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Children’s Week kicks off with family fun day at Whiteman Park7746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/10/2021 2:22:59 AM2021-10-23T16:00:00Z ​ Community Services Minister Simone McGurk officially opens Children's Week at family fun day in Whiteman Park 2021 Children's Week theme focuses on strengthening children's sense of belonging and re-establishing connection with family, community and country Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has officially launched Children's Week, which runs from October 23 to 31, while enjoying the festivities on offer today at the Family Fun Day at Whiteman Park. The free annual event attracts more than 5,000 people each year and combines music, food stalls, child-focused activities and an animal farm where kids can interact with cute and cuddly animals. Children's Week is an opportunity for the community to engage in a variety of family-friendly activities that facilitate, support and encourage children and their families to play, learn and grow together. In Western Australia, Children's Week is convened by not-for-profit group Meerilinga and is sponsored by the Department of Communities. In 2021, the Children's Week theme is focused on strengthening children's sense of belonging and re-establishing connection with family, community and country. The State Government supports a range of initiatives that promote better outcomes for children in WA. Earlier this month, the McGowan Government passed the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2021, which included changes to legislation supporting closer working relationships between the State Government and Aboriginal people, organisations and communities to build stronger connection to family, culture and Country for Aboriginal children in care. The Department of Communities' Education and Care Regulatory Unit (ECRU) recently commenced a digital advertising campaign to raise awareness about Working With Children Checks and encourage compliance for individuals advertising tuition services through online platforms such as Gumtree. The proactive campaign will next month shift focus to target babysitting and child-minding services. For more information on Children's Week or to find an event near you, visit the campaign website. Comments attributed to Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Children's Week is an important campaign that champions the rights for all children to be able to enjoy a full, happy and safe childhood. "When we invest in children, we invest in our future. By enhancing children's sense of belonging and connection, we help establish happier and more productive communities. "Meerilinga has a long history of putting children's needs first and raising the status of children in Western Australia, and the Department of Communities is a proud sponsor of Children's Week. "The McGowan Government is committed to keeping children safe and supporting initiatives that help them to flourish."
More COVID-19 vaccination clinics popping up across WA7748Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/10/2021 3:35:51 AM2021-10-23T16:00:00Z ​ State Government and Wesfarmers partner to establish COVID-19 pop-up clinics Several clinics to be rolled out at Bunnings stores across WA Clinics will operate from the weekend of November 6-7 New State-run clinics across WA communities to open from the end of the month Carramar, Mandurah, Ellenbrook and Canning Vale next new clinics to pop-up Launch of Roll Up for WA bus to support vaccination roll-out All vaccines administered by WA Health staff The McGowan Government and Wesfarmers have partnered on a new initiative to increase vaccinations across Western Australia. The pop-up Bunnings clinics will each provide up to 250 vaccinations per day, for people to drop in without an appointment. A new State-run community vaccination clinic will also open tomorrow (October 25) at Carramar Village Shopping Centre, giving residents in Perth's northern suburbs another opportunity to get vaccinated. Opening times are 9am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9am to 7pm on Thursday; and 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday. The clinic will initially provide around 2,000 vaccinations each week but will increase depending on demand. Additional clinics are being planned for Mandurah, Ellenbrook and Canning Vale and are expected to open from early November. Community vaccination clinics are now open at Armadale Central Shopping Centre, The Square Mirrabooka, Centrepoint Midland Shopping Centre, Claremont Showgrounds, Kwinana Supa Centre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City. WA Health State COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in more than 100 locations across WA, with sites listed on the HealthyWA website (click on COVID-19), and people can attend any State-run clinic without an appointment. The State-run clinics are in addition to the participating GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics, which are managed by the Commonwealth, to provide COVID-19 vaccines across Western Australia. WA's vaccination program will also get a shot in the arm with the launch of a new Roll Up for WA bus - a joint effort between WA Health and WA Police to further support the roll-out. The Roll Up for WA bus, along with two additional police vehicles, will be deployed across WA to ensure vaccination equipment and staff can be easily transported to new pop-up clinic locations. All Western Australians aged 12 years and above are urged to visit to register and book their vaccination appointments as soon as possible. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians love Bunnings and now access to a COVID-19 jab is as easy as getting an item for a DIY project. "Everyone aged 12 years and over can now get the COVID-19 vaccine - and that includes the DIY enthusiasts, tradies and casual shoppers visiting selected Bunnings stores. "We're extending access to the vaccine by going out into the community where Western Australians live and work - and bringing the vaccine to them. "The new clinics set to open in Carramar, Mandurah, Ellenbrook and Canning Vale, in addition to the hundreds of pop-up clinics across regional areas, will make getting a COVID-19 vaccine easier for Western Australians. "Now is the time to get vaccinated - we finally have the supply, we have the capacity, and we want people to come and get vaccinated now. "If you haven't yet been vaccinated, I urge you to please drop in and get the jab." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "In the past couple of weeks we've opened new vaccination clinics in Mirrabooka, Armadale and now Carramar, with clinics in Ellenbrook and Mandurah planned to open in coming weeks. "I urge everyone who lives or works near the new State-run clinics to make the most of this opportunity and get vaccinated as soon as possible. "Bookings are preferred and will be prioritised but you can still attend any State-run clinic without an appointment." Comments attributed to Vaccine Commander Chris Dawson "Thanks to the new Roll Up for WA bus, we can continue to take vaccination opportunities into the community. "WA Police has provided a repurposed bus as well as additional police vehicles which will be available to support pop-up clinics throughout WA. "We'd like to thank Wesfarmers and Bunnings for their support and assistance by offering more locations across WA for people in the community to get vaccinated. "Remember, it takes up to five weeks for your body to build up immunity once you've had your first dose, so don't wait until the Delta strain hits WA. Get vaccinated now." Comments attributed to Wesfarmers Managing Director Rob Scott "Wesfarmers and Bunnings welcome the opportunity to help with the rollout of pop-up vaccination clinics across WA. "We hope it makes accessing vaccination as easy and convenient as picking up an item for a weekend DIY project. "We've always tried to play an active role supporting local communities so facilitating efforts to help accelerate the vaccine rollout in WA just makes sense."
Perth helps choose name for Zoo’s female giraffe calf7745Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3860html23/10/2021 6:04:18 AM2021-10-23T02:30:00Z Perth Zoo's female giraffe calf has been named Zahara meaning blossom or blooming flower in Swahili Name chosen from 14,000 entries submitted via a public competition Perth Zoo's female giraffe calf has been named Zahara which means blossom or blooming flower. The name is Swahili and was chosen from more than 14,000 entries submitted via a public naming competition. When older, being a female, Zahara will play a vital role in the regional breeding program which aims to advocate and educate about declining wild giraffe populations. Zahara was quickly followed by the birth of a male calf, born to first time mother, Ellie. This is the first time Perth Zoo has had two giraffe calves at the same time. The winner of the competition will get to meet the zookeepers and go behind the scenes to meet the female calf that they have helped name. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians certainly stretched themselves and provided a name for the female giraffe calf that is head and shoulders above the rest. "I am delighted to announce the name of Perth Zoo's female giraffe calf is Zahara. "The name was chosen from thousands of entries submitted via a competition which gave the community the opportunity to celebrate this birth and the important conservation role played by our local zoo. "The birth of Zahara is the culmination of a lot of hard work and collaboration with other regional zoos and Perth Zoo has outdone themselves, welcoming not one but two giraffe calves into the world this year." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Thank you to everyone who took part in the naming competition for Perth Zoo's newest female giraffe. "The response was overwhelming and shows just how special these majestic animals are. "The Swahili name will help Zoo visitors gain a greater appreciation of the species' origin and the calf's importance as an ambassador for her wild cousins. "I encourage everyone to come to Perth Zoo and help us celebrate this new arrival. It is a very special time at our State zoo." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900
Significant reforms to protect the environment and streamline assessment process7739Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10840html22/10/2021 5:07:22 AM2021-10-22T05:05:00Z Changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to improve assessment and regulatory processes come into effect today Start of the second of three main stages to modernise WA's environmental protection legislation The McGowan Government is implementing the most significant reform of Western Australia's environmental legislation in more than 30 years. The Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020 received Royal Assent on November 19, 2020 and is being introduced in three main stages. The second stage was completed today with the proclamation of some important changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986. These changes streamline the environmental impact assessment process and improve the pathway for regulation of native vegetation. The changes also facilitate the implementation of bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth for environmental impact assessment and clearing of native vegetation. Supporting regulations, guidance and procedures have been developed in consultation with stakeholders. The third stage of this reform will include amendments to implement the new 'prescribed activity' licensing regime, allow for the implementation of environmental monitoring programmes and provide for the management of offset funds. More information about the Environmental Protection Act amendments is available online https// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The McGowan Government is working with industry and the community to implement the most significant improvements to Western Australia's environmental protection legislation in more than 30 years. "The changes that come into effect today streamline and improve the efficiency of regulatory processes, supporting sustainable development while ensuring protection of our precious environment for the benefit of future generations of Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Collie’s main street facades revitalised amidst tourism boom7737Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7150html22/10/2021 5:00:55 AM2021-10-22T05:00:00Z Historic facades upgraded to improve main street and entry pathway for tourists Record-breaking numbers of tourists visit Collie since major attractions opened Wellington Dam mural, Lake Kepwari, trails networks and other McGowan Government initiatives driving tourism boom Collie's main entrance street has been given a facelift with the revitalisation and repair of historic facades, as statistics show the McGowan Government's tourism investment is driving an unprecedented tourism boom in the South-West town. Premier Mark McGowan today officially opened the Throssell Street revitalisation works, which feature nostalgic elements including bullnose verandas, ornate detailing and hand-painted signwriting. The project has upgraded 11 buildings and was funded with $1.1 million from the McGowan Government's Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund and contributions from local businesses. The upgraded streetscape will improve the tourism experience, encourage visitors to visit local businesses, and increase the town's attractiveness to prospective investors considering starting operations in Collie. The work was carried out by local Collie-based contractor JILA Riley and South-West business Challis Builders. Collie tourism has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, with monthly visitors to the Collie Visitor Centre between March and September this year increasing 77 per cent since pre-pandemic levels. Last month 2,699 people checked in at the Collie Visitor Centre, compared to 1,126 people in September 2019 - a 140 per cent increase. Since 2017, the McGowan Government has invested millions of dollars in projects to grow tourism in the historic mining town - including the Wellington Dam Mural and mural trail, Lake Kepwari and the Arklow mountain bike trails, among others. The work is part of the McGowan Government's Collie's Just Transition Plan, which supports a diversification of new industries in the town. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Throssell Street upgrades provide yet another piece of the puzzle in Collie's remarkable transition into a genuine tourism location in the South-West. "The historic feel of the street will be further encouragement for visitors to park the car and spend time walking around town during their trip to the murals, lakes, forests and trails. "This restored streetscape gives Collie a nostalgic feeling of stepping back in time, as it steps forward into its growing tourism industry, which is one of a number of new industries taking off in Collie. "The record-breaking numbers of tourists visiting Collie is proof that my Government's investment into Collie to diversify the local economy is working with terrific results in a few short years. "I look forward to watching Collie continue to welcome more new industries in the coming months and years." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "It has been wonderful to see Throssell Street transforming before our eyes. "Every day has brought something new to the streetscape - from verandas being unveiled to hand-painted signwriting in progress. "The revitalisation of Throssell Street has generated a sense of excitement and pride in the precinct. It's heritage renewal at its best and is appreciated by visitors and locals alike." Premier's office - 6552 5000
$13.4 million Collie emergency services hub unveiled7736Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8130html22/10/2021 4:33:17 AM2021-10-22T04:30:00Z Multipurpose Koolinup Emergency Services Centre officially opened Facility will serve as an Incident Control Centre to manage major emergencies in the South-West Twelve Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) staff will be based at the Collie complex Collie is the new home of a $13.4 million emergency services facility that will manage complex emergencies in the South-West and create jobs and bring visitors to the area. The Koolinup Emergency Services Centre (ESC) will be a base for an emergency driving training school for DFES staff and emergency service volunteers - to support the State's high-season firefighting vehicle fleet. The multipurpose facility will also function as the State's first regionally based Level 3 Incident Control Centre during major emergencies, including bushfires, in the South-West. Construction of the centre created 130 jobs in the region, with the contract awarded to Bunbury-based construction company Perkins Builders, which also sourced about 70 per cent of the building materials, contractors and supply chains from Collie and South-West based businesses. Koolinup ESC underpins the State Government's investment in Collie's transformation into an emergency services vehicle manufacturing hub. Frontline Fire & Rescue Service is soon to open a state-of-the-art facility opposite Koolinup ESC to manufacture a new generation of modern firefighting appliances - awarded contracts valued at $125 million. This is in addition to a $47.5 million contract awarded to WA-based Technifire to build up to 300 new firefighting vehicles, with Collie fabricator Piavanini Welding to complete 40 per cent of the work on the body assembly. Also located in the Collie Light Industrial Area is South West Fire, which is contracted to provide repairs and maintenance on DFES' high-fire season fleet. This fleet is moved across the State to support local firefighters for their respective fire seasons. The name Koolinup is deeply rooted to the history of the area, meaning 'place to swim' in the Wilman dialect of the Bibbulmun Nation. The town of Collie has traditionally been a significant swimming, camping and food gathering area for the local people of the Beeliargu Wilman tribe. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Collie is a vibrant and connected community with a proud history of powering Western Australia, and I look forward to seeing the benefits of a diversified economy as the State Government continues to invest in projects and services. "The State Government is committed to supporting Collie's transition away from emissions-intensive industries and this new facility is an important chapter in our plan to creating a strong future for the town. "This is an important milestone for Collie and for the State, and I would like to thank the community, local government and businesses for their support." Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby "This centre will provide a massive boost to emergency services in the South-West. The Level 3 Incident Control Centre is the first of its kind in regional WA, bringing together aviation and logistics so large incidents can be managed in Collie. "The facility was put to the test during the recent State Bushfire Exercise and I was impressed to see it transform into a hub for emergency response. "The centre will also be a base for emergency driver training to equip first-responders with the skills to navigate hazardous situations - helping to improve their safety and the safety of the community." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "Collie and the South-West have experienced several bushfire emergencies in recent years and having our own Level 3 Incident Control Centre right here in the region will provide a massive boost to our ability to respond to similar threats in the future. "This new state-of-the-art facility has already created so many jobs during the construction phase, and now that it is officially open it will be great to see an influx of visitors come to Collie and see what the region has to offer. "A highlight of the facility is the name gifted from the Beeliargu Wilman tribe and we are honoured to celebrate the rich history and culture of the traditional owners who have cared for this land for tens of thousands of years." Premier's office - 6552 5000Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300 ​
$10 million to accelerate hydrogen fuelled transport7735Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10160html22/10/2021 4:18:24 AM2021-10-22T04:15:00Z McGowan Government to invest an initial $10 million for Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program Program to accelerate uptake of hydrogen fuelled transport and stimulate local production of renewable hydrogen Expression of Interest now open for industry projects The McGowan Government is calling for transport operators, equipment manufacturers and hydrogen producers to team up and submit an Expression of Interest for its Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program. The program will provide financial support to a project that includes the procurement and operation of hydrogen or green ammonia fuelled transport, and the installation of one or more refuelling stations. EOI applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to submit a more detailed project plan. Successful applicants from the EOI process will be announced in 2022. Transport is one of four strategic focus areas outlined in the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy, which identifies commercial vehicles as an early opportunity to harness hydrogen energy for mobility and freight transport. The program is part of the $61.5 million included in the 2021-22 State Budget to drive renewable hydrogen development and will create offtake opportunities to ramp up local production. The McGowan Government has committed around $90 million to support the development of the renewable hydrogen industry in Western Australia, and is on track to meet the 2022 goals set out in the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy. For more information on the Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program, visit https// Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan "With shorter refuelling times and the ability to travel longer ranges and carry more weight, hydrogen vehicles present a big zero-emissions transport option for Western Australia. "With the hydrogen transport industry still in an early phase, we are putting this investment on the table to accelerate hydrogen fuelled transport like trucks and busses, and boost the rollout of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. "By testing market appetite with a flexible funding program, the Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program is helping put Western Australia ahead of the pack in clean fuel transport. "The development of a hydrogen fuelled transport system supports the McGowan Government's commitment to transition Western Australia to net zero emissions by 2050, and the creation of new sustainable jobs in a growing industry. Minister's office - 6552 6200 ​
Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards winners announced7734Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13410html22/10/2021 4:00:44 AM2021-10-22T04:00:00Z Seven winners of the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 have been announced Winners of the Award categories are BHP in partnership with Ausdrill, Autorun and Sitech; AMCAP Distribution Centre, Metso Outotec, AECOM Australia Pty Ltd, Chandler Macleod, Bruce Atkinson from Department of Education and Naomi Elbrow from Woodside Energy Ltd The Awards recognise outstanding innovations and solutions to specific workplace health and safety issues by individuals, groups or organisations The seven winners of the prestigious Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 were announced at Optus Stadium this morning. The winners are Work Health and Safety Invention of the Year - BHP in partnership with Ausdrill, Autorun and Sitech for development of an automated sampling rock commander that streamlines the drilling process and eliminates worker exposure to weather, dust, noise, uneven terrain and manual handling hazards. Best Solution to a Work Health and Safety Risk (199 employees or less) - AMCAP Distribution Centre for safer delivery of maintenance parts through integrated kitting solutions. Best Solution to a Work Health and Safety Risk (200 employees or more) - Metso Outotec for an erectable work platform with dedicated ladder access, reducing the risk of falls when accessing the mill. Best Workplace Health and Wellbeing Initiative - AECOM Australia Pty Ltd for implementation of a proactive approach to wellbeing to minimise psychosocial risks in the workplace. Leadership Excellence Award - Chandler Macleod for its project "We are all safety leaders Merger of two historic Australian recruitment organisations" that shifted its approach to safety. Safety and Health Representatives of the Year - Bruce Atkinson from Department of Education and Naomi Elbrow from Woodside Energy Ltd for improving OSH at their workplaces and demonstrating the benefits of safety and health representatives for all workplaces. Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Stephen Dawson "These prestigious Awards recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management, solutions and innovations in workplaces across both resources and general industries." "This year's entrants have come from a diverse range of industries and from businesses of all sizes, and all finalists have set the standard to which everyone else can now strive. "My sincere congratulations to all the Award winners on your commitment to the safety and health of all Western Australian workers." Minister's office - 6552 5800 ​
$29 million contract awarded to increase resilience of Nelson Point Tug Haven7733Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5420html22/10/2021 3:00:41 AM2021-10-22T03:00:00Z Austral Construction awarded $29 million contract for works at Nelson Point Tug Haven $4 million of works to be subcontracted out to locally based Pilbara businesses WA Recovery Plan securing the future of critical port assets A $29 million contract has been awarded for the design and construction of a revetment wall at the Nelson Point Tug Haven at the Port of Port Hedland. The revetment wall will help to protect the tug haven embankments from destructive cyclones and powerful storm surges, with it designed to withstand a one in 500-year weather event. The $29 million contract has been awarded to Austral Construction. As part of the contract award, local Pilbara-based businesses will provide works valued at nearly $4 million. Works that will be subcontracted out include design, fabrication, survey, electrical, plumbing and geotechnical services, with at least five per cent of subcontracts to be awarded to Aboriginal-owned suppliers. The works form part of the $51.2 million Nelson Point Tug Haven upgrade project, which also includes the replacement of the existing sheet pile wall. Port operations will not be impacted, with works expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The Nelson Point Tug Haven was constructed in 1985 to provide shelter and access for tugs that service the Port of Port Hedland. The project forms part of the State Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Ports Minister Rita Saffioti "It's fantastic to see investment in the Nelson Point Tug Haven to increase its resilience to withstand powerful storms and cyclones and making it a reliable asset for decades to come. "The Port of Port Hedland is the powerhouse of the Pilbara, with over $116 billion of commodities passing through the port last financial year - it's essential we invest in port infrastructure to support this enormous volume of trade. "The $29 million contract offers opportunities for local businesses to get involved in the project, creating more economic opportunities and jobs in the Pilbara." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "As part of the WA Recovery Plan we have allocated more than $50 million to the Nelson Point Tug Haven upgrade project. "This $29 million contract will provide many opportunities for local businesses to get involved and support local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​
Grants now available to support International Day of People with Disability celebrations7732Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6390html22/10/2021 2:32:35 AM2021-10-22T02:30:00Z Grants of up to $1,000 available for community organisations to celebrate International Day of People with Disability Events will raise awareness, educate and inform the community about people with disability in Western Australia Events and initiatives to align with McGowan Government's State Disability Strategy The State Government is making $100,000 available in sponsorship for inclusive events and activities to mark the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). Disability Services Minister Don Punch today announced that the Department of Communities has funded Developmental Disability WA to provide a total of 100 grants of up to $1,000 for community organisations to celebrate IDPwD in 2021. International Day of People with Disability is celebrated internationally on December 3 each year. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions. Events and initiatives eligible for sponsorship will raise awareness, educate and inform the broader community about people with disability in Western Australia. Initiatives and events that empower people in achieving their goals and emphasise the importance of access and inclusion for people living with disability will also be eligible. Events held for IDPwD in previous years have included public awareness sessions, fun fairs, picnics and art exhibitions. The sponsorship funding aligns with the vision of A Western Australia for Everyone State Disability Strategy 2020-2030 to build a more inclusive Western Australia and empower people with disability to participate meaningfully in all parts of society, and applicants will be required to align their events or activities with the strategy. Applications close on November 9 and successful applicants will be notified and announced shortly thereafter. Further information is available at https// Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "The International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the 411,500 - or one in five - Western Australians with disability. "The State Government is committed to building a more inclusive Western Australia where people with disability are engaged and feel empowered to live as they choose, in a community where everyone belongs. "I am pleased that Developmental Disability WA will again be administering the IDPwD grants - and I encourage all community organisations to get on and apply for one of the hundred grants available to celebrate IDPwD in 2021." Minister's office - 6552 6900 ​