A golfing prodigy with a copybook swing and a champion footballer shared the honours for the 2019 West Australian RAC Sports Star Award presented before a crowd of 530 people at Optus Stadium on 13 February.
Golfing sensation Hannah Green, 23, and Fremantle Dockers captain Nathan Fyfe, 28, were announced joint winners of one of WA’s most sought-after sporting trophies which dates back to 1956. It was the second award for Fyfe after he claimed the title in 2015, following his first Brownlow Medal victory, while Green grabbed her share of the top award with an epic victory in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Green, who won last year’s Greg Norman Medal, joined exalted company in Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson as the only Australians to have won a major on the tough LPGA Tour.
In other news at the RAC SportWest Awards, rower Hamish Henriques was crowned the Hyundai Junior Sport Star winner after he teamed with Victorian Harrison Fox to triumph in the under-19 double scull at the World Rowing Junior Championships.
Australian cricket coach Justin Langer beat stiff opposition in Ritchie Smith – Green’s coach – and Trevor Gleeson to be named the KPMG Coach of the Year after the Aussies brought home the Ashes from England for the first time since 2001 while the Perth Wildcats were named team of the year. See the full list of results for the West Australian RAC Sports Star Awards for 2019.
The Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) has begun collating a wide range of feedback from members of the public and stakeholder groups commenting on the draft Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan. The feedback will be reviewed by the Project Management Executive Group and key land managers.
The Master Plan, developed by GSCORE in partnership with local and state government stakeholders in the Great Southern region, maps out safe and sustainable development of the region’s recreational trails over the next 10 years. The plan is designed to guide decisions about investment in, and management of, trails and provides a vision for a diverse range of trail experiences showcasing our unique landscapes, biodiversity, geology, Aboriginal culture and settler heritage.
For more information, visit the project page.
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee National Industry Insights Report presents skills, training, employment and labour market data, listed by industry.
New content is being added to the Industry Directory over the coming months, with several industry clusters updated already.
A variety of industries will also be covered in more depth each fortnight in NCVER News or users can go straight to the relevant web pages to see what's new:
The Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government, Professor Brendan Murphy, has provided updated medical advice for hotel and tourism operators on the requirements for self-isolation.
Updated factsheets are also available for hotel management and staff and hotel guests in simplified Chinese and English .
In a media statement released by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is injecting $2.85 million of new money to support the local tourism industry in the wake of the devastating east coast bushfires and potential impacts on travel plans following the coronavirus outbreak.
The funding is planned to focus on attracting interstate visitors to Western Australia in the coming months through co-operative marketing deals and partnerships with airlines, travel agents, hotels and other trade partners.
Tourism WA will collaborate with the State's Regional Tourism Organisations to encourage locals to holiday at home. The agency will also work with the Perth Convention Bureau to attract last minute business events and conferences to Perth. Tourism WA will also work with automobile clubs to entice members to take a caravanning or camping trip in WA.
McGowan Government media statement
The latest regional community-driven projects to receive funding in round two of the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program were announced in January.
Funded projects include accommodation, food processing businesses, and distillery and function venue in the Great Southern; a microbrewery and restaurant, fisher memorial and art installation, tourist shuttle bus, and night laser show at Geraldton’s Wind on Water Festival in the Mid-West; two brewery projects, branding and marketing, and trails infrastructure in the South West; and food processing businesses, and the Leonora Golden Gift 2020 event in Goldfields-Esperance.
Grants for businesses in the Gascoyne, Pilbara and Peel were announced late 2019.
McGowan Government Media statements:
Cruise Geraldton’s Meet & Greet Volunteers were presented the Active Citizenship Award at Geraldton’s Australia Day Community Citizen of the Year Awards.
This volunteer group has been running for 15 years, since the first cruise ship arrived in Geraldton in 2005.
According to Mid-West Port Authority CEO Rochelle MacDonald; “The Cruise Geraldton Meet & Greet volunteers play an integral role in the passenger experience, which in turn determines a cruise ships rating of the destination. If we don’t get it right, these ships won’t return to Geraldton, and with the economic benefit that is derived from cruise.”
From an article in Cruise Weekly’s 20 January 2020 issue.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released a new Guide to Western Australian school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. The Guide was developed collaboratively with stakeholders and provides detailed information on SBATs. It was developed to help provide support to schools, registered training organisations, employers, students, parents and other stakeholders operating in Western Australia’s apprenticeship and traineeship system.
The Guide provides information on the important aspects involved in an SBAT arrangement including:
View and download the Guide
The Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club Dive and Snorkel Trail has opened in the Marmion Marine Park, offshore in Perth’s north.
The 400-metre interactive trail incorporates 20 underwater plinths with illustrations by Kellee Merritt that feature a range of sea creatures likely to be encountered in the marine park.
Accompanying the trail is a mural painted on the outside of the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club (MAAC) by local artist Brenton See, featuring land-based information and safety signage. The MAAC Dive and Snorkel Trail is a collaboration between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club.
McGowan Government media statement
PwC Skills for Australia will be visiting Perth from 4-5th February 2020, and Bunbury on 6th February, for stakeholder consultations relating to a review of the Technical Live Production, and Visual Arts, Craft and Design suite of qualifications from the CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. Broad attendance at these rare consultations is encouraged, in support of good representation of Western Australian sector needs in the development of these qualifications.
Complete a brief survey and register to attend here:
Visual Arts, Craft and Design
Technical Live Production