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Humpback whale swim tour season starts along Ningaloo Coast2313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 4650html18/06/2021 2:19:59 AM2021-06-18T02:05:00Z Humpback whales have begun arriving in northern waters Western Australians encouraged to 'Wander out Yonder' and contribute to the recovery of licensed tour operatorsHumpback whales have been spotted along the spectacular Ningaloo Coast, with Western Australians encouraged to support tour operators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the humpback whale swim tour season starting soon, visitors to the Ningaloo Coast have the opportunity to swim with these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Humpback whales generally migrate through Exmouth and Coral Bay between July and October, and Western Australians can interact with them through licensed in-water tours. Each year approximately 40,000 humpback whales migrate along the coast of Western Australia. Visitors would also get the chance to spot other marine life along the Ningaloo Coast, including whale sharks, marine turtles, dolphins, dugong, rays and sharks. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Humpback whales have already been spotted along the stunning World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast. "Swimming with these incredible animals is a bucket list experience and the only place in Western Australia this can be done is with a licensed operator on the Ningaloo Coast. "Now is the perfect time to 'Wander out Yonder' and support tourism businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Calibre Ventures appointed to monitor Murujuga rock art2293Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce "I am proud that WA is 15160html15/06/2021 1:05:15 AM2021-06-15T01:00:00Z New contract to continue the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program The arrangement ensures no delay to the commencement of monitoring studies The McGowan Government is committed to the program and to ensuring it is completed to the highest standardsThe monitoring of one of the most significant collections of rock art in the world remains on track, with the appointment of Calibre Ventures Pty Ltd to oversee the development and implementation of the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program. Calibre will partner with technical experts from Curtin University, Art Care and ChemCentre to deliver a world-leading scientifically rigorous approach to monitoring, analysis and managing the rock art. These organisations were involved under the previous contract and are well positioned to ensure a smooth transition under the new arrangement. The State Government continues to work in partnership with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to oversee the monitoring program and engage with key stakeholders on the path toward achieving UNESCO World Heritage List status for Murujuga National Park. The change in contractors will not affect the progress of MAC's application for the World Heritage List or the timeframe for commencement of monitoring studies. The partnership with Calibre supports the role of MAC in guiding the cultural aspects of the monitoring work and engagement with traditional owners and custodians. MAC rangers will work alongside the Art Care and Curtin teams and receive training to help MAC achieve its goal of taking responsibility for the monitoring program in the long term. Murujuga is the traditional Aboriginal name for the Burrup Peninsula, Dampier Archipelago and its surrounds, and is home to one of the largest and most diverse collections of Aboriginal rock art, or petroglyphs, in the world. The petroglyphs are of immense cultural significance and historical value.   Murujuga also hosts export industries critical to the Western Australian and national economies. The monitoring program builds on work over the past 15 years to determine whether the Murujuga rock art is being subject to accelerated change from the impacts of industry and shipping emissions. The majority of funding for the monitoring program is being provided by industry. The State Government acknowledges the significant contribution made by Woodside, Rio Tinto and Yara Pilbara in their ongoing commitment to the program. The State Government has committed funding for a panel of independent peer reviewers of national and international reputation to review elements of the monitoring program and provide assurance that the best scientific information is made available to guide management actions. The monitoring program is part of a suite of measures by the McGowan Government for the Murujuga National Park, including the $1.3 million Ngajarli Trail and $1 million per year for the joint management and protection of the park and the Dampier Archipelago. The State Government has also committed a further $15 million toward national park access road improvements and additional visitor facilities at Conzinc Bay to complement MAC's planned Living Knowledge Centre and tourism precinct. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The McGowan Government is committed to the Murujuga rock art monitoring program and ensuring it is completed to the highest standards. "I am proud that WA is home to the oldest living culture in the world. I am also acutely aware of our shared responsibility to safeguard and protect it. "The monitoring program will be guided and informed by the cultural law, knowledge and practices of the Circle of Elders, traditional owners and custodians of Murujuga and as part of the program, Murujuga rangers will be trained by leading experts to monitor the rock art in the field. "This globally unique monitoring program will support the rock art's co-existence with export industries on the Burrup Peninsula, which are critical to the State and national economy." Comments attributed to Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation CEO Peter Jeffries "Our rock art represents an irreplaceable link to Aboriginal culture, history and stories dating back thousands of years and we recognise the need for thorough and wide-ranging scientific analysis of the impact of industry on the rock art to ensure it survives for future generations. "MAC's priority is to protect Murujuga's ancient rock art, heritage and culture, and MAC supports necessary actions to ensure that the program delivers this. "A change in contractors delivering the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program will in no way affect the progress of MAC's application for World Heritage List of Murujuga National Park. "MAC has been satisfied with the quality of the science in developing the conceptual model and monitoring studies plan - we now look forward to executing the plan." Comment attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "It gives me immense pride to know that my electorate is home to one of the world's most significant and important rock art collections in the world and the McGowan Government is committed to its ongoing protection." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Western Australia’s plan to ban single-use plastics fast-tracked2285Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA The new timeframe will see Western 48310html13/06/2021 4:10:14 AM2021-06-13T04:00:00Z Western Australia's Plan for Plastics fast-tracked by four years Single-use plastic coffee cups and lids now included in the plan and to be phased out by the end of 2022 Survey finds 98 per cent of Western Australians support action on single-use plastics Education and behaviour change programs to be implemented to support hospitality, retail and wholesale sectors The McGowan Labor Government has fast-tracked its Plan for Plastics by four years with single-use plastic bowls, cups, plates, cutlery, stirrers, straws, polystyrene food containers, thick plastic bags and helium balloon releases to be phased out by the end of the year. The new timeframe will see Western Australia's Plan for Plastics fully implemented by the end of 2022, four years earlier than originally planned. Last year, WA was rated the leading jurisdiction in Australia for action on single-use plastics by the WWF Australia. The new timeframes will mean that WA remains a leader in this space. Western Australia's Plan for Plastics provides a roadmap towards a more sustainable, plastic-free WA by implementing regulations to ban items in a two-stage approach. Stage One - now to be completed by December 31, 2021 - includes plastic plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, stirrers, straws, thick plastic bags, polystyrene food containers, and helium balloon releases; and Stage Two - now to be completed by the end of 2022 - includes plastic barrier/produce bags, cotton buds with plastic shafts, polystyrene packaging, microbeads and oxo-degradable plastics. Takeaway coffee cups and lids with single-use plastic materials have also been added to the Plan for Plastics and will be phased out in stage two. Consumers and businesses will be able to use alternative environmentally friendly takeaway cups and lids. Education and support for businesses will be the focus of the first six months after each stage, rather than compliance. The Plastic Free Places Program will help community organisations and businesses to adapt to become single-use plastic free. People that require single-use plastic items to maintain their quality of life, such as those in the disability, aged care and health sectors, will be ensured a continued supply. Western Australians showed strong support for the Plan for Plastics, with more than 98 per cent of those surveyed saying they supported further action on single-use plastics. The fast-tracked single-use plastic bans will build on the lightweight plastic bag ban in 2018 and the Containers for Change container deposit scheme, which has seen 358 million beverage containers recycled and more than $1.46 million donated to charities and community groups since October 2020. More information about Western Australia's Plan for Plastics can be found at https//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Western Australian Plan for Plastics sets our State on a path to becoming a plastic-free leader in Australia. "Single-use plastics have a terrible impact on our environment, wildlife, public health and recycling efforts, and the vast majority of Western Australians have told us that they want this to stop. "By bringing the timeframes forward for single-use plastic bags we can harness the community's enthusiasm and our collective desire for change to make important improvements quickly and effectively. "The new timeframe still gives businesses time to adapt to these changes, with many businesses already switching to environmentally friendly alternatives at the request of customers. "By choosing to refuse single-use plastics we can continue to set the benchmark and, most importantly, protect our environment for future generations." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The new timeline for the WA Plan for Plastics demonstrates the State Government's strong commitment to reducing the impact of plastic use and plastic litter on our environment. "The plastic bag ban has been embraced by retailers and the community; this is the next step of the journey to reduce landfill and ensure a healthy environment. "For most of us, this will only involve making small changes to our behaviour by adopting alternatives to single-use plastics and choosing to reuse. "For retailers, hospitality businesses and community groups, the State Government will support you in this transition through education programs and the Plastic Free Places Program. "Some people require single-use plastic items to maintain their quality of life and we have formed a Plastic Straws Working Group to consult with the disability, health and aged care sectors to ensure continued supply to those who need them." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900
Ground-breaking translocation of WA’s rarest bird2279Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 22750html11/06/2021 5:35:31 AM2021-06-11T05:30:00Z First wild-to-wild translocations of the Western Ground Parrot Important step in conservation of critically endangered birdIn an effort to boost numbers of the Western Ground Parrot, a critically endangered bird now only found in areas near Esperance, scientists and volunteers have taken the bold step in translocating a number of birds with the hopes of establishing a new mainland population. Staff from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), supported by Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, Birdlife WA and other volunteers, have spent weeks in a remote national park working on the project. The delicate operation involved locating and capturing the birds, with a vet and zoologist from Perth Zoo on-site to assess the birds in preparation for travel. Several birds have already been transported in specifically designed cages, fitted with monitoring devices and released at a remote location east of Albany. This new location has been prepared over the past year and a half, including feral animal control and fire management carried out by DBCA staff. This is in addition to climate modelling and assessment of a range of potential release sites to ensure the best possible chance of success. The Western Ground Parrot is WA's rarest bird, with less than 150 remaining in the wild. While there are risks associated with translocation, it is necessary to protect the remaining population, with a view to establishing a new self-sustaining population. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "I congratulate DBCA, volunteers including the Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, Birdlife WA and other partner organisations in their work in helping protect the Western Ground Parrot." "With less than 150 birds left in the wild, this translocation is an important component of the ongoing conservation efforts for the species. "I remain hopeful this translocation will be a success and we will see a new viable wild population of Western Ground Parrot that will support the conservation of this species." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Strong emissions reduction targets approved for next stage of Pluto LNG2250Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 20790html8/06/2021 12:01:36 AM2021-06-07T22:00:00Z Pluto LNG project now subject to a 30 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030 and targeting net-zero emissions by 2050 New Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program applies to entire project, including existing Train 1 and proposed Train 2 Decision made following expert, independent advice from the Environmental Protection Authority The Minister has now requested the EPA review Woodside's Ministerial Statement to reflect the revised program, ensuring strengthened compliance with the new targetsEnvironment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson has approved Pluto LNG's new Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program (GGAP), significantly reducing the project's projected carbon impact and providing another step towards the development of a second train at the facility. The decision has been made following expert, independent advice from the Environmental Protection Authority. Approvals for the construction and operation of two trains at the Pluto LNG project were granted in December 2007. The enhanced GGAP includes interim and long-term targets to achieve a 30 per cent emissions reduction from approved levels by 2030 and net-zero by 2050 across the entire project; measures to support achievement of long-term targets; a requirement to offset any shortfall in meeting the interim targets, including details of how these offsets will meet contemporary standards; and additional reporting requirements.These new requirements apply to the entire Pluto LNG project - representing a significant reduction in emissions for both the existing Train 1 and new Train 2 from levels approved in 2007. The new GGAP outlines the efficiency measures to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 1.2 million tonnes per annum less than the original approval by 2030 for a two-train facility. With the new GGAP now in place, the Minister has asked the Environmental Protection Authority to inquire into and report on the greenhouse gas emissions condition in the project's Ministerial Statement. This work aims to contemporise the conditions under which the project operates to reflect the enhanced GGAP, ensuring strengthened compliance with the new emissions targets. The new GGAP aligns the Pluto LNG project with the McGowan Government's commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The enhanced Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program brings the Pluto LNG development's emissions reduction targets in line with the McGowan Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Policy for Major Projects. "This is a significant advance in management of greenhouse gas emissions for this important project, committing both the existing and new trains to reduce emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and set a clear trajectory towards achieving net-zero by 2050. "I have asked the EPA to inquire into updating the Ministerial Statement under which the project operates to ensure these new targets are enforceable and subject to transparent reporting measures." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Upgrades to Canal Rocks boat ramp complete1376Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 16550html29/05/2021 1:41:03 AM2021-05-28T23:00:00Z Boat ramp and jetty now open to the public The ramp provides access to the Ngari Capes Marine Park, located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, four kilometres south of YallingupLocal fishermen, divers and tourism operators can now benefit from a new boat ramp and jetty at Canal Rocks, near Yallingup, after the McGowan Government today announced that the popular site is open to the public. The $1.6 million project included the removal of the old boat ramp, with the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty providing a safer alignment for the launching and retrieving of vessels within the Ngari Capes Marine Park in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The construction of the boat ramp and jetty was supported by the Department of Transport with $750,000 awarded through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grant, with additional funding from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). Traditional owners were engaged during the design and construction phases of this project, ensuring cultural and heritage protection for the site. Perth-based company Advanteering Civil Engineers was awarded the tender in October 2020 for the construction of the new boat ramp and jetty, which is wheelchair accessible. Local Bunbury group, WML Engineering Consultants was engaged to undertake and provide engineering solutions to this complex site which is subject to large swells and associated surges within the boat ramp area. Additional funding was provided by DBCA to increase car parking facilities at the site and to reseal and re-mark the deteriorated car park surface. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Canal Rocks is an important facility for both recreational users and tourism operators and these upgrades allow people to enjoy the site with greater safety. "It's wonderful to see Western Australian businesses carrying out these important works, which contributed to generating local jobs and boosted the local economy. "These upgrades address safety concerns previously raised by emergency services and other users of the old facility." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Our Government is committed to providing safe and reliable infrastructure for Western Australia's boating community through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme. "Given the popularity of the Canal Rocks site with locals and tourists alike, I'm pleased we have been able to support the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty. "These upgrades will allow for safer landings and departures, and provide the local Volunteer Marine Rescue with a safer option to carry out rescues in an isolated area." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
First major health check for Perth Zoo’s African Painted Puppies1359Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 13880html28/05/2021 1:11:47 AM2021-05-28T01:00:00Z Perth Zoo recently welcomed six endangered African Painted Puppies Perth Zoo leads the regional zoo breeding program to prevent extinction of the species and helps protect them in the wild Six endangered African Painted Puppies were given their first hands-on health check following their birth in March at Perth Zoo. The health check revealed the Zoo has five new males and one female African Painted Puppy - a valuable addition to their struggling species. The new arrivals are the result of a successful new breeding pair comprising of Perth Zoo-born adult female 'Muhumhi' and male 'Gibby' who came from South Australia. Painted Dogs are endangered and considered the most persecuted large carnivore in Africa. Wild populations are threatened by poachers, habitat destruction and human wildlife conflict. The Zoo puppies have recently started to explore beyond their birthing den, making an impact in the Zoo's African Savannah. Perth Zoo's work for the species extends well beyond the South Perth gates all the way to Africa, and the Western Australian community has been instrumental in helping save them. Thanks to local donations, Perth Zoo helps fund an anti-poaching patrol unit and snare removal from the African landscape which causes the painful deaths of many Painted Dogs. More information about how the community can support Perth Zoo's programs to save African Painted Dogs from extinction can be found at https//perthzoo.wa.gov.au/african-painted-dog-project Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The birth of six African Painted Puppies is cause for celebration and testament to the world renowned expertise here at Perth Zoo. "The team co-ordinates the regional zoo breeding program for all Australian and New Zealand zoos, with the aim of breeding a healthy zoo population of African Painted Dogs to insure against wild extinction. "With less than 6,500 of these animals in the wild, there is a real risk of this species going extinct in our lifetime, making zoo breeding programs more important than ever." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Western Australians turn their containers into $50,000 for fire, cyclone relief1356Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 23160html28/05/2021 12:19:30 AM2021-05-27T22:00:00Z Western Australians donate $50,000 to Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund via Containers for Change Donations will go directly to people impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires and Cyclone SerojaWestern Australians have raised more than $50,000 for people impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires and Cyclone Seroja, simply by returning their drink containers to a Containers for Change refund point. All drink containers accepted at a Containers for Change refund point are recycled and people can either keep their 10-cent refund per container or donate it to various charities or community groups. The Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF) was activated in February to support those impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires and, later, Cyclone Seroja. The LMDRF established a specific Containers for Change Scheme ID, which quickly and easily allows anyone to donate their container refund directly to the LMDRF. The $50,000 in donated refunds represents 500,000 containers that are now guaranteed to be recycled and turned into items such as clothing, airplane parts and new containers. Since Containers for Change launched on October 1, 2020, more than 367.5 million containers have been returned to one of the 218 refund points across Western Australia. Almost $1.5 million has been raised for community organisations, schools and charities, and more than 730 jobs have been created through refund points. Over the next 20 years, Western Australians can save 5.9 billion containers from landfill and 706 million from littering WA's streets, waterways and parks by recycling through Containers for Change. Further information about Containers for Change can be found at http//www.containersforchange.com.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Containers for Change not only allows the community to keep containers out of landfill and off our streets, it also directly benefits Western Australians in need, as we can see through the efforts of those who have donated to the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund. "By returning their containers to Containers for Change refund points, Western Australians have fully realised the potential of each container. "Ensuring those 500,000 containers are recycled is already a win but to then turn that into $50,000 for our friends, family and neighbours who need it most is what makes Containers for Change so special." Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby "It's been heartwarming to see the generosity of Western Australians in the aftermath of the Wooroloo bushfires and Cyclone Seroja. Not everybody is in a position to donate but Containers for Change makes giving to those who need it that little bit easier. "Along with State and Federal recovery packages, donations to the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund are an important tool in helping people impacted by these disasters get back on their feet. "The road to recovery will take some time for impacted communities but Containers for Change shows even the smallest act can make a big difference." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Fitzroy River water discussion paper comment period extended1353Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen 27730html27/05/2021 6:46:50 AM2021-05-27T06:00:00Z Public comment period extended until August 31, 2021 Extension ensures all stakeholders will have an opportunity to have their say Paper summarises management approaches being considered in the Fitzroy River catchment A final Fitzroy River water allocation plan to be released in 2022 The McGowan Government today announced the Western Australian community will have more time to comment on the future of the Fitzroy River catchment in the Kimberley, with the public comment period of the 'Managing Water in the Fitzroy River Catchment' discussion paper extended until August 31, 2021. The discussion paper, which had been scheduled to close for comment on May 31, 2021, outlines approaches being considered by the Western Australian Government to protect the Fitzroy River and manage the use of water to support sustainable economic development in the catchment. The McGowan Government has extended the comment period to ensure all stakeholders have an ample opportunity to comment on the paper. The paper will help to inform a water allocation plan, which is an important part of the State Government delivering on its commitments to create the Fitzroy River National Park, which will extend the Geikie Gorge National Park along the Fitzroy River to the north and along the Margaret River; develop a management plan for the Fitzroy River to ensure the health of the river and provide a basis for sustainable economic development; and not allow the Fitzroy River or its tributaries to be dammed. Outlined in the paper are several key topics and management approaches for more focused discussion and feedback that relate to managing water and development in the Fitzroy River catchment. No final decisions have been made in relation to any option or approach taken in this paper. At the conclusion of the comment period, the Western Australian Government will consider all feedback received and prepare a draft Fitzroy River catchment water allocation plan, which will be released for public comment before a final water allocation plan is published in 2022. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Given the significance of the plan it is important to ensure people have time to consider and share their views on the matter of water allocation and use in the Fitzroy. "The impacts of COVID-19 and the wet season have complicated the consultation process. "Because of this, the paper will remain open for comment until the end of August 2021. "Ensuring the sustainably managed and developed water resources of the Fitzroy River catchment, which involves government, traditional owners and other stakeholders, is a priority of the McGowan Government. "The McGowan Government has committed to no dams on the river or its tributaries." Comments attributed to Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Fitzroy River has unique environmental and cultural values which are community assets that require us to plan carefully in developing and driving new and diversified economic opportunities for residents and communities. "We believe in the need to both protect the river and its values, and support pathways for people to pursue economic development opportunities. "Extending consultation will ensure every community member and stakeholder can have their voice heard, and that the future of the Fitzroy will deliver benefits for the whole community." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Creating the Fitzroy River National Park is an important part of the McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks which will secure a further five million hectares of national parks, marine parks and reserves across Western Australia over the next five years. "Ensuring meaningful consultation with stakeholders is a critical part of the process." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson "The Fitzroy River and its surrounds are a uniquely special place for traditional owners who have played, and always will play, an integral role in the protection and management of this significant natural asset. "The McGowan Government is committed to working with traditional owners to foster enhanced consultation and strong joint management partnerships for the benefit of the culture, jobs, training, regional economies, the environment and society at large. "I would encourage anyone with an interest in this special part of WA to utilise this extended public consultation period and have your say." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5800
Premier unveils Perth Zoo’s 20-year masterplan1310Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA Perth Zoo is set to build on its reputation 45700html21/05/2021 1:37:47 AM2021-05-21T01:30:00Z Perth Zoo finalises 20-year masterplan, including new orangutan enclosure, animal overhead tunnels and conservation centre McGowan Government kicks off development with more than $40 million in funding New works will deliver on McGowan Government's election commitment First developments expected to commence before the end of the year Improved experience for locals and tourists alikePerth Zoo is set to build on its reputation as a contemporary, world-class venue with the final plan for the Perth Zoo's future Masterplan Project released today. The Premier and Environment Minister today visited the zoo, on Endangered Species Day, to launch the 20-year masterplan and announce Perth Zoo is expecting a couple of new additions to its giraffe herd. Perth Zoo is part of the Australasian Giraffe Breeding Program to support the vulnerable species. Both resident adult females, Kitoto and Ellie, are pregnant. Since 1995 there have been 10 giraffes born at the zoo. Extending the African Savannah, which is home for the giraffes, is just one of the projects in the 20-year masterplan, which has been kick-started with a $43.5 million investment from the State Government, including a $30 million election commitment. Construction of the first two developments of the masterplan - a new café and function centre to be located in the green space at the centre of the zoo is expected to commence before the end of the year. The Perth Zoo Masterplan takes cutting edge international zoo design and innovative ideas to provide the best possible outcomes for visitors and animals. It will give the animals more room to roam, create world-class habitats and give visitors even closer animal experiences. Main features include a new conservation centre which will allow the public to see procedures underway in the veterinary hospital and provide opportunities for the community to learn more about animal breeding areas where Perth Zoo is helping fight species extinction. A new orangutan jungle will be built to support the zoo's world leading orangutan program and enable the public to learn more about these great apes. There will also be a new plaza style zoo entry, as well as a tree house and nature play area. Perth Zoo has today launched a donation portal to seek public and private donations to deliver this exciting 20-year transformation project. More information can be found at https//www.perthzoo.com.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "For 123 years, Perth Zoo has provided wonderful memories for so many Western Australians. "Now the time has come for the zoo to get a new lease on life - and this 20-year masterplan will deliver on that. "As we announce the zoo's future, we are also delighted to share the news that the next generation of giraffes at Perth Zoo are on the way. "The master plan will ensure our world-renowned zoo continues to provide new wildlife experiences for Western Australians and visitors into the future, and deliver more room for animals to roam. "The first two developments, a new café and new function facilities, will break ground later this year. "These two community amenities will be unlike anything currently offered in metropolitan Perth and will be unique venues for dining and special events." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The transformation of Perth Zoo will provide opportunities for many more generations to come to connect with wildlife and learn about conservation. "Perth Zoo is a Western Australian conservation tourism icon that is home to 1500 animals and welcomes more than 700,000 visitors each year. "The masterplan will enable the zoo animals to have expanded habitats offering all the creature comforts they require, whilst supporting the breeding and research programs that are aimed at fighting extinction. "The future for Perth Zoo is an exciting one, aimed at growing visitation for our zoo and our State, and today I am asking the community to join us on this wild journey." Premier's office - 6552 5000Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900
Public consultation open on Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park draft management plan1293Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 14460html19/05/2021 4:08:37 AM2021-05-19T04:00:00Z Draft management plan for Houtman Abrolhos Islands released for public comment Release marks milestone for McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks initiative The public is now invited to provide comment on the draft management plan for the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park. Located about 60 kilometres west of Geraldton, this park was the very first to be created under the McGowan Government's innovative Plan for Our Parks. The draft management plan was developed following extensive community consultation across a wide variety of stakeholders and will be open for comment for two months. It focuses on the park's natural, cultural heritage, economic and visitor values and explores how these will be protected and used sustainably to ensure it is preserved for future generations. The Houtman Abrolhos Islands are home to diverse and rich wildlife, as well as several shipwreck survivor camps including the National Heritage listed areas associated with the Batavia. The draft management plan is available to read online at https//www.dbca.wa.gov.au/haveyoursay and the public consultation period closes on July 26, 2021. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "This public consultation period is an important step in the process of establishing the national park in this amazing part of WA. "These islands have a rich history and provide important habitat for vulnerable wildlife including the Australian Lesser Noddy, Fairy Tern and Australian Sea Lion. "The McGowan Government is committed to preserving this unique island archipelago while also promoting a sustainable tourism model for visitors to enjoy. "I encourage interested members of the community to take part in this public comment opportunity and have their say." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Kings Park plan for iconic, world-class park1245Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 26560html14/05/2021 4:15:54 AM2021-05-14T04:00:00Z The Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2021-2026 has been gazetted and released by the McGowan Government Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the world's most beautiful inner-city parks and attracts about five million visitors each year The Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2021-2026, which guides the management of the park over the next five years, has been released by the McGowan Government. Developed by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in consultation with stakeholders and the community, the plan focuses on five key management areas community engagement and participation; visitor experiences; science and environmental conservation; plant collections and displays; and amenity and infrastructure. Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the world's most beautiful inner-city parks and attracts about five million visitors each year. As well as spectacular views of Perth and the Swan River, the park provides diverse opportunities for recreation, tourism, and cultural and ceremonial events. Its expansive landscaped gardens, rich Aboriginal cultural heritage, significant memorials and natural bushland spaces have created an iconic, world-class park highly valued by the people of Western Australia. Kings Park is also home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden, a significant botanical resource for scientific and horticultural research, education and it plays a key role in the conservation of WA's unique flora. A copy of the plan can be found at https//www.dbca.wa.gov.au/publications/kings-park-management-plan-2021-26 Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "For more than one hundred years Kings Park and Botanic Garden has been a significant place for all Western Australians, but its history stretches well beyond European settlement. "The Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan acknowledges and celebrates Noongar culture and knowledge of the land, and balances a diverse range of functions in the interest of the environment and the community. "The plan will help ensure one of the world's most beautiful inner-city parks continues to be treasured by Western Australians and visitors for generations to come." Minister's office - 6552 5900
McGowan Government to permanently protect Beeliar Wetlands1218Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA With a location for the new 27740html12/05/2021 12:15:23 AM2021-05-11T22:45:00Z McGowan Government to introduce Metropolitan Region Scheme (Beeliar Wetlands) Bill 2021 Legislation to rezone wetlands as Parks and Recreation reserve stopping future road development Scheme amendment strengthens A-Class status and protects wetlands Builds on $3 million election commitment to deliver boardwalk, viewing platform and additional revegetation works at Beeliar Wetlands Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti will reintroduce legislation to State Parliament today to amend the Metropolitan Region Scheme and rezone the Beeliar Wetlands. During its first term of government, the McGowan Government listened to the community and stopped the Liberal Party's flawed Perth Freight Link from proceeding and destroying the wetlands. In May 2020, the McGowan Government delivered its commitment to protect the wetlands, turning it into an A-Class conservation reserve - giving it the highest level of environmental protection. Funding set aside for the flawed Perth Freight Link was diverted to other major job-creating, congestion busting road and rail projects - many of which are completed or underway. The Metropolitan Region Scheme (Beeliar Wetlands) Bill 2021 will rezone approximately 34 hectares from a Primary Regional Roads reserve to a Parks and Recreation reserve. Legislation is a mechanism reserved for planning matters of State or regional significance and will ensure this area is protected from development forever. With a location for the new container port now confirmed for Kwinana, work is well underway for planning for a primary east-west freight corridor along Anketell and Thomas roads. Legislation to change the zoning of the land was passed by the Legislative Assembly but was not supported by the Legislative Council during the last term of government. Comments attributed to Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "We went to the 2017 election with a comprehensive plan for freight and trade for Western Australia. "We are implementing this plan, including planning for a new port in Kwinana, moving more freight onto rail and not proceeding with the flawed Perth Freight Link Plan. "As a result, we can move to preserve the Beeliar Wetlands for future generations. "We introduced legislation in the last Parliament which passed the Legislative Assembly. "Now we have been returned to Government, again with a mandate to pass this important legislation and we are getting on with the job. "With this Bill, we are finishing the job and delivering on our commitment to protect the Beeliar Wetlands for future generations." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Tony Buti "In recent times we have seen a renewed appreciation for accessible bushland for hiking, running and simply enjoying nature. "Once again, we heard from the Western Australian community at the recent election how much they value these important wetlands and want them protected from future development. "We have listened and are introducing legislation to rezone the land so it can no longer be used to construct a useless road, and must instead be retained for parks and recreation purposes." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The Beeliar Wetlands are a beautiful part of WA and we want to make sure they can be enjoyed by the community for many years to come. "We've already granted the wetlands the highest level of environmental protection available by turning it into an A-Class conservation reserve. This Bill strengthens that protection and ensures this fragile ecosystem is safeguarded from future development. "This builds on our key election commitment to contribute $3 million to deliver a new boardwalk, viewing platform and additional revegetation works at the wetlands." Transport and Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500Lands Minister's office - 6552 6400Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900
WasteSorted Awards recognise top waste sector performers678Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 28740html7/05/2021 7:14:05 AM2021-05-05T23:05:00Z Annual awards showcase projects that reduce waste, and promote reuse and recycling Nearly 80 nominations received, with 40 finalists across 10 categories The top performers in Western Australia's recycling and waste industry were acknowledged last night at the 2021 WasteSorted Awards. Previously known as the Infinity Awards, the annual event - run by the Waste Authority - acknowledges innovative people and projects that work to avoid waste, recover value from waste streams and protect the environment. This year, 40 finalists competed across 10 categories, and showcased the achievements of individuals, businesses, government, schools, community organisations, not-for-profits and media outlets. Some of the innovative projects that took away top honours were Australia's first asphalt product containing high-recycled content from waste streams bound for landfill, which saw company Downer take out both the Community Waste Award and the Waste Management Award; An innovative pool cover recycling program - believed to be the first of its kind in Australia - run by the Town of Cambridge, Green Machines Lab, Poly Pipe Recycling and Aussie Pool Covers - which won Waste Innovation of the Year; The benchmark Regional Resource Recovery Centre run by the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, which has shown outstanding commitment to community waste reduction and reuse and recycling for 20 years - which earned the 2021 WA Waste Award.The 2021 Waste Initiative of the Year category was shared by joint recipients - the City of Bunbury, for its public FOGO bins program, and DevelopmentWA, for its promotion of environmental principles at all stages of its OneOneFive Hamilton Hill project. More information on the WasteSorted Awards and the full list of winners and finalists can be found on the Waste Authority website at https//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au The WasteSorted awards are now named for the State Government's WasteSorted campaign, launched last year to provide simple, clear messages to the community about how to deal with household waste and improve recycling outcomes. More information on the WasteSorted campaign can be found at https//www.wastesorted.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Each of this year's 40 finalists exemplifies an innovative solution to reduce waste, and promote reuse and recycling. "They also assist the State Government in its goal to promote a cleaner, more sustainable environment in Western Australia, with at least 75 per cent of waste generated our State reused or recycled by 2030. "I commend each of the 2021 WasteSorted Awards winners, finalists and entrants for their commitment to achieving reductions in waste and an increase in resource recovery." Minister's office - 6552 5900 2021 WasteSorted Category winners Community Waste Award - Downer Commercial and Industrial Waste Award - Instant Waste Management Waste Management Award - Downer WA Regional Waste Award - North West Recycling 2021 Waste Champion - Keith Rickman Waste Team of the Year - Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital - Green Team Waste Innovation of the Year - Town of Cambridge, Green Machines Lab, Poly Pipe Recycling and Aussie Pool Covers for the Pool Blanket Recycling Program WasteSorted School of the Year - Manea Senior College 2021 Young Waste Achiever - Youth Affairs Council - Youth Educating about Waste Media Award - Lucy Jarvis, Wanneroo Times 2021 WA Waste Award - Southern Metropolitan Regional Council 2021 Waste Initiative of the Year (joint winners) - City of Bunbury for the Public FOGO Bins Program DevelopmentWA for the OneOneFive Hamilton Hill project
Grants help schools to become wise on waste673Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 31120html5/05/2021 2:08:57 AM2021-05-05T01:30:00Z More than $37,000 in grants for Waste Wise Schools across Western Australia Applications now open for next round of Waste Wise School grantsNine Western Australian schools will share more than $37,000 for projects to reduce waste disposed to landfill. Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson today announced recipients of the latest Waste Wise Schools grants. The grants will be used for a range of projects including new recycling and waste sorting systems in classrooms, promoting waste-free lunches and reducing food waste by building chicken pens and compost systems. The Waste Wise School program is funded by the McGowan Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority. To date, more than 197,000 students attend the 235 accredited Waste Wise Schools across WA. The program delivers educational resources and provides support to help schools to avoid generating waste and to encourage diverting waste from landfill. Applications for the next Waste Wise School grant funding round are now open. For more information on the Waste Wise School program or to become accredited, please visit http//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/wws Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The Waste Wise Schools program helps to develop positive environmental values in students and school communities throughout Western Australia. "This program supports meaningful, hands-on activities for students that help to reduce the amount of waste disposed to landfill and educate the whole school community about sustainable waste practices. "Students bring the lessons and skills they learn through the Waste Wise Schools program home to their own families - creating change in our communities and empowering our young people to drive improvements in waste management behaviours." Minister's office - 6552 5900 Summary of grants for the latest Waste Wise Schools funding round Baldivis Secondary College, $4,400, for recycling and waste sorting systems in all classrooms. Bold Park Community School, $7,177, to create a Waste Wise food garden using onsite composted organic waste to grow garden produce, and a recycling hub collecting items such as batteries, light globes, mobile phones and soft plastics. Bullsbrook College (Primary Campus), $7,632, to reduce food waste currently sent to landfill by expanding their Waste Wise School garden to include a fenced area and a mobile chook pen with the sale of eggs contributing to the maintenance of the chickens. Cassia Primary School, $1,728, to reduce lunch waste through classroom compost bins, handing out entries to the Waste Wise prize draw for students who have waste-free lunches and running classroom waste audits. Dunsborough Primary School, $2,200, to reduce food waste by re-establishing its chicken coop using new and salvaged materials. East Wanneroo Primary School, $2,135, to reduce waste by encouraging students to avoid single-use plastic, compost food waste and increase recycling practices. Osborne Primary School, $1,908, to install worm farms and educate students on the benefits of reducing waste to landfill through worm farming and composting. Rockingham Montessori School, $7,925, to build garden beds from recycled materials, create compost from school and local food waste, and sell produce to support further Waste Wise initiatives. South East Metropolitan Language Development Centre, $2,196, to install worm farms to process the school's fruit and vegetable scraps.
Tender awarded for new nature playground in the heart of Bunbury581Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 19660html4/05/2021 2:01:42 AM2021-05-04T02:00:00Z Contract awarded to BGC Construction's Bunbury-based regional team, creating about 50 jobs Mangrove Cove playground construction to start in June Western Australian company BGC Construction Pty Ltd has been awarded a tender to deliver construction works at Mangrove Cove in Bunbury. The project will include construction of an accessible nature-play focused playground with an emphasis on the local mangrove area, a new accessible toilet block and further site landscaping. The developments at Mangrove Cove will complement existing facilities, including the iconic lookout tower and environmental education pavilion. The project will require a workforce of about 50 people and BGC expects that 75 per cent of the contract value will be spent within the region, with the major components of work being completed by Bunbury-based contractors. The project is jointly managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' Parks and Wildlife Service and the Department of Finance. Construction is expected to start in June 2021 and be completed by the end of the year. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting projects that can maximise benefits to the Western Australian community. This project creates local jobs, a nature-based recreational opportunity and, importantly, will ensure Mangrove Cove is accessible to all visitors. "Mangrove Cove is a much-loved location in Bunbury and these works will only add to the area's popularity with locals and visitors alike. "These upgrades are part of the McGowan Government's election commitment to maintain and improve environmental, recreational, social and cultural values for residents of Bunbury and surrounds." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "Mangrove Cove is a fantastic part of Bunbury - and the new accessible nature playground will bring even more visitors from around the State to this popular attraction. "The nature playground and toilet blocks will be universally accessible, so all members of the Bunbury community will be able to enjoy this excellent new asset. "In addition to the obvious community benefits, the project will stimulate the local South-West economy and create around 50 new jobs following the welcome appointment of the Bunbury arm of WA's BGC Construction Pty Ltd as contractor." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Entries open for 2021 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards568Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 19280html1/05/2021 2:50:05 AM2021-05-01T02:30:00Z Remote and regional communities invited to enter 2021 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards Awards launched at community clean-up event in Esperance Entries are now open for the Keep Australia Beautiful Council's (KABC) 2021 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards. The annual awards, launched today at a community clean-up event in Esperance, are available to all remote and regional communities in Western Australia. This is the 52nd year of the KABC flagship program, which acknowledges sustainable, litter-free communities by celebrating initiatives such as litter prevention, environmental education, preserving heritage, community action and youth leadership. Communities are invited to apply for one or more of the seven categories litter prevention and waste management; general appearance; community action and wellbeing; environmental sustainability; environmental education; heritage and culture; and young legends. The Awards are funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and sponsored by Australian Institute of Management WA, Vanguard Press and Main Roads WA. The 2020 State winner, Narrogin, will represent WA at the National Tidy Towns Awards in Victoria in June 2021. Entries for the 2021 program close on August 27, 2021 and judging visits will take place in September. Winners will be announced at the State Awards Event at Optus Stadium on Friday, November 26, 2021. For more information or to register online go to the KABC website or email tidytowns@kabc.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "KABC's Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards have a long history of encouraging friendly competition between towns, and enabling participants to learn from other communities about environmental initiatives and sustainability. "These awards are about people coming together to ensure their communities are a place where visitors are delighted to come and locals want to stay. "I encourage all Western Australian rural and remote towns to get their entries in and showcase the important work taking place in their community to protect WA's natural environment." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Shelley Payne "As a proud local, it is wonderful to have an opportunity to launch these iconic awards in Esperance. "For more than 50 years, these awards have celebrated our regional communities and their commitment to environmental sustainability." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Boat tours recommence at the spectacular Danggu Geikie Gorge567Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 19000html1/05/2021 2:13:25 AM2021-05-01T02:00:00Z The popular tour runs up to four times daily throughout the dry season (May to October) Tours were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19Today boat tours recommenced down the ancient Geikie Gorge, carved out by the Fitzroy River in the Kimberley after being suspended last season due to COVID-19. The all-access vessel Ms Casey Ross, which seats 88 tourists, was named after the late matriarchal leader of the Danggu clan, traditional owners of Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park. Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park welcomes more than 70,000 visitors each year and is jointly managed by the Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation and the State Government. This joint management agreement provides local employment opportunities and combines traditional knowledge with contemporary land management. Purnululu National Park is now also open after being closed to the public due to significant road damage over the wet season. Bookings for Walardi and Kurrajong campgrounds can be made online at https//parkstaybookings.dbca.wa.gov.au/map/ Wunaamin and Miluwundi Conservation Parks, including Dulundi (Silent Grove) and Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) National Park, are expected to re-open mid May 2021 after significant repairs to weather damaged access roads. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "For the traditional Bunuba custodians of Danggu National Park, the Danggu Dawangarri People, the connection to the land and river goes back to the Ngarranggani (dreamtime). "The artwork for the boat embodies the spirit of the Bunuba people by including totemic animals like freshwater crocodiles, sawfish, red-tailed black cockatoos and brolgas. "Now is the perfect time of year to visit the gorge and experience its stunning geology, wildlife and cultural significance on this special boat tour. "The safety of visitors in our parks and reserves is paramount. I encourage people to visit https//alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au before travelling to these wonderful areas." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Funding available for environmental employment opportunities258Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 30170html28/04/2021 4:15:22 AM2021-04-28T04:15:00Z Environmental Revegetation and Rehabilitation Fund grant applications are now open Grants are under the $60.3 million Green Jobs Plan and support environmental projects in areas where employment has been most affected by COVID-19 Applications are now open for Environmental Revegetation and Rehabilitation Fund (ERRF) grants under the McGowan Government's Green Jobs Plan. Not-for-profit organisations, Aboriginal organisations, and local government authorities across Western Australia are invited to apply for funding for on-ground works such as fencing, weeding, seeding and planting. The aim is to create employment opportunities while achieving habitat restoration and protection of existing vegetation in areas of intensive land use, where employment has been most affected by COVID-19 and where the strategic delivery of biodiversity offset projects can be achieved. Successful projects will also help establish and maintain biodiversity values impacted by past clearing. The ERRF grants, totalling $1.7 million, are part of the $60.3 million Green Jobs Plan, and target projects that provide employment and environmental benefits across the State. The Green Jobs Plan will create more than 1,000 conservation jobs in Western Australia and is part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan. For information on the Environmental Revegetation and Rehabilitation Fund, including how to apply for grants, visit https//www.wa.gov.au The grants are now open and close on June 21, 2021. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "This is an ideal opportunity for organisations to apply for funding to rehabilitate the environment while creating meaningful and rewarding jobs in their local communities. "I encourage not-for-profit organisations, Aboriginal organisations, and local government authorities to discuss local projects in their areas that could benefit from the funding and apply before June 21." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Iconic Perth Kids’ Bridge taking shape over Winthrop Avenue95584Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA 34440html19/04/2021 6:20:07 AM2021-04-19T06:15:00Z Final bridge segments for Perth Kids' Bridge lifted into place last weekend When complete bridge will link Perth Children's Hospital with Kings Park Project funded by $6.3 million contribution from Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Local company Civmec delivering work, supporting local jobs A permanent link between Kings Park and the Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) is a step closer, with the 11 walkway segments making up the Perth Kids' Bridge now lifted into place. Five segments were installed over the weekend, with six installed over the Easter long weekend, creating the new three-metre wide, 217-metre long bridge. With the structure now in place, completion work is underway to weld the segments together, pour the concrete walkway and paint the inside of the bridge structure in its iconic bright colours. Programmable and coloured LED feature lighting will be installed on the outside of the bridge and a sensor speaker system with the ability to play programmed acoustics will also be fitted. The 11 segments were manufactured in Henderson by local company Civmec, using 300 tonnes of locally fabricated steel and employing 40 people. The bridge was made possible with a $6.3 million contribution from the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation. When complete, it will provide inpatients, outpatients and their families with easier and safer access to Kings Park while also providing an opportunity for a range of therapies, including allied health, to be delivered in an environment that harnesses the wellbeing benefits of nature. The bridge's benefits extend to staff and visitors from the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Medical Centre who will be able to access the park for fitness, lifestyle and wellbeing activities, as well as to use the existing cycle and pedestrian paths for commuting. Construction of the Kids' Bridge is scheduled for completion later this year. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It's exciting to see this wonderful new bridge come to life over Winthrop Avenue. "Sick kids and their families, along with staff here at PCH and the QEII Medical Centre, will benefit greatly once the bridge is complete, with much safer, easier access to Kings Park." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This bridge will deliver vital benefits for the families who need to use these facilities, with clinicians noting outdoor visits have a positive effect for the overall wellbeing of these families. "Staff and the wider community will also benefit from connection of the structure to existing local path networks in the area, and the ability to use Kings Park for fitness, lifestyle and work breaks." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "It's fantastic to see the Perth Kids' Bridge shaping up and I can't wait to see the colours come alive with the next steps of construction now underway. "This project has been delivered by Civmec, a local WA company using 300 tonnes of locally fabricated steel and supporting 40 local jobs and apprenticeships. "They were a key contractor who helped deliver the Matagarup Bridge, and I'm pleased to see this skill and expertise used in this important project." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Kings Park is a very special place and I'm delighted this special bridge is taking shape. "I hope the vibrancy of the bridge and the natural delights of Kings Park will bring many a smile to children and their families." Comments attributed to Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Chairman Hon Ian Campbell "We know that being close to nature plays an important part in the healing process. The Kids' Bridge will give sick children and their families the opportunity to escape the rigours of their hospital journey and benefit from the healing nature of Kings Park. "To us, the Kids' Bridge is far more than just a piece of infrastructure. It will provide many therapeutics benefits for patients and their families - from physiotherapy to mental health, to the proven health benefits of being connected to nature. "The Perth Children's Hospital Foundation is proud to fund the Kids' Bridge to help children get well and stay well for generations to come. The bridge has been made possible through the generosity and enthusiastic support of our donors. "At its inception over ten years ago we were able to secure the funds required very quickly to turn this dream into a reality. These funds are in addition to the extensive funding we make available to the Perth Children's Hospital, currently running at in excess of $8 million per year. "We look forward to the Kids' Bridge being widely used by visitors and staff throughout the QEII Medical Centre as it takes its place as an iconic part of the WA health landscape." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900