Wednesday, 19 July 2017
The crisis accommodation facility is managed and operated by service provider Sun City Care.
In 2014, the Department of Communities (then known as the Housing Authority), approved $500,000 under the Crisis Accommodation Program to build the 10-bedroom facility. Practical completion occurred in May 2017.
The centre was built on land owned by Sun City Christian Centre, which obtained extra funding of $1.45 million from Lotterywest for the fit-out and construction.
The facility provides short-stay accommodation and support services for men, women and families experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
Sun City also offers practical help to clients including food, clothing and furnishings; family and parenting support; pastoral care; advocacy; and referral services and life-skills development.
The Federal Government's Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations provides ongoing operational funding.
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"The challenge of providing affordable housing is too big for government to solve on its own. The McGowan Government recognises the importance of developing innovative partnerships with the community sector to meet the challenge.
"One of the most important things any government can do is support people who are in need.
"There is a growing demand in Geraldton for crisis accommodation. Sun City is helping meet this demand by providing accommodation for men, women and families who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
"Clients of this facility have access to a range of amenities and services including a community garden, sports, and training and work experience opportunities that can help them re-establish themselves in the community."
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The awards, which have run for 19 years, recognise Western Australians aged 12 to 25 for their achievements and contribution to the community, as well as individuals and organisations which work with and support Western Australian youth.
The awards are a partnership between the Department of Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and are supported by Lotterywest.
Nominations are open for the following categories:
Nominations close on Thursday, August 31, 2017 with winners announced at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in October. For more information, visit http://www.yacwa.org.au
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"The McGowan Government is proud of its involvement with the WA Youth Awards. The awards help us identify and celebrate our most inspirational and dedicated young people - they also recognise the important contributions young people make to our society.
"Young people carry out fantastic work across our State and I encourage Western Australians to nominate an outstanding young person, or an organisation working with young people, for an award."
Four Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) will travel to Canada's British Columbia to help battle 130 widespread forest fires.
The officers - Brad Barton, Tony Mennen, Paul Musarra and Dr Adrian Wayne - are highly experienced in a variety of incident management roles including planning, logistics and operations.
They are scheduled to depart Perth Airport today and will be based in various locations across British Columbia for up to six weeks.
The deployment has been facilitated through an agreement between Australia's National Aerial Firefighting Centre and the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre for the purposes of assisting each nation with critical bushfire emergencies.
Comments attributed to Acting Environment Minister David Templeman:
"This latest deployment continues a tradition of international assistance in times of crisis, with Western Australian firefighters having served in Canada in 2009, 2014 and 2015.
"Our firefighters are performing a vital role in helping to relieve exhausted Canadian emergency services crews who have been battling major fires since earlier this month.
"With more than 2.5 million hectares of forested land currently managed by DBCA, these Western Australian officers are well prepared to deal with the challenging conditions they will confront in Canada.
"Apart from the mutual assistance benefits of these deployments, experience has shown them to be excellent professional learning opportunities for staff.
"The knowledge they gain will help our fire services stay up-to-date with latest developments in firefighting worldwide."
People in the Perth metropolitan area are being urged to consider a rewarding and selfless role as a foster carer.
An information session will be held in East Perth where a panel of presenters, including representatives from the Department of Communities and the Foster Care Association of WA, will discuss what is involved and answer any questions.
The information session will be held at the Department of Communities theatrette, 189 Royal Street, East Perth on Saturday, July 22 from 2pm to 4.30pm. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting 1800 182 178.
For more information, visit http://www.cpfs.wa.gov.au or http://www.facebook.com/FosterCareWa
As at June 30, 2017, there were more than 2,800 children and young people in care in the metropolitan area; 47 per cent are cared for by family members and 42 per cent by foster carers.
Comments attributed to Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:
"There is an ongoing need to recruit new carers to support vulnerable children and young people in our community.
"We are looking for everyday people who have space in their heart and home to help a child or young person in care.
"Foster carers can be single women or men, married or same-sex couples, with or without children of their own, young or old.
"Nearly 50 per cent of children in care in the metropolitan area are Aboriginal, and wherever possible they are cared for by their extended family, a member of their Aboriginal community or other Aboriginal carers.
"I strongly encourage people who are passionate about making a difference and can offer a stable and loving home to attend a foster carer information session."
Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts today launched a series of booklets aimed at promoting mutual respect on the roads by cyclists and motorists.
The Best Practice Guides for safe cycling on Western Australian roads were produced using a $52,000 grant from the Road Trauma Trust Account.
The guides were prepared by WestCycle - WA's peak cycling body - and are designed to provide advice for cyclists and drivers on:
The Best Practice Guides are available in printed versions at selected cycling clubs and outlets, and can be downloaded from the Road Safety Commission and WestCycle websites.
Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:
"Cyclists are among WA's most vulnerable road users, with three cyclists killed on Western Australian roads already this year.
"Encouraging cyclists and drivers to share the road safely is something we should all be committed to and these guides provide essential road safety knowledge to cyclists, drivers and the wider community.
"The McGowan Government is committed to making cycling safer and plans to introduce safe passing distance laws for cyclists in WA later this year."
Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis will star in the series Mystery Road, which is scheduled to start filming in the Kimberley next month.
The six-part mystery is a spin-off from Ivan Sven's internationally acclaimed and award winning feature films Mystery Road and Goldstone.
The fascinating story focuses on the mysterious disappearance of two young station hands on an outback cattle station. One of the young men is a local indigenous footy hero and the other a backpacker.
Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is assigned to investigate, and working with local cop, Emma James (Judy Davis), uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.
The series is produced by Bunya Productions for ABC with funding support from Screenwest, the State Government's Western Australian Regional Film Fund; Screen Australia; and Create NSW.
Comments attributed to Acting Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Johnston:
"This is a fantastic opportunity for WA's screen industry, and will provide substantial employment opportunities to local creatives and crew to work with some of the strongest producers in Australia.
"The series, set to premiere on the ABC in 2018, has a strong connection to the Kimberley. It will showcase to Australia and the rest of the world the quality of Western Australian stories and our unique landscape."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"There is no mystery about the benefits of the Western Australian Regional Film Fund.
"Mystery Road's extensive regional WA spend will drive new business for local companies, while the series itself will bring the spectacular East Kimberley region into homes across Australia and internationally."
The McGowan Government today gave the green light to develop a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia.
Based on the national Work Health and Safety Act, the Bill will improve consistency with the rest of Australia and provide the primary legislation for workplace safety and health across all Western Australian industries.
The Bill will be supported by a number of industry specific regulations to suit the State's unique conditions, enabling the resources sector to continue to use a risk-based approach.
Petroleum and major hazard facility industries will continue to operate under a safety case approach.
The State Government's contemporary, single Act approach has been adopted following collaboration between the former departments of Commerce and Mines and Petroleum (now the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety).
Consistent with the Government's commitment to reduce red tape, the Bill will replace three Acts: Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994; and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Act 2011.
The development of the Bill will involve extensive consultation with stakeholders and the community, prior to expected introduction to State Parliament in mid-2019.
Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Minister Bill Johnston:
"The safety and health of workers is a high priority of the McGowan Government.
"Occupational, health and safety legislation in WA is 30 years old and is out of date.
"This is why we're taking action - the new Bill is an important step in updating and improving the regulation of workplace health and safety."
Three short films tackling attitudes towards ageing have been named winners of the Life in Pictures short film competition.
Ruth Kendall, from East Fremantle, has been honoured for Janet's New Skills, which follows a woman's journey to gain confidence from learning woodworking skills. Charlie Clark, from Bassendean, has received the accolade for My Hero, which depicts the story of his great grandfather.
Jim, by Hannah Moran and Binu Jayawardona with WASTV of Woodlands, tells the story of a man who moves through life slowly, but is stuck in a world that moves very fast.
Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray announced the winners at a presentation screening at Luna Leederville on 10 July, as part of the 2017 Revelation Perth International Film Festival.
Life in Pictures is a creative collaboration between the Department of Communities, Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Screenwest and encourages people to stop and think about how society views growing older.
Winners received prizes from a total prize pool of more than $20,000. Three Ambassador's Choice awards were also announced at the ceremony, chosen by Western Australia's 2017 Ambassador for Positive Ageing, Jenny Davis.
The films are now available to view at http://revelationfilmfest.org/film-rev-on-demand
A list of winners and finalists is available at http://revelationfilmfest.org/life-in-pictures-competition
Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:
"The Life in Pictures project is an innovative concept that brings together young and old in the pursuit of art, while also conveying a strong and positive message about ageing.
"The competition received more than 45 entries across three categories, tackling a range of issues.
"The project is a collaboration between government, the arts and the community that centres on stimulating discussion about ageing, celebrating the achievements of those who are ageing and exploring different perspectives on what it means to age."
A Lotterywest grant of $163,800 will support the Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) to strengthen the capability of Western Australia's youth sector.
Announcing the grant today, Youth Minister Peter Tinley said the funding would support the Participative Approach to Professional Development, Peer Learning and Evaluation in Youth Work project, which sought to improve outcomes for young people in WA.
The project will improve the way the benefits of youth work are reported and understood by the community and funding bodies.
It will also improve practices with the engagement of young people in the design, procurement, delivery and evaluation of WA's youth programs.
While announcing the grant at the YACWA headquarters in Leederville, Mr Tinley noted the lead role that the community service organisation played in advocating for WA's young people.
YACWA receives more than $290,000 a year in recurrent funding from the State Government and delivers a range of services, programs and initiatives.
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"The McGowan Government is proud to support the YACWA and its work empowering young Western Australians.
"YACWA's support for the Participative Approach to Professional Development, Peer Learning and Evaluation in Youth Work project demonstrates its desire to increase sector capability and deliver quality outcomes for WA's young people.
"Building the capacity of young people to make meaningful contributions to Western Australian communities is vital to our future generations.
"This Government continues to support young people with a total investment of more than $5.6 million in funding through one-off grants and recurrent funding for youth programs and activities."
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