Strong Rally Turnout Calling A Permanent Ban On Fracking In WA

By Stephanie Acevedo A call for a permanent, legislated statewide ban on fracking in WA was held at Parliament house today. At twelve o’clock, the protest saw a rally and presentation of one of the state’s biggest petitions.  Among the crowd were climate experts, such as former head of CSIRO’s atmospheric research team and former…

Power & Water Bills To Go Up Again

Pressure for households to pay their utility bills is set to worsen as electricity and water prices are expected to increase in the State budget’s forward estimates. This comes after the Labor Government’s recent utilities of 10.9%. There is an 8.8% gap between what consumers are paying and the cost to the state in generating…

Rowe appointed as new Chairman of Synergy

The WA Government has appointed Lyndon Rowe as the new full-time chairman for the state-owned energy giant Synergy, effective immediately. Mr Rowe was the head of the Economic Regulation Authority in WA since 2004. He is now taking over former chairman Michael Smith’s position after Verve Energy was merged back with Synergy. Mr Rowe was…

New Campaign To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

This story is written by WAMN Journalist Daniel Edwards. A new campaign in Western Australia is aimed at preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. Families are being urged to have their household gas appliances checked and serviced by a licensed gas fitter. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin has launched the campaign under the name ‘For Safety’s Sake’. Millions…

Russia Denies A Deadline

The crisis in Ukraine is escalating with unconfirmed reports saying Russia is threatening a military attack if Ukraine does not withdraw its troops from Crimea in 11 hours. Russia’s Minister of War dismissed the rumor and described it as “total nonsense”. Russian military has tightened its control in Crimea despite international condemnation. Ukraine’s Interim President Arseniy…

Opposition Calls For Transparency On Bushfire Preparations

WA Opposition Leader Mark McGowan is calling on the government to be more transparent by revealing the prescribe burning process. In awake of the New South Wales bushfire, the Labor opposition said the public deserves to know the bushfire prevention progress. Despite WA’s wet winter, Mr McGowan said the government needs to put resources into make…

Utilities Won’t Be Privatised: Barnett

WA Premier Colin Barnett said utility companies will not be privatized. Mr Barnett clarified in Wednesday afternoon, stating public utility companies like Western Power and Water Corporation are not at risk of being sold. “As I say they will not be state own businesses as a whole, they won’t be the utilities like Western Power,…

Buswell Tabled State Budget 2013-14

This week WA Treasurer Troy Buswell delivered his first state budget for the second term of the Barnett government. In his speech in Parliament, Mr Buswell highlighted WA’s changing economy, with demand for public services and infrastructure growing due to our population increase. “The Western Australia economy is in a period of transition,” Mr Buswell…

Kwinana Power Station will retire

The Kwinana Power station is due to shut down by October, 2015. Energy Minister Mike Nahan said extending the life of the 37 year old power plant’s stage C is not economically sound. “Kwinana Power Station was built in the 1970’s and its age means it’s simply uneconomic to extend the life of the plant,”…

Muja AB a scandal – Labor

The state opposition has dropped a bombshell today, claiming taxpayers will have to pay 250 million dollars for the Muja AB power plant refurbishment. Back in May 2009, Premier Colin Barnett has promised the public the taxpayer won’t have to have pay a cent. “Can I stress that 100 million will be private sector investment,…