WA Tourism Industry Hits New Record

Our state has hit a new record, with 109,000 Western Australians now employed in the tourism industry. The 2015-16 State Tourism Satellite Account revealed 72,000 Western Australians are directly employed by the tourism industry, with another 37,000 people employed indirectly. The State Government has pledged a further $425 million to destination marketing and events over…

WA Liberal Nationals Decision Labelled “Fiscal Vandalism”

The WA Liberal and Nationals parties voted to scrap their own savings measures yesterday, in a move WA Labor is labelling “fiscal vandalism.” Last year, the Liberal National Government decided to discontinue the motor vehicle licensing concessions granted to local government authorities. Local government authorities would also no longer be exempt from paying stamp duty…

Swimming Teacher Charged with Child Sexual Abuse

Fremantle Police have charged a 48-year-old Beeliar man, after he allegedly sexually abused a 14-year-old girl who was a student at his swimming school. The arrest is a result of extensive investigations by police, who allege the incidents took place between 2015 and 2017. The man has been charged with three offences relating to child…

Michelle Payne Tests Positive to Drugs

2015 winner of the Melbourne Cup Michelle Payne will be the subject of an inquiry, after testing positive to drugs. Racing Victoria said the 31-year-old jockey provided a urine sample on June 11, which tested positive to Phentermine, an appetite suppressant which is banned in accordance with the Australian Rule of Racing. Ms Payne was…

Youth Homelessness on the Rise

Across Australia, 2.5 million people are living under the poverty line and over 105,000 people are homeless, with 42 per cent of those under 25. In Western Australia over 9,500 people are homeless, and almost 4,000 of those are under 25. Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community…

Police Bust Brothers 4 Life Gang

Police have seized drugs and weapons during an investigation on the Brothers 4 Life street gang. Over the past fortnight police have searched nine properties linked to suspected gang members and associates. A total of seven gang members have been charged with 27 offences relating to illicit drugs, assaults, weapons and firearms. Detective Senior Sergeant…

Cash Seized In Yokine Drug Bust

WA police have seized $1.64 million in cash and over 200g of methylamphetamine after searching a Yokine house on Tuesday morning. The joint investigation between the WA Police Organised Crime Squad and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission led to police finding large quantities of cash hidden in boxes and bags throughout the house, as well…

Finkel Recommendations Will Push Up Power Bills By 20 Percent

A 20 percent price hike on electricity is set to take place if the Turnbull government decides to adopt recommendations from the latest Finkel report. Prices are expected to surge from 26 cents to 46 cents per kilowatt, if the clean energy target, set out by the report is implemented. The recommendations outlined in the…

Rockingham Aggravated Robbery Arrest

A 36-year-old Byford man has been charged with attempted aggravated robbery, after an incident in Rockingham on Tuesday. A 65-year-old man was walking to his car in the Rockingham Shopping Centre carpark, at about 4:30pm, when he noticed a man walking behind him. The man allegedly grabbed the large gold chain the victim was wearing,…

Crackdown on Drug Dealers in Perth Entertainment Precinct

A six month operation has led to 56 people being charged with allegedly selling ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis inside licensed venues in Perth’s entertainment precincts. The operation has led to approximately $1.1 million worth of drugs being seized, including over 5000 ecstasy tablets and MDMA capsules, 430g of cocaine, 930g of cannabis and 320g of…