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Sinkhole opens up in Wembley Downs


Leanne Nicholson 12:37 AM   A sinkole reportedly opened up in a Wembley Downs residential street on Thursday afternoon

Bassendean bushfire threat downgraded

Northcliffe bushfire in WA's South West region. February 2015.

Credit: Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Ray Sparvell 10:47 PM   A Bassendean bushfire that was at one stage given "emergency" status was downgraded to an "advice" just after 6pm on Thursday.

Twin fires in Beeliar downgraded

Tasmanian Fire Service volunteer fire fighter Anne Tattnell fighting the bushfire near houses at Scamander on Tasmania's east coast today.
Tuesday December 12 2006, Picture by Peter Mathew

Steve Holland 10:41 PM   Two bushfires that threatened lives and homes in Beeliar were downgraded early on Thursday evening.

Train v truck stalls Freo peak-hour commute

The scene of the accident where a train hit a truck.

Ray Sparvell 9:03 PM   Peak hour traffic has been thrown into chaos with a truck versus train accident in Fremantle that happened on Thursday afternoon.

Statistics are sexy: we try to find your next partner in Perth

The canals of Mandurah - statistically a potentially likely place to find a new partner.

Ray Sparvell 8:30 PM   I've just read a two volume report, crammed with charts, maps, tables, diagrams and statistics on how Perth has changed over the last 20 years. And it's all been explained to me in a fusion of academia and corporate management speak.

Radio boss 'cheapened' gender equity debate: WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner

Linda Wayman, condoms

Nicole Cox 5:58 PM   WA's Equal Opportunity Commissioner has slammed comments by a Perth radio boss that she gives her staff condoms to stop them having babies and thinks work-life balance is 'bullshit'.

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Virgin Australia refusing refund to Perth quadriplegic after fall

Mr Baldock said that he will fight Virgin Australia over the incident which cut his holiday short

Brendan Foster 5:35 PM   A Perth quadriplegic says Virgin Australia is refusing to refund his airfare after he had to cut his holiday short because he was accidentally tipped from his wheelchair down an escalator at Perth Airport.

Warwick Train Station sex assault: teen avoids detention

Court generic

5:01 PM   A 15-year-old boy who sexually assaulted a woman near a train station has avoided detention.

Gina Rinehart stops sponsoring Sculpture By The Sea

Sculptures By The Sea, Gina Rinehart

4:42 PM   Billionaire Gina Rinehart has withdrawn financial support for this year's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition on Cottesloe beach.

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Police seek woman in relation to crime spree in council ute

Police want to talk to this woman in connection with a crime spree

Steve Holland 4:31 PM   Police are searching for a woman, last seen in a high-visibility singlet, in relation to an alleged crime spree in a stolen council ute that ended in a man being bashed.

Collie man denies pointing laser at McDonald’s worker

The McDonalds in Collie, where the incident allegedly occurred.

Andrew Elstermann 3:44 PM   A 24-year-old Collie man on bail for a number of serious offences pleaded not guilty to an accusation he pointed a laser light into the eyes of a McDonald's restaurant employee on Wednesday night.

Cooloongup man faces court for punching boy in wheelchair in head

Man alleged of assault to face Perth Magistrates Court

12:47 PM   A 33-year-old man charged for punching a 16-year-old boy in the face while he was in his wheelchair is due to appear in court on Thursday.

Meth lab uncovered during Westminster raid

A suspected meth lab was uncovered during a police raid in Westminster (file pic)

12:38 PM   Police uncovered chemicals used for the manufacture of methamphetamine during a raid at a home in Westminster on Thursday.

WA man charged over pointing laser into McDonald’s worker's eyes


Steve Holland 12:11 PM   A Collie man has been charged for allegedly shining a laser pointer into the eyes of a fast-food restaurant worker.

Police investigate ATM fires in Perth’s south


10:59 AM   Police are searching for clues after two ATMs were set on fire in Perth’s southern suburbs early Friday.

Bomb Squad finds explosives and drugs at West Perth home


10:41 AM   A 40-year-old man will face a string of charges after the Bomb Squad found explosives at his home in West Perth on Wednesday.

Minister's train backflip to cost taxpayers

The axe on late night trains was wielded early this week

Ray Sparvell   Transport Minister Dean Nalder's backflip on the cancellation of late night trains may cost WA taxpayers thousands of dollars in annually in extra overtime costs.

New Perth report: We're smarter, richer and there's more of us

The falling iron ore price has punched a $2 billion hole in the WA state government's budget.

Ray Sparvell   Perth is the fastest growing city in Australia, dramatically outstripping other capitals according to a local think tank that has mapped the biggest contemporary changes in our identity.

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Police close roads in Sinagra after stabbing


Roads were closed in Perth's northern suburb of Sinagra on Wednesday afternoon, as police responded to the suspected stabbing of a man.

Woodside urged to get busy with Browse

Colin Barnett actually made a reasonable pitch for "less government", Larry Graham argues.

The federal opposition has urged Woodside to get busy with the Browse gas project after a major part of the resource was confirmed as being within West Australian boundaries.

Steel deal struck with WA company for $73 million for new Perth Stadium

Aerial photo of the Perth Stadium site with the design by the winning contract.

Steve Holland   A $73-million deal to provide steel for the new Perth Stadium has been awarded to Henderson-based Civmec Construction and Engineering.

Unionists rally against Tony Abbott, Colin Barnett

Unionists rally against Tony Abbott and Colin Barnett in Perth tonight.

Ray Sparvell   A colorful and vocal rally of unionists converged on the front steps of WA's Parliament House on Wednesday to protest the Abbott and Barnett governments.

West Perth plays hardball with WAFC, Channel Seven over Nine logo

West Perth won't part with its Channel Nine sponsorship without a fight.

David Prestipino   West Perth will not bow to new WAFL broadcaster Channel Seven's demand to remove a rival's logo from its club jumpers in 2015.

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Lasting memorial for drowned Landsdale tot Sam Trott

A memorial will be established in Landsdale for Sam Trott.

Nicole Cox   Sam Trott, the two-year-old boy who drowned in a Landsdale lake in December after wandering from his home, will be remembered with a permanent memorial at the park where he died.

Police find cash counting machine and meth lab after Warnbro raid

Police display an allegedly stolen weapon seized in Warnbro.

Steve Holland   Police found a suspected methamphetamine lab after they seized drugs and $25,000 in cash, along with a money-counting machine, during a raid in Warnbro on Tuesday.

Second WA berry-linked hepatitis A case confirmed

Another case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed in WA

The number of Australians who have become ill with hepatitis A after eating contaminated frozen berry products has climbed to 26.

Mind the gap: Red-faced rescue at Mandurah Train Station

Firefighters used hand tools to free the child.

Candice Barnes   A Perth youngster is attracting attention on social media for all the wrong reasons, after her head became stuck between two poles at Mandurah Train Station.

End for Subiaco's last pole standing

Subiaco's last power pole has come down.

Ray Sparvell   The last power pole in the City of Subiaco is no more.

Young guns reveal big plans for West Perth's Julio's

The Julio's restaurant site in West Perth will be redeveloped.

Candice Barnes   It’s been closed for over a year, but two budding hoteliers are surging ahead with plans to breathe life and a youthful vibrance into the old Julio’s restaurant in West Perth.

Money's the name of the game for food at Domain

Food prices are going back to the future at the MCG, but it's a different story in Perth.

Brendan Foster   Subiaco Oval has no plans to drop the price of its food and drinks after the MCG said it was planning to slash its prices for the 2015 AFL season.

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