Fire Ants’ Foe: The QLD sniffer dogs saving WA

The battle against invasive pests has two new front-line warriors: Cola and Willow, sniffer dogs from Queensland. Highly trained biosecurity dogs, Cola and Willow, have been bought over from Queensland to search out the nests of the Red Imported Fire Ants found in the Fremantle area. Cola and Willow can smell the fire ants from…

Solar PV consumers advised to research before buying as issues rise

Western Australians purchasing solar PV systems are being advised to be aware of their rights as a buyer, following a rise in complaints by consumers. Consumer Protection claims more than 200 people have had issues after installing a solar system at their property and need to be careful when dealing with stores that sold them…

Collie grows manufacturing capabilities with investment expanding emergency services trucks

WA will expand its emergency services capability under a new investment bringing more fire trucks to the state. The McGowan Government announced the package on Thursday, in an effort to boost the emergency services vehicle manufacturing industry in Collie. Under the policy, manufacturer Frontline Fire and Rescue Equipment has been awarded a $2.5 million grant…

WA travellers advised to be vaccinated against measles before travelling

Western Australians heading overseas this summer need to make sure measles immunisations are up to date, the State Government has advised, following outbreaks in popular holiday destinations. Travellers are being recommended to check their measles immunity before leaving Australia, following reminders that measles was a common and potentially deadly illness. The government said travellers need…

Driver killed in Arthur River truck rollover

An elderly man has been killed following a truck crash in Arthur River. The 64-year-old man Boyanup man was driving the prime mover truck along Arthur River Road near the intersection of Albany Highway, when it left the road, rolled and collided with a tree. The man died at the scene. Major Crash Investigators are…

Teenage charged over Mosman Park bushfire

WA Police have charged a 16-year-old boy over a small bushfire in Mosman Park yesterday. Strike Force Vulcan detectives will allege the youth along with two others were on mopeds fired off an emergency flare from the Camp Waller Scout Hall located on Jerrat Drive in East Fremantle. The flare ignited dense bushland and Water…

Record funding boosts WA homelessness strategy

Supportive housing will be developed to help Western Australians who are experiencing chronic homelessness, the McGowan Government has revealed. “Common Ground” facilities will be built to house and support people to give “rough-sleeping” Western Australians a place to call home. Under the model, it will offer a mix of permanent, affordable housing that is linked…

WA drug harm inquiry recommends health focus instead of criminal penalties

A parliamentary inquiry has called for a stronger health focus instead of criminal penalties to reduce harm from illicit drugs, to increase support for drug addicted Western Australians. The inquiry has recommended a shift from a criminal justice approach, with inquiry the parliamentary select committee stating that users should be able to receive support “rather…

Child abuse laws extended to WA ministers of religion

WA’s religious ministers will be required to report child sexual abuse, in an effort to strengthen protection of children across the state. The McGowan Government introduced reforms to the Children and Community Services Act 2004, extending the mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse. Under the changes, recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institution Responses to…