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$1.44 million Lotterywest grant for Vinnies emergency relief
3rd Apr 2019
$1.44 million Lotterywest grant for Vinnies emergency relief

The St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) will get a $1.44 million boost for its vital emergency relief work thanks to a Lotterywest grant. Community Services Minister Simone McGurk presented the Lotterywest grant to Vinnies at their distributions centre in Canning Vale today (April 3). Vinnies’ emergency relief service provides support through food assistance, utility …

New dental clinic opens at Fremantle Hospital
1st Apr 2019
New dental clinic opens at Fremantle Hospital

From today, more than 30,000 eligible patients in the Fremantle catchment area will be able to access free general dental care from the newly expanded Fremantle General Dental Clinic. Now located at Fremantle Hospital, the clinic will provide vital general dental care to eligible patients including Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card holders aged 17 …

Awards honour outstanding young Western Australians
28th Mar 2019
Awards honour outstanding young Western Australians

Young Western Australians from a care background have today been recognised for their dedication to ongoing education and training at the annual Achievers Awards. Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk congratulated the 46 recipients for their hard work and determination in pursuing their career goals. The annual Achiever Awards celebrate young Western Australians aged 15-25 years …

Home Stretch trial to provide additional support to vulnerable care leavers
26th Mar 2019
Home Stretch trial to provide additional support to vulnerable care leavers

The Department of Communities will partner with Anglicare WA to implement a targeted trial that provides enhanced supports to vulnerable young people transitioning from out-of-home care to independence. Developed through a unique co-design process with the community services sector and care leavers, the trial will commence in the south metropolitan region from May 2019. The …

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 …