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Growing suburbs to benefit from Willetton Basketball Association upgrades24193Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 8:40:08 AM2018-04-24T08:40:00Z Indoor courts to double; playing capacity to increase by 60 per cent Upgrades to expand co-sharing of facilities, with more opportunities for badminton and netball Major upgrades to the Willetton Basketball Association will double the number of courts at the facility and increase playing capacity by 60 per cent, thanks in part to a McGowan Government grant. The Willetton Basketball Association's indoor courts will double from four to eight, capacity will increase to 5,500 - and new change rooms, storage rooms, toilets, administration and social areas will complete the refurbishment. An important aspect of the upgrades is to allow for co-sharing of courts and facilities by local badminton and netball players. The McGowan Government contributed $1.5 million to the project through the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund, while the Federal Government provided $5.5 million, the City of Canning provided $2.2 million and the Willetton Basketball Association provided $800,000. The Willetton Basketball Association is a key community sporting facility servicing the southern and eastern suburbs. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "It is terrific that so many parties across government and the community have come together to get these important upgrades off the ground. "The Willetton Basketball Association provides playing space for many sports in the growing southern and eastern suburbs - and these improvements will ensure its future as a key sporting hub. "An important aspect of these upgrades is their support for badminton and netball to better co-share at the facility. We must do better at sharing facilities between sports and this is a step in the right direction for which the club should be commended." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Work starts on new passing lanes for Indian Ocean Drive24192Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 8:26:55 AM2018-04-24T08:25:00Z Construction of four additional passing lanes commences Works form part of a $7 million package of safety improvements Part of response to State Government's safety review of Indian Ocean Drive New passing lanes on Indian Ocean Drive between Seabird and Lancelin are now under construction following the State Government's safety review of the road last year. The McGowan Government initiated the safety review last year in response to a series of serious and fatal crashes between Lancelin and Two Rocks. Key short to medium term recommendations from the report were lowering the speed limit - which was reduced to 100kmh immediately after the review last November - and the construction of further passing lanes. The WA Police Force has also continued to provide strong traffic enforcement measures. These two northbound and two southbound passing lanes are part of an overall $7 million package of works to improve safety on Indian Ocean Drive, funded by the State Government's Regional Road Safety Package. The project will complement other recently completed safety improvement works including The installation of centre and edge audible line markings between Two Rocks and Lancelin; Maintenance work on centre and edge lines to enhance visibility and reflectivity; Vegetation clearing to improve sight lines; New advanced guide signs at the end of the current passing lanes; and New wildlife warning signs between Two Rocks and Lancelin and the replacement of guide signs. Future works include a design review of intersections between Two Rocks and Lancelin, installation of more audible line markings, work to increase the seal width and creating a one-metre-wide centreline treatment for the entire length of the road. This treatment will create a greater distance between opposing traffic, providing additional reaction time if a driver unintentionally drifts across the centre line towards oncoming traffic. The $4.25 million passing lane contract has been awarded to Central Earthmoving, with construction expected to be completed by December 2018. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The McGowan Government acted quickly following a number of serious crashes on Indian Ocean Drive last year, and this is one of the measures recommended by the safety review. "We hope these works, combined with the lowering of the speed limit and new audible edge lines, will make the road a lot safer and potentially save lives. "Traffic volumes along Indian Ocean Drive can reach up to 5,500 vehicles per day. The construction of these four additional passing lanes will help improve road safety for local residents and tourists alike." Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "These passing lanes are only part of a broader program of improvements to Indian Ocean Drive. "The Government has taken decisive action to make improvements on a road which has proven to be dangerous, but that is no reason for drivers to become complacent. "I urge everyone to drive within the speed limit and drive to the conditions. "It is one of the roads on which you can expect to see an increased police presence, including our new Regional Enforcement Unit." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900
State supports 2018 Anzac Day for veterans and their families24190Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 7:07:09 AM2018-04-24T07:00:00Z McGowan Government acknowledges the sacrifice and devotion of Australia's servicemen and women More than $1 million allocated in the past year for 2018 Anzac Day and Armistice Day commemorations Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley has reinforced the McGowan Government's support for veterans and their families, highlighting a range of activities and events across Western Australia to commemorate Anzac Day tomorrow (April 25). In the past year, the State Government has allocated more than $1 million to help various organisations prepare for this year's commemorations, including Anzac Day dawn and commemorative services across WA ($193,158); Parade march, memorial service at the Perth Concert Hall and gunfire breakfast ($121,919); Sunset services across the three days leading up to Anzac Day, to enable those who are unable to attend on the day the opportunity to pay their respects ($2,395); and Sub-branch commemorative events throughout 94 regional towns and communities ($353,986). The State Government has also provided $300,000 in Anzac Day Trust funding to ex-service organisations to assist their work with veterans and their families over issues such as employment transition, mental health and other support. Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "Wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations to the current day have claimed the lives of more than 102,000 Australians - including the horrendous losses suffered during World War I that saw 62,000 dead or held as prisoners. "World War I, or the Great War as it is often called, officially ended almost 100 years ago. "On Anzac Day, we remember all those men and women who have served in our defence forces and acknowledge the sacrifices they have made and the legacy of their actions. "Anzac Day is when we collectively pay tribute to the selflessness, courage, strength and mateship of our veterans; characteristics that helped secure Australia's freedom. "The McGowan Government is proud to support Anzac Day events. Lest we forget." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Board members reappointed at Western Power20392Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 9:00:03 AM2018-04-24T06:45:00Z Terms for Colin Beckett and Greg Martin extended on Western Power board Reappointments to guarantee and support the undisrupted work of the board Energy Minister Ben Wyatt has today announced the extension of the tenure of Western Power board chairman Colin Beckett and deputy board chairman Greg Martin. Mr Beckett has been serving as chairman of Western Power since 2015. He is an engineer with more than 35 years' experience in engineering design, project management, commercial and gas marketing. With more than 35 years of experience working in the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors across Australia, New Zealand and internationally, Mr Martin will continue to bring his wealth of experience to the role. Both appointments have been extended to April 28, 2021. Comment attributed to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt "I look forward to both Colin and Greg continuing the good work of the Western Power board." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New centre to ride the next wave of renewable energy research20391Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 6:34:00 AM2018-04-24T06:30:00Z New Wave Energy Research Centre to be located in the former Albany Visitor Centre $3.75 million McGowan Government contribution to advance research and development of wave energy Centre to attract global attention, stimulating local and industry jobs and growth Renewable energy research has taken a step forward today with an announcement that The University of Western Australia's Wave Energy Research Centre will be based in the former Albany Visitor Centre. The McGowan Government awarded $3.75 million to UWA to establish the centre as a hub for wave energy expertise, research and development. The building will be fitted out and become operational over the coming months, providing scientists and other multidisciplinary experts with a dedicated hub to support their research endeavours on the South Coast. The centre - in its prominent location - will be a high-profile addition to Albany, helping UWA to realise its ambition for the world-class facility to be a focal point for wave energy research, attracting local and international scientists to the region. The McGowan Government is committed to supporting technology and innovation to advance the production of clean energy, while creating opportunities for jobs and growth in the Great Southern region and the renewable energy sector. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I am proud that Western Australia is leading the charge to be a world-leader in the development of renewable energy technology, which will see Albany become a global centre for expertise and innovation. "This centre demonstrates my Government's commitment to investing in the State's scientific capacity. "Albany is the perfect location to examine wave technology, and the new Wave Energy Research Centre will provide a facility for scientists from across the world to gather a deeper understanding of wave and offshore energy." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "UWA's Wave Energy Research Centre, located in the former Albany Visitor Centre, is a fantastic addition to the growing Albany science and education precinct and is another example of the State's scientific capability. "Today marks another chapter in Albany's proud history of leading renewable energy production and a step forward on our endeavour to see WA move from a technology taker to a technology maker." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Joint media statement - Works start on Great Northern Highway upgrade in the Kimberley20390Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 6:10:55 AM2018-04-24T04:30:00Z Works have started on the upgrade of Great Northern Highway from Maggie Creek to Wyndham in Western Australia's Kimberley Region, with the new section of road set to improve regional connectivity. Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the Wyndham Spur section of Great Northern Highway was an important route for the local community and the transport industry in the East Kimberley Region, as it provides the only sealed access to Wyndham and the Port while also linking Kununurra and Wyndham. "The project will see Great Northern Highway upgraded between Maggie Creek and Wyndham, including widening and strengthening works along the Wyndham Spur section and the realignment and construction of a passing lane at Maggie's Jump Up," Mr McCormack said. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the Maggie Creek to Wyndham project formed part of the Australian Government's $600 million investment in Australia's northern road network under the Northern Australia Roads Program (NARP). "Projects delivered under the NARP will play an essential role in supporting the ongoing economic development of our regions across the North, particularly those with expanding mining and agricultural industries," Senator Canavan said. "The Maggie Creek to Wyndham project will increase employment and business opportunities for the Kimberley region, with a particular focus on creating opportunities for Indigenous people and businesses." Western Australian Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands Rita Saffioti said the sections of the Great Northern Highway to be upgraded were currently prone to flooding and struggled to accommodate road trains transporting bulk minerals to the port of Wyndham. "This important project will improve the safety and reliability of this section highway, and help to meet the future demands of the Kimberley region road network, including shifting goods to domestic and international markets," Ms Saffioti said. "I am looking forward to seeing the completion of these works, expected in late 2018, with the project being delivered by WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd. "This is one of many new Main Roads contracts that contractually progress Aboriginal employment and business engagement." Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the works would improve road safety and access along Great Northern Highway heading into Wyndham and increase the overall reliability of the route. "By increasing the capacity of the culverts and upgrading existing floodways, the works are expected to promote year-round access to major town sites for local residents and tourists visiting the area," Ms Price said. The Australian Government has committed $44.9 million towards the project, with the Western Australian Government contributing up to $11.2 million. For more information on the Northern Australia Roads Program visit http// Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Joint media statement - Work underway on two key Great Northern Highway upgrades20389Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 5:58:17 AM2018-04-24T04:00:00Z The Australian and Western Australian Governments are moving forward with their commitment to making the Great Northern Highway a better and safer road with construction starting on two vital upgrades. Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the Miling Bypass and Pithara Section were two of nine packages of work being progressed under the $344 million Muchea to Wubin upgrade. "The Miling Bypass will deliver 7.7 kilometres of new highway, widening and overlay of 1.2 kilometres of the existing Great Northern Highway and widening and construction of 2.5 kilometres of side roads," Mr McCormack said. "Meanwhile the Pithara Section will involve upgrading 16 kilometres of highway including construction of 10 kilometres of new road, six kilometres of widening, overlay works, two new overtaking lanes and a number of intersection improvements." Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the Great Northern Highway was Australia's longest, providing an important link between Perth and the resource-rich regions in WA's north. "The Miling Bypass will provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles around the town of Miling, improving freight efficiency and creating a safer passage for all road users," Ms Saffioti said. "It will also separate local and heavy vehicle traffic, and minimise noise and vibration in the Miling town site. "Currently, over 1,300 vehicles pass through Pithara on a daily basis, with about 35 per cent of these being heavy vehicles. A range of modifications are also planned for the road layout in the Pithara town site, including dedicated parking areas to separate local and through traffic and new bus bays. "This is one of many new Main Roads contracts that contractually progress Aboriginal employment and business engagement." Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said local businesses would reap benefits from these works with the Miling Bypass contractor Watpac Civil and Mining Pty Ltd committing to source $4 million worth of goods and services from regional suppliers. "The Muchea to Wubin section of the Great Northern Highway is experiencing growing volumes of heavy vehicles including 36.5 metre road trains and other oversized vehicles, resulting in significant delays and reliability issues for general traffic," Ms Price said. "The Miling Bypass and Pithara Section projects will build on the works already completed between Muchea and Wubin, delivering on the Government's commitment to making Great Northern Highway a better and safer road." Construction of the Miling Bypass is expected to be complete by mid-2019. The Pithara section will be delivered by the Highway Construction/ALBEM Joint Venture. The Australian Government is providing $275 million towards this $344 million project, with the WA Government providing the remaining $69 million. Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
State appoints inquirer into City of Perth workings20387Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 7:44:57 AM2018-04-24T01:00:00Z Legal practitioner will probe City of Perth's operations and affairs Inquirer has Royal Commission powers to recommend dismissal or reinstatement of council Latest move is the fifth local government inquiry panel in the past 20 years Local Government Minister David Templeman today announced the appointment of legal practitioner Anthony (Tony) Power to conduct the formal inquiry into the City of Perth. The move follows the Minister's suspension of the Perth City Council after concluding there had been a serious and long-term failure by the elected council to ensure the City performed its functions properly. The appointment of Mr Power takes effect on May 1, 2018 with a final report expected within 12 months. The panel inquiry will have the powers of a Royal Commission and the authority to make a recommendation on the dismissal or reinstatement of the suspended council. In undertaking the inquiry, Mr Power will investigate the operations and affairs of the City of Perth between October 1, 2015 and March 1, 2018 inclusive. Specifically, the inquiry will consider if there was a failure to provide good government for the City of Perth community, the prospect of providing future good government and any necessary action to ensure ongoing good government. Mr Power has practised at Francis Burt Chambers since 1999. He has a broad practice and has worked in almost all Courts and Tribunals, the Corruption and Crime Commission, Royal Commissions and as a mediator. He is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Notre Dame Australia and Murdoch University. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "Mr Power is experienced, thorough and hardworking and has a strong commitment to achieving the best possible outcome. "As Minister for Local Government, my priority is to restore confidence in the people of Perth of the City's ability to provide good governance for its community. "I believe that with Mr Power's specialist skills and knowledge, we are well placed to achieve this." Minister's office - 6552 5400 To view the Notice of Appointment and terms of reference for the inquiry, visit https//
WA Seniors Card celebrates 30 years of benefits for older Western Australians20286Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1040html23/04/2018 9:00:15 AM2018-04-23T09:00:00Z Milestone achievement for WA's pioneering Seniors Card, the most generous in Australia The State Government today celebrated 30 years of the WA Seniors Card - the Australian-first concessions program for seniors, since replicated throughout the country to great success. Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray joined stakeholders from the seniors and ageing space to celebrate the scheme - the most generous of its kind in Australia. Former Labor Premier Peter Dowding launched the WA Seniors Card on April 19, 1988, following strong support for the concept from then Minister for the Aged Kay Hallahan. The card was the brainchild of schoolteacher and former Royal Australian Air Force serviceman Fred Carden, who established the Seniors Citizens Concession Committee and engaged with businesses to shore up support for the scheme. The anniversary was celebrated at the Aquarium of Western Australia. Special guests included Seniors Card members, volunteers and Nan Milton of Duncraig, who turned 100 today (April 23). Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "The WA Seniors Card was the first of its kind in Australia - and today is the most generous in the country. "The former Minister Kay Hallahan and former Premier Peter Dowding had the good sense to support this important program, following Fred Carden's pioneering work on the concept. "The card recognises older Australians for the contribution they have made to the State over their lives, providing extra support to help with outings, bills and the cost of living. "Today there are almost 800 discounts available from a growing list of supporting businesses across the State, as well as many other partnerships across Australia and New Zealand. "In 1994, the WA Seniors Card program introduced a volunteering program so that seniors could actively participate in the community - one that continues to great success today. "The McGowan Government's continued support of the WA Seniors Card program will ensure that older people continue to receive the support and assistance they require and deserve." Minister's office - 6552 6400
WA arts stalwart appointed Australia Council chair20282Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4530html23/04/2018 8:00:11 AM2018-04-23T08:00:00Z Sam Walsh congratulated for his appointment as chair of the Australia Council Appointment brings greater State representation to national body The McGowan Government has welcomed the announcement of long-time arts stalwart Sam Walsh AO, as the new chair of the Australia Council for the Arts. The Australia Council is one of the country's most esteemed arts bodies. Established in 1975, it is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body that champions and invests in Australian arts. The Australian Government announced Mr Walsh's appointment to chair, having joined the board as a member in 2016. Mr Walsh is currently the chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, commissioning panel chair of the Australian representation for the Venice Biennale, chair of the Perth Diocesan Trust, chair elect of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA), chair of the Accenture Global Mining Council and global president of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Formerly a chief executive of Rio Tinto, Mr Walsh retired in 2016. He has been the director of the Royal Opera House and Ballet while based in London, and former chair of Black Swan State Theatre Company, chair of the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture and chair of the Australian Business Arts Foundation. For his distinguished service to the mining industry and the Western Australian community, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Sam Walsh has been a long-time supporter and vocal advocate of the arts and its benefit to our community. "This is an appointment most justified and Sam will bring a vast range of knowledge, experience and creativity to the council, including an intimate knowledge of the talent base in Western Australia. "I look forward to working with Sam as he leads the Council on behalf of the whole of Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5400