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Fly-in, fly-out work is hav­ing a heavy emo­tional and men­tal toll on work­ers in outer sub­ur­ban Perth.

It comes down to the ros­ter, even-time ros­ters (equal time on and off) have been proven to be far health­ier than ridicu­lous 4/1 etc. Mark Mudie

With such a dis­pro­por­tion­ately large per­cent­age of our WA pop­u­la­tion en­gaged in FIFO, it is un­be­liev­able to think that the State Gov­ern­ment still has NO of­fi­cial pol­icy on the prac­tice. Maybe with a new gov­ern­ment, we will see some progress on this im­por­tant is­sue? Please re­mem­ber to raise this with your local mem­ber if you have the op­por­tu­nity. An­thony Fri­day

If we re­ally care about men­tal health why are there still FIFO jobs? Em­ploy local or move to the town you work in? Win-win for all. Mary Price

This ar­ti­cle high­lights the detri­men­tal ef­fect of FIFO on fam­i­lies of work­ers and flies in the face of the cur­rent CME's well-funded and slick ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign pro­mot­ing FIFO workforce in re­gional ar­eas. John Lally

A sur­vey show­ing ris­ing elec­tric­ity prices are the top con­cern for WA house­holds sparked a dis­cus­sion about the cost in Pil­bara towns. Prob­lem up here is prob­a­bly more that the cli­mate re­quires you to run air-con­di­tion­ing all the time to be com­fort­able. Down in Perth and else­where, not so much hence our bills are so steep. Si­mon Blatch­ford

It is ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous, day­light rob­bery. We have lived in many places around the world. This place has been the high­est we have ever paid. Kim van der Made

State as­sets which are in­vested and sup­ported by tax pay­ers are be­ing pri­va­tised. In­stead of im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency, they try to max­imise prof­its. Where is the pay­ment for the as­sets and the in­vest­ment by con­sumers? Chris Teo

The Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife warned hol­i­day­mak­ers on Nin­ga­loo Reef to be care­ful of jel­ly­fish stings, in­clud­ing from a species be­lieved to be ca­pa­ble of caus­ing irukandji syn­drome.

Don't panic. Yes, there are a va­ri­ety of jel­lies around at the mo­ment, but a lit­tle care taken will help you en­joy your time in the wa­ter. Cover up, it's a dou­ble win: you'll get sun pro­tec­tion and pro­tec­tion from stings. And re­mem­ber, most stings aren't any more se­ri­ous than a mos­quito bite. En­joy your time on the Nin­ga­loo Reef, it's awe­some. Kristin An­der­son

Friends be care­ful if you are plan­ning to go swim­ming at Ex­mouth this coming long week­end. Nor­l­ito La­banon

Didn't think they got that far down? Chris Nar­dini

The WA Boat­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion raised con­cerns recre­ational boat skip­pers were be­ing in­ad­e­quately trained by some as­ses­sors.

Far too easy to get a skip­pers ticket, so many clowns out on the wa­ter driv­ing boats. Shane Penny

Seen a guy put his 7m fi­bre­glass boat on the old back beach jetty like it was his trailer. Funny as hell, sucked to be him though. Brian James Goodridge

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