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News
12 May 2021
Rex plane taking off

Flight frequency back to pre-COVID levels on some regional routes

A new agreement between the McGowan Government and regional airline Rex has seen regional flights from Perth to Monkey Mia and Perth to Esperance return to pre-COVID levels.

A new agreement between the McGowan Government and regional airline Rex has seen regional flights from Perth to Monkey Mia and Perth to Esperance return to pre-COVID levels. 

Rex has committed to providing at least 18 return flights from Perth each week on its Albany and Esperance routes, six return flights on the Monkey Mia route, and 10 return flights on the Carnarvon route under its existing Deed of Agreement with the State. 

Read full media statement

06 May 2021
Murray Serpentine dredging

Murray Serpentine dredging starts

The Department of Transport (DoT) is about to commence work to restore safe navigation depths where the mouths of the Murray and Serpentine river meet in the Peel Inlet.

The Department of Transport (DoT) is about to commence work to restore safe navigation depths where the mouths of the Murray and Serpentine river meet in the Peel Inlet. 

DoT Maritime Executive Director Steve Jenkins said the maintenance dredging, last completed nearly 20 years ago in 2004, would commence next week and was expected to take three months.

He said the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) had granted a dredge licence for the project allowing work between May and August in consideration of the Peel Inlet’s peak seasonal timings for public enjoyment, bird migration, fishing and crabbing.

“The project will see approximately 30,000 cubic metres of sand taken from the river channels and pumped through a series of floating and submerged pipes before being deposited underwater in the Peel Inlet 500 metres north west of the river mouths,” Mr Jenkins said.

“Dredging is vital for continued safe passage for residents, recreational vessels, and commercial craft through these well-used waterways.

“Since the last dredging campaign there has been a gradual build-up of material and dredging is again required to re-establish safe navigable depths in the channels.” 

Dredging works are restricted to 6:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 6:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday.  No works will occur on Sundays or public holidays.

Skippers operating in the area during the dredging work should take note of the temporary notice to mariners Peel notices (transport.wa.gov.au).

When navigating near the dredge, skippers should always make radio contact with the dredge to ensure it is safe to pass on VHF Channel 16 or Marine 27MHz Channel 90.

For more information about DoT’s dredging and sand bypassing program visit Coastal erosion and stability

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

22 Apr 2021
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Dredging to start at Denham

Recent hydrographic surveys by the Department of Transport (DoT) have confirmed the need for dredging to ensure ongoing safe access to the Denham Maritime Facility.

Recent hydrographic surveys by the Department of Transport (DoT) have confirmed the need for dredging to ensure ongoing safe access to the Denham Maritime Facility.

DoT Maritime Executive Director Steve Jenkins said maintenance dredging, last completed in 2015, would commence later this month to restore channel depths and ensure continued safe navigation of the area for skippers.

“The project will be undertaken over the next four months and see the dredged material deposited on the beach north-west of the Denham Seaside Caravan Park, widening the coastline and enhancing the enjoyment of the area,” Mr Jenkins said.

It’s estimated 20,000 cubic metres of sand will be dredged from the basin allowing safe access to jetties, boat ramps and pens within the facility.

“When initially placed on the beach the sand will look a different colour. However, it will bleach in the sun and not be noticeable after a few weeks,” Mr Jenkins said.
 
Dredging works are restricted to 6:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 6:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday.  No works will occur during school holidays.

Skippers operating in the area and people accessing the beach should be aware of the special safety arrangements implemented for the dredging and sand replenishment works. Sections of the beach may be temporarily closed to ensure public safety.

For more information about DoT’s dredging and sand bypassing program visit our website.

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

 

Alerts
23 Oct 2020
Demerit text scam

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.

24 Aug 2020
Building for Tomorrow announcement

Transport projects Building For Tomorrow

Transport 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.

31 Jul 2020
Scam watch

Phone scams

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 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.

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