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Record infrastructure upgrades to support Rottnest Island’s growth
8th Aug 2020
Record infrastructure upgrades to support Rottnest Island’s growth

Over $30 million will be spent upgrading Rottnest Island’s ageing water supply and road network to shore up the holiday hotspot’s infrastructure and plan for future growth. Tourism to the Island has increased significantly in recent years, with visitation up 21 per cent from 2017 to 2019 thanks to the McGowan Government’s increased efforts to …

Community feedback sought on Fremantle Traffic Bridge replacement
6th Aug 2020
Community feedback sought on Fremantle Traffic Bridge replacement

The McGowan Government is seeking community feedback on the project to replace the Fremantle Traffic Bridge across the Swan River. The Swan River Crossings project involves the replacement of the deteriorated Fremantle Traffic Bridge with a new solution that considers future needs for road, rail, walking, cycling and boating. Infrastructure Australia listed the bridge replacement …

Mobile mental health service to deliver co-ordinated care
6th Aug 2020
Mobile mental health service to deliver co-ordinated care

An innovative mental health service will continue to bring mental health care to the homeless populations of Perth and Fremantle with a funding extension granted by the McGowan Government. $3.7 million has been allocated to continue to deliver mental health triage, assertive outreach, clinical assessment and treatment via a Mobile Clinical Outreach Team (MCOT). The …

New homeless services portal to remove barriers to getting help
3rd Aug 2020
New homeless services portal to remove barriers to getting help

The State Government is developing a $2.3 million online data and case management system to make it easier for people experiencing homelessness to access appropriate accommodation and other frontline services when they need them. Community Services Minister Simone McGurk today spoke about the Government’s investment in the new Online Homelessness Services Portal today at an …

Historic Fremantle icon gets million-dollar conservation lift
31st Jul 2020
Historic Fremantle icon gets million-dollar conservation lift

One of the State’s most historic places, home to Western Australia’s oldest existing building, will undergo urgent conservation works after the McGowan Government today confirmed $500,000 of funding for the project. With a matched contribution from the City of Fremantle, the $1 million project will stabilise the Arthur Head cliff face, securing the reserve and …

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 …