Thursday, 1st September 2016
- Pindan Pty Ltd to begin redevelopment of Warren Health Services in mid-September
- Two-year construction program to support about 370 jobs
- Made possible by the Liberal National Government’s Royalties of Regions program
The Liberal National Government today announced the contract for the $39.3 million redevelopment of the Warren Health Service had been awarded to Pindan Pty Ltd.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the upgrades to the Warren Health Service in Manjimup would include a state-of-the-art emergency development, ambulance facilities, inpatient ward, surgical services, operating theatre, birthing suite, medical imaging, pathology department, primary health care and other support services.
“Construction is due to start in September and will support about 370 jobs over the course of the build, which will take around two years to complete,: Mr Redman said.
Health Minister John Day said the Warren redevelopment was part of the State Government’s Southern Inland Health Initiative’s (SIHI) program to improve hospital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions.
“Six integrated district health service hospitals will be redeveloped as part of the SIHI stream 2 capital works program,” Mr Day said.
“The community will start to have access to quality healthcare during construction, with the existing Warren Health Service remaining operational.”
The capital works program is one component of the $500 million SIHI program, made possible by the Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
Mr Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would provide significant improvement to primary health care services through the redevelopment of district hospitals in southern Western Australia.
“Quality health infrastructure and services are fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional WA,” he said,
- SIHI is improving access to medical and emergency coverage, providing new and improved modern health facilities and new models of health care delivery
- For more information, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland
Regional Development Minister’s Office – 6552 6700 Health Minister’s Office – 6552 6200 Inga Butefisch Acting Communications Coordinator Southern Inland Health Initiative / WA Country Health Service Department of Health
A renewable energy project expected to create hundreds of jobs and attract millions of dollars in investment has been boosted by the retention of an environmental incentive scheme, developers say.
Despite last month’s lowering of Australia’s renewable energy target, Westgen – developers of a $200 million biomass plant south of Manjimup – will soon enter a tender process with Synergy to secure a contract to supply renewable energy to the electricity retailer.
Westgen director Richard Harris last Wednesday told the Manjimup Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the industry had been shrouded in uncertainty as it awaited the outcome of the Federal Government’s review of its renewable energy target figure.” We weren’t even sure if the RET was going to stay in place but all the uncertainty finally came to an end in June,” Mr Harris said.” While the target is lower than the initial 41,000 gigawatts, we welcome the announcement and we can now move forward with the project.” The RET, re-set at 33,000 gigawatt hours, operates in two parts.
A large-scale renewable energy target focuses on electricity retailers, while a small-scale renewable energy scheme focuses on personal generation for households and small businesses.
A Synergy spokesman said an expression of interest process would soon begin for the procurement of large-scale renewable energy certificates.
But Biomass Action Group spokesman Neil Bartholomaeus believes there is “low to no prospect” of the biomass plant securing a supply contract with Synergy.” Minister for Energy Mike Nahan told State Parliament in May this year that WA would support the renewable energy target via small-scale roof-top solar power generation and water heating – not by new large-scale projects, because WA has between 15 per cent to 20 per cent excess capacity in generating facilities and adding to that would increase costs to consumers,” Mr Bartholomaeus said.
Mr Bartholomaeus said Synergy was “under no pressure” to purchase large-scale energy certificates from Westgen following a merger with Verve Energy last year.
But Manjimup shire president Wade DeCampo, an advocate of the biomass project, said it was closer than ever and he was confident Synergy would “come to the party”.
Mr Harris said Westgen was also optimistic and, pending the outcome of the contract processes, would soon look to secure funding – some of which could come from the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which had expressed interest in the project.
A proposal to mine bauxite in the Manjimup area will not go ahead following a decision by the mining warden last week.
An application to explore for bauxite was submitted by Prima Resources last year, with the aim of constructing and operating a bauxite mine and metal processing facility by 2016.
On July 10, the application was rejected, spurred by formal objections from farmers Neil Bartholomaeus and Julian Sharp.
The men claimed the proposed mine was inappropriate for land zoned Priority Agriculture and said mining would damage the region’s “clean and green image”.” This is a big win for agriculture in the ‘food bowl of the South West’,” Mr Bartholomaeus said.
Prima Resources chief executive officer Michael Shenton said prior to the application, the company consulted farmers and landholders who stated their support for the project.” Our intent was for mining to only have taken place on land owned by those farmers who wished to be involved in the project to receive a financial benefit from the bauxite on their land,” he said.
Despite the decision, Mr Shenton said the company was keen to continue engaging with local industry to build a “clean and green” future for the resources industry while creating employment opportunities.
The project was expected to employ as many as 600 people during construction and 200 in a direct, ongoing capacity.
Manjimup shire president Wade DeCampo said the decision was “disappointing” but did not mark the end of mining prospects in the region.” There are areas of our shire where we could have co-existence between mining and agriculture, among other things,” he said.” But it’s difficult to measure expectations of what a bauxite mine might or might not do to our area’s clean and green image.”
Good afternoon all,
Thank you so much for your support of our project, it is becoming evident that this service is assisting the Southern Forests Region, which I find very rewarding.
Click play to hear my radio interview from yesterday with Chayce Creedy; Rural in Focus RADIO WEST. The Manjimup Community Resource Centre, is very grateful for our recent sponsorship arrangement.
Thanks RADIO WEST for getting our message on air!
Good afternoon all,
The launch of the site has been an excellent learning curve for us at the Manjimup Community Resource Centre!
Currently we have many job seekers with profiles that are not complete or do not have a resume attached, to overcome this problem Sumit Dutta, our wonderful website designer will be making some changes very soon:
- Information bubbles that will indicate important areas to complete
- Changing some input areas to “COMPULSORY” so that our users register successfully
- Sumit, my staff and I are also creating an easy to understand “USER MANUAL VIDEO” to upload that will be available very soon
- We are also creating user guide fact sheets that you will be able to download as a PDF file or view online.
The other addiditon yopu will soon see is…..
- We are adding a “Backpacker Accommodation” drop down so our visitors can see the best options for friendly accommodation
It is very important to me that we continually strive to improve the site to ensure it is as easy to understand as possible.
Please feel free to send your feedback, I will look forward to hearing from you!
Until then stay warm, and employed!
The Southern Forests Employment are proud of our partnership with the new managers at the Manjimup Backpackers!
If you need some accommodation in Manjimup that has a welcoming and friendly environment then this is perfect to you.
The excitement is building in Manjimup as Ranui and her “dream team” are having our launch party!
5th June; Sun downer drinks 4pm – 6pm
We welcome all employers who would like to come and have assistance to register on our FREE employment HUB.
So come and enjoy some friendly hospitality, view our presentation about the HUB and enjoy some “Southern Forests” produce and wine!
Manjimup Community Resource Centre are very grateful to the “Southern Forests Food Council” for their generous sponsorship…THANK YOU!!
Have a great day, Ranui