Category: Western Australia

State News: Western Australia


Albany Premier Hotel burnt down by licensee

Editorial

Another tourism operator has burnt down his own hotel in an apparent insurance job, but with a twist – he tried to stage a robbery excuse too, complete with fake CCTV footage. Licensee Graeme Cooper is alleged to have done extensive damage by arson to the historic Albany Premier Hotel in WA. Four other people – accomplices – were charged before Cooper was. Continue reading

Perth arts event left to the dogs of the city

Editorial

Performers at the Perth Fringe Festival, ‘Fringe World’, are reporting increased abuse in which artists are ‘followed, cat-called and harrassed’ year-on-year. One drag artist was told he should have his head cut off. Continue reading

Journey of 790km begins with State funding steps

Editorial

A joint NT and WA government initiative looks like it may see the notorious Tanimi Track paved, in a move north-west Australian tourism operators know would open up Australia’s north west to Australia’s south east. In the picture above, the Tanami Track represents only the area from Alice Springs to Halls Creek. Continue reading

Has the mafia stitched up your industry?

Editorial

If something has smelled funny in your industry for a whilst, you’re not alone. A Fairfax Media and Four Corners investigation has revealed just how far the Italian mafia’s reach goes in Australia with tourism and hospitality businesses at the fore. The famous Sydney Fish Markets are stitched up, drugs are being run from northern NSW to The Melbourne Fruit & Vegetable Market and to markets at Belconnen in Canberra, a major winery is owned by a mafia boss and – somewhat less surprisingly – nightclubs and casinos are involved. Continue reading

NAWP potential: ‘The World’s Island Holiday’

Editorial

The government’s Northern Australia white paper approaches tourism in the same old way – if we build it, they will come. But what if we took what we know about tourists’ expectations, and took the 21st century’s largest market of new travellers, the Chinese – and took the infrastructure potential… and made Australia everything the modern tourist could want? What if we made Australia the ‘World’s Island Holiday’? Continue reading

Open-ended tourism afoot for Northern Australia

Editorial

In the next few weeks, the federal government will debate the prospect of opening up Australian domestic airline routes to foreign airlines. The Labor party are up in arms about the potential for losing jobs to cheaper foreign labour, but the Liberal party want the opening up of transport to form an intergral part of their plans to develop Northern Australia. Currently, foreign airlines are not allowed to fly domestic routes above the Tropic of Capricorn. Continue reading

Bad behaviour turns to social media gold

Editorial

In early 2015, two young French tourists were charged with animal abuse offences after taking a flame to a quokka, Rotttnest Island’s endemic icon. The subsequent media conversation – or ‘the electronic lynch mob’ as social media is sometimes called – has resulted in money-can’t-buy publicity for WA and Rottnest Island. Continue reading

Perth redirects sport focus out of the capital

Editorial

The $34m Western Australia Institute of Sport has opened in the Perth suburb of Mount Claremont, and hopes to replace Canberra’s Australian Institute of Sport as the foremost sports training facility in the hearts and minds of Australians. The AIS made a $9.27m operating loss in FY13/14, with one key reason given being ‘an underspend in grant expenditure’. Continue reading

Authorities waiting for a complaint – about a crocodile

Editorial

Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife was recently frustrated when campsite users went to Facebook to share their excitement. The problem is, the Department of Parks and Wildlife can’t follow up on the sighting unless a ‘formal complaint’ is made. Continue reading

We take animal cruelty very, very seriously

Editorial

Two young French tourists have expressed their surprise at being held accountable for a video, taken by themselves, in which they set a quokka on fire. The friends were both travelling on working holiday visas for a ‘coming of age’ adventure. One of the young men is a journalism graduate, and in sentencing the judge said the pair had ‘much to learn about life and morality’. Continue reading

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