WA councils warn freight rail closure will rip-up local roads

By Paul Hemsley The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has hit out at Brookfield Rail’s planned closure of two grain freight lines in the state’s Wheatbelt, claiming that the shutdown will force thousands of heavy trucks onto local roads which can’t deal with the big-wheeled burden unless councils are allocated new funding for upgrades. […]

Perth commuters take fright at fake tram

By Paul Hemsley If the sight of a tram trundling down a pedestrian mall is enough to frighten you off your shopping, then Perth is the place to be – even if you can’t catch a ride yet. After months of berating the Western Australian state government over its proposed route for the new CBD […]

New burial for resurrected Fremantle Line

By Paul Hemsley The Western Australian government has laid the first tracks in the Fremantle Line tunnel that will reconnect the Perth’s central business district with the nearby suburb of Northbridge for the first time in more than a century years as the Barnett government rediscovers the expensive romance of rail. Part of the Perth […]

Perth’s light rail split four ways

By Paul Hemsley City of Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has proposed four different options for the controversial path of the Western Australian government’s planned light rail route through the centre of the city to keep the new vehicles away from the bustling retail strips of Hay and Murray Street pedestrian malls. Announced in September 2012 […]

Housing lags in WA’s strong economy

By Paul Hemsley The latest quarterly State of the States economic report from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s securities arm, CommSec has found that Western Australia has the strongest state economy but still lags in residential development. The previous State of the States report from CommSec in October 2012 found that New South Wales and […]

Perth to build new city tramways

By Paul Hemsley Perth has become the latest Australian city to jump aboard the light rail bandwagon in an ambitious bid to iron out bottlenecks and speed up travel times for commuters travelling to and from the city. The Western Australian Government has promised to build a $15.8 million light rail network in the state […]

No privatisation of public sector super: WA Government

By Angela Dorizas Western Australia's Treasurer Troy Buswell has announced that the State Government will not proceed with privatisation of the Government Employee Superannuation Board (GESB). An independent review into public sector superannuation found that GESB’s 300,000 members would have been exposed to higher fees and greater tax liabilities. The Government has accepted recommendations of the […]


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