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New home for southern suburbs residential mental health service
31st Jul 2020
New home for southern suburbs residential mental health service

A new refurbished State-wide community mental health transitional facility has been opened by the McGowan Government in East Fremantle. Located on Moss Street, the refurbished house, which was part of a generous bequest to Fremantle Hospital, has been given a $500,000 upgrade, creating a welcoming and home-like environment for people with mental health issues. Hampton …

Leading hospitality group set to develop Fremantle Technical College
29th Jul 2020
Leading hospitality group set to develop Fremantle Technical College

Lands Minister Ben Wyatt today confirmed the sale of the former Fremantle Technical College site to leading Western Australian tourism company, Prendiville Group. The sale will ensure that the State heritage-listed buildings, which are currently underutilised, will be restored and activated, making a positive contribution to the broader revitalisation of the Fremantle city centre. With …

1,900 public sector workers breathe new life into Freo
22nd Jul 2020
1,900 public sector workers breathe new life into Freo

About 1,900 public sector workers from the departments of Communities and Transport have moved into their new office at Kings Square in Fremantle. Community Services Minister Simone McGurk, Housing Minister Peter Tinley, Youth Minister Dave Kelly and staff from both agencies today marked the official opening of the building at a smoking ceremony performed by …

Comprehensive package to support WA family violence response
22nd Jul 2020
Comprehensive package to support WA family violence response

The McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a comprehensive $28.1 million support package for victims of family and domestic violence, as part of the WA Recovery Plan. The package will go towards employing additional outreach workers to provide vital wrap-around support to hundreds of Western Australians and significantly strengthen responses after police call-outs. Premier Mark McGowan …

WA’s first Common Ground finds a home in central Perth
15th Jul 2020
WA’s first Common Ground finds a home in central Perth

Western Australia’s first ‘Common Ground’ will be built on the corner of Hill and Wellington streets in central Perth. Community Services Minister Simone McGurk today announced the location for the new supported housing facility, along with additional funding for homelessness services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. People with complex needs will be housed and …

$20 million funding to create specialist mental health hub
7th Jul 2020
$20 million funding to create specialist mental health hub

The McGowan Government will invest $24.4 million as part of the WA Recovery Plan to provide an additional 20 mental health beds at Fremantle Hospital and supplement funding for the existing 20-bed expansion. The new unit will include a 10-bed older adult neurological behavioural unit, caring for patients with complex needs including neurological and psychiatric …

$6.8 million financial counselling boost to aid household recovery
5th Jul 2020
$6.8 million financial counselling boost to aid household recovery

The McGowan Labor Government will invest more than $6.8 million to further expand financial counselling services to help get Western Australians, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, back on track. As part of the WA Recovery Plan in response to COVID-19, Premier Mark McGowan and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk today announced the relief package with …

Parliament passes landmark family violence reform package
26th Jun 2020
Parliament passes landmark family violence reform package

The most comprehensive family violence law reform package ever seen in Western Australia has passed through both houses of Parliament. Significantly, it demonstrates a cross-Government commitment to tackling the scourge of family and domestic violence by amending nine separate pieces of legislation across six ministerial portfolios. These new laws put WA at the forefront of …

WA Opposition rejects Stop Puppy Farming legislation
24th Jun 2020
WA Opposition rejects Stop Puppy Farming legislation

Despite overwhelming support by Western Australians during the consultation phase for reforms, the WA Opposition are currently not supporting the State Government’s Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill to help end puppy farming in WA and ensure responsible dog ownership. Puppy farming is the breeding of dogs in inadequate conditions. These conditions can be on …

Wheel clamping legislation introduced to Parliament
17th Jun 2020
Wheel clamping legislation introduced to Parliament

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will today introduce legislation into the Legislative Assembly to ban wheel clamping. The legislation has been classed as high priority and the McGowan Government expects it to pass through Parliament before the end of the year, as outlined in February this year. The new legislation will mean the use of predatory …