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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 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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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

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

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

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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The tribe has spoken: The full 24 cast of the next series of Australian Survivor here - NEWS.com.au

A TOP Australian model, who counts supermodel Naomi Campbell as a fan, is one of the 24 contestants selected from 16,000 to be part of the next series of Australian Survivor.

.Nicola ‘Ziggy’ Zagame - on the set of Australian Survivor in Samoa.

A CHAMPION Olympic water polo player from Sydney is one of the 24 contestants selected from 16,000 to be part of the next series of Australian Survivor.

Network 10 will release 16 more cast names today, joining the eight that were announced two weeks ago.

The most high profile of all the cast is Nicola “Ziggy” Zagame, who played a pivotal part in Australia winning a bronze medal in water polo competition at the 2012 London Olympics.

Zagame also represented Australia in water polo at the London Olympics, where the team placed fifth.

REVEALED: Haters back off, Miranda Sings is coming

Nicola Zagame at the Rio Olympics. Picture: Alex Coppel.

Nicola Zagame at the Rio Olympics....


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Read more: The tribe has spoken: The full 24 cast of the next series of Australian Survivor here - NEWS.com.au

Perth Stadium footbridge to be built in WA | Perth Now - Perth Now

THE Malaysian-built Perth Stadium footbridge will now be constructed in Western Australia after lengthy delays has forced the previous contract to be scrapped.

Premier Mark McGowan said the bridge’s steel deck and arch components, which were being fabricated in Malaysia, would be built locally.

The new arrangement will create 250 jobs in WA, but the project’s cost has blown out another $13 million to $83 million.

The McGowan Government has given head contractor, York Rizzani Joint Venture, a new completion deadline of March next year.

Already well behind schedule, there will be a race against time to have the pedestrian bridge ready for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

Premier Mark McGowan.

Mr McGowan said York Rizzani had terminated its contract with Toyota Tsusho, which was responsible for the fabrication of the bridge in Malaysia. The Premier said York Rizzani retained...


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Western Australian club golf results - Saturday - Golf Australia

ALBANY: Stroke: R Willcocks 69 R Beet 70 M Hope R Barker B Mason K Sounness 71 A Walters T Trevenen R Mountford D Bryson J Herholdt 72 C Johnson L Trott M Davies D Smith 73. Scr: S Griskonis 72. Women: A George 77 G Waugh S Skirrow 77 J Little M Smith K Penton J Scott 78.

   HARTFIELD: Stableford: B Haughey R Arnison D Ball 37 G Payne J Forrest L Bartley M Foster 36 K Vance 35 S Edwards S Hobbs R Edmeades B Devine K Burden K Bishop M Evans C Juniper 34 P Smith J Ahn C Choo D Smith T Veneris M Gooch S Shepherd E Trevaskis G Faassen T Kendall 33. NTP: 4th T Hughes 6th A Rankin 12th G Hindmarch 15th A Riley.

   MELVILLE GLADES: Foursomes: D Warburton G Holmes 76 cb K Smith R Lennon 76. Hcp: V Ristovichis D Sapina 70 N Rankine N Abercromby 70.5 M Hackett B Moulden 71.5 A Van Der Brugghen A Van Der Brugghen 71.5 R Connors L Torres 71.5 B Spence B Berry 72.5 M Craig A Watson 72.5 D...


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From the coast to the outback of Western Australia - Star2.com

With its colossal size (the entire western third of the country), Western Australia offers a multitude of sights and sounds. There’s the beautiful outback that meets the blue sea. Let’s not forget about the food. Truffles, wines and gastronomical events like the annual Margaret River Gourmet Escape are not to be missed.

Nature lovers should visit the national parks, state forests and marine parks that provide the opportunity to see some of the world’s most diverse flora and fauna. The icing on the cake is interacting with all the friendly locals.

Tag along as we bring you on a voyage across this magnificent state.

Encounters of the coastal kind

The waters here are some of the most pristine in the world.

Ningaloo Reef, for instance, is a great place for exhilarating marine experiences with whale sharks (March to July) and humpback whales (August to October). Tours from Exmouth or...


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

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 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

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

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 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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Perth Stadium footbridge to be built in WA | Perth Now - Perth Now

THE Malaysian-built Perth Stadium footbridge will now be constructed in Western Australia after lengthy delays has forced the previous contract to be scrapped.

Premier Mark McGowan said the bridge’s steel deck and arch components, which were being fabricated in Malaysia, would be built locally.

The new arrangement will create 250 jobs in WA, but the project’s cost has blown out another $13 million to $83 million.

The McGowan Government has given head contractor, York Rizzani Joint Venture, a new completion deadline of March next year.

Already well behind schedule, there will be a race against time to have the pedestrian bridge ready for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

Premier Mark McGowan.

Mr McGowan said York Rizzani had terminated its contract with Toyota Tsusho, which was responsible for the fabrication of the bridge in Malaysia. The Premier said York Rizzani retained...


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State bank tax in mix, says WA Premier Mark McGowan | Perth Now - Perth Now

PREMIER Mark McGowan says he will examine South Australia’s planned tax on the big five banks in the lead-up to his Government’s first State Budget in September.

SA’s Labor Government expects the measure would raise that State about $370 million over four years, with Commonwealth, NAB, Westpac, ANZ and Macquarie targeted.

Mr McGowan said his Government was in search of every extra dollar it could find as it prepared for the September 7 Budget.

But he reiterated there would be “no new taxes on West Australians”.

“We are watching how it works in South Australia,” Mr McGowan said. “So, we will examine it.

“But, clearly, it would be great if the Commonwealth fixed our GST because it would avoid the necessity of us having to consider these things.”

Under the SA proposal, the banks would be taxed a quarterly levy of 0.015 per cent on bonds and deposits over$250,000.

The shock...


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Recyclable waste in country areas becoming expensive burden for WA councils - ABC Online

Robert Stewart, Plantagenet CEO, stands in front of a big pile of scrap metal.
Related Story: 10c for returned cans, bottles in WA recycling push

Three West Australian country shires are planning to build a 'Super Tip' near Mount Barker to store recyclable materials.

Denmark, Albany and Plantagenet Shires are well advanced with a plan to create a shared waste facility on Crown land in a bid to centralise a collection area for plastics, oil, metal, electronic waste, car bodies and other recyclable materials.

The move comes after Plantagenet Shire was forced to shut down recycling transfer stations because of soaring transport costs and a slump in prices received for recyclable commodities.

All recyclables collected in regional WA are transported to Perth for processing, which cuts into council profit.

Regional shires...


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Read more: Recyclable waste in country areas becoming expensive burden for WA councils - ABC Online

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

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