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Sheila McHale

PROFILE: Sheila McHale

Former state Labor minister Sheila McHale is adjusting to life after politics.

Jetstar launches Perth-Singapore service

Low-cost carrier Jetstar has today launched a new direct Singapore-to-Perth service, which is expected to boost the the number of Asian tourists visiting the state.

Low Cost AirAsia X to fly Perth to KL

A new low cost airline will service flights between Kuala Lumpur and Perth, with projections it may inject up to $100 million into the Western Australian economy in its first year, Tourism Minister Sheila McHale said.

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The Western Australian government is touting for school cleaners, gardeners and tourism workers amid chronic worker shortages in the booming state.

State calls for 2008 consumer protection awards applicants

The State Government is calling for applications to the 2008 Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards, in particular a new category recognising product safety for children, Consumer Protection Minister Sheila McHale has announced.

McHale says 85% Rottnest units upgraded

Tourism Minister Sheila McHale has opened 43 refurbished units at South Thomson on Rottnest Island, which she says means 85 per cent of the Island's 308 holiday units have now been upgraded or refurbished.

John Holland wins Northbridge theatre contract

Melbourne-based construction group John Holland Pty Ltd has won the main building contract for the state government's new performing arts centre, located on the corner of Roe and William Streets.

Land on offer for tourism development in Shark Bay

The State Government will seek expressions of interest for the construction of high-quality accommodation facilities on a 6.1ha site at Denham, located in the Shark Bay region.

Prendiville Group to spend $6.5m on Quokka Arms

Garrett Hospitality Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Peter Prendiville's Prendiville Group will invest $6.5 million into Rottnest's Quokka Arms Hotel, after the group and the Rottnest Island Authority finalised terms of their lease agreement.

International tourist numbers to WA up 3.7% in 2006-07

State Tourism Minister Sheila McHale has welcomed released by Tourism Research Australia for the 2006-07 financial year, showing international visitor numbers to WA grew by 3.7 per cent.

Surf Lifesavers bring $23.8m to WA: McHale

The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Scarborough Beach brought a total of $23.8 million into Western Australia, more than three times what was predicted, Tourism Minister Sheila McHale has announced.

More Western Australians support the arts: ABS

Research released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows support for culture and the arts is strong in Western Australia, with 88 per cent of people attending cultural events.

WA acquires Bussell Diaries for $80k

A series of personal journals owned by members of Western Australia's prominent Bussell family have been acquired by the State Government, along with National Cultural Heritage Account, the Shire of Busselton and Bussell family descendents for $80,000.

Tourism WA launches video-streaming website

Tourism Western Australia has launched a video-streaming website to showcase footage of tourism destinations and events, in a site developed by Sydney-based agency Soap Creative.

WA boosts not-for-profit tenant support funding to $10m

The State Government will boost its funding into not-for-profit tenant support agencies from $6 million to $10 million over five years for agencies offering education, advocacy and support services to tenants.

Dodge retires as WA Art Gallery director

The Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Alan Dodge, will retire from his position later this year after 11 years service, Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale announced today.

Lonely Planet signs deal to promote WA in TV, online

Tourism Western Australia has signed a deal with travel publisher Lonely Planet, which will see the state feature heavily on Lonely Planet TV and websites, Tourism Minister Sheila McHale announced today.

Bruce Langoulant new chair of Disability Services Commission

Meningitis Centre chairman and financial planner Bruce Langoulant has been appointed chair of the Disability Services Commission board, following the retirement of Barry MacKinnon.

State announces $7.5m disability support workers wages boost

The State Government will provide $7.5 million to increase wages for non-government disability support workers, with Disability Services Minister Sheila McHale saying the sector had found it increasing difficult to keep staff.

Christmas trading hours announced

The State Government has unveiled this year's Christmas trading hours for general retail shops in the metropolitan area, including the Perth and Fremantle tourism precincts.

State launches hospitality apprenticeship scheme

The State Government will offer 40 apprenticeship and traineeship places for aspiring chefs and front-of-house staff in a bid to combat seasonal skills shortages in tourism hotspots.

State creates three Rottnest marine sanctuaries

Three new marine sanctuary zones have been created on Rottnest Island, with two existing zones expanded to help protect the island's marine life, Tourism Minister Sheila McHale announced today.

State seeks EOI for Karijini tourism project

The State Government will seek expressions of interest to develop a three-and-a-half hectare for a tourism accommodation project in Tom Price, near the Karijini National Park.

Building Disputes Tribunal threshold increased to $500k

The project value exclusion threshold for appeals to the WA Building Disputes Tribunal has been extended from $200,000 to $500,000, Consumer Protection Minister Sheila McHale has announced.

Lindsay's etchings donated to WA gallery

A private donor has presented the Art Gallery of Western Australia with only complete set of published prints by renowned Australian artist, Norman Lindsay, Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale announced today.

State spends $4m on degenerative condition services

The State Government has announced a $4 million funding boost over four years for services for people with rapidly degenerative conditions, such as Motor Neurone disease.

WA tourism revenue tops $4.8bn in 2006-07

Over a quarter of foreign tourists visiting Western Australia in 2006-07 were British, according to figures released today by the government-run body Tourism Research Australia, helping to boost Western Ausralia's tourist revenue to $4.8 billion.

Theatre tenders called

THE state government has called for tenders for the construction of a 575-seat performing arts venue on the corner of Roe and William streets in Northbridge.

State calls for theatre tenders

The State Government has called for tenders for the construction of a 575-seat performing arts venue on the corner of Roe and William Streets in Northbridge.

McHale unleashes mystery shopping army

Consumer Protection Minister Sheila McHale will unleash an army of mystery shoppers, aiming to catch misleading advertisers through a series of "sting" operations.

Tourism industry bodies to tackle skills shortage

Tourism Industry bodies have partnered with the State Government to fund four new projects to tackle the skills shortage in the WA tourism and hospitality industries.

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