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…

Education Minister: “Voluntary Scheme with no forced redundancies”

The WA Education Department is hoping to reduce the amount of full time jobs by March next year, as part of the Voluntary Targeted Severance Scheme. The scheme was announced back in September alongside the budget, with hopes that it will address the financial mess that the Government found themselves in. Education Minister, Sue Ellery,…

Government funded guide to renting or buying in the Housing Market

West Australians looking to purchase or rent now have a housing guide, aiming to help people choose a home and understand how the benefits of good building design can affect they way they live. “This guide will help cut through the marketing lingo and offer advice on what questions to ask…” said Perth MLA, John…

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.…

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…

Program to Help Women Achieve Financial Independence

The State Government has granted $10,000 to the Inspire Change project, which aims to help women gain financial independence. The grant will help the project deliver a series of workshops aimed at mothers with young or primary-school aged children. Topics covered will help build resilience and economic independence, and include financial literacy, budgeting, loans and…

WA Independent Public Schools hits record High

This story is written by WAMN Journalist Daniel Edwards. The Independent Public School Model will operate in more than half of all Western Australian public schools in 2015, following a record intake of 178 schools. Education Minister Peter Collier said around 70 per cent of all WA public school students would be learning in Independent…

Buswell’s Travel Report “Plagiarized”

Former Treasurer and Transport minister Troy Buswell is in trouble again after the media exposed parts of his report for his oveaseas trips were plagiarised. Mr Buswell spent almost $14,000 travelling to Europe and Asia in 2013 to study about the light rails systems in those countries. It’s understood that significant parts of the 20 page…