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Coastal infrastructure to bolster Western Australia’s Recovery Plan17563Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/08/2020 6:04:13 AM2020-08-02T05:30:00Z Two coastal projects worth a combined $11 million receive funding Projects will provide jobs in the short term and further community and tourism benefits upon completion Major investment part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan Full list of upgrades available at inthistogether.wa.gov.auTwo coastal infrastructure projects worth a combined $11 million have received funding as part of the McGowan Government's latest tranche of WA Recovery Plan initiatives. A range of community and sports infrastructure projects will share a $300 million funding pool aimed at creating an ongoing pipeline of work for local small businesses and contractors. A total of $170 million will go towards the community infrastructure package, while $130 million will go towards the sports facilities package - both funding projects across all parts of the State. As part of the $170 million community infrastructure package, the McGowan Government will address two major coastal infrastructure projects $9.69 million to replace Woodman Point Jetty in Coogee; and $1.3 million for planning for the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp redevelopment in Exmouth.The funding for Woodman Point Jetty will cover demolition of the old structure, which is at the end of its life, and construction of a newer and safer jetty fit for recreational use. The replacement jetty will be built to the south of the old structure, with the existing concrete piles that were installed in 1938 to be left in place to acknowledge local heritage and to remain a continued attraction for divers. Meanwhile, we have also secured funds to progress the vision for the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp near Exmouth, where Western Australians have been holidaying in record numbers recently. The current boat ramp frequently operates at capacity and will require more launching lanes in coming years to manage the forecast growth in boating and tourism. The $1.3 million will enable the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp to progress with the research and planning for a final concept plan. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "These projects achieve two much-needed outcomes at this time - creating jobs and providing better outdoor, tourism-related facilities for the community. "The Woodman Point Jetty has been a hugely popular attraction for many decades, and we want to ensure that continues with a modern standard, safer structure. "We look forward to working with recreational fishers, divers and the local community on the new Woodman Point Jetty to ensure we maximise its benefits. "Our planning work for the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp will progress the long-term vision to increase capacity for boats. "As a major gateway to the world-renowned Ningaloo Reef, there are a lot of exciting opportunities for locals and tourists once this facility is in place." Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA youth to benefit from COVID-19 Recovery Plan projects17562Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/08/2020 4:30:45 AM2020-08-02T04:05:00Z McGowan Government investing in the recovery of WA youth $17.76 million funding towards youth support and community centres across WA New youth support and community centres will increase community connection and offer support for young people Construction of youth support and community centres will create 130 jobs Youth Minister Dave Kelly today announced a further $17.76 million of funding towards projects for WA youth as part of the WA Recovery Plan. Young people in Western Australia have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and the McGowan Government has responded by investing in their recovery through a range of measures. Social isolation and reduced connection to community, associated with the public health response of COVID-19, had a major impact on the mental health of vulnerable groups within our community - in particular our youth. The McGowan Government's youth-focused recovery package includes $25 million for a 16-bed mental health and alcohol and other drugs homelessness service in the metropolitan area for young people aged 16 to 24 years - recently announced. WA youth will also be able to extend their employment opportunities and develop new skills through access to a range of free and discounted training courses, as well as additional funding for employers to take on apprentices and trainees who had their employment terminated due to the pandemic. The recently announced Green Jobs Plan will provide additional job opportunities for young people through funding to non-government organisations such as Greening Australia. The $17.76 million will be invested in new and existing youth support and community centres across the State. These centres will provide young people with access to important services in their local communities and help build their resilience, as well as provide opportunities to come together to learn important life skills and participate in recreational activities. Construction works on these centres are expected to create around 130 jobs and be a part of the WA Recovery Plan that will help drive WA's economic and social recovery across the State. WA Recovery Plan projects for youth will include $3 million for a youth centre in Madeley; $4.9 million for revitalisation of Ern Halliday Recreation Camp - including upgrade of camp accommodation and dining facilities, and improvements of asset sustainability across the camps network; $1.86 million for the Ellenbrook Youth Centre; and $8 million for additional multipurpose youth and community infrastructure. These centres will provide a connection to the community and access to services close to home, as well as the essential tools that WA youth need to assist them on the road to recovery. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Dave Kelly "WA youth have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, from the lack of social interaction and increased mental health issues to the considerable job losses experienced by young people during the pandemic. "This funding will assist young people to access the services and support they need, and help them deal with some of the big challenges they face particularly at this time. "These centres will provide a place for youth to connect with their local community, and the many benefits from social interaction and recreational activities they offer." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Game on! Unprecedented $300 million investment in sport and community infrastructure17561Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/08/2020 4:25:06 AM2020-08-02T04:00:00Z $130 million package to upgrade sport facilities, including grassroots clubs and high performance facilities $170 million to upgrade local community facilities across the State Infrastructure upgrades to support communities and create a pipeline of WA jobs Major investment part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan Full list of upgrades available at inthistogether.wa.gov.au The McGowan Government has announced one of the most significant investments in sport and community infrastructure in Western Australian history, with a $300 million package as part of the WA Recovery Plan. The historic plan will benefit a range of projects throughout the State and create a pipeline of WA jobs, with local small businesses and contractors also set to benefit. The $130 million sports facilities package includes $30 million towards the major redevelopment of the iconic WACA Ground, including a community aquatic centre. The State Government funding matches the Federal Government's contribution, and is contingent on the City of Perth providing a funding contribution towards the community project. The package will help to make sporting venues across the State more sustainable, with a focus on renewable technology. Other significant upgrades include $20 million to kickstart a recreation precinct at Keirnan Park in Mundijong; $10 million towards a new community swimming pool facility at Alkimos; $10 million to the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre; $2.67 million for the Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex to assist with the development of community football facilities; $1.5 million allocated to upgrade existing halogen lights at HBF Arena (Joondalup) and HBF Stadium to LED lighting; $1 million for solar panels to the roof of HBF Stadium to reduce energy consumption and improve environmental performance; $2 million for a high-performance dry land centre for Diving WA at HBF Stadium; $350,000 for permanent shade installed at outdoor pools at HBF Stadium and leisure spaces at HBF Arena, providing sun protection for patrons; $5 million for the Hands Oval rebuild in Bunbury; $10 million towards the Aqua Jetty Stage 2 project in Warnbro to provide increased program and services opportunities for people of all ages and abilities; $6 million to fund the Donnybrook and Districts Sporting and Recreation Precinct; and $5 million for improvements to Ray Owen Reserve in Lesmurdie. The package also includes the $16.25 million investment towards the State Football Centre in Queens Park, jointly funded with the Commonwealth Government. The $170 million community infrastructure package will deliver upgrades to a wide range of important local facilities across the State. It includes $1.3 million for planning for the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp redevelopment in Exmouth; $1.86 million for a new Ellenbrook Youth Centre; $2 million to deliver water tanks for volunteer bush fire brigades; $9.69 million to replace Woodman Point Jetty; $6 million to restore the Ascot Kilns site in accordance with State heritage registration; $500,000 towards cliff face restoration works at Arthur Head in Fremantle; $1.6 million for preservation work at the World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison; $1.3 million for conservation works on eight houses in the Parry Street Precinct; $600,000 to expand the Warradale Community Centre in Landsdale; $3 million for a new youth centre in the Madeley-Darch area; $400,000 upgrades and maintenance to the heritage-listed Beagle Bay Church; $20 million to construct a 70-bed Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation facility in Kununurra, providing temporary accommodation for Aboriginal people visiting; $3.2 million for a water playground at the Kununurra Leisure Centre; $4.9 million for revitalisation of the Ern Halliday Recreation Camp; $9.7 million for irrigation of public open space in Broome; and $8 million for additional youth and community infrastructure. The package includes funding for essential infrastructure and services in Western Australia's remote Aboriginal communities, including $12.9 million towards the response to 'Closing the Gap' in WA's remote Aboriginal communities as a result of the withdrawal of Commonwealth funding; and $38.9 million for remote communities and town-based communities' water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. For the full list of projects, visit http//inthistogether.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "These sport and community infrastructure projects are part of our WA Recovery Plan which will help drive WA's economic and social recovery from the pandemic across the whole State. "Sport and community facilities are often the lifeblood of local communities. These upgrades will help to reconnect communities, increase participation for local sporting organisations and create jobs for local workers. "The WA Recovery Plan will deliver a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians and ensure the State will rebound stronger than ever. "It will create short and long term jobs in construction, as well as other sectors such as tourism, training, education and renewable energy." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Sport and recreation is part of who we are as Western Australians. "This investment by the McGowan Government builds on recent sporting infrastructure announcements such as the State Football Centre in Queens Park that will give our teams and juniors the greatest chance of success." Premier's office - 6552 5000Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
First round of swab testing in schools detects no COVID-1917560Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/08/2020 12:01:02 AM2020-08-01T23:00:00Z First round of DETECT schools study complete 4,757 tests carried out, all negative results 20,500 surveys also completed with analysis to beginMore than 4,700 school children, teachers, and staff from across Western Australia's public schools have undergone their first test for COVID-19, as part of the McGowan Government's research study scanning the school community for any asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. The program is voluntary, with consent required from parents of child participants and all staff, and involves a swab being taken from the throat and nose. Nurses from the Child and Adolescent Health Service and WA Country Health Service have visited 28 metropolitan schools and 12 regional schools to conduct swab tests on a random sample of participants. Tests processed by PathWest have detected no COVID-19, supporting the view that WA has no community transmission of COVID-19. Participants range from four years old to 71 years of age, and 85 per cent were children. The swab testing at participating schools will be repeated at least twice more during Term 3. The project, carried out in partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute, also involves a psychosocial survey of students, parents, teachers and staff from across 79 schools representing a range of socio-economic, educational and cultural backgrounds. The 79 participating schools include those which are involved in the asymptomatic testing program. Fly-in fly-out workers are the other focus group of the DETECT asymptomatic research program and is overseen by Curtin University. Currently there are more than 40 companies participating in the research, and to date some 16,204 tests have been carried out. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I am extremely pleased that swab testing has provided further reassurance that we have no COVID-19 infection in the community and thank the school community for their overwhelming support of this initiative. "The Telethon Kids Institute is world-renowned for excellence in research and I expect that through their survey responses which are ready to be analysed, we will gain a great insight into the very real and personal impacts of COVID-19 on Western Australian children and their families. "All evidence we can gather to develop a comprehensive awareness of the impact of COVID-19 will position us to plan appropriately for our recovery out of COVID-19 and beyond." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This is a landmark study and I am grateful to all the school communities who participated so willingly. "School principals have been very supportive, and online training has been provided to school-based co-ordinators who are playing a key role in making sure families are well informed and the study is a success." Health Minister's office - 6552 6500Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Funding to fast-track Margaret River Main Street final stage17528Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6220html31/07/2020 8:19:57 AM2020-07-31T08:15:00Z McGowan Government to invest $3.08 million to complete final stage of the Margaret River Main Street Makeover Works to be completed in time for summer tourism period Part of WA Recovery Plan to create local jobs and support economic bounce-back A $3.08 million investment from the McGowan Government will fast-track the third and final stage of the Margaret River Main Street Makeover, as part of efforts to drive economic recovery following the impact of COVID-19. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today visited Margaret River to announce funding that will allow the remaining component of the project to go ahead, putting more jobs in the pipeline for locals. The project is set to further stimulate work opportunities for local contractors and suppliers as part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan. South-West based company, Busselton Civil and Plant Hire has been appointed as the lead contractor for stage three on the Shire of Augusta Margaret River-led project, which boasts a strong track record for local content. About 90 jobs have so far been generated by the transformation which is aimed at creating a more attractive, welcoming and accessible town centre. Key features include a festival precinct, safer intersections, outdoor seating, lighting, a cycle lane and bike racks, paving, and stormwater upgrades. Stage three of the project involves civil, electrical and landscaping works for the 'Hill Precinct' between Willmott Avenue up to the new Wallcliffe Road roundabout. The State Government funding will enable the project to be delivered in one go, flowing on from the first two stages, without the need to cause another period of disruption in the future if works were to be carried out at a later date. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Through the WA Recovery Plan, we're getting the WA economy back on track with shovel-ready projects that drive employment and also improve amenity. "We've fast-tracked this funding to minimise disruption to local traders and provide a jobs boost for the local economy. "The Main Street redevelopment will be a boost to the local tourism industry, helping this sector to bounce back after it was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic." Minister's office - 6552 6200
New home for southern suburbs residential mental health service17527Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12060html31/07/2020 5:04:19 AM2020-07-31T05:00:00Z $500,000 upgrade provides new mental health residential care facility More than 300 people to access care at Hampton House each year Facility provides 10 residential beds, with provision to expand to 15 A new refurbished State-wide community mental health transitional facility has been opened by the McGowan Government in East Fremantle. Located on Moss Street, the refurbished house, which was part of a generous bequest to Fremantle Hospital, has been given a $500,000 upgrade, creating a welcoming and home-like environment for people with mental health issues. Hampton House, as it is now known, has been providing respite, support and hospital diversion services under various names and in various locations since 1992. This service provides short-term residential care for people in the community to help avoid the need for admission to a hospital, and also helps people transition from hospital back to the community. In its new home at Moss Street, the service will continue to provide short-term residential support for people diagnosed with a mental illness. The facility will initially have 10 beds, with provision to expand to 15. The Hampton House recovery-based model of care aims to keep people out of hospital and helps them return to the community after a hospital stay. The service cares for around 320 people a year. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government is committed to helping meet the growing demand for community mental health support and treatment. "The nurse-led, recovery-based model of care provided at Hampton House has assisted many hundreds of clients over the years, with more than 300 people accessing this service every year. "Thank you to the skilled and compassionate staff at Hampton House who make a very real difference to the lives of people experiencing mental illness as they support them in their recovery." Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley "Services like Hampton House provide a vital service for people with mental health issues; meaning they can access support in their own communities. "This is just another example of the McGowan Government's commitment to providing mental health services, and I'm pleased that people will be able to access clinical support so close to their family and friends in their own community. "The service provides people with an avenue to access clinical support in our local community, as they make steps on their journey to recovery." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "Hampton House is crucial to the Government's investment in mental health services in Fremantle. "By delivering individualised care close to home, we'll reduce the need for hospitalisations and give people the best chance at successfully managing their mental health." Minister's office - 6552 6500
$330 million investment to drive industry opportunities17526Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21160html31/07/2020 4:30:29 AM2020-07-31T04:30:00Z Major infrastructure and planning projects as part of the WA Recovery Plan More than $330 million for industry development works and projects $158.8 million towards port infrastructure upgrades to create WA jobs $87.6 million investment at Henderson's Australian Marine Complex Defence boost expected to create up to 600 jobs and new opportunities Strengthens WA's capacity to attract multibillion-dollar defence work The McGowan Government is investing heavily into major infrastructure and planning for big industry projects across Western Australia to prepare for the State's future, create jobs and boost the economy as part of the WA Recovery Plan. Investments in defence, port and harbour infrastructure, and serviced land to help establish new business and research facilities will deliver a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians as the State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The McGowan Government will accelerate infrastructure works to expand WA's defence industry capability, increasing the State's already strong footprint in marine repair, maintenance and construction. This will further support WA's strong commitment to defence industry development and leverage our world-class skills and training. Premier Mark McGowan and Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia announced that Henderson's Australian Marine Complex (AMC), the State's major industrial hub, is set for an $87.6 million upgrade. It is expected that the upgrade will create up to 600 local jobs, boost opportunities for local industry and grow WA's capacity to undertake future defence work as part of the WA Recovery Plan. The investment includes a major wharf extension and upgrade, the design of a new finger wharf, a new vessel transfer path, three road intersection upgrades and a new shipbuilding hall. The extension to AMC Berth 1 will create a new berth and enable the facility to accommodate all Royal Australian Navy Vessels, including Anzac class frigates, Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels, and the future Hunter class frigates. Design work will also include a new finger wharf to support Collins class and Attack class submarines, and the capacity to support larger classes of naval vessels. The new vessel transfer path will create greater connectivity and resilience across the AMC, between the floating dock and shipbuilding and sustainment facilities, including ASC, BAE and Civmec. Upgrades to three road intersections will increase capacity and safety, reduce vehicle congestion and improve access. The new shipbuilding hall in the northern shipbuilding precinct, will activate underutilised waterfront land to support commercial shipbuilding and sustainment. This will free up strategic land for naval sustainment activities to support the Navy and ASC West. Further funding will provide ongoing support to the Henderson planning team, continue implementation of the Strategic Infrastructure and Land Use Plan, and improve management of the precinct's Common User Facility. The investment further demonstrates WA's commitment to securing more Federal Defence work, such as Collins class submarine Full Cycle Docking and further opportunities. Significant investment in WA ports will help drive ongoing trade through regional WA and will support growth through the State, creating jobs and stimulating the economy. The McGowan Government's investment is expected to complement and encourage private investment across regional WA by increasing import and export capacity. Western Australian ports and harbours will benefit from $158.8 million worth of improvements, including $20 million for Port Hedland's Inner Harbour for retaining and sea walls; $51.2 million for Pilbara's Nelson Point Tug Haven for retaining and sheet pile walls; $7.6 million to support the development of an LNG bunkering hub in the Pilbara, already announced; $11.6 million towards works at the Geraldton Port and Fishing Boat Harbour to improve amenities and access as well as support export capability in the Main Harbour, already announced; $31.3 million to resurface and upgrade the stockyard area, for structural repairs, electrical upgrades and a new Clinker Storage Facility at the Kwinana Bulk Terminal; $3 million towards a second road hopper to improve loading and logistics, and for fire and safety system upgrades and replacements at Bunbury Port; $3 million towards refurbishments to the underdeck access and protective coating to extensions at the Broome Port Wharf; $15 million for the Turkey Point access bridge at Bunbury Port, already announced; $10.2 million towards priority works at Esperance Port to increase import and export capacity; and $5.9 million to replace critical electrical infrastructure at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Commercial precinct. In addition to works being undertaken across WA ports, $3.8 million is being committed to prepare a feasibility study for upgrades and new infrastructure at the Port of Bunbury and Kwinana Bulk Terminal to support the possible reopening of the Greenbushes rail line. In addition, about $100 million of funding will go towards further industry development initiatives, including $20 million towards a Robotics and Automation physical test facility, as part of a 94-hectare precinct north of the current Neerabup industrial estate, to support research facilities; $7.5 million to provide serviced land for businesses, supporting major projects in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area; $7.5 million to prepare and refurbish communications infrastructure networks within Bentley Technology Park; $8.4 million towards the implementation of the Murujuga Rock Arts strategy to progress more opportunities to unlock tourism potential and create jobs; and $1 million to upgrade the Newman Wastewater Treatment Plant. More information is available at http//inthistogether.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The WA Recovery Plan is focused on creating a pipeline of local jobs to support WA's economic recovery while putting strong foundations in place to strengthen our industries and plan for the jobs of the future. "Our investment in improvement works and our State's infrastructure will boost a range of industries over the short and longer terms, which is a key part of our recovery journey. "Importantly, the infrastructure and planning upgrades will pave the way for further growth in commercial and industrial precincts, our defence, manufacturing, resources, exports and marine sectors. "It's with this strong investment that will give the private industry some confidence that we have a robust recovery plan which we're implementing, and we hope this spurs the private sector into supporting the economic recovery efforts and that they push on with new projects and developments." Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "Defence industry projects offer incredible opportunities for the State, and these investments in the AMC will further strengthen our capacity to secure high-value, job-creating work. "Defence contracts will provide the kind of long-term stimulus the State will need to support our economy as we manage the impacts of COVID-19. "The State Government is fast-tracking these projects to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to meet the needs of Defence, and continue to enhance the AMC's reputation as Australia's key defence industry hub." Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Investing in our publicly-owned port infrastructure is absolutely critical to maintaining and expanding our critical export industries. "We are a trading State, and our economic prosperity relies on our ports iron ore, gas, grains, alumina and woodchips are driving our export opportunities and underpinning employment across the State. "This $158.8 million package will upgrade vital infrastructure at ports across WA, driving ongoing trade opportunities while stimulating local economies in the regions." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Defence Issues Minister's office - 6552 5600 Ports Minister's office - 6552 6200
Regional port investment drives economic recovery17525Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10190html31/07/2020 3:15:46 AM2020-07-31T03:15:00Z McGowan Government investing $10.2 million into priority works at Esperance Port Investment to increase import and export capacity at the Port Works to create more than 100 local jobs as part of the WA Recovery Plan The McGowan Government will invest more than $10 million into priority works at the Port of Esperance as part of the WA Recovery Plan, creating more than 100 local jobs during construction. This investment will deliver priority works at the Esperance Port, stimulating the economy and creating opportunities for increased trade. A $2 million investment into an additional container hardstand will free up berth space, reduce safety and operational risks, increase efficiency and meet future demand. The $3.5 million demolition of the Berth 2 ship loader circuit will allow for the optimisation of available land on Berth 2 and maximise trade growth throughout the region. A $3.2 million investment into a hardstand at Berth 2 and improvements to the stormwater system will facilitate the resumption of full capacity nickel trade and delivers superior environmental performance. The high priority sealing of internal roads within the Port will be supported by $1.5 million in funding, and will reduce the impact of heavy machinery and will deliver dust control mitigations for the Port and broader community. The works are part of a suite of priority infrastructure works at Western Australia's regional ports, including $11.6 million for upgrades at Geraldton Port and $15.5 million for the Turkey Point access bridge at Bunbury Port. The McGowan Government is committed to rebuilding the State's economy and is investing in major projects to support WA's recovery from COVID-19. Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This a significant investment into Esperance, which will help drive ongoing trade through the region. "The Esperance Port facilitates more than 11 million tonnes of trade every year, and has the opportunity to harness additional growth throughout the region. "These priority projects will help the Port of Esperance realise its full potential, supporting the development of the Esperance Port Master Plan. "Works are expected to create just over 100 jobs during construction, with priority given to local businesses and local workers to help stimulate the regional economy." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "The McGowan Government continues to steer WA safely through the COVID-19 pandemic. "Our focus now turns to the WA Recovery Plan, which provides a clear investment strategy to bring our economy back to life. "Investing in key works such as those at the Esperance Port not only provide job creation opportunities, but also encourages private investment across the region by increasing import and export capacity." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Rules streamlined to boost COVID-19 economic recovery17524Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21020html31/07/2020 2:24:18 AM2020-07-31T02:05:00Z State Government to support 20 local governments to reduce approval timeframes and costs for small business State laws to be amended to further streamline mining and tourism approvals Environment reporting to be streamlined to reduce duplication, while improving transparency Online 'one stop shop' for approvals commencing January 1, 2021 The McGowan Government has turbocharged its Streamline WA regulatory reforms to aid economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reforms build on the sweeping changes to planning and environmental protection laws that recently passed State Parliament. The Government will spend $2.25 million over the next two years to expand the Small Business Friendly Approvals Project to an additional 20 local governments. This follows successful pilot programs with the Cities of Canning and Stirling in 2019 undertaken by the Small Business Development Corporation. The pilots delivered 61 recommendations to reduce approval timeframes, improve services and reduce costs for small businesses, making it easier for new businesses to open or existing businesses seeking to expand. In addition, legislation will be introduced to amend four laws to simplify approval decisions for mining, tourism and other developments. Approvals processes will be improved across the Swan Canning Riverpark. Duplication will be removed from licencing and permit approval procedures and mapping processes will be streamlined to provide clarity and certainty for tourism operators. A single approval instrument will be introduced to approve mining activities across multiple tenements. A new process for low impact exploration and prospecting activities will allow for automated approvals, subject to acceptance of standardised conditions. In response to industry feedback, duplication in environment reporting will be removed for mining projects, with one annual environment report required instead of the current requirement of up to three reports under three separate Acts. Reporting frequency will be also reduced to biennial after three years for projects with satisfactory reporting. Reports will be published online to improve transparency and increase public confidence. Key approvals agencies will roll into an online 'one-stop shop' for approvals through the wa.gov.au website from January 1, 2021 with more to follow from March 1, 2021. The site will provide plain language guidance material for businesses and is user tested to ensure they are easy to follow. Agencies will also be required to publish online performance data on approvals to ensure acceptable timelines are being met and to set targets for improvement where necessary. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "It is critical to Western Australia's economic recovery that we give businesses every encouragement to grow and create jobs, and the Government will play its part by simplifying rules and regulations to get faster decisions. "We want investment and we want businesses to grow, but we also expect high standards to ensure the environment and other interests are protected. "The Government has listened to the many organisations and individuals who have made submissions since Streamline WA was launched in December 2018. "I want to acknowledge the guidance and support of the Streamline WA steering committee, Directors General David Smith and Mike Rowe, City of Armadale CEO Joanne Abbiss, CCIWA Chief Executive Chris Rodwell and South 32 Chief Technology Officer Vanessa Torres. "The job is not done. We are committed to continuously taking feedback and improving our regulatory system so it is efficient for business and maintains a high level of community confidence." Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Paul Papalia "I am delighted by the results of the local government pilot project, and acknowledge the considerable work undertaken by the Small Business Development Corporation and the Canning and Stirling Councils. "We are now in a position to extend the Small Business Friendly Approvals Project with the aim of bringing significant benefits to small business in other parts of the State, as we emerge from the challenges presented by COVID-19. "Efficient and effective engagement with local governments is pivotal to the success of small business enterprises. The roll out of the Small Business Friendly Approvals Project will enable more small businesses to directly benefit from local government improvements and efficiencies." Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "These reforms will help local governments cut red tape, improve the approvals process and grow economies in their area. "Feedback from the sector has been very positive about the pilot programs in Stirling and Canning and I know that many other local governments are keen to sign up." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900 Small Business Minister's office - 6552 5600 Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5400
Portable isolation rooms to further protect country residents17523Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14150html31/07/2020 2:00:34 AM2020-07-31T02:00:00Z Six portable isolation anterooms to be deployed to regional WA hospitals to assist in keeping country residents safe from COVID-19 Anterooms prevent the transmission of viruses by isolating patients where required A further four anterooms available as backup to existing metropolitan hospital isolation rooms The McGowan Government has bolstered Western Australia's emergency preparedness for COVID-19 with 10 portable isolation anterooms. Six of the anterooms will be deployed to keep regional and remote Western Australians safe from the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. A further four portable anterooms will be held in a central location for deployment to WA metropolitan hospitals, if necessary. The Safespear portable anterooms can convert any room into a negative pressure or positive pressure isolation room to keep infected patients in a safe, separate space, as well as protecting vulnerable patients from the threat of infectious diseases. Safespear is a local Western Australian, Aboriginal-owned business which is engaging with local manufacturers to create the anterooms. The anterooms fit to an existing doorway and form an airlock entrance with the accompanying ventilation systems creating negative or positive pressure to prevent infectious airborne or droplet transmission. The portable anterooms will be deployed to WA Country Health Service locations including Derby in the Kimberley; Carnarvon and Geraldton in the Midwest health region; Esperance in the Goldfields; Katanning in the Great Southern; and Collie in the South-West. Given the portable nature of this specialised equipment, the anterooms can be transported quickly to other sites if required. The investment is in addition to the $10 million announced last week to increase the supply of locally made personal protective equipment. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Although Western Australia's COVID-19 case numbers remain very encouraging, we cannot afford to become complacent. "The McGowan Government remains committed to ensuring that we are well equipped and prepared to respond to any infectious diseases, including COVID-19. "Residents in regional WA can be confident the McGowan Government has a plan in place, providing a blueprint for the ongoing management of COVID-19. "By securing the portable anterooms, Western Australia will be even better prepared to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in regional and remote communities where hospital isolation room facilities are limited or unavailable." Minister's office - 6552 6500