A look back at the year that was

There were plenty of big sto­ries in 2018. Here we take a look at some of the ma­jor news from the first half of the year.

Southern Telegraph - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

Jan­uary

South Metropoli­tan MLC Aaron Stone­house called for medic­i­nal cannabis to be made more ac­ces­si­ble and le­galised within the year, ar­gu­ing le­gal­is­ing cannabis for re­cre­ational use could take the crim­i­nal el­e­ment out of the drug’s sup­ply.

Point Peron was named as a hotspot for metropoli­tan shark sight­ings ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by Surf Life Sav­ing WA. The area had the most num­ber of shark sight­ings dur­ing the ae­rial pa­trol sea­son.

Phoenix En­ergy an­nounced pre­lim­i­nary works on Aus­tralia’s first waste- to- en­ergy fa­cil­ity in Kwinana would be­gin.

Feb­ru­ary

De­spite WA’s im­prov­ing un­em­ploy­ment rates, Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana res­i­dents con­tin­ued to feel the pinch. While WA’s un­em­ploy­ment rate fell to 5.7 per cent, fig­ures showed Rock­ing­ham ( 8.7 per cent) and Kwinana ( 12.1 per cent) had much higher rates than the State av­er­age.

The Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay made its long- awaited jour­ney through Rock­ing­ham, with 21 com­mu­nity mem­bers get­ting the chance to carry the Com­mon­wealth Games sym­bol on its jour­ney to the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

A sum­mer thun­der­storm that lashed Rock­ing­ham was de­scribed by res­i­dents as be­ing “like some­thing out a movie”. The pow­er­ful storm packed wind gusts up to 130km/ h, dam­ag­ing roofs, down­ing large trees and caus­ing flash flood­ing.

March

The Man­gles Bay Ma­rina saga was de­liv­ered a knock- out blow by Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti when the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion rec­om­mended the land re­quired for the pro­posal not be re­zoned, scrap­ping the ma­rina as a re­sult.

A Shoal­wa­ter woman launched a cam­paign to make Ar­ca­dia Drive safer in the wake of a 62- year- old woman’s death after be­ing hit by a car. Katie Hughes saw the hor­rific crash in which a car mounted the curb and hit the vic­tim, and then started a pe­ti­tion to make the road safer for pedes­tri­ans.

April

The State Govern­ment an­nounced it would con­sider her­itage list­ing Point Peron and the Cape Peron K Bat­tery.

Christo­pher Pyne an­nounced the for­ma­tion of the Aus­tralian Naval Ship­build­ing Col­lege, with Aus­tralia’s next spe­cial­ist naval work­force set to be trained in Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana.

May

A re­port writ­ten by Tony Ab­bott’s for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser stated Rock­ing­ham should be home to Amer­i­can nu­clear sub­marines and war­ships to main­tain peace in Asian wa­ters.

Kwinana’s jour­ney to be­com­ing a “lithium val­ley” con­tin­ued, as the State Govern­ment con­firmed West­ern Aus­tralian Lithium was set to build a new re­fin­ery in Kwinana.

June

Shoal­wa­ter’s Richard Usher was recog­nised for his ser­vice to the wel­fare of veter­ans with an Or­der of Aus­tralia medal. Mr Usher spent 30 years of ser­vice with the navy, and a fur­ther 18 cham­pi­oning veter­ans’ wel­fare.

Both the cities of Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana recorded a fi­nan­cial health in­di­ca­tor lower than the State av­er­age dur­ing the 2016- 17 fi­nan­cial year, ac­cord­ing to the MyCoun­cil web­site.

Look out for our re­view of July- De­cem­ber in Jan­uary 9’ s Sound.

Ba­ton­bearer Terry How­son car­ries the Ba­ton on Pen­guin Is­land as the Queen's Ba­ton Re­lay vis­ited Rock­ing­ham.

Se­cret Har­bour's Harry Collins was recog­nised for his ef­forts at the Surf Life­sav­ing WA Coastal Brav­ery Awards.

Ma­jor Lyn­don Jack­son, Korean War vet­eran Theo Bushe- Jones and Rock­ing­ham RSL vice- pres­i­dent Mark Wel­don pre­pare for An­zac Day in Rock­ing­ham.

Pic­tures: Nic El­lis, Ai­den Boy­ham, Talitha Wolfe, Colin McPher­son and Richard Polden

A tor­nado wreaked havoc on the Rock­ing­ham fore­shore.

Richard Usher was awarded an Or­der of Aus­tralia medal.

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