WA Bans Plastic Bags By 2018

Plastic bag will no longer be allowed to be distributed in Western Australia by next year, after a landmark decision by the McGowan Government. From 1st, July next year, single use plastic bags will be banned. But large retailers such as IGA, Woolworths, AIDI, Coles and Bunnings already implemented the change by not distributing plastic bags.…

BUDGET 2017: Big Employers To Foot WA’s Budget Repair

WA’s ‘big end of town’ is set to cop a beating on payroll tax as the McGowan Government looks to big employers and corporations to repair the budget. From the 1st, July next year, WA’s large employers will have to pay an extra 6% on payroll tax if their total payroll goes over $100 million.…

Fighting Youth Issues With Youth Films

By Jacinta Payne The top prize in the WA Police and Constable Care Child Safety Foundation film competition Your SAY, Your Call has been awarded to five students from Cyril Jackson. Alexander Andrew Mhawira, Ben Randall, Mingho Tong, Jordan Hunt and Kelliane Jewel, were awarded first place in a ceremony at Methodist Ladies college this…

Terror attacks in Spain, 16 dead and hundreds injured

By Jacinta Payne ISIS have reportedly claimed responsibility for a terror attack in Spain that has left 16 reported dead, and hundreds injured. A van has ploughed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas, a popular tourist street in Barcelona, in an attack similar to London earlier this year and Nice, France last year. Witnesses report seeing…

Better Collaboration between State and Local Governments

By Helene Fung Premier Mark McGowan and Local Government Minister David Templeman signed a new State Local Government Partnership Agreement today at the 2017 WA Local Government Convention. The collaboration document was signed in front of over 500 local government CEOs and representatives attending. The agreement promotes transparency and accountability, calls for better community engagement…

Less waste to landfill, but we still need to recycle more

By Helene Fung West Australians have been making an effort to recycle more and send less to landfill – that’s the encouraging news coming out of two Waste Authority reports today; the 2015-16 Census of Local Government Waste and Recycling Services and the Recycling Activity in Western Australia 2015-16 report. According to data in the…

WA To Join Nationwide Illegal Firearm Recall

By Taylah Hanna The State Government is encouraging West Australians to take part in the Nationwide Firearms Amnesty, where they can surrender their guns without fear of being prosecuted. Commencing on July 1st this year, people will be able to hand in their illegal or unlicensed guns to WA Police Stations where they will be…

Vigilante Action Discouraged By Police Minister

By Taylah Hanna Yesterday at Perth Magistrate’s Court Jayde Paul Rowan, 37, who stabbed the four year old labrador and beloved pet, Luna, was served a suspended jail sentence for animal cruelty. A petition signed by more than 19,200 people seeks to enforce harsher penalties for offenders and is pushing for a review of the…

Armadale Earmarked As A Hotspot For Dole-Bludgers

By Taylah Hanna Over the last year, more than 5% of welfare recipients in WA failed to attend 5 or more centrelink appointments or job interviews. 9830 people are not meeting their welfare requirements. The highest rate of non compliance was reported in Armadale with 188 cases, followed closely by Mandurah, Gosnells, Balga and Rockingham,…