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Gnangara aquifer – water use crackdown!

The West – Almost 200,000 homes with backyard bores face tougher rules on their use as water levels in the Gnangara aquifer system — Perth’s most important drinking water supply — hit new lows. Citing declining rain, the Department of … Continue reading

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Grape growers say it’s decision time

ECHO News –  SWAN Valley planning needs to retain and support viticulture or to ditch the idea completely and allow natural planning processes to take place, according to Grape Growers Association of WA president Darryl Trease. Mr Trease who has … Continue reading

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The Swan Valley like you’ve never seen it before

The full Swan Valley experience and all it has to offer is now available at your fingertips. The City of Swan has launched its new website www.swanvalley.com.au and just like the Swan Valley, there is a lot to see and do. The … Continue reading

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Swan Valley review to shape region’s future

Media Statement – ​John Kobelke to lead review of Swan Valley planning framework Review presents an opportunity for the local community to have their voices heard Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has appointed Hon John Kobelke to conduct a review of … Continue reading

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Shake-up to change the face of councils

The West –  Mayors and councillors could have salaries and allowances increased or slashed depending on their training and qualifications as part of changes being considered by WA Labor to shake up local government. The idea comes as the State … Continue reading

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Wine industry receives boost for exports

skyNEWS – The federal government will inject $50 million into the Australian wine industry to boost exports and attract more international visitors to wine producing regions. The export and regional wine support package will provide money for marketing campaigns in … Continue reading

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New auditing laws raise local government accountability standards

Media Statement: Laws passed to extend Auditor General’s powers to local governments Independent oversight to improve local government standards New laws will increase community confidence in the sector Auditing laws which raise the standards of accountability for local governments to … Continue reading

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Small WA winery Sittella celebrates huge haul of trophies

The West – Small producer Sittella was the star of this year’s Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show with a haul of eight trophies including awards for the best wine of the show and best producer. It was a remarkable … Continue reading

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Seasonal work incentives offer fresh approach for Pearce

The Liberal Government’s Seasonal Work Incentives Trial offers a range of incentives for unemployed people to undertake seasonal horticultural work to help them gain experience and improve their skills. Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the trial will support … Continue reading

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Farmgate grape prices up 7 per cent

SkyNEWS – Australian wine growers are toasting a healthy jump in the money they are paid for their grapes. The average farmgate price paid to grape growers increased seven per cent to $565 a tonne in the past year, while … Continue reading

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From today Ellenbrook Police Station is open 24/7

twitter – We never close. Ellenbrook Police Station now operates front counter services 24/7. pic.twitter.com/mK4zuba23Z — Ellenbrook Police (@EllenbrookPol) July 24, 2017

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New Housing Authority project for Brabham (old Caversham Airfield)

ECHO NEWS –  THE McGowan Government has selected Peet Limited as the preferred proponent to partner with the Housing Authority in developing a 220ha site at Lot 800 Youle-Dean Rd, Brabham. Housing Minister Peter Tinley said the Brabham project, 22km … Continue reading

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Draft Ellenbrook Local Area Plan

The City of Swan values your comments and feedback to help form the Ellenbrook Local Area Plan. Following on from the Community consultation workshops held in November 2016, the City invites you to comment on the draft Ellenbrook Local Area Plan to … Continue reading

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City of Swan reduces rates increase for 2017/18

The City of Swan Council resolved to implement a lower rates increase than first proposed when it adopted the 2017/18 Budget on Wednesday evening. City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said Council had listened to the concerns of ratepayers, and … Continue reading

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Jobs boost as construction begins on new water tank in Ellenbrook

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 ​Work begins in Ellenbrook on biggest tank ever to be built by the Water Corporation The new tank will cater for growth in the north-east metropolitan corridor More than 200 Western Australians will be employed to … Continue reading

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Agile, smart, inclusive. Review to transform WA local government

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 Election commitment honoured with commencement of Local Government Act review Review to reduce red tape, modernise local governments and deliver for communities Election participation, online reporting and gift disclosures first to be targeted A major review … Continue reading

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Initial test results back from Whiteman Park water

Friday, 16 June 2017 ​First results back from water testing at Whiteman Park show no contamination in water supply system Taps being examined as potential source of contamination All public water outlets to remain closed until taps are replaced and … Continue reading

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