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WA fires: firefighters prepare for challenging weather in Uduc blaze

An out-of-control bushfire continues to threaten the tiny town of Uduc, with the blaze having more than doubled in size and requiring extra resources to fight it.

Bunbury site workers stumble across suspected 19th century shipwreck

Bunbury MLA John Castrilli, West Australian Museum Department of Maritime Archaeologist Ross Anderson and Mayor Gary ...

WA workers surveying the building site of the Department of Parks and Wildlife's new headquarters in the South West may have accidentally stumbled across the long-lost remains of 19th century whaling ship.

42 degrees on Monday sees Perth break all-time power record

Perth is forecast to have five straight 40 degree days.

Perth set an all-time record for power usage on Monday, as temperatures around the city topped 42 degrees.

Perth woman scammed $120,000 while travelling through Europe

Kelly Boulter says an Australian man in Europe scammed her out of $120,000 and left her close to suicide.

A Perth woman says she was scammed out of more than $120,000 and tricked into believing she was a fugitive by a "sadistic" fraudster she met while travelling through Europe in 2014.

Canning mayor in hot water over election promise to halve his salary

City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng.

Critics have accused a Perth mayor of reneging on a pre-election promise to halve his annual salary, five months after he was voted in.

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Parking puzzle: Wilson Parking fine print nabs overnight Perth parker

Wilson Parking fine print isn't winning friends with drivers complaining of "gotcha"-like fines.

A decision to spend a night in a city hotel after a late work meeting had an expensive post script for a Bunbury man when he was fined for overnight parking - despite having paid for it.

WA 'running out of options' to fix budget, could sell Western Power

The "will they" or "won't they" debate around a potential sale of Western Power continues.

7:45 PM   The West Australian government is running out of options to improve its finances and could sell Western Power if the ongoing push for greater GST revenue proves fruitless, the premier says.

Mark McGowan will be chopped before election: Labor source

Mark McGowan won't lead the party into the next election a Labor insider says.

EXCLUSIVE: WA Labor key powerbrokers are plotting leader Mark McGowan's demise and he won't lead the party to the next election, according to a high-ranking Labor source.

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Bishop's New Norcia child sex allegations a 'mistake', court hears

Bishop Max Leroy Davis is facing six charges of being grossly indecent with five boys under the age of 15.

7:19 PM   The former head of the Catholic Church's military diocese has been wrongly accused of being a child sex abuser while two other clergymen may have been responsible, a Perth court has heard.

WA football won't take the reins of the new Perth Stadium at Burswood

The WAFC won't operate the new Perth Stadium.

A Perth-based consortium involving the WA Football Commission has reacted angrily to being snubbed by the state government as the preferred operator of the new Perth Stadium.

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Elizabeth Quay water park making a splash again as Perth sizzles

The splash is back - the BHP Water Park at Elizabeth Quay is open again for summer fun.

Bugs in the system have been blamed for the closure of the BHP Water Park at Elizabeth Quay that reopened on Monday after being out of commission for several days.

Perth family lived without roof for week, said it was 'hell'

'We've had no lights, no ceiling, no stove, no nothing,' said Greenwood woman Meghan Davies.

A Perth family who lived without a ceiling in their house for a week after strong winds tore it down says their ordeal was 'absolute hell'.

WA credit rating downgraded

Western Australia's credit rating has been downgraded to Aa2.

3:36 PM   Latest downgrade reflects ongoing deterioration in WA's finances, increasing risk that debt will be higher than forecast.

WA heatwave: Mandurah business spray painting lawns green

Eco Turf Paint co-owner Allen Mills spray painting a lawn in Ravenswood on Friday morning.

A Mandurah business owner has come up with an unique way to help keep people's lawns green in the summer heat - spray paint.

WA sheikh says Indian deportee no jihadi, 'just a normal Australian'

This Facebook photo of Fahim Awang holding an AK-47 is about six to eight years old, according to Sheikh Faizel Gaffoor.

"Just a normal, young Australian", is how deported Fahim Awang is described by a respected elder in WA's Muslim community after his deportation from India on suspicion of being an IS supporter.

Vincent mayor John Carey...changing light bulbs for ratepayers

Vincent Mayor John Carey publishes his mobile number on the council website, encouraging  ratepayers to call him.

City of Vincent Mayor John Carey not only puts his mobile phone on the city's website - he'll answer your call and change light bulbs for you.

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Young girl fighting for her life after Osborne Park car crash

The scene of a crash in Osborne Park where a young girl has been rushed to hospital.

A six-year-old girl is fighting for her life in hospital after a car crash in Osborne Park on Sunday.

Boy, 11, to face Perth court on Esplanade murder charge

The men, aged from 60 to 83, will be accused of separate historical child sex offences.

1:20 PM   An 11-year-old boy is due to face a Perth court on Tuesday on a murder charge after a man died following a brawl at the Esplanade train station.

WA households most financially stressed, national report reveals

WA households are the most financially stressed in the country, according to a new report.

The fading mining boom has left West Australian households' financial comfort at a record low and the worst in the country, according to a new report.

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Perth weather: temperatures set to reach 42 degrees on Monday, Tuesday

The temperature reached 39.8 degrees in Perth on Sunday.

Perth is set to equal an 82-year-old record if temperatures top 40 degrees on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Catholic bishop Max Leroy Davis in WA sex offence trial

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11:31 AM   The head of the Catholic Church's military diocese is to stand trial in Perth over sex offences dating back more than 40 years.

Teenager to face court over pointing laser at police chopper

Man, 18, expected to be charged after pointing laser at police helicopter.

A teenage boy is expected to be charged by police after he pointed a green laser light at a police helicopter in Trigg Beach on Sunday night.

Lucky escape for Perth mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mum Laurie Rushton Dyble with son Spike on the couch where the dugite was found.

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

Miners marching home to the UK and Ireland from WA resources downturn

Geology is one of the key fields experiencing a downturn as contraction in the mining industry bites.

Jon Yeomans   Many of the British workers drawn to a lucrative industry in Australia have been forced by job cuts to return, writes Jon Yeomans

Perth petrol prices to drop under $1 on Monday

Perth petrol prices will drop under a dollar on Monday.

Perth petrol prices are due to drop under $1 for the first time in a year on Monday.

Man airlifted to hospital after Rottnest Island boating accident

The RAC rescue helicopter has airlifted a man to hospital after a boating accident at Rottnest Island.

A man has been airlifted to hospital after being injured in a boating accident at Rottnest Island on Sunday.

Horror night on WA roads with two dead and two seriously injured

Two people have died and two others are seriously injured in a horror night on WA's roads.

In a horror night on West Australian roads two people have died in separate car accidents while a five-day-old baby escaped unharmed from another serious crash that has left a man in hospital.

Rare tortoise stolen from Perth Zoo found, handed in to WA Police

The recovered tortoise.

"The tortoise was purchased by a member of the public not knowing the black market value or the rarity of the animal," police said.

Bacteria detection to blame for Elizabeth Quay water park closure

The water park at Elizabeth Quay on Friday.

"In the interest of public safety, the park remains closed until all new systems can be thoroughly tested," a WA Health Department spokesman said.

Perth driver charged after ramming motorcyclist against wall repeatedly

The men, aged from 60 to 83, will be accused of separate historical child sex offences.

"He reversed and repeated this action on two more occasions then fled the area, not stopping to render assistance," a police spokeswoman said.