Surf Life Saving WA Patrols and Shark Mitigation Commitments

With the first day of Spring commencing tomorrow, West Australian’s will soon be flocking to the beaches making good use of our beautiful weather. Surf Life Saving WA will begin beach patrols again, with assistance from the state funded Westpac Rescue Helicopter, keeping an eye out for sharks, rips and other dangerous ocean risks. “I…

Beach Emergency Number signs revealed for Perth beaches

In deliverance of a McGowan Government election commitment, the City of Kwinana was proud to reveal one of nine Beach Emergency Number (BEN) signs today at Wells Park.Being the first of more than 1,000 BEN signs, it’s anticipated to strengthen emergency responses should a serious incident occur.Each sign features a unique code, pinpointing that particular…

WA Promotes Boost For Space Agency Location

The State Government will pitch WA as the base for the Australian Space Agency, as the McGowan Government ramps up calls for the agency to be based in Perth. Science, Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly will meet with head of the Australian Space Agency Dr Megan Clark on Thursday to bolster WA’s position as…

New Rescue Tool To Save Whale Disentanglements

WA Government scientists have teamed up with marine wildlife specialists to produce an advanced whale rescue tool that monitors the real-time location of entangled whales. This innovation makes way for the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservations and Attractions to observe the whale from a distance prior to seeking to free…

Start of Winter Prompts Sprinkler Switch-Off to Save Water, Money

The State Government is reminding Western Australians to conserve water use in gardens as winter begins tomorrow. Households, businesses and councils across Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern regions will need to switch off garden sprinklers as part of its Winter Sprinkler Switch-off to save homeowners water and money. “We have five…

Shark Mitigation Device Added to Deterrent Subsidy

The State Government has included a new surfer specific device has been included to its shark deterrent subsidy. It has included the Surf+ device formerly known as Sharkshield in the subsidy program following the release of a New South Wales report into the effectiveness of personal shark deterrent devices. “This weekend, we expect to see…

New WA Cyber Research Centre To Boost Online Security

Australia will boost its national capability in cyber security research, develop and commercialisation with a new cyber security centre in Western Australia. The $140 million Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre based at Edith Cowan University (ECU) will build Australia’s cyber security abilities and develop solutions to ensure the safety of Australians and businesses. “We want…

Driverless Automation to be Offered in WA Schools, TAFE

WA schools and TAFE will offer automation qualifications in an Australia first to prepare students for future jobs in the industry. The State Government will collaborate with mining company Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to provide Certificate II and Certificate IV courses which will develop skills in operating driverless technology including autonomous trains and…

New Cyber Node Demonstrates WA’s Cyber Security Strength

WA’s local cyber security industry is set to demonstrate its strength through the establishment of a Western Australian Node of the federally funded AustCyber organisation at the Joondalup Innovation Hub. The WA Node will focus on cybercrime, big data and infrastructure, drawing on current existing cybersecurity strengths at Edith Cowan University. “It’s great to see…

WA Government Claims Opposition “Fearmongering” on Shark Deterrents

The State Government has hit back at opposition claims that shark deterrents qualifying for government rebates have not been adequately tested are “grossly inaccurate”. Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds is “putting lives at risk” by spreading misinformation about the government’s shark-deterrent rebate. “Senator Reynolds needs to put an end to…