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Still reeling from faded boom, WA's economy worst in Australia, report shows - WAtoday

Western Australia has come last again in a quarterly report comparing Australia's state economies, lagging behind on all growth indicators as the end of the mining boom continues to hurt.

CommSec State of the State report arrives at its ranking by analysing key indicators for each state and territory, including unemployment, economic growth, retail spending, business investment, construction, population, housing finance and dwelling commencements.

WA is still suffering from the fading mining boom. WA is still suffering from the fading mining boom. Photo: Peter Braig

It's April 2017 edition shows New South Wales is solidly on top with little to separate ACT and Victoria. Then there is a gap to Tasmania, Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia then another gap to Western Australia.

Economic activity, a by-proxy-measurement used by CommSec to assess Gross State Product, shows WA has fallen into last spot behind Tasmania,...


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South Australia tightens green snail control measures for Western Australian produce - ABC Online

Fruit and vegetable growers in Western Australia are frustrated by the South Australian Government changing green snail control measures for produce that is imported from Western Australia.

As at the start of April, Biosecurity SA has now designated the entirety of WA a risk zone for green snail.

Previously, South Australia only had green snail control conditions for host products grown within 0–2km of a green snail infestation, or within 2km and 25 km.

The 25km radius has now been lifted, which means growers of green snail host produce located anywhere in Western Australia will have to have routine inspections of their property, as well as bait the perimeter, if they want to export produce into South Australia.

This is understood to affect growers of leafy vegetables, peas, beans, asparagus, strawberries, flowers, turf hay, straw and other baled fodder grown outside the metropolitan...


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Figures show how boom brought wealth to WA - Perth Now

THE mining boom delivered WA an income boost unlike anything seen across the country since the 19th century, spreading wealth from the suburbs to some of the most isolated communities.

A breakdown of tax figures covering the mining boom from 2003-04 until 2014-15 shows a record number of communities saw their average incomes at least double.

The Australian Tax Office tracked the income details of more than 2570 postcodes nationwide.

Just 126 showed average taxable incomes at least doubling over the mining boom period. More than 70 of them were in WA, which accounted for almost one in three of the State’s postcodes.

Incomes in the State’s richest postcode, which covers Peppermint Grove and Cottesloe, soared from almost $70,500 at the start of the boom to$144,273 in 2014-15.

But the biggest increase in percentage terms occurred in the area covering Onslow, home to the Wheatstone LNG...


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Families in WA reach breaking point as the state's economy collapses - NEWS.com.au

Property prices in WA have fallen while unemployment and cost of living expenses are high. It's a perfect storm for those who invested at the height of the mining boom. Courtesy: ABC/7:30

People in WA struggling with mortgages and collapsing housing prices. Picture: iStock

FAMILIES in Western Australia are at breaking point, plagued with mounting debts they can’t pay off, as they face the reality of a collapsing economy.

As properties decrease significantly in value and unemployment rates rise, many are now struggling to find jobs to make ends meet.

Could this be the future of Melbourne and Sydney? Western Australia was once a booming product resources hub, with thousands moving to areas around Perth from interstate and overseas to work.

It had one of the strongest economies in the nation with housing prices on par and even higher than Sydney and Melbourne in the...


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Teen charged over alleged murder of her grandfather in Western Australia - 9news.com.au

Police vehicles at the alleged scene of the crime. (9NEWS)

A Perth teenager has had her charge upgraded to murder over the alleged bashing of her grandfather in Western Australia's south-east.

https://twitter.com/R_H_Chandler/status/857441671335641088

Police allege the 89-year-old man and 18-year-old woman were involved in a fight at a home on Randell Street in Esperance on Tuesday afternoon.

The elderly man was taken to Esperance District Hospital with head injuries, and died a short time later.

An 18-year-old has been charged with murder.(9NEWS)

Esperance is about 720 kilometres south-east of Perth.

Major Crime Squad officers from Perth are investigating.

© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017

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Western Australia's rental market is more affordable - Your Investment Property

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Though house rents are continuing to rise, with rental markets in most capital cities tightening in the March quarter, the rental market in Western Australia is becoming more affordable for minimum wage workers.

However, despite growing affordability, many WA households are still struggling to find affordable accommodation, according to church non-profit Anglicare’s annual Rental Affordability Snapshot.

On 1 April 2017, 14,123 private rentals were advertised for rent in three regions of WA, covering (1) Greater Perth Metropolitan Area (including Peel), (2) South West and Great Southern (including Bunbury and Albany), and (3) the North West (including Pilbara and Kimberley). The number of listed rentals was up 8% from last year.

Moreover, the median rent in the Perth Metropolitan Area fell by 11% to $350 per week. This fell by 6% in the South West and Great...


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McGowan flags imminent public service cuts - The West Australian

WA’s public service faces an imminent overhaul after Premier Mark McGowan yesterday criticised the structure and culture of the Government’s departments and agencies.

Speaking at a WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy function in Perth, Mr McGowan labelled WA as the most over-governed State in Australia and flagged future changes the Government was looking to implement.

McGowan challenges miners to counter hostility

In highlighting the extent of the problem, Mr McGowan said there were 41 State departments in WA compared with the next highest in South Australia, which had 22.

The Federal Government had only 18 departments, NSW 10 and Victoria seven.

“We have way too many Government departments in Western Australia,” Mr McGowan said.

“There is a silo culture, there’s not enough collaboration. There’s too many people doing their own thing without working together and that needs to...


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Number of WA government departments slashed by 40pc - ABC Online

The number of government departments in WA will be slashed from 41 to 25 under a suite of reforms announced by Premier Mark McGowan.

Key points:

  • 40 per cent of government departments to be abolished or amalgamated
  • Number of job losses unclear
  • Further public sector reform promised

Forty per cent of departments will be amalgamated or abolished under the plan, which is aimed at creating "a more efficient public sector to deliver better services for the community", the Premier said.

He said there would also be "a major reshuffle" of departmental chief executives, with 20 per cent of jobs in the 521-member Senior Executive Service - WA's highest paid bureaucrats - to go.

Prior to last month's election, Labor flagged that it would look for significant public sector savings in government in an attempt to ease WA's budget woes, promising a service priority...


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WA to triple rooftop solar capacity, switch to 40pc renewables by ... - ABC Online

WA will triple its rooftop solar capacity by 2030 - with more than 40 per cent of its energy mix to come from renewable sources, a new report has predicted.

Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and the CSIRO have spent two years analysing the future of the nation's electricity system.

ENA chief executive officer John Bradley said the report predicted 44 per cent of WA's energy would come from renewable sources by 2030 - as is the case in South Australia today.

"Western Australia is set to lead the edge-of-grid energy transformation in the coming decade and beyond as more customers continue to take up distributed energy resources like solar and batteries," he said.

Data released earlier this year found WA households and businesses have been installing solar panels at a record rate, with installations up 33 per cent last year, driven by rising power...


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Western Australia Major Projects Conference coming up in June - Trenchless Australasia

The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 20-21 June 2017.

The WA Major Projects Conference explores the sectors that have the potential to grow in an economy shifting away from predominantly resource driven investments.

It will host a panel of experts who will discuss new areas of growth that could strengthen Western Australia’s economy, including tourism and infrastructure.

Rick Newnham, Chief Economist for the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will deliver a presentation on the challenges and opportunities available to WA after the mining boom.

Bernadette Cullinane, National Oil and Gas Leader at Deloitte, will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the growth of and increased value of exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Economist John Nicolaou, Director of ACIL Allen Consulting, will focus...


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Stranded couple rescued - Perth Now

A DARWIN couple stranded in one of the most isolated parts of outback WA after their 4WD became heavily bogged are now safe and sound after being rescued by helicopter.

A 32-year-old man and a pregnant 27-year-old woman had activated a GPS-based personal locator beacon in the Gibson Desert, more than 300km northwest of Warburton, which was detected by the Canberra-based Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) about 11.30am on Friday.

A aerial search operation was launched, with an emergency kit dropped down to the duo yesterday morning, which included a satellite phone so police could communicate with them.

A still from AMSA's Challenger search and rescue aircraft which had dropped a satellite phone to a coupld who had become bogged in the Gibson Desert. Picture: AMSA/FacebookPicture from the Bristow search and rescue helicopter that rescued a couple who had become stranded in...

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Figures show how boom brought wealth to WA - Perth Now

THE mining boom delivered WA an income boost unlike anything seen across the country since the 19th century, spreading wealth from the suburbs to some of the most isolated communities.

A breakdown of tax figures covering the mining boom from 2003-04 until 2014-15 shows a record number of communities saw their average incomes at least double.

The Australian Tax Office tracked the income details of more than 2570 postcodes nationwide.

Just 126 showed average taxable incomes at least doubling over the mining boom period. More than 70 of them were in WA, which accounted for almost one in three of the State’s postcodes.

Incomes in the State’s richest postcode, which covers Peppermint Grove and Cottesloe, soared from almost $70,500 at the start of the boom to$144,273 in 2014-15.

But the biggest increase in percentage terms occurred in the area covering Onslow, home to the Wheatstone LNG...


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WA's economy continues to fall behind - Perth Now

DESPITE signs the WA economy has bottomed out, a report says the State continues to be the nation’s laggard with the gap widening between here and other stragglers.

In a fresh warning to the McGowan Government of the challenges it faces, CommSec’s quarterly state of the States report has WA bottom of the national economic league ladder.

Across growth, retail trade, equipment investment, population growth and new housing starts, WA is at or near the tail.

The report compares the most recent performance of a State or Territory against its recent decade-long average.

NSW is the nation’s best performed economy, out-pointing the ACT in second place with Victoria just behind. Tasmania is then ahead of Queensland, the NT and South Australia which are all grouped together.

CommSec’s chief economist Craig James said WA’s poor rating was a direct reaction to the end of the mining boom.

“The...


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West Aussies the biggest boozers - Perth Now

WA has Australia’s highest rate of drinkers, and more of them have increased their alcohol consumption in the past year compared to drinkers in other States.

A Galaxy Research survey of more than 1800 adults commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education found that 81 per cent of those polled in WA were drinkers compared with 77 per cent nationally.

West Australians were the second most likely after Victorians to consume six or more drinks on a typical occasion.

One in five of those polled in WA said they had increased their consumption in the past 12 months — the most of any State — and many attributed this to the need to drink to feel happy or less stressed.

But almost 70 per cent said they were comfortable with how much they drank.

WA drinkers also reported the most experience of alcohol-related violence — 42 per cent compared with the national average of 35...


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How have WA billionaires fared? - Perth Now

THE  rebound in commodity prices over the past year increased the wealth of the 10 richest West Australians more than $10 billion, this year’s WA Rich List shows.

This 2017 edition of the WA Rich List reveals the 10 wealthiest Sandgropers have grown their war chests from $25.216 billion in 2015 to $35.763 billion.

The majority of the increase can be attributed — directly or indirectly — to the recovery in the price of iron ore.

An analysis of the past six editions of the WA Rich List confirms 2015 as the annus horribilis for WA’s leading business figures.

The combined wealth of the top 10 richest entrants was $22.85 billion in 2010. Two years later it had jumped above $29 billion and reached $33.484 billion in 2013 before falling to $31.917 billion 12 months later and $25.216 billion in 2015.

Between 2010 and 2014, the combined wealth of the 50 richest West Australians grew from...


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Tradie tackles monster waves - Perth Now

IT'S enough to make your stomach turn.

A jet skier, teetering on the edge of a wave the size of a house as it starts to collapse mercilessly below him.

It takes a lot to faze Jarryd Foster and his surfing partner Mick Corbett — the pair have caught some of WA’s biggest and most dangerous waves which have been the envy of big-wave fanatics worldwide.

Yet the Dunsborough tradie admits peering over the edge of a four-and-a-half-metre wave at South West surf mecca The Right almost gave him a rare case of nerves — almost.

“It’s just normal for us. Occasionally your heart stops a little bit but that’s when you know it’s going to be a big one,” he said.

Mick Corbett surfs at the Right. Picture: @trentslatterphoto

And that big one was made all the sweeter by the fact there were only a handful of surfers there to witness it. And one of the few to catch it, Mick Corbett, did so on his first...


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Families in WA reach breaking point as the state's economy collapses - NEWS.com.au

Property prices in WA have fallen while unemployment and cost of living expenses are high. It's a perfect storm for those who invested at the height of the mining boom. Courtesy: ABC/7:30

People in WA struggling with mortgages and collapsing housing prices. Picture: iStock

FAMILIES in Western Australia are at breaking point, plagued with mounting debts they can’t pay off, as they face the reality of a collapsing economy.

As properties decrease significantly in value and unemployment rates rise, many are now struggling to find jobs to make ends meet.

Could this be the future of Melbourne and Sydney? Western Australia was once a booming product resources hub, with thousands moving to areas around Perth from interstate and overseas to work.

It had one of the strongest economies in the nation with housing prices on par and even higher than Sydney and Melbourne in the...


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Public sector to be slashed by 40 per cent - Perth Now

MARK McGowan has unveiled a major shake-up of Government departments and confirmed large numbers of rank and file public servants face job losses in coming months and years.

In a major announcement Friday morning, the Premier said he would reduce the number of State departments from the current number of 41 to 25 by the middle of the year through amalgamations as part of efforts to drive a more “efficient” public sector.

As previously promised, Mr McGowan said new department heads would be instructed to deliver a 20 per cent reduction in the 521 members making up the top levels of the public service.

But the Premier also flagged deeper job losses across the public service.

During the election campaign Labor had promised to make $750 million in savings from the public sector, but the Premier said the deterioration in the Budget meant bigger cuts were needed.

“Over time there will be...


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'Festival scam': Two Perth women stranded on remote Bahamas island - WAtoday

The women are stranded in the Bahamas. The women are stranded in the Bahamas. Photo: Facebook

Two Perth women have been left stranded on a remote island near the Bahamas after a music festival the pair were due to attend was cancelled at the eleventh hour. 

Laila Afifi said her sister, Shakira Richardson, 22 and her friend Alanna Baldwin, had been dropped at the island, without their luggage, by a plane with hundreds of others attending the Fyre Festival, around 12 hours ago. 

The women paid $7000 just to attend the luxury festival, organised by rapper Ja Rule and advertised by celebrities such as Kendall Jenner. 

"When they got to the island they were asking about their accommodation, what they had booked, and they kept coming back saying the tents they had booked had not been finished yet and they said, 'Ok that's fine, we'll just wait', and seven hours later it was the same information given to them," Ms Afifi...


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Drivers warned about fake fines - Perth Now

DRIVERS are being urged to look out for emails sent by scammers which appear to have the official WA Police logo but contain fake traffic fines.

Consumer Protection and police say they have received numerous reports from people who had received the bogus emails.

“WA Police do not send infringement notices by email or text so don’t be fooled into clicking on any links, making payments with credit cards or providing any personal or financial information to the scammers,” Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said.

“The real infringement notices contain much more detail about you and your vehicle as well as information on the day and time of the offence and, in some cases, photos from cameras.

“The scam email just has a generic offence and a fine total and an invitation to click on a link to get more information about the offence. Do not click on the links and...


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