$3 million for airport upgrades in regional Western Australia
Almost $3 million in Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants has been allocated to 25 projects across Western Australia.
Upgrades to regional airports across the State include resealing of runways, upgrading airstrip lighting, airport development planning, installation of animal exclusion fencing, and improving operational safety and facilities for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) operations.
Additional weekly flight to be trialled between Kununurra and BalgoThe McGowan Government has committed $400,000 towards an additional weekly flight between Kununurra and Balgo, in the State’s North West.
The McGowan Government has committed $400,000 towards an additional weekly flight between Kununurra and Balgo, in the State’s North West.
This will be the third weekly service between Balgo and Kununurra, via Halls Creek, and is due to commence in February 2021.
No holiday for safety on the water this XmasThe importance of safety on the water has been reinforced as record numbers of boats and other craft head out to share our waterways over the holiday break.
The importance of safety on the water has been reinforced as record numbers of boats and other craft head out to share our waterways over the holiday break.
After a busier than usual start to the boating season in WA, the Department of Transport (DoT) today joined with Water Police to remind skippers they’re responsible for safety and should check the conditions, their vessel and equipment before every voyage.
DoT A/Director of Waterways Safety Peter Beattie said a greater number of vessels were expected on the water this summer following an overall increase in registrations in recent months which included a spike in new vessel registrations (40 per cent increase in July to September 2020 compared with 2019).
“The registration data coupled with a 32 per cent increase in people sitting their Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST) in the same period means there could be more first-time skippers heading out on the water in both metropolitan and regional settings this summer,” Mr Beattie said.
“We are advocating all skippers take the 30 Second Challenge and download the Deckee boating app to be ready for an emergency on board and safe on the water this holiday season.”
After partnering with DoT, the Deckee boating app has new improved WA functionality allowing skippers to check the weather before and during the voyage and access all the safety information they need, particularly when boating in a new location.
DoT implemented the 30 Second Challenge, which tests if people can gather flares, EPIRB, make a radio call and don a lifejacket in 30 seconds, after detailed analysis of incident data showed improved accessibility to safety equipment could limit lives lost on the water.
Tragically, in the last decade to July 2020 there have been 63 recreational boating deaths in WA, including six in the last financial year (2019-20).
“Skippers need to be responsible, taking time to complete the recommended voyage preparation guidelines every time they head out on to the water. Unfortunately, skippers who fail to do this put their safety and that of those on board at risk,” Mr Beattie said.
“Spending time preparing for a safe summer of boating could save your life.”
People can visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/30secondchallenge to find out how to take the challenge.
Deckee is available now for free download from the App Store and Google Play Store. Visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/Deckee to find out more.
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Scam text message - Suspended driver’s licence
The Department of Transport has been advised that some customers have received a text message stating they have a new MyGov message in relation to their driver’s licence being suspended due to demerit points.
This text message is not from the Department of Transport. If you receive this text message, do not click on any links in the message or open attachments from any emails.
You can safely check your demerit points via the Demerit points check tool. Customers who have their licence suspended due to accrual of demerit points are notified in person.
To report this scam or for more information on phishing attempts please visit the Scamwatch website.
Transport projects Building For TomorrowTransport projects Building for Tomorrow
Building For Tomorrow – an information campaign and supporting website – was launched yesterday and provides information and updates on the major road, rail, cycling and marina projects in planning, underway or fast-tracked across WA.
Transport infrastructure projects, including cycling projects, are a key component in the State’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
Additional funding has been secured and major transport projects have been fast-tracked to support local jobs and businesses and help build WA’s economy back up.
In the long-term these projects will better connect areas of Perth and the regions, offer more choice in how you want to travel, and keep pace with demand.
Your travel may be impacted while these projects are under construction.
Visit the Building For Tomorrow website for information and updates on these major infrastructure projects, how construction might impact your travel, and help you make informed travel choices.
Phone scamsThe Department of Transport is receiving multiple calls from the general public stating that they have just missed a call from the Department of Transport.
The Department of Transport is receiving multiple calls from the general public stating that they have just missed a call from the Department of Transport.
The call was not made from the Department of Transport, it’s a Government impersonation scam and one of the main ones we are seeing is the “money owed to the ATO”, it gains momentum around tax time each year.
If you receive a call it may potentially be a scam call, and you can report the issue via the Scamwatch website.
Further information about the Government impersonation scams can also be found via the Scamwatch website.