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$19 million upgrade to Margaret River wastewater facility complete9746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/06/2020 6:22:08 AM2020-06-04T06:00:00Z Margaret River Wastewater Treatment Plant has received a $19 million upgrade Upgrade doubled capacity of existing plant to treat up to three million litres per day As a Western Australian-first innovation, any remaining solids are also converted into soil improver making the facility 100 per cent re-use McGowan Government plans to invest $50.4 million in water and wastewater projects in the South-West region in 2019-20 As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to invest in and support regional towns, major upgrades have been completed to the Water Corporation's Margaret River wastewater facility to cater for future growth. The $19 million upgrade to double the plant's capacity enables the facility to safely and efficiently treat up to three million litres of wastewater per day. The upgrade comprised new treatment equipment, tanks and an additional storage tank. A new regional depot was also constructed onsite for vital work crew. Australian-owned company Guidera O'Connor completed the upgrade and 13 local South-West companies were subcontracted to help complete the work. More than 250 Western Australian workers were employed throughout the duration of the project. The treated water is re-used to irrigate green public open space in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and/or on a nearby Government-owned tree plantation. Any remaining solids are also converted into soil improver, making the facility 100 per cent re-use. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The south-west pocket of Western Australia is one of the most impacted places on the planet by climate change and lack of rainfall, so it's imperative we have safe and reliable alternatives to support the community's water needs. "It's great to see local resources and the skills and expertise of the local workforce utilised to deliver the project on time and under budget - an excellent achievement on such a large scale project." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Fast-tracked Housing First project to ease Bunbury homelessness9742Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/06/2020 4:16:32 AM2020-06-04T04:15:00Z McGowan Government brings forward its Housing First Homelessness Initiative in Bunbury Evidence-based approach to support rough sleepers to stay in housing long-term Bunbury one of five locations to share $34.5 million in funding for rental subsidies and accompanying support servicesA major project to address homelessness in Bunbury has been brought forward to provide rough sleepers with stable housing and support. The State Government has been looking for ways to fast-track projects that will support the community in areas of critical need, as part of its response to COVID-19. In December, the McGowan Government announced a record $71.8 million funding boost for homelessness services to support the implementation of the State's first 10-year strategy on homelessness. This record funding package includes $34.5 million for the Housing First Homelessness Initiative, which extends successful housing-first collective impact approaches to Bunbury and other locations across Western Australia. In a big step forward, Community Services Minister Simone McGurk today announced that the Department of Communities had commenced negotiations to appoint Ruah Community Services as the coordinating body - or 'backbone' - of the project. The agreement is a critical component of the Housing First model and is expected to be awarded by July 1, with contracts for additional outreach workers and caseworkers to be finalised in the following three months. Under the initiative, funding will be delivered for private rental subsidies to house 20 individuals or families each year. The funding will also employ additional case workers to identify and work alongside people experiencing homelessness, engage them with support services and work to address the issues that led to them becoming homeless. The Housing First model puts safe and permanent housing as the first priority for people experiencing homelessness. Once that housing is secured, a multidisciplinary team of support workers can address more complex needs such as mental illness and drug and alcohol issues. Participants are supported to stay in housing as they work towards recovery and reintegration with the community at their own pace. A census of known rough sleepers was recently undertaken in Bunbury, with a view to developing personal intervention plans for each person identified. This process identified approximately 70 people sleeping rough in Bunbury. A significant number of the people identified were also experiencing issues around family and domestic violence, mental health, substance misuse and interaction with the justice and child protection systems. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is committed to responding to the needs of vulnerable Western Australians at risk of or experiencing homelessness. "The conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted us to adapt to ensure support is available for Western Australians. "Homelessness is an issue right across the country, and sadly Bunbury and the South-West are not immune from this. "Unmet demand for homelessness accommodation in Bunbury made it an early candidate for the $34.5 million Housing First Homelessness Initiative. "There is significant work happening across government and the community services sector to address the needs of vulnerable people in this time of need." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "The not-for-profit sector in Bunbury work incredibly hard to support people living in insecure housing as well as those experiencing homelessness, but it is no longer enough and they need more support. "The Housing First approach to addressing homeless is a proven model, so I am confident this new initiative will make a huge difference in our community. "I welcome the decision to bring forward the Housing First project, which will work alongside local organisations to develop long-term solutions for people experiencing homelessness in Bunbury." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Geraldton health and mental health facilities moving forward9632Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/06/2020 3:30:40 AM2020-06-04T03:30:00Z $73.3 million Geraldton Health Campus redevelopment is one step closer after ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd awarded contract for forward works Ground works expected to start this month and include a new car park, access road, ambulance entry and main entry Redevelopment includes expanded emergency department, intensive care unit with upgraded high dependency unit, new mental health service and short stay unit 10 bed community-based residential mental health service to bring expanded treatment options to the Mid-West Infrastructure upgrades to result in hundreds of jobs and new quality facilities Work is set to commence on the $73.3 million redevelopment of Geraldton Health Campus with ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd awarded the contract to deliver forward works. Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook today turned the sod to mark the start of construction of stage 1 of the redevelopment. The initial redevelopment phase includes an ambulance entry on Shenton Street, reconfiguration of the main entry to the hospital, and two new carparks. Ground works are expected to commence soon and be completed in the first quarter of 2021. Geraldton Health Campus will remain fully operational throughout the redevelopment with detailed design continuing for the main works which will include an expanded emergency department and a new intensive care unit co-located with a redeveloped eight-bed high dependency unit. A new integrated mental health service, inclusive of a 12-bed acute psychiatric unit and a mental health short stay unit, to support contemporary patient-focused care will also be built as part of the improvements. The $73.3 million redevelopment is expected to be fully operational in 2023 with the forward works supporting approximately 70 local jobs with additional jobs created through sub contracts yet to be determined. Additionally, the Geraldton mental health step up/step down service is one step closer after the McGowan Government fast-tracked the project in January, investing $5.6 million. Geraldton-based contractor Crothers Construction Pty Ltd has been appointed to progress the refurbishment and construction of a 10-bed community mental health step up/step down service, which is expected to support 70 workers as part of the construction process. Site works will commence soon, and the service is on track to commence early in 2021. In a further step forward, the process to appoint a service provider for Geraldton has commenced, as well as for the planned step up/step down services in Kalgoorlie and Karratha. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It's pleasing to get work underway on the redeveloped $73.3 million Geraldton Health Campus which supports jobs and will create state-of-the-art health infrastructure and build capacity for the region. "The redevelopment will provide a boost to the local economy during the construction phase, supporting local Geraldton jobs and the wider community. "So many local people in the community have been involved in developing the design of the new façade so to be able to start ground works means we're bringing the community vision closer in sight. "The significant redevelopment was a key health election commitment which puts patients first and ensures we strengthen quality health care for the Mid-West region." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "We are committed to supporting people in the regions and providing more options for people to recover from health and mental health issues. "The start of the forward works means that we are on track with delivering critical infrastructure that will respond to the healthcare needs of local residents. "We know mental health is just as important as physical health and I'm pleased that part of the overall redevelopment includes a new integrated mental health service that will support Geraldton and the broader Mid-West community. "The enhanced hospital-based mental health services will complement the Geraldton 10-bed step up/step down community mental health service set to open next year. "I'd like to acknowledge the advocacy of both Darren West MLC and Laurie Graham MLC who have both been tireless campaigners for the redevelopment of the Geraldton Hospital and development of a community mental health step up/step down." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Healthy outcomes for Great Southern estuaries with $7 million funding boost9629Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/06/2020 3:05:15 AM2020-06-04T03:05:00Z New funding for community developed restoration program with Torbay Catchment Group Ongoing funding to reduce nutrients entering Wilson Inlet and Oyster Harbour Torbay Catchment Group announced as new community partner The McGowan Government will provide $7 million over four years from the Healthy Estuaries WA program to improve water quality and restore the values of three south coast estuaries. Torbay Inlet has been recognised as having significant value to the Great Southern community and the Torbay Catchment Group will receive funding as one of the new partners of the Healthy Estuaries WA program. This partnership will support farmers to take actions to reduce nutrient input to the Torbay Estuary, as a key action identified in the Torbay Restoration Plan. Managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Healthy Estuaries WA will continue partnerships with more than 10 organisations across Western Australia, delivering strategic outcomes, supporting the economic growth of the regions and working to manage the effects of climate change on our waterways. Funding for the four-year $25 million program will support the restoration and management of estuaries in the Peel, South-West and Great Southern regions. $7 million of this funding has been allocated to the Great Southern region, which includes an ongoing partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to reduce the nutrient runoff from farms for the Wilson Inlet and Oyster Harbour, while supporting farm productivity. The Healthy Estuaries WA program will directly employ more than 70 people delivering projects, with the majority living and working in regional areas. Delivery of the program will also support local businesses in the provision of goods and services, including technical services such as soil testing and clay manufacture. As well as reducing nutrient inputs from priority catchments, Healthy Estuaries WA will use the latest science to monitor and effectively manage waterways, and continue to build collaboration between community, scientists, government and industry. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "I am pleased to welcome another partner, Torbay Catchment Group, to the Healthy Estuaries WA program. "More than 80 per cent of the Western Australian population lives around our estuaries making them one of our most valuable environmental, economic and recreational assets. "While there are 166 estuaries in Western Australia, it is the estuaries in the south-west of the State that are the most heavily impacted by housing, agriculture, industry and recreation. "The future of effective estuarine and catchment management in the south-west will rely heavily on continued community support and effective engagement with estuary stakeholders." Comment attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "I think it's very important to reduce the nutrients entering our waterways and I'd like to congratulate the Torbay Catchment Group on the continuous efforts they've made over a long period of time." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Iconic Subiaco Oval opens gates to the community9625Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/06/2020 3:01:42 AM2020-06-04T03:00:00Z Subiaco Oval opened to community for first time in decades Bob Hawke College students have priority access during school hours Community has informal access outside school hours on first come, first served basis City of Subiaco will manage formal bookings for oval usage once Shared User Agreement is finalised between the City, West Australian Football Commission and Department of Education (Bob Hawke College) Opening marks exciting milestone in evolution of the Subi East RedevelopmentOne of Western Australia's best-loved pieces of turf has been made available to the community with the newly refurbished Subiaco Oval today officially opened to the public. For the first time in decades, members of the general public will be able to access the oval, the original home of Western Australian football, following the demolition of the former grandstands and reinstatement of the historic playing surface. Subiaco Oval, which saw its first game of football in 1908, was leased to the then Western Australian National Football League in 1937, becoming the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) in 1989. The last AFL game was played on the oval in 2017, prior to the opening of Perth's 60,000-seat Optus Stadium. The work at Subiaco Oval forms part of the Subi East Redevelopment project, which seeks to revitalise the 35-hectare area between the oval, the West Leederville train station, and the former Princess Margaret Hospital by creating a new gateway between Subiaco and the Perth central business district, accommodating more than 2,000 new dwellings. Today's opening of the oval to the public comes after access was provided last month to students at the adjacent Bob Hawke College for physical education and outdoor classes. The much-loved oval has had its playing surface reinstated, together with the original player dugouts, 250 of the original wooden grandstand seats, and AFL-size goal posts. A key feature of the oval as a new community asset are the heritage listed original Subiaco Oval entry gates, which have just seen the completion of restoration works to once again become a local landmark. New flood lighting for night events has been installed and the surrounding area temporarily landscaped for the community to enjoy while master planning is under way to provide the road map for the future development of Subi East. Other considerations include the Sandover Medal Walk, which will be reinstated once Master Planning is complete and a suitable location within the Subi East area is determined in consultation with the City of Subiaco, WAFC and key stakeholders. Discussions on the long-term Shared User Agreement between the City, the West Australian Football Commission and Department of Education (Bob Hawke College) for use of the oval are being facilitated through the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and are expected to be finalised soon. Once the Shared User Agreement is finalised, management of the oval will be handed to the City of Subiaco who will handle formal booking requests from community or sporting groups. The temporarily landscaped surrounding area can be accessed by the public at any time. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "Today marks a significant milestone in the Subi East Redevelopment. So many Western Australians turned out to farewell the old Subi Oval in June last year, ahead of the demolition of the grandstands. "We're delighted to now be handing this much-loved piece of Perth's history back to the community, less than a year later, so new generations of families and footy fans can get back on to the turf and have a kick with their family and friends. "The refurbished Subiaco Oval will play an important role in the Subi East precinct as a fantastic community open space for locals and visitors to meet, connect and enjoy at the heart of what will be a vibrant new inner-city village." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New WA-built Submarine Rescue Facility in Henderson9547Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/06/2020 2:04:30 AM2020-06-04T02:00:00Z $12.5 million Submarine Rescue Facility to provide emergency support for Australian and international submarine incidents Rescue Facility to be built at Australian Marine Complex by WA company Civmec, as part of Phoenix International's $255m rescue program for Australian submarine fleet Key defence infrastructure project to create up to 40 jobs during construction and at least 55 ongoingHenderson will be home to the Indian Ocean's new Submarine Rescue Facility - with Western Australian company Civmec beginning construction of the multimillion dollar Australian Defence Force project. The $12.5 million Submarine Rescue Facility will replace Australia's ageing submarine rescue capability. When it begins operations in 2022 it will provide the base for all Australian and international submarine rescue missions in our region. It will be constructed at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC), with the key project to create at least 40 jobs during construction and 55 ongoing roles during operations. The one-hectare site will be located on Stuart Drive and will house a rapid launch and recovery system, hyperbaric treatment unit, and maintenance training and testing infrastructure with a seven-metre deep pool. While the primary mission is to deliver a rescue capability for Australia's submarine fleet, the new rescue program is capable of supporting other nations' submarines operating in the region. The new facility will be located close to the AMC's Common User Facility and will allow rapid mobilisation in the event of a disabled submarine in the region and around the world. The facility is part of the Australian Defence Force's broader $255 million submarine rescue services program for Australia's submarine fleet, led by marine services contractor Phoenix International. Vision of practice submarine rescue missions and artists' impressions of the facility are available at https// Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "This new facility will be built locally by WA company Civmec in Henderson, creating up to 40 jobs during construction and 55 ongoing roles during operations. "It will ensure WA remains the home base for Australian and international submarine rescues in the region, boosting our reputation as a defence industry, manufacturing and maintenance hub. "The McGowan Government has advocated strongly to demonstrate WA is best placed to support defence operations in the Indian Ocean and Asian regions, and basing the new submarine rescue capability here confirms that status." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Pipeline to secure Denmark’s drinking water supply delivers local jobs9545Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/06/2020 1:31:20 AM2020-06-04T01:30:00Z 50 local jobs for the Great Southern region Albany-based Aboriginal business 'Impact Services' has been engaged to assist with developing employment opportunities for Aboriginal people $4.8 million will be invested in the Great Southern region through the hiring of local workers and use of local materials and services Water Minister Dave Kelly has announced the Water Corporation is on track to deliver the pipeline from Albany to Denmark in early 2021. The project, which aims to secure Denmark's long-term water security, will connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme in Albany. It is now expected to cost $25 million Georgiou has been appointed as the head contractor to build the new pipeline, with subcontractor opportunities promoted through local industry channels and the project's webpage attracting more than 60 registrations from local companies. During construction, more than $4.8 million of the $25 million project will be invested in the Great Southern region through the hiring of local sub-contractors and use of local materials and services. This will create 50 local jobs in the Great Southern region. Albany-based Aboriginal business Impact Services has also been engaged to assist with developing employment opportunities for Aboriginal people as part of this work. Over the past few months, Water Corporation has been working closely with relevant government agencies and landowners between Albany and Denmark to determine the most suitable pipeline route with minimal environment impact. Through this work and design improvements, the expected cost of the project has been reduced by $7 million. The proposed route will connect the pipeline at Chorkerup Tank, 30 kilometres north of Albany, then follow the road reserve west along Wilcox Road, Redmond Road West, Kernutts Road, and a small section of Denmark-Mount Barker Road, connecting to the existing tank supplying water to Denmark at Scotsdale, subject to final approvals. In September 2019, the McGowan Government announced the necessary and urgent project to secure Denmark's long-term water supply, with the town's local dam levels continuing to lower due to the impacts of climate change resulting in declining rainfall and reduced streamflow. Construction is expected to begin next month (July 2020) and finish in early 2021, subject to completion of final approvals. Find out more at http// Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government, is on track to deliver a long-term water supply solution for Denmark. "This pipeline will mean Denmark's water supply will no longer be solely reliant on rainfall into local dams which, like many areas in the Great Southern Region, has been significantly impacted by climate change. "I am pleased that the successful contractor, Georgiou, will sub-contract to a range of local businesses, supporting jobs in the Great Southern region. "The Water Corporation continues to work closely with the Denmark community to save water through the Waterwise Towns Program and water use letter program. This summer, the Denmark community saved an additional nine million litres of water compared to last summer - an outstanding achievement." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "The McGowan Government is committed to creating jobs for Western Australians and I'm pleased to see 50 local jobs created in the Great Southern region, including Albany as part of this new project." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Kimberley to reopen to the rest of Western Australia9478Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/06/2020 1:02:20 AM2020-06-04T00:45:00Z Kimberley, Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku and parts of the East Pilbara biosecurity restrictions will be lifted from Friday, June 5 as part of the WA roadmap Tourists and travellers will now be permitted to travel into these areas Access to remote Aboriginal communities remains closed The Federal Government has agreed to the State Government's request to remove the Commonwealth Biosecurity restrictions, meaning the Kimberley, Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku and parts of the East Pilbara will reopen to all Western Australians tomorrow. As announced last week, the State Government earmarked these areas would be opened up, if agreed to by the Federal Government. From Friday, June 5 (11.59pm Thursday, June 4) the biosecurity areas declared under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015 will be removed, however access to remote communities will remain restricted under the State Government's Emergency Management Act. The restrictions were put in place on the March 26, 2020 to help protect WA's 274 remote Aboriginal communities from the coronavirus. The State Government applied to lift the biosecurity restrictions, with no active cases of the virus in regional areas and no positive cases of COVID-19 reported in remote communities. Western Australians must continue to practice physical distancing and good personal hygiene at all times. This includes washing your hands thoroughly, and regularly, throughout the day. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Removing regional travel restrictions in WA, including the restrictions in the Kimberley, has been part of a staged and carefully planned roadmap for Western Australia. "I want to thank the Kimberley community for their patience and understanding throughout this process, it's been extremely difficult for many people and many small businesses. "I encourage Western Australians to now enjoy all of what our great State has to offer, and support local and regional businesses in the process. "This is another significant step in our roadmap to recovery. Phase 3 of our roadmap will come into effect this Saturday, allowing even greater opportunities for people to get out and about." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "WA is continuing to lead the way on easing restrictions, but we cannot become complacent. "People must continue to maintain good hygiene and physical distancing for as long as it is necessary. "Our regional travel restrictions have been an important measure in helping limit the spread of COVID-19 - it's been effective and resulted in low infection rates in regional WA. "We will continue to listen to the best of health advice that is unique for our State." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "I'd like to thank the Aboriginal leaders in these areas for their collaboration and outstanding work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. "Aboriginal people, especially those living remotely, have a higher risk of getting sick from the coronavirus than other Western Australians. "All Western Australians are urged to be aware of the high vulnerability of remote communities and to follow the restrictions to help keep them safe. "The State Government is continuing to engage with Aboriginal leaders on the future of the travel restrictions into remote communities and additional ways to keep remote communities free from COVID-19. "These strategies include the development of community-level pandemic response plans; continued health, safety and hygiene awareness for tourists, travellers and community residents; and regional-based testing and contact tracing." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Containers for Change refund points boosted by community grants9372Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/06/2020 12:27:53 AM2020-06-04T00:00:00Z More than $200,000 awarded to help establish refund and donation points as part of Containers for Change network 138 applicants have been awarded grants ranging from $552 up to $2,000 The McGowan Government has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 138 refund and donation point operators as part of the State's container deposit scheme, Containers for Change. Managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the grants will be used to build infrastructure to support community groups, schools, sporting clubs and not-for-profit organisations to establish donation or refund points. Grants were prioritised for applicants providing positive social outcomes for people with disability, vulnerable people and the long-term unemployed, particularly in regional and remote areas. Containers for Change is scheduled to commence on October 1, 2020 and will see consumers receive a 10 cent refund on eligible containers returned through the scheme's refund points. The scheme will be one of the most accessible container deposit schemes in Australia with 229 refund points available by the end of the first year of the scheme. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This funding will provide valuable financial support to community groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, and will help them deliver Australia's newest and best container deposit scheme - Containers for Change. "Western Australians have been calling for a container deposit scheme for years and the McGowan Government is committed to making this scheme a reality on October 1. "Social enterprises, schools and community groups, as well as businesses and local governments will be the heart and soul of this recycling scheme, and these community grants will help them get ready for October 1. "Containers for Change is a great win for WA's environment, for jobs, for our local community and sporting groups always looking for new ways to raise much-needed funds, and for our kids to learn about the benefits of recycling." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Statement on RWWA chief executive Richard Burt9370Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13540html3/06/2020 7:27:50 AM2020-06-03T07:25:00Z State Government acknowledges outgoing RWWA chief executive Richard BurtThe State Government has acknowledged outgoing Racing and Wagering Western Australia chief executive Richard Burt for his 13 years of service, during which time he had led the organisation through a period of significant reform. Mr Burt has presided over important work to drive the competitiveness of the WA TAB and address market challenges to maximise returns to the WA racing industry - including a $159 million return to racing in 2019. He led the industry through important animal welfare reforms, enhancements to the WA TAB product and multiple infrastructure improvements. Mr Burt worked to help ensure 30 per cent of the State Government's Point of Consumption tax was returned to the WA racing industry to assist with its ongoing development. Mr Burt finishes in the role on September 30, 2020. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia "On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to work with someone of Richard's calibre. His industry knowledge, business acumen and communication skills are second-to-none. "Richard's adept stewardship of RWWA has ensured the industry has met the significant challenges it has faced over the last 13 years. "His work to lead the State Government's significant animal welfare reforms, drive the WA TAB's competitiveness, and ensure the Point of Consumption tax delivers benefits to the industry has been commendable. "Richard's leadership and careful management has meant the organisation and wider industry are well placed to succeed into the future." Minister's office - 6552 5600