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Armadale Hospital emergency department upgrade starts in latest expansion for WA public hospitals19791Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2021 5:08:15 AM2021-01-19T05:00:00Z More than $900,000 worth of upgrades to Armadale Hospital's emergency department has started Project is the latest in extensive list of State government hospital emergency departments being upgradedOn-site works has now started at Armadale Hospital as part of its $900,000 plus Emergency Department (ED) upgrade announced late last year. The first stage is expected to be completed one week ahead of scheduled, by the end of January. Health Minister Roger Cook visited the hospital today to view the Emergency Department expansion work. The upgrade comes on the back of more than $360 million committed by the McGowan Government to hospital upgrades across the Perth metropolitan area and regional Western Australia. The projects include $19 million upgrade at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital emergency department; $257 million Joondalup Health Campus project which includes 12 new emergency department bays; $5 million in upgrades for the Peel Health Campus emergency department in addition to $152 million announcement for a major expansion to bring it back into public hands; $1.4 million investment at Royal Perth Hospital in infrastructure works to improve patient flow and deliver a better patient experience; $73 million for Geraldton Health Campus program of works, including emergency department upgrade; $7 million State and Commonwealth funded Mental Health Emergency Centre at St John of God Midland Public Hospital which is currently underway. The upgrades come as WA hospitals are experiencing a significant increase in attendances to emergency departments. Latest data shows ED attendances in Western Australia increased by 8.6 per cent - or about 250 more people a day - from November to December last year. There were 92,557 attendances to WA Emergency Departments in December 2020. This was a 6.9 per cent increase compared with December 2019 (5,955 more attendances) and 12.8 per cent higher than December 2018. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) tracks the performance of public hospital emergency departments including their capacity to admit, transfer or discharge people within four hours. The latest annual report of the AIHW reveals WA has the best performing emergency departments in the nation, ahead of NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. The work at Armadale Hospital - part of the East Metropolitan Health Service - is being undertaken by Marawar Building Services - which boasts more than 50 per cent of staff being Aboriginal. Following site orientation and required health and safety training of all personnel working on the site during the first week of January, the company started required demolition of the ED area and decommissioning and deactivating a range of equipment. New wall frames and sheeting, in addition to work on the ceiling, has already been completed. It is anticipated that most of the new light fittings and painting will be finished this week. The project is particularly challenging as the ED will continue to operate during the reconfiguration and upgrade works. Last financial year, more than 60,000 people attended the Armadale Hospital ED, which services Perth's south-eastern suburbs. The ED reconfiguration has been designed to improve the patient experience through the development of a dedicated paediatric patient treatment area and waiting room, an enhanced low stimulus area for mental health patients, the establishment of a short stay unit for those patients who need to stay within the ED overnight and a dedicated ambulatory assessment area. In addition, to ensure appropriate safety measures and enhanced capability to deal with COVID-19 patients, a dedicated respiratory assessment area will also be developed. When completed, the ED is expected to improve the patient experience, provide clear patient flow pathways and decrease the time people need to wait to see medical staff. The project is anticipated to conclude in mid-2021. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government made a commitment to high-quality healthcare in the public sector and it is proud to be delivering just that across both the city and in the regions. "All Western Australians should be able to access medical care in a timely manner. "The Armadale Hospital ED reconfiguration will help service people living within Perth's south-eastern suburbs more efficiently and effectively. "The work was undertaken following extensive consultation with the medical staff working in the ED - the people who know best what is needed to help with patient flow and ensuring that patients get the care they need as quickly as possible. "Mental Health is at the forefront of all our decision making and an enhanced low stimulus area for mental health patients at Armadale Hospital is a significant step in the right direction. "Development of a dedicated paediatric patient treatment area at Armadale Hospital makes sense - it enables children to be treated in a specific purpose-built area, away from adults. "These staff at Armadale Hospital are regularly commended on Patient Opinion for the outstanding care - the work currently being undertaken will help improve the patient experience." Minister's office - 6552 6500
MRIWA PhD scholarships for 2021 attracts all women researchers19749Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2021 3:00:34 AM2021-01-19T03:00:00Z For the first time MRIWA awards all PhD scholarships to women in 2021 Winners to undertake innovative mining-related research at WA universities Three PhD scholarships funded by the State Government, through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), have been awarded to talented professionals working to deliver innovative research relevant to the State's mining industry. Elizabeth Wall has been awarded the Odwyn Jones PhD Scholarship, named in honour of pioneering Western Australian mining educator Professor Odwyn Jones AO. Devika Bhatia has been awarded the MRIWA PhD Scholarship for Women. Due to the exceptional quality of this year's candidates, MRIWA has offered a third PhD Scholarship to Alexandra Halliday. The recipients will join a cohort of promising PhD researchers to ensure WA remains at the forefront of minerals research and technology development. Since its initiation in 2014, the MRIWA PhD scholarship program has invested $1.9 million to attract and support the development of elite research talent. This is the first time in the seven-year history of the program that women have won all the competitive scholarships on offer, reversing the traditional male dominance of the industry. More information about the MRIWA Scholarships program is available at https//www.mriwa.wa.gov.au/research-funding/phd-scholarship-program/ Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government is investing to attract the world's brightest talent to undertake research into issues important to the future of Western Australia's mining sector. "The mining industry will continue to be a dynamic driver of the Western Australian economy in the coming decades, and the energy and vision of these research leaders will be an important part of shaping that future. "The notable success of women in this competitive field is an example of the State Government supporting gender diversity in all industries." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Clean energy projects to lower emissions and create jobs19746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2021 2:06:53 AM2021-01-19T02:05:00Z ​$2.6 million awarded to two clean energy projects to reduce carbon emissions The projects will create more than 365 construction jobs and 22 ongoing jobs McGowan Government also launches second round of Clean Energy Future FundTwo Goldfields-based projects have been offered grants worth more than $2.6 million in the first round of the McGowan Government's $19 million Clean Energy Future Fund. The projects will create up to 400 jobs and generate 77,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity each year - enough to power 15,000 houses and save 53,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, which is equal to taking 17,000 cars off the road. The successful projects are Nomadic Energy ($1 million) who will install 5 megawatts (MW) of modular, re-deployable solar panels at Saracen's Carosue Dam gold mine. The flexibility to redeploy the solar panels, removes a key barrier to using green energy at mine sites, where a mine may cease operating before the cost of the solar panels has been recovered. ResourcesWA ($1.6 million) who will install 30MW of solar power at the Homestead mine site in the Goldfields, supplying power to the Paddington Mill and Mungari Mill sites and batteries at each of the mills (10MW and 5MW respectively, each with one hour's storage) to reduce the impact of outages and support Western Power's local substation. Projects to reduce the emissions of significant facilities in regional areas were prioritised in the first round, with the State Government funding up to 25 per cent of eligible project costs. Applications for round 2 of the Clean Energy Future Fund will open on Monday January 25, with a total of up to $16 million available in the fund. Round 2 will prioritise clean energy projects that reduce emissions, create jobs, improve security and reliability of supply, or support the replacement of diesel use. It will also prioritise projects that support decarbonisation of existing industry, develop new low carbon industries or enhance energy efficiency in manufacturing or the built environment. The fund, administered by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation with support from Energy Policy WA, launched in April. For more information, visit https//www.wa.gov.au/service/environment/environment-information-services/clean-energy-future-fund Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Clean Energy Future Fund is an important part of the McGowan Government's commitment to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and supporting our State's COVID-19 economic recovery plan. "Nomadic Energy and ResourceWA were chosen for the high value they provide, their capacity to reduce emissions, potential for wider adoption, innovation and financial viability. "These benefits will only increase further as these technologies are more widely adopted, and will also grow exponentially as the fund continues to support new, innovative clean energy projects." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government's Clean Energy Future Fund is evidence of its commitment to supporting innovative, new technologies and opportunities for Western Australia. "Not only does the fund assist in developing clean energy projects, it has helped create jobs, which is increasingly important for our State's economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. "With over 385 construction and operational jobs expected to be created during the life of the two projects, it's clear that clean energy industries are an important source of future employment opportunities, particularly in regional WA." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
The grass is greener in Baldivis as turf is laid for significant sporting infrastructure project19743Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2021 2:03:38 AM2021-01-19T02:00:00Z Works underway at Baldivis District Sporting Club, following $2.5 million CSRFF grant for turf playing fields, a district pavilion and improve lighting Additional $10 million contribution provided through the WA Recovery Plan towards the construction of the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre Projects form part of the larger $47.6 million new Baldivis District Sporting Complex The McGowan Government has committed $2.5 million, through its flagship sporting infrastructure fund, to help construct turf playing fields and a sporting pavilion with change rooms at the Baldivis District Sporting Club in the City of Rockingham. Premier Mark McGowan and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby visited the construction site at the club today, which will be primarily used by Australian rules football and cricket clubs. The project involves the installation of approximately eight hectares of turf, and will be an important piece of sporting infrastructure in the southern suburbs. The City of Rockingham received a grant of $1.5 million for the development of turf playing fields at the Baldivis District Sporting Complex, and a further $1 million for the development of a district pavilion and oval floodlighting at the site, through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF). The City also received $10 million through the WA Recovery Plan towards the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre, a $18.8 million project featuring four indoor multi-purpose courts, change rooms, meeting rooms and a café. Additional funding for the new $47.6 million Baldivis District Sporting Complex has been provided by the City of Rockingham ($35 million) and Cricket Australia ($100,000). The playing fields and pavilion project is expected to be completed by early 2022 with the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre expected to be completed late 2022. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This project will benefit the Baldivis and surrounding local communities significantly providing sporting infrastructure and great playing fields for locals and visitors to enjoy. "I'm pleased to support this important community infrastructure project as part of our WA Recovery Plan which is providing a boost to the economy following the impacts of the pandemic. "Encouraging people to get out, get active, and get into sport and active recreation has never been more important as we try to help to reconnect communities, increase participation for local sporting organisations and create jobs for local workers." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The CSRFF helps to foster healthier and more connected communities by providing better places for people to play sport and recreate, while also providing project work for WA businesses and creating local jobs. "With Baldivis being one of the fastest growing sporting communities in the State, this significant investment will contribute to meeting the demand for playing grounds for our local Aussie Rules and cricket clubs. "I'm pleased that the McGowan Government is playing a vital role in the economic recovery of local economies." Comments attributed to Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby "The Baldivis community loves sport and this centre will become the home of sport in Baldivis for generations. "The project will meet a growing need in our community as local sporting clubs boom and need more playing fields and facilities. "The Baldivis District Sporting Complex will be first class and a substantial asset for all the community. The centre will also free up playing space at other ovals across Baldivis." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Investing in Perth’s northern suburbs’ recovery19742Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4960html18/01/2021 8:40:59 AM2021-01-18T08:40:00Z McGowan Government investment in northern suburbs continues, with two key infrastructure projects set to get underway Funding through the WA Recovery Plan will create jobs and local economic activityThe McGowan Government is continuing to invest in Perth's northern suburbs, with two major infrastructure projects set to get underway in the City of Wanneroo. An amount of $150,000 has been released to fund the design work for upgrades to floodlights at the Olympic Kingsway Sports Club. The funding is part of $2.667 million already committed to improving the club's infrastructure. The scope of the project includes the provision of 500 lux lighting to the main soccer pitch and 200 lux lighting to two training pitches. A $600,000 commitment from the fund will also see the extension of the Warradale Community Centre. The extension will provide a new modular change room facility, with two unisex change rooms, a first aid room and umpires' room. This funding delivers on a 2017 McGowan Government election commitment, and following advocacy from local MLA Margaret Quirk and the City of Wanneroo, the scope of the project has been expanded to include unisex facilities. Launched in July, the WA Recovery Plan is a $5.5 billion investment by the WA Government, driving the Western Australian economy and helping WA to get back to being a thriving and innovative place to live, work, visit and do business. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "It is great for our northern suburban communities that this investment through the WA Recovery Plan is playing a key role in revitalising these two facilities. "This funding will create more local jobs and increased economic activity in the City of Wanneroo. "It will also support more individuals and families to get out and be active members of their communities."­­Comments attributed to Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk "The existing rooms at the Warradale Community Centre are well used by local sporting and community clubs. "These upgrades meet the demands of increased and growing patronage, and I know are welcomed." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Lotterywest grants presented to arts organisations19741Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5330html18/01/2021 7:31:01 AM2021-01-18T07:30:00Z ​Almost $700,000 in Lotterywest cheques presented to arts organisations Chamber of Arts and Culture WA receive $323,351 to support the sector respond to crises CircuitWest receive $376,000 grant for professional development programTwo culture and the arts organisations will share in more than $699,000 in Lotterywest funding to build the capacity of the sector. Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today presented grant certificates to arts advocacy body the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, and performing arts touring and service organisation CircuitWest. The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA will receive $323,351 to support their work with arts and culture organisations to improve their capacity to respond to future crises and opportunities. CircuitWest will receive $376,000 to deliver a year-long professional development and capacity building program to 30 community theatres across the State. Accepting the grant certificates on their organisations' behalf were Shelagh Magadza from the Chamber and Ryan Taaffe from CircuitWest. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "I am delighted to present these cheques to two organisations that play such a crucial role in the arts and cultural sector. "The sector has been hit hard by COVID-19 - this funding will support their capacity to future-proof itself in what may continue to be uncertain times. "We are fortunate in WA to have the only lottery in Australia, and one of the few in the world, where all profits are returned directly back to the local community. "It is thanks to those that play Lotterywest games and the small businesses who sell them that we can support arts organisations like CircuitWest and the Chamber." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Lotterywest funding to support volunteer research and training19740Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5820html18/01/2021 6:02:55 AM2021-01-18T06:00:00Z Lotterywest funding of $848,198 for three volunteer-involving organisations Focus on research, development and training Volunteering Minister Mick Murray has today announced more than $848,000 in Lotterywest funding towards research, development and training for three Western Australian volunteer-involving organisations. A grant of $600,948 to Lifeline WA (Living Stone Foundation) will fund a research project looking at the safety and efficacy of volunteers working from home. Lifeline WA commenced operating in 1994, using trained volunteers to deliver a 24-hour counselling and support service, assisting Western Australians experiencing personal crises or contemplating suicide. Chorus Australia will use their grant of $198,450 to develop a training package designed to strengthen community capacity and disability, aged care and mental health services. Chorus works to enable people to live the life they choose in their own home and community. Volunteering WA (Volunteer Centre of Western Australia) will use their grant of $48,800 in research and development of good practise in volunteering in the aged-care sector. The organisation represents volunteering across the State, including all volunteer involving organisations, and the 545,800 volunteers that support them. WA organisations that rely on volunteering were all greatly challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will assist three organisations to rebuild after the pandemic, and will strengthen their support of vulnerable members of the community. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing and Volunteering Minister Mick Murray "Volunteers are the lifeblood of a great many organisations, so investment in research and training is essential in order to support them to work effectively. "It's estimated that up to six hundred thousand Western Australians regularly put their hands up to help out every year, and those people make an estimated annual economic and social contribution of around $39 billion. "This funding will ensure volunteers receive the training and support necessary to undertake their invaluable volunteering roles. "The State Government and Lotterywest are proud to support community projects like these that help to build a better Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Program to support culturally and linguistically diverse families19739Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8650html18/01/2021 3:52:51 AM2021-01-18T03:45:00Z New $1.2 million trial program at two Perth schools to support families and their children who speak English as an additional language before they start school Maylands Peninsula Primary School and Bentley Primary School selected to take part Program for children aged three and under will facilitate family participation in activities and acknowledges families as their child's first educators Ready by the start of Semester 2, 2021 A new $1.2 million program at two Perth primary schools will support the development and learning of young children who speak English as an additional language before they start school. Maylands Peninsula Primary School and Bentley Primary School will trial the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Early Years Link program in 2021 for children aged three years and under. The program provides playgroup sessions for six hours a week, with high levels of involvement from families. External agencies will also provide any additional support required. Similar to KindiLink for Aboriginal families with children before school age, the program offers high quality play-and-learn sessions for children and their parents or carers at no cost. Both school communities have a significant number of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Teachers and ethnic education assistants at Maylands Peninsula Primary School and Bentley Primary School will have training and ongoing professional support to implement and deliver the program. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We want families with young children who speak a language other than English to get all the support they need before their children start school. "It will help build the capacities and confidence of culturally and linguistically diverse families by developing strong relationships with school staff and their communities, introducing a smooth transition to kindergarten, and providing strong links with external services." Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker "I am thrilled Maylands Peninsula Primary School will trial the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Early Years Link program in 2021. "This new program will help progress the learning of young children with an emphasis on family support." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Entries open for Australian Masters Games in Perth14571Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6730html18/01/2021 12:41:26 AM2021-01-17T23:00:00Z Entries for the Australian Masters Games open today Event draws competitors from across the country into Perth Entries open today for the Australian Masters Games, which is being held in Perth this October. Supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA and VenuesWest, it is the first time Western Australia has hosted the premier sporting event since 1993. The Australian Masters Games, for people aged over 30, features around 50 sports including athletics, cricket, basketball, netball, figure skating and wrestling. While sport is the main attraction, the event is also known for its social activities, with a program of entertainment throughout the week to give competitors and guests a taste of Perth and the surrounding regions. More than 8,000 competitors and supporters are expected to take part in the Australian Masters Games, which will be held in Perth from October 9 to October 16, 2021, in line with advice of the WA Chief Health Officer. To enter, visit https//australianmastersgames.com Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Attracting large sporting events, like the Australian Masters Games, is an important part of the McGowan Government's tourism strategy. "The Masters Games will attract competitors from right across WA and give them a chance to rediscover our city." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Age is the only criteria for the Australian Masters Games - it's all about getting active, reconnecting with friends and creating new relationships. "With so many different sporting and social events offered throughout the week, the games provide many opportunities for participants to build connections to their community, which are more valuable now than ever as we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Safe approach for Victoria under WA’s border controls19738Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements28010html15/01/2021 10:07:38 AM2021-01-15T10:00:00Z Effective 12.01am, Monday, January 18, Victoria will become a 'low risk' State Travel only permitted with 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing Cautious approach comes after Victoria recorded nine days of no local cases Transition in line with latest health advice and controlled interstate border Following the latest public health advice, Western Australia's controlled interstate border will be safely adjusted from Monday, January 18 with travel from Victoria permitted into WA subject to the following strict conditions complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days and if they have knowingly mixed with someone from New South Wales or Queensland; self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise; present for a COVID-19 test on day 11; all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival; be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals); and land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise. Anyone coming from Victoria that has been in or travelled through a medium-risk jurisdiction in the past 14 days will not be able to enter WA without an exemption. Under WA's expert health advice, a jurisdiction requires at least 28 days of no community cases until consideration can be given to reclassify them as 'very low risk'. Jurisdictions considered 'very low risk' and are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements currently include the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. Jurisdictions considered 'medium risk' are not permitted to enter WA without an exemption and include only New South Wales and Queensland, when Victoria moves to 'low risk'. The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls, including Queensland and New South Wales, to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future. WA's border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals. More information on WA's controlled borders is available at http//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The re-introduction of a hard border with Victoria was necessary to protect Western Australians and minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the WA community. "It shows that with a controlled border, we can make adjustments swiftly to keep WA safe. "I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout this process, and for helping keep WA safe. "Classifying Victoria as 'low risk' allows for safe travel under our controlled border, with the important requirement of 14 days of self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test. "The variant strain has added an extra layer of complexity with how rapidly the virus can spread, so WA's extra cautious approach is necessary. "Everyone in the community has a responsibility to be vigilant and ensure we can stay protected from this deadly virus - this means heeding the COVID safe principles and taking precautionary measures on all fronts, be it face masks when flying and at airports, and checking-in using SafeWA when you're out." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This safe and cautious adjustment for Victoria has been recommended by the Chief Health Officer on the latest public health advice. "This cautious but sensible approach under our controlled border, gives Western Australia the protection we need to minimise the risk of COVID-19 entering the WA community. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and once Victoria reaches 28 days of no community transmission we can then consider the next step under our controlled border." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500