cience Minister Dave Kelly will today welcome the Director General of the European Space Agency, Professor Jan Woerner, to Western Australia with the visit highlighting our potential to be the home of the proposed Australian space agency.
The Minister and WA's Chief Scientist, Peter Klinken AC, will join Professor Woerner as he visits the ESA's ground station at New Norcia, one of only three deep space ground stations operated worldwide by the agency.
The New Norcia station has played a pivotal role in communications for major space missions such as Rosetta and Mars Express.
Today's visit emphasises the crucial role WA plays in the global space industry, and showcases our State as a leading contender to be the base of the Federal Government's proposed national space agency.
In WA we already participate in ground-based satellite and deep space tracking, tracking and monitoring of space debris, defence testing, optical and radio astronomy, space research, 'big data' management and processing, geospatial data, and precision engineering.
In August, the McGowan Government made a submission to the Federal Government's review of Australia's Space Industry Capability. This submission highlighted the many areas of the space sector in which Western Australia is a key contributor.
Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly:
"Western Australia has been involved in the space industry for nearly 60 years and we believe WA is the perfect fit to be the home of the proposed national space agency.
"A space agency would build on our strong capabilities in areas such as radio astronomy, remote sensing, and big data management and our growing international reputation.
"WA already has existing relationships with global space agencies, such as NASA, ESA and Japan's national space agency, which the State and nation can leverage off.
"The development of WA's space industry links with other initiatives of the McGowan Government such as the State STEM Strategy which will help diversify our economy and create jobs of the future."
The Western Australian winners at the biennial National Seafood Industry Awards have been congratulated by Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly.
WA hooked the Seafood Industry Producers, Environment ,Young Achiever and Promotion awards at an industry celebration in Sydney overnight.
The world's first commercial abalone ranch, Ocean Grown Abalone at Augusta, won the Seafood Industry Producers Award, recognising the company's innovation and efforts to satisfy industry challenges.
Integrated commercial fishing company, Austral Fisheries, received the Environment Award, acknowledging its green credentials and efforts to become the first seafood business in the world to be certified carbon neutral.
Fremantle Octopus operations manager Asher Flynn won the national Young Achiever Award for his efforts to promote and market octopus as a premium quality seafood product to chefs and restaurants at home and abroad.
The Mandurah's Licensed Fishermen's Association collected the honour for the best seafood industry promotion in Australia and Albany's popular Ocean and Paddock seafood restaurant received a highly commended certificate in the judged fish and chips award.
Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:
"Western Australia's seafood products are renowned throughout the world and for good reason.
"Our local fishing industry is celebrated worldwide for its sustainable credentials, and it is excellent to see companies, such as Austral Fisheries, taking the sustainable management of our industry so seriously.
"What Brad Adams and his team have done in Augusta with abalone ranching is revolutionary and will assist others to address industry challenges.
"It is also fantastic to see young people like Asher Flynn championing the industry to grow opportunities for WA.
"The Mandurah Licensed Fishermen's Association have done an excellent job in promoting WA seafood and raising the public profile of our local produce.
"I congratulate all of these winners and I am proud of what they, and others, are doing in the industry to optimise the potential of the State's $1.6 billion seafood sector."
The ultra popular Messy Play Day is back your way next week! All hap'nin' Thursday 5th October, from 9.30 to 11.30 am in Timber Park. Free raincoat for the first 200 children at the event. Come and enjoy the messy fun!
Western Australian teenagers can now receive the free meningococcal ACWY vaccine at their local GP clinic, making it more convenient and readily accessible during school holidays.
The vaccination program, which will run in WA schools for three years, provides jabs for 15 to 19 year-olds, the group with the highest risk of carrying meningococcal bacteria and transmitting it to others, including young children.
Since the program commenced in Term Two, more than 50,000 WA teenagers have been vaccinated at schools, universities and immunisation clinics.
As the second phase of the staged rollout, the Department of Health has shipped vaccines to GP clinics across WA so it is more readily available for those who may not have received it. The vaccine will be available at GP clinics free of charge until the end of 2017.
While the vaccine is free, some clinics may charge a consultation fee, so please check costs when making an appointment.
In 2018 and 2019, the program will target incoming Year 10 students through a school-based vaccination program.
The ACWY vaccine is also available by prescription to all members of the public, however charges would apply. Speak to your GP clinic at the time of booking to confirm charges.
To date, there have been 22 cases of meningococcal disease this year in WA, including 17 cases due to strains covered by the ACWY vaccine.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring that teenagers aged 15 to 19, who have a high risk of carrying, spreading and contracting meningococcal disease, are provided with a vaccine against this invasive disease.
"Although meningococcal disease is uncommon, it can be life-threatening.
"I encourage all teenagers to take advantage of this free vaccination program and reduce their risk of contracting or spreading this disease."
Fresh from placing second in the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix last weekend, Perth's Daniel Ricciardo made a pit stop to open the new exhibition space at the Motor Museum of WA in Whiteman Park.
The $2 million extension, which received a $711,990 Lotterywest grant, was purpose-built to house up to 75 extra vehicles.
In a major win for Whiteman Park, the museum has also secured Ricciardo's first Red Bull Formula 1 race car - complete with engine - as a permanent loan.
The iconic Red Bull Renault will be a key attraction at the motor museum, which is close to the old Caversham Circuit where Australian racing legend Sir Jack Brabham competed in several Grand Prix during the 1950s and 60s.
Since 1994, the Motor Museum has been a popular drawcard for Whiteman Park. The new exhibition space gives visitors better access to the State's biggest collection of motoring history.
The Motor Museum is open from 10am to 4pm weekdays and 10am to 5pm on weekends. For more information, visit http://www.whitemanpark.com.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Becoming the home of Daniel's first Red Bull race car is a major coup for the Motor Museum of WA.
"It's a fantastic gesture that our own international sports star has lent his support to open the museum's new facility, which is run by a board and 65 passionate volunteers."
Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"WA is immensely proud of Daniel Ricciardo's achievements on the track and having his first F1 car at the museum in Whiteman Park is a great nod to his hometown.
"The museum houses the State's biggest collection of motoring history and the new extension, along with Ricciardo's racer are exciting additions to Whiteman Park's range of transport-related attractions."
Western Australians can get up close and personal with some of the giants of the Cretaceous period these school holidays.
The Western Australian Museum's Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition features 23 moving, life-size animatronic models of the Cretaceous period.
Opening tomorrow at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the exhibition features augmented reality experiences, a digital dinosaur track encounter, digital interactives and dedicated kids' activities.
Some of the dinosaurs featured in the exhibition include the Tyrannosaurus rex, Spinosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Amargasaurus, Styracosaurus and Protoceratops.
There will also be an Australian connection with Australovenator, a meat-eating dinosaur with large claws, found in Australia during the mid-Cretaceous period.
Other activities include a lecture series focusing on a range of subjects including meteorites, ancient DNA and various extinct animals from Western Australia, plus the Cretaceous pop-up bar which will be held on selected Friday nights throughout the exhibition.
Dinosaur Discovery will run from September 20, 2017 to January 28, 2018. For bookings and more information, visit http://museum.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"As a parent of four young children, I am especially excited about this fantastic exhibition, which opens in time for the school holidays.
"A smaller version of the exhibition was held at the Western Australian Museum in 2014 and broke all visitation records with more than 173,000 enjoying its scale, innovation and interactivity.
"I am expecting this exhibition, which is bigger and better than the last one, to attract even more people to the city, supporting the creation of direct and indirect jobs."
Don't miss them!
Donal Baylor, fiddle, Adam Gare, mandolin, Tony O'Rourke, guitar and Ian Simpson, banjo will perform a concert for you at the Manjimup Repertory Theatre, 8pm on Friday, 22nd September. For details about these fine Australian musicians visit www.manjimupbluegrass.com
Early bird tickets on sale now at iwannaticket
While you're there you can buy your Early Bird tickets for the Bush Dance on Saturday 23rd and dance the night away with Short Grass Bluegrass Band - make it a special family night out - school aged children admitted FREE.
Following last month's announcement to continue funding the $10 million a year Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today opened applications for Round 16 for the Co-funded Exploration Drilling Program.
Now in its 10th year, the highly competitive scheme encourages increased private sector resource exploration that could help find new mineral and energy discoveries.
Exploration increases knowledge of the State's geology and resources, while also helping increase employment opportunities.
Successful Round 16 applications for projects in 2018 will be refunded up to 50 per cent of direct drilling costs - with caps of $150,000 for a multi-hole project, $200,000 for a single deep hole, and $30,000 for a prospector's project.
The program has resulted in major discoveries including the Nova nickel-copper-cobalt mine east of Norseman, which was supported by EIS geophysics data and co-funded drilling.
Other success stories include the Camelwood nickel deposit, the Yeneena copper deposit, Millennium zinc and the Dusk Til Dawn gold discoveries.
Every $1 million invested in the EIS resulted in $10.3 million of exploration activity.
Applications close on Friday October 20, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:
"The EIS is vital for maintaining investment and exploration activity in the resources sector. It also supports jobs in WA, which the McGowan Government is committed to.
"Applications tend to reflect market changes, two out of the 43 successful applications from Round 15 were for lithium exploration. We're expecting Round 16 applications to be focused on a range of commodities throughout WA's greenfield regions.
"Our continued investment in the EIS helps create economic opportunities for the future."
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All Attendees will go into the draw to win a door prize. Plus if you bring a friend you receive two entries to win! RSVPs are essential on this event for our catering and preparation purposes ♥
WHERE: Manjimup Community Resource Centre
45 Rose Street.
WHEN: September 15th, at 18:00–19:30
Babies always welcome