Seashepherd Warns Against Vigilante Action

Seashepherd Australia is urging frustrated water-goers not to take matters into their own hands and hunt great white sharks. There have been reports of vigilante action against the sharks by Esperance locals, after a number of sightings have been recorded nearby in recent weeks. Seashepherd Australia volunteer Mike Dicks said this practice is highly illegal.…

Lithium Processing Plant Expansion to Boost Economy

China’s Tianqi Lithium has green-lit a $300 million expansion of its processing plant, which is currently under construction in Kwinana. The project involves taking spodumene from the Greenbushes mine south-east of Bunbury, to process and refine it into battery-grade lithium hydroxide for export. Construction on the $400 million Stage 1 commenced in October 2016, with…

Much Needed Upgrade for Gibson Park Netball Courts

The McGowan Government announced they will be honouring their election promise and delivering a $1.8 million upgrade to the Gibson Park netball courts. The key election commitment to Bicton and surrounding areas was included in the 2017-18 State Budget and the funds will extend the main pavilion, provide additional toilets and increase spectator seating. Bicton…

Greens Seek Answers: Low Youth Shark Deterrent Rebate Uptake

By Nelson Liu and Elyse Simich The WA Greens are concerned that young people are not taking advantage of the government subsidised shark deterrent devices. Greens Marine Spokesperson Diane Evers said of all the people who have applied for the rebate, only seven per cent of them are under 25, despite young people having a high…

WA Police Taskforce Awarded for Reducing Graffiti

The Western Australian government’s strategy to reduce graffiti was awarded a silver medal in the police-led category of the 2017 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA). Led by the Western Australian Police Force, the State Graffiti Taskforce has reduced graffiti by 55 per cent from 2011-2017. Since 2011, police have charged 1,580 vandals with…

New Strategy to Reduce 75 Per Cent of Waste by 2030

A government commissioned consultation paper into opportunities to improve WA’s waste and recycling performance, prepared by the Waste Authority, was launched at Perth’s Foodbank today. Western Australia is currently lagging behind the other states in the country, which is why Environment Minister Stephen Dawson used this opportunity to call on the community to reduce their…

New Courses Prepare Youth for the Jobs of the Future

The Western Australian Government has joined forces with Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to design new curriculum to give apprentices the required skills for jobs in the mining industry’s future. These new courses are set to be created in 2018 and implemented in 2019 as post-secondary and industry traineeships. They will give young people…

$250,000 Reward for Information on Mine Shaft Disappearance

The State Government has announced a $250,000 reward for information on the death of Raymond Kehlet and the disappearance of his wife Jennie in 2015. The couple disappeared while prospecting near Sandstone in WA’s north in March 2015. While 47-year-old Raymond Kehlet’s body was found at the bottom of an abandoned mine shaft 1.8km from…

Belmont or Redcliff? Voting Open to Name New Station

Local community will have the chance to vote on the name of a new train station being built as part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link. The survey asks community members whether they prefer the name Belmont or Redcliff for the first station on the line. In July, the City of Belmont unanimously voted to change the…

Road Upgrade To Ease Congestion in Perth’s North

As of today, work is underway on the $31 million Wanneroo Road dual carriageway upgrade, set to relieve congestion for motorists travelling along Perth’s northern corridor. This upgrade will take place from Joondalup Drive to Flynn Drive, which stretches approximately 3km. This is the first of three major upgrades on Wanneroo Road, with construction on…