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Steps taken to build biosecurity capacity

The State Government has moved to strengthen Western Australia's biosecurity response capabilities following discovery of the tomato potato psyllid in WA in February 2017, with a focus on resolving market access issues.Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan commissioned the Biosecurity Council of Western Australia to assess the effectiveness of the

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State Government takes NBN fight to Federal inquiry

A Commonwealth Parliamentary inquiry into the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has today heard how Western Australia's economy is being compromised through the lack of fast, reliable internet connections the service was supposed to deliver.The Joint Standing Committee heard how many Western Australian households and businesses are experiencing

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Australian retailers commended for plastic bag ban

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson commended Woolworths Group and Coles Group today after the retailers announced an impending ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.The ban on single-use, lightweight plastic bags will extend across both groups' Australian networks, with Woolworths set to fully implement the initiative within 12 months.Read more: Countdown to plastic

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Rain on the way for eastern states, south-west WA

A rain band will move from west to east across Australia's eastern states from Wednesday to Saturday, with the highest rainfall totals expected in Queensland.Bureau National Operations Centre Senior Meteorologist Scott Williams said smaller rain totals are also expected in areas of New South Wales and Victoria from Thursday, and

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New weather station for Swan Valley

A new weather station in Perth’s Swan Valley has today started recording rainfall, temperature, humidity, winds and pressure information every 30 minutes, to further improve forecasting services for Perth Airport and the Swan Valley.The Bureau of Meteorology's acting Regional Director for Western Australia, Mr Grahame Reader, welcomed the increase in

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