Latest WA state news

Federal quitter MacTiernan will not challenge for Mark McGowan's job

Adrian Beattie 6:49 PM   But she does not rule out a return to state politics

Man accused of 1996 Scarborough sex assault remanded in custody

Alfred Gerard Eravelly is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Scarborough 20 years ago.

Adrian beattie 3:51 PM   A Malaysian man accused of a WA cold case sex assault has faced court.

Minchin tells Pell to face the music

Tim Minchin.

Andrew Taylor 3:48 PM   Tim Minchin has called on Cardinal George Pell to return from Rome to appear at the royal commission into institutional child abuse. He also expressed pride in being an Australian but said "we're arseholes as well".

Couple arrested over 16 burglaries in two days

Police allege that the couple committed 16 burglaries over two nights.

Adrian Beattie 12:29 PM   Police have arrested a couple over a series of brazen burglaries in Bunbury.

Ute driver, caught doing 160kmh, smashes speed camera

The smashed speed camera.

Adrian Beattie 12:06 PM   Mandurah man arrested for destroying speed camera

Drugs and weapons found after car search near Jandakot

Weapons and drugs seized during the search.

Adrian Beattie 11:55 AM   Police raid uncovers guns and drugs in Forrestdale.

Name game to blame game at new Dockers HQ

A row has erupted over the official name for the Dockers' new training facility at Cockburn.

Ray Sparvell 8:50 AM   Battlelines have been drawn at the City of Cockburn over the controversial naming process for its new $109 million aquatic and recreation facility - part of which will become the new training home of the Fremantle Dockers.

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Wembley couple's garden dream crushed for the last time

The same verge - after the council ensured its 'compliance' with guidelines.

Emma Young 8:42 AM   A Perth gardener is devastated after a neighbour's complaints campaign ended in the bulldozing of her elaborate, expensive and eco-friendly garden – for a second time.

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Lloyd Jones, 89, reunited with wedding photos after Facebook search

Lloyd Jones was reunited with his wedding album by the Facebook post of Holly Edwards (right).

Simon White 10:23 PM   An 89-year-old Perth man has spoken of his overwhelming joy at being reunited with his prized wedding photo album - after it was mistakenly left in an old cupboard and became the subject of a global Facebook search.

MacTiernan pulls plug on Canberra... coy on WA return

Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan is coy on a return to state politics.

Ray Sparvell 9:14 PM   Alannah MacTiernan confirmed on Friday she will quit federal politics at the next election, but has not revealed whether she will contest a state seat and – perhaps – the Labor leadership

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Point Peron marina a $1 billion empty promise: opponents

Opponents say the proposed marina will be impossible to pay for.

Emma Young   A protest group says a proposed Point Peron marina being used as the justification for a canal housing estate will not be built - because it would be too expensive and require eight times the dredging that Elizabeth Quay did.

Bushfire hits WA's South West again

The shire of Waroona is again in a state of emergency after yet another bushfire. (file pic)

An out-of-control bushfire threatening lives and homes in Western Australia's already fire-ravaged South West region has been downgraded.

Mystery surrounds death of Corella birds in WA's Pilbara region

Peanut is a 12yo short billed Corella which belonged to Scott Hammond who was found bashed to death in his Tahmoor home ...

Wildlife officers are working to solve a mysterious spate of bird deaths occurring annually in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

Malaysian man in court over 20-year-old Scarborough sex assault

A Malaysian man was arrested at Sydney airport over a 20-year-old Perth sex crime.

Ray Sparvell   A Malaysian man wanted over a serious sexual assault in Scarborough 20 years ago is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.

High Court rejects organic farmer Steve Marsh's appeal

Steve Marsh's appeal has been dismissed.

An organic farmer who failed in a bid to sue his neighbour after genetically modified canola blew on to his West Australian property has been denied leave to appeal by the High Court.

Nahan won't run for deputy premier, Harvey set to take on role

Mike Nahan has decided he's busy enough already.

West Australian Treasurer Mike Nahan will not contest the deputy leadership of the state Liberal party, paving the way for Police Minister Liza Harvey who is likely to be voted in unopposed.

Perth family forced to shower outside South Lake home

James Newton has been waiting on shower renovations to finish at his South Lake home

James Mooney   A Perth family has been forced to shower and use the toilet outside the front of its public housing home due to delays from government maintenance workers.

Wait, the Perth City Council has a black Maserati?

Wait, the City of Perth has a Maserati?

Ray Sparvell   A black Maserati featuring the number plates and crest of the Perth City Council does have a direct connection to the City of Perth, WAtoday has learned.

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Lotto win: 'I knew what I was going to do straight away'

Carmel won $1.5 million after initially thinking she'd picked up $800.

A Perth woman has spoken of the moment she became an instant lottery millionaire, revealing "I knew what I was going to do straight away."

Classroom snake shock tops off hot week for primary school


Emma Young   It has been a strange week for students at Ashdale Primary School: children were on Wednesday evacuated after a snake visited a classroom, days after a water supply interruption caused airconditioning failures during the heatwave.

Labor says it will move on Karl O'Callaghan replacement if it wins

Karl O'Callaghan will be gone if Labor has its way.

The West Australian opposition says it will immediately seek to replace embattled Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan if it wins next year's state election.

Perth heatwave comes to an end with fog

An almost foggy start to the morning.

Aleisha Orr   Perth's record breaking heatwave came to an end on Thursday, with a maximum temperature almost 10 degrees cooler than Wednesday's peak of 40.3 degrees.

New deadly rabbit virus to be released

WA rabbits have regathered their strength in numbers since the previous release of a 1996 version of the calicivirus.

Emma Young   The latest battle in the state's "biological arms race" against rabbits will soon commence through a new strain of the deadly calicivirus.

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Man charged after roadside shooting in Rockingham


Emma Young   A 29-year-old Shoalwater man has been charged with shooting another man outside Rockingham Police Station on Thursday.

Perth's homeless turn to crime to get prison bed and meal

Peth homeless man Josh Serafini.

Heather McNeill   Some of Perth's homeless are committing crimes in the hopes of being sent to prison where they can have a bed and a meal, a West Australian homeless man has revealed.

No WA winner as $25 million Powerball heads east

lotto balls

Thursday night's Powerball jackpot escaped WA players, with the $25 million division one prize heading to the eastern states.

Manhunt underway for suspected drive-by shooter in Rockingham

A man has been found with gunshot wounds outside a WA police station.

Heather McNeill   A police manhunt is underway after a man was found with gun shot wounds to the stomach.

Bishop denies New Norcia child sex abuse claims

Bishop Max Leroy Davis has denied the child sex abuse claims dating back to the 1970s.

WA bishop denies child sex abuse claims dating back to the 1970s.

Old Perth blended with new in video of CBD's streets

A still from the Comparing Perth 1907 vs 2016 video.

Heather McNeill   A Perth photographer has found a unique way to show how far Perth city has come – blending footage from more than 100 years ago into modern day life.

How Perth handled the heat in the past

Yeah, no aircon in this beast.

How did the people of Perth cope during the heatwaves of the past we're hearing so much about this week?