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New land available in job-creating industrial estate in Forrestdale419Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/04/2021 7:45:55 AM2021-04-21T07:45:00Z New lot releases at Crossroads Industrial delivers further development opportunities for investors Crossroads Industrial expansion to boost economic activity and employment in south-eastern suburbs Expansion follows $27 million investment by State Government in 2019 to unlock the area for future industrial useCrossroads Industrial estate in Forrestdale is set to expand following today's release of new lots due to strong demand for industrial land in the south-eastern corridor. The 12 new lots, available by presale, are sized from 2,167sqm to 6,526sqm and will appeal to showroom, office, workshop and other business types looking to benefit from access to major transport routes and access to the soon to be realigned Anstey Road. Buyers looking for even larger lots have the opportunity to customise and amalgamate lots up to 1.1ha in size. All lots will be fully serviced with power, water, sewer and broadband network access connections. Works will soon commence to deliver 6ha of industrial land and complete the connection of Allen Road from Ranford Road through to the soon-to-be realigned Anstey Road. Together these works will deliver around 100 construction jobs and once fully operational, businesses operating on the land are expected to create 185 further local ongoing jobs. The Anstey Road realignment to Ranford Road is part of the infrastructure works being delivered following the $27 million seed funding committed by the State Government to unlock Forrestdale Business Park West for industrial expansion and job creation. Delivered by DevelopmentWA's Industrial Lands Authority (ILA), the funding will create a new pump station, power and water upgrades, critical land acquisitions for wider road reserves, new intersections at Keane and Allen Roads, Ranford and Anstey Roads and Keane and Armadale Roads, as well as upgrades to Allen and Keane Roads to accommodate heavy vehicles. The work, being delivered by Densford Civil, is creating over 100 local construction jobs and is set to be completed in December 2021. In addition to the State Government funds, the Scheme contributions from DevelopmentWA and private landowners is funding infrastructure works to a total value of $22.7 million. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Tony Buti "The demand for well-located industrial land is testament to the strength of the Western Australian economy. "The works being undertaken here at Forrestdale Business Park West are another step in opening up the 140ha of industrial land, creating 1,493 new local jobs for the fast growing south-east corridor while providing new key amenity for the area. "The outcomes being delivered here at Crossroads Industrial and Forrestdale Business Park West is a great example of the work done by the ILA in delivering land to underpin jobs and businesses growth in prime locations across WA." Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai "The expansion of Crossroads Industrial means more local jobs for people of the south-eastern suburbs. "The appeal of this estate is also the incredible amount of work completed or in the pipeline to improve the connecting roads, including Tonkin Highway, Armadale Road and Anstey Road." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Co-funded drilling and energy analysis grants attract strong interest264Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/04/2021 6:12:14 AM2021-04-21T06:10:00Z Exploration Incentive Scheme offers over $6.56 million in co-funding to WA projects Inaugural Energy Analysis Project co-funding initiative offers funding to applicants Economic modelling reveals a $31 million benefit to WA for every $1 million invested The State Government has announced the successful applicants for Round 23 of the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) co-funded drilling program and the inaugural co-funded Energy Analysis Project (EAP) program. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety received 84 applications for the drilling program and 12 applications for the EAP program. For Round 23, $6.3 million in grants was offered to projects across Western Australia, which includes an additional $1.3 million from the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan. Almost a third of successful applicants are searching for battery minerals, such as nickel, cobalt, graphite and rare earth elements. Other commodities include gold, silver, copper, diamonds, base metals, and platinum-group metals. The EAP program has offered grants to six companies investigating geological aspects of the Northern Perth Basin and Canning Basin. The program encourages exploration of petroleum and geothermal resources using existing State resources, such as drill core, sidewall core, and cuttings, or to re-analyse existing data. A recent independent study, covering the first 10 years of the EIS, reiterated the robust economic benefits of the EIS, with every dollar invested resulting in a $31 return. For more information, visit http//dmp.wa.gov.au/Geological-Survey/EIS-Government-co-funded-1433.aspx Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "There has been a number of success stories from mining companies using the EIS, most recently Encounter Resources' Yeneena copper-cobalt discovery in the Paterson province. "The high number of applications is a strong indicator of the continued interest in Western Australia's resource industry. "The new Energy Analysis Project co-funding initiative will help companies to make the most of our State's extensive resource data to refine their resources targeting." Minister's office - 6552 6700
McGowan Government initiative to get more truckies on the road263Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/04/2021 5:00:28 AM2021-04-21T05:00:00Z First students commence new Australian first Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set Up to 1,000 workers to be trained to work in transport industry to help fill skills shortages $6.1 million investment to build a pipeline of skilled workers for essential service Western Roads Federation to support graduates on the pathway to employment The McGowan Government's $6.1 million Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set is underway, with 12 students currently enrolled in the pilot course. Developed in consultation with the transport industry, the six-week course aims to address driver shortages, by training 500 new workers in Heavy Rigid (HR) licences and upskilling an additional 500 existing drivers from HR licences to Heavy Combination (HC) and/or Multi-Combination (MC) licences. An Australian first, the new course aims to increase skilled workers through both theoretical and practical hands on truck driving at the state-of-the-art Driver Risk Management facility located at Perth Airport. On successful completion, participants obtain a Heavy Rigid; Heavy Combination; or Multi Combination class vehicle, and may apply for a forklift (LF) licence. The course is free for eligible students and the Practical Driving Instruction Training and Assessment and licencing costs $500 for concession students and $1,250 for non-concession students. Western Roads Federation has been advising the State Government on issues affecting the industry, and has been instrumental in developing the expanded skill set to address unprecedented workforce demands due to COVID-19. As the peak industry body, Western Roads Federation will mentor and support students on the path to employment, working to connect students to industry employers. Central Regional TAFE is now taking expressions of interest for future intakes and planning is underway to expand the training to the Mid-West, Goldfields and Great Southern regions in coming months. Visit https//www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 for more information. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "These skill sets form an essential part of our COVID-19 recovery, providing affordable and accessible training options for Western Australians to upskill or retrain. "The skill set aims to train 500 new entrants and upskill 500 existing workers to drive larger vehicles. "Our training sector has been front and centre of our recovery, training workers in areas of need. "Central Regional TAFE has partnered with Driver Risk Management to deliver the course and this is an excellent example of TAFE colleges and private training providers working together to address industry skills needs." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how vital the freight industry and truck drivers are to our State and our economy. "We have worked collaboratively with industry to create this program to make sure it gives truck drivers the skills they need while also helping jobseekers increase their employability. "Western Roads Federation and the Transport Workers' Union approached the Premier, Minister for Education and Training and myself, asking to create a dedicated training course for truck drivers. "I'm so pleased we have been able to roll out a training program that delivers what industry needs." Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Successful tender announced for lifesaving Albany radiation oncology service252Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/04/2021 3:00:50 AM2021-04-21T03:00:00Z $13.1 million Albany radiation oncology project on track with forward works reaching practical completion Tender for main works now awarded with construction to commence early May Main works expected to generate more than 50 local jobs Service to be operational in second half of 2022Health Minister Roger Cook has today announced Western Australian company BGC Construction Pty Ltd will deliver the main works portion of the Albany Health Campus radiation oncology project. These critical works will include site preparations to safely house the complex machinery and will generate more than 50 local jobs. Additionally, an expanded car park with 70 bays is now already available, helping to alleviate congestion from verges and side streets surrounding the campus. The next phase of works includes construction of the main building as well as a dedicated corridor to link the Albany Health Campus and additional car parking bays to the facility. Once complete, the $13.1 million project will provide Great Southern residents with access to lifesaving cancer treatment closer to home and on country. The service is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government is another step closer to delivering lifesaving radiation oncology services in the Great Southern region. "More than 50 local jobs will be generated through the main works program set to be delivered by BGC. "We know the community are heavily invested in this project and we want to see it up and running as soon as possible." Comments attributed to Albany MLA-elect Rebecca Stephens "Being able to remain close to family, friends and broader support networks while undergoing treatment will improve the patient journey for Great Southern cancer patients. "This not only delivers on our commitment to care close to home but builds upon the WA Country Health Service's Cancer Strategy 2017-22. "I'm also pleased that patients and visitors to Albany Health Campus can already now benefit from the extra parking as part of this project - difficulty in parking at the hospital has been raised with me previously so I'm glad to see steps taken to improve this." Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA to welcome back State of Origin in 2022251Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/04/2021 2:45:12 AM2021-04-21T02:45:00Z Perth to host rugby league State of Origin Game II in June 2022 New South Wales Blues to play Queensland Maroons at Optus Stadium State of Origin clash one of the nation's biggest annual sporting events Successful 2019 event had multimillion dollar benefits for WA tourism, supporting the economy and local jobs The National Rugby League (NRL) State of Origin - one of the nation's greatest sporting rivalries and one of the State's biggest event success stories - will return to Perth next year. The McGowan Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has secured Game II of the three-game series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons, to be held at Optus Stadium in June 2022. The announcement is a major win for Western Australia, with the rugby league showcase rivalling the AFL Grand Final as the nation's biggest sporting spectacle - attracting record crowds and millions of television viewers. Perth became the centre of a rugby league fan frenzy in June 2019, when Optus Stadium hosted its first ever State of Origin in front of a sold-out capacity crowd of more than 59,000 people. Close to 11,700 people visited WA for that game, spending more than $19 million and staying nearly 69,500 combined nights - generating huge benefits for WA tourism businesses, hotels, bars, restaurants and other hospitality operators. WA's key tourism attractions and the spectacular Optus Stadium were also showcased in a television broadcast of the match watched by about 1.96 million viewers around the country. The success of WA's 2019 State of Origin sparked further commitments by the NRL and the State Government to bring more league games to the west. This included the NRL Nines tournament held in February last year which attracted 3,783 visitors to WA, who spent more than $5.7 million. The date for the match and ticketing details will be announced later this year. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "On much of the east coast, the State of Origin is as big as it gets in terms of sporting events. "My Government is delighted to partner with the NRL to bring State of Origin back to WA - for local fans and the multimillion dollar boost it will provide to the WA economy, tourism, hospitality and local jobs." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "State of Origin is one of those marquee events that are incredibly valuable to our tourism industry as they provide a reason for people to visit and discover more of what WA has to offer. "Origin showdowns dominate television ratings on much of the east coast, meaning the beautiful Perth skyline and Western Australia's attractions will be promoted to millions of potential visitors." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti "In 2019, we showed the NRL and the nation that State of Origin and our state-of-the-art stadium was a winning combination for visiting fans and players. "Elite rugby league events such as State of Origin shine a light on the sport in our State, helping to inspire young Western Australian girls and boys to play the game they love on a local level through grassroots community clubs and competitions." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5400 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Drone technology gives bird’s eye view of Peel-Harvey Estuary seagrass220Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/04/2021 2:00:28 AM2021-04-21T02:00:00Z Survey of Peel-Harvey Estuary seagrass population completed Drone technology used to map seagrass in inaccessible estuary areas Seagrass survey delivers key action item from Peel-Harvey Estuary Protection Plan The survey of the Peel-Harvey Estuary seagrass population was completed in Mandurah today with Water Minister Dave Kelly on hand to inspect the drone technology being utilised for aerial mapping. Seagrass surveys are normally carried out using an underwater camera mounted on a vessel to observe which seagrass species are present, their density and any potential signs of stress. Drone technology is also being utilised to map the distribution of seagrass in the Peel-Harvey estuary. The drone imagery will enable the mapping of estuary areas that are too shallow to access by boat. The distribution of different species of seagrass, and what condition they are in, provides important information about the overall health of an estuary and can identify local areas of concern. In the field, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) seagrass team have surveyed more than 450 locations within the 130km2 estuary over the last month, finding four species of seagrasses, including one previously unrecorded in the Peel-Harvey estuary. The survey work will also build on the capability of the department's trained drone pilots, using new software to allow for repeat surveys of the same flight paths. Drone and satellite technologies are increasingly utilised in Australia and around the world to remotely gather information - complementing more traditional field methods and informing management actions. This work is funded through the McGowan Government's Healthy Estuaries WA program, and delivers a key action under the Peel-Harvey Estuary Protection Plan which was launched in December 2020. Implementation of the protection plan will be further supported by an additional $5 million over four years announced during the recent State election - allowing for the expansion of the DWER partnership with Peel Harvey Catchment Council in fertiliser management, riverbank revegetation and related actions to reduce nutrients. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The Peel-Harvey Estuary's proximity to Perth, abundant natural resources and recreational opportunities make it highly valued by the community. "Completion of this important work will help us effectively manage the health of the largest and most complex estuarine system in the south-west. "This is a great example of how we are using the latest technology to build on our existing scientific methods, and inform future management actions to protect this important waterway." Comments attributed to Dawesville MLA-elect Lisa Munday "The Peel-Harvey Estuary is very much at the heart of the Dawesville community. "I'm really proud to be part of a McGowan Government that's delivering on its commitment to protect this valuable natural asset." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "The use of drone technology is an exciting development that will provide scientists with valuable information. "This research will help us better understand and protect the Peel-Harvey Estuary, which is much loved by the people of Mandurah and the Peel." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "The waterways of the Peel-Harvey Estuary are the lifeblood of the Peel and Harvey regions. "From our local tourism and primary industries, to our leisure and lifestyle, the Murray-Wellington community depends upon a healthy Peel-Harvey estuary system." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Women’s rights, child health and tow trucks the focus of awards95592Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6420html20/04/2021 6:20:39 AM2021-04-20T06:15:00Z A legal service and head of Additive Free Kids win Consumer Protection Awards Advocate for a swimming pool ban at family day care takes out safety category Nine News wins media award for investigation into the tow truck industry in WA A community legal centre that specialises in women's rights and justice, a campaigner for additive-free food for children, an advocate for banning swimming pools at family day care services and a Nine News reporter have all won a Consumer Protection Award for 2021. The winners were announced today during a presentation lunch at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Women's Legal Service WA of Perth was awarded the Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award for a local government, non-government organisation or group of individuals for their services, initiative or project. The service provides support, advice and legal assistance to disadvantaged women in the community relating to physical safety, emotional wellbeing, housing, tenancy and financial security. Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Service Inc (Mirrabooka), The Spiers Centre (Heathridge) and the Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (Perth) were finalists in this category. Francine Bell, who leads Additive Free Kids, has been honoured with the Rona Okely Award for an individual who has given their time, energy and experience for the betterment of others. Francine's organisation represents more than 35,000 parents who receive product reviews and information on the ingredients contained in food products, particularly additives. She was inspired by the detrimental effects additives had on the health of her own children. Kombe Musonda, a women's refuge co-ordinator for Starick of Rivervale, was a finalist in this category. Melanie Mitchell, whose almost three-year-old son Lachlan drowned in a backyard pool at a family day care centre in 2015, took out the Kidsafe WA Award for her work in lobbying for a ban on swimming pools at family day care services under the banner of 'Lachlan's Legacy', and as an ambassador for Royal Life Saving Society Australia. This award focuses on the promotion of product safety and injury prevention for children. The RAC's Project Road Smart was a finalist. Nine News reporter Gary Adshead won the Ruby Hutchison Media Award acknowledging a journalist, program or media outlet for raising awareness and improving understanding of consumer issues. Gary, who has been a journalist for 37 years, produced a feature story on the tow truck industry in WA which highlighted the dishonest tactics used by some operators to gain business from vulnerable consumers who had been involved in a motor vehicle accident. A review into new laws to regulate the industry is currently underway. Finalists in this category were Kim Macdonald of The West Australian for her story on a home renovator; Jerrie Demasi of Nine News for her stories on a fake psychologist; and Gareth Parker of 6PR for warning his listeners about the practices of a plumbing, electrical and gas company. Comments attributed to Commerce Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "It was an honour to present the awards acknowledging the fantastic achievements of people in the community who are helping consumers and tenants overcome difficulties and promoting their rights. "2020 was a particularly challenging year with COVID-19 affecting consumers. "Tenants and landlords were in need of greater support to navigate the new laws introduced to put a temporary hold on evictions and rent increases, so the advisory and conciliation services of Consumer Protection, community legal centres and tenancy advocates became even more vital, as did the Government's grant scheme offering financial help. "I would like to congratulate the winners and finalists of the 2021 Consumer Protection Awards for their hard work and commitment to the people of Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Shire of York off-road vehicle area receives funding boost95591Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5280html20/04/2021 2:07:51 AM2021-04-20T02:05:00Z State Government supports Shire of York's off-roaders by funding upgrades at the York Motocross Track $40,000 will be provided by the McGowan Government to improve the tracks as well as amenities at the facilityThe Shire of York's off-road vehicle area, also known as the York Motocross Track, is set to receive an upgrade with a $40,000 funding boost from the McGowan Government. Local Government Minister John Carey announced the funding today while visiting the popular trail, which hosts motorcycles and quad bikes and features a junior track. The improvements will include upgrades to the tracks, earthworks and vegetation buffer, toilets and signage. The project will also receive $40,000 funding from the Shire of York. Off-road vehicles are governed under the Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act 1978, and can only be used in areas gazetted under the Act. They can also be used on private land with the landowner's permission. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister John Carey "Local governments are central to generating local spaces that create a sense of community. Creating off-road vehicle areas is a great way for local governments to develop community hubs that get people of all ages out and about. "This is an exceptional facility and a credit to the Shire of York which consistently invests in amenities that improve the liveability of the Shire. "While this initiative is important locally, it will also increase visitors to the area." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti "It is a priority of the McGowan Government to implement off-road vehicle reforms that make it easier for new areas to be created and existing areas to be upgraded. "Off-road vehicle areas that are safe and well managed are fantastic places for families and people of all ages to get active and enjoy WA's unique outdoor environment. "Well maintained off-road vehicle areas also encourage better rider education and minimise impact on the local environments." Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5300 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6553 6400
Second stage underway on state-of-the-art Bob Hawke College95590Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8690html20/04/2021 2:01:18 AM2021-04-20T02:00:00Z Construction starts on stage two of the state-of-the-art Bob Hawke College Stage two of the build will double student capacity to cater for 2,000 students A total of $57.6 million has been allocated for the second phase of works Hassell Studio designed the second stage facilities and PACT Construction have commenced the works Project expected to support 1,650 jobs during constructionPremier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery have today visited Bob Hawke College in Subiaco as construction on stage two gets underway. The $57.6 million stage two facilities will bolster the college further in harnessing student creativity and talent - while supporting about 1,650 jobs during construction. Facilities in stage two will provide spaces for students to rehearse and showcase their creative talents, including a performing arts centre, dance and visual arts studios, music rooms and two state-of-the-art media studios. Additional general classrooms will double the college's current capacity, and create space for 2,000 students. Located on the northern end of the college's Subiaco site, the build will also include landscaped areas and a roof terrace for students to enjoy at break times. The second stage of works will add to the already highly acclaimed college facilities which opened at the start of 2020. Hassell Studio was appointed to consult on the design for this project, with construction managed by Western Australian builder PACT Construction. Facilities are anticipated to open for the 2023 school year. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It wasn't that long ago that I opened the first stage of the impressive Bob Hawke College which has a wonderful school community and spirit, and where students are enjoying a quality education. "I am pleased the second phase of works is now underway and I can't wait to see the state-of-the-art facilities take shape as construction progresses over the coming months. "The build is set to support about 1,650 jobs during construction, before it opens for students for the 2023 school year." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Students at Bob Hawke College will soon have access to architecturally-designed arts facilities including a performing arts centre, dance and visual arts studios, and music and media rooms. "The school has already become a landmark in the Subiaco community and it's fantastic to see the second stage of the innovative school get underway." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Cyclone Seroja recovery efforts continue throughout disaster area95589Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5520html20/04/2021 12:50:43 AM2021-04-20T00:50:00Z Emergency Services Minister visits remote inland farming areas affected by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja More than 1,000 properties across 35,000 square kilometres identified as damaged Recovery efforts well underway, with Federal-State disaster relief secured, many services restored and crisis support made available Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby will today make his fourth visit to the Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja disaster area, visiting remote inland farming communities as recovery efforts continue. The Minister joined Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM and State Recovery Controller Melissa Pexton to visit agricultural properties around Perenjori hit hard by the cyclone. Clean-up operations are underway across 13 affected local government areas, with damage recorded from the Shire of Northampton east through to the Shire of Merredin. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has so far identified 1,050 buildings across the region with some degree of damage and 49 destroyed. More than 400 emergency services and support personnel including volunteers from across Western Australia, as well as from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are on the ground across the region helping with the recovery efforts. Local government areas Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Coorow, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Mount Marshall, Northampton, Perenjori, Shark Bay and Three Springs have all been made eligible to receive financial assistance through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. People wanting to assist those impacted by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja can donate through the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund at https//appealswa.org.au Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby "Each and every community should know the McGowan Government, emergency services personnel and volunteers are right behind them as we plot the road to recovery from this devastating event. "From the larger towns that were hit, right out to remote farming properties, we are committed to working hard on behalf of all Western Australians to make these areas safe and begin the process of returning a degree of normality to all those impacted. "We have a long road ahead in terms of recovery, but already we have agreed on vital Federal-State disaster funding, restored many services and provided immediate crisis support to those hit hard by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja. "The clean-up is continuing and we are preparing for the detailed work of understanding what exactly each area needs in terms of the recovery and rebuild. "The preferences of each community is key to understanding how we plot the path to recovery so we will continue to visit the many towns, properties and farms over the huge disaster area in coming weeks and months." Minister's office - 6552 6300