A bumper year for news

Last week, we fo­cused on the sto­ries that were mak­ing the news in the Tele­graph from Jan­uary to June. Here is what made news from July to De­cem­ber.

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph | Year In Review -

JULY Joy at re­turn of HMAS Arunta

There were tears of joy and smiles all round at HMAS Stir­ling in July, when the 191 crew mem­bers aboard HMAS Arunta re­turned home af­ter a ninemonth de­ploy­ment.

De­part­ing in Novem­ber 2016 on Op­er­a­tion Man­i­tou, HMAS Arunta’s crew were greeted by fam­ily and friends as they stepped back on Aus­tralian soil.

Dur­ing de­ploy­ment, HMAS Arunta in­ter­cepted more than 1310kg of drugs with a street value of more than $186 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian Crime Com­mis­sion fig­ures.

Ser­vices com­bat meth rise

The Palmer­ston As­so­ci­a­tion, which aims to pre­vent and re­duce the harm­ful ef­fects of drugs, con­firmed a 2 per cent in­crease in clients with metham­phetamine prob­lems this year.

Palmer­ston Met­ro­pol­i­tan Com­mu­nity Ser­vices man­ager Bram Dick­ens said de­mand for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ser­vices was con­sis­tently high, with metham­phetamine, al­co­hol and cannabis the top three prob­lem drugs. A meth clinic at the Rock­ing­ham of­fice was rolled out in May in col­lab­o­ra­tion with gov­ern­ment part­ner Next Step to pro­vide in­ten­sive sup­port.

AU­GUST Lithium recharge for the area

As lithium prices con­tin­ued to soar, ma­jor in­dus­try play­ers looked to Kwinana for their next re­fin­ery projects in promis­ing signs for the fu­ture.

Kwinana was one of three lo­ca­tions short-listed by Kidman/ SQM for a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar re­fin­ery and emerged as the likely can­di­date be­cause of its ex­port po­ten­tial and prox­im­ity to the Green­bushes mine in the South West.

SEPTEM­BER Mar­riage sur­vey ‘of­fen­sive’

More than 200 peo­ple from the Rock­ing­ham area turned out in sup­port of same-sex mar­riage ahead of the na­tional postal sur­vey, which fu­elled de­bate on the is­sue lo­cally.

The rally was or­gan­ised by Equal Love WA and lo­cal group Mar­riage Equal­ity Rock­ing­ham, with res­i­dents in sup­port of the “yes” vote gath­er­ing at Churchill Park on Septem­ber 2.

OC­TO­BER Cities back vet­eran may­ors

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions put those in pub­lic of­fice un­der scru­tiny dur­ing Oc­to­ber, with some high-pro­file may­ors los­ing their roles across the met­ro­pol­i­tan area and the State.

How­ever, the long-serv­ing may­ors of Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana were given a vote of con­fi­dence by the pub­lic and their peers, with Barry Sam­mels and Carol Adams re­in­stated for the next two years.

NOVEM­BER Com­mu­nity honours fallen sol­diers

Re­mem­brance Day ser­vices were held at the Rock­ing­ham Ceno­taph at Flin­ders Me­mo­rial Park, Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Park in Port Kennedy and the City of Kwinana War Me­mo­rial on Pace Road in Me­d­ina.

Cup a tourism boost

A huge crowd of 50,000 flocked to Churchill Park on Novem­ber 10 to 12 for the sec­ond an­nual White Lakes Brew­ing Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup.

Or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach, the char­ity event was her­alded as a ma­jor tourism boost for the city.

DE­CEM­BER Chi­nese tourism in­creases

The trend of Chi­nese tourists com­ing to Rock­ing­ham to en­joy na­ture-based ac­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ued to un­der­pin the re­gion’s tourism mar­ket, with Premier Mark McGowan say­ing the grow­ing num­ber of Asian vis­i­tors pro­vided a sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness op­por­tu­nity.

In­ter­na­tional visi­tor sur­vey sta­tis­tics re­leased by Tourism Re­search Aus­tralia ear­lier in De­cem­ber showed that for the first time Chi­nese tourists were spend­ing more in WA than vis­i­tors from any other coun­try.

Pic­ture: Peter Le Scelle

Rid­ers in the Rock­ing­ham Beach Cup cel­e­brate.

Pic­ture: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper

Chef Si­mone MacDon­ald re­turns home.

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