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Bill proves worthy WA award winner

MATTHEW Bill may have started out training to be a plumber but he soon discovered his true calling working with disengaged indigenous youth within the community. Born in Midland, the 22 year-old indigenous youth outreach worker lived all over Western ...

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Seasonal worker changes to benefit

THE federal government has announced a number of new measures to further support employers and seasonal workers to access the seasonal worker programme. The new measures will be phased in from July 1 next year and include introducing a multi-entry ...

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Sandalford slams Caversham proposal

A FOUR-storey development proposed for Caversham has no place in the Swan Valley, which has special planning legislation designed to preserve viticulture, according to one of the valley’s top wineries. Sandalford Wines chief executive officer Grant Brinklow said said the ...

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Swan Valley fracking row continues

SWAN Valley residents can attend an information night about fracking and the unconventional gas industry at the State Equestrian Centre. Marg Whan from Gasfield Free Swan Valley, which is hosting the event, said she hoped Brigadoon and Baskerville residents would ...

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Beware of fake scratchies

GLOSSY travel brochures with fake scratchies are arriving in the mailboxes of Echo News readers with at least one of the two cards enclosed declaring a $US190,000 win. Consumer Protection commissioner David Hillyard said Get It On Holiday travel brochure ...

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Survey to assess shire’s priorities

ABOUT 400 Shire of Mundaring residents will be randomly selected from all over the shire and invited to take part in the council’s biennial community perceptions survey over the next few weeks. The anonymous survey is designed to help the ...

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Middle Swan cricket celebrates 140 years

THE historical connection between the Middle Swan Cricket Club and the Swan Valley runs strong, with the club celebrating its 140th anniversary last month. Houghtons winery founders, Dr John Ferguson and his son Charles, laid a pitch in the middle ...

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Mundaring resident alive and well

MUNDARING resident Heather Ellis is lucky to be alive after she became lost in the Nannup area on Sunday and spent a night in bushland accompanied by her three dogs. Mrs Ellis and her 80 year-old husband Mike had been ...

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