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Volunteer Week (Public Event)

Event Date: 12 May 2008 ends 18-May 08 (Ranged Event)

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[b]Volunteer Week[/b]
The volunteering work of more than half a million Western Australians was celebrated in Perth today as part of National Volunteer Week.
Communities Minister Sue Ellery said in Perth the week was designed to recognise the outstanding contribution of volunteers, who in Western Australia were worth about $1.6billion to the economy each year.
“Western Australia’s volunteering participation rate is two per cent above the national average - the second highest rate in Australia behind the ACT,” Ms Ellery said.
This is something of which all Western Australians should be very proud.
“Volunteers contribute to almost every facet of life in Western Australia, and without them, our community would definitely be less prosperous.
“They care for the sick and frail aged, keep our tourist attractions and events vibrant, look after our wildlife and environment, and provide important social services to people in need.
“Volunteering not only benefits the wider community, but the people who freely give their time gain new life skills, enjoy new experiences and most importantly, they receive the satisfaction that comes from making a real difference.”
Volunteering Western Australia chief executive officer Mara Basanovic said National Volunteer Week was an opportunity to celebrate the 71 million hours of unpaid work that 36 per cent of Western Australians contributed each year.
“Their generous volunteering spirit helps make Western Australia such a special place to live,” Ms Basanovic said.
The Minister said the Carpenter Government was committed to providing support and recognition for the work of volunteers.
The Government had:

[*]developed new public sector guidelines to support the 70,000 volunteers who contributed to the work of State’s public sector agencies;
[*]provided volunteers with access to reduced-fee national police checks;
[*]contributed annual funding of $400,000 for 22 volunteer resource centres across the State;
[*]provided funding of $275,000 to Volunteering WA to provide a support service to organisations;
[*]funded WACOSS with $30,000 per annum for training to support good practice in volunteer management;
[*]provided grants of up to $5,000 for volunteer recruitment and retention strategies, and small grants of up to $750 per organisation to hold their own Thank a Volunteer Day event; and
[*]funded $750,000 over the past two years for the Enhancing Access project, which helps organisations support people with disabilities to become volunteers.

To raise awareness among young people of the importance of volunteering, the Government had also introduced the Community Service Program for high school students, in which students contributed at least 20 hours of voluntary service to the community.


Friday night shopping in Fremantle! (Public Event)

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Event Date: 28 September 2007 ends 31-December 09 (Recurring Event)


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FREMANTLE has come alive with frenzied, fun shopping fever as nearly 100 retailers now open their doors every Friday night.

Extra parking has been made available for the influx of shoppers – free parking is available at Beach Street car park until 11pm while Point Street car park is open until 9.30pm and Queensgate remains open all Friday night.

Friday night shoppers will also receive a two-hour free parking voucher for Queensgate if they buy from a participating retailer.

Safety concerns have been addressed with a stronger police presence on Friday nights and new lighting in Kings Square, High Street Mall and the Pine Warehouse car park. Work is also under way on the installation of several new CCTV cameras.

City of Fremantle Economic Development & Marketing Coordinator David Duncanson said a recent community survey showed that 93 per cent of people were in favour of Friday night shopping in Fremantle.

“The survey also highlighted why people shop in Fremantle and the main reasons were the atmosphere, social interaction and variety of shops available,” he said.

“Singapore introduced a Friday night trading program to its famous Orchard Road shopping precinct and it was a resounding success for them with retailers reporting increased sales due to a greater number of people coming into their stores.

“Essentially, Fremantle has always been busier on a Friday night because it’s an entertainment precinct and attracts people from near and far to enjoy those aspects of the port city.

“It makes sense for retailers to open late on the same night because the more people there are, the greater likelihood they’ll spend money in Fremantle stores.”

Mr Duncanson said a great deal of planning and liaison with local businesses had been carried out to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Friday night trading.

“We’ve taken various concerns on board and implemented strategies to deal with them, namely security and parking issues,” he said.

“But the main goal has been to entice people to come along to enjoy the Friday night shopping experience – that’s why the Fremantle Village Art Market was extended to two days a week, open until 7.30pm Fridays, to ensure a tangible flow-on effect.

“We want to make certain that, each and every Friday, Fremantle will truly come alive as a sensational shopping experience.”

• For more information and interview requests, contact Economic Development & Marketing Coordinator David Duncanson on 9432 9770 or e-mail davidd@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

[i]Friday night shopping in Fremantle[/i][/b]

Myer Fremantle... Woolstores Shopping Centre... Newspower...
Van Krahl... The Mill Bake House... Red Dot...
Gloria Jean’s... Sail & Anchor... United Credit Union...
Siam Kitchen... Taka’s Kitchen... Murray Smith...
Wanderlust... Culley’s Tea Rooms... Chinese BBQ Palace...
Little Russia... Angus & Robertson... Ye Olde Lolly Shoppe...
Subway... Omkara Earth & Space Wear... Ray’s Curry House...
Lim Kitchen... Elizabeth’s Secondhand Bookshop... Salty Dog Surf Shop...
Bar Shanghai... Subway Directional Clothing... Cash Converters...
Dymocks... Valentine’s Camera House... Student Flights...
Betts... David Shannan Optometrist... Rosie O’Grady’s...
Sussan’s... Portside Cameras & Duty Free... Aesthetic Collection...
Lemon 8... Fremantle Central Pharm acy ...The Pickled Fairy...
Morrison... New Edition Bookshop... Shanghai Sweets...
Jeanswest... Seven Twenty Four Mini Mart... Adultshop.com...
Warrens... House in Fremantle... The Mystic Rose...
Thingz Gifts... Hoops of Steel... Newport Hotel...
Jalfreezi... Brooker Furniture Gallery... Amano Gelato...
Jesters... Maya Indian Restaurant... Lick Clothing...
Pink Rice... Vuk... Into Camelot...
Purely Australian... Wendy’s Supa Sundaes... The Bead Post...
Roasted... Toscanini’s Fremantle... LA Clothing Fashion...
Mini Morri... Istanbul Turkish Roast... Store...
Spectator Sport... Pizza Bella Roma... Pierre’s Kitchen...
Nick’s Place... Merchant Tea House... Club X...
Oxfam Shop... Friendlies Chemist... Timezone...
Salon Express... Hoyts (Millennium)... Benny’s...
Katie’s... Soul Sisters... Eros...
Target... Han’s Café... Gino’s...
Noni B... Bamboo Olive... Dome...
Chocks... Liquorland... Cold Rock...
Q-ZAR... La Porchetta... Norfolk Hotel... [/center]


Tourism Workshop (Public Event)

Event Date: 16 May 2008 17:29 (Single Day Event)

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9.30am to 12.30pm

Tourism Western Australia Chairman Kate Lamont today extended an invitation to the people of Western Australia to join in a discussion and debate on the type of tourism industry they wanted to see develop up to and beyond 2020.

“Tourism is a sector of the economy that’s hard to define – until the visitors stop coming,” she said.

“It is an essential industry in WA, and last financial year generated nearly $6 billion and employed six per cent of the workforce.

“Tourism is everybody’s business – whether you’re a high school student on your first part-time job, a family planning to get away in the next holidays, or a business in a regional community that is enjoying improved services because of visitor numbers.”

Ms Lamont said that to encourage debate, a discussion document had been prepared by Tourism Western Australia that posed some thought-starters in regard to several significant issues.

“We want the WA community to join in a conversation with us on how we should share our home with visitors in the future,” she said.

“We need to answer questions such as: How many tourists do we really want? How will we preserve our natural environment to future-proof our tourism industry? What sort of processes do we need to put in place to ensure that our visitors have a truly memorable experience?

“It’s also essential that we consider the amenities and facilities we want for our own families too, so that they can continue enjoying the great, traditional Aussie holiday.

“What do we need to do from now on to ensure our future generations have precious memories of wonderful holidays in WA?”

Ms Lamont said that there had never been a more challenging and exciting time to be involved with WA’s tourism industry.

Global issues, such as economic conditions, exchange rates, fuel prices, climate change, and potential pandemics all created uncertainty.

Other challenges included increased competition, staff availability, variable returns on investment, and competition for public and private investment.

“To allow as many people as possible to contribute to the debate, Tourism Western Australia is holding 14 community workshops throughout the state to allow everyone who is interested to put forward their views,” she said.

Both the discussion document, Tourism 2020: A chance to have your say, and registration details for the workshops are available on-line at http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/2020. Telephone inquiries can be directed to the 2020 team on 9262 1700.

“Merging the community’s ideas and opinions with ours will allow us to produce a strategy that will guide the planning for the years to come,” she said.

Media contact: Sheryl Fewster, Director 2020
(08) 9262 1750 / 041 99 66 441
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