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THE issue of safety is a world-wide concern, as we saw last week when the Minesafe International 2000 Conference was held in Perth.

Sadly, the conference coincided with the death of a miner working underground and the deaths of a pilot and seven miners in an air crash while they were heading to their worksites.

Those deaths are stark reminders of the seriousness of the purpose of such conferences and the importance of safety in everything we do.

My sincere sympathy to all of the families, friends and colleagues of the men who died.

A NEW report on mining safety tabled in Parliament last Thursday will ensure a high priority continues to be given to this crucial area.

The report, by the Mines Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board, includes a range of recommendations on ways to prevent fatalities and reduce injuries in the minerals industry.

In line with one of the recommendations, Mines Minister Norman Moore is convening a meeting of about 130 mining industry executives to urge greater emphasis on safety risk management.

IT was my privilege to open the Anglican Homes’ Moline Village at Karrinyup last Friday.

The residential development is appropriately named as a “village” bringing together benefits including easy access to medical and personal care services and recreation facilities ranging from mini golf to a swimming pool and barbecue areas.

Looking at all that Moline now offers, it is a reminder of how far we have come over recent years in planning and catering for our progressively ageing population.

AN impressive array of new facilities at Perth Modern Senior High School highlights just what can be achieved if we take time to a look at new opportunities.

The school now has new ballet studios, music facilities and an updated technology and enterprise area – all achieved with the help of some lateral thinking, cooperation and being open-minded to new and different options.

The new music facilities were built using funds from the sale of the adjacent land that is now home to the new Institute for Child Health Research.

The opening of both new facilities in the past couple of weeks highlights the win-win situation for everyone involved in their development.

The school’s new ballet studios are part of the outcome of the Local Area Education Planning process that has involved a fundamental re-organisation of education facilities in different areas.

As part of this, the Graduate College of Dance moved to Perth Modern from the Swanbourne Senior High School.

The school already has an impressive reputation that includes international acclaim for its music performances. These new facilities, worth $3 million, and the outstanding presentations by students at the official opening suggest we will be hearing a lot more of them.

BEST wishes to all of our Olympic competitors and others involved in the Games over the coming weeks.

Fifty Western Australian athletes and 27 officials will take part in the Olympic Games with another 32 of our athletes and 11 officials part of the Australian team in the Paralympics.

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