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Royal Commission into child sex abuse hands down its final report18896Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml15/12/2017 1:36:19 AM2017-12-15T01:25:00Z ​The WA Government provides a Statement of Intent to the Final Report released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse The McGowan Government has commended the work done by those responsible for delivering the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission). The Royal Commission was established in 2013, and during that time it has held 57 public hearings across all capital cities, sitting more than 400 days and involving 1,200 witnesses. Out of those public hearings, horrifying stories of child sexual abuse have emerged, exposing the truth that in some cases has been denied for decades. The Final Report makes hundreds of recommendations that will help prevent and respond to child sexual abuse in institutions. The McGowan Government is committed to thoroughly examining all of the recommendations. The McGowan Government has already taken steps to address institutional child sex abuse in WA and is currently Introducing legislation removing the limitation periods for civil actions by survivors which goes further than any other Australian jurisdiction, providing a legal basis for suing institutions in the name of their current office holders for historical child sexual abuse; Working with the Commonwealth in relation to the development of a Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sex abuse; Working with other jurisdictions and the Commonwealth to develop a National Statement of Child Safe Principles; Working to implement the recommendations of the review of the State's Children and Community Services Act 2004 to improve child protection processes; and Investigating the need for independent oversight of the out of home care system. A copy of Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk's Statement of Intent can be viewed on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website here. Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "I applaud the bravery shown by the survivors who have shared their stories, in the hope that by speaking up, others would be encouraged to do the same. Their stories have outlined historic and contemporary cases of child sexual abuse within institutions and a concealment of evidence that has provided a refuge and protection for offenders. "The courage of survivors to come forward must be met by the institution's strength to acknowledge past failures, address previous injustices and implement significant changes to protect children so that history will not be repeated. "Keeping children safe, healthy, and supported is of crucial importance, and one of the greatest responsibilities of families, communities, institutions and Government. The community has a right to expect that our children are safe, especially within the institutions we entrust to protect, educate, care for and nurture them. "It is for this reason that the McGowan Government is committed to thoroughly examining the recommendations made in the Royal Commission's Final Report with a view to responding to historical abuse that has occurred, prevent further abuse from happening in the future and ensure a swift response to abuse should it occur again." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Fremantle firm wins Hilton infill housing design competition18894Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml15/12/2017 1:16:25 AM2017-12-14T10:15:00Z Design competition challenge was to conserve heritage character while delivering innovative infill public housing solutions Hilton revitalisation part of McGowan Government's urban renewal vision for Fremantle and surrounding areas Bernard Seeber Architects took centre stage tonight when Housing Minister Peter Tinley announced the Fremantle-based firm as winners of a design competition to deliver creative infill public housing solutions in the heritage suburb of Hilton. The intent of the competition, as part of the Hilton Revitalisation Project, was to help conserve heritage, deconcentrate public housing and boost the diversity of housing stock. The competition judging panel - comprised of noted architects and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt - praised the high standard of entries, noting that all the designs were dignified, elegant and place responsive. Bernard Seeber Architects' winning entry was commended for its sophistication and contemporary and refined aesthetic. The firm was offered a contract to apply the design to 14 new public homes planned for construction on seven battleaxe lots located behind heritage homes in Hilton. The four shortlisted teams each received an honorarium of $10,000. The Hilton Design Competition is a partnership between the Department of Communities, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Office of the Government Architect and the City of Fremantle. It was initiated by the McGowan Government to encourage innovative and creative solutions to public housing and urban infill challenges in the Fremantle area. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "Good design is fundamental to successful neighbourhood planning and to creating and supporting vibrant, liveable and safe communities. "Well-designed public housing helps promote social diversity, delivers taxpayers with value for money and improves residents' quality of life. "It is fantastic to see the standard of entry in this competition and the relish competitors demonstrated in their approach to the challenge of creating innovative solutions and creative designs while also protecting Hilton's heritage." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government recognises that there is a growing unmet demand for one and two-bedroom dwellings in Hilton. Boosting housing diversity and urban infill is one way to meet this shortfall. But it's important we do this while maintaining our links to the past. "Using the principles of sustainability to develop new built forms that acknowledge the contributions of our predecessors in our historic suburbs is a wonderful approach to this challenge." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Opportunity to shape the approach to plan for Outer Harbour18853Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 8:17:47 AM2017-12-14T08:15:00Z ​Westport Preparing for the Strategy discussion paper released for public comment Comment period open until January 31, 2018 Feedback received will shape the approach taken to develop the Westport Strategy The McGowan Government is seeking community feedback on its long-term Outer Harbour plan for Perth's future freight, trade, logistics, cruise shipping and defence needs. The Westport Taskforce today released Westport Preparing for the Strategy - the State Government's first discussion paper towards delivering its Outer Harbour vision. In releasing its first discussion paper, the taskforce is inviting stakeholders to join the conversation on key factors that need to be investigated in the development of the Westport Strategy. The taskforce is also seeking to capture any relevant existing information or work undertaken as part of previous studies. This will help build its evidence base which will inform where additional technical investigations are required. Stakeholders and the community can get involved in the process by reading the discussion paper, completing the feedback survey and registering for project updates. Feedback on the discussion paper will be accepted until 5pm, Wednesday January 31, 2018 and can be submitted by visiting http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/westport A consultation summary will be made available at the end of February 2018. It will summarise the comments received and outline the updated Westport methodology. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We are making sure we have the right people and structures in place to deliver a real and committed plan to help secure the freight future of this State. "Many people are interested in the planning and development of the new port, and we are interested in hearing their views. "The Westport Taskforce will consider a range of aspects in preparing its strategy, including the environmental, economic and social impacts of developing a new port. "It's important that we capture the views, knowledge and skills of interested parties early in the process to achieve the best outcomes for the Westport Strategy." Comments attributed to Westport chairperson Nicole Lockwood "Consultation and continuous communication will be integral to the development of the Westport Strategy and I have already met with a number of stakeholders who are passionate about getting this planning right. "In this initial phase of engagement, we are inviting input on our proposed process for developing the Westport Strategy, and whether we have identified all the key factors necessary for answering key policy questions on the location, size, operating model and timing for future port facilities. "We will consider any existing work provided to us, and undertake technical investigations where there are gaps in our knowledge. "We want to be sure that we are considering every aspect in developing advice to Government and the feedback we receive will help us ensure we know what is important to stakeholders and the community on this topic." Minister's office - 6552 5500
$2 million grant for Mindarie-Burns Beach dual use path18851Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 7:30:11 AM2017-12-14T07:30:00Z ​Mindarie-Burns Beach dual use path Final link in Quinns Rocks to Fremantle coastal pathway Construction also starts on physical millipede barrier The McGowan Government has allocated $2 million to build a dual pathway in Tamala Conservation Park to connect Mindarie with Burns Beach. It will be the final link in a 58 kilometre coastal route from Quinns Rocks almost all the way to Fremantle, providing new coastal vantage points for walkers and cyclists alike. The 4.9 kilometre pathway will also include a physical millipede barrier to ensure the pest is kept at bay from spreading to neighbouring properties. The millipede plague that have previously affected the park's neighbouring properties will be stopped with the combination of a physical barrier and biological controls. The chosen alignment for the dual use pathway will ensure the protection of the foredune system and minimal vegetation disturbance while optimising coastal views and appropriate path levels to suit all users. A WA Planning Commission grant will assist with the construction of the path following planning and environmental approvals to be progressed by the end of the financial year. The cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo will fund the remaining cost and contribute resources including technical support, labour, materials and equipment. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This dual use pathway will be a great enhancement to the Tamala Conservation Park bushland, which has long been recognised as a special natural area. "I have also worked closely with the WAPC to address the large number of millipedes invading the park's neighbouring properties and am pleased to say that work has started on a physical barrier while biological (nematode) controls continue." Comments attributed to Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard "Our community is home to some of the most stunning coastline in the State. I share my excitement of many in announcing this funding, as it will most certainly be a welcomed and well-used pathway. "This outcome is a fine example of State and local governments working for local residents and visitors to ensure the protection of our most valuable assets." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Marco Pierre White to get a taste of the Great Southern18848Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 2:00:32 AM2017-12-14T02:00:00Z ​World famous chef to appear at IGA Taste Great Southern Expected to boost number of visitors to event and region Supported by State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions Internationally renowned chef, author, restaurateur and TV star Marco Pierre White will appear at next year's IGA Taste Great Southern. White will appear at the Albany Food and Wine Festival and the Fervor x Three Anchors dinner on Saturday, March 17. He will spend the following day exploring the region and visiting local attractions. The festival runs from March 8 to 25, 2018 with events in Albany, Denmark, Mount Barker, Porongurup, Frankland River, Katanning and Kojonup. The State Government is a proud supporter of IGA Taste Great Southern through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia congratulated the festival's organisers for securing White to appear at the event. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Marco Pierre White has been one of the biggest names in the culinary world for decades and it is a massive coup to have him appear at Taste Great Southern. "Congratulations to everyone involved in getting him on board for the 2018 event. "Culinary events, such as Taste Great Southern, play a crucial role on Western Australia's diverse events calendar as they help showcase the State's amazing food and wine regions and help drive visitation." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "WA's growing reputation for having fresh produce, premium wines and high-quality boutique beverages makes us a foodie's paradise. "Events such as IGA Taste Great Southern help reinforce that reputation and provide a great platform to show the world what WA has to offer." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Nominations still open for PM’s Veterans’ Employment Awards18847Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:56:05 AM2017-12-14T01:50:00Z Inaugural awards' six categories will recognise contribution to veterans' employment Nominations close on December 22, 2017 Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley has urged eligible individuals and organisations to nominate for the Prime Minister's inaugural Veterans' Employment Awards. The awards demonstrate the importance government places on raising the awareness of public and private sector employers of the value and unique experience of our veterans and recognise those employers who support this valuable human resource. There six main categories of awards are Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans; Veterans' Employer of the Year - Large Business; Veterans' Employer of the Year - Small to Medium Sized Business; Veterans' Employer of the Year - Public Sector Organisation; Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment; and Veteran Employee of the Year Two other awards to be presented are not open for nominations. The Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation to Veterans' Employment will recognise the standout winner from the categories listed under organisations; and the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans' Employment will be selected from a list compiled from suggestions invited directly from the Government, business and veteran communities. For more information on the awards and to nominate an individual or organisation, visit https//veteransemployment.gov.au/awards Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "I know from first-hand experience that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) invests heavily in training and developing the professional and personal capabilities of its servicemen and women. Members of the ADF have a broad range of skills and experience. "Their skill-sets, including proven leadership and problem solving skills transfer readily to civilian working life where they are in strong demand from employers. "Australian businesses of all sizes, and across all industries, have prime opportunities to employ skilled and capable individuals when they separate from the ADF - and many take advantage of these opportunities to the benefit of all involved. "Through the Prime Minister's Awards, we as a community can formally recognise and acknowledge the support of employers for veteran servicemen and women when they make that all-important transition to civilian life. "I strongly urge all eligible employers, both individuals and organisations, to throw their hat into the ring and nominate for an award in the category that is most suitable for them. "It's a great way to have your contribution to our veterans recognised at a national level." Minister's office - 6552 5300
McGowan Government and community sector leaders working together18842Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:15:26 AM2017-12-14T01:15:00Z Supporting Communities Forum established to help WA's most vulnerable Premier and Community Services Minister to discuss key priorities at the forum's first meeting At the inaugural Supporting Communities Forum today, Premier Mark McGowan and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk will meet with the newly appointed members. The forum brings together leaders of the community services sector and the State Government to provide advice on the implementation of the McGowan Government's Supporting Communities election commitment. Forum members will provide advice on breaking down barriers between government departments and community organisations; improving the procurement process for community services; working together to deliver measurable outcomes for the community, and communicating this work to the broader public. A list of the forum's membership, which includes representatives from across Western Australia as well as prominent Aboriginal leaders, can be found here. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The establishment of the forum reflects the Government's commitment to the community services sector. It also shows the importance of the sector as a significant contributor to economic growth, employment and community wellbeing, particularly for vulnerable Western Australians. "I look forward to hearing what our leaders have to say about how we can work together to deal with our key priorities." Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The forum's work will not only provide advice on how to address key priorities such as improving the contracting process for community providers but also support the Machinery of Government reforms and recommendations emerging from the Service Priority Review. "Because of the current financial climate, we need to be more innovative than ever to ensure the money being spent in community services is reaching the most vulnerable people in WA." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Gates open today at Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park18841Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:10:14 AM2017-12-14T01:10:00Z Rio Tinto Naturescape at Kings Park re-opens today at 9am Open 9am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday Park entry is free Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today officially opened Stage 2 of the Rio Tinto Naturescape at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Following a 12-month closure, the upgrade offers new opportunities for children to explore in the heart of Perth. The upgrade includes two aerial walkways named 'The Python' and 'The Bungarra'; a waterhole to wade in; a cubby-building area; and a web of climbing ropes called 'The Tangle'. The precinct covers six hectares and is surrounded by Kings Park bushland. The Stage 2 development was completed by local WA businesses including Plan E landscape architects and MG Construction. This $3 million, Stage 2 project was supported by Rio Tinto, which has been the major partner in the project since it was first proposed in 2008. The park is open from 9am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday. To plan a visit, go to http//www.bgpa.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This Stage 2 upgrade is a fantastic addition to what was already a unique area of Kings Park. "Since Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park opened six years ago, it has led the way in shaping community attitudes about the value of connecting children with nature. "The aim of the park is to give children a hands-on experience of WA's beautiful natural environment and inspire them to contribute to conservation. Opportunities to balance on logs, paddle in a creek, or climb on rocks are also an important part of a healthy childhood. "This project is a good example of some of my priorities in action - environmental education, conservation, and universal accessibility for all children." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Research agenda for roundtable event18840Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:05:12 AM2017-12-14T01:05:00Z Roundtable event to discuss opportunities for WA health and medical research Meeting will bring together WA leaders in research and innovation Leading members of the State's health and medical research community will today meet with Deputy Premier and Health Minister Roger Cook for a roundtable event to discuss the future of health and medical research in Western Australia. Plans for a secure research funding source, in the form of a Future Health Research and Innovation Fund, will be top of the meeting's agenda. Among those attending will be prominent WA researchers - Professors Jonathan Carapetis, Peter Leedman, Christobel Saunders and Bruce Robinson - as well as emerging research leaders and representatives of government, universities, research institutes, the health professions and corporate sector. Establishment of the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund was a key election commitment. The planned fund, will draw on interest from the State's sovereign wealth fund to provide two streams of funding - one for health and medical research, the other for medical innovation and commercialisation. The roundtable will also explore opportunities to improve patient care, and grow the number of jobs and economic benefits of health and medical research. Comments attributed to Deputy Premier and Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government recognises the importance of health and medical research in maintaining a world-class health system, to our economy and the future health and wellbeing of our community. "Today's roundtable provides us with the chance to discuss how we can improve research opportunities here in Western Australia so that we can retain our best and brightest research minds and attract leading researchers from around the world. "We also want to ensure that WA does not lose potential innovation stemming from local research discoveries." Deputy Premier's office - 6552 6500
Small business a big winner at Optus Stadium18839Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:00:16 AM2017-12-14T01:00:00Z 30 contracts awarded to WA small businesses to supply food and consumables Testament to the quality of local products and produce $150 million of contracts awarded to support the first five years of stadium operation 30 contracts have been awarded to Western Australian small businesses to supply food and consumables to Optus Stadium. New West Foods (seafood), Little Home Bakery (bread), Morley Growers (fruit and vegetables), Total Food Distributors (meat), Mahogany Creek Distributors (poultry and game), Mondo Meats (meat), Oil 2 U (oil) and Food Packaging Australia are among the local businesses which have secured stadium supply. New West Foods will distribute more than 200 tonnes of frozen potato chips to the stadium annually, as well as large volumes of prawns from Exmouth, barramundi from Derby and crabs from Geraldton. Each year, Food Packaging Australia will supply the stadium with more than 500,000 hot chip containers, 200,000 burger boxes and 1.5 million beer cups. Thanks to these WA businesses, 60,000 fans on major event days plus thousands of guests attending conferences, gala dinners and other special events throughout the world-class venue will be eating top quality local produce. Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Paul Papalia "Small businesses represent around 97 per cent of all businesses in Western Australia, accounting for 41 per cent of total private sector employment. "These latest round of contracts will have a flow-on effect to dozens of WA small businesses involved in hospitality and primary production, which helps strengthen our economy and create jobs. "I'm pleased that visitors to Optus Stadium will have access to the freshest and finest produce Western Australia has to offer." Minister's office - 6552 5600