New graduates and dogs into DCS Drug Detection Unit

The Drug Detection Unit saw three new dogs and their handlers graduate today, after completing a 10 week course to detect contraband, including drugs, as part of a reform to stop drugs getting into WA jails. Ziggy, Ness and Gavin, have been trained to detect a wide range of illegal drugs, and will assist the…

Federal Funding Frenzy To Make Up For WA’s GST Shortfall

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s trip to Perth saw the announcement of a record amount of Federal funding for our State. A major $3.2 billion dollars has been committed for the 2018-2019 Federal budget, with hopes of rectifying WA’s unfair share of the GST. “We’ve never made any bones about the fact that the current arrangements…

No National Energy Guarantee for WA

The WA Government said the proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) will affect our State, with Energy Minister Ben Wyatt, warning the Commonwealth that WA’s unique position must be taken into consideration. The Council of Australia Governments (COAG) meeting hoped to set a national agreement on the new energy blueprint. Mr Wyatt explained WA has not…

Minister’s reaction to 24 hour Police Stations’ Low Visitor Numbers

A WA Police internal briefing note revealed that Armadale, Cockburn and Ellenbrook stations, now open 24 hours, were said to be unvisited after midnight. Extended opening hours till 7pm at Forrestfield, Belmont and Canningvale also saw few attendees, with an average across the three stations of five people over five days. Police Union President, George…

Regional Enforcement Unit To Target Country Roads

The announcement of the Regional Enforcement Unit to join police operations comes just before Easter, with hopes it will strengthen traffic enforcement efforts. “Our country roads are regularly over-represented in road fatalities and serious injury crashes,” said Road Safety and Police Minister, Michelle Roberts. The REU will be deployed to country highways, targeting unsafe driving…

Perth Lord Mayor & Councillors Suspended Immediately

Months of allegations and plenty of meetings finally lead to the eventual suspension of the City of Perth Council and Lord Mayor, as announced by Minister David Templeman. “The Councillors and the Lord Mayor of City of Perth are now suspended immediately. The operations and decision making of that council will now be made by…

WA Experts Discuss Minimum Price Of Alcohol

The WA Preventative Health Summit bought together experts from all over the state to share their views and expertise on how to make Western Australia healthier. “Two thirds of all adults are either overweight or obese, and more worryingly 20% of our kids are now considered overweight or tipping into the obesity category,” said Health…

New tenancy laws to protect domestic violence victims

The introduction of proposed changes to tenancy laws will support tenants who are victims of family and domestic violence. WA has the second highest rate of reported physical and sexual violence perpetrated against women in Australia. Last year, there were reportedly more than 50,000 cases of family and domestic violence, with more than 4,500 calls…

Fracking ban in South-West, Peel and Perth

The McGowan Government announced regulations on hydraulic fracture stimulation (fracking) in the South-West, Peel and Perth Regions. Minster for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston, said the government needs to protect the State’s environment from risks associated with fracking. “While the tracking ban in the South-West, Peel and Perth regions has already been achieved, the regulations…

Overhaul of WA’s public library system

Western Australia’s public library system will be modernised to better meet the diverse and evolving needs of the community. With 231 public libraries around the state, the modernisation of the system will see these vibrant community hubs improve and attract even more people to use the facilities. Over 500,000 people attended library programs and events…