Harsher Penalties Proposed for Public Transport Property Trespassers

West Australians could face harsher fines if found trespassing on Public Transport Authority (PTA) property, in a State Government effort to curb risky behaviour on WA’s rail network. The State Government will seek to increase penalties for people caught without authorisation on the property, following a train surfing incident in Fremantle. “There has been a…

Perth Cycling and Pedestrian Paths Boosted With New Funding

The State Government will invest in new bike and pedestrian paths in a bid to provide a safe and accessible cycling and walking network in WA. $134 million will be provided as part of an integrated transport plan including $67 million over the next four years to create an integrated transport plan, building on the…

Poor Driver Education Cause of Reckless Youth Driving

A WA driving school instructor claims young drivers have developed reckless driving attitudes because of poor driver education. Eclipse Driving School owner Dave Butcher said while most young drivers are “fantastic”, insufficient driver education from both parents and trainers had caused irresponsible driving behaviours on the State’s roads including speeding. “My beliefs are its poor…

Police Figures Reveal Crime Rate Risen By 5 Percent

By Nicholas Farrington Crime rates have risen by 5 percent in the last quarter of 2017 according to Police statistics. Over the last three months, the figures show general assaults were up by 16%, property damage by 11%, burglary by 12%, threatening behaviour by 15% and murder up by 50%. Liberal Opposition’s Police Spokesman, Peter…

WA Victims Lose $8 Million To Cold Calling Scammers

By Nicholas Farrington Victims of cold calling scammers have almost doubled with 398 victims in WA reporting losses of $8 million dollars last year. Scammers are tricking their victims into parting with their cash at almost double the rate from previous years, with 398 victims in WA reporting losses of $8 million dollars last year.…

Three New Judges Appointed to Fill Holes in WA Court System

WA lawyers Hylton Quail, Kate Glancy and Fiona Vernon have been appointed as judges of the state’s District Court. Two of the appointments will be covered by current budget allocations to fill holes in WA’s court system from the previous Liberal Party government. The third appointment will fill a vacancy left by the retirement of…

School leavers ready to celebrate

Next week thousands of school leavers are heading down south and to Rottnest Island, in celebration of completing of 12 years of schooling. Safety, alcohol and recreational drug use are a concern for parents, as recent years have depicted leavers as being ‘wild’ and ‘out of control’. Leavers Manager for WA, Clint Browning, explained that…