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  2021 Media statements

Date Title
11/10/2021 Oil spill response capability put to the test in Geraldton
01/10/2021 Authorities highlight importance of wearing a lifejacket on the water
29/09/2021 Urgent dredging underway at Kalbarri
29/09/2021 New mooring laws to deliver fairer system on WA waterways
23/08/2021 Changes to boost safety on the Swan Canning Riverpark
28/07/2021 New education campaign aimed at Jetski hoons
22/07/2021 Regional residents encouraged to have their say about flights
16/07/2021 Regional forums discuss agricultural supply chain improvements
01/07/2021 Second phase of ports governance reform underway
24/06/2021 Rottnest Island among 54 recipients to share in $4m coastal grants
24/06/2021 Wheels up on Derby to Broome flights from August
10/06/2021 Marina users benefit from new fuel service
28/05/2021 Dawesville bypassing complete, endangered birds protected
21/05/2021 16,000 on the move in Stirling community effort
21/05/2021 Bike safety super boost for super schools
21/05/2021 Offshore sand supply reduces trucks movements at Wonnerup Beach
18/05/2021 New flight option for travel between Perth and Kalgoorlie
12/05/2021 Flight frequency back to pre-COVID levels on some regional routes
06/05/2021 Murray Serpentine dredging starts
22/04/2021 Trial aims to widen Castletown Beach
22/04/2021 Dredging to start at Denham
19/04/2021 Electrical upgrade starts at Port of Wyndham
29/03/2021 Focus on boat ramp traffic flow at Hillarys
10/02/2021 Rex to continue operating Albany and Esperance air routes until mid-2023
03/02/2021 Woodman Point ramps to get major upgrade
28/01/2021 No change for upper reaches of the Swan River following consultation
22/01/2021 Record WA cycling investment continues with latest grants round
21/01/2021 $3 million for airport upgrades in regional Western Australia
04/01/2021 Additional weekly flight to be trialled between Kununurra and Balgo

  2020/2019 Media statements

Date Title
23/12/2020 No holiday for safety on the water this Xmas
17/12/2020 E-scooter rules and regulations in WA
14/12/2020 Wheel clamping ban now in effect in WA
11/12/2020 Peel skippers need correct, operational navigation lights
10/12/2020 McGowan Government welcomes new Virgin fares for regional residents
02/12/2020 WA features added to free app to save lives on the water
23/11/2020 Moving in the right direction
20/11/2020 Boat safety blitz to target flares
16/11/2020 Changes to Port Geographe management get green light
13/11/2020 Mobile CCTV units to target speed at Port
11/11/2020 Dredging to start next month at Jurien Bay Boat Harbour
29/10/2020 Bullsbrook Intermodal Container Terminal project reaches next stage
05/10/2020 Historic regional flights deal lands 50,000 tickets for WA’s north
25/09/2020 New contract benefits State’s dredging program
25/09/2020 Community to shape future of cycling in Avon and Central Coast
25/09/2020 Safe boating plan for Swan River Upper Reaches
24/09/2020 City of Stirling residents get set to make their move
24/09/2020 Business case to be prepared for Tier 3 grain lines
09/09/2020 Improvements to boating safety at Broome following review
06/09/2020 Discount to encourage more classic cars onto the roads
28/08/2020 Dredging complete at Murchison River in Kalbarri
19/08/2020 Regional aviation continues on the flight path to recovery
10/08/2020 Visionary plan for future container port endorsed by Government
03/08/2020 Reconfiguration concept proposed for Jurien Bay Boat Harbour
27/07/2020 Dredging complete at Lancelin
27/07/2020 Coastal management options now available for comment
21/07/2020 Cheaper airfares a big boost to Kimberley tourism in WA’s recovery
13/07/2020 Lifejackets focus of new WA boating safety campaign
10/07/2020 $1.5 million in grants available to improve boating infrastructure
06/07/2020 Regional Airports Development Scheme grants now open
03/07/2020 Pedal power boosts recovery at Hillarys Boat Harbour
01/07/2020 New authorisation now in place for passenger transport drivers
01/07/2020 Hillarys and Fremantle walk trails complete – ready for school holidays
30/06/2020 Increase to Rex regional flights to help with COVID recovery
29/06/2020 South-West Supply Chain strategy sets course for freight infrastructure
29/06/2020 Agricultural freight strategy sets course for future freight needs in WA
17/06/2020 Wheel clamping legislation introduced to Parliament
08/06/2020 Mandurah Entrance Channel dredging to commence
05/06/2020 Driving tests on the road to recovery
02/06/2020 F and T driver’s licence extensions make way for new driver authorisation
12/05/2020 Driving tests that were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions now being rebooked
11/05/2020 New weir at Bandy Creek delivered by local WA company
29/04/2020 Dredging starts at Lancelin
01/04/2020 $9 million relief package for On-demand Transport industry passes Parliament’s Lower House
27/03/2020 New funding secures essential Rex air services for WA
27/03/2020 Temporary licensing changes in place to help elderly and essential workers
18/03/2020 COVID-19 economic response package
06/03/2020 Regional communities urged to have their say on the draft WA Aviation Strategy 2020
06/03/2020 Reminder to skippers as boating safety reinforced at Crab Fest
19/02/2020 Walpole skippers need to update unsafe lifejackets and out-of-date flares
16/02/2020 Fee waived for early movers to new driver authorisation
10/02/2020 Draft WA Aviation Strategy sets the course for aviation in WA
10/02/2020 New funding boost for WA tourism and regional aviation
10/02/2020 Vessel groundings following weekend’s tropical cyclone
07/02/2020 New artwork for coastal work at Pyramids Beach
03/02/2020 Kimberley air route tender provides air service certainty
31/01/2020 Walk, ride or scoot to school to start the year on the right foot
29/01/2020 Fascine maintenance deed to be renegotiated following study
26/01/2020 Navigation lights must be ship shape on Australia Day
24/01/2020 $7.6 million bike funding boost to connect Perth and regional communities
24/01/2020 Skippers need correct, operational navigation lights for Australia Day
18/01/2020 McGowan Government flags classic car and street rod rego discount
20/12/2019 Ellis St Jetty upgrade completed ahead of schedule
16/12/2019 E-scooter rules and regulations in WA
13/12/2019 Boating changes to improve safety on the water north of Perth
12/12/2019 Funding ramps up for boat facilities in WA communities
09/12/2019 Comments sought on boating safety improvements at Broome
04/12/2019 Seagrass wrack work at Port Geographe
27/11/2019 Boating deaths at all-time high in WA
26/11/2019 Department responding to vessel incident
26/11/2019 Update on vessel incident
25/11/2019 Comprehensive feedback received on safety equipment proposals
01/11/2019 Geraldton information session to outline proposed changes to safety equipment
01/11/2019 Karratha information session to outline proposed changes to safety equipment
30/10/2019 Hillarys and Fremantle information sessions to outline proposed changes to safety equipment
28/10/2019 Albany information session to outline proposed changes to safety equipment
25/10/2019 Broome information session to outline proposed changes to safety equipment
23/10/2019 Work to start on Ellis St Jetty upgrade
23/10/2019 Mandurah and Rockingham information sessions outline proposed changes to safety equipment
22/10/2019 $100,000 grant funding available for schools to encourage active travel
12/10/2019 Information sessions to outline proposed changes to safety equipment
12/10/2019 Information sessions to outline proposed changes to safety equipment
02/10/2019 Onslow marine services hub a step closer
20/09/2019 Work starts on new weir at Bandy Creek
13/09/2019 Beach temporarily closed at Jurien Boat Harbour
09/09/2019 DoT partners with Shell to stage oil spill response exercise
22/08/2019 Consultation underway for new CBD transport plan
21/08/2019 Collaborative investigation to find a solution to the Fascine
20/08/2019 McGowan Government welcomes capped airfares for Kalgoorlie and Karratha residents
16/08/2019 Inter-regional flights take off from today, improving connectivity in the north
15/08/2019 Improved wave information for Tantabiddi
09/08/2019 Work starts on second phase of $12.3 million Jetty Rd causeway redevelopment
05/08/2019 $1.5 million allocated towards coastal projects across WA
05/08/2019 Affordable community airfares encouraging more people to the regions
05/08/2019 Premier calls for Commonwealth support to manage coastal erosion
29/07/2019 River users urged to take extra care during Avon Descent
29/07/2019 Regional workshops provide innovative ideas for lower airfares
17/07/2019 New office location for Department of Transport Esperance
12/07/2019 Local job opportunities flow from final Jetty Road contract
08/07/2019 Work starts at Mandurah Entrance Channel
04/07/2019 Community to have their say on draft Two Rocks Marina master plan
28/06/2019 Tender for Derby air service trial finalised
26/06/2019 Skippers heading north for winter should take 30 Second Challenge
06/06/2019 Work starts on Beadon Creek breakwater upgrade
31/05/2019 Oil spill response exercise for Dampier
17/05/2019 Carnarvon skippers need to update unsafe lifejackets and out-of-date flares
10/05/2019 McGowan Government takes cycling investment up a gear in State Budget
10/05/2019 Further transition assistance available to country taxi operators
02/05/2019 RADS grant funding a boost for 26 regional airports
24/04/2019 Learn&Log app launches to improve novice driver experience
15/04/2019 Kimberley skippers get the message on flares
15/04/2019 Next phase of Jetty Road upgrade to generate local job opportunities
13/04/2019 Swan River speed radar trial to target dangerous boaties
10/04/2019 Kalgoorlie gets a technology boost to improve provisional licensing
29/03/2019 Green light for water skiing at Lake Mullocullup
14/03/2019 Optus Stadium transport options expand for start of AFL season
14/03/2019 Bike grants pave the way for connected communities
13/03/2019 Skippers told to check flares are in date
12/03/2019 Blueprint for future Perth and Peel cycling network starts
12/03/2019 Have your say on the future of cycling in Esperance
11/03/2019 Too many metro skippers failing checks for in-date flares
11/03/2019 Response to regional airfares inquiry continues to progress
01/03/2019 Warning to skippers as boating safety reinforced at Crab Fest
27/02/2019 Skippers warned to check water levels as boat safety reinforced at Woolarama
25/02/2019 WA oil spill experts to help in Solomon Island emergency
22/02/2019 Importance of wearing a lifejacket highlighted to Augusta’s skippers of the future
21/02/2019 $1.6m available for coastal management projects
20/02/2019 Albany gets a technology boost to improve provisional licensing
13/02/2019 Pyramids Beach the focus of coastal work
11/02/2019 Dredging complete at Johns Creek Boat Harbour, Point Samson
31/01/2019 Grants to help councils, schools, workplaces gear up for Bike Week
25/01/2019 Town of Bassendean residents chosen for Your Move campaign
17/01/2019 New app to help record learner driver logbook hours
09/01/2019 Construction starts on Fremantle Line bike path extension
07/01/2019 Comments sought on boating safety improvements north of Perth

  2017/2018 Media statements

Date Title
24/12/2018 Albany Family Nautical Festival highlighting fun and safety on the water
12/12/2018 First Westport progress report marks milestone for Outer Harbour planning
11/12/2018 Community fares land on the Northern Goldfields routes
11/12/2018 Technology upgrades improving provisional licensing process for Bunbury and Busselton
07/12/2018 Boaties behaving badly
06/12/2018 Broome Port dredging to begin mid-2019
03/12/2018 Skippers reminded to navigate safely when taking in Mandurah Xmas lights
23/11/2018 Volunteers recognised for contribution to boating safety - again
19/11/2018 Need to be seen: vessel registration sticker and number
18/11/2018 Upgraded resort creates new tourism opportunities for Monkey Mia
07/11/2018 Work starts on $10.8 million Jetty Rd causeway redevelopment
02/11/2018 Novice motorcyclist safety a focus of new licence process
31/10/2018 Warning to skippers: wear lifejackets beyond Bald Head
29/10/2018 Boats, trailers and safety equipment targeted in pre-summer safety blitz
26/10/2018 CCTV rollout to increase safety at boating hotspots
24/10/2018 Active transport champions recognised
24/10/2018 Comment sought on navigation aids at Onslow, Rottnest and Carnarvon
22/10/2018 Albany to host major oil spill response exercise
19/10/2018 Historic on-demand transport reforms pass Parliament
15/10/2018 New state-of-the-art Success Service Centre now open
10/10/2018 Warning to skippers following Pilbara rescue
08/10/2018 Over $3.8 million in grant funding en route to regional airports
03/10/2018 Sand replenishment for Exmouth's Town Beach
27/09/2018 New state-of-the-art Success Service Centre opens
26/09/2018 Bunbury Waterfront contract awarded for Jetty Road causeway upgrade
21/09/2018 Clear course set for improved nautical chart program
19/09/2018 New safety hub for skippers at Perth International Boat Show
07/09/2018 Old4New lifejacket upgrades available at Esperance as part of boating safety push
31/08/2018 Dredging to start at Johns Creek, Point Samson
24/08/2018 Time to get on board the Old4New lifejacket program
22/08/2018 Direct Perth to Derby flights closer to reinstatement
21/08/2018 On-demand transport reform Bills to reach Parliament
20/08/2018 Old4New lifejacket program visits Mindarie Marina
13/08/2018 METRONET Access and Inclusion Reference Group to form
30/07/2018 WA schools to share in $20,000 for walking and cycling infrastructure
27/07/2018 Pilbara skippers told to check flares are in date
18/07/2018 Coastal projects share in $1.6 million in grants funding
13/07/2018 Safety warning to paddlers and other river users
12/07/2018 A decade of delivering licensing services to remote areas
11/07/2018 New focus on boating safety at Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands
03/07/2018 Two METRONET projects on track to begin construction next year
29/06/2018 Kimberley skippers told to check flares are in date
25/06/2018 Westport information sessions open to the community
25/06/2018 Skippers told to check flares are in date (Jurien Bay to Port Hedland)
25/06/2018 Carnarvon and Monkey Mia to benefit from community airfares
19/06/2018 Duty exemption for FIRS heavy vehicle transfers
19/06/2018 New regional flights to further connect the Kimberley
15/06/2018 Annual sand bypassing to start at Mandurah Entrance Channel
11/06/2018 Burswood Jetty to support new stadium ferry service
01/06/2018 WA company wins major boat pen contract
31/05/2018 Tender released for key element of Bunbury Waterfront project
25/05/2018 Dredging to start at Point Grey, Mandurah
23/05/2018 Opening in sight for the WA-made Matagarup Bridge
23/05/2018 West Morley Primary students get on board Junior Crew
16/05/2018 Budget takes cycling investment up a gear
16/05/2018 Funding ramped up for boating facilities
11/05/2018 New weir design concept unveiled to Esperance community
10/05/2018 METRONET Bill to enshrine rail commitment in legislation
10/05/2018 METRONET Budget includes WA's biggest ever rail investment
07/05/2018 Bubble curtain trial at Jurien Bay Boat Harbour
23/04/2018 Skippers told to check flares are in date (Lancelin to Geraldton)
19/04/2018 Tourism or charter opportunity at new Burswood Jetty
16/04/2018 Feedback sought to plot future of local nautical chart program
16/04/2018 Community help sought for clean-up at Hillarys Boat Harbour
11/04/2018 Hundreds have their say on the approach to plan for Outer Harbour
10/04/2018 Regional airports receive funding boost for upgrades
10/04/2018 Regional airfare inquiry recommendations supported
04/04/2018 New group to shape future of Two Rocks Marina
03/04/2018 Grants to crank up local bike facilities
28/03/2018 Matagarup Bridge reaches critical stage as arches take shape
27/03/2018 Agricultural Region Freight Strategy to boost freight efficiency
26/03/2018 Swan River navigation channel closure starts soon
23/03/2018 Safe navigation restored at Ocean Reef Boat Harbour
19/03/2018 On-demand transport reforms refined after industry consultation
27/02/2018 New airline agreements for Carnarvon, Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields
22/02/2018 Southern Ports post-amalgamation review complete
21/02/2018 METRONET private sector reference group formed
16/02/2018 Sustainable coastal management grants open
01/02/2018 Written-off vehicle reform aimed at protecting WA motorists
31/01/2018 Maintenance dredging starts at Dawesville
31/01/2018 Ocean Reef Boat Harbour maintenance dredging starts
25/01/2018 Be prepared, be safe on the water this Australia Day
23/01/2018 Westport project director appointed to navigate Outer Harbour plan
17/01/2018 Grants to give bike riding a go
16/01/2018 First public feedback for Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET sought
09/01/2018 Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade officially opened
21/12/2017 Preferred airlines announced for Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields air routes
21/12/2017 Subsidy increased to increase freight on rail
14/12/2017 Opportunity to shape the approach to plan for Outer Harbour
30/11/2017 Funding available for public boating infrastructure
29/11/2017 Perth one of three cities in the world to trial new driverless cars
21/11/2017 Albany Regional Airport upgrades complete
10/11/2017 Boats and trailers targeted in Transport's pre-summer safety campaign
02/11/2017 Major reform to on-demand transport industry a step closer
01/11/2017 Skippers urged to be safe and take 30 Second Challenge
31/10/2017 Closure of waters and ski area at Esperance
29/10/2017 New piazza opens at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
27/10/2017 Focus on lifejackets and flares in Great Southern boating safety blitz
27/10/2017 Local Capability Fund to assist local businesses to access METRONET work
20/10/2017 Old4New lifejacket upgrades and safe boating advice at Brunswick Show
20/10/2017 Onslow Marine Support Base a boost to local economy
13/10/2017 Ellenbrook METRONET line bolstered by Federal Labor commitment
13/10/2017 Spotlight on boat safety at Esperance Show with Old4New lifejacket upgrades
13/10/2017 Old4New lifejacket upgrade program visits Woodman Point
09/10/2017 $1.7 million in regional airport funding up for grabs
09/10/2017 New driver test process strengthened
06/10/2017 Old4New lifejacket upgrade program visits Hillarys Boat Harbour
27/09/2017 Kalumburu community receives regular air services
22/09/2017 Changes will improve safety on the water at Geraldton
16/09/2017 A major boost for freight on rail
12/09/2017 New taskforce to deliver Outer Harbour vision
08/09/2017 State Budget a boon for Broome boaties
08/09/2017 Maintenance dredging complete at Bandy Creek
04/09/2017 Major boost to cycling for the future
04/09/2017 Dredging to start at Kalbarri
01/09/2017 Bike boulevard boosts cycling opportunities for Bayswater
25/08/2017 Amalgamation of former Albany, Bunbury and Esperance ports to be reviewed
24/08/2017 Geraldton runway renewal ready for take off
23/08/2017 Beach temporarily closed at Jurien Boat Harbour
23/08/2017 Old4New lifejacket upgrade program at Dowerin and Newdegate field days
18/08/2017 Old4New lifejacket upgrade opportunities in time for Father's Day
31/07/2017 WA primary teachers encouraged to get on board updated Junior Crew
26/07/2017 Boat safety in focus at Karratha with Old4New lifejacket upgrade opportunity
24/07/2017 Old4New lifejacket upgrade opportunity for Port Hedland
19/07/2017 Broome next stop for Old4New lifejacket upgrade program
17/07/2017 New licensing services location in Collie
07/07/2017 New approach leads to cheaper airfares for Albany and Esperance
05/07/2017 Old4New lifejacket upgrade opportunity for Kununurra
03/07/2017 Safety warning to paddlers and other river users (2017)
27/06/2017 Funds allocated for coastal protection
23/06/2017 Greater training required for new drivers
16/06/2017 Contract awarded for final stage in Beadon Creek upgrade
09/06/2017 Young skippers need to be supervised
07/06/2017 Safety equipment review - information events
29/05/2017 Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour takes out national award
27/05/2017 Skippers' views sought on changes to safety equipment
17/05/2017 Work starts on new groyne at Bremer Bay
12/05/2017 Safe removal of grounded vessel expected tomorrow
11/05/2017 Department responding to vessel grounding
26/04/2017 Grants to ramp up WA boating facilities
21/04/2017 Dredging to start at Bandy Creek
21/04/2017 Boating safety reinforced as Old4New visits Geraldton
20/04/2017 Wheels in motion for regional cycling plans
07/04/2017 Old4New lifejacket upgrade program visits the Gascoyne
05/04/2017 Boating changes to boost safety at Matilda Bay
31/03/2017 Fresh start for taxi and on-demand transport reform
24/03/2017 Comment sought on proposals to improve safety on the water at Geraldton
22/03/2017 DoT ports in Pilbara prepare as storm approaches
17/03/2017 Dredging starts at Lancelin
10/03/2017 Old4New lifejacket upgrade at Mandurah Crab Fest
03/03/2017 Boating safety reinforced at Wagin Woolorama
03/03/2017 Kite and windsurfers benefit most from extra lifejacket standard
22/02/2017 Augusta first stop for Old4New lifejacket upgrade program in regions
09/02/2017 Port of Carnarvon continues to prepare as storm approaches
09/02/2017 DoT ports in the Pilbara re-opened following changes to weather conditions
08/02/2017 Preparations underway at DoT ports in Pilbara as storm approaches
30/01/2017 New path to put Jurien Bay on the cycling map
30/01/2017 Swan River seaplane wreckage recovery operation complete
30/01/2017 New Robertson Road cycleway completed
27/01/2017 Swan River seaplane wreckage removal
26/01/2017 Warning to skippers following serious boating incident at Skyworks
26/01/2017 If you're the skipper, you're responsible on Australia Day
23/01/2017 Funding for sustainable coastal management
20/01/2017 Be safe - do the BEST check this Australia Day
20/01/2017 Fremantle jetty upgrade completed
19/01/2017 Signing up for a DoTDirect account just got easier
18/01/2017 Grants to improve cycling facilities
10/01/2017 Driver and Vehicle Services gets alerted

  Archived Department of Transport media statements

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