Real improvements no accident

By Rod Whithear* More than 40,000 people in Western Australia saved themselves the inconvenience of queuing up in a police station or waiting on the phone to report a vehicle accident last year thanks to the introduction of a web based system for reporting accidents ( Online reporting and service delivery may not be entirely […]

Perth’s Canning City facing suspension

By Julian Bajkowski Perth’s City of Canning is facing suspension after an inquiry by the state’s Department of Local Government delivered a withering report pointing to widespread dysfunction, micromanagement and alleged serious governance irregularities. Issued late last week, the inquiry has recommended that the state government “suspend the Council under the provisions of section 8.19(1) […]

WA rolls out extra trains

By Paul Hemsley Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell has ratcheted up investment in Perth’s increasingly popular railway network to absorb the growth in passenger patronage on state capital’s trains mitigate overcrowding ahead of a looming election. Mr Buswell has ordered the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to increase the number of trains the state government […]

Telstra transmits WA’s mobile coverage

Mobile coverage in Western Australia’s North West will be improved as eleven towers will be switched on with funds from the state government. The shires of Ashburton, Broome, Derby-West Kimberly, East Pilbara and Roebourne will receive boosted mobile telephone coverage and access to high-speed wireless broadband. After this implementation, the total sites delivered from be […]

Fremantle budget adds green projects

Sustainable development will be the main focus of the Western Australian-based City of Fremantle’s 2012/13 budget. The council has a number of programs in its budget including introducing a carbon reserve where 0.9 per cent of annually collected rates are allocated to the reserve to improve carbon reduction activities. This carbon reserve will be the […]

Management of purchasing still weak in WA Health

Auditor General Colin Murphy has tabled a report in parliament which assessed six hospitals’ implementation of key controls to ensure compliance with government purchasing policies and to reduce the risk of unauthorised access and use of pharmaceuticals.   Mr Murphy said the Department’s pharmaceutical procurement process and practice had a number of weaknesses relating to […]

WA turns around planning process

By Lilia Guan In a March report by the Property Council of Australia – Development Assessment Principles Report Card – Western Australia had its performance rating raised from one of the lowest in 2010 to second highest in 2012. The development industry says Western Australia now has one of the better planning approvals systems in […]


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