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Wanneroo fire flares up again

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5:17 PM   A "watch and act" notice remains in place in Nowergup, after a bushfire burning since Sunday broke containment lines and started moving towards Old Yanchep Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Virgin Australia plane fumes sicken cabin crew

A Virgin Australia flight crew got sick from fumes on board.

4:24 PM   Cabin crew members on a Virgin flight from Perth to Sydney were so sickened by fumes from a melting insulation blanket that they couldn't complete their duties.

Police want information over East Perth road rage incident

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4:09 PM   Police are chasing information about a road rage incident in East Perth in December, where a woman had her tooth knocked out and a man suffered a broken wrist.

Sick West Australians urged to see GP amid emergency move

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3:41 PM   Sick people are being urged to reconsider whether they really need to go to Perth's emergency departments as services move to the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Man in coma after being bashed outside Mermaid Hotel in Dampier

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3:10 PM   A 54-year-old man has life-threatening injuries after been bashed in a fight in Dampier on Monday night.

How low can it go? Perth fuel price hits a dollar a litre

Petrol in Perth could soon cost less than a dollar a litre as it hit a six year low in the city on Tuesday

Candice Barnes 3:09 PM   It was the year that delivered Taylor Swift on the airwaves, Avatar on our screens and gladiator sandals on the catwalk, but 2009 was also special for another reason – it was the last time petrol dipped to a dollar a litre in Perth.

South Australian company fished illegally at Ningaloo Reef

Fishing has been banned at the Ningaloo Reef since 1987.

2:51 PM   A commercial fishing company has been fined for fishing in the internationally-recognised Ningaloo Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

Australia Day in Perth: How we celebrated

Patriotic revellers enjoyed activities throughout the day.

Candice Barnes 2:31 PM   Whether it was the green and gold, or the red, white and blue, Perth pulled out all the stops to make Australia Day 2015 a colourful affair.

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Drunken mob smashes up Perth police station

The damage caused by the mob who hurled poles, bottles and bins at the police station

2:29 PM   A drunken mob hurled bottles, bins and wooden poles at a police station in Perth on Tuesday morning.

Elizabeth Quay to get a water playground

How the new $10m project is expected to look when Elizabeth Quay is unveiled in spring

1:09 PM   Plans for a $10 million water playground to be built at Elizabeth Quay have been revealed.

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Collie man, 47 charged over fatal crash

A Collie man faces the courts after he was charged over the death of a fellow motorcyclist

1:06 PM   A 47-year-old man has been charged by police over the death of a Collie man in November.

Skyworks crowd well-behaved: Police

Police said that this year's Skyworks crowd were among the best behaved ever.

10:23 AM   Police are claiming the massive crowd at the Australia Day Skyworks was one of the best behaved ever, with less than 90 people arrested on Monday night.

Cactus invasion takes over Goldfields bushland

Cactus plants have become a real menace in Goldfields making land untenable

Aleisha Orr 9:39 AM   Cactus plants have taken over parts of the Goldfields landscape, making sections of land unusable for farming and agriculture purposes, with the worst infestation being a 66 square kilometre section of land on a sheep station.

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Colin Barnett surprised by Prince Philip knighthood

Premier Colin Barnett has admitted to being 'surprised' by Prince Philip's knighthood

Liberal leader Colin Barnett says he was taken aback by the decision to award Prince Philip a knighthood, saying the honours were usually for Australians.

Family violence move worries WA opposition

The closure of domestic violence court has caused concern for victims

The closure of Western Australia's specialist domestic violence courts may leave victims without enough support as they navigate the mainstream legal system, the state opposition fears.

Bodies found in Dianella backyard

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Police are investigating after the bodies of a man and a woman were found at a home in Dianella.

Crowds getting fired up for Skyworks

Jonah Roux his wife Monique and their daughter Cayleigh claim their spot for Australia Day

Brendan Foster   It's just a tick before midday on Australia Day, but hundreds of people have been claiming their patch of grass along Riverside Drive in Perth, in preparation for Monday night's Skyworks.  

Seventh annual Ledge Point sandcastle competition proves a hit

Ned: One of Australia's much loved figures was among the impressive creations on display

Tazli Bowe   The plastic bucket and spade made way for industrial sized shovels as adults joined children in the seventh annual Ledge Point sandcastle competition on Sunday.

Karrinyup man 'steals car at gunpoint'

A 22-year-old from Karrinyup has been charged after he allegedly stole a car from an elderly motorist at gunpoint

A 22-year-old Karrinyup man has been charged by police with a string of charges, including allegedly trying to steal a car at gunpoint.

Kwinana warned a two bushfires blaze

Two bushfires are burning in the Shire of Kwinana.

Bushfires in Kwinana have been doused on Monday morning after firefighters battled through the night to contain the blaze.

Firefighters tackle blaze at Shadforth, west of Denmark

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A bushfire watch in act remains in place for Shadforth, west of Denmark, after an earlier emergency warning was downgraded on Sunday night.

Arrest follows Carillon Arcade assault

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A man was assaulted in barber shop in Carillon Arcade in central Perth on Sunday morning.

Driver raced through road works site

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A driver who accelerated away from police and sped through a roadworks site has had his car impounded.

Motorcyclist had drugs in backpack

Motorcyclists will be allowed to filter through stationary or slow-moving traffic as part of a trial in Canberra.

A motorcyclist who ran from police on Saturday had drugs in his backpack.

Total fire ban declared for Midwest Gascoyne region

Many parts of WA are at risk of bushfires.

A total fire ban is in place in the Midwest Gascoyne area, while severe fire danger advices have been issued for other WA regions.

Veteran Rottnest Island Swim swimmer to retire after 30 crossings

A fan displays an Australian flag during Pete Tanham's 2014 Rottnest Swim.

Adrian Beattie   The Perth man who has made more Rottnest Island Swims than anyone else is calling it a day – after one more swim.

Woolworths recalls Homebrand olives in glass scare

Woolworths Homebrand Sliced Black Olives 430g are being recalled over fears of glass contamination.

Woolworths has recalled some of its Homebrand olive products over fears they might contain glass.

Smoke scare for train passengers

Smoke billows from beneath the train.

Train passengers got a fright on Saturday when one of the carriages started producing smoke.

New world-class resort for Rottnest

The Quod area of Rottnest Lodge, which was once a jail in which more than 300 Aboriginal prisoners died, will no longer be used for tourist accommodation.

Rottnest Island will soon have a world class resort including 80 new units, a day spa, kids' club, restaurant and conference facilities.

Shotgun found in stolen chase car

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The driver of a stolen car crashed when police used a stinger to try to stop him on Great Northern Highway on Friday.