Perth-Northam paddle in 1956 a forerunner of the Avon Descent

A series of articles from 1956 describes four young Northam men undertaking a 90-mile paddle to Perth, taking off at 7.45am on a Saturday morning.

Police find sword in Northam man's shopping trolley

WA Police

Liam Ducey A man has been arrested in Northam after police allegedly found a sword in his shopping trolley on Tuesday.

Northam hostel in sex abuse spotlight

Dennis McKenna, July 1983.

Anne-Louise Brown The scope of a WA inquiry investigating child sex abuse at state-run hostels will be widened this week, hearing evidence about alleged abuse of boarders at a Northam hostel.

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Motorbike rider dead in Chittering crash

News: A 22-year-old Turner man has died after coming off his motorbike in Lyneham on Christmas Day. 26th of December 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Robyn Preston A 23-year-old motorbike rider died after he collided with a four-wheel drive in Chittering on Saturday.

WA police investigate three separate fires

A factory blaze that prompted a health warning to nearby residents in Perth's north is being investigated by the Arson Squad.

Police issue illegal worker warning to WA businesses

Candice Barnes Businesses have been warned to ensure their employees are allowed to work in Australia, following the discovery of dozens of illegal workers at a market garden in Carabooda.

Eagles' new foundation built on (Darren) Glass

Liam Ducey At the end of the 2007 season, the West Coast Eagles were in utter turmoil. 

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Driver dies after truck crash on Great Eastern Highway

St John Ambulance

Liam Ducey A 27-year-old woman has died after her ute was hit by two trucks on the Great Eastern Highway in Wooroloo on Tuesday.

WA detention centres are 'dysfunctional'

Yongah Hills Immigration Detention Centre

Three asylum seekers escaped a Western Australia detention centre in 45 seconds last week, exposing major security flaws at the facility, a leaked report has revealed.

Fences weak at WA asylum seeker facility

Calls to improve security fencing at an immigration detention centre east of Perth are mounting after another asylum seeker break-out.

WA police pursuits in spotlight again

Police pursuits in Western Australia will again come under scrutiny after one man was killed and two police officers were injured following two separate chases in less than 24 hours.

Sri Lankan boats will slow: diplomat

Assylum seekers

Sri Lanka's high commissioner to Australia says he doesn't expect a flood of asylum seekers will follow the 66 potential refugees who gobsmacked onlookers with their arrival in Geraldton.

Three doctors suspended from WA hospital

Andrew Allan

Three doctors have been suspended from a regional West Australian hospital over the deaths of five patients who died after being discharged.

500 jobs could go in WA school system


About 500 jobs could be lost from the West Australian education system after the state government unveiled a new funding model.

Call for details of asylum seeker escapees

Yongah Hill detention centre in Northam

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has demanded the federal government release descriptions of five asylum seekers who are on the run after escaping a detention centre near Perth.

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Rebel bikie gang roars into Perth

Rebels make their way to Perth

Michael Hopkin Hundreds of Rebels bikie gang members have reached the gang's Perth clubhouse in Osborne Park, ending their national run across the country.

Teacher probed for tying five-year-old schoolboy to chair


Courtney Trenwith A West Australian teacher who allegedly tied a five-year-old boy to a chair to punish him for misbehaving has been stood aside while the case is investigated.

Inquiry hears hostel boss turned a blind eye to McKenna's indiscretions


Courtney Trenwith The former head of an authority overseeing state-run hostels across WA has had five adverse findings recommended against him during an inquiry into sex abuse by hostel wardens during the 1970s until...