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…

Innovation Fund Boosts Regional Job Opportunities

The WA Government will boost jobs across the state’s regions, through a new fund to encourage innovation throughout country areas. $4.5 million will be devoted to supercharge innovation, diversification under the New Industries Fund, driving job creation at a local level. “Innovation is critical to building the capability and economic sustainability of our regional communities,”…

Tensions Between Federal And State Government Over Shark Figures

Tensions have flared again between Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, and the State’s fisheries Minister, Dave Kelly, disagreeing over the latest shark figures. A CSIRO report has recorded the populations of great white sharks on Australia’s East and West Coasts. The report detailed there are approximately 1460 sharks off WA’s coast, with no increase in…

Aerial Survey to Develop Knowledge of Water Resources For Peel Project

The State Government will build a knowledge of groundwater systems to develop potential water resources for its Transform Peel project through an aerial geophysical survey. An airborne electromagnetic survey will begin on Wednesday to assess the quality of the groundwater and model potential impacts of future groundwater abstraction on users and water dependent ecosystems. “This…

New Bag Sharing Rules Simplified for Fishers in Common Sense Approach

New fishing regulations will allow bag limit sharing in an effort to simplify rules for recreational fishers. The State Government has approved drafting of regulations enabling fishers to pool their catches, in what they call a “common-sense” approach. “It just makes sense for recreational fishers sharing a day out on a boat to share their…

WA Cleans Up Homeless With Waterwise Hybrid Shower and Laundry Van

The McGowan Government has emphasised the value of water to people living on WA’s streets, bringing a free laundry and shower service to the homeless. LotteryWest and the Water Corporation have joined together to support charity Orange Sky to develop a “sustainable and waterwise” combined shower and laundry van, providing showers and clean clothes that…