Things seldom black and white, bread all over
Public transport issues, remarkable reunions, rights of women in the news.
The City of South Perth called on the State Government to commit funds for a train station in South Perth after a Reach TEL poll showed community support.
Of the 762 local residents surveyed in South Perth, Como and Kensington, 68.5 per cent were in favour of the train station, while 16.4 per cent were opposed to it and 15.1 per cent were undecided.
Residents were also asked how often they would use the train station, with 9.4 per cent saying they would use it most days, 21 per cent would use it once per week, 31 per cent would use it once a month, 19.9 per cent would use it once per year and 19.1 per cent said they would never use it.
City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said she believed residents were concerned about the lack of adequate public transport services in the South Perth station precinct and the impact increased development would have on traffic congestion.
Concerns were raised about the Town of Victoria Park’s changes to its town planning scheme in a bid to maintain historic buildings.
Amendment 73 aimed to create a special control area around large parts of Victoria Park, where residents will need development approvals to demolish ‘original dwellings’, and give the council the ability to serve conservation notices for owners of original dwellings who do not maintain their properties.
As part of the proposal, the Town of Victoria Park would have been able to enter the ‘original dwelling’ and carry out repairs.
The council moved ahead with the amendment in September but removed some of the elements that caused concern.
A brother and sister met for the first time since they were parted 70 years ago.
Cloverdale resident Barbara Crick (72) embraced her brother Bruce Stubblety (69) in front of a crowd of people snapping pictures at Perth Airport.
The pair had not met since 1947 when, as the family story goes, their mother gave Mr Stubblety up to a passing couple who stopped to admire the two-monthold on a Richmond street.
The Youth Partnership Project study found one in 12 young people in Banksia Hill Detention Centre was from Armadale and more than a third of Gosnells high school students missed at least a month of school a year.
The study showed a quarter of all inmates at Banksia Hill were from the southeastern corridor of Perth and one in two of these detained young people return to the justice system within two years.
The Youth Partnership Project aims to change the story for young people in the area by connecting at-risk youth with the right service at the right time.
Rivervale residents were irate at ibises.
Toorak Road resident Barbara Smilek said the birds had been hanging around the street for about three years and she sometimes saw upwards of 20 ibises a day near her house.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) said while Australian white ibis numbers were anecdotally increasing in the metropolitan area, it was unknown if their numbers had increased overall.
DPaW said while ibises were one of many species that could carry a range of pathogens transmissible to humans, there had not been any recorded cases of a human contracting a disease directly from an ibis.
Australia’s first female bomb technician Jodie Pearson believes the presence of strong female role models throughout her career moulded her leadership skills.
Senior Sergeant Pearson is the Gosnells police officer-incharge and has 29 years with the police force, including more than 15 years in the Tactical Response Group (TRG).
As WA Police celebrated 100 Years of Women in Policing, she said she had served alongside several strong females who inspired her to be a mentor and was proud to be part of a Gosnells station that was 43 per cent female.
West Cycle announced plans to change the face of mountain biking in WA, including the possibility of turning Wungong into Australia’s premier mountain biking facility.
The plan proposed to expand the network of trails around Perth from 125km across nine sites to 575km across 24 sites.
The Wungong site would encompass 80km over five trails throughout Wungong National Park and include gravity, downhill and shuttle uplift services.
It would have the facilities to host national and international events, while there would also be smaller trails in Gosnells and Jarrahdale.
Shocked friends and colleagues paid tribute to dog attack victim Sue Lopicich.
She had been a child care educator at Willetton Child Care Association for the past seven years but was mauled to death by her pet bull mastiffcross.
A staff member visited her home after she failed to turn up for work on August 1 and called emergency services after discovering Ms Lopicich in a serious condition. The dog was put down.
The September State Budget quietly handed $10 million earmarked for Bentley Hospital’s redevelopment to Royal Perth Hospital for its fire safety needs.
It was buried on page 108 of budget paper No. 3 and both Cannington MLA Bill Johnston and the Australian Medical Association were unaware of the change. A report showed Bentley Hospital patients waited the longest in WA to be assessed for surgery.
Bread production and some Mias Bakery workers were moved from Canning Vale to Bovell’s Bakery headquarters in Maddington.
Bovell’s is owned by Family Foods WA, which finalised the buyout of Mias Bakery three months after the family-owned business was placed into trading administration. Coles and Woolworths indicated they would continue to stock the line, but Family Foods WA director Stephen Dunkley was looking to quit some costly country routes to minimise wastage.
In 2016, the City of Gosnells passed controversial waste laws despite outrage from residents.
They objected to the new measures and submitted a petition of more than 500 signatures to the council against it.
In November 2017, the Legislative Council of WA revoked the law on the grounds the City had not obtained the consent of the relevant chief executive prior to making the law.
The City blamed conflicting advice from two different government departments on the failure.
A proposed bus route sparked concern among residents that suburban streets near Carousel could become a ‘rat race’. Under the Public Transport Authority plan, about 200 buses would be rerouted from Albany Highway at the Manning Road intersection on to Richmond Street or Fleming Avenue, using Civic Gardens and Carden Drive.
Front: Barbara Crick and her brother Bruce Stubblety. Back: Family members Darren Crick, Angela Johns, Sandie Drysdale, Annette Crick and Deborah Warren.
Gosnells police station OIC Senior Sergeant Jodie Pearson