Cowtown tavern work set to start

The ground is set to break on Cowaramup’s long-promised tavern site, with news West Winds Gin will develop its site on Hasluck Street. The street was already earmarked for a supermarket and associated shops, including a liquor store, but the tavern proposal was a separate development. Company chief executive Paul …

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Foreign workers in limbo | The West Australian

An expensive plan by local labour hire companies to import workers from the Pacific islands could be in tatters after the WA Government withdrew support for hotel quarantine arrangements. Labour Solutions and Vinepower had secured permission for a self-funded flight of 84 workers expected to arrive in the region next …

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Plastic people back in shape

A volunteer group offering tangible reuse of wasteful plastics is back in business at its new home in Margaret River’s light industrial area but helpers are needed. After disruptions during recent months in relocating from its Cowaramup base, Precious Plastic Margaret River, which started in 2018, this week announced it …

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Swim patrols take a break

People still heading to Rivermouth are on notice lifeguards finish up for the season this weekend. The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River sponsored Surf Life Saving Australia patrols operate only during summer when the region has high numbers of visitors. Shire sport and community recreation manager Dylan Brown said beachgoers should …

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Qld woman admits to COVID quarantine lie

A 20-year-old Queensland woman has admitted lying on a border declaration form after travelling to a declared coronavirus hotspot last year. Olivia Winnie Muranga is the last of three women who travelled together to Victoria to plead guilty. Diana Lasu and Haja Umu Timbo were sentenced last month to 80 …

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Energy giant abandons Crib Point gas plan

Energy giant AGL has formally abandoned its controversial plan to build a floating gas import terminal in Victoria. Victoria’s Environmental Protection Authority was notified of AGL’s decision on April 9, it emerged on Thursday, after the state government rejected the proposal late last month. Planning Minister Richard Wynne said the …

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Tedesco saw Papenhuyzen coming years ago

James Tedesco knew within a few training sessions with a teenage Ryan Papenhuyzen that the young fullback was going to become an NRL gun. Struck by his pace and skill, Tedesco got an early glimpse in 2017 of the man who now looms as his closest rival for the mantle …

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Carlton must claim top AFL scalps: Teague

Carlton see the scalp of Port Adelaide on Saturday night at the MCG as a sign of their growth over the past 12 months. Last season at the Gabba, Port’s Robbie Gray broke the hearts of Blues fans when he booted a goal after the siren to secure a three-point …

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Docker Lobb firming for shock AFL return

Fremantle big man Rory Lobb is a chance to make a shock AFL return this Sunday – but only if he can prove he’s ready for a ruck role. Lobb was initially expected to miss about half the season after suffering a strain to his ACL as well as significant …

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