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31st May 2022
We want to hear from you!

The McGowan Government’s WA Seniors Strategy will set out the State Government’s ten-year plan to support older people, harness the opportunities and address the challenges of the State’s ageing population. The strategy will encompass a number of topics, including inclusion and respect, participation and employment, accessible information and services, rights and advocacy, financial and housing …

New provider announced for former Esther Foundation facility
19th May 2022
New provider announced for former Esther Foundation facility

Community services provider Cyrenian House will take over the facility previously occupied by Esther Foundation. Esther Foundation was a faith-based residential treatment facility for women and teenagers, which recently entered voluntary administration. It was supporting 19 women and seven children when it went into administration. A number of women and girls have reported historical experiences …

$114 million boost to protect and support Western Australian children
22nd Apr 2022
$114 million boost to protect and support Western Australian children

The McGowan Government is committed to protecting vulnerable children and keeping families safely together to reduce the rate of children entering care. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and loving environment – and taking children into care is always a last resort. As a Government, we recognise the best long-term strategy is …

Significant child protection laws progress through WA Parliament
11th Apr 2022
Significant child protection laws progress through WA Parliament

The introduction of laws to compel organisations to report allegations of child abuse sends a powerful message to perpetrators and those who try to protect them – there is nowhere to hide. The State Government will not waver in its commitment to increase the safety, protection and wellbeing of children, and to hold those who …

Esther Foundation referred to parliamentary committee
7th Apr 2022
Esther Foundation referred to parliamentary committee

Since I was made aware of these disturbing allegations and invited former residents of the Esther Foundation to contact me, a large number have taken up that offer and shared significant matters of concern, and I thank them for their courage. Today, I raised the issue in Parliament and referred the matter to the Education …

Challenger TAFE demolition
5th Apr 2022
Challenger TAFE demolition

It’s the end of an era for Challenger TAFE in Beaconsfield, an institution which has served our community so well for many decades. Now the site will be the home for mixed use-medium density residential housing, managed by Development WA. I strongly advocated for this demolition to be brought forward – thanks to Housing & …

Community to be consulted about tackling coercive control
29th Mar 2022
Community to be consulted about tackling coercive control

It is a distressing reality that women in this State, and across the country, are being abused in this way by someone who is supposed to love and care for them. Coercive control is a pattern of persistent abusive behaviour that aims to manipulate, intimidate and isolate victims mentally, emotionally, socially and financially. As a …

Gold medal win for Fremantle Prison at Australian Tourism Awards
22nd Mar 2022
Gold medal win for Fremantle Prison at Australian Tourism Awards

Fremantle Prison has won gold in the Cultural Tourism category. It is a magnificent site that draws in many visitors. It has a rich history that forms part of the Fremantle story. The successful conservation and interpretation of Western Australia’s convict and criminal past was recognised when Fremantle Prison took out top honours in the …

Election commitments delivered!
22nd Mar 2022
Election commitments delivered!

The best part of making election commitments is seeing them delivered. While COVID has kept me from visiting local schools temporarily, it’s been great see how they’re using the $20,000 election commitments I made last year. Southwell Primary School have refurbished their library, to encourage kids to enjoy reading. Christ the King Primary School in …