DPIRD discuss reconciliation in the workplace
A Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development reference group will develop the organisation's inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which will set out practical actions to support and advance reconciliation.
Gascoyne Development Commission is extremely proud to be represented in the group by Executive Assistant and Aboriginal Economic Development Officer, Carleen Ryder.
The group's work comes as we celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians as part of National Reconciliation Week, which began today.
With this year’s theme being ‘Grounded in truth. Walk together with courage’, it is a time to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Pictured (L-R): Reconciliation Reference Group members Lorelle Williams, Indigenous Professional Services consultant Jahna Cedar (standing), Victoria Aitken, Carleen Ryder, Melissa Hartmann, Lisa Sherriff, Rachel Berman and Kevin May.
RED Grants to support Gascoyne projects
More than $350,000 in grant funding for the Gascoyne region was announced today through the State Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.
The projects receiving funding will drive new tourism and economic development opportunities in the region.
Whalebone Brewing Co Pty Ltd will receive $216,470 to install a larger brewing and canning system, enabling the company to increase canning efficiency and widen distribution of their product throughout the Gascoyne region.
The Exmouth-based company is set to double production and distribution of its local craft beer; the grant will also help expand the town's economy.
Dirk Hartog Island Distilleries Pty Ltd will use its grant of $145,434 for the development of the Wirruwana Hub, which will incorporate a visitor centre, bar and café and act as a gateway for visitors and tour operators on Dirk Hartog Island.
DPC media statement: RED Grants to support Gascoyne projects
RADS grant funding a boost for regional airports
The Gascoyne region's airports will benefit from over $500 000 in funding as part of the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants 2019-21 round.
Announced Thursday, 2 May, the grants will help improve infrastructure and safety at the Carnarvon, Coral Bay and Learmonth airports and the Exmouth Aerodrome.
DPC media statement: RADS grant funding a boost for 26 regional airports
Government and PCYC partner to tackle youth crime
The State Government is providing $11.3 million in funding, in the 2019-20 State Budget, to ensure the ongoing operation and sustainability of Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYC) and to expand its services across the State.
The commitment underpins Government's support for programs aimed at reducing juvenile offending and improving community safety.
As part of the commitment, the Carnarvon PCYC will undergo a major redevelopment to expand its capacity and better meet the needs of young people in that town with increased participation.
The PCYC is one of the largest multipurpose youth facilities, with a history of 78 years in WA.
In consultation with the Commissioner of Police, a new partnership agreement with the WA Police Force is being drafted where police officers will participate in youth intervention and learning and development programs.
Police officers will provide mentorship, case management and coaching to youth at risk of becoming prolific priority offenders.
DPC media statement: $11.3 million as Government and PCYC partner to tackle youth crime
Funding to reopen Gwoonwardu Mia cultural centre
The State Government's 2019-20 State Budget will deliver $2.5 million to reopen the Gwoonwardu Mia Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre in Carnarvon.
The centre opened in 2005 following a $4.7 million State Government investment, but was closed in 2015 by the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre Board due to concerns over the management of the centre and financial issues.
The State Government has been working to reopen the centre since coming to government in 2017, culminating in the resumption of direct management of the centre and renewed engagement with the local Aboriginal community.
The State Government has allocated $2.5 million to reopen the centre, working in partnership with the Gascoyne Development Commission and the local Aboriginal community to put the centre on a pathway to sustainability.
The WA Museum has been asked to manage the reopening of the centre until such time as a new governance model is agreed to.
This commitment provides an initial three years of operating funding, and will support building assessments for any necessary repairs and cataloguing of exhibits and artefacts left in the centre.
The reopened centre will be used to drive Aboriginal business development and tourism opportunities in the Gascoyne, and to celebrate the region's Aboriginal heritage.
DPC media statement: Funding to reopen Gwoonwardu Mia cultural centre
One Mile Jetty centre opened in Carnarvon
Visitors to Carnarvon can now explore the fascinating history of the iconic One Mile Jetty at the Carnarvon Heritage Precinct's One Mile Jetty Interpretive Centre.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan officially opened the centre today, alongside project partners and members of the community.
Constructed from 1897, the One Mile Jetty has been integral to the cultural identity of Carnarvon and played a significant role in the economic development of the Gascoyne region.
The centre focuses on its history and houses many priceless museum artefacts and photographs of Carnarvon from the beginning of the 20th century.
The centre also features exhibitions of the battle between the HMAS Sydney II and the HSK Kormoran in 1941, including a display of one of the Kormoran's lifeboats, along with stories about local industries, floods and cyclones and Carnarvon's brief whaling history in the 1950s.
The project was made possible through a $2.78 million State Government investment, including $360,000 for the final exhibition space fit-out.
Funding for the project, totalling $3.94 million, was also provided by the Shire of Carnarvon, Lotterywest and Commonwealth Government.
DPC media statement: One Mile Jetty centre opened in Carnarvon
Commemorative sculpture acknowledges Lock Hospitals’ history
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt today officially unveiled the Lock Hospitals memorial 'Don't Look at the Islands' sculpture at Carnarvon's Heritage Precinct.
The Lock Hospitals operated from 1908 to 1919 and were an example of medical incarceration where Aboriginal prisoner patients, supposedly with venereal disease, were forcibly removed from country and transported to the islands to be treated.
It is estimated that more than 200 people died on the islands, with their remains left in unmarked areas.
The bronze sculpture - titled 'Don't Look at the Islands' - is installed adjacent to the One Mile Jetty, the same point from which Aboriginal detainees were removed from their mainland home and transported to Bernier and Dorre islands, many never to return.
The McGowan Government contributed $140,000 to the sculpture, with the Shire of Carnarvon providing a further $25,000.
Lotterywest has also contributed $90,350 towards the Lock Hospital memorial project.
Public comment sought on draft joint management plan for Ningaloo Coast
Public comment is being sought on the draft joint management plan for the proposed conservation and recreation reserves along the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast.
The Nyinggulu (Ningaloo) coastal reserves draft joint management plan 2019 covers 70 400 hectares of coast, including the terrestrial portion of Ningaloo Marine Park and adjacent unallocated Crown land from Red Bluff to Winderabandi.
The creation of the proposed reserves will enable conservation of the significant natural and cultural values along the coast, and importantly provide ongoing access and recreational opportunities for all Western Australians and other visitors.
The area will be jointly managed by the Gnulli native title claimants and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, with an Indigenous Land Use Agreement expected to be finalised this year.
The draft management plan is available on the department's website and is open for comment until 14 May 2019.
Fairer pest rate targets Carnarvon fruit fly
The Western Australian Government has introduced a revised declared pest rate for Carnarvon growers to help rid the region of the destructive horticultural pest, the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly).
The revised rate follows extensive consultation to deliver a fairer system for Carnarvon growers, and will fund continued area-wide baiting as part of a broader pilot program to eradicate Medfly from the region.
A rate will now apply to all properties engaged in commercial horticultural activities based on the size of each property rather than the value of the property.
It will apply to some commercial horticultural properties that were not previously rated. This will broaden the base and see rates reduced for most growers.
The State Government will co-fund the eradication effort and, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will produce and release sterile Medflies at no charge this financial year.
The Western Australian Government is investing more than $4 million into four Medfly projects, including $3.6 million into Carnarvon medfly eradication. The project has been successful in reducing fly numbers from more than seven flies per trap, per day at the start of the project to 0.5 flies per trap, per day in January 2019.
More information about this program is available from the department's website.