Sunny future for Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo has become the city’s largest solar site, with more than 300 solar panels installed across eight buildings and animal enclosures. The 90.9kW solar installation is part of the State Government's Perth Solar City program and the Federal Government’s $94 million Solar City initiative. The program was managed by Western Power and the solar panels were installed […]

Councils stung by cuts to wasp program

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has warned that cuts to the State Govenrment’s European Wasp program will put public health at risk. The Department of Agriculture and Food has terminated the nest removal and destruction component of the 32-year –old program. WALGA president Troy Pickard said this decision will result in wasps becoming […]

Great Southern towns to receive facelifts

Local governments in Western Australia's Great Southern region will receive State Government grants to upgrade their streetscapes, roads and lighting. WA Minister for Regional Development, Brendon Grylls, announced the creation of the Great Southern Town Centre Enhancement Program (GSTCEP), which is an initiative of the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC). The $1million grant program will […]

Grants for National Youth Week

Western Australian councils are invited to apply for state government grants to organise activities for the 2011 National Youth Week. WA Youth Minister Donna Faragher announced on Friday that grants of up to $1000 were available to community organisations and local government authorities to plan events around the annual National Youth Week. Held from April […]

WA boosts district allowance for regional public servants

By Angela Dorizas The Government of Western Australia has announced an increase in district allowance payments for more than 7000 public sector employees in regional areas. The $110.8 million district allowance, agreed to by public sector unions, is funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program. Workers in the Pilbara and Kimberley will receive the […]

Federal funding for WA local government reform

Local governments in Western Australia will receive $2.3 million in federal funding to assist with reform projects. Federal Minister for Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said the funding will be provided through the $25 million Local Government Reform Fund to support transition groups established by the WA Government.   The $2.3 million will fund two projects […]

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 […]

WA lauds free transport scheme

By Rob O'Brien Seniors, aged and disability pensioners have taken almost seven million trips on public transport in the first year of a free transport scheme in Western Australia. Seniors taking advantage of the State Government’s initiative and using public transport regularly could also be saving between $350 and $600 a year. “As people get […]


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