Friday, 26 August 2016
Mr Redman said the two lots - 3,309 square metres and 4,564sqm - had been taken up by local developer Aquavista Holdings.
"It is envisaged the developments, which can be up to three storeys, will have retail and commercial on the ground floor, and potentially short stay accommodation on the upper floors," he said.
"The purchase follows last month's confirmation of the $1.5 million sale of the hotel/short stay site which is located next to the Albany Entertainment Centre, the first major building to feature on the new waterfront.
"The sale of two prime lots within weeks of each other, with a third also under offer, is great news for Albany as the business centre of the Great Southern region."
The Minister said the Liberal National Government had taken a keen interest in the progress of Albany waterfront to help bring greater choice of visitor accommodation and business facilities to the city centre, in turn supporting the economic growth of the city.
"The State Government was keen to secure developers who would help create a vibrant and functional waterfront space right on the doorstep of Albany's CBD," he said.
One lot remains available at Albany waterfront. Located between the Albany Entertainment Centre and the ANZAC Peace Park, the 4,338sqm lot is zoned for commercial use.
Friday, 26 August 2016
Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the first 90-day regulatory mapping project had wasted no time in identifying opportunities in application processes, licencing arrangements, reporting requirements and tenure security.
"The State Government is seeking to strike the right balance of policies, rules and regulations to ensure the aquaculture industry continues to flourish, attract investment and generate jobs," Mr Marmion said.
"Consultation meetings have been held throughout a number of regional areas as well as Perth. Findings from those meetings have informed the mapping project to date, with industry now providing further feedback."
Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the project was a great example of government collaborating with industry to simplify and streamline processes without compromising high biosecurity standards.
"The Department of Fisheries is working hard with the Department of Finance, industry and other government agencies to make practical changes," Mr Francis said.
"We need a purposeful regulatory environment to ensure we continue to build a clean, safe and sustainable aquaculture industry."
Both Ministers are encouraging industry stakeholders to continue to share their ideas to improve regulation via the 90-day aquaculture survey on the Department of Finance website. The survey will close August 31, 2016.
Mr Barnett said when CinefestOZ began in 2008, it had an attendance of 1,898 which grew to 23,656 last year.
"CinefestOZ is a great example of a home-grown Western Australian event that has gone from strength to strength with Liberal National Government support," he said.
"The annual five-day film festival, which started in Busselton with 17 film screenings, has spread across the South-West region and this year is offering 73 films plus 22 free films for the community and five industry functions in five locations."
The Premier said CinefestOZ was important for the local economy, attracting more than $2.73 million into the region last year.
"The $100,000 Australian Film Prize, the richest in the nation, was introduced in 2014 and has attracted national and international attention for the festival and the region, and has helped increase visitation," he said.
"The State Government has a strategy to see the value of the tourism industry grow to $12 billion by 2020 and events such as CinefestOZ will play an important role in reaching that goal."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said in addition to the tourism and economic benefits CinefestOZ had produced, the festival also helped boost the local film industry.
"In the past three years, five films have been made in the region, with another 10 in pre-production or development," Mr Redman said.
"CinefestOZ has played an important role in showcasing Western Australia as a great film location to influential film-makers. I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in the Regional Events Program to bring significant social and economic benefits throughout regional WA."
The Manjimup TAFE will be running a Beginner’s Computing short course this semester.
This course will run on a Thursday only for 8 weeks, commencing on 13th October to 1st December 2016. (Please note that course dates may be subject to change pending numbers)
Classes will run from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.
This short course will help you brush up on your computer skills which are essential in this day and age.
You will learn how to start your PC, log in, use and understand desktop icons and their links to underlying programs, navigate a folder structures, save work, printing and closing down the PC correctly, operate word processing programs and perform basic and medium operations including the creation and formatting of documents and letters. You will also find out about the keys on your computer keyboard and what they do, how to use the computer mouse, save photos and find them again, organise your computer, use Word for basic tasks, how to find HELP when you are stuck and find lost documents and much more.
If you are interested in this course and would like more if information or to enrol, please contact the Manjimup TAFE Campus on 9771 7600 or email Manjimup@srtafe.wa.edu.au.
Community Garden ~ Can you volunteer an hour to two for a Newsagency Raffle Stall on Friday 2 September?
Raffle Stall Volunteers - Friday 2 September
We are hoping to run a fundraising raffle at the Manjimup Newsagency to raise funds for a NEW STORAGE SHED. If you can spare an hour or two, please register your willingness to help by replying to this email, along with your phone number and preferred time of day to lend a hand. All offers of assistance are appreciated.
Need volunteer to collect 4 wood pallets from Mitre 10 Manjimup
Mitre 10 Manjimup have donated 4 wooden pallets to the Garden so we can increase the number of compost bays. We need a ute or trailer to collect them and deliver them to the Garden. Please contact me if you think you can help and I'll give you more details. (BTW, we are still chasing 8 star pickets. Even if you have just one to donate, please let me know)
The pallets to be collected are square and double sided, like the one that Deb is leaning on in this photo.
Thank You, Stellar Violets, for our new quince trees
A quick shout-out to Lucinda Giblett of the Stellar Violets Life Library, Living Museum and Gallery for recently donating four quince trees to the garden. They were planted last Saturday and are expected to spring to life with new growth soon. We should have enough quince to make quince paste by next Autumn. Mmmmmm, yummy.
Welcome to the garden, Manjimup Education Support Centre (MESC)
We are thrilled to have had some seed packets adopted by the students at MESC. They have a hot-house at the school and will be raising seedlings for us, to be planted in the Garden later in Spring. Thank you for your support kids, we look forward to growing good food together.
Weekly Garden Gathering - This Saturday 1pm - 3pm
Just a reminder about our weekly gatherings. Yes, we have been gathering every week even when it's been wet and truly horrible outside. Believe it or not, it's still lots of fun regardless the conditions. Check out our Facebook page for some of the things we've been up to.
We still have seed packets for adoption. There is parking on Giblett Street and an entrance gate right near the Garden. If you're attending this week, we could use a shovel and wheelbarrow or two to help finish off mulching our pathways.
Happy gardening everyone!
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Originally aimed at school leavers, with support from the Liberal National Government the expo has this year been broadened to include more service providers for people with disability of all ages and to include an extra evening session.
Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said she was pleased the program had been extended to cater for a broader audience and having so many exhibitors in one place would be an invaluable opportunity.
"There will be more than 90 exhibitors, interactive sessions and workshops, and presentations by people sharing their life or career stories," Mrs Faragher said.
"Visitors can meet service providers and learn about options ranging from jobs, training and education to accommodation and respite, therapy supports, recreation, community supports, advocacy, and equipment and technology.
"One of the information sessions will discuss the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and visitors will also be able to learn anything they need to know about WA NDIS at the Disability Services Commission booth."
The expo will be held at Crown Perth on September 8 and sessions will be held from 9.45am-1.30pm and from 4.30-7.30pm.
This year's expo is supported by the Disability Services Commission, Department of Education, Catholic Education, National Disability Insurance Agency, National Disability Coordination Officer Program and Activ.
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the trial area had been expanded to now cover 50 per cent of metropolitan Perth.
"When the teams are engaged there has been an 80 per cent reduction in police officers transporting mentally ill patients to hospital, with the clinicians instead treating them in the community," Ms Harvey said.
"This allows police officers to return to their core duties of investigating and responding to crime and antisocial behaviour in the community."
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said since the trial began, the specialist teams had responded to 4,500 incidents where mental health was an issue.
"The mental health clinicians are the experts in dealing with these people; they know what treatment they need and how to help de-escalate what can be very tense situations," Ms Mitchell said.
"The trial includes senior mental health clinicians based at the Police Operations Centre, triaging calls for assistance, and another at the Perth Watch House assessing and facilitating access to the right care for detainees."
The State Government had allocated $6.5 million for the trial, which has been developed by WA Police, the Mental Health Commission and the Department of Health.
Ms Harvey said there had been a great deal of interest shown in the co-response trial from police in other jurisdictions, including the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Speaking at DMP's recent Registered Managers Forum, Mr L'Estrange said minesite safety remained his number one priority.
UWA is proposing to obtain insights into hazards, injuries and contributing factors by analysing the text in the narrative descriptions within up to 800 incident reports. ECU will also compare the Western Australian mining industry's incident ratios with international models.
"The goal is to identify common causation factors," the Minister said.
"I am particularly interested in data analysis which could identify trends in causes of serious minesite incidents and near misses so we can further improve our mines' safety inspection regimes," he said.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
The Liberal National Government's BEST check safety campaign is designed to raise awareness of boating safety prior to peak boating use over the summer months.
Visiting the Department of Transport's marine safety stand at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, Mr Nalder said the majority of the 639 boat breakdowns requiring assistance from volunteer marine rescue groups in 2015-16 could have been avoided if skippers had been better prepared.
"Skippers need to be responsible, taking time to complete the recommended voyage preparation guidelines every time they head out onto the water," Mr Nalder said.
"Unfortunately, skippers who fail to do this put their safety and those on board at risk, and also waste the precious resources of our volunteer rescue groups."
It provides skippers with a free step by step guide through an annual 45-point safety check which identifies items under the headings boat, equipment, safety and trailer to be maintained before each trip.
"Spring is the best time to undertake the annual check as it allows time for repairs before the boating season," the Minister said.
Mr Nalder said the department's presence at the Dowerin event also provided an opportunity to raise awareness in the community about carrying in-date flares, emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRBs) requirements and the need for boat to be registered with the department.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
"It was a great honour to speak at the event in recognition of so many talented players, coaches and volunteers," Ms Davies said.
"It's such an exciting time for female football. Not only has participation increased to 50,000 in Western Australia in the past year, this year the Australian Football League (AFL) finally announced it would hold a women's competition.
"This means the pathway to play football is now complete - with women having the opportunity to play football right from the junior club level, all the way to the elite."
Along with recognising the eight WAWFL players selected as marquee players for next year's National Women's League, the awards' dinner recognised those who had shone on the field during the women's WAWFL season.
Coastal Titans Football Club's Kiara Bowers and Emma King jointly won the WAWFL League Division Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best.
Perth Angels Jennifer Homes was awarded the Reserves Fairest and Best as well as the Reserves Rising Star award.
Jasmin Stewart from Claremont took home the honour of League Rookie of the Year award, and the Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award was awarded to Sally Allomes from South Fremantle. Sally has dedicated more than 10 years to the league and the South Fremantle Women's Football Club.
"I congratulate all of those recognised at the awards and I look forward to an even more exciting year ahead for female football in WA in 2017," the Minister said.
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