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Have your say on the future of women’s health in WA
9th Mar 2019
Have your say on the future of women’s health in WA

Western Australian consumers, health service providers and non-government agencies are urged to have their say on the best ways to improve women’s health and wellbeing in WA. An expression of interest process is underway to establish a working group to oversee the development of the WA Women’s Health and Wellbeing Policy, which will focus on …

Support for safe access zones around abortion clinics
8th Mar 2019
Support for safe access zones around abortion clinics

The McGowan Government supports the introduction of safe access zones, and work has commenced on a discussion paper that will explore the introduction of such zones in Western Australia. Safe access zones are designed to address concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff entering premises to access legal health services, such as …

Hundreds of local shipbuilding jobs and apprenticeships on offer
7th Mar 2019
Hundreds of local shipbuilding jobs and apprenticeships on offer

The McGowan Government has welcomed local shipbuilding company Austal’s commitment to increase female representation in its workforce by boosting its female apprentice intake. Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited Austal, on the eve of International Women’s Day, to meet some of the shipbuilder’s newest female apprentices. Austal is seeking to …

Reducing red tape for Fremantle West End heritage owners
8th Feb 2019
Reducing red tape for Fremantle West End heritage owners

The City of Fremantle will be able to approve minor heritage building works in Fremantle’s West End without needing to refer to the Heritage Council under a new legislative framework. The Heritage Council’s Delegations Framework grants the City of Fremantle authority to assess minor or routine works to heritage buildings, in accordance with Section 11 …

Steering group to drive Victoria Quay waterfront plans
6th Feb 2019
Steering group to drive Victoria Quay waterfront plans

A senior steering group formed to drive forward plans to develop Fremantle Ports’ historic Victoria Quay as a vibrant, people-oriented waterfront precinct has met for the first time last week. The steering group is chaired by Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk and includes high-level representation from Fremantle Ports; Landcorp; the City of Fremantle; Department of Transport; …

Construction progressing at iconic Fremantle netball hub
1st Feb 2019
Construction progressing at iconic Fremantle netball hub

Premier Mark McGowan has visited the southern suburbs’ major grassroots netball facility to inspect the $1.8 million McGowan Government funded upgrades, an election commitment, which will revitalise the iconic club. More than 5,000 participants from across the metropolitan area use the facility each week during the netball season. Western Australian company Buildwell Group is overseeing …

Life-size convict sculpture reflects Fremantle’s past
16th Jan 2019
Life-size convict sculpture reflects Fremantle’s past

Visitors to Fremantle Prison can now walk in the shadow of Western Australia’s convict past, following the installation of a two-piece 14 metre metal silhouette along the Fairbairn Street entrance ramp. The new interpretive sculpture depicts a group of life-size convicts and pensioner guards on their arrival to Fremantle, highlighting the ramp’s significance as a …

Visitor numbers on Rottnest smash previous records
10th Jan 2019
Visitor numbers on Rottnest smash previous records

New figures show that Rottnest Island continues to attract a record numbers of visitors to its shores with 769,000 people arriving via ferry, boat or aircraft in 2018. The 15 per cent record increase in visitor numbers can be attributed to extra ferry services, successful marketing campaigns, celebrity visitors and quokka selfies. Visitation is expected …

Construction starts on Fremantle Line bike path extension
9th Jan 2019
Construction starts on Fremantle Line bike path extension

Work has started on the extension of one of Perth’s most highly anticipated sections of Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Fremantle railway line. The contract to build the project from Grant Street to Victoria Street was awarded to family owned, Perth-based company Keslake Group Pty Ltd. The construction of the 2.8 kilometre section of …

Fines for supplying banned bags start today
1st Jan 2019
Fines for supplying banned bags start today

Offences for supplying banned plastic bags in Western Australia come into effect today. Retailers who supply banned lightweight plastic bags from today (January 1) risk potential prosecution and fines of up to $5,000. Plastic bag suppliers and manufacturers who provide misleading information when selling bags to retailers can also be prosecuted and fined. The Department …