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Urgent conservation works at Fremantle Prison to proceed
4th Oct 2019
Urgent conservation works at Fremantle Prison to proceed

An urgent works program to conserve the World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison has begun through an immediate cash injection of $3.5 million by the McGowan Government. The funds have been secured partially through the redirection of the 2019-20 Heritage Grants program, which will be unavailable during the 2019-20 financial year. Initial works will see the …

Two major announcements for National Child Protection Week
3rd Sep 2019
Two major announcements for National Child Protection Week

The McGowan Government has expanded support services on offer to foster carers. Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk announced $150,000 in new funding for the Foster Carers Association Western Australia (FCAWA), to enable them to employ three new part-time staff members to increase the level of support services to foster families. And after travelling throughout Western …

Policy to deliver healthy outcomes for WA women and girls
2nd Sep 2019
Policy to deliver healthy outcomes for WA women and girls

The McGowan Government has today released a policy designed to improve the health and wellbeing of women and girls in Western Australia. The WA Women’s Health and Wellbeing Policy identifies four priority areas for action: Chronic conditions and healthy ageing; Health and wellbeing impacts of gender-based violence; Maternal, reproductive and sexual health; and Mental health …

Lotterywest comes to play in Kings Square
30th Aug 2019
Lotterywest comes to play in Kings Square

The City of Fremantle has been successful in securing a $342,000 grant from Lotterywest to go towards the new play space in Kings Square. Inspired by the Fremantle’s industrial history and close links with nature, the concept design for the play space includes features such as cranes, bridges, train tracks and shipping containers and incorporates …

Through the eyes of young people in care
30th Aug 2019
Through the eyes of young people in care

Rare, visual insights into the deeply personal journeys of young people in care are now on public display. The sixth As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition was launched today (August 30) by Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk at the WA Shipwrecks Museum. The exhibition gives the public a glimpse of life through the eyes of young …

Protection of Beeliar wetlands a step closer to becoming law
28th Aug 2019
Protection of Beeliar wetlands a step closer to becoming law

Legislation that will permanently protect the Beeliar wetlands last night passed through the Legislative Assembly. The Metropolitan Region Scheme (Beeliar Wetlands) Bill 2018 seeks to amend the zoning of 34 hectares of land under the Metropolitan Region Scheme from Primary Regional Roads to Parks and Recreation. The McGowan Government made an election commitment to protect …

189 Royal Street, East Perth to be renamed May Holman Building
24th Aug 2019
189 Royal Street, East Perth to be renamed May Holman Building

Premier Mark McGowan today announced 189 Royal Street in East Perth, home to staff from the departments of Communities and Health, will be renamed the May Holman Building in honour of the trailblazing politician. May Holman was the first woman from the Labor Party to be elected to an Australian Parliament, and is widely credited …

Call for more women in fire management
22nd Aug 2019
Call for more women in fire management

More women are being encouraged to pursue a career in fire management following the release of an action plan by the State’s premier land management agency. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service has launched its Women in Fire Management Action Plan 2019-22, promoting gender diversity in the workforce. This plan …

Independent Westport Taskforce releases shortlist of future port options
15th Aug 2019
Independent Westport Taskforce releases shortlist of future port options

The independent Westport Taskforce has released its shortlist of five port and supply chain options for managing Perth’s growing long-term freight requirements, all of which feature a new port being established in the Kwinana Outer Harbour. Westport’s evidence-based assessments ranked 25 different options featuring the ports at Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana against each other. The …

3km extension of Perth-Fremantle Principal Shared Path now open
12th Aug 2019
3km extension of Perth-Fremantle Principal Shared Path now open

The long-awaited extension of the Fremantle Line Principal Shared Path from Grant Street to Victoria Street in Mosman Park is now complete, adding almost 3km of new path. Funding to build the missing link on the Fremantle Line PSP was brought forward in the McGowan Government’s 2018-19 Budget, allowing construction of the project to start …