The state government has made several announcements recently related to projects in the South West, including a $4.4 million investment into tourism initiatives in Collie. Funding will go towards town upgrades, wayfinding, and tourist amenity, as well as business development and new visitor infrastructure at Wellington Dam, which is set become the centrepiece of the $1.5 million Collie Mural Trail.
The Collie Mural Trail will feature a number of smaller murals throughout the Collie township, with work currently underway to finalise the location of murals and appointment of local artists. The lead artist for the Wellington Dam mural has been announced as Australian artist Guido Van Helton.
Other visitor attractions in the region, Lake Kepwari’s recreation hub and the Arklow mountain bike trails, are also due to open this year. Media statements:
Shortlists for the 2019 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards have been announced. The Awards are intended to support, develop and recognise excellence in writing, and the $60,000 Western Australian Writer's Fellowship is one of the most valuable awards in Australian arts. The winners of the 2019 Premier's Book Awards will be announced in August 2020 at the State Library of Western Australia. During the event, a new inductee will be welcomed into the WA Writers Hall of Fame. The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and Young Adult Fiction is open to Indigenous writers from across Australia.
For information about the awards, go to the State Library of Western Australia's website at http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au
Tourism WA will extend the deadline for applications for the Tourism Business Survival Grant to 4pm Monday July 13, 2020.
Applicants who have already submitted an application can re-open, review, amend and re-submit their application if they would like to.
Full details on the Tourism Business Survival Grant, including the Grant Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on Tourism WA’s corporate website.
In a first for Australia, which has never hosted a senior FIFA tournament, the 2023 women's edition of the FIFA World Cup will bring the world’s best players to our shores.
While the final match schedule is still to be determined, the Australia-New Zealand bid proposed the use of 13 stadiums across 12 cities - with Perth's rectangular stadium set to host a number of matches. The recently announced $32.5 million State Football Centre will be completed in time for the tournament, providing world-class facilities for the world's best players.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the media exposure of a World Cup was “invaluable”, with last year’s tournament in France having broadcasted to an estimated one billion people.
“Securing a global spectacle of this kind demonstrates Perth and Western Australia’s ongoing development as vibrant, desirable travel destinations. The benefits from hosting the tournament will flow through to our tourism and hospitality industries and the wider economy, helping to create jobs.” Mr Papalia said. Media statement.
David Peetz, Professor of Employment Relations at Griffith University writes in "The Conversation" about the difficulty of predicting labour market demand trends in a time of unprecedented economic and technological change and by extension, the imperfect policy funding models introduced by government as levers to influence enrolments.
Important considerations at a time when many in the Australian workforce will be looking to re- skill and when much of the research supports broad transferrable knowledge and skills that are essential to productivity and long term employment.
The federal Government have announced $250m will be directed into programs to support Australia's entertainment, arts and screen sectors rebuild in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A range of new grant and loan programs will roll out over the next 12 months to different parts of the arts sector to support the $112 billion creative economy and the more than 600,000 Australians it employs. Also announced was a Creative Economy Task Force, with members to be announced in coming weeks.
The support package includes:
Read the full statement here.
Australian-first hiking strategy to sustain boom in bushwalking and trail running
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray has released a 10-year WA Hiking Strategy to ensure Western Australians continue to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and sustainable way.
The strategy is the first of its kind in the country and complements other trail strategies developed over the past 25 years in WA that focus on areas such as mountain biking and horse trails.
It will focus on traditional bushwalking and the emerging growth area of trail running, and will guide industry in the funding and development of hiking and trails for the next decade.
The State Government has allocated $250,000 over the next three years to encourage participation.
The strategy was developed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), along with significant community input.
As part of the WA Hiking Strategy, a Hiking Implementation Reference Group has been formed to prioritise initiatives and guide its implementation. Read more
Download: WA Hiking Strategy: Bushwalking and trail running in Western Australia 2020 - 2030
The importance of setting business scenarios, tackling joint ventures and how to raise revenue post COVID-19 were among the topics covered when four of Australia’s leading printers spoke at the ‘We Survived – Where to Now?’ Rebuild Together webinar.
The webinar was the last in a series organised by The Real Media Collective which have covered a broad range of topics from industrial relations, marketing, superannuation, cash flow management and mental wellness.
The Lamson Group chief executive officer Rodney Frost, Complete Colour managing director Tim Michaelides, Platypus Print Packaging general manager Aaron Lusch and Advance Press managing director Ian Smith were hosted yesterday by TRMC CEO Kellie Northwood in the hour long discussion. Read more
The federal Government, via the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, is seeking community and industry feedback on options to support Australian stories on our screens in a modern, multi-platform environment. They want to hear from anyone who has an interest in the media and screen sector to get their views on the ‘Supporting Australian Stories on Our Screens’ options paper. Submissions are due by COB on Friday 3 July 2020.
Read the ministerial statement here
Learn more and download the options paper here
The WA Government has launched a new regional innovation fund, GroundSwell, intended to assist small regional businesses accelerate their growth, create jobs, become more globally competitive and ride out the effects of COVID-19. Expressions of interest are now open for 'experienced organisations that deliver programs to assist regional businesses realise performance improvements and adopt technology for enhanced penetration into external markets'. The GroundSwell program will provide grants of up to $200,000 to deliver targeted entrepreneurship and technology training and support programs in regional Western Australia. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from organisations that run programs under each of the following two themes: