Wheatbelt council decides against selling controversial painting by convicted child sex offender Rolf Harris

When should the art be separated from the artist? This is the question a local government in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt grappled with this week when it voted against selling the painting it was gifted by convicted child sex offender Rolf Harris. key points: A Wheatbelt council has voted against selling a painting it was gifted … Read more

Former WA Police officer Michael Richard Tyler sentenced over ‘vile, degrading, and perverse’ child abuse material

A former WA police officer has been sentenced to three years and six months’ jail for accessing and possessing “vile, degrading, and perverse” child abuse material, which he then discussed and exchanged with users in online chat rooms. Key points: Tyler was a senior constable when the material was found on his laptop The judge … Read more

Long-awaited Abrolhos Islands management plan ‘disappointing’ for Midwest tourism advocates

Critics have slammed new management plans for the Abrolhos Islands, saying the Western Australian government has missed an opportunity to put the midwest on the map as a serious tourism destination. Key points: The state government has released plans to manage tourism and conservation at the Abrolhos Islands It aims to make the spot more … Read more

Police drone finds Rockingham woman lost for eight hours in remote scrub near Yalgoo

Sue Buckless started to worry when she found herself deep in the endless scrub of the plains around remote Yalgoo. But she knew she was in strife when she lost sight of distant ranges she had been using as a landmark to help find her campsite. “The further in I went, the deeper and thicker … Read more

Local governments say more clarity needed on COVID-19 aboard cruise ship to dock in Geraldton, Busselton

Regional local governments say they have been left in the dark about how the outbreak of COVID-19 on board a cruise ship will affect their arrival in their communities. Key points: Local governments are seeking clarity over how an outbreak of COVID-19 on board a cruise ship will affect regional communities Several passengers are in … Read more

Retirees stunned after spotting giant cat on CCTV at their regional WA property

A retired couple living near coastal Lancelin in Western Australia were stunned to spot a “huge” black cat strolling past their house, prompting a rush to take photos of the footprints and check footage from their CCTV camera. Key points: A retired couple has spotted a huge black cat on CCTV at their WA property … Read more

Geraldton taxi driver James Michael Greenup given six-year jail term for machete attack on passenger

The former regional WA taxi driver who attacked a passenger with a machete has been sentenced to six years behind bars. James Michael Greenup was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to Geraldton resident Charlie Collard in the early hours of March 21 last year. Key points: Former Geraldton taxi driver James Michael Greenup … Read more

Cruise ships return to Geraldton to bring international tourists to regional WA

Industry leaders say stigma associated with traveling in a post-pandemic world will not stop tourists from visiting the Midwest when international cruises return next month. Key points: The first cruise ship since the pandemic will arrive in Geraldton next month Local businesses have struggled with the absence of international tourists Fears of COVID-19 outbreaks on … Read more

Ex-WA police officer Michael Richard Tyler used social media to discuss sexually abusing children

A former West Australian police officer is behind bars after pleading guilty to accessing and possessing child sex abuse material, which he then discussed and forwarded to users in online chat rooms. Key points: The material showed children as young as two months being abused Judge dismissed Michael Richard Tyler’s claims his crimes were “fantasy” … Read more

Geraldton methamphetamine trial hears drugs worth $160 million transferred mid-ocean

The seizure of 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine in the port city of Geraldton almost five years ago was preceded months earlier by the “successful importation” of hundreds of kilograms of the drug, the WA Supreme Court has been told. Key points: The methamphetamine had a street value of $160 million The drugs were transferred to … Read more