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Regional WA wins big with McGowan Government sport upgrades1317Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 8:14:19 AM2018-06-21T07:30:00Z 20 organisations receive grants towards important local sport and recreation projects More than $582,000 towards boosting grassroots sport in the regions and the city Projects supporting local jobs and local small businesses Country Western Australia is the big winner in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), with the McGowan Government awarding 80 per cent of grant allocations to organisations based in the regions. The latest CSRFF small grants round has allocated more than $582,000 to 20 grassroots sport and recreation organisations across WA, 16 of which are based in the country. Funded projects in this round include upgrades to female facilities at sport and recreation clubs, resurfacing of courts and playing spaces, and other important infrastructure and forward planning initiatives. CSRFF grants not only provide critical support to grassroots sport and recreation organisations, they generate work for small businesses in a range of industries, creating jobs and supporting local economies. Regional projects receiving funding in this round include King River Horse & Pony Club (City of Albany) $9,350 for the design and construction of new jumps for the cross country course; Broome Bowling Club (Shire of Broome) $32,100 to upgrade and replace lighting; Nine Mile Aboriginal Corporation (Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley) $20,016 for the construction of a half basketball court at Guda Guda Community; Broome Squash Club (Shire of Broome) $18,000 for the installation of a storeroom Shire of Mingenew $66,458 to rebuild the Mingenew netball courts; Wonthella Bowling Club (City of Greater Geraldton) $66,519 for the installation of a synthetic green; South Mandurah Football Club (City of Mandurah) $60,455 for the construction of new unisex change room facilities; Dudley Park Bowling and Recreation Club (City of Mandurah) $42,342 to resurface bowling green; Tom Price BMX Club (Shire of Ashburton) $37,525 to repair the track and bituminise berms; Tom Price Diamond Club (Shire of Ashburton) $12,075 to install a home run fence; Koombana Bay Sailing Club (City of Bunbury) $35,000 to upgrade men's ablutions; Harvey Football Club (Shire of Harvey) $57,600 for a new ablution block for female competitors; Shire of Nannup $15,000 to upgrade existing change rooms and ablutions at Nannup Recreation Centre; Shire of Chittering $20,033 for the redevelopment of construction of Muchea cricket practice nets with retractable netting; Jurien Sport and Recreation Centre (Shire of Dandaragan) $16,271 for the construction of a storage shed; and Shire of Kondinin $3,838 to resurface two Kondinin netball courts. Metropolitan projects receiving funding in this round include Shire of Mundaring $18,805 for the development of a Mundaring Recreation Plan; Melville Little Athletics Centre (City of Melville) $18,030 for relocation of the jumps track and pit; City Beach Surfriders Club (Town of Cambridge) $16,500 for installation of a storage shed; and City of Kalamunda $16,666 for development of the Scott Reserve Master Plan. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The McGowan Government is committed to providing strong support to regional sport, allocating 80 per cent of CSRFF grants this round to organisations in country areas. "We are committed to providing strong support to grassroots clubs, wherever they are in the State. "Local sport and recreation facilities are so important for keeping communities healthy, active and connected, and we are making sure regional WA gets its fair share. "These projects variously require work from builders, electricians, plumbers, concreters, bricklayers and other tradespeople - meaning these projects have important benefits for local small businesses, local jobs and local economies." Minister's office - 6552 6400
More young people to benefit with new dedicated mental health unit1314Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 6:03:27 AM2018-06-21T06:00:00Z New East Metropolitan Youth Unit (EMyU) to provide specialist youth mental health inpatient services Housed in the old Bentley Adolescent Unit, the EMyU will commence with six beds for 16 to 17 year-olds Essential site works over coming months will expand the EMyU service to 12 beds and increase the age range to 16 to 24 years The new dedicated mental health youth unit in Bentley will be fully operational in the coming months, increasing the number of beds available for young people up to the age of 24. The East Metropolitan Youth Unit will provide a 12-bed specialised mental health inpatient service for 16 to 24 year-olds, adding to the 14 youth beds at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the 20 beds at Perth Children's Hospital for children and adolescents, and the eight youth hospital in the home beds provided by Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital. Seventy-five per cent of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. The State Government is committed to providing the support and treatment needed by young people to recover from mental health issues in safe and suitable environments. The new unit will add to the Mental Health Commission's targeted purchasing for youth mental health initiatives, including $1.9 million for the WA Country Health Service's Youth Mental Health Program in the South-West and Pilbara regions; $1.4 million for the South Metropolitan Health Service's Youth Community Assertive Treatment Team; and $525,000 for the provision of a specialist child, adolescent and youth psychiatrist in the Kimberley region. The East Metropolitan Youth Unit is made possible by the relocation of the Bentley Adolescent Unit to the new mental health unit at Perth Children's Hospital. For emergency mental health assistance call the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788 or 1800 676 822 (Peel), or Rurallink on 1800 552 002. For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government is committed to increasing mental health services for young people in Western Australia. "The opening of Perth Children's Hospital has allowed us to shift services and open a new dedicated unit to help meet demand for youth inpatient mental health services. "We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our young people so they can go on to live full, healthy lives. "We know that 75 per cent of mental health problems start before the age of 25, so providing appropriate care early is essential to helping WA's young people lead happy and productive lives." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Grants to support natural resource stewardship now available1310Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 4:15:15 AM2018-06-21T03:10:00Z $7.75 million in natural resources grants now available Community groups have until August 6, 2018 to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $450,000 A focus on regenerative practices Community groups committed to protecting Western Australia's natural assets can now apply for funding under a $7.75 million State Government grants program. State Natural Resource Management (NRM) program grants are available to local landcare, farming and NRM community groups, schools and local governments. The 2018-19 Community Stewardship Grants round, totalling $7.75 million, allows groups to apply for two different types of grants - small grants between $1,000 and $25,000, and large grants between $25,000 and $450,000. These grants can fund both co-ordination roles and on-ground activities that contribute to the conservation and sustainable and regenerative use of natural resources across WA. Applications close at 12pm on Monday August 6, 2018. For more information, visit http// or contact the State NRM Program on 9368 3168. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "It takes a huge community effort to care for and enhance our vast and unique natural environment, and that's why the Community Stewardship Grants are so important. "The grants are part of a $31 million funding commitment to the State NRM program over four years. "The large Community Stewardship Grants allow groups to apply for larger funding amounts over longer periods of time and can support both co-ordination roles and on-ground activities. "The small grants provide funding for smaller, shorter projects that are more responsive to opportunities and ideas as they arise. "All these groups work diligently to care for our water resources, conserve our native animals, protect our flora, and to educate others in the community about the conservation of our natural resources, especially our soils." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Green light for Subiaco’s new Inner City College1309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 3:58:32 AM2018-06-21T03:00:00Z Election commitment for Inner City College progressing quickly Development approval granted for the Inner City College Planning continues for Subi East project including Princess Margaret Hospital and Subiaco Oval The new Inner City College in Subiaco has been given the official go-ahead with development approval granted for stage one of the project. The future 2,000-student school is a key element of plans to transform Subi East into a vibrant new education, leisure, residential and community destination on the fringe of the Perth central business district. The first stage of the school includes health and physical education, technologies and science, and student services, with a cafeteria, library and lecture theatres. Spaces for socialising and recreation are integrated throughout with sporting hard courts, an amphitheatre and landscaped courtyards. The school's location will also encourage active modes of transport for students and staff. Forward works are progressing well at the school's iconic location next to Subiaco Oval, with construction of the state-of-the-art secondary facility due to commence next month. Planning studies are continuing for the broader Subi East project area to investigate options for the delivery of new and diverse housing supply close to existing transport and community infrastructure. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "The college will be a focal point of the new Subi East precinct, which will also deliver new mixed-use development, diverse housing supply and improved community amenities through shared use of the Subiaco Oval playing field. "We will see more families moving into the area to take advantage of the Inner City College and make the most of new opportunities to work, live and learn in key activity corridors. "The revitalisation of Subi East will honour the area's rich heritage, help create hundreds of jobs through development and ultimately bring more residents to the area to support existing businesses and stimulate the local economy." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This exciting new educational facility has been designed by leading architects to make the most of its premier location, and will provide much needed enrolment relief for secondary schools in the inner and western suburbs. "Families in the area will have a brand new school with world-class facilities to deliver an exciting and innovative education for 21st century learners." Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Charlotte's Law - Killer drivers to face severe new penalties1303Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 2:36:23 AM2018-06-21T02:30:00Z Charlotte's Law to bring dangerous driving penalties in line with community expectations Dangerous drivers who kill innocent people to face a 20-year maximum jail sentence Speed threshold for aggravated dangerous driving lowered to 30kmh New aggravated circumstances for driving whilst unlicensed, suspended or disqualified Killer drivers will face tougher penalties under reforms being introduced into State Parliament today - to be known as Charlotte's Law. The new law will expand the criteria in which police can charge someone with aggravated dangerous driving causing death. The changes, prompted by the tragic death of Charlotte Pemberton and others, are designed to bring penalties in line with community expectations. Ms Pemberton was killed by a man driving a high-powered motorcycle, without a valid licence and travelling at 40 kilometres over the speed limit. The new law lowers the speed threshold to 30kmh and allows police to apply aggravating circumstances for driving whilst unlicensed, suspended or disqualified. Prior to these reforms, a person could only be charged with aggravated dangerous driving in limited circumstances including Driving a vehicle at more than 45kmh over the speed limit; Driving without the owner's consent; and Driving to escape pursuit by a police officer. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Charlotte Pemberton's story made a lasting personal impression on me and many other Western Australians, and tragedies like this should not happen. "My Government is committed to making our roads and our communities safer. The community has demanded these laws, and we have acted swiftly to deliver them. "The new measure will ensure that serious penalties, in line with the community's expectations, are in place for drivers who kill or maim." Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "Nothing will ever take away the pain of those who have lost loved ones, but what this does is makes sure the law is more adequate into the future. "It's our hope that families like Charlotte Pemberton's and others don't feel robbed by the judicial process. "I hope it will also act as a significant deterrent to prevent the kind of tragedy that happened to Charlotte Pemberton and her family. "It's also a reflection of the McGowan Government's commitment to making our roads safer." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Police and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900
Opportunity to join the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council1302Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 2:24:42 AM2018-06-21T02:05:00Z Expressions of interest open to join the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (WAAAC) The WAAAC is responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on Aboriginal land issues across the State Expressions of interest to become a member of the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council are currently open. The WAAAC is a government board that provides advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the State Government on matters relating to the interests and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Western Australia. There are up to eight positions available for varying terms of office for up to three years. The McGowan Government is committed to increasing the total number of women appointed to government boards and committees by 50 per cent by 2019. Aboriginal women are strongly encouraged to apply to join this significant board. Application packages are available on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet's website at http// or by contacting the Secretariat either by emailing or by phoning (08) 6552 5543. Applications close on July 13, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The McGowan Government is committed to resetting the relationships with Aboriginal people and have reformed the WAAAC's operations to ensure that it is actively involved in the development of State strategies and policies that impact the lives of Aboriginal Western Australians. "The State Government's continued collaboration with the WAAAC will help to improve economic, social and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal Western Australians. "I would encourage Aboriginal people to consider this opportunity." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Agreement supports Pilbara station to diversify1301Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 2:20:05 AM2018-06-21T02:00:00Z New Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) between the State Government, Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC and Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd Agreement supports the development of an irrigated agricultural precinct within Pardoo Pastoral Station ILUA secures benefits for Ngarla people (determined native title holders represented by the Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC) A new land agreement will open the door to more jobs in the Pilbara region and harness innovation in the Western Australian agricultural sector. The State Government, Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (on behalf of the Ngarla people) and Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd, have recently finalised negotiations concerning the terms and conditions for an ILUA to support the development of an irrigated agriculture precinct. Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd has recently entered into a contract for feasibility works with the State Government, including an offer of a four-year development lease and freehold tenure subject to meeting terms and conditions. A significant milestone is the successful negotiation of an ILUA between the parties to facilitate the future freehold tenure grant. This is a key condition of the contract. The application covers an area of 9,084 hectares and is made up of portions of Pardoo Station's pastoral lease and Crown land reserves. The proposed irrigated agriculture precinct will support irrigation development, cattle handling operations, and the establishment of an office, accommodation and workshop. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture is providing pastoralists with a clear model to follow to pursue irrigated agriculture on their leases with the possibility of converting a portion of a pastoral lease to freehold tenure. "This agreement is part of Pardoo's broader Pilbara beef project and a significant investment in the region, creating jobs and opportunities for the local community and adding value to the WA economy." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The agreement is a brilliant result and signifies the willingness of the Ngarla people, Pardoo Beef Corporation and WA Government to work together and negotiate to realise mutual benefit from agricultural development in the Pilbara. "This agreement is an outstanding example of internationally driven regional development in partnership with our first nation's people; challenging the norm of 'business as usual'; diversifying the economic opportunities in the Pilbara; providing local jobs and economic benefits; and sustainably accessing WA resources." Comment attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The agreement provides a model of how pastoralists, Aboriginal people and the State Government can work together to secure outcomes which benefit the community and industry, securing jobs and investment in the Pilbara region." Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Albany offers developers premium beachfront hotel opportunity949Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4030html20/06/2018 6:31:36 AM2018-06-20T06:30:00Z Expressions of interest (EOI) being sought for development of Middleton Beach hotel Hotel will be the jewel in the crown of the 13,171sqm Middleton Beach Activity Centre Hotel developers also given an opportunity to express interest in the other mixed-use sites in the project area as part of their EOI submission The development of a world-class hotel and activity precinct on Albany's iconic Middleton Beach has moved into the highly anticipated phase of seeking expressions of interest from prospective State, national and international hotel developers. The State Government, through LandCorp, has completed the first stage of civil works at the 13,171sqm Middleton Beach Activity Centre, which features four mixed-use sites including a 3,718sqm mixed-use hotel precinct up to 12 floors with potential for up to 120 hotel rooms plus apartments. With the hotel site already offering the rare opportunity of beach frontage in a popular tourist destination, as a further sweetener developers who participate in the hotel EOI can also express their interest in any of the three other mixed-use sites as part of their submission. The EOI process, being run by specialist hotel agency CBRE, follows a successful hotel operator EOI recently that saw high-end hotel chains declaring their interest in operating a hotel on Middleton Beach. Securing interest from big-name hotel brands has reinforced the attractiveness of the Middleton Beach development, and has the potential to provide the successful developer with a compatible project partner. The first stage of the hotel developer EOI runs from today (June 20) until Thursday July 17, 2018. Submissions will be assessed against selection criteria and short-listed proponents will then be offered the opportunity to submit more detailed proposals, as part of a Request for Proposal process from which a preferred developer will be selected. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The Middleton Beach Activity Centre development is focused on creating an energetic community hub to complement this already popular destination, with a new premium hotel having the potential to attract many more tourists, business visitors, and recreational enthusiasts to Albany. "We are seeking expressions of interest from developers who are excited about the unique opportunity available at Middleton Beach, and who will create a hotel precinct that reflects Albany's natural beauty, history and culture." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "Middleton Beach is a perfect example of the work the McGowan Government is achieving through LandCorp to stimulate investment in regional Western Australia and grow regional economies by boosting local employment, attracting tourism visits and diversifying housing choice. "Subject to the outcome of the hotel developer EOI, construction of the new development is expected to create more than 120 short-term jobs and when it is complete will launch hundreds of new employment opportunities in the region's growing hospitality and tourism industry." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Road safety experts in Perth to lead WA’s journey towards zero944Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2800html20/06/2018 6:17:31 AM2018-06-20T06:00:00Z First time the Monash University road safety leadership program offered in WA Western Australian leaders guided on Safe System approach to road safety One of the world's most respected and comprehensive research institutes - The Monash University Accident Research Centre is running its Executive Leadership Management Program in Perth for the first time ever. The three-day leadership program will hear from some of Australia's most trusted and respected road safety experts, and encourage delegates to consider new ways to approach road safety. The program will guide participants through the Safe System approach, a system that accepts drivers make mistakes and looks at the design of roads, safe speed limits and vehicle design as a way of reducing road trauma. It is expected participants in the program will share the information with their organisations, industry and communities to shift the way we think about road safety. Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "I am pleased to welcome road safety experts of the calibre of the Monash University Accident Research Centre to Perth to share their wealth of knowledge with local leaders. "As work continues on the next road safety strategy for Western Australia, we need leaders within our community to lead the paradigm shift required for zero road trauma. "The MUARC Executive Leadership Management Program will provide WA leaders, not just within government but from not-for-profit organisations, the private sector and local government, with the tools to promote road safety within their own organisations. "Zero road deaths and serious injury on WA roads is achievable and programs like the MUARC Executive Leadership Management Program are a crucial tool as we continue our journey." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Act-Belong-Commit helps improve mental health in WA for a decade940Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3790html20/06/2018 5:58:00 AM2018-06-20T05:20:00Z Act-Belong-Commit is celebrating 10 years of helping to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Western Australians Recent research shows the Act-Belong-Commit campaign has led to more people looking after their mental health For a decade, the groundbreaking message of Act-Belong-Commit has been encouraging Western Australians to look after their mental health, and research proves it is working with more people evaluating their mental wellbeing since the public health campaign was introduced. Each year, one in every five Australians will experience a mental health issue. The Act-Belong-Commit message aims to promote easy to follow guidelines for Western Australians to adopt so they can improve their mental health and help reverse this statistic. Results of a 2017 evaluation of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign show that in one year, about 200,000 more Western Australians became aware of their mental health. This figure has more than doubled since the campaign began 10 years ago. The Act-Belong-Commit campaign continues to grow in reach and impact, and is helping to change attitudes and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Healthway will provide more than $2.3 million over three years (2017-20) to support the Act-Belong-Commit (A-B-C) campaign, which will also receive more than $460,000 in funding from the Mental Health Commission in 2017-18. The A-B-C guidelines for positive mental health are simple Act by taking steps to stay mentally, physically and socially active; Belong by joining a community group or event and being more involved in groups you are already a member of; and Commit by taking up a cause, learning something new or helping a friend. To find out more about how you can Act-Belong-Commit or to pledge your A-B-C goal, visit http// Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government is a strong supporter of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign, and I am pleased that it continues to motivate people to take charge and actively do things to improve their mental health. "Being physically active and getting involved in the community are important factors in keeping mentally healthy. "I encourage everyone to live the Act-Belong-Commit message every day." Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Mental Health Alanna Clohesy MLC "I am very pleased to help commemorate Act-Belong-Commit's 10-year event and recognise that it has been a decade since the campaign was rolled out across Western Australia. "Having grown up in a small rural community, I understand the kind of support that our community, and a sense of closeness to those around us, can bring. "Whether it is singing in a choir, participating in theatre or volunteering, I encourage all Western Australians to find the activity that they love and adopt the Act-Belong-Commit approach into their daily lives." Minister's office - 6552 6500