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State's oldest handicapped road cycle race turns 92900Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/08/2017 9:33:50 AM2017-08-18T09:35:00Z ​Collie to Donnybrook all-time race record holder and 2016 winner Guy Kalma to head up 2017 field Minister to award presentations at finish of race Western Australia's oldest handicapped cycle road race - the Collie to Donnybrook Cycling Classic - rolls over the start line for the 92nd time this Saturday. The race will welcome back all-time race record holder and 2016 winner Guy Kalma, as well as a host of the State's best road racers. Well respected Australian cyclists Theo Yates, Michael Freiberg and Bunbury's own international competitor Brad Linfield will also compete. Beginning in 1925 as a circular return race between the two towns, the 104 kilometre Collie to Donnybrook has become a sporting institution in the South-West. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray will award presentations at the finish of the race. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The Collie to Donnybrook is one of the most enduring and iconic cycle races in Australia. "The talent we have on offer this Saturday shows just how much this race continues to mean to Western Australian cycling, even after all these years. "Bunbury-based cyclist Brad Linfield will be the local favourite, but having last year's winner and all-time record holder Guy Kalma back in the pack is also exciting. "I encourage all sporting fans to head up the hill to Collie for what will be an exciting day of road racing." Minister's office - 6552 6400
$4 million Lotterywest grant for Bob Blackburn community hub781Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/08/2017 7:30:59 AM2017-08-18T07:30:00Z ​Funds to help with upgrades to Bob Blackburn community hub Upgrades to provide more spaces to better support disadvantaged young people and families Premier Mark McGowan today presented a Lotterywest grant of more than $4 million to the City of Armadale to help with upgrades to Bob Blackburn community hub. The new facilities will accommodate not-for-profit organisations, community groups and service providers working in partnership to support local disadvantaged families and community members. As part of the community hub redevelopment, the current operation of the Champion Centre as a one-stop shop for a range of services and programs will be significantly enhanced through improved building design. The Seville Grove Library will provide space for community access to a digital hub, aiming to increase training opportunities, improve literacy and encourage employment readiness. The outdoor areas around both facilities will be upgraded with Aboriginal art, a yarning circle, an outdoor classroom, nature play areas and edible gardens. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "With a local population that is currently growing at more than double the State average, I have no doubt the revitalisation of this space will serve the Armadale community into the future. "The McGowan Government is committed to providing services to better support disadvantaged young people and families. "I look forward to seeing the complete transformation of the Bob Blackburn community hub. "The State Government, through Lotterywest, is pleased to have contributed to this important community development." Comments attributed to Armadale MLA Tony Buti "This $4 million grant for the Bob Blackburn community hub will provide much-needed support to local families. "The one-stop shop aspect of the hub is very important for people doing it tough. To have support with employment, training, parenting and other services all in the one location will provide a strong sense of community." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Funding locked in for Waroona aged accommodation779Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/08/2017 5:00:12 AM2017-08-18T05:00:00Z McGowan Government confirms $1.8 million for the Waroona Housing Options Village Project to construct new affordable accommodation units for seniors at Quambie Park The McGowan Government has locked in $1.8 million for the Waroona Housing Options Village at Quambie Park. The project will comprise nine new accommodation units for seniors and a community hub building, offering health and social services. Accommodation units will be specifically designed to ensure health and hospital equipment can be used within the home, delivering a fit-for-purpose affordable accommodation model for seniors who require high levels of support but do not yet require residential aged care or hospitalisation. Quambie Park is one of the largest employees in the Shire of Waroona and this expansion is expected to create 26 new full-time jobs in construction and technical services. The project will be co-funded by a $1.67 million Federal Government grant. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Quambie Park has been a great provider of aged care in Waroona for many years. "This project is a good example of State Government investment leveraging funding from the Federal Government. Given the State's dire Budget situation, we need to focus on investment opportunities that will attract funding from other sources in order to maximise outcomes for the community. "It is good to see the Commonwealth Government finally stumping up some funds for regional Western Australia, particularly given our abysmal share of GST and other Federal funding sources." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "These nine new accommodation units will provide an affordable housing option for seniors to stay in Waroona where they can remain close to their friends and family. "This funding shows the commitment that the State Government has to supporting regional WA and to creating local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Liquor bans introduced in two more communities771Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/08/2017 3:45:19 AM2017-08-18T03:45:00Z Bungardi and Woolah communities declared alcohol restricted areas Community leaders say changes will reduce the amount of alcohol-related harm to their people The Aboriginal communities of Woolah (Doon Doon) in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley and Bungardi in the Shire of Derby West Kimberley will be declared restricted areas under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act 1988. From tomorrow, it will be an offence to sell/supply, possess or bring liquor into the communities. Community leaders wrote to the Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia asking for the introduction of regulations to prohibit alcohol in these communities. The Minister visited Woolah and Bungardi last month to speak to community representatives who said they considered these restrictions the most effective way of reducing the amount of alcohol-related harm to their people. The restrictions give police the power to seize and dispose of opened or unopened liquor containers found in the communities and any liquor licensees breaching the regulations would be liable to a $5,000 fine. The proposal to make the two communities restricted areas is supported by both WA Police and the shires and the restrictions will be in place for the next three years. Bungardi and Woolah will take the total number of communities with these liquor bans in place to 20. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia "The community leaders are taking charge and calling for these bans to protect their people. "It's all about reducing harm, listening to what the communities want and implementing the changes. "The harm alcohol abuse causes is well documented and these communities are ready to stop the cycle. "I commend the community leaders for asking for these bans and the State Government will continue to support them in their efforts to help their people thrive." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Cadet instructors honoured for long service766Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/08/2017 2:00:11 AM2017-08-18T02:00:00Z Youth Minister presents medals for 10 years of service Four well deserving volunteers have received Cadets WA Long Service Medals in honour of their many years of service to the program that is funded and co-ordinated by the Department of Communities. Captain (AAC) Karen Shirlaw-Byrne, Lieutenant (AAC) Keith Woods, Ben Boekholt and Robert Manderson share more than 40 years of service between them as instructors for the Cadets WA. The State Government recognises volunteers for their service to the Cadets WA program, with a Certificate of Recognition after six years of service, the Cadets WA Long Service Medal after 10 years of service, and Long Service Clasps at five-year intervals thereafter. Cadets take part in a range of activities from adventure training, camping, hiking, sports and conservation. There are currently 9,640 cadets taking part in nearly 200 units across Western Australia. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley "Involvement in the Cadets WA program offers young people a wide range of benefits including physical fitness, self-confidence, teamwork and decision-making abilities, and leadership skills. "The four volunteers we honour today have had a significant part to play in this process for many young Western Australians. "They have helped WA's youth develop essential life skills that prepare them for adulthood. "I take this opportunity to thank the volunteers, on behalf of the McGowan Government and the many young Western Australians that they have helped, for their service." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Women’s refuge in Mandurah gets funding boost763Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/08/2017 1:00:35 AM2017-08-18T01:00:00Z One-off grant of $100,000 awarded to Pat Thomas House to ensure women and children seeking refuge are kept safe Grant awarded through Local Projects, Local Jobs program The Pat Thomas House - which provides crisis accommodation, advocacy, support and counselling to women and children escaping domestic violence - has received $100,000 under the Local Projects, Local Jobs program. The program awards grants to community organisations to help with upgrades to facilities and the expansion of programs. The funding will go towards upgrading an outdoor area for children to play and will include repair work, concrete flooring, toilet facilities and general upgrades. Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "Western Australia has the second highest rate of reported physical and sexual violence perpetrated against women in Australia, second only to the Northern Territory. "We know the Pat Thomas House does important and often incredibly confronting work in the Peel region, so therefore it's critical we ensure the facility is in good working condition. "The refuge is more than 30 years old and needed some repairs and structural work - so that is what the money will go towards. "The McGowan Government is investing $21.7 million over four years of new and existing Budget allocations to maximise every opportunity to deliver services and support for victims of family and domestic violence." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "The rate of family and domestic violence is unacceptable. The Pat Thomas House is the only women's refuge in the Peel region and this financial commitment is part of Labor's bigger plan to help victims of family and domestic violence in Mandurah. "We took a robust policy on the issue to the election, and now we are delivering. "The Local Projects, Local Jobs program is critical for community services such as this one, which gives women and children a safe place to go if they're experiencing family and domestic violence." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Vietnam veterans remembered on anniversary of Long Tan761Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements40html18/08/2017 12:00:26 AM2017-08-18T00:00:00Z Minister encourages community to remember those who served in Vietnam War Veterans Minister Peter Tinley has urged Western Australians to remember and honour those who served in the Vietnam War on the 51st anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Vietnam Veterans Day is commemorated annually on August 18 and honours all who served in the Vietnam War - a conflict that claimed 521 Australian lives; 61 of them Western Australians. More than 3,000 Australians were also wounded, injured or became ill as a result of the conflict. One of the fiercest battles fought by Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War was the Battle of Long Tan which involved 105 Australians and three New Zealanders from D Company 6RAR, a small ANZAC force. Troops were attacked from three sides during a tropical downpour in the Long Tan rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. Numerous services will take place across WA today to honour those who served. Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "The Battle of Long Tan, which was fought 51 years ago today, was one of the first major battles for Australian troops against the North Vietnamese Army and the local Viet Cong forces. "Vietnam Veterans Day is a day to acknowledge all those who lost their lives during this battle and in the years that followed. "There are many Australians who still carry the physical and emotional scars of their service in Vietnam and today we also recognise them and the families that have supported them." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Federal Government snubs WA taxpayers yet again752Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements470html17/08/2017 11:44:09 PM2017-08-17T23:00:00Z WA misses out on Federal funding for two important regional projects The Myalup-Wellington and the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme projects would have created more than 1,500 long-term jobs More than 1,500 Western Australians will miss out on long-term jobs after the Federal Coalition Government declined the State's funding application for two important irrigation projects from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. The two projects were the Myalup-Wellington project and the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme. In June 2017, the State Government wrote to Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce to confirm it would commit $56 million for the two projects to secure a sustainable water supply for growers and support agricultural jobs in WA's South-West. Each project had committed funding from the private sector and the State Government's commitment was subject to the Federal Government funding. The State Government's financial commitment to the projects remains the same and the State continues to be committed to securing funding from the Federal Government. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This is yet another snub to Western Australian taxpayers from the Federal Coalition Government. "Yesterday's decision by the Federal Government means more than 1,500 Western Australians have missed out on long-term jobs. "I am incredibly disappointed by the Federal Government's decision. After all, it was the previous Western Australian Liberal National government that made a pitch for Federal funding in the first place. "Given yesterday's decision, I urge the Western Australian Nationals and Liberals to stand up to their Federal colleagues to fight for this funding and a fairer share for WA." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This is extremely disappointing for growers in the South-West we prioritised these projects in our review of Royalties for Regions because they were job creators for the region. "WA has received almost nothing from Federal water initiatives - overwhelmingly money is poured into the Murray-Darling at the expense of WA. "We have a realistic goal to double the value of our horticultural output in WA but we need real investment from the Federal Government to be able to reach that potential and create new jobs across regional WA." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
McGowan Government rejects Eastern States push for sport control751Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements790html17/08/2017 11:38:41 PM2017-08-17T22:00:00Z Federal Government seeks centralised control of Australian sport McGowan Government rules out changes which would leave WA worse off The McGowan Government will today oppose plans to centralise funding and control of Australian sport in the Eastern States at the annual Meeting of Sport and Recreation Ministers in Sydney. Sweeping changes to how high performance sport, including the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), is governed and funded will be presented at the meeting by the Federal Government. The proposed system would impose a centralised, 'top-down' power structure based overwhelmingly in the Eastern States, where the Australian Institute of Sport, the Australian Sports Commission and most national sporting organisations are headquartered. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray will attend the meeting and has ruled out accepting any deal which would leave Western Australian sport funding or governance worse off. The meeting will consider changes to how the lotteries system funds sport at all levels - including grassroots and juniors - through the introduction of a National Lottery, as well as a proposed National Sports Plan. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Any proposal that takes decision-making and funding control out of WA is not something the State Government will support. "Funding and sport decision-making needs to start at a local community club level, then through State-based associations and institutes such as WAIS and finally at a national level. "The GST situation tells us everything we need to know about what Eastern States control would mean for Western Australian sport funding. "WA sport clubs want government support, not government control. They certainly don't want to take instructions from a bureaucrat in Sydney or Canberra who has no understanding of the unique characteristics of their sport in this State. "We will support Federally led initiatives to align national strategies and strengthen our sporting partnerships, but not when they isolate and alienate grassroots community sporting clubs and local sporting associations." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Greenwood Station platform shelter extended738Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3800html17/08/2017 7:25:25 AM2017-08-17T07:15:00Z ​$1.8 million Greenwood Station project now complete Extra CCTV cameras and better lighting to improve passenger safety Project involved lifting roof panels with a crane Passengers using Greenwood Station now have significantly better protection from the elements after the station's platform shelter was extended. A $1.8 million project, in which local company LKS Construction extended the platform shelter by 50 metres to 60 per cent coverage, is now complete. The project also involved installing extra CCTV cameras and better lighting to improve passenger safety. The roof panels were installed using a crane in a series of lifts which took place in the early mornings between June 29 and July 3. One lane was closed on each side of the Mitchell Freeway while the panels were lifted into position. Where possible, assembly work was carried out off-site, or completed after-hours to minimise passenger and traffic impacts. Greenwood Station, which was opened in January 2005, attracts about 2,200 boardings on an average week day. To view a time-lapse video of the station shelters being lifted into place, click here. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The upgrade to Greenwood Station brings its facilities into line with others along the Joondalup Line, and will have a significant impact on passenger comfort and safety. "Passengers will be better protected in wet or hot weather. The upgrade also improves safety by reducing crowding near the covered stairs. "Improving passenger comfort when using the train network is just one way Transperth is working to make public transport a first-rate travel option for residents of the northern suburbs." Comments attributed to Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski "This is a fantastic improvement to Greenwood Station. Passengers will no longer have to crowd at one end of the platform to shelter from the hot sun in summer or the rain in winter. "This improvement, along with the increases to the CCTV and better lighting at the station, make travelling on public transport a safer and comfortable alternative to driving." Minister's office - 6552 5500