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JAN­UARY

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.

FE­BRU­ARY

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.

MARCH

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.

APRIL

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.

MAY

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.

JUNE

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.

JULY

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.

AU­GUST

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.

SEPTEM­BER

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.

OC­TO­BER

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.

NOVEM­BER

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.

DE­CEM­BER

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.

d466486 Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

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

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