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Scarborough boy taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Police dog bites ‘graffiti guy’


A 17-year-old ‘graffiti guy’ was bitten by a police dog last night and taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said that about 3am the constabulary received information regarding a crew of up to five people allegedly spraying paint onto properties along Canning Parade in Como.

The first police car to arrive was from the police canine unit, and the dog handler saw the crew allegedly spraying paint onto a wall near the corner of Canning Parade and Gentilli Way.

Mr Dinnison said the dog handler told the crew to stay where they were, or police dog Santos would be released.

The crew allegedly started to run and Santos was unleashed.

Santos took a boy, 17, of Scarborough, into custody by mouthing of one of his legs.

The handler caught up and told Santos to release the boy. He then told the boy to stay seated.

Mr Dinnison said the boy allegedly stood up and started running away again.

He was again told to stop, lest Santos again be released.

However, the boy allegedly keep running and Santos was again unleashed.

Santos caught up the boy and took him into custody by mouthing one of his arms.

The boy was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital to receive treatment for dog bite injuries. Charges have not yet been laid.

A 20 year-old Alexander heights man was found nearby and arrested. he has been summonsed to appear in court on three counts of criminal damage.

Santos was not the only police dog to bite someone overnight. In Perth, a woman was bitten by Santos’ canine colleague Freddie after the driver of a purple Holden Commodore she was in allegedly absconded from a booze bus.

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Overshadowed by Elizabeth Quay, Perth bell tower to chime in with big new attraction.

Design of great Anzac bell revealed


Recently overshadowed by the hoopla surrounding adjacent Elizabeth Quay, the Perth Bell Tower is set to chime back in to the tourism spotlight with the pictured great Anzac bell.

A great bell has always been planned for the tower and the pictured 6.5-tonne Anzac bell would appear to fit the bill.

The tower’s current 17 bells are made up of 12 bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields and five bells from the London diocese of the Church of England and the parish of St Martin-in- the-Fields. These bells were given to the people of Western Australia as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebrations in 1988.

The Swan Bells Foundation wants the new bell to recognise all Australian service men and women involved in wars, conflict and peacekeeping operations.

The foundation has received a Lotterywest grant of $300,000, and more than $100,000 cash from private donations and the RSL, together with a donation of Australian copper and tin for the bell valued at $178,000.

The pictured bell design has been created by an outfit called Juice Creative.

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... at a cost of $27,000.

Stolen gumnut baby to be replaced


City of Perth officials have recommended that a bronze gumnut baby stolen from Stirling Gardens be replaced at a cost of $27,000.

The gumnut baby (at right of picture) was first noticed missing from the park, in Barrack Street, in March 2015.

Western Australian artist Claire Bailey had installed the sculpture in 2001 to celebrate the popular characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie created by May Gibbs.

The sculpture’s thieves cut through four steel rods that had fixed the gumnut baby to concrete footings.

A $1000 reward for information leading to a prosecution and the recovery of the sculpture proved futile.

Police recently contacted the council to say they’d received no substantial leads.

Bailey has told the city she no longer has the models or moulds for the sculpture which will therefore need to be recreated from scratch.

She has proposed the replacement sculpture be reconstructed to stand on a cast bronze rock, rather than on the log it previously stood upon. Council staff say this would conceal the steel rods and prevent people cutting the sculpture free of its footings in future.

Bailey would provide the council with the new mould, as a further safeguard against a similar theft in future.

The officials advise that once the gumnut baby is reborn, an insurance claim will be lodged.

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Family of late state police minister consulted on location and design.

Riverside memorial to John D’Orazio


Bayswater council has been consulting with the family of late mayor and State Police Minister John D’Orazio over the establishment of a memorial to him at the city’s Riverside Garden’s.

The city has allocated a sum of $40,000 to recognise Mr D’Orazio who in 2011 died of a heart attack during surgery.

A pharmacist by profession, Mr D’Orazio was Bayswater mayor from 1983 until 2000. In 2001 he was elected state member for Ballajura in 2001, a position he held until 2008.

Mr D’Orazio briefly served as Minister for Police in the Labor Government of Alan Carpenter, but was dumped in 2006 after it was revealed he had been driving without a licence for two months following an accident in a ministerial car.

But the Solictor-General’s office later paid him $15,000 costs after he proved the Government’s fines enforcement agency had sent notices to the incorrect address.

In August 2006, he was forced to resign from the party due to corruption allegations, and sat as an independent. The Corruption and Crime Commission later cleared him of any misconduct.

While a bronze bust of Mr D’Orazio, and a fountain, are in the mix of memorial options, city officials have recommended that a large, custom-made park bench be erected in his honour instead.

The cost of the bench has been estimated at $35,000.

All family members consulted agreed that Riverside Gardens would be a fitting place for the memorial.

The recommendation to build a memorial bench will be considered by Bayswater’s city councillors at a meeting on Tuesday night.

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Socceroo captain set to unveil bronze effigy of late Perth football star at World Cup qualifier on Sept 3.

Dylan Tombides statue for Perth Oval



EXCLUSIVE: A bronze statue of late Perth soccer star Dylan Tombides is set to be unveiled at Perth Oval by Socceroo captain Mile Jedinak in conjunction with the World Cup qualifying match between Australia and Bangaldesh on September 3.

City of Vincent councillors are tonight considering an urgent recommendation from city CEO Len Kosova that the pictured statue be approved, without public consultation, contrary to council policy.

VenuesWest, which runs Perth Oval AKA nib Stadium, has asked the council to approve the statue on behalf of the DT38 Foundation, a charity set up in Tombides’ honour to raise awareness of testicular cancer, which he died of in 2014 at the age of 20.

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak has written to Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett expressing a desire to unveil the bronze statue in nine days’ time – at Australia’s World Cup qualifying game against Bangladesh at Perth Oval on September 3.

dylan tombides statue nib stadium perthPerth sculptor Robert Hitchcock, well known for his statue of Noongar freedom fighter Yagan at Heirrison Island, is the artist behind the 2.1-metre high Tombides statue.

The sculpture is an interactive one that will have a button at its base that can be pressed to light up a shin pad pad that will say: “Happy birthday, Mum”.

With public art proposals perennially contentious in the inner-city hamlet of Vincent, statues normally require public consultation.

A report from Mr Kosova to his political masters contends that consultation has not been possible due to “time constraints and the nature of the request (with a high profile sports-related public unveiling)”.

“Further, the proposed statue will raise awareness of a charitable cause and will honour a young man who died of testicular cancer and spent time as a player at Perth Soccer Club in the City of Vincent, before going on to play for English Premier League team West Ham United and the Australian Socceroos,” Mr Kosova opines.

Mr Kosova has recommended the statue be installed beside Perth Oval’s Gate 4, behind the new eastern grandstand.

His recommended statue approval is set to be voted upon by the city’s councillors tonight.

Photos of Hitchcock’s statue of Dylan Tombides, DT38 Foundation.

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Thousands of motorists to cop an eyeful every day.

Technicolor facelift for phone exchange


The blank, white walls of the Brutalist-era Telstra exchange building on Albany Highway are in for a Technicolor overhaul.

Canning council’s marketing and communications manager Lisa Bradley has recommended that the pictured facelift by artist Leanne Bray be given the nod for the Cannington landmark.

Bray won Ms Bradley’s confidence after an expression of interest process run jointly by the council and Telstra attracted four artists to bid for the $25,000 paint job.

The exchange at present.

The exchange at present.

In her bid, Bray admitted she had a “fascination for the decorative elements of ethnic design based on years of living in Africa whee no surface if left blank”.

“Through the use of repeated patterning (embracing the recogniused corporate identity oif Telstra) the plan is to draw focus and add to the established of street presence,” Bray declares.

“(It is a unique building and I gave alats imah0ub ed how it could be enganced!)

Not shown in the pictured mockup of the project by Bray is the watermark of a world map that will infuse the artwork.

At a meeting on Tuesday night, Canning’s trio of non-elected commissioners will decide whether or not to approve Bray’s artwork.

If the artwork is approved, thousands of passing motorists will cop an eyeful every day.

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$210K to rebuild $163K Lizzy Quay sculpture


A sculpture that cost Perth ratepayers $163,000 to erect as recently as 2007 will cost Western Australian taxpayers $210,000 to reinstate after it was ripped up to make way for Elizabeth Quay.

The De Vlamingh Memorial, opened by former Perth Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass in 2007, was torn up as pictured in 2012 to make way for the massive Elizabeth Quay real estate development that’s slated for completion in November next year.

A City of Perth briefing paper reveals that the sculpture, which was originally quoted at $125,000 but ended up costing Perth ratepayers $163,140, will cost $210,000 to reinstate elsewhere on the Swan River.

The $210,000 reinstatement cost does not include costs incurred by the state in dismantling the sculpture and storing its salvageable parts since 2012.

The Jones' with retired lord mayor Peter Nattrass on launch day in 2007.

The Smiths with former lord mayor, Peter Nattrass, on launch day in 2007.

The quote, by the sculpture’s artists Joan and Charles Smith, was received by the city in 2013, and is no longer current. But council officials advise it is still an indicative cost for the job.

After the State Government agreed to fund the sculpture’s relocation, Perth council officers tried to offload it to a site in Kings Park.

But on March 24 the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority told the council it did not want the sculpture.

In a bid to get the De Vlamingh memorial resurrected somewhere, council officials have recommended that a site near the big flag pole close to the Narrows Bridge be chosen.

A Perth city committee will debate the officials’ recommendation on May 12.

Photos: From the Smiths’ quote, appended to council briefing paper.

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Percent for Art floated for Perth CBD


EXCLUSIVE: Skyscraper developers in the Perth CBD, Northbridge, East Perth, West Perth and parts of Crawley would have to cough up for public art under an impost proposed by City of Perth arts officials.

A draft public art strategy the officials have taken years to pull together proposes that a Percent for Art Scheme similar to a program run by the neighbouring City of Vincent and another run by the State Government be implemented across the state capital.

The two schemes respectively compel apartment block developers, and the government itself for major public works projects, to kick in one per cent of the project cost to fund new public art projects.

The draft City of Perth strategy says an impost could be levied on both the city’s capital works projects (to be funded by ratepayers) and on private projects (to be funded by property developers).

The oldest piece of public art in the City of Perth is the Alexander Forrest monument (1903) that stands guard over the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace outside Stirling Gardens.

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Perth imports Sydney’s Yuk


In a bid to persuade smokers to bin their butts, Perth has copied a Sydney campaign that aims to disgust.

Perth council today installed a two-by-five metre perspex ‘Yuk’ sign on the corner of William Street and The Esplanade.

Yuk’s value proposition is that it is filled with discarded cigarette butts.

City of Perth boss Gary Stevenson said the sign would disgust smokers into doing the right thing.

“Cigarette butts are the number one littered item in Australia,” Mr Stevenson said.

“Toxins like cadmium, lead, arsenic and zinc leach into the water and soil as cigarette butts break down.

“Cigarettes are not biodegradable and smokers must take responsibility and dispose of their cigarette butts properly.”

As part of the four-week campaign, the council will distribute free personal ashtrays at Yuk early on Wednesday morning as commuters trudge into work.

“If you are a smoker you can help keep our city clean by using a personal ashtray or the ashtrays on street litter bins or the wall-mounted ashtrays outside shops and offices,” Mr Stevenson carroted.

“It’s also worth remembering that cigarette butt littering is illegal and can attract a $200 fine – especially if still alight,” he sticked.

Yuk is a direct copy of a City of Sydney campaign that has run on two occasions.

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Arachnophobe beware


EXCLUSIVE: Secret plans to unleash mutant mega spiders upon a Mosman Park reserve have emerged in the bowels of a town council report.

The pictured spiders and the tangled webs they weave are on the drawing board for a park at Buckland Hill in the exclusive Swan River enclave of Minim Cove.

Designed by Nic Compton, a sculptor who has commemorated many a native species at Kings Park, the giant spiders will take on a totemic or park furniture form, if approved by Mosman Park council as recommended by its executive manager for technical services, Matthew Macpherson.

Spider sculptures Mosman ParkThe landscape architect who commissioned the pictured drawings, Jo Dutton from a firm called Plan E, has recommended they not go out for public consultation.

“The public open space at Buckland Hill is only very small, quite discrete and the artwork constructed of materials which complement the setting,” Ms Dutton has told the council, which has taken her advice and not sought public comment.

“… in our opinion the size of the project does not warrant community consultation for the artwork.”

The mock-ups of the spider sculptures depict some of many species relocated from the park before it was cleared of scrub.

Spider sculptures Mosman ParkMs Dutton explains that while Compton has focused on spiders collected from the site, other insects and animals will be incorporated into the six or so jarrah artworks that are planned.

That said, there were more than 20 different species of Arachnids collected from the site during the relocation, making spiders the most prominent class of fauna collected.

In a report to his political masters, Mr Macpherson has recommended that the spiders be approved for the park, which overlooks the roundabout at the corner of McCabe Street and Hutchinson Avenue.

“… this public art … will add attraction and novelty to an otherwise typical area,” he opines.

“Art is inherently subjective, but … this proposed artwork will be simple to maintain and is in keeping with the theme and history of the area.

“Similar pieces have been used at Kings Park to great affect, and this theme and material, while not to everyone’s taste, will be novel and complement the nearby Russell Brown Adventure Park in look and feel.”

Town of Mosman Park councillors are slated to debate Mr Macpherson’s recommendation on March 24.

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No portrait for Gallipoli hero mayor


With the centenary of the ANZAC landing just six weeks away, a people’s request for a portrait of Victoria Park’s first mayor, who was killed during an epic battle at Gallipoli, has been recommended for refusal.

Captain Robert McMaster (pictured) was a decorated soldier, and architect of some of Perth’s finest Federation-era buildings.

After becoming the first mayor of Victoria Park in 1897, he commanded the second Western Australian contingent in the Boer War and later received the Queen’s and King’s South Africa medals for his efforts.

Then, in 1914, Captain McMaster understated his age by five years to sign up to World War I – at the age of 48.


He was one of 80 men from the 10th Light Horse killed in action in August 1915 at The Battle of the Nek, which was graphically portrayed in the climax of the Peter Weir film Gallipoli.

As an architect, Captain McMaster designed some of Perth’s finest buildings, including the ground floor of Cottesloe mansion Tukurua, a stretch of Central Arcade in the Perth CBD, and in Victoria Park the Broken Hill Hotel (pictured).

To honour the skill and sacrifice of Captain McMaster in the Gallipoli centenary year, the annual general meeting of Victoria Park electors late last year passed a motion that the council commission a portrait of him.


But now, in a report to her political masters, Town of Victoria Park executive manager Jude Thomas has recommended against a portrait of Captain McMaster.

“The commissioning of a mayoral portrait of Captain Robert McMaster is not preferred, as it raises equity issues with regards to the five other mayors who served the Victoria Park Municipal Council, as well as the chairmen of the Victoria Park Roads Board District,” Ms Thomas opines.

“Furthermore, commissioning a portrait based on a small, black and white photograph limits the opportunity for an artist to capture the essence of the individual.”

Nor has the town budgeted for a portrait, which Ms Thomas estimates would cost between $2000 and $10,000 to commission.


Ms Thomas considers that photographs of Captain McMaster, and all his mayoral successors, would be a “dignified, respectful and cost-effective response”.

She has recommended that a photographic wall of fame picturing all mayors up to the most recent two be established instead, at a cost of about $3000 to appear in next year’s council budget.

Captain McMaster already has a street in Victoria Park named after him.

But current mayor Trevor Vaughan and his predecessor, the late Mick Lee, are the only Victoria Park mayors to have portraits hanging at the council’s Shepperton Road HQ.

Mr Vaughan and his councillor colleagues are slated to debate Ms Thomas’ recommendation of refusal at a council meeting on Tuesday night.

Photo of Captain McMaster from The Cyclopedia of Western Australia.

Photo of The Broken Hill Hotel by ‘Zamphour’, Wikimedia Commons.

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‘Graffiti guy punches train driver’


A 23-year-old who allegedly applied graffiti to the side of a train in East Perth before punching a train driver and being chased by a depot master has been charged with criminal damage and assaulting a public officer.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said that between 8pm and 9pm last night the man was allegedly applying graffiti to the side of a train at East Perth near Claisebrook Station.

Ms Usher said the man, 23, of Attadale, allegedly punched the train’s driver in the face before fleeing.

The man was chased by a depot master and a security guard.

Ms Usher said the man punched the depot master in the arm before a second man allegedly struck the depot master several times with what police believe to be a baton before fleeing.

The alleged graffiti guy was apprehended by transit officers.

The train driver, security guard and depot master were not seriously injured.

The Attadale man has been charged with criminal damage, assaulting a public officer, assault and trespass.

He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Photo: Tomasz Sienicki, Wikimedia Commons

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Como dance teacher refused refunds


A private dance and music teacher who taught children in Como has been fined $3500 for accepting payment then failing to provide services after classes were cancelled or re-scheduled.

Daniella Ienco, trading as Bella Danza Studio, accepted full tuition fees from the parents of seven children between April and November 2012, then either cancelled or failed to turn up for many of the scheduled lessons.

No refunds were given.

The business had a trademark licence agreement with Kindermusic Inc. which allowed Ienco to train students using Kindermusic’s methods and materials.

The licence agreement was cancelled in July 2012 due to unpaid fees.

An agreement to hire a local church hall was cancelled in October 2012 also due to unpaid fees.

The parents had paid upfront between $205 and $300 for a series of classes and failed to receive a refund for the classes when requested.

On December 12 in Perth Magistrates Court, Ienco was fined $500 on each of the seven charges and ordered to pay costs of $881.

All consumers have now received refunds for the classes which were not held.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said traders should not accept payment or deposits for work when there is a chance it may not be carried out.

“No matter what financial situation a trader may be in, it is unacceptable for them to take payments or deposits from consumers when they know there is little chance of the services being delivered according to the agreement,” Ms Driscoll said.

“If the services are not carried out as agreed, or within the agreed timeframe, the consumer has every right to cancel the contract and receive a refund.”

 Photo: Emily Suran, Wikimedia Commons

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Theatre Centre fears lesser liquor licence


Managers of the State Theatre Centre in Northbridge are concerned their landmark venue will wind up with the licensing status of a suburban tavern, after objections from Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan to the venue’s bid for a more tourist-friendly drinking environment.

The centre (pictured) is managed by a company called AEG Ogden which on November 1 last year asked the state Director of Liquor Licensing to approve a variation of the venue’s special facility liquor licence to allow tourists visiting the centre to have a drink without the need to see a show.

In its submission to the liquor licensing director, AEG Ogden argued that so many tourists were now visiting the centre that guided tours were now being offered.

But, as he does with most liquor licence applications, Dr O’Callaghan objected, arguing AEG Ogden had not demonstrated the theatre enhances Western Australia’s tourism industry.

Dr O’Callaghan stressed it was beyond the director’s power to amend conditions of a special facility licence to include the selling of liquor to the general public.

In an interim decision handed down in late November – more than a year after AEG Ogden lodged its application – Brett Snell, a delegate of the director, agreed and ordered that a tavern licence would need to be applied for.

AEG Ogden had argued the centre had the same status in the arts world of Western Australia as the Sydney Opera House and Victoria’s arts centre have in the eastern states.

The company had also claimed that any type of licence other than the special facility one it already had would be a “downgrade”, and shunt the state’s premier theatrical venue into the same category as a suburban tavern.

Mr Snell disagreed, saying there was no hierarchy of liquor licence types in the great sandy state.

He said he would be prepared to allow liquor sales to tourists if AEG Ogden agreed to have its application treated as a tavern licence application.

He deferred his decision, giving the company 14 days to decide whether it wanted to have the application treated as a tavern licence application.

We’ll let you know how things turn out.


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