A Warm Welcome!
After a short Winter break, Parliament has recommended and the State government has announced many achievements and initiatives across all government portfolios.
Key initiatives include:
- The announcement that the new Childrens Hospital will be named Perth Childrens Hospital and capacity will be increased by a further 24 more beds, taking the total to 298 beds.
- Introducing a plan to reduce the number of metropolitan councils from 30 to 14 by June 2015
- The completion of the sinking of the Fremantle rail line – on time and on budget – as a major milestone in the Perth City Link project. Trains are now running through the tunnel
- Extending free off-peak travel on public transport to carers
- Opening the new $93million Perth Police Complex in Northbridge
- A new $22.4million teacher training program as part of preparations for the move of year 7s to secondary schools in 2015
- Implementing two-monthly billing for water to make it easier for customers to manage payments by spreading annual costs over six bills
- Agreeing for Western Australia to join the NDIS, with three launch sites, two run along the lines of ‘My Way’, one based on the Commonwealth model
- Reforming residential design codes to provide more housing flexibility, including granny flats
- New tenancy laws to make it fairer for renters by limiting option fees and the amount of rent paid in advance
- Signing a new $41.5million five-year funding agreement with Scitech.
For the full list released by the Premier click here
Furthermore the government has announced changes to the way in which we fund education, despite what many have said education funding is not being cut. This year alone the government will provide an additional $300 million in education funding as outlined in the graphic below.
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Locally, I have been researching and reviewing the legislation planned for this session of Parliament. In particular, I have been reviewing the Dog Amendment Bill which will introduce mandatory micro-chipping for all dogs, stricter controls on dangerous dogs and stronger provisions to deal with barking dogs.
About 63% of all households keep pets, and in Southern River, I expect that we exceed those averages, having two large areas designated as Kennel Zones, one in Canning Vale and the other in Southern River. We also have the base for Dogs West, just around the corner from my office, with its excellent show facilities. So issues relating to dog ownership are naturally important to the people in my electorate.
Dog-related complaints make up a significant part of local government work. In the City of Canning they document over 2000 dog-related complaints every year. These amendments will make it easier for councils to deal with dangerous dogs, and also go on to define nuisance dog barking complaints, as well as giving council rangers the ability to issue infringement notices and enforcement measures.
With pet ownership being such an integral part of Australian culture I believe that this legislation will promote socially responsible pet ownership.