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McGowan Government secures AFL matches at Perth Stadium10441Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/10/2017 5:31:37 AM2017-10-22T05:30:00Z Negotiations with football finalised and terms agreed for AFL matches at Perth Stadium Arrangement will see a portion of rent paid by AFL clubs to be directed back to WAFC Funding agreement applies for an initial 10-year term with four further 10-year extension options Tourism packages guaranteed, to help boost the local economy and create jobs The McGowan Labor Government has concluded negotiations with football to secure Perth Stadium as the home ground for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers from the start of the 2018 AFL season. Premier Mark McGowan made the announcement following approval of key outstanding commercial terms by the State Government and execution of two major agreements. Under the agreement between the State Government, the Australian Football League (AFL) and the Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC), $10.3 million per annum of football generated income at the stadium will be provided to the WAFC over an initial 10-year period, ensuring Western Australian grassroots football continues to prosper. The funding is derived from revenue earnt from the Fremantle Dockers, West Coast Eagles and AFL Finals matches, ensuring that football effectively funds football development in WA. For subsequent 10-year terms the WAFC will continue to benefit from the income generated by football at the stadium, capped at $10.3 million a year adjusted by CPI. Future funding for the WAFC for subsequent 10-year terms will be subject to a detailed review, commencing in year seven of each 10-year term of the 50-year agreement. The second agreement made, between the State Government, Stadium operator VenuesLive, the AFL, the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers covers all AFL home and away games and AFL Finals for 50 years from 2018. As part of the user agreement 50,000 seats will be available for Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles members for their AFL Premiership season home games; At least 6,000 tickets will be available to non-AFL club members for every AFL Premiership season game; and A total of 1,385 Perth Stadium memberships, for fans who wish to enjoy every event at the stadium, will be sold by VenuesLive. Under the arrangement, the State Government has secured 1,000 tickets for tourism packages to help boost the tourism economy in WA. The two clubs will now move quickly to transition existing members and accommodate new members at Perth Stadium in time for the start of the season. Construction of Perth Stadium is more than 97 per cent complete and scheduled to open for the free Community Open Day on January 21, 2018. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We've been able to secure this historic agreement for Western Australian football fans after many years of negotiations. "We inherited the negotiations from the previous government and have worked constructively for many months with the WAFC and AFL to come to an agreement. "The West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers will now enjoy world-class facilities at the new stadium and funding for grassroots football has been secured as a result. "Western Australians have invested at least $1.46 billion into this facility and football will be able to leverage off that investment and continue to grow into the future. "Following the initial 10-year period, this deal prevents future governments from having to top-up funding, making this a fair deal for all Western Australians." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Football funding football was always an important requirement for the McGowan Government and I am pleased that this has been achieved. "Grassroots football can be assured it will have adequate funding to make sure WA produces many more generations of champions. "An increased capacity crowd of 60,000 and the colosseum-style atmosphere will also intensify the home-ground advantage feared by our rivals across the Nullarbor. "I'm confident that the success of the AFL, combined with the strength of Fremantle and West Coast, will ensure that WA Football has a strong future." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Perth Stadium pie contract awarded to WA company10438Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/10/2017 1:37:04 AM2017-10-22T01:00:00Z Family-owned Perth company Mrs Mac's awarded exclusive five-year contract to supply pies and pastries to Perth Stadium Mrs Mac's contributes $50 million per annum to the Western Australian economy, supporting local businesses and jobs Sport and music fans to enjoy local pies and pastries made with local ingredients Family-owned Perth company Mrs Mac's has beaten out Eastern States competition to win the tender to supply pies and pastries to Perth Stadium. Pies supplied to WA stadiums have traditionally come from Eastern States companies. The five-year deal with Mrs Mac's demonstrates a competitive approach by the Western Australian company and will provide a boost to employment and a fillip to local producers. Mrs Mac's sources 85 per cent of its ingredients from Western Australia, employs 300 people and is worth $50 million a year to the local economy. It purchases $30 million worth of WA produce each year, including 2,800 tonnes per annum of prime 100 per cent WA beef and 4,800 tonnes of flour produced from premium WA wheat. The McGowan Government is in the process of filling Perth Stadium's events calendar for the coming years, with a plan to secure as many world-class events as possible to boost tourism, create new jobs and stimulate the economy. Perth Stadium will host an AFLW fixture in February 2018, two Ed Sheeran concerts and the Perth NRL double header in March 2018, Chelsea Football Club versus Perth Glory in mid-2018, State of Origin II and a Bledisloe Cup match in 2019 with more world-class events to be announced soon. Construction of the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium is more than 97 per cent complete and will officially open with a free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21, 2018. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Mrs Mac's is not only an iconic local company, it is family-owned and an employer of hundreds of Western Australians. "In the past when sports and music fans have enjoyed a pie or a sausage roll at WA stadiums, it has usually come from an Eastern States-owned company. "Mrs Mac's buys thousands of tonnes of prime WA beef and quality WA flour each year, supporting our farmers and jobs in many other industries. "Enjoying a pie at a sporting event is synonymous with Australian life - and fans at Perth Stadium will be certain they are consuming one that has been locally produced. "Mrs Mac's sources an impressive 85 per cent of its ingredients from within WA. That means when sports and music fans buy a pie or pastry at Perth Stadium they are supporting WA industries and WA jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Childrens Week off to a super hero start10361Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1060html21/10/2017 5:15:12 AM2017-10-21T05:15:00Z Children's Week taking place across Western Australia from October 21-29 $25,000 in grants provided for events to celebrate the week A Super Hero Family Day in Kalgoorlie is among the events taking place during Children's Week, which gets underway in Perth and regional Western Australia today. Children will be encouraged to dress up as Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and a host of other super heroes, as they join their families to learn about staying safe in the community. Hosted by the Sandalwood Family Centre on October 25, the free event will also feature bouncy castles, face painting and a sausage sizzle. The WA Children's Week Grants program is administered by the Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation, with funding from the Department of Communities and Lotterywest. Funding of $25,000 has been provided by the State Government for events to celebrate the week through the WA Children's Week Grants program. The program provides up to $2,000 to not-for-profit community organisations and local governments in regional and remote areas to host Children's Week activities. Funding is also provided for events at Meerilinga's seven metropolitan centres, which will focus on explorative outdoor play. A list of Children's Week events can be found on the Children's Week website. Comments attributed to Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Childhood is such an important time and all Western Australian families have a responsibility to ensure children are given every opportunity to reach their full potential. "Children's Week is a wonderful way for families to participate in activities that encourage children to play, learn and grow. "The theme of Children's Week this year is celebrate, play, discover and the State Government is pleased to be able to support this important initiative through the WA Children's Week Grants program." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Weekend of sport and community activities to honour memories of plane crash officers10360Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1030html21/10/2017 4:57:56 AM2017-10-21T03:00:00Z Bloody Slow Cup brings Newman community together to commemorate plane tragedy Police Minister Michelle Roberts has paid her respects at the site of a plane crash which killed four Western Australia Police Force officers on Australia Day 2001. Mrs Roberts and Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson joined families of the officers for a remembrance ceremony this morning at the crash site near Newman. Senior Constables Donald Everett and Philip Ruland, First Class Constable David Dewar and Constable Gavin Capes were returning from the Aboriginal community of Kiwirrkurra when the plane's engines failed. The tragedy is the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Australia's history and had a profound impact on the community of Newman. The Minister and Commissioner Dawson today joined locals at several community and sporting events in Newman, ahead of this evening's main tribute match - The Bloody Slow Cup. The rugby match between Australians and Kiwis has become one of Newman's major sporting and social events and raises thousands of dollars for WA Police Legacy. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I am grateful for the opportunity to travel to Newman today with the Commissioner to be part of such a dignified ceremony to honour the memories of these fine officers. "The impact of this terrible tragedy on the officer's families, friends, colleagues and the community of Newman was and still is to this day profound. "Being a police officer can be a difficult, complex and very dangerous job and I acknowledge the service of all our dedicated and courageous men and women, some who tragically make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and keep the community safe." Minister's office - 6552 6900
WA water awards winners announced10359Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2350html21/10/2017 1:04:27 AM2017-10-21T01:00:00Z Australian Water Association WA Water Awards Recognising water industry excellence and innovation Western Australia's water industry innovators have been recognised with the announcement of the 2017 Australian Water Association Western Australian Water Awards winners. Water Minister Dave Kelly last night announced the winners across eight categories from a shortlist of 19 finalists during a ceremony at the Pan Pacific, with achievements in wastewater innovation a dominant theme. A wastewater treatment and biogas production system first used at a Dardanup abattoir won Environmental Engineers International the Research Innovation Award for advances in nutrient removal and reductions in cost, energy and chemical use, sludge, carbon dioxide and noxious odours. Upgrading Rottnest Island's wastewater plant to enable 100 per cent re-use of effluent and a 50 per cent reduction in potable water use, won Guidera O'Connor and Permeate Partners the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award. Use of recycled wastewater to support Aboriginal advancement and community projects in the Kimberley won the Water Corporation the Program Innovation Award, and the City of Kalamunda won the Innovating for Sustainability Award for its use of managed aquifer recharge to store and treat stormwater for use at Hartfield Park. The Australian Water Association WA Water Awards are sponsored by the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. For a list of all the winners, visit http//www.awa.asn.au/documents/WA_Water_Awards_2017_Finalists_and_Winners.pdf Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The number of projects dealing with wastewater treatment and reuse show how important integrating and improving this technology is as we transform our towns and industries into water sensitive places. "Finding cost effective and environmentally friendly ways to treat industrial effluent and remove nitrogen from wastewater is essential to the health of waterways in urban and regional Australia. "Successful improvements and integration of wastewater into our water supply mix can achieve positive community outcomes as shown at Rottnest and in the Kimberley. "Similarly, scheme water use reduction at White Gum Valley and managed aquifer recharge in Kalamunda, showcases the innovative ideas being used locally to address the impacts of climate change." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Kalgoorlie-Boulder wins Tidy Towns 20179455Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4630html20/10/2017 7:00:32 AM2017-10-20T07:00:00Z ​Awards recognise community projects and sustainable living Kalgoorlie-Boulder a finalist in four categories The Goldfields town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is this year's State Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Award winner. It is the first time Kalgoorlie-Boulder has won the top prize in the 48-year history of Tidy Towns in Western Australia. Kalgoorlie-Boulder's Urban Landcare Group co-ordinated several of the major projects in the town including the Williamstown (East Kalgoorlie) cactus eradication project - an interagency collaboration to remove a staggering 750 tonnes of invasive cactus plants from the area. The town installed a 120kW solar photovoltaic system at Kalgoorlie-Boulder's airport - adding to the 80kW solar system recently installed on the roof of the Goldfields Arts Centre. Kalgoorlie-Boulder also carried out a successful bin tagging trial - marking recycling bins with incorrect contents and providing follow up advice to householders. The trial almost halved the number of non-recyclable items in the community's recycling bins. The Community Action and Wellbeing Category award also went to Kalgoorlie-Boulder for its Heartwalk public art project. Twenty large scale murals by local and professional artists were painted throughout the town in a bid to revitalise the central business district. The Tidy Towns' category winners are Young Legends - Waroona; Environmental Sustainability - Margaret River; Litter Prevention and Waste Management - Nannup; Environmental Education - Preston Beach; Heritage and Culture - Southern Cross; Community Action and Wellbeing - Kalgoorlie-Boulder; and General Appearance - Yalgoo. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards celebrate projects that promote sustainable living in regional communities and provides the perfect opportunity to recognise communities that are committed to reducing their eco footprint. "Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a great example of this - its community has pulled together to complete projects that benefit everyone and make the city a more vibrant, culturally aware and environmentally sustainable place to live. "In particular, the Heartwalk art project has activated a public art culture in Kalgoorlie-Boulder giving the community a real sense of purpose and vitality, and providing the CBD with an instant facelift." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Premier, Ministers travel to China and Japan next month9453Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8780html20/10/2017 6:26:39 AM2017-10-20T06:20:00Z ​Premier to lead rescheduled education and tourism delegation to China next month Ministers Ellery, Johnston and Papalia to also travel to China Premier and Minister Papalia then travel to Japan for high-level meetings The international mission will focus on strengthening WA's economy and creating jobs Premier Mark McGowan will be leading an education and tourism-focused delegation to China and Japan next month in his first international trip as leader of Western Australia. The Premier's visit to China was originally scheduled for this month, but this was changed after China's National Party Congress was announced to begin on October 18. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia will join the Premier, along with a delegation of invited representatives from the tourism and education sectors. The delegation will travel to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Sister State relationship ahead of a visit to Shanghai. Ms Ellery and some university delegates will also visit Guangzhou, in Guangdong Province. Mr McGowan and Mr Papalia will then travel to Japan to meet the leadership of major Japanese companies, along with senior government figures. The Japanese visit includes time in Tokyo and Kobe in Sister State Hyogo Prefecture, and will also explore opportunities for greater collaboration in tourism to help boost WA's economy. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "China and Japan are Western Australia's two biggest trading partners, together making up nearly 65 per cent of our exports, so it makes sense that my first overseas visit as Premier includes time in each country. "Both countries have played an integral role in the growth of major export sectors like oil and gas, and iron ore, and also present real opportunities for growth in other industries. "The Chinese portion of the trip has a particular focus on international education and tourism, both crucial sectors if we are to grow and diversify the State's economy to create more local jobs." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Industry training partnership to future-proof Western Australian jobs9451Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9930html20/10/2017 5:15:20 AM2017-10-20T05:15:00Z ​TAFE WA and Rio Tinto to create a new training program to prepare workers for industry advancements, innovation and automation The program is expected to be delivered for the first time in 2019 A landmark partnership between TAFE WA and Rio Tinto will ensure Western Australians are skilled to take up the jobs that automation and future advances in technology will create. New TAFE WA curriculum for post-secondary courses and industry traineeships, to be developed over the coming year, will help ensure the current and future workforce has the qualifications, skills and competencies required by industry in changing workplaces. The curriculum will be the first of its kind in Australia. A recent report commissioned by the State Training Board showed the shift towards automation and innovative technologies would create new roles requiring different specialist skills such as electronics, computing and precision manufacturing. By partnering directly with industry, the new qualifications will deliver the skills needed to meet industry demand and ensure Western Australians are equipped to take up the jobs of the future. Rio Tinto will work with trainers from South Metropolitan TAFE to assess industry changes and future training needs over the next five to 10 years and ensure this is reflected in the curriculum. The new industry traineeships and post-secondary courses are anticipated to commence in 2019. Rio Tinto is contributing $2 million towards the initiative. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We must ensure vocational education and training keeps pace as technology and innovation transforms a range of industries. "We want Western Australian workers, including the next generation of our workforce, to have the skills they need to take up the jobs that automation and technology will create. "This partnership with Rio Tinto ensures we are skilling Western Australians with the qualifications we know industry will require." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Onslow Marine Support Base a boost to local economy8951Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4940html20/10/2017 4:00:10 AM2017-10-20T04:00:00Z ​First stage of Onslow Marine Support Base now complete Hundreds of jobs expected upon full completion of project Significant economic boost to Onslow region The first stage of the Onslow Marine Support Base, which will create hundreds of jobs once fully completed, opened today. The base is a privately funded project that will eventually be developed into a service hub for vessels operating throughout north-west Western Australia's offshore oil and gas fields. Stage one of the project involved the construction of a berth pocket in Beadon Creek to form a land-based wharf facility. It is anticipated the completed project will be a world-class marine supply base with the capability to cater for any size vessel, while providing employment for hundreds of people. The State Government has assisted the project by providing improved infrastructure such as roads, services and a laydown area. The Department of Transport in particular has given access to its expertise in dredging, managing the waterway and made available its planners and coastal engineers for advice. Meanwhile, the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation has assisted the project to navigate the necessary government approvals. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The base will be transformative, providing a significant economic boost to Onslow and substantial benefits to the offshore oil and gas industry. "I am proud of the State Government's involvement in providing improved infrastructure and commend the base for their investment in the WA economy. "The State Government has an important role to play in facilitating private investment where possible and the Onslow Marine Support Base is a real success story. "My agencies and our Government will continue to work with the base to maximise the shared benefits of the project. "I look forward to working with the base to assist it in securing Federal Government funding to expand its operations." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Western Australians urged to reduce waste8950Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6080html20/10/2017 6:40:24 AM2017-10-20T03:30:00Z ​Opportunity to comment on McGowan Labor Government's directions for a new waste strategy New targets to protect our environment, reduce waste generation and improve recovery rates Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today called for Western Australians to contribute to the development of the McGowan Labor Government's new waste strategy. The Government's plan for a new waste strategy is open for public comment until March 1, 2018. The Waste Authority has prepared a paper to look at opportunities to improve WA's waste and recycling performance which is lagging behind other Australian jurisdictions. Three key objectives are proposed to minimise environmental risk, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, avoiding the generation of waste, and increasing recycling and recovery of valuable materials. Launching the consultation paper at Perth's Foodbank today, Mr Dawson urged every Western Australian - householders, industry and government - to act to reduce the amount of waste they generated and look at ways to recycle or reuse waste. Foodbank - which accepts surplus food from companies - diverts thousands of tonnes of food from landfill to feed people in need. Last year, Foodbank distributed more than 3.1 million kilograms of donated food - supporting charities and feeding 94,000 people every month. Food and other organic waste makes up about two thirds of the municipal solid waste stream. By avoiding food waste, companies and households can cut costs and reduce the pressure on landfill space. In 2014-15, on average each Western Australian generated 2,623 kilograms of waste - the highest rate of waste generation in Australia per capita and 19 per cent above the national average. The new strategy aims to bring WA's waste generation in line with the national average, and new targets proposed in the consultation paper aim to recycle or recover 75 per cent of all waste by 2030. For more information, visit http//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/about/waste-strategy/review-of-waste-strategy/ Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This Government has already demonstrated its commitment to reducing waste, introducing a number of strategic waste reforms including the introduction of a container deposit scheme and a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags. "The Waste Authority's review of the waste strategy provides an opportunity for all of us to work together to improve environmental outcomes, create employment and build businesses. "Reducing the amount of waste disposed of to landfill can generate significant economic opportunities for the Western Australian community - for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, 9.2 full-time equivalent jobs are created compared to only 2.8 jobs when waste is sent to landfill." Minister's office - 6552 5800