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Hazards scenario team plan for worst

They are the frightening scenarios which sound more like movie plots. A mysterious flu epidemic grips WA. The workforce depleted, people are filing into hospitals and doctors’ surgeries around the State, presenting with symptoms of the disease. Or perhaps it’s an earthquake, high on the Richter scale, hitting at the dead centre of Albany, putting at risk heritage buildings never ...

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Meth man jailed for huge haul

Big Brother was watching. And giving orders. The orders were to keep an eye on 50kg of high-purity methamphetamine, valued at $21 million and enough to supply Perth’s ice addicts for 100,000 days. The meth had arrived on a beach near Port Denison, south of Geraldton, on May 1 last year, brought in on a tiny boat. After a key ...

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Missing man a hero to rescued fisherman

When Kim Thomsen was pulled to safety after spending 19 hours treading water in the ocean off Leeman, his good mate Jack Bray was one of the first to see him in hospital. “He flew down to Perth from Broome where he was working just to give me a hug, that’s just the sort of bloke he is,” Mr Thomsen ...

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Lingering lead doubts child hospital handover

Health Minister Roger Cook has rejected builder John Holland’s handover date for the new Perth Children’s Hospital, arguing that water in two areas of the building where patients will be housed remains contaminated with lead. He also said the State Government, like its predecessor, did not know the source of the lead and admitted the hospital could not open until ...

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Premier to sweep offices for bugs

A ministerial office in Dumas House. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian Taxpayers are forking out $50,000 so the State Government can conduct security sweeps of ministerial offices looking for listening devices. Premier Mark McGowan yesterday confirmed the Government had hired a private contractor to carry out the security checks at Dumas House, Parliament House and Hale House in West Perth’s ...

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No new jail, prisoner muster to be thinned out

The Labor Government has shelved its predecessor’s plans for a major new prison and is instead proposing to let scores of inmates out of jail. New Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan said “there is no way in the world” the incoming Government could afford $600 million for a new prison and he had instructed the Department of Corrective Services to ...

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Message sent: Serial rubbish dumper fined $40k

Armagh Street Victoria Park site image 2 – 28 March 2015 incident A South Perth man has been slapped with more than $40,000 in fines for dumping four truck loads of rubbish at properties across Perth. Jacek Kotnowski was found guilty in Perth Magistrates Court on four separate dumping charges dating from July 2014 to March 2015. Magistrate Steven Heath ...

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Police hunt pursuit driver after dangerous chase on Hepburn Avenue

A driver remains on the run after leading police on a dramatic pursuit in Perth’s north on Tuesday. In vision obtained by Seven News, the white Commodore crosses onto the wrong side of Hepburn Avenue shadowed by police at 10am. Panicked drivers try to avoid a collision with the wagon, who swerves around an unmarked police car. As the driver ...

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