WA Property Developer Donation Ban Unlikely

aus moneyThe major political parties in Western Australia have ruled out banning political donations from property developers, a decision following in the footsteps of New South Wales.

Despite the decision, Premier Colin Barnett called upon Opposition Leader Mark McGowan to detail his relationship with outspoken Perth property developer Nigel Satterley.

The property developer owns land at Mandogalup near Kwinana, which could be the subject of a residential building ban under industrial buffer legislation being considered by the government.

Read more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-27/wa-property-developer-donation-ban-unlikely/7454660

Earthquake hits WA

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A string of earthquakes shook the WA Goldfields region recently and it was felt by locals with windows rattling and the ground shaking.

The quake reportedly had the strength of an atomic bomb.

There was a series of 4 earthquakes that hit near Norseman with one magnitude 5.2 quake being felt as far away as Perth.

The quakes were the largest seismic activity to be felt since the Kalgoorlie quake in April 2010 that caused a lot of destruction to buildings. Did you feel them? Source: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/three-earthquakes-shake-wa-goldfields/news-story/06e2d569da997f765f4a12ea60f9f8fb

Earliest Australians May Have Invented The Axe – WA Discovery Revealed

kimberly-WA-300x169The earliest Australians may be the creators of the axe, according to scientists who have identified a 50,000 year old fragment in Kimberley, Western Australia.

Archaeologists found the tool in the remote Kimberley region which indicates that early Australians were technological innovators and were more advanced in their tool use than previously thought.

Scientists discovered the fragment, about the size of a thumbnail and placed it among the oldest pieces of evidence showing human activity in Australia. Source: http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-earliest-australians-invented-the-axe-scientist-believe/news-story/7c4ad7ed1fd301a0e6b557dd0f38d4b7

World’s Biggest Airplane Lands in WA

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If you weren’t already aware the world’s largest plane has touched down in Perth, sending around16,000 aviation fanatics into a frenzy as they gathered at Perth Airport to catch a glimpse of the impressive aircraft.

It was the Antonov 225’s first visit to Australia for its first commercial flight. The plane took off from Kiev carrying a 133 tonne generator made in The Czech Republic. The plan can carry up to 250 tonnes.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the massive plane was stranded in Ukraine but in 2001 it was decided that the plane would be recommissioned.

Once it leaves Australia, the plane will visit Turkmenistan, India and Malaysia.

Source: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/wa/2016/05/15/world-s-biggest-plane-to-touch-down-in-perth.html

 

Car Chase Leads to Discovery of Home-made Gun and Drugs

policeA police car chase through Perth’s southern suburbs led to the arrest of a Fremantle man who was found with a homemade gun and drugs.

Fremantle Detectives say the 31 year old man refused to pull over when prompted by police and sped off, leading police on a pursuit before abandoning the vehicle at Torgoyle Reserve in Wattleup.

Police proceeded to chase down the man by foot before catching him. They discovered a homemade gun, ammunition, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He will appear in Fremantle Magistrates Court on May 20th.

Source: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/man-charged-car-chase-leads-to-homemade-gun-drugs/news-story/ba98673032ef16225f882aa913fd0018

Cycling on Foot Paths Legal in WA

cyclistFremantle residents, in fact anyone living in Western Australia should be aware that cycling on footpaths has once again been made legal in the state.

The government decided last week to increase the number of dedicated bike paths after the deaths of 2 cyclists in Perth last month. The cyclists were hit by cars.

While previous laws only permitted children under 12 to ride on footpaths, the new rule allows all cyclists this privilege.

The Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Group found allowing cyclists of all ages on footpaths had safety benefits and very low risks to pedestrians.

Source: https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61667

Fremantle Power Station Death Latest

south fremantleThe person who witnessed the tragic death of a 24 year old man at the Fremantle Power Station over the weekend, says they begged him to stop climbing before the incident occurred.

The witness said the man climbed up the old South Fremantle Power Station on Saturday evening shortly before he fell to his death. The witness who did not want to be named warned him that what he was doing was dangerous but the Byford man and a female companion apparently refused to listen.

According to a witness, the victim and a woman climbed up the side of building, using smashed window ledges as footings. They climbed about 30 metres and tried to access a high level which couldn’t be reached from the inside since the staircases had been removed.

The man eventually fell 15 metres through a hole to his death. Read more http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/witness-to-south-fremantle-power-station-death-begged-man-to-stop-climbing-20160502-gok5jb.html

South Fremantle Power Station Accident Claims One Life

south fremantleTragedy struck when a Byford man was killed after falling from the second floor of the old South Fremantle Power Station.

It is believed the 24 year old man fell approximately 15 metres through a hole in the floor while with a woman at the derelict building on Saturday night.

Although emergency crews arrived at the scene and administered medical assistance, the man did not survive. He died on the scene.

The building is a heritage site that has been closed since 1985. Source: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/man-24-dies-after-falling-from-old-south-fremantle-power-station-20160501-gojfoq.html