Canker outbreak: WA confirms disease detected in two locations as industry calls for halt to Top End citrus trade – ABC Rural

Canker outbreak: WA confirms disease detected in two locations as industry calls for halt to Top End citrus trade – ABC Rural

Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries (DPIRD) has confirmed the detection of citrus canker on two properties in Kununurra and Wyndham, linking it to imported plants from the Northern Territory. What is citrus canker? info box What is citrus canker? A contagious plant disease that destroyed more than half a …

WA Art Gallery’s $300m collection at risk of damage, damning auditor-general report finds

WA Art Gallery’s $300m collection at risk of damage, damning auditor-general report finds

Updated May 17, 2018 15:29:52 Photo: The WA Art Gallery lacks space to store its works appropriately, the report found. (ABC News: Louise Merrillees) Western Australia’s $300 million state art collection is at risk of damage or loss thanks to a lack of storage space and appropriate conservation, an auditor-general’s …

American tourist says being mugged at knifepoint in outback WA ‘lowest point of my life’

American tourist says being mugged at knifepoint in outback WA ‘lowest point of my life’

Posted May 16, 2018 18:12:27 Photo: American tourist Richard Kezer was mugged at knifepoint on his first night in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. (ABC Goldfields-Esperance: Jarrod Lucas) An American tourist who was mugged at knifepoint in outback Western Australia says thieves left him stranded with just the clothes on his back and one …

Rare WA ‘armoured’ spiders under threat from habitat destruction

Rare WA ‘armoured’ spiders under threat from habitat destruction

Posted May 16, 2018 19:42:00 Photo: A female Idiosoma schoknechtorum, or armoured trapdoor spider, near York, Western Australia. (Supplied: WA Museum) Rare, newly discovered species of armoured trapdoor spiders native to Western Australia have already been added to the threatened species list, worrying scientists and researchers. Dr Michael Rix, the …

Liberals say lack of money behind decision not to contest WA byelections | Australia news

The Liberal party is crying poor, arguing that a lack of resources is behind the decision not to contest either of Western Australia‚Äôs upcoming byelections. With a federal election due within the next 12 months, and the Liberals battening down to protect Canning, Swan and Pearce to keep Andrew Hastie, …

Margaret River murder-suicide: Seven people found dead at home near WA holiday town

Margaret River murder-suicide: Seven people found dead at home near WA holiday town

Updated May 11, 2018 22:30:50 Photo: Police say they expect to remain at the property for “an extended period of time”. (ABC News) Four children and three adults have been shot dead in a home near the West Australian town of Margaret River, in what is the nation’s worst mass …

WA budget: Treasurer Ben Wyatt not willing to get ‘beaten up’ over gold royalty hike

WA budget: Treasurer Ben Wyatt not willing to get ‘beaten up’ over gold royalty hike

By Eliza Laschon Posted May 11, 2018 15:35:29 Photo: Ben Wyatt welcomes his budget being described as boring. (Supplied: West Australian) West Australian Treasurer Ben Wyatt has decided not to go head to head with major industry in his second state budget, but has left the door open for a …

WA budget 2018: Winners and losers

WA budget 2018: Winners and losers

Updated May 10, 2018 18:26:43 Photo: WA budget winners and losers (ABC News) Explore our guide to who benefits and who takes a hit in Ben Wyatt and Mark McGowan’s second state budget. Loser: All of WA The state continues to have a significant debt problem, despite Labor’s efforts to …

WA budget 2018: The not-so-magic number in Treasurer Ben Wyatt’s ‘workmanlike’ plan

WA budget 2018: The not-so-magic number in Treasurer Ben Wyatt’s ‘workmanlike’ plan

Updated May 10, 2018 21:45:45 Treasurer Ben Wyatt spent weeks keeping expectations low ahead of his second budget. Terms such as “workmanlike”, “no frills”, and “no bells and whistles” were thrown around like confetti each time he was asked what the public could expect. Mr Wyatt had done such a …

WA Budget 2018: Households cop big fee hikes to get finances back on track

WA Budget 2018: Households cop big fee hikes to get finances back on track

Updated May 10, 2018 16:29:37 Photo: WA Premier Mark McGowan and Treasurer Ben Wyatt with the 2018 budget. (Supplied: The West Australian) Related Story: Fears budget property tax to hobble recovering market, as ‘significant’ properties remain exempt The McGowan Government has used its second budget to argue its case for …