McGowan Targets Scaffidi Under Plans for New Councillor Sacking Laws

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has become the target of the State Government, following its plans to introduce new laws giving it power to sack councillors. Mr McGowan said on Thursday the legislation was being drafted and introduced later this year so Ms Scaffidi could be dismissed retrospectively and councillors could be sacked in the…

Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards

The Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia is recognising bravery acts at their annual awards ball on Wednesday 18th October. Awarding brave West Australians for over 10 years, 31 nominees will receive the very prestigious Royal Life Saving bravery award. Trent Hotchkin, Senior Manager of swimming and water safety education at the RLSSWA, said…

Police Seize Meth in Perth’s Southern Suburbs

Five people have been charged with drug-related offences after the organised crime squad carried out an operation to target the distribution of methylamphetamine. Detectives seized 1.3 kilograms of methylamphetamine and $200,000 in cash after executing seven search warrants in Harrisadale, Forrestfield, Gosnells, Martin, Forrestdale and Morely. Suspected stolen or unlawfully owned property and a variety…

BUDGET 2017: Big Employers To Foot WA’s Budget Repair

WA’s ‘big end of town’ is set to cop a beating on payroll tax as the McGowan Government looks to big employers and corporations to repair the budget. From the 1st, July next year, WA’s large employers will have to pay an extra 6% on payroll tax if their total payroll goes over $100 million.…

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…