Tax Cuts the Centrepiece as Scott Morrison Hands Down Federal Budget

Australian taxpayers are set to become big winners, under new measures announced in the Federal Budget. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has handed down his third budget promising “essential services that Australians rely on” while aiming to return the country to a $2.2 billion surplus in 2019-20, cutting its $14.5 billion debt in 2018-19. “This is…

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…

Swan River foot bridge central arch underway

The Swan River foot bridge has hit a milestone today, with one of the central wishbone arches being lifted into place. This arch will sit 72 metres above sea level, with the second half of the arch expected to be lifted in the coming weeks, subject to weather conditions and operational requirements. The central arch…

Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET plans under way

The first community information session for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook, led by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw, saw 170 residents attend in support of the project. “It is clear from the information session and survey that residents along the future Morley-Ellenbrook Line corridor are excited about this project,” said Ms Saffioti.…

Opposition Urged To Support Compensation levy for Taxi industry

Opposition has commented that the Government as Minister need to fulfil their election commitment to the taxi industry, which involved a plate buy back contingent on no new taxes. “Why are they treating their commitment to taxi drivers as a commitment they can only deliver if they have a new tax in place?” said Liza…

More Roads Not the Answer to Traffic Following Changing Commuter Attitudes

A sustainability expert claims introducing more roads to reduce traffic congestion is not the answer, following a report revealing more commuters are reconsidering their daily travel to work because of gridlock. Curtin University Professor Peter Newman said adding more roads did not fix traffic problems and could be solved by making cities more appealing for…

Labor Makes More Promises On Metronet

In a press conference this morning, Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, announced the Labor commitment to allocate $700 million to build the Ellenbrook Morley railway line. “We’re doing this because we’re very committed to making sure Perth has the best possible public transport system,” “It’s good news for jobs, it’s good news for commuters, good news…

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…

McGowan’s Bid To Make Rotto Family Friendly

Premier Mark McGowan has made moves to boost tourism in Rottnest Island with a new ferry contract awarded to Captain Cook Cruisers. The new service will commence in November this year, ferrying tourists and visitors between Rotto and Fremantle CBD. It’s a move that Rottnest Island Authority hopes will increase visiting numbers and boost business competition. There were a…