Outgoing Commissioner Praised for Transforming DFES

A celebratory march was held on Friday to farewell outgoing Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) commissioner Wayne Gregson and welcome Darren Klemm to the role. Mr Gregson has been highly regarded for his work since joining the Fire and Emergency Services authority (FESA) as CEO in 2011 and transitioning it into DFES, although…

WA Government Announces Grant to Help At-Risk Youth

The WA government have announced a $250,000 grant as part of their youth engagement scheme, to help at-risk youth better connect with their community. Local governments and not-for-profit organisations are now able to apply for the grant to set-up projects using sport and recreation to target disengaged youth aged between eight and 18 living in…

State Budget to Feature “Tough” Measures

Ahead of the State budget being released in Parliament next week, there are concerns education, mental health services and alcohol and other drug services will suffer funding cuts because of WA’s ongoing debt. While State Treasurer Ben Wyatt refused to make any specific comments about the budget before its release on September 7, he said…

Construction Begins at Fremantle’s Kings Square

The construction of the Kings Square Fremantle renewal project has officially begun and is set to deliver a new commercial office and retail space plus a new administration and civic centre by the end of 2019. The $270 million project is expected to create more than 1100 fulltime jobs over the two-and-a-half-year construction period. The…

Qantas Discounts Regional Airfares

Qantas has announced it will be discounting domestic flights for the residents of six regional towns in Western Australia to Perth. Effective from November 2017, residents from Broome, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Newman will receive a discount of between 10-30 per cent on flights to Perth.  Those who purchase higher fares will be…

Marriage Equality: Postal Vote “An Absolute Waste of Money”

On Wednesday, the Federal Government announced a non-binding and non-compulsory postal vote on marriage equality would take the place of the plebiscite, which was rejected by the Senate. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is set to conduct the survey, despite the disaster of last year’s census, so the Government can avoid electoral law. The ballot…

Children’s Hospital Lead Contamination Caused by Valve Corrosion

The WA Chief Health Officer Tarun Weeramanthri has just completed a month-long review at Perth’s Children’s Hospital to develop recommendations for dealing with the issue of lead in the water supply. The review has found the lead contamination was caused by the dezincification of brass fittings within the Thermostatic Mixing Valve Assembly Boxes, located near…

New Youth Advisory Council to Influence WA Government

The WA government is forming a council of 10 outstanding young Western Australians to provide input into Government youth policy. The Ministerial Youth Advisory Council will investigate matters referred to them by the Minister for Youth and provide feedback based on young people’s experiences. Young people with a broad range of knowledge, skills, backgrounds, experience…

Inaugural Community Cabinet Meeting to be Held in Canning Vale

The McGowan government is set to hold its inaugural Community Cabinet event at Canning Vale College on August 21. Local residents will have the opportunity to participate in a Town Hall meeting to discuss important local issues with Premier Mark McGowan and Cabinet ministers, in a bid to encourage greater community engagement. Mr McGowan said…