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Ravensthorpe nickel mine closure fails to dent WA town's optimism - ABC Online

BHP Billiton nickel plant decision leaves towns high and dry
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The loss of a small town's biggest employer might be enough to bring some communities to their knees, but not Ravensthorpe in Western Australia's south-east.

It has had plenty of practise weathering the boom/bust cycles of both mining and agriculture, and while some residents are packing their bags, many say they are not going anywhere.

Low nickel prices prompted First Quantum Minerals (FQM) to announce last month it would be mothballing its nickel mine.

The Toronto-based mining giant employed about 270 people at the Ravensthorpe mine, and the closure follows devastating floods which swept through the...


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Freak weather: storm front batters Perth as NSW bakes - Perth Now

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FORECASTERS have linked wild weather in the west to soaring temperatures in the east, as gusts topping 100km/h lashed parts of the South-West this morning.

Perth has been warned to brace for stormy weather on Friday and over the weekend as Ocean Reef was blasted with 100km/h winds at 7.23am this morning.

But while winter has returned to the west, summer has come early to the east and BOM duty forecaster Bob Tarr says the extreme weather is all linked to atmospheric air currents called jet streams.

In Australia, the jet stream is a westerly wind that sometimes dips and when that happens it causes toughs over Perth and ridges over Sydney, Mr Tarr says.

At the moment, the dip is causing cooler south, south-westerly winds to travel further north than usual. This brings cold fronts over Perth and when a corresponding dip occurs in the...


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NASA spacecraft to fly over Australia shortly after midnight during Earth Gravity Assist manoeuvre - NEWS.com.au

A HISTORIC space mission is due to skim across Australia’s skies early tomorrow morning and if you’ve got a telescope or a good camera lens, you should be able to watch it blaze a path over our continent.

Since being launched in September last year, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been racing around the sun at an average speed of 100,800km/h.

But it’s about to make a close approach to Earth so it can use our planet’s gravitational pull to gather speed before slingshotting itself towards an asteroid called Bennu.

This isn’t the first time a spacecraft has used what’s known as a gravity assist manoeuvre. The first time the famed Hollywood move was used was for a US space probe called the Mariner 10 which launched in 1973.

But what makes this unique is just how close the OSIRIS-REx is going to be to the Earth when it does its fly-by and Australia happens to have a front-row seat with...


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WA maternity hospital needs ICU: doctors - SBS

Australian Medical Association (WA) president Omar Khorshid says it's unacceptable the state's biggest maternity hospital doesn't have an ICU or CT scanner.

Doctors are concerned Western Australia's biggest maternity hospital still doesn't have an intensive care unit, meaning seriously ill women are "tossed into an ambulance" and sent to the nearest emergency department.

The 101-year-old, heritage-listed King Edward Memorial Hospital caters for complex pregnancies and high-risk births but also does not have a CT scanner.

"Women who are very sick - either obstetrics or a gynaecological cancer and so on - have no access to an intensive care unit," Australian Medical Association (WA) president Omar Khorshid told AAP.

"How is that acceptable in the modern age? It's archaic."

Dr Khorshid said he hoped KEMH would be the next major hospital project but didn't expect it any time soon given...


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Giant Goldfish Threatens Australian River Life - National Geographic Australia

Aussies have been warned to think twice before flushing goldie down the loo or releasing them into the local river systems after the discovery of giant goldfish in the rivers of Western Australia, weighing more than 2kg.

Scientists believe that the giant species, which is not native to Australia have even adapted to saltwater and now have the ability to move between rivers and into estuaries. Dr. James Tweedley from the Centre of Fish and Fisheries Research at Murdoch University in Perth explained:

"This research indicates goldfish could start using estuaries as a 'salt bridge' to invade and colonise new rivers. Clearly, the fish are capable of tolerating saline conditions for several months,"

"They are a known vector for the introduction of parasites and diseases, so this is bad news for native fish species and the overall health of our precious water systems. It is important...


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Perth black-out: Storm wreaks havoc as 11000 without power - WAtoday

More than 11,000 homes in Perth are without power on Friday afternoon as thunderstorms and strong winds lash the city and parts of the southern coast.

Western Power crews are responding to a large number of outages, mostly in the suburbs of Aveley, The Vines, Ellenbrook, Wandi and South Guildford.

Western Power crews repairing fallen power poles. Western Power crews repairing fallen power poles. Photo: Western Power

By 3.30pm, power to 4000 homes had been restored.

More than 5000 residents remain without power in The Vines and Aveley.

More than 11,000 homes are without power. More than 11,000 homes are without power.  Photo: DFES

There are other spot outages in Kensington, Wembley, Melville, Morely, Osborne Park, Karrinyup, Girrawheen, Armadale, Waikiki and Ascot.

A Western Power spokesman said crews were responding to power line hazards as a priority.

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Extended trading hours rejected for Monday's public holiday in WA ... - Perth Now

THE business lobby has lashed the McGowan Government for knocking back extended trading on this Monday’s Queen’s Birthday public holiday while 140,000 underemployed West Australians chase more work.

Commerce Minister Bill Johnston returned fire, labelling the WA Chamber of Commerce industry ignorant and deceitful about the State economy.

CCI WA applied to the Government for 8am-6pm trading at general retail stores in the metropolitan area in line with the extended hours granted for the holiday during the past two years of the Barnett government.

But in a decision which effectively winds back some of WA’s incremental advances towards deregulated shopping, Labor has enforced the ordinary public holiday hours of 11am-5pm.

CCI WA advocacy director Cath Langmead said extended trading hours were “good for the public,who have more time to shop, good for business, who can benefit from the...


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More severe weather on way for southern WA - Perth Now

WINDS of nearly 140km/h have toppled trees and knocked over huge grain silos in Albany, as much of the southern half of WA prepares for more severe weather.

A weather warning was in place tonight for people in the Lower West, South West, South Coastal, South East Coastal and Great Southern districts, as well as parts of the Central West and Wheatbelt.

The warning, advising of 100km/h-plus winds that would cause damage to homes and property, says affected locations Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.

Silos were toppled as strong winds lashed Albany. Picture: Albany Advertiser.


A second strong cold front is expected to move over the coast tomorrow.

The second batch of damaging weather comes after a fast-moving cold front brought heavy rain and gale force winds today.

In...


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Why Perth is the nation's coffee capital - Perth Now

SHAKERATO, 58C Magic and Tonicpresso may sound like possible band names but in Perth they are something else - coffee.

Despite what people may believe, WA has developed a small but mighty culture for experimenting with this black gold and it’s part of the reason it outshines other Australian states for coffee interest.

I know you’re shocked, right? How could Perthians possibly have a stronger love affair with coffee than Melbournians or Sydneysiders?

Well, according to research by Nespresso, we do.

WA came out on top nationally for ‘coffee interest’ in the snapshot study of 1000 Australians, with 28 per cent of West Aussies showing an interest in coffee compared to 23 per cent nationally.

From how it tastes to the farmers that grow it – whether we are buying it on the go or making it at home – we want to know what we’re drinking.

Twenty two per cent of Perthians also claimed to...


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Ute at centre of new lead in search for killer of WA youth Josh Warneke in 2010 - Perth Now

POLICE have a new lead in search for the murderer of Josh Warneke in Broome in 2010.

A four-wheel drive with novelty number plates was seen near where his body was found.

The white '79 Series' Toyota LandCruiser ute had a BUNDY decorative number plate and flag poles on either side of the cabin.

A ute similar to the one at the centre of a new police lead into the death of Josh Warneke in 2010 in Broome.

It was seen driving along Short Street into Old Broome Road around the time that Warneke was found in the early hours on February 26, 2010.

Acting Detective Superintendent Pete Branchi said despite the case’s publicity, the owner of the 4WD has never come forward.

“We are appealing for public assistance to identify the vehicle, its driver and any other occupants,” he said.

Josh Warneke, who died in 2010

Witnesses saw Warneke walking along Old Broome Road at 2.45am.

Ten minutes later...


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The 'mad doctor from Perth' who made Margaret River - WAtoday

When Dr Tom Cullity arrived in Margaret River in 1967 to plant the region's first commercial vineyard, the locals were not too happy.

Rumour had it the "mad doctor from Perth", who some locals referred to him as, was setting up a nudist colony or wife-swapping cult on his 20-acre bush block.

Tom Cullity with the first Vasse Felix vines in late 1960s. Tom Cullity with the first Vasse Felix vines in late 1960s.  Photo: supplied

But all the 41-year-old was doing was planting cabernet, shiraz and riesling, and inadvertently kick-starting a wine region and wine style now revered around the world.

"(Back then) it was a poor area - dirt poor," Cullity told an interviewer three decades on.

"There was hardly anybody there. It was a closed community." 

Fifty years later, Margaret River is now one of the world's most famous and prestigious wine regions, and Vasse Felix - where Cullity planted those vines - is a star of the show, in no part thanks to...


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Rising women' golf star Hannah Green taking on men at WA Open - Perth Now

HANNAH Green, the rising star of Australian women's golf, will show off her skills against the men in October's WA Open in Perth.

It will be a triumphant return to Australia after she landed her 2018 LPGA Tour card with her second victory of the year on the second-tier Symetra Tour.

"I'm really excited to play with the men in October," Green said.

The 20-year-old lives just 10 minutes from the Royal Perth course where the Open will be held from October 19-22.

Her emphatic win at the El Dorado Shootout in Arkansas last weekend came after she shot a course-record 64 in the final-round.

Green, in her rookie season as a professional, is confident she can make the cut at the WA Open.

"Perth is a shorter and quite narrow course, I think that will help me a lot," she said.

"I can't wait to play a tournament in front of my friends and family.

"I'm so pleased I was able to secure my tour...


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The 'mad doctor from Perth' who made Margaret River - WAtoday

When Dr Tom Cullity arrived in Margaret River in 1967 to plant the region's first commercial vineyard, the locals were not too happy.

Rumour had it the "mad doctor from Perth", who some locals referred to him as, was setting up a nudist colony or wife-swapping cult on his 20-acre bush block.

Tom Cullity with the first Vasse Felix vines in late 1960s. Tom Cullity with the first Vasse Felix vines in late 1960s.  Photo: supplied

But all the 41-year-old was doing was planting cabernet, shiraz and riesling, and inadvertently kick-starting a wine region and wine style now revered around the world.

"(Back then) it was a poor area - dirt poor," Cullity told an interviewer three decades on.

"There was hardly anybody there. It was a closed community." 

Fifty years later, Margaret River is now one of the world's most famous and prestigious wine regions, and Vasse Felix - where Cullity planted those vines - is a star of the show, in no part thanks to...


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Read more: The 'mad doctor from Perth' who made Margaret River - WAtoday

100km/h winds and thunderstorms to hit Perth and southern WA for ... - WAtoday

A tree has come down on Adelaide Terrace, blocking the CBD road east-bound as a severe weather warning remains in place for a second day in Perth and southern parts of the state. 

The tree has toppled on Adelaide Terrace between Hill and Bennett streets, causing traffic chaos. 

A tree has fallen on Adelaide Terrace during Friday's storm. A tree has fallen on Adelaide Terrace during Friday's storm.  Photo: Anthony Anderson

Radio 6PR reporter Anthony Anderson said no one had been injured in the incident, which occurred around 9am. 

"An entire tree has come down mid-trunk... it's fallen on a parking ticket machine," he said. 

"It's very lucky it didn't hit a car or person."

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Meanwhile, people south-west of a line from Perth to Bremer Bay have been advised to take action to protect themselves and properties against severe thunderstorms and damaging winds up to 100 kilometres an hour. 

The area includes Perth, Albany, Bunbury,...


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Read more: 100km/h winds and thunderstorms to hit Perth and southern WA for ... - WAtoday

Rising women' golf star Hannah Green taking on men at WA Open - Perth Now

HANNAH Green, the rising star of Australian women's golf, will show off her skills against the men in October's WA Open in Perth.

It will be a triumphant return to Australia after she landed her 2018 LPGA Tour card with her second victory of the year on the second-tier Symetra Tour.

"I'm really excited to play with the men in October," Green said.

The 20-year-old lives just 10 minutes from the Royal Perth course where the Open will be held from October 19-22.

Her emphatic win at the El Dorado Shootout in Arkansas last weekend came after she shot a course-record 64 in the final-round.

Green, in her rookie season as a professional, is confident she can make the cut at the WA Open.

"Perth is a shorter and quite narrow course, I think that will help me a lot," she said.

"I can't wait to play a tournament in front of my friends and family.

"I'm so pleased I was able to secure my tour...


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Read more: Rising women' golf star Hannah Green taking on men at WA Open - Perth Now

100km/h winds and thunderstorms to hit Perth and southern WA for ... - WAtoday

A tree has come down on Adelaide Terrace, blocking the CBD road east-bound as a severe weather warning remains in place for a second day in Perth and southern parts of the state. 

The tree has toppled on Adelaide Terrace between Hill and Bennett streets, causing traffic chaos. 

A tree has fallen on Adelaide Terrace during Friday's storm. A tree has fallen on Adelaide Terrace during Friday's storm.  Photo: Anthony Anderson

Radio 6PR reporter Anthony Anderson said no one had been injured in the incident, which occurred around 9am. 

"An entire tree has come down mid-trunk... it's fallen on a parking ticket machine," he said. 

"It's very lucky it didn't hit a car or person."

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Meanwhile, people south-west of a line from Perth to Bremer Bay have been advised to take action to protect themselves and properties against severe thunderstorms and damaging winds up to 100 kilometres an hour. 

The area includes Perth, Albany, Bunbury,...


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Read more: 100km/h winds and thunderstorms to hit Perth and southern WA for ... - WAtoday

Freak weather: storm front batters Perth as NSW bakes - Perth Now

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FORECASTERS have linked wild weather in the west to soaring temperatures in the east, as gusts topping 100km/h lashed parts of the South-West this morning.

Perth has been warned to brace for stormy weather on Friday and over the weekend as Ocean Reef was blasted with 100km/h winds at 7.23am this morning.

But while winter has returned to the west, summer has come early to the east and BOM duty forecaster Bob Tarr says the extreme weather is all linked to atmospheric air currents called jet streams.

In Australia, the jet stream is a westerly wind that sometimes dips and when that happens it causes toughs over Perth and ridges over Sydney, Mr Tarr says.

At the moment, the dip is causing cooler south, south-westerly winds to travel further north than usual. This brings cold fronts over Perth and when a corresponding dip occurs in the...


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Read more: Freak weather: storm front batters Perth as NSW bakes - Perth Now

Perth black-out: Storm wreaks havoc as 11000 without power - WAtoday

More than 11,000 homes in Perth are without power on Friday afternoon as thunderstorms and strong winds lash the city and parts of the southern coast.

Western Power crews are responding to a large number of outages, mostly in the suburbs of Aveley, The Vines, Ellenbrook, Wandi and South Guildford.

Western Power crews repairing fallen power poles. Western Power crews repairing fallen power poles. Photo: Western Power

By 3.30pm, power to 4000 homes had been restored.

More than 5000 residents remain without power in The Vines and Aveley.

More than 11,000 homes are without power. More than 11,000 homes are without power.  Photo: DFES

There are other spot outages in Kensington, Wembley, Melville, Morely, Osborne Park, Karrinyup, Girrawheen, Armadale, Waikiki and Ascot.

A Western Power spokesman said crews were responding to power line hazards as a priority.

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"Winds gusts in excess of 100 kilometres an hour have blown debris and branches onto wires and brought...


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Read more: Perth black-out: Storm wreaks havoc as 11000 without power - WAtoday

Freak weather: storm front batters Perth as NSW bakes - Perth Now

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  • Wild weather strikes Perth, WA

FORECASTERS have linked wild weather in the west to soaring temperatures in the east, as gusts topping 100km/h lashed parts of the South-West this morning.

Perth has been warned to brace for stormy weather on Friday and over the weekend as Ocean Reef was blasted with 100km/h winds at 7.23am this morning.

But while winter has returned to the west, summer has come early to the east and BOM duty forecaster Bob Tarr says the extreme weather is all linked to atmospheric air currents called jet streams.

In Australia, the jet stream is a westerly wind that sometimes dips and when that happens it causes toughs over Perth and ridges over Sydney, Mr Tarr says.

At the moment, the dip is causing cooler south, south-westerly winds to travel further north than usual. This brings cold fronts over Perth and when a corresponding dip occurs in the...


Read full article on News GN WA Perth


Read more: Freak weather: storm front batters Perth as NSW bakes - Perth Now

Perth black-out: Storm wreaks havoc as 11000 without power - WAtoday

More than 11,000 homes in Perth are without power on Friday afternoon as thunderstorms and strong winds lash the city and parts of the southern coast.

Western Power crews are responding to a large number of outages, mostly in the suburbs of Aveley, The Vines, Ellenbrook, Wandi and South Guildford.

Western Power crews repairing fallen power poles. Western Power crews repairing fallen power poles. Photo: Western Power

By 3.30pm, power to 4000 homes had been restored.

More than 5000 residents remain without power in The Vines and Aveley.

More than 11,000 homes are without power. More than 11,000 homes are without power.  Photo: DFES

There are other spot outages in Kensington, Wembley, Melville, Morely, Osborne Park, Karrinyup, Girrawheen, Armadale, Waikiki and Ascot.

A Western Power spokesman said crews were responding to power line hazards as a priority.

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"Winds gusts in excess of 100 kilometres an hour have blown debris and branches onto wires and brought...


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Weather Perth

Currently steady 13.8° Saturday
11° - 18°
Wind: WSW at 15 km/h, gusting to 24 km/h falling
Relative humidity: 61%
Sunday Possible thunderstorm 9° - 18°

 

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