McGowan Government Reveals Changes to Cabinet

The State Government has announced minor changes to its Cabinet in an effort to continue government stability. Premier Mark McGowan revealed the portfolio adjustments on Thursday that will strengthen the focus of Government’s agenda, balance workloads for Ministers, highlight the importance of the budget and Metronet. The changes include Treasurer Ben Wyatt passing the Energy…

WA to Develop Climate Change Policy For Future

A new climate change policy is on the cards for WA, with the State Government planning a better environment for future generations. The McGowan Government acknowledged that it has a role to play while recognising that the Federal Government must lead the way at a national level. “Many climate change issues are already being addressed…

New Offences For Lightweight Plastic Bags with New Ban in New Year

WA shops will no longer be allowed to supply lightweight plastic bags, in a new plastic bag ban coming into effect in the New Year to help the environment. The State Government’s plastic bag ban will come into effect from January 1, with offences for retailers supplying the bags. WA’s State-wide ban will apply to…

Second Round of Grants Boost Swan River Protection

The Swan River Canning Catchment will be getting more protection and rehabilitation, following a second round of grants for river care projects. Nine volunteer groups will benefit from almost $260,000 under the second round of the Community Rivercare Program that will be devoted to weed control and foreshore restoration in the catchment. “Community groups are…

Perth Zoo Plans for Future Zoo Without Elephants as It Turns 120

Perth Zoo is looking to the future of the zoo without its iconic elephant exhibit, as it celebrates its 120th birthday. The zoo has begun to future-proof Perth’s world-renowned zoo to create an innovative future zoo to provide new wildlife experiences for local and international visitors as well for animals. Planning will prepare for the…

Endangered Tortoises Found After Seven Year Search

By Stephanie Acevedo Two people have been arrested over the recent recovery of two Madagascan Radiated Tortoises that were alleged to have been stolen from Perth Zoo. The rare endangered tortoises were believed to have been stolen from the zoo seven years ago, but were recovered earlier in September. They were found after WA Police…

Consultation Open For Noise Reforms to Protect Northbridge

The State Government has opened for public comment reforms protecting Northbridge venues against noise complaints from neighbouring residents. The reforms will provide protections for the entertainment district’s vibrant nightlife culture, following concerns about noise levels from entertainment premises including pubs and clubs. “Northbridge’s unique entertainment district is a textbook example of an area with a…

Cockburn Sound Environment “Well Managed”: Report

Water quality in Cockburn Sound has improved as a result of efforts to reduce pollution in Perth’s coastal waters, according to an environmental report. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the Cockburn Sound was generally well managed, following the release of the 2017 Cockburn Sound Drivers-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses Assessment Final Report. “The State Government welcomes these reports on…

Noah’s Ark Toy Library Resurrected In New Disability Discovery Centre

WA’s largest toy library for people with disabilities has been revived, following the opening of a new combined toy and library service in East Victoria Park. The new Activ Learning and Discovery Centre merges the state’s largest disability library and toy library to offer members access to information services, books and toys, replacing Noah’s Ark…

Plastic Bag Ban Officially Starts In WA

The plastic bag ban in WA comes into effect, with supermarkets no longer offering single use plastic bags. Instead, customers will be able to purchase re-usable plastic bags at a cost of approximately 15 cents each, but are strongly encouraged to bring their own re-usable bags every time they do shopping.  Environment Minister Stephen Dawson…