I'm asking for your help in the fight for the Peel Health Campus.
It's been more than 130 days since the Mandurah community rallied outside the Peel Health Campus, calling on the State Government to improve our overworked hospital.
Since then, the WA Labor Government has done nothing.
We still have unacceptable emergency waiting times, insufficient services, and pensioners without ready access to important treatments.
So Zak Kirkup and I are holding the State Government to account.
We've made signs for you to display in your front yard, calling for improvements to the Peel Health Campus. Each sign holder will also get a set numbers, to stick on their sign every ten days the State Government fails to deliver.
Together we are going to keep count on the wait for a better hospital, and send a clear message to the WA Labor Government that Mandurah demands action.
If you can put a sign in your front yard, please visit my office at 2/61 Sutton St, Mandurah and pick one up. You will also get a set of stickers, and a wooden stake, if necessary. We can even provide an assistant if you need help putting it up!
The State Government needs to understand that we demand action. It’s been more than 130 days, but the people of Mandurah haven’t forgotten. I hope you can join me in this fight.
Since its opening in 1997, the Peel Health Campus has remained largely unchanged.
But over the past 20 years, our region has more than doubled.
Like many in our region, I'm concerned about PHC's diminishing capacity to cater for a growing and ageing population.
The staff at PHC are fantastic (they tended to my own father over Christmas), but the facilities need to be upgraded.
Recently the federal government invested an extra $190 million into the WA Hospitals. But health funding is distributed according to the State Government's priorities. The McGowan government didn't consider the Peel region a priority.
Alongside Zak Kirkup MLA, I'm calling on the McGowan Labor Government to stop ignoring us, and to invest in Mandurah. We need:
- An expanded ED
- A long-term plan for health services
- A dedicated ED waiting room for children
- An expanded carpark
Sign if you agree that the Peel region needs a better hospital!
We’re holding the State Government to account. You can join the fight for the Peel Health Campus by displaying a sign in your front yard that calls for action and counts the days since the Peel Health Rally.
Drop in to 2/61 Sutton Street, Mandurah and pick one up today.
Jobs are on the rise in the City of Mandurah, with a report released today by the Department of Employment showing a sharp decrease in unemployment from 11.6% to 6.8%.
The good news is shared by the Shire of Murray which has experienced a similar drop from 10.7% to 6.5%.
The data, released in the Department of Employment’s, Small Area Labor Markets – September Quarter 2017, reveals that Mandurah recorded the largest decrease in the country, with the unemployment rate falling by 9.6% in Mandurah, 7.5% in Greenfields, and 6.1% in Mandurah South.
The Member for Canning Andrew Hastie welcomed the news, praising the resilience of the Peel region.
“A lot of people have been doing it tough -and we’re certainly not out of the woods yet- but this is very good news for the Peel region.”
“The government has been working hard to ensure there is sufficient support for people looking for work, while at the same time doing everything we can to stimulate growth.”
Minister for Employment Senator Michaela Cash welcomed the news, noting that it reflected strong national jobs growth.
“The economy has now created 14 consecutive months of jobs growth. This is actually the longest consecutive run of jobs growth since 1994.”
“Of the 383,300 jobs that have been created in the past 12 months, and more than 80% of these are fulltime jobs.”
Mr Hastie cited a number of policies and projects introduced by the federal government to support unemployment and job growth in the Peel region.
“We’ve introduced the Mandurah Employment Facilitator and the Stronger Transitions package to support people struggling to find work.
“We’ve backed local job creating projects like the Dwellingup National Trails Centre and Quambie Park aged care expansion in Waroona.
“And we’ve stimulated local small business with the lowest tax rate in 50 years, by removing red tape and by extending the instant asset write off.”
Mandurah-based developers have been given a boost to go global, thanks to a $519,245 innovation grant from the federal government.
Segnut Pty Ltd has developed a faster, safer fastening system with significant potential for the global industrial market. The nut design consists of an inner section with three segments, held captive by an outer sleeve. When the outer sleeve is turned in the tightening direction, the Segnut releases from the bolt and falls away.
“An innovative product like this is further evidence of the good things coming out of the Peel region,” Mr Hastie said.
“Segnut’s design is significantly safer for workers doing heavy industrial maintenance as it eliminates the need for oxy-cutting and other dangerous equipment. The increased efficiency it offers to maintenance will also mean significant savings for business.”
Segnut is one of eleven businesses to be offered $5 million in commercialisation grants announced by Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy under the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme.
“These grants will help the recipients to conduct commercialisation activities, proving the viability of their products, processes or services and preparing them for domestic and international markets,” Mr Laundy said.
“The businesses will also back themselves by matching the grant funding dollar-for-dollar, and the programme’s experienced Commercialisation Advisers will help them navigate this often challenging stage of product development.”
“Accelerating Commercialisation grants have already supported hundreds of projects across a wide range of industry sectors, and with Australian Government support, many are already achieving success in global markets.”
To date, the Entrepreneurs’ Programme has provided 264 businesses with commercialisation grants totalling $133.6 million.
Andrew Hastie MP has announced that retrenched workers in Mandurah will be eligible for assistance from the $10.3 million Stronger Transitions Package.
Mr Hastie said that Mandurah had been identified as one of five key regional areas Australia-wide that could access the package, which will focus on preparing workers in transitioning industries for jobs beyond their current employment.
“If workers do face retrenchment, the government will ensure there is support ready for them. That includes training and skills transitioning services, intensive jobactive support, relocation options and access to small business opportunities.” Mr Hastie said.
Mr Hastie said that support would begin prior to a worker’s retrenchment date and continue for months afterwards to ensure their transition is as smooth as possible.
“Work confers dignity and gives purpose. This package is about saying to workers in Mandurah: the federal government has your back. We support you.”
Minister Michaela Cash, Minister for Employment said that from 1 July 2018, retrenched workers will receive targeted support to help them move into their next job.
“The Australian Government is offering additional support because evidence from the automotive industry shows that helping people before they are retrenched better prepares them to move to their next job, including the jobs of the future,” Minister Cash said.
“Stronger Transitions will help workers back into employment, with elements of the support package based on the highly successful automotive industry Growth Fund model where government and business worked together to connect workers with new opportunities.”
In addition to Mandurah, support will be made available in Adelaide, North Queensland, North/North-West Tasmania and Melbourne North/West.Read more
Today’s opening of the Mandurah Trades Skills Centre at Coodanup Community College is a step toward growing employment opportunities in the Peel region.
Under the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program, the federal government has contributed $3,285,000 to help transition local students from school into the workforce and on to careers.
Member for Canning Andrew Hastie welcomed the Training Centre, speaking of Mandurah’s need to equip students with high quality vocational skills.
“It is great to be here and to see the federal government’s vision for vocational training become a reality in Coodanup,” Mr Hastie said.
“We’re going through a time of technological change. That means much of our economy will be digitalised and service based, but we still need to train our youth for the nuts and bolts practical jobs that won’t disappear.
“The Centre will equip students with the real world skills they need to get a job in our transitioning economy,” said the Member for Canning.
Mr Hastie welcomed the Centre’s inclusion of painting and construction workshops.
“There are communities right across Australia that are facing skill shortages in trades like painting, plumbing and carpentry.
“So the skills that students will develop at the Mandurah Trades Skills Centre will not only benefit Coodanup, they will be skills that could potentially put them on a pathway for jobs in industries anywhere in Australia.
“I congratulate the entire school community for its foresight in getting this centre up and running,” he said.Read more
The people of Canning achieved a big win on Thursday, with the Minister for Health Greg Hunt annoucing that a headspace facility will be established in Mandurah.
The announcement comes after an extended campaign by local youth health service providers and federal MP Andrew Hastie.
Andrew Hastie said young people in Canning faced many challenges and this new service would provide a significant boost of support.
“The establishment of a headspace in Mandurah is a victory for the people of Canning,” Mr Hastie said.
“Eleanor Britton and the team at GP Down South have collected over 3000 signatures in support of a headspace in Mandurah. It’s thanks to this groundswell of community support that our efforts have been successful."
“The challenges we face in youth mental health are significant, but the inclusion of a headspace within the Peel Youth Medial Service (PYMS) Health Hub will be an important part of the solution.
“Early intervention is absolutely critical to helping young people with mental health issues. The Mandurah headspace will deliver front-line services and coordinate the right interventions for at risk young people.
“Today’s announcement shows the federal government is listening and responding to the difficulties faced in the Peel region. I thank Minister for Health Greg Hunt for being so receptive to our calls for help."
The Minister was in Mandurah yesterday to make the announcement, saying Mandurah was the third location in Australia to receive one of ten new headspaceyouth mental health services.
“I am committed to ensuring that Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it,” Minister Hunt said.
“In particular I want to thank Andrew Hastie for his unwavering determination in building the case for the Mandurah headspace.”
The Turnbull Government is investing an extra $28.9 million for ten new headspaceservices, in regional and rural communities, bringing the total number of centres to 110 by 2019.
headspace offers early intervention for 12 to 25 year olds in four key areas – mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.
Mandurah headspace will now begin a planning phase with services expected to be available within 12 months.