds the foundations for wellbeing and success across the lifespan of our youngest Western Australians and for future generations to come. "The first years of parenthood can be tough for people regarding social and emotional adjustment and mental illness so making sure traditional and non-traditional options are available for women and men to access is so important for good mental health outcomes. "These pilot programs will increase the mental health support provided to men to promote father inclusive practice, and reduce psychological distress associated with fatherhood." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Mid West’s first heavy-vehicle brake testing facility builds regional capability3235Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4490html26/07/2021 7:00:54 AM2021-07-26T07:00:00Z First heavy-vehicle brake testing facility opens in Geraldton Supported by McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grant program Project delivers five new skilled jobs in Geraldton Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has officially opened the Mid West's first heavy-vehicle brake testing facility at JMH Group in Geraldton. The McGowan Government provided a $66,700 grant through its Regional Economic Development (RED) Grant program to help build local capability. The Geraldton facility will see maintenance and servicing of heavy vehicles occur in the region, rather than taking place in Perth. The equipment provides for brake testing, steering and suspension inspection and weighing vehicles in one drive through process, reducing down time and identifying faults before failure occurs. The project has created five jobs over 12 months and facilitated the training and upskilling of employees, including apprentices, in the heavy automotive and mining industries. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Investing in this facility boosts the competitiveness of the Mid West's heavy-vehicle service sector and the sectors it supports, like agriculture and mining. "It is diverting skilled jobs to Geraldton and building diversity in the local economy. "It also encourages local heavy-vehicle operators to use a brake testing service regularly – a win for road safety. "This project is an excellent example of our RED Grants driving regional business diversification, and creating more options for regional communities." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "Having more services available in regional areas is key to growing regional economies. "For haulage businesses, large and small, this means less travel for assessments on their equipment and helps to build efficiency and productivity. "Less time travelling to Perth means more time on the job. "My thanks to Minister MacTiernan and the McGowan Government for the continuing RED Grants program, helping our regional businesses grow." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Jobs boost for Mid-West METS3232Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6550html26/07/2021 6:09:59 AM2021-07-26T06:00:00Z WesTrac Geraldton facility to carry out heavy machinery rebuilds from Rio Tinto's Pilbara mining operations Arrangement negotiated by State Government through the Mid West Development Commission to support regional jobs Project will support new apprenticeships Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed the rebuild of Rio Tinto's Pilbara-based heavy machinery at the WesTrac Geraldton facility today as a major boost for the Mid-West's mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. The project was negotiated between the State Government through the Mid West Development Commission and industry after feasibility studies identified that WesTrac's Perth and Pilbara facilities were at capacity and unable to accommodate the additional repairs and maintenance required by Rio's mining operations. The Geraldton facility will receive up to 12 dozer rebuilds annually, from various Pilbara operations, with up to 54 machines committed between 2021 and 2025. WesTrac is one of the largest private sector employers of apprentices in Western Australia, and the project will support two new, localised apprenticeship opportunities in the Mid-West as well as creating new local skilled jobs and providing pathways to employment with Rio Tinto. Additionally, the project reduces transport times and negates logistical difficulties mining companies face getting heavy machinery in and out of the metropolitan area. The State will look to expand the initiative into a cross-regional Smart Specialisation project with linkages to the Kimberley and Goldfields regions, using the Mid-West as a demonstration pilot. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This is a fantastic initiative that will see more work carried out in our regional centres, rather than shifting to Perth. "It confirms that geography is not a barrier to global success for our regionally-based METS facilities, but in fact an advantage. "Developing capability in mining services will help to diversify and grow Geraldton's economy, providing long-term jobs for local people. "We hope this pilot sets an example for further cross-regional METS projects." Comments attributed to Rio Tinto Port, Rail and Core Services Managing Director Richard Cohen "Rio Tinto is committed to growing regional Western Australia by supporting jobs and training opportunities for local people. Regional investment initiatives like the METS project will deliver ongoing benefits to the local economy. "The METS project will generate opportunities for local apprentices to develop and expand their skills and potential pathways for employment with Rio Tinto. "By unlocking the capabilities of the Geraldton WesTrac branch, we are significantly reducing transport time by removing the roughly 900-kilometre round trip to Perth. "This will lower costs, improve productivity and reduce the risk of driving related incidents that can occur on congested metropolitan roads." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "Geraldton is a great place to live and work. I am excited to see more employment opportunities coming to our community. "We are already a regional hub for the mining and construction sectors, and this will build on our local capacity. "I would like to congratulate the Mid West Development Commission for all their hard work on getting this project off the ground and add my thanks to Westrac, Rio Tinto and the McGowan Labor Government for helping to bring these specialist METS roles to our city." Minister's office - 6552 6200