Yagan Square opens to the public for the first time

Yagan Square has had its official opening on Saturday morning, following a traditional Whadjuk welcome. The square provides a direct link between the Perth CBD and Northbridge, and acknowledges the site’s traditional usage as a food source and meeting place. WA Premier Mark McGowan commented on the Perth City’s $73.5 million new precinct, highlighting the…

Improvement needed for Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry have been reiterated by the WA Government. The standards, specifying the conditions for egg-laying chickens need to improve, and are not based on modern animal welfare science, as reflected in the Victorian Government’s Farmed Bird Welfare Review. The need for an independent statutory body to oversee…

New Transperth ferry to join the fleet

The McGowan Government has announced a new ferry will be built and encourages local manufacturers to get involved. The new vessel will become the third in the fleet and will be replacing the 20-year-old MV Shelley Taylor-Smith, which will now be retained and used a reserve. “Our new ferry will be modern and a versatile…

Lithium Processing Plant Expansion to Boost Economy

China’s Tianqi Lithium has green-lit a $300 million expansion of its processing plant, which is currently under construction in Kwinana. The project involves taking spodumene from the Greenbushes mine south-east of Bunbury, to process and refine it into battery-grade lithium hydroxide for export. Construction on the $400 million Stage 1 commenced in October 2016, with…

Much Needed Upgrade for Gibson Park Netball Courts

The McGowan Government announced they will be honouring their election promise and delivering a $1.8 million upgrade to the Gibson Park netball courts. The key election commitment to Bicton and surrounding areas was included in the 2017-18 State Budget and the funds will extend the main pavilion, provide additional toilets and increase spectator seating. Bicton…

EXCLUSIVE: One Nation Stands Against Gold Levy

In the September budget, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced a new tax on the gold sector as a solution to the dire state of WA’s finances, however on Tuesday, the WA One Nation Party are set to make a motion against it. Earlier this week, Mr Wyatt publicly criticised gold miners for refusing to pay…

Transport and Road Infrastructure Upgrade for Northern Suburbs

The State Government is making a significant $800 million investment, to upgrade transport and road infrastructure in Perth’s Northern suburbs. The METRONO plan will create thousands of jobs, with construction companies being invited to get involved. The construction of Thornlie and Yanchep rail extensions are at the forefront and other upgrades include improvements to Wanneroo…

Barnett and Liberal: Four More Years

  Colin Barnett and the WA Liberal Party have secured another four year term, at the time of writing collecting a 6.3% swing towards the second-term government. At times a fiery election battle, McGowan chose to attack on the public transport front, whereas Barnett based his claims on the federal government early on, before backing…