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Life-size convict sculpture reflects Fremantle’s past
16th Jan 2019
Life-size convict sculpture reflects Fremantle’s past

Visitors to Fremantle Prison can now walk in the shadow of Western Australia’s convict past, following the installation of a two-piece 14 metre metal silhouette along the Fairbairn Street entrance ramp. The new interpretive sculpture depicts a group of life-size convicts and pensioner guards on their arrival to Fremantle, highlighting the ramp’s significance as a …

Visitor numbers on Rottnest smash previous records
10th Jan 2019
Visitor numbers on Rottnest smash previous records

New figures show that Rottnest Island continues to attract a record numbers of visitors to its shores with 769,000 people arriving via ferry, boat or aircraft in 2018. The 15 per cent record increase in visitor numbers can be attributed to extra ferry services, successful marketing campaigns, celebrity visitors and quokka selfies. Visitation is expected …

Construction starts on Fremantle Line bike path extension
9th Jan 2019
Construction starts on Fremantle Line bike path extension

Work has started on the extension of one of Perth’s most highly anticipated sections of Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Fremantle railway line. The contract to build the project from Grant Street to Victoria Street was awarded to family owned, Perth-based company Keslake Group Pty Ltd. The construction of the 2.8 kilometre section of …

Fines for supplying banned bags start today
1st Jan 2019
Fines for supplying banned bags start today

Offences for supplying banned plastic bags in Western Australia come into effect today. Retailers who supply banned lightweight plastic bags from today (January 1) risk potential prosecution and fines of up to $5,000. Plastic bag suppliers and manufacturers who provide misleading information when selling bags to retailers can also be prosecuted and fined. The Department …

Prison Gatehouse Goes Orange for 16 Days in WA
26th Nov 2018
Prison Gatehouse Goes Orange for 16 Days in WA

Fremantle Prison’s icon ic gatehouse has been set aglow for the State Government’s campaign, 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women. Local MP and Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Minister, Simone McGurk joined Fremantle Prison director Paula Nelson on Monday evening as the gatehouse was lit orange for the first time. As part of …

WA leads the nation for freight on rail
16th Nov 2018
WA leads the nation for freight on rail

A recent ACCC report shows Fremantle Port is leading the nation for freight on rail, with the port boasting the highest proportion of containers carried on rail. Fremantle Port currently has the highest share of containers carried by rail at 17.9 per cent – well above the national average of 11.4 per cent at the …

Beeliar wetlands to be preserved for future generations
7th Nov 2018
Beeliar wetlands to be preserved for future generations

Environmental protection for the Beeliar wetlands is one step closer today after the introduction of a Bill into Parliament to rezone 34 hectares of wetland from Primary Regional Roads to Parks and Recreation, preserving it for future generations. The land, part of a larger reservation the previous government planned to raze to build the flawed Perth Freight Link, …

Federal Government fail to fund successful program to keep women safe
28th Oct 2018
Federal Government fail to fund successful program to keep women safe

Federal Families and Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher confirmed in Parliament this week that the Federal Government will cease funding a successful program for women at risk of family and domestic violence in Western Australia. The Commonwealth had provided funding of $1.47 million for the successful Keeping Women Safe in their Home program, which supported …

Cash boost to provide healthy food for those in need
24th Oct 2018
Cash boost to provide healthy food for those in need

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk today presented a $750,000 Lotterywest grant to food charity SecondBite, which will go towards helping the organisation provide up to three million meals per year to Western Australians facing hardship. SecondBite is a national not-for-profit organisation that redistributes surplus fresh food to community food programs across Australia. These programs offer …

National Carers Week
14th Oct 2018
National Carers Week

National Carers Week will be held from today (October 14) to Saturday, October 20. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate the valuable and selfless contribution which carers make to the community.  There are a number of events being held across the State in recognition of over 320,000 of Western Australia’s carers. Carers come from …