Better Collaboration between State and Local Governments

By Helene Fung Premier Mark McGowan and Local Government Minister David Templeman signed a new State Local Government Partnership Agreement today at the 2017 WA Local Government Convention. The collaboration document was signed in front of over 500 local government CEOs and representatives attending. The agreement promotes transparency and accountability, calls for better community engagement…

Less waste to landfill, but we still need to recycle more

By Helene Fung West Australians have been making an effort to recycle more and send less to landfill – that’s the encouraging news coming out of two Waste Authority reports today; the 2015-16 Census of Local Government Waste and Recycling Services and the Recycling Activity in Western Australia 2015-16 report. According to data in the…

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…

WA Still has the Weakest Performing Economy in the Country

Western Australia still has the worst performing economy in the country, according to a recent report from CommSec. The quarterly report analyses eight key economic factors for each state: economic growth; retail spending; equipment investment; unemployment; construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements. CommSec Economist Craig James said WA’s performance reflects the…

Work Begins on Central NorthLink WA Road to Halve Travel Times

The State Government has broken ground to officially announce the start of construction on the central section of the NorthLink WA road initiative. Work will begin on the $1.12 billion project from Thursday to provide a non-stop transport route between Morley and Muchea that is expected to halve travel times and reduce congestion. Construction will…

Police warn drivers ahead of WA Day

Double demerits are set up to promote safe driving on our roads, but with our state having such a high road-toll, is it really a deterrent? In the lead up to WA Day, police have issued a warning to motorists about double demerits being in place for the long weekend. Double demerits will be enforced…

State Government Launches Investigation Following PathWest DNA Mix-Up

Western Australia’s State Government is demanding answers after a DNA bungle by its state-run forensic laboratory resulted in an innocent man jailed for a serious crime while the real offender remained free. The government has referred the matter to the Corruption and Crime Commission while also calling for a Public Sector Commission audit of PathWest’s…

Failure to prepare could prove terminal

The bell tolls for Emperor Barnett… If there will be one thing that the Barnett Liberal-National Coalition will be remembered for, it will be the failure to prepare for the end of the mining boom. What did they think – that the teat would be there forever to feed off of? Gone went major public…

Kimberley gearing up for festival-week

The Kimberley region is gearing up for festival-week again as the 2015 Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster is set to kick off next week with a massive program of events. Celebrating its 15th anniversary and having just secured a three-year funding arrangement with the Western Australian state government the 2015 Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster…

Competitors Gear Up For Avon Descent

This weekend more than 550 mighty competitors are readying themselves to take on the Avon Descent. The Avon Descent is an annual two day water event which started back in 1973 where contestants race from Northam to Perth in water craft and is held in the August of every year. It is the only event…