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Uranium mine ban for WA but existing four projects allowed to proceed - ABC Online

Test open pit for uranium exploration in WA goldfields region
Related Story: Uranium mines already given green light in WA get Labor tick
Related Story: WA Government approves uranium project despite environmental concerns

The WA Government has delivered on an election commitment to ban uranium mining, but it will not stop four projects that already had approval from proceeding.

A ban on uranium mining takes effect from today, with the exception of the four projects.

They are Cameco's Kintyre and Yeelirrie projects, Vimy Resources' Mulga Rock project and Toro Energy's Wiluna project.

Toro's Wiluna project was the first to be approved in 2012, while Mulga Rock received approval last year.

Cameco's Yeelirrie mine was initially knocked back by the Environmental Protection Authority due to the threat it...


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WA Government slashes skilled migration list to 18 occupations - Perth Now

THE State Government has released an updated version of the WA skilled migration list, slashing it to just 18 eligible occupations. 

The list, which used to carry 178 occupations including bricklayers, engineers and nurses, was torn up on Labor’s first day of government in March.

Premier Mark McGowan said the 18 occupations on the list were mainly in the health sector where there was a genuine need, including midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses.

Mr McGowan said in the current economic climate it did not make sense to give jobs to migrants ahead of West Australians.

“In the current economic climate, it’s more important than ever that we maximise employment opportunities for Western Australians,” he said.

“Our policy will ensure that, whenever possible, Western Australians will be given first preference on WA jobs. It doesn’t make sense to fast-track...


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Read more: WA Government slashes skilled migration list to 18 occupations - Perth Now

WA tourism boost amid declining visitors | Perth Now - Perth Now

WESTERN Australian Premier Mark McGowan says changes to tourism marketing will make the state's industry stronger, after new figures showed a drop in interstate visitors.

Interstate visitors dropped by 8.2 per cent, or about 121,000 people, to less than 1.4 million in the year to March, data released by Tourism WA on Wednesday shows.

Tourism WA will soon come under the new Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, while $425 million has been put towards tourism marketing and events over the next five years.

The number of intrastate overnight visitors in WA fell by 3.9 per cent compared with average growth of 3.4 per cent across Australia.

Interstate visitor numbers decreased by 8.2 per cent, in comparison with average growth of 3.7 per cent across Australia.

In total, Western Australia is down by more than 450,000 visitors compared with last year.

It's a different story...


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Western Australian elder jailed for outstanding fines, despite making regular payments - ABC Online

Dadawarra Harris celebrates with Geoffrey Stokes and his supporters after the conclusion of Mr Stokes' recent trial.
Related Story: Premier doesn't want detention for unpaid fines
Related Story: Gun-wielding Goldfields pastor allowed to keep firearms licence

Western Australia's Attorney General's Department says it cannot say why a Goldfields Aboriginal Elder was arrested and jailed for five days for outstanding fines, despite making regular payments.

Dadawarra Harris was arrested on March 31 for around $13,000 in outstanding fines, after the senior law man testified as an expert in the trial of pastor and activist Geoffrey Stokes.

But Mr Harris was on a time-to-pay arrangement for the fines, with a regular deduction coming out of his account just three days before he was arrested.

"I'd spoken to the Sheriff, I'm always talking to the Sheriff...


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Rain drenches Perth but fails to bring many desperate WA farmers relief - ABC Local

The jetty leading to the blue boathouse at Crawley submerged by heavy rain.
Related Story: Dry spell hurting thousands of WA farmers
Related Story: WA farmers concerned low rainfall could wipe $1b off harvest

A cold front over the southern half of Western Australia has dumped more than 60 millimetres of rain on Perth, and has given some struggling farmers a boost, but has failed to reach all agricultural areas desperate for a drenching.

Perth recorded 61.2 millimetres of rain since 9:00am yesterday after an overnight downpour, with all but 0.8mm of that falling after 7:00pm last night.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it was Perth's wettest June day for 31 years.

It said Perth had only had three wet days this month so far, compared with a June average of 14.7 days.

The State Emergency Service said it had...


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Read more: Rain drenches Perth but fails to bring many desperate WA farmers relief - ABC Local

SA-style bank tax 'attractive option' to relieve debt, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt says - ABC Online

A South Australian-style bank tax could be an "attractive option" for Western Australia as it grapples with record debt, Treasurer Ben Wyatt says as he prepares to hand down his first budget in September.

On Thursday, the South Australian Government proposed its major banks be taxed a quarterly levy of 0.015 per cent on bonds and deposits over $250,000.

Mr Wyatt said he had briefly spoken to SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis about the tax.

"I am not going to pretend it's not an attractive option," Mr Wyatt said.

"Revenue sources that generate lots of money are something that all state treasurers look to.

"I am not saying it's being considered yet, we're watching South Australia and seeing how they're actually going to do it."

But despite flagging the appeal of the tax, he said the Government had no plans to break its "no new...


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Read more: SA-style bank tax 'attractive option' to relieve debt, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt says - ABC Online

Medicinal honey from Western Australia certified for antimicrobial ... - ABC Online

Scientists have developed a process to certify West Australian honey with medicinal and antimicrobial properties, which will rival New Zealand's famous Manuka honey.

The new certification process, developed by industry and food testing laboratory ChemCentre and funded by a $500,000 State Government grant, will now be able to authenticate WA honey with medicinal properties.

Honey that comes from jarrah and marri trees, which are unique to WA, are known as monofloral honeys and have been found to have some of the highest antimicrobial activity in the world.

Certification paves way for new marketing

But the WA honey industry had been unable to market these properties effectively because until now, it had no official certification process for monofloral honey.

ChemCentre principal food scientist Ken Dods said the certification would be able to test for and confirm the presence of...


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Read more: Medicinal honey from Western Australia certified for antimicrobial ... - ABC Online

Dry season in Western Australia forces Wheatbelt farmers to sell off sheep - ABC Online

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Related Story: Dry spell hurting thousands of WA farmers

The lack of winter rain over much of Western Australia has left many crops to wither and pasture to dry out, with Wheatbelt farmers in particular being forced to sell their sheep.

Farmer Ben Williams getting advice from livestock agent Craig Walker.

Ben Williams farms near Northampton, 470 kilometres north of Perth, and for the first time in a decade he has had to hand feed his livestock at this point in the season.

"There's nothing for the sheep at the moment," he said.

"What did germinate has died."

Mr Williams is selling off about a quarter of his flock while they are still in good shape and prices are stable.

"If this rain doesn't happen statewide, which is what is happening ... everyone's going to be in...


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Read more: Dry season in Western Australia forces Wheatbelt farmers to sell off sheep - ABC Online

NDIS: Signs of growing mistrust between ministers as stoush continues - ABC Online

A stoush is growing between Western Australia and the Federal Government over the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with increasing signs of mistrust and accusations between ministers.

People with disabilities, service providers and advocates are frustrated at the ongoing uncertainty, given the McGowan government is leaning towards joining the national NDIS and Social Services Minister Christian Porter wants that too.

It comes just a week before the full roll-out of the scheme started in WA.

Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has been reviewing whether to keep the bilateral agreement signed by the previous Barnett government with the Commonwealth for a locally-administered NDIS or join the national scheme.

Mr Dawson asked for more information about costs under each model and wants to know how much the Commonwealth would contribute.

But he...


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Read more: NDIS: Signs of growing mistrust between ministers as stoush continues - ABC Online

Mining lobby slam WA Government's 'unbelievable' safety levy fee hike - ABC Online

Tractors are seen in operation at the Atlas Iron mine in the Pilbara
Related Story: A new approach: will it save lives?
Related Story: Mining safety levy being introduced

A State Government-administrated safety fund has been left almost $10 million in deficit through financial incompetence, Western Australia's peak mining body says.

Key points:

  • The fund is used to pay for consultation, train inspectors and other safety measures
  • The mining industry blames mismanagement by the department of petroleum, but the department notes levy payments are down
  • The fund receives about $30m per year from mining companies

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) chief executive Simon Bennison said the Mines Minister had advised a levy which pays into the fund would have to be increased by 33...


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Read more: Mining lobby slam WA Government's 'unbelievable' safety levy fee hike - ABC Online

Inquiry into high cost of regional WA airfares announced - Perth Now

A KEY election promise for regional West Aussies is set to get underway with the State Government announcing it will conduct an inquiry into the high cost of airfares.

The Economics and Industry Standing Committee will conduct the inquiry, which will report on factors contributing to the high cost of regional airfares and provide recommendations on how to limit costs

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the probe would also focus on the impact high airfares have on business, tourism and social life in the bush.

“The McGowan Government made an election commitment to hold an inquiry into the high cost of regional airfares,” he said.

“It’s an issue that has afflicted small businesses, tourism operators and local people in regional Western Australia for many years.

“A parliamentary inquiry has the power to shine a spotlight on this issue, get to the bottom of why these fares are so...


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WA Premier conceded previous government did not sign off on stadium ticketing deal - ABC Online

WA Premier Mark McGowan will not push for more general admission seating for AFL games at the new Perth Stadium, but has backed away from his claim a deal was finalised by the Barnett government.

On Monday, the Premier's office said the contract for seating arrangements at AFL games was sealed by the previous government and stadium operator VenuesLive in January, but not made public.

Only 7,000 general admission seats will be available — 3,000 less than the former government promised.

Today, the Premier said he had been misinformed about the contract being signed by the relevant parties.

"Some advice I was given, that was slightly incorrect," Mr McGowan said.

A wide shot of the interior of Perth Stadium with rows of white seats filling the stands and a wide screen at the end.

He said the former government had agreed to the seating arrangements in January, but the contract had not yet been...


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Read more: WA Premier conceded previous government did not sign off on stadium ticketing deal - ABC Online

WA tourism boost amid declining visitors - Perth Now

WESTERN Australian Premier Mark McGowan says changes to tourism marketing will make the state's industry stronger, after new figures showed a drop in interstate visitors.

Interstate visitors dropped by 8.2 per cent, or about 121,000 people, to less than 1.4 million in the year to March, data released by Tourism WA on Wednesday shows.

Tourism WA will soon come under the new Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, while $425 million has been put towards tourism marketing and events over the next five years.

The number of intrastate overnight visitors in WA fell by 3.9 per cent compared with average growth of 3.4 per cent across Australia.

Interstate visitor numbers decreased by 8.2 per cent, in comparison with average growth of 3.7 per cent across Australia.

In total, Western Australia is down by more than 450,000 visitors compared with last year.

It's a different story...


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Read more: WA tourism boost amid declining visitors - Perth Now

WA households slugged | electricity prices go up 10.9 percent ... - Perth Now

  • HIT LIST: WA Government targets WA Seniors Card holders

WEST Australian households are set to be slugged more for their bills, with Treasurer Ben Wyatt announcing the full suite of increased fees and charges today.

The increases which will see a rise for a regular household of 7.7 per cent across the board, with an electricity increases of $169, 10.9 per cent on last year as a result of a doubling a fixed charge.

Water and sewerage charges will increase by 6%, and there is a 1.8% rise in public transport, while students travelling on buses and trains will pay 70c.

Over all the average household will pay almost $438 extra a year.

Mr Wyatt said West Australians had to pay more because of the state of the finances.

SUMMARY

  • An increase of $169 to the fixed charge component of electricity bills, or 10.9 per cent for the ‘representative household’;
  • A six per cent increase in water,...

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Rain drenches Perth but fails to bring many desperate WA farmers ... - ABC Local

The jetty leading to the blue boathouse at Crawley submerged by heavy rain.
Related Story: Dry spell hurting thousands of WA farmers
Related Story: WA farmers concerned low rainfall could wipe $1b off harvest

A cold front over the southern half of Western Australia has dumped more than 60 millimetres of rain on Perth, and has given some struggling farmers a boost, but has failed to reach all agricultural areas desperate for a drenching.

Perth recorded 61.2 millimetres of rain since 9:00am yesterday after an overnight downpour, with all but 0.8mm of that falling after 7:00pm last night.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it was Perth's wettest June day for 31 years.

It said Perth had only had three wet days this month so far, compared with a June average of 14.7 days.

The State Emergency Service said it had...


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Read more: Rain drenches Perth but fails to bring many desperate WA farmers ... - ABC Local

Perth has just had its wettest day for 31 years - NEWS.com.au

Bureau of Meteorology radar showing the rain as it passed over Perth. Picture: Supplied.

YOU can normally rely on Perth to deliver solidly sunny and dry weather. Not at the moment. The city has just sloshed its way through its wettest June day in more than three decades.

And yet despite the torrential downpours, the Western Australian capital is still struggling with a distinctly dry June.

More torrential rain and even flash flooding is expected in the state on Thursday night while a cold front could bring some chilly days and snow to parts of the south-east towards the weekend.

In the 24 hours up to 9am Thursday, 61mm of rain fell on Perth. That’s around one third of June’s usual rain in just one day.

“This time of the year is the wettest for Perth but 61mm of rainfall is the heaviest they’ve seen on a single day in June in 31 years,” Sky News Weather meteorologist Tristan Myers...


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WA speed cameras pass virus check - Perth Now

AN AUDIT of WA speed and red light cameras has determined none have been corrupted by the same computer virus that has led to hundreds of infringements being cancelled in Victoria.

Victorian authorities have been forced to withdraw almost 600 infringements issued from 55 speed and red-light cameras after a maintenance worker inadvertently uploaded a ransomwire virus onto the network using a USB stick on June 6.

Victoria’s Road Safety Commissioner John Voyage has claimed the virus was unable to take over the cameras because it could not connect to the internet but police have quarantined other infringements recorded by the cameras before the infection was discovered until an inquiry determines whether the cameras were operating correctly.

An investigation has been launched into the cyber-attack.

WA Police said yesterday it had immediately contacted the providers of its speed and red...


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Animal cruelty offenders remain at large in WA - Perth Now

  • RSPCA investigating video of man with a skinned cat
  • Cow shot with arrow at Lake Clifton

THE grinning man who was filmed holding a cat that had been skinned alive is still being sought by RSPCA in Western Australia.

The footage was given to the animal welfare charity last August, and despite the man's face being clearly visible in images shared with the public, he has not been identified.

RSPCA WA is also appealing for information relating to two other acts of animal cruelty where the offenders remain at large.

On January 26 last year a cow was deliberately shot with an arrow on a property on Old Bunbury Road, Lake Clifton, and had to be put down as a result.

An emaciated, flea ridden puppy was found inside a backpack where it had been dumped on a vacant block of land on the corner of Porter and Baird street, Collie on June 14 last year.

Chief inspector Amanda Swift says the charity...


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WA Police Traffic tweet excuses from drivers - Perth Now

PEOPLE will say anything to get out of a fine.

And we are sure WA Police have heard them all.

These are just some of the excuses traffic officers have received in the past week.

On Friday, Kwinana Police pulled over a motorist who had been banned from driving.

The motorist's response: "Can't I just have a warning for trying?"

WA Police Traffic tweeted the exchange adding: "Magistrate said not to drive, guess what he did?"

Then there was this incident.

In the post police said the driver was "testing" the tyre traction on his ute.

They then ended the post with the hashtag #tyretractiontestfail

And then there is this classic.

A driver was stopped by police for allegedly speeding in a built-up area in Greenwood on Thursday.

When asked by police why, he responded: "I'm really low on fuel so I'm in a rush to get there."

WA Police Traffic posted the excuse and the $400 fine on...


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WA Government slashes skilled migration list to 18 occupations - Perth Now

THE State Government has released an updated version of the WA skilled migration list, slashing it to just 18 eligible occupations. 

The list, which used to carry 178 occupations including bricklayers, engineers and nurses, was torn up on Labor’s first day of government in March.

Premier Mark McGowan said the 18 occupations on the list were mainly in the health sector where there was a genuine need, including midwives, psychiatrists and several classes of registered nurses.

Mr McGowan said in the current economic climate it did not make sense to give jobs to migrants ahead of West Australians.

“In the current economic climate, it’s more important than ever that we maximise employment opportunities for Western Australians,” he said.

“Our policy will ensure that, whenever possible, Western Australians will be given first preference on WA jobs. It doesn’t make sense to fast-track...


Read full article on News GN Western Australia


Read more: WA Government slashes skilled migration list to 18 occupations - Perth Now

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