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P-8A visits Pearce air base

ON the tarmac at Pearce air base this week Australia’s AP-3C Orion was looking past her prime compared with a nearby United States Navy P-8A Poseidon, of which the Federal Government has agreed to buy at least eight at a ...

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Residents oppose secession

WATTLE Grove residents are angry over a proposal to transfer part of Wattle Grove to the City of Gosnells, which has been initiated by a residents’ group seeking to protect the area from further development. As part of the Local ...

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Backpacker tax will hurt growers

GROWERS and tourism ventures in the Perth Hills will suffer if the Federal Government pushes ahead with an increase in the rate of tax paid by backpacker workers say orchardists. From July, the Government will remove the tax-free threshold for ...

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Stupas are all stitched up

GOLDEN stupas in Myanmar are the inspiration behind Kalamunda artist Mikaela Castledine’s latest Sculpture by the Sea installation, Big Intention. Ms Castledine said she used crocheted nylon paracord to create six Buddhist stupas, a Sanskrit term for a domed or ...

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Shaw to run for Swan Hills seat

THE battle for votes in Swan Hills has started with WA Labor endorsing Jessica Shaw as its candidate for the seat. Ms Shaw has lived in the Perth Hills for about 10 years spending time in Chidlow and Glen Forrest ...

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Price endorsed for Forrestfield seat

WA Labor’s new candidate for the Forrestfield electorate says he decided to nominate for the seat because the area was dominated by working families. Mr Price, who attended the launch of the party’s Science in Schools policy in Wattle Grove ...

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Chinese put bauxite mining plans on hold

THE BAUXITE Mining Community Advisory Group has been disbanded and Bauxite Alumina Joint Ventures’ (BAJV) Toodyay shop front closed after the Chinese-owned Yankuang Resources took a 100 per cent stake in mining tenements along the Darling Scarp. Avon and Hills ...

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Sinkholes risk park’s future

A WALLISTON park is facing permanent closure after sinkholes up to half-a-metre deep forced the Shire of Kalamunda to fence it off last year due to safety concerns. The shire is now calling for public comment on a proposal to ...

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E-change for some but not for Malaga

A FIXATION with lifestyle could result in city folk heading for outer suburbs or regional towns once those areas can provide access to faster broadband. Areas in the Pearce electorate including Bakers Hill, Bickley, Bullsbrook, Bullsbrook West, Carmel, Chidlow, Ellenbrook, ...

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Hospital mix-up

THE Kalamunda Health Service says steps have been taken after a communication breakdown left patients unable to have their scheduled surgeries last month. A KHS spokesperson said the hospital was unaware that the rostered specialist was on leave. “As soon ...

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