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

Goomalling man dead after storms spark multiple fires in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt

A man in his 50s has died from severe burns after storms ignited multiple bushfires in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt. key points: A man has died from serious burns from a fire on a Wheatbelt farm Lightning ignited several fires yesterday Millions of dollars worth of farm machinery was destroyed by fires across the region The … Read more

Red-tailed phascogale spotted in WA’s Paruna Sanctuary to the surprise of scientists

A tiny marsupial with a huge two-metre leap has been discovered in a Western Australian wildlife sanctuary. Key points: Ecologists say the surprising discovery shows conservation efforts are working The red-tailed phascogale was spotted at Paruna Sanctuary, 50 kilometers north-east of Perth The species has become extinct in 99 percent of its former habitat The … Read more

Farmers reeling from ‘preventable’ summer bushfires demand inquiry

It has been six months since a devastating bushfire ripped through WA’s Wheatbelt region, and impacted farmers are still counting the cost. Key points: A fire started after a permitted stubble burn reignited in “catastrophic conditions” The blaze destroyed 45,000 hectares and multiple homes Locals say a permit should never have been issued and are … Read more

Asbestos removal in Wheatbelt after bushfires proves expensive

Asbestos is costing home owners hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean up after shattering in February’s Wheatbelt bushfires. Key points: Property owners hit with compulsory asbestos clean-up bills after bushfires People with asbestos in homes warned of shattering effect that happens in fires Toxicologist says asbestos becomes “10 times more expensive to remove” if … Read more