WA Work Site Safety Boosted With New WorkSafe Inspector Positions

WA work sites will be made safer with the State Government creating new WorkSafe inspector roles. Six positions will be created, increasing the number of inspectors from 93 to 99, with the McGowan Government claiming the addition is an improvement on the previous Barnett government’s efforts. The inspectors will assist with improving the timeliness of…

Energy Microgrid Delivers Improved Energy System to Onslow

A mixture of traditional energy sources, solar panels and battery storage will fuel an energy microgrid to power a town in WA’s north. The Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot, representing Stage Two its microgrid project, providing locals with low-cost solar and battery storage systems in the town. The State Government launched the pilot on Thursday in…

McGowan Government Reveals Changes to Cabinet

The State Government has announced minor changes to its Cabinet in an effort to continue government stability. Premier Mark McGowan revealed the portfolio adjustments on Thursday that will strengthen the focus of Government’s agenda, balance workloads for Ministers, highlight the importance of the budget and Metronet. The changes include Treasurer Ben Wyatt passing the Energy…

Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project officially opened

WA’s latest lithium project has started, with Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston, officially opening the Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project. Stage one of the project will see two million tonnes per annum mined and processed. The Perth based company made a final investment decision to expand the project to include stage two, increasing mining…

Portable Pool Safety Urged as Campaign Pushes to Prevent Toddler Deaths

The State Government has urged Western Australians to be wary about child safety around portable pools, following a campaign to guard against portable pool drownings and deaths over summer. The McGowan Government and Royal Life Saving Society are warning consumers about the dangers of portable pools through The Don’t Duck it Out, Make it SAFE…

WA’s Unemployment Rate Falls in October Amidst Steady National Rate

Western Australia’s unemployment has reached its lowest level for the year, following a growth in jobs. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 per cent for the month of October from 6 per cent in September. October’s unemployment rate is the lowest level it has been since September…

Showbags Get Tick of Approval For Royal Show

Children will be able to experience a range of showbags at this year’s Royal Show, after receiving the tick of approval ahead of the yearly show. More than 260 showbags will be on sale after being approved by Consumer Protection, ensuring the bags met Australian product safety regulations. Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston…

Mental Health Protection Enhanced Through New FIFO Code of Practice

The State Government is further protecting the mental health of fly-in, fly-out workers, with the release of an updated draft of practice for public comment. A second draft has been made available following an initial public consultation period earlier this year providing guidance on mental health safety. “While this code of practice targets FIFO workers…

Job Permanency On the Cards for Public Sector Employees

Permanent jobs will soon be available for contract public sector staff, boosting their job security. Up to 13,000 casual and fixed-term staff will be eligible for permanency, to create “continuity of work” for employees. “Fixed term employees often face uncertainty, which makes it difficult to plan for the future,” Premier Mark McGowan said. “Workers will…

Kwinana Lithium Refinery construction to create local job opportunities

The McGowan Government announced today that plans to build a new lithium refinery in Kwinana will go ahead. The joint venture between Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and Kidman Resources, will see the refinery producing approximately 40,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate and/or lithium hydroxide each year. Minerals will be processed at the proposed mine…