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Margaret River Hockey Club set to benefit from funding boost5303Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2800html21/01/2020 4:50:10 AM2020-01-21T04:50:00Z Margaret River Hockey Club getting new synthetic turf half-pitch with lighting More than $334,000 to be provided under State Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund The new half-pitch will save local players the 90-minute round trip to train in Busselton The Margaret River Hockey Club will soon install a new synthetic turf half-pitch with lighting, thanks to a $334,289 contribution from the State Government. The half-pitch is to be located at Gloucester Park, the premier sporting precinct in Margaret River, adjacent to the town's bowling club. The total cost of the project is $1,002,869. The State Government is to provide a third of the funding through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF). The balance of funding for the half-pitch will be provided by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River ($293,500), the Margaret River Hockey Club ($175,000) and the Federal Government ($200,000). The Margaret River Hockey Club has more than 150 members who currently have to train and play in Busselton, which is a 90-minute round trip. The club will continue to play all games in Busselton. The Shire and club have also committed to creating a sinking fund to enable the replacement of the synthetic turf in the future. This year, the State Government will provide a total of $12 million in CSRFF funding to community groups and local governments across Western Australia to help develop better sport and recreation facilities. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "This is a much-needed facility for the Augusta-Margaret River area, and I expect it will be well used and appreciated. "This new training half-pitch will give players a modern facility, much easier access and more time to develop their skills, as well as being able to practise after hours. "Both the Shire and club are also to be commended for committing to a sinking fund for future works at the facility." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Road safety boost for towns along South Western Highway5302Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5810html21/01/2020 3:15:10 AM2020-01-21T03:15:00Z Reduced speed limit to be trialled in four towns along the South Western Highway 40kmh trial will run from January to May 2020 Part of wider plan to reduce regional road trauma across WA McGowan Government allocated $2 billion towards regional roads in last Budget The main streets of four South-West towns are to be converted to 40kmh under a McGowan Government trial to improve driver and pedestrian safety. From the end of January, the speed limit on the South Western Highway will be lowered to 40kmh through Boyanup, Donnybrook, Balingup and Bridgetown. The initiative follows meetings held last year by the Minister for Road Safety and local MP Mick Murray with local councils, to discuss the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles in these town centres. The introduction of the lower speed zone along these sections of main street will help manage this risk. The trial has been designed to help Main Roads develop an effective speed signing plan, using conventional speed signs, that will achieve the best driver compliance with a 40kmh speed limit in a town main street environment. The trial will be overseen by a technical working group, chaired by Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray. The group will include representatives from local governments, Main Roads Western Australia and the Road Safety Commission. The trial will commence by the end of January 2020 and be completed in May. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "These regional towns are accessed by an average of 6,000 vehicles per day. I'm pleased that pedestrian and road user safety will be improved with the introduction of this trial. "We have allowed about three months to monitor road user reaction to the new speed limit and evaluate results of the trial." Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "This is an initiative the Member for Collie-Preston has championed and I've been very happy to support it. "When Mick Murray and I visited these towns last year to discuss the proposal, the message was loud and clear. "Nobody wants traffic travelling through these towns at speed. "We want pedestrians, cyclists, children and the elderly to be safe in these beautiful towns. "We know that dropping 10kmh off a speed limit makes a big difference to the stopping distance of a vehicle. "This will not just add to road safety, but it will also improve community amenity." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "I'm very pleased to have reached the stage where we can announce this trial of lower speed limits through Boyanup, Donnybrook, Balingup and Bridgetown. "Members of the community have contacted me countless times in recent years to raise concerns about the increased truck movements through their towns and to ask for the speed limit to be lowered. "This is a great result which will make these South-West towns safer and has come about through different communities and councils presenting a unified front to reach a common goal." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900
Calling all waste champions - Infinity Awards return in 20205301Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4300html21/01/2020 3:05:57 AM2020-01-21T03:00:00Z Nominations are now open for the 2020 Infinity Awards Organisations and individuals encouraged to share waste reduction success stories New awards category introduced to recognise WA's regional waste leaders Nominations are now being sought for the 2020 Infinity Awards which celebrate Western Australia's waste champions and recognise innovative solutions to reduce waste and meet the reuse and recycling targets in Western Australia's Waste Strategy. Open to individuals, business and industry, government, schools, community organisations, not-for-profits and media outlets, the categories for the 2020 Infinity Awards include Avoid Recover Protect - Community Waste Award; Avoid Recover Protect - Commercial and Industrial Waste Award; Avoid Recover Protect - Waste Management Award; Avoid Recover Protect - WA Regional Waste Award (new category in 2020); 2020 Waste Champion; 2020 Young Waste Achiever; Waste Team of the Year; Waste Innovation of the Year; Waste Wise School of the Year; and Media Award. A further two awards - the 2020 WA Waste Award and the 2020 Waste Initiative of the Year - will be awarded at the judges' discretion. Nominations for the Infinity Awards will close at 5pm on March 10, 2020. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 6, 2020. Full details, including criteria and entry forms, can be found at http//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/submissions/view/infinity-awards Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Across Western Australia we have countless individuals and organisations going the extra mile to achieve a reduction in waste and an increase in resource recovery. "These individuals and organisations all play an important role in contributing to the McGowan Government's target for at least 75 per cent of waste generated in this State to be reused or recycled by 2030. "The 2020 Infinity Awards are a celebration of the remarkable work being achieved in waste reduction in Western Australia. This year, we're pleased to introduce a new category to extend the opportunities for regional waste champions to be recognised for their achievements." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Joint media statement - New era for Rottnest Island’s West End as $33 million infrastructure program gets underway5268Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10760html21/01/2020 1:21:27 AM2020-01-21T01:15:00Z Installation of important tourism infrastructure to boost visitor experiences at island's more remote West End $1.92 million project one of nine tourism infrastructure projects funded by the Federal Government's $17.2 million allocation from the Tourism Icons program State Government committing $16.2 million towards a new Fuel Jetty and a new barge landing Rottnest's spectacular West End will receive a tourism infrastructure boost in the first of a suite of Federal and State Government projects to support growing visitor interest in the island. The rugged and remote West End - which boasts a seal colony and a host of other natural and marine wildlife attractions - will soon have new shelters, seating, access pathways, viewing platforms and an ablution building. The $1.92 million project is one of nine funded by the Federal Government's Tourism Icons program and is set to feature public artwork and interactive features by Noongar artists. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism Jonno Duniam said the project would upgrade amenities and tourism infrastructure on the more remote West End, ensuring better visitor experiences in the increasingly popular area. "Rottnest is a jewel in Australia's crown of stunning tourism locations and the Commonwealth is investing to ensure it can keep up with demand," Assistant Minister Duniam said. "The West End project is part of a $33 million suite of Federal and State Government projects to revitalise and build new infrastructure on Rottnest - supporting the island's ongoing growth in visitor numbers. "It is vital we continue to invest in stunning natural experiences like Rottnest Island, and that's exactly what we are doing. "A total of $17.2 million in Commonwealth funding will be spent over the next three years as part of the Tourism Icons program, including $700,000 for new infrastructure at the island's premier swimming spot The Basin, including a new shaded seating area, refurbished toilets, new beach showers and landscaping. $2 million for the revitalisation of the Wadjemup Hill lighthouse vicinity, including a transport hub. The work will include a new shaded seating area and accommodation, including the upgrade of the Lighthouse Keepers' House. $600,000 for new wayfinding signage to help visitors navigate their way around the island." The State Government has also allocated $16.2 million towards the redevelopment of Rottnest's Fuel Jetty and the construction of a new barge landing to ease the pressure on the Main Jetty precinct. The new Fuel Jetty will offer improved facilities and accessibility to the island, including power and water, new finger jetties, improved refuelling/berthing for smaller vessels and an extended end platform. WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the the $3 million fuel jetty project has been finalised and tenders have been sought for its demolition and reconstruction, scheduled to begin in April. "As the number of visitors to Rottnest continues to increase, the State and Commonwealth governments are investing in infrastructure to support this growth," Minister Papalia said. "The State Government has committed critical infrastructure funding for the jetty and barge landing to ensure services are maintained and the visitor experience is enhanced. "The boating fraternity are an important part of the Rottnest community, with thousands of private boats making the trip to Rottnest every month, and this funding ensures better experiences for all." WA Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Government moves to ensure swift payment of suppliers5300Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11420html21/01/2020 1:22:40 AM2020-01-20T22:00:00Z GTEs to be required to ensure suppliers are paid within 30 days Some GTEs have different policies when it comes to paying suppliers Department of Treasury to liaise with GTEs to ensure alignment with State Government's policy State Government Ministers will require Government Trading Enterprises (GTEs) within their portfolios to align with the State Government's policy that ensures suppliers of government goods and services are paid within 30 days. This follows reports last week that some GTEs, including the Water Corporation, had different policies when it comes to paying suppliers and that in some cases contractors were being offered early payments, in exchange for discounts on their invoices. The State Government requires all commercial payments to be paid within 30 days of the receipt of the creditor's claim, or within 30 days of provision of the goods or services (whichever is later), except where the terms or conditions of a contract relating to a claim for payment provide for alternate payment arrangements or where a discount is offered by a supplier for early payment. Treasurer Ben Wyatt wrote to Ministers this week, requesting them to ensure GTEs within their portfolios align with this policy. The Department of Treasury will be liaising directly with GTEs to confirm alignment with the 30-day policy. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "The State Government's view is that all government agencies and Government Trading Enterprises must abide by the 30-day Government policy for the payment of invoices. "Governments should lead by example and if suppliers do the work, they should expect to be paid in a timely manner. "The issues raised last week by Water Corporation suppliers were rightly deemed unacceptable by the Premier. "As the Premier made clear last week, we don't believe this is acceptable and have moved swiftly to ensure suppliers are paid within 30 days or sooner when possible." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Hay Street Bridge height clearance to increase5254Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12110html20/01/2020 7:11:51 AM2020-01-20T07:10:00Z Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today announced that an alliance contract had been awarded to Bocol and MACA Joint Venture (BMJV) for work on the Hay Street Bridge in the city. The work will increase the clearance of the Hay Street Bridge by 250 millimetres for southbound motorists, over the Mitchell Freeway in Perth. To achieve this, a six metre by 21 metre-long section of the existing bridge will be replaced with a new raised section. A bridge protection beam will also be installed to help minimise the risk of damage in the event of future strikes by unauthorised over-height vehicles. The Hay Street Bridge was constructed in 1968 and complied with bridge height clearance standards at that time, however, it is now considered a low height clearance structure. Data shows that the bridge has been hit 20 times, nine of those in the past five years alone. In order for this project to be completed in a safe and effective way, the southbound freeway at this location will need to be closed for two full weekends - one weekend to dismantle the bridge section and another to install the new bridge section. It is expected that these closures will take place approximately two months apart but the bridge and freeway will remain open during the day with additional night closures only during the project. Freeway closure details including dates will be widely communicated to the public once they are confirmed closer to construction. Work is expected to be completed by September 2020. The $6.75 million project is being funded by the State Government. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "As most Perth road users would be aware, there are very significant safety risks and traffic delays caused by unauthorised over-height vehicles hitting the Hay Street Bridge when travelling southbound on Mitchell Freeway. "Lane closures are often required to clean up resulting debris and to assess potential bridge damage. This leads to heavy traffic congestion for long periods of time, causing road users to become frustrated. "Modification works will be undertaken by an alliance contract. It is expected that 40 new jobs will be created during the construction phase. "Given the complex nature of these works, as well as the location, there will be substantial impacts for road users and the wider community. "Main Roads and BMJV will explore all opportunities to minimise these impacts, and will work closely with stakeholders during the development of the design and construction." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Firefighting aerial giant touches down in Perth5253Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8570html21/01/2020 4:41:13 AM2020-01-20T06:45:00Z First large air tanker to be based in WA touched down in Perth today LAT can drop 11,350 litres of water or retardant and can travel at speeds over 650 kmh Western Australia's fire response capabilities bolstered with new aircraftThe first large air tanker (LAT) to be based in Western Australia touched down at RAAF Base Pearce today adding a significant new asset to the State's aerial firefighting fleet. The LAT, an Erickson Aero MD 87, can drop 11,350 litres of water or retardant and travel at speeds over 650 km/h. This is the first time that WA has had a LAT based in the State and follows the McGowan Government's longstanding advocacy for greater resources for WA's aerial firefighting fleet. The new aircraft has been delivered through the Federal Government's recent $20 million funding boost for Australia's aerial firefighting fleet in December. The decision to base the aircraft in WA was made by the National Aerial Firefighting Centre, a business unit of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council. The new aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Pearce, and managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "The arrival of this new aircraft is fantastic news for Western Australia and I would like to thank the Federal Government for the funding increase and the National Aerial Firefighting Centre for choosing to base a large air tanker here. "We obviously have a significant amount of territory to cover and this MD 87 will be a great help. "It cannot work in isolation though and it is part of a multi-faceted aerial firefighting fleet that includes helicopters and light planes. "Any aerial support still needs firefighters on the ground and it's important to recognise that it is a combined approach that brings the best results." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "I would like to thank the Federal Government for their funding increase that has led to more aerial firefighting resources for Western Australia. "I am sure that this large air tanker will be a very welcome sight for our firefighters when they are battling a fire on the ground. "We have vast national parks that cover a wide range of vegetation and terrains and this new aircraft will make a significant difference when there is restricted access for our on-the-ground resources. "However, like any firefighting resource, it has its limits and needs to be used in conjunction with the rest of the aerial firefighting fleet and firefighters at the fire front for the best possible results." Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
McGowan Government contributes $200,000 for Port Beach rock wall5252Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8180html20/01/2020 12:10:09 AM2020-01-18T02:30:00Z McGowan Government and City of Fremantle partner to address Port Beach erosion Temporary rock wall to protect beach and infrastructure while a longer-term solution is developed Rock wall to be built ahead of winter to provide storm protection Investment follows release of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia report last yearThe McGowan Government will contribute $200,000 towards a temporary rock wall to protect the infrastructure at Port Beach in North Fremantle. Port Beach was identified as an at-risk location in the Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia report released last year. Today's $200,000 contribution follows a State Government grant of $50,000 provided to the City of Fremantle in August last year to undertake further analysis on the issue of coastal erosion at Port Beach. The funding will be matched by the City of Fremantle to build the $400,000 rock wall, which will serve as an interim measure to protect local infrastructure. The project will involve constructing a rock wall to adjoin the existing wall in front of the beach change rooms and replenishing sand on the dune in front of Coast Café. The City of Fremantle is aiming to have the wall built prior to winter, when the area is more prone to damaging weather and severe erosion. A technical advisory group for the North Fremantle development precinct has been formed to investigate options for the long-term solution to erosion in the area. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Construction of this rock wall is intended to secure Port Beach's current functions and provide time to refine and implement a long-term approach. "Port Beach is hugely popular with locals and visitors, and we are working with local government and the community to devise longer-term safeguards. "The McGowan Government has also called on a greater role from the Federal Government in addressing the national issue of coastal erosion." Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley "I've had a lot of discussions with local business owners, beachgoers and residents about the plan to manage erosion at Port Beach. "It's clear a longer-term plan is required, however, the temporary rock wall will give us the time to find ways to address the increasing challenges faced due to changing environmental conditions. "Coastal monitoring and data collection is currently in progress with the aim to develop a longer-term coastal adaptation strategy for Port Beach. "There has been a groundswell of local support for taking action on Port Beach and I thank everyone who has provided feedback." Minister's office - 6552 5500
McGowan Government flags classic car and street rod rego discount5251Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11240html20/01/2020 12:10:07 AM2020-01-18T01:30:00Z New scheme to offer 75 per cent registration discount for classic vehicles registered to an approved club 'Concessions for Classics' scheme to stimulate business and jobs in automotive industry Scheme removes red tape for classic car owners that only drive occasionally WA's motoring culture celebrated through classic vehicle registration concessions The McGowan Government is introducing a new quarter-price registration scheme to bring more classic cars out of the shed and onto the road. The new 'Concessions for Classics' licensing scheme will remove restrictions that currently prevent modified classic vehicles and street rods from accessing licence concessions. Under the new scheme, all car and motorcycle enthusiasts with a vehicle older than 30 years that are also registered to a Department of Transport approved club, will be eligible for the 75 per cent registration concession. Feedback from local motoring clubs and custom vehicle owners suggested the old licensing arrangement discouraged vehicles that would otherwise be used for tourism events, exhibitions and special events from being registered at all. Under 'Concessions for Classics', the annual registration discount would vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on specification. For example A 1956 Holden FJ would drop from $748.90 to $167.35 a year; A 1970 Ford GT would drop from $839.40 to $169.20 a year; A 1929 Ford Roadster would drop from $721.20 to $139.65 a year; and A 1974 Holden Torana SLR would drop from $768.45 to $151.50 a year. The Department of Transport is currently drafting regulation changes and upgrading systems to support the 'Concessions for Classics' scheme. Part of this process will involve the Department of Transport meeting with stakeholders such as motoring clubs to discuss details such as registering a club and defining what constitutes a club event. Drafting is proceeding as quickly as possible and the McGowan Government is aiming to have the new registration scheme available to owners in the second half of 2020. Owners will be subject to a number of conditions such as identification labels, annual vehicle inspections and vehicle use being limited to attending club shows and events. To stay updated, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/concessionsforclassics and subscribe to receive emails in relation to the scheme. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Western Australians love their classic cars and motorcycles, resulting in a strong local motoring scene. "Many local motoring enthusiasts also attend cruises, exhibitions and events that often attract tourists or raise funds for charities. "It's clear that a large amount of classic vehicle enthusiasts are only using their pride and joy for special events such as cruises or shows - so it's unfair they should pay full registration. "Our current registration system also prevents classic car owners from accessing registration concessions if modifications - even safety improvements - have been made to their vehicles. "This new scheme will remove that red tape and encourage more owners to get their classic cars and bikes out to events. "I have been approached by many classic vehicle owners who say the annual registration cost is too high for classic cars that are only used occasionally. "We will now work with those owners to finalise the details of the policy. "The more classic vehicles that are brought out of the shed to qualify for the scheme, the more flow-on benefits we will see in the local automotive industry." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Changing lives for the better - celebrating WA’s corrective services5231Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4890html17/01/2020 8:01:21 AM2020-01-17T08:00:00Z National Corrections Day celebrates Australia's corrective services staff for their important, but 'behind-the-scenes' work Today's celebration coincides with 50th anniversary of Bandyup Women's Prison Staff recognition events have been held throughout the week at prisons, work camps, farms and WA's detention centreCorrective Services employees throughout Western Australia have spent the week being celebrated for their achievements in helping to keep the community safe. Today is National Corrections Day and events have been held this week throughout the State's corrective services prisons, work camps, farms, youth detention centre, and offices to recognise the often unheralded achievements of WA's corrective services staff. Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan joined staff at Bandyup Women's Prison today to mark the national day and to commemorate the prison's 50th anniversary of operation. Bandyup prison sits on previous farming land and began as the 'Bandyup Training Centre' in 1970 to house female prisoners who had been accommodated at Fremantle Prison. Today the facility holds maximum, medium and minimum-security prisoners as well as mothers and their babies in specially designed accommodation. It focuses on providing women with skills to help employment opportunities on release as well as rehabilitative programs. The key to the prison's success, which included recently introducing a beauty therapy training facility, is down to the staff. Today many were recognised for their achievements with various awards by the prison's superintendent. Similar awards ceremonies have been held throughout WA's corrective services facilities this week to recognise the important and rewarding efforts of the State's 4,500 corrective services employees. Perth landmarks including the Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay and the Matagarup Bridge were also illuminated in the National Corrections Day colours of blue and green this week and each day Yagan Square featured the faces of corrective services staff. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan "It was fantastic to attend today's celebrations for the staff at Bandyup Women's Prison who are doing remarkable work in trying to turn prisoners' lives around. "The prison is also commemorating 50 years of operations. It is a very different facility to how it started with a very different cohort of female offenders. "It is not an easy job working in corrective services, but is a very important one. "Whether you are in a prison, work camp, head office or a community offender management office your work is vital to keep the community safe and for making a difference in an offender's behaviour. "I have visited every prison, work camp and prison farm in WA on multiple occasions and I have visited nearly all the Youth Justice offices and Adult Community Corrections offices throughout the State, and there is always a common theme of wanting to make a difference. "I am glad that this week, and especially today, we have turned the focus on the 4500 corrective services staff who make a significant difference to community safety, but whose efforts can often go unheralded." Minister's office - 6552 6300