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Architects enlisted to help develop a vision for Victoria Quay
28th Jun 2019
Architects enlisted to help develop a vision for Victoria Quay

 Local architects and urban planners joined the Victoria Quay Steering Group today to workshop ideas for built form, spaces and uses at the historic waterfront precinct. Victoria Quay Steering Group Chair and State Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, convened the workshop to harness local talent and expertise in the development of a vision for Victoria …

McGowan Government delivers $30m boost to community services
27th Jun 2019
McGowan Government delivers $30m boost to community services

The McGowan Government has shown its ongoing commitment to supporting the community services sector by reversing indexation changes made by the Liberal National Government, which had left organisations supporting our most vulnerable citizens out of pocket. The previous government changed the NGHSS Indexation Policy to be based entirely on CPI, which reduced funding to the …

McGowan Government unveils revitalised Fremantle netball hub
23rd Jun 2019
McGowan Government unveils revitalised Fremantle netball hub

Premier Mark McGowan and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today delivered a key election commitment in Perth’s southern suburbs – officially opening the Fremantle Netball Association’s new, Western Australian-built facilities at Frank Gibson Park. The award-winning Fremantle Netball Association, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary, is a fixture for many Western Australian families …

CSRFF focus on women’s facilities as demand surges
18th Jun 2019
CSRFF focus on women’s facilities as demand surges

Sport in Western Australia is set to benefit from an increased funding allocation to make facilities accessible to women in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) program. The CSRFF provides $12 million a year to community groups and local governments to develop infrastructure for sport and recreation. The last …

Mandatory reporting legislation to be extended to ministers of religion
23rd May 2019
Mandatory reporting legislation to be extended to ministers of religion

The McGowan Government today announced it will amend the Children and Community Services Act 2004 to require ministers of religion to report child sexual abuse, including where they have gained this knowledge through religious confession. Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk said the changes would deliver an important recommendation of the Western Australian response to the …

McGowan Government releases preliminary response to Aboriginal youth suicide reports
22nd May 2019
McGowan Government releases preliminary response to Aboriginal youth suicide reports

The McGowan Government today released its  preliminary response to the State Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of 13 children and young people in the Kimberley and the 2016 Message Stick Inquiry into Aboriginal youth suicide in remote areas. The Statement of Intent outlines the McGowan Government’s unwavering commitment to a partnership approach to address the …

New Family Birthing Centre set to deliver for mums to be
21st May 2019
New Family Birthing Centre set to deliver for mums to be

Construction for the new Family Birthing Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) is well underway with the state-of-the-art birthing facility due to be open in September. It has been designed in consultation with a group of mums who have utilised FSH maternity services in the past few years. The centre will feature three birthing suites, …

$30.9 million boost to tackle family and domestic violence
18th Apr 2019
$30.9 million boost to tackle family and domestic violence

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk today announced the McGowan Government will commit an additional $30.9 million in the 2019-20 State Budget to address family and domestic violence. The McGowan Government’s investment in a suite of initiatives includes: $11.7 million to establish two new Family and Domestic Violence One Stop Hubs; $15.5 …

Safe access zones around sexual health clinics in Western Australia move a step closer
17th Apr 2019
Safe access zones around sexual health clinics in Western Australia move a step closer

The McGowan Government has today released a discussion paper to introduce safe access zones around premises that provide abortion services in Western Australia. The paper entitled ‘Safe access zones – Proposal for reform in Western Australia’ explores how an appropriate legislative framework might operate to ensure patients can access health services, including abortion clinics, without …

Way forward for tenants facing family violence
15th Apr 2019
Way forward for tenants facing family violence

New tenancy laws to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence are now in force. The new laws allow a tenant to end their tenancy with as little as seven days’ notice if they or their dependants are impacted by family and domestic violence, even if the perpetrator is not named on …