New chief executive for Southern Ports

Media Statement from Hon Alannah Mac Tiernan MLC

  • Steve Lewis appointed CEO of Southern Ports

Experienced port executive Steve Lewis has been appointed to the role of chief executive at Southern Ports, effective from January 14, 2019.

Mr Lewis comes to Southern Ports from a role as interim CEO at Mid-West Ports Authority and has more than 20 years of experience as a CEO, of which 15 was in ports.

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Central Great Southern communities to join historic Early Years Initiative

Media Statement from Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA and Hon Simone McGurk BA (Arts) BA (Comms) MLA

  • Central Great Southern shires to join Early Years Initiative
  • Western Australian families to benefit from initiative

The Central Great Southern shires of Katanning, Broomehill-Tambellup, Kojonup and Gnowangerup are the first communities to join Western Australia's Early Years Initiative.

The initiative is an unprecedented 10-year partnership between the State Government, Minderoo Foundation and Telethon Kids Institute to improve the health, learning and development of children under four.

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Enhanced tourism opportunities with Greens Pool now closed to fishing

Media Statement from Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

  • Minister for Fisheries closes fishing at popular South Coast beach to improve safety and tourism
  • Greens Pool ranked in the 2018 TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards' top 15 beaches in Australia and best beach in the Great Southern region
  • Safe and accessible recreational fishing locations remain available nearby

Tourism opportunities at one of Western Australia's best beaches is set to improve with the Minister for Fisheries approving a fishing closure at Greens Pool near Denmark, in recognition of its popularity as a swimming and snorkelling site for locals and tourists.

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New lifejacket trial to commence at Salmon Holes on January 1

Media Statement from Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA and Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

  • When visiting popular rock fishing spot Salmon Holes, people will be required to wear Type 1 lifejackets
  • The trial is designed to see if the wearing of lifejackets will reduce rock fishing fatalities

The State Government's compulsory lifejacket trial at Salmon Holes, in the Torndirrup National Park near Albany, will commence on January 1, 2019 to evaluate if the wearing of lifejackets is effective in reducing rock fishing fatalities.

The trial makes it compulsory for anyone visiting the rock fishing area at Salmon Holes, even if they are not fishing, to wear a Type 1 lifejacket. The trial will cover three salmon seasons and is expected to run until June 30, 2021.

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