Ellenbrook Police Station will be open 24/7 as of 24 July

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Lord Street dual carriageway plan to speed up Ellenbrook commute!

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ELLENBROOK residents are being promised faster commute times in their cars, with the State Government announcing a new dual carriageway for Lord Street.

The project, which will replace the previous government’s bus rapid transit plan to Ellenbrook, will build a new Lord Street between Reid Highway and Gnangara Road, connecting at Drumpellier Drive.

New Lord Street, to be built in an existing transport reservation, will run parallel to the existing street and will include a new bus park and ride and priority traffic signals.

A shared path will also run adjacent to the road, providing improved access to Whiteman Park for cyclists and pedestrians.
Premier Mark McGowan said the project represented the first step in Labor’s plan for a train line to Ellenbrook.

“A bus lane for Ellenbrook was never going to cut it; that’s why we’ve moved swiftly to build a new dual-carriageway to ease traffic congestion and start work on the rail line to Ellenbrook,” he said.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project was achieved after the Government renegotiated the contract for the BRT, and would not cost any extra.

“New Lord Street will address one of the major bottlenecks on our road network – the southbound approach to the Marshall Road roundabout, where queues during the morning peak can extend to 2.5 kilometres,” she said.

“This project forms part of a series of transport improvements for Perth’s north-eastern suburbs.”

She said the total cost would be $57 million, plus $5 million for the relocation of telecommunication technology near the planned site of the Ellenbrook train station.

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Turnbull Government has ordered an inquiry into GST distribution

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WA has scored a victory in its battle to receive a fair share of GST, with the Turnbull Government ordering an independent inquiry into the scandal which robs our State of billions of dollars.

It can be revealed Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has prepared terms of reference for a Productivity Commission inquiry into the much-maligned GST distribution model.

Today’s announcement is a major breakthrough in The Sunday Times’ three-year Fair Go for the West campaign.

The inquiry will investigate the system of “horizontal fiscal equalisation”, which has been used in Australia since federation and is the basis for the distribution of GST revenue.

The model takes money from rich States such as WA, which create wealth, and gives it to poorer States, such as SA, Queensland and Tasmania, to balance out “inequality”. The WA Government argues the model penalises the west for its strong resources industry while rewarding States which knock back mining projects.

Bureaucrats at the Commonwealth Grants Commission recently determined that next financial year WA will receive a pitiful return of just 34¢ in the dollar, ripping $4.5 billion out of the State at a time when it has the worst-performing economy in the country.

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CRACKDOWN on crime with more CCTV cameras and lighting installations

Midland Reporter

A CRACKDOWN on crime with more CCTV cameras and lighting installations in central areas of Midland and Kalamunda is good news for businesses in the fight against lawbreakers and anti-social behaviour.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt said the Federal Government’s $1 million funding would help keep communities and streets safer in his electorate and deliver on a 2016 election promise.

The Safe Communities Fund program delivers $847,017 to the City of Swan for CCTV and lighting upgrades in the Midland CBD, Beechboro and Lockridge and a $170,000 grant to Kalamunda Shire for 12 CCTV cameras at four crime hot spots.

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New way to control stable fly

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RESEARCH is pointing to a quick, low cost, non-chemical solution to control the declared pest stable fly, which could improve business profitability at the same time.

Researchers said they found burying vegetable crop waste after harvest and then compacting the soil surface could significantly reduce stable fly populations.

Department of Agriculture and Food WA research officer David Cook said the practice could provide vegetable growers with an effective option to control stable flies in situ, reducing the use of pesticides.

“Our work has found that by burying post-harvest vegetable crop residues to a depth of 300mm with a stone burier or a mouldboard plough and then compacting the sand lightly with a roller, makes it almost impossible for the stable fly to dig its way to the surface and emerge as an adult fly,” he said.

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Porter welcomes first National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Report

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, welcomed the release of the first National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report which will change the way our nation fights the scourge of ice.

The Coalition Government provided the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) with a $3.6 million boost to detect ice hotspots, and collect data on drugs being used within our communities, following a recommendation by the National Ice Taskforce.

The analysis tested for methamphetamine, or ice, and 12 other illicit and licit substances including cocaine, MDMA, tobacco and alcohol at 51 sites across the country.

Mr Porter said crimes relating to ice continue to be a concern for local police in Pearce, with strong links between those who commit drug offences and those committing other violent crimes.

“Drugs such as ice and the consequences of drug abuse affect not only the individual but the whole community,” Mr Porter said.

“Ice is destroying lives – this insidious drug does not discriminate, and putting a stop to it requires a whole community response.

“The report provides new data that will enable law enforcement agencies to pinpoint targets so they can flush out the criminals responsible for this devastating trade and protect the communities that they are targeting.”

The Coalition Government is investing almost $300 million to support actions resulting from the National Ice Action Strategy to improve treatment, after care, education, prevention and community engagement. The supply of ice is also being tackled through increased international cooperation, enhanced intelligence sharing, better controls of precursor chemicals and greater efforts to prevent ice reaching our regional and remote communities.

Report findings:

  • Methamphetamine, or ice, consumption in Western Australia and South Australia was higher than the national average, in both the capital cities and regional areas. High levels were also recorded in regional sites in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.
  • Cocaine use was the highest in New South Wales, almost double the second highest jurisdiction, the Northern Territory, in terms of doses consumed per day. The ACT recorded the third highest use.
  • There is a high use of prescription medications fentanyl and oxycodone across all jurisdictions, particularly in regional Queensland, suggesting a potential diversion into the illicit market.

The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report is available at: https://www.acic.gov.au/publications/intelligence-products/national-wastewater-drug-monitoring-program-report

Media Contact: Ella Cahill – ella.cahill@aph.gov.au or 6296 7255

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24-hour police station ‘soon’

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CONFIRMATION BY POLICE MINISTER

THE Ellenbrook community will be better protected under a 24hour police station, according to Police Minister Michelle Roberts.

Ms Roberts confirmed that the station would be open 24/7 to the public “as soon as possible”.
She said police were currently working to ensure additional police officers were stationed in Ellenbrook before changes to opening hours could be made.

“Due to a massive growth in population and challenging demands facing Ellenbrook, the community has long been calling for the Ellenbrook police station to be open 24/7,” she said.

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Truck takes down power poles in Caversham

The West

Falling power poles have narrowly missed homes in Caversham.

It was only a matter of time before this happened given the mismanagement by the City of Swan to control the amount of heavy haulage trucks terrorising this growth corridor.

Incredibly no one was seriously injured or killed.

These trucks should be staying on the main roads and not using residential side streets as a shortcut – PERIOD!

related post: Entrapped by developer trucks – Park Street, Henley Brook

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Rural properties revegetation program

Need some green? If your property is 10,000 square metres (2.5 acres) or over, and is located in the City of Swan, you are eligible to receive a free allocation of plants.

The City is pleased to announce the launch of the Rural Properties Revegetation Program for 2017. Men of the Trees (Inc) has been engaged by the City to grow approximately 10,000 trees, shrubs and groundcovers to compliment the City’s natural environment.

Men of the Trees (Inc) is a not-for-profit organisation staffed by volunteers committed to growing plants for the betterment of the environment.

To obtain your local native plants simply complete this online Rural Properties Revegetation application form.

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City of Swan proposed ward changes

The City of Swan Council has voted to alter its wards at a special council meeting on Monday, March 27.

At the meeting, the council resolved to reduce the number of wards from six to five, retain the same number of councillors (15) and rename two of the wards to reflect the proposed boundary changes. Ellenbrook and North ward will merge and form Pearce ward, which will have four councillors. Whiteman Park and Brabham will move from the Altone ward to the Ballajura ward, which will be renamed Whiteman ward.

This proposed change will still need to be signed off by Local Government Minister David Templeman.

Key changes:-

  • Combine Ellenbrook and North Wards;
  • Transfer the locality of The Vines from North Ward to Swan Valley/Gidgeannup Ward;
  • Transfer the localities of Brabham and Whiteman from Altone Ward to Ballajura Ward;
  • Transfer parts of the locality of Henley Brook from Ellenbrook Ward and Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward to Ballajura Ward, and;
  • Transfer part of the locality of Caversham from Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward to Altone Ward.

The majority of changes are required to achieve balanced representation and meet the expectation of similar ratios of electors to councillors across the wards.

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Minister to review councils Act

Eastern Reporter

NEWLY appointed Local Government Minister David Templeman says he will consult with councils to review the Local Government Act this year.

While the current act does not cover no-confidence motions, Mr Templeman did not rule out the motions being part of the review following recent motions at four metropolitan councils.

Town of Bassendean ratepayers passed a motion of no-confidence in Mayor John Gangell and chief executive Bob Jarvis at a special meeting of electors in November, but no action was taken.

Three no-confidence motions were dismissed by Cr Gangell at another special meeting on March 14.

Meanwhile, City of Stirling ratepayers passed a motion of no confidence against chief executive Stuart Jardine in December.

Mr Templeman said ratepayers had a “democratic right” to move these motions if they had concerns about local government or its representatives.

“This option should be regarded only as an expression of the views or concerns of the people at the meeting, and not necessarily indicative of the views or concerns of the majority of ratepayers in the district,” he said.

“No-confidence motions arise occasionally, depending on issues in the community, and local governments would be wise to consider the rationale behind such motions as they arise.

“The Local Government Act is complex and requires reform.”

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Polo in the Valley: world’s best arrive for Duncraig Stud event in Swan Valley

The Advocate Community News

POLO in the Valley kicks off this Sunday at Duncraig Stud in the Swan Valley, with some of the best horsemen from around the world arriving in Perth for the event.

The event, in its eighth year, has cemented itself as one of the biggest in the Perth social calendar.

Polo in the Valley also raises money for Youth Focus and Telethon, with $700,000 raised since it first began and another $100,000 expected to be raised from this year’s event.

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Mark McGowan confident Metronet plan will secure Commonwealth funding

ABC News

WA Premier Mark McGowan has returned from his first meeting with the Prime Minister confident of receiving the $1.2 billion in Commonwealth funding that was set aside for the now scrapped Perth Freight Link.

Mr McGowan wants to use some of the money towards his Government’s flagship rail project Metronet, but Malcolm Turnbull said last week the idea of simply reallocating funds set aside for one project, to another was “absurd”.

But following the meeting, the Premier said he believed WA would still get the funding.

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Double dipping: seven WA mayors moonlighting in private roles

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MAYORS at some of Perth’s biggest councils are working second jobs while receiving their ratepayer-funded six-figure salaries.

A survey of the 28 metropolitan councils by The Sunday Times revealed seven mayors are moonlighting in private roles.

Another four mayors — all in the western suburbs — refused to answer our questions about whether they had two incomes.

The City of Swan said its mayor, Mick Wainwright, was paid $139,410 in annual allowances and spent two full days a week at the council.

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Trucks on Park Street

Road Works to Lower Crest on Park Street Near Partridge Street

Good News – the City of Swan have advised that road works will commence in May to lower the very dangerous crest on Park Street near Partridge Street. This will also include widening Park Street between Avonlee and Whiteman Edge.  🙂

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Entrapped by developer trucks – Park Street, Henley Brook

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Way Overdue New Temporary Footpath – Park Street, Henley Brook

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RITA SAFFIOTI SWORN IN AS MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT; PLANNING & LANDS IN MCGOWAN LABOR CABINET

17 March 2017

Rita Saffioti MLA, Member for West Swan welcomed her appointment today as Minister for Transport; Planning & Lands after the swearing in ceremony at Government House this morning.

Ms Saffioti comes into the position with experience in the transport and planning portfolios. Having previously been Shadow Planning Minister since 2013 and Shadow Transport Minister since 2015.

Ms Saffioti played a key role in the development and costing of WA Labor’s METRONET policy, a coordinated transport and planning program and as Minister will oversee the delivery of that program.

Ms Saffioti expressed her desire to get to work immediately in implementing the new Labor Government’s comprehensive transport and planning agenda, which in addition to METRONET includes upgrades to major congestion areas on Wanneroo Road and Armadale Road and the upgrading of local roads such as Lord Street.

Comments from Member for West Swan, Rita Saffioti MLA:

“I am excited and humbled to be allocated the Transport; Planning and Lands portfolios in the new Mark McGowan Cabinet.

“Our government has a big agenda for transport and planning and I am committed to delivering it.”

Media contact: David Hay-Hendry 0449 129 121

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METRONET: Construction to start on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line in 2019

Now that we have a Labor government in WA we can start a whole new chapter on the promises that will benefit the Swan Valley and surrounding areas. Let’s start with METRONET as reported on our new Premier’s website:-

Thursday 09 Feb 2017

Six new METRONET stations will be built at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Bennett Springs, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook. Whiteman Park has recently been named Western Australia’s top tourist attraction.

  • Construction on the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line will commence in 2019;
  • The 21km spur line includes six new METRONET stations and is expected to be completed in 2022;
  • WA Labor will bring a fresh approach to transport in the north-eastern suburbs, creating 3,072 jobs;
  • The $863million rail line will service more than 200,000 local residents by 2026;
  • METRONET will create more than 10,400 jobs and apprenticeships.

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