Following news that WA has 2 of the top 10 tourist attractions in Australia according to TripAdvisor, the state is eyeing the big Chinese market.
Fremantle Prison made it to the top 10 list of Australian tourist sites but apparently due to weak destination marketing, the state is missing out on China’s lucrative tourism income. This was revealed by Chinese travel professionals.
According to Chinese travel agents, awareness of the state’s landscapes and experiences was low, agents attending Tourism WA’s Ni Hao conference in Fremantle recently revealed.
While 1 million Chinese tourists came to Australia last year, only 43,000 came to WA. Source: http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/wa-tourism-industry-eyes-biggest-market-china/news-story/47c4a45afcdb9b7bac20173bce791fc9
The 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
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
The search is still on for a missing man who was last seen out drinking with his friends at a beer café on Murray street in Perth on Friday May 20th.
The 37 year old Sean Mitchell called a friend to say he was going on a friend’s yacht which was moored in the Swan River near the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
The man then apparently used a yellow dingy to row to shore from the yacht and wasn’t seen since.
Read more at http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/volunteers-mount-water-search-for-missing-perth-man-sean-mitchell/news-story/c516506252aec082324f5c5827c1f1e8
Fremantle Prison has once again been named one of the top 10 tourist sites in Australia.
The prison was only one of two Perth places to be named in the TripAdvisor 2016 Travellers Choice Awards list.
Fremantle Prison came in number seven on the list. The other attractions that made the list include:
1. Australian War Memorial, Canberra
2. Sydney Opera House
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge
4. Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
5. Block Arcade, Melbourne
6. Port Arthur, Tasmania
7. Fremantle Prison
8. State War Memorial Kings Park
9. Australian Parliament House, Canberra
10. Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
Read more http://www.communitynews.com.au/cockburn-gazette/news/fremantle-prison-again-named-one-of-australias-top-10-tourist-sites-by-tripadvisor/
An article on CommunityNews.com.au revealed that a number of businesses in Fremantle are closing.
The shopping precinct in the CBD was described as particularly alarming with a large list of retailers closing down over the past few years.
Some of the places that have closed include Myer, Harvey Norman, Spotlight, Dymocks, Angus and Robertson, Thingz Gifts, Dick Smith (nationwide closure) and McDonald’s (Fishing Boat Harbour) etc.
Today Woolworths will also close its doors.
Read more at http://www.communitynews.com.au/fremantle-gazette/opinion/alarming-to-see-businesses-closing-in-fremantle/
The 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
The Harbour Master has been named the home of best steak sandwich in Perth and the owner attributes his success to the use of mouth-watering blended flavours and an extra side.
The Australian Hoteliers Association Expo was recently held at the Crown with the steak sandwich bringing together WA venues and pubs, showcasing home-style cooking and locally grown WA produce.
The final cook-off was between 5 restaurants but The Harbour Master’s steak sandwich won out in the end. Read more at http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/the-harbour-master-home-of-perths-best-steak-sandwich-20160512-gota41.html
A Fremantle man was charged with a series of drug and firearm offences after his vehicle was stopped by police recently.
The man was identified by police after driving his car erratically in Yangebup.
The 31 year old man then failed to stop when requested and tried to evade police before abandoning his car.
He was arrested thereafter which is when a homemade firearm, ammunition, methylamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were discovered in his possession.
He was charged for possession of these items as well as with reckless driving, having no authority to drive and failing to comply with a request to give personal details.
Read more at https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Fremantle-man-on-drug-gun-charges-after-incident-in-Yangebup/7687168
The WA state government has allocated $10 million in the state budget for the redevelopment of Lathlain Park over the next 4 years to help support community sport.
The funding was confirmed by Premier Colin Barnett which he said would go towards community aspects of the redevelopment including adding an oval and rebuilding an existing oval, lighting, scoreboard, 2 lane synthetic running track, pathways, tennis courts and a playground.
The redevelopment will also include an administration and training facility for the West Coast Eagles, who will fund its own dedicated facilities as part of the project.
Construction work will start at the end of the 2016 WAFL season. Source: https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/WA-Budget:-Lathlain-Park-gets-$10m-for-redevelopment/7687278