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Assistance available to conserve heritage properties
13th Sep 2017
Assistance available to conserve heritage properties

Private owners of State Registered heritage places are invited to apply for a share of $1.2 million to assist with urgent conservation works to their properties. The Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Heritage Grants Program offers dollar-for-dollar funding for grants of up to $100,000, including for conservation plans to help guide works. Last year, 13 …

New taskforce to deliver Outer Harbour vision
12th Sep 2017
New taskforce to deliver Outer Harbour vision

The taskforce that will complete the planning for the McGowan Government’s long-term Outer Harbour freight vision has now been established. The multi-agency Westport Taskforce will outline a long-range vision to guide the planning, development and growth of both the Inner Harbour at Fremantle and the future Outer Harbour at Kwinana. The Westport Taskforce will deliver …

$7.4 million for financial counselling for those in need
12th Sep 2017
$7.4 million for financial counselling for those in need

The McGowan Government’s election pledge to reinstate financial counselling services in the Perth metropolitan area has been honoured, with an extra $7.4 million committed over four years. Delivering on the election commitment, the additional investment ensures a greater number of people will have immediate access to support during times of financial hardship. Reduced waiting lists …

McGowan Government gives green light to bag ban
12th Sep 2017
McGowan Government gives green light to bag ban

Lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned in Western Australia from July 1 next year. The State-wide ban will bring Western Australia into line with South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory which already have plastic bag bans in place. Queensland has also vowed to ban the bag from July …

Investing to break the cycle of family and domestic violence
7th Sep 2017
Investing to break the cycle of family and domestic violence

The McGowan Labor Government has introduced a raft of measures in the 2017-18 State Budget to reduce the unacceptable levels of family and domestic violence in the community and provide extra services to support victims. As part of a multi-faceted approach, the McGowan Labor Government will deliver two new women’s refuges as well as extra …

McGowan Government implements fracking commitment
5th Sep 2017
McGowan Government implements fracking commitment

The McGowan Government has implemented its ban on fracking for existing and future petroleum titles in the South-West, Peel and Perth metropolitan regions. A moratorium has also been placed on the use of fracking throughout the rest of WA. The State Government’s ban and moratorium prohibits companies from using fracking during exploration or production. The …

Construction commences on new Fremantle public sector offices
1st Sep 2017
Construction commences on new Fremantle public sector offices

The commencement of construction on the Kings Square renewal project has officially begun with the turning of the first sod by Finance Minister Ben Wyatt, Housing Minister Peter Tinley and State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk. The builder, Probuild WA, has confirmed more than 1,100 full-time workers would be employed throughout the construction phase of …

WA community invited to have a say on container deposit scheme
28th Aug 2017
WA community invited to have a say on container deposit scheme

The McGowan Labor Government is progressing its election commitment to establish a container deposit scheme and help divert waste from landfill and create jobs for Western Australians. Premier Mark McGowan today called on the community to help shape the scheme, which will offer a refund when eligible bottles and cans are returned to designated refund …

Bill introduced to enable WA’s participation in National DVO Scheme
9th Aug 2017
Bill introduced to enable WA’s participation in National DVO Scheme

The McGowan Government has today introduced legislation to improve victim safety and perpetrator accountability by providing consistent, instantaneous legal protection across Australia. The introduction of the Domestic Violence Orders (National Recognition) Bill 2017 is symbolic of the priority that the McGowan Government is giving to addressing family and domestic violence in Western Australia. Attorney General …

Social housing design competition announced for Hilton
3rd Aug 2017
Social housing design competition announced for Hilton

Housing Minister Peter Tinley has challenged architects to put their vision to the test in a design competition that will see redevelopment of public housing in Hilton. The Hilton Design Competition is a partnership between the Department of Communities, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Office of the Government Architect and the City of Fremantle. …