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300 rowdy revellers go home early.

Cops shut down Balga party


A 300-reveller party where attendees threw cans and bottles at each other was broken up at Balga last night.

Police spokesman Adam Brouwer said that just after 8pm his colleagues were called to an address in Garnett Place, Balga to reports of a loud and large party attended by about 300 people.

Regional Operations Group officers dropped in and told the party organiser the soiree would need to be closed down.

Mr Brouwer said the party people were moved to the front of the property where they started creating a disturbance, throwing cans and bottles at each other.

A police vehicle attended and a bottle was thrown, smashing the rear window.

The party was declared an out of control Gathering at 9:43pm and the crowd was dispersed by police.

Mr Brouwer said no charges had yet been laid.

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Seaside beerfest from Ibiza to a place you'd rather be.

Global Corona beach party slated for Freo


EXCLUSIVE: Beer brand Corona’s only Australian ‘Sunsets’ music festival is set to take place at Fremantle‘s South Beach on January 16.

The beachy beerfest kicked off in Corona’s home country of Mexico on May 2, and continued to the United Kingdom on July 11, to Italy on July 25, and to the Spanish party island of Ibiza yesterday.

Shanghai is next on Corona’s party hitlist, with Perth slated to round out the six-gig extravaganza, as long as Fremantle council says “yes”.


Corona documents seen by oneperth.com.au claim that South Beach is an “iconic beachside location” with “one of Australia’s best sunsets”.

Corona says Fremantle would benefit from the Sunsets festival by being part of a larger, global tour that targets “iconic beach destinations”.

Perth’s port city would feature in a movie to be made of the Corona Sunsets concert series, and receive “live coverage” on all Corona’s social media channels.

Corona hopes 5000 adult revellers will attend the licensed gig, slated to occur on the turf behind South Beach and on the beach itself. Tickets to the two-stage party would not exceed $90 in price.

“Acoustic-electronic” acts would play alongside “deephouse” DJs and indie and rock acts, with the following artists being targeted:

Corona Sunsets Fremantle Australia

Some kind of “rock ‘n roll star chef” named Andre Amaro would be on hand to cook up a “beach fusion” storm.


In a report to his political masters, Fremantle council’s economic development and marketing manager Tom Griffiths claims: “Corona is an iconic worldwide brand and many of its brand values are aligned with Fremantle’s values”.

For his part, council arts and culture manager Pete Stone has recommended Corona Sunsets be approved when the council meets on August 26.

The event fence would stop three metres shy of the water, allowing Fremantle locals access to the ocean at all times.

Corona Sunsets would run from 2pm to 11pm on Saturday, January 16.

The beach party would be arranged by Sunset Events which is starting to dominate the management of Fremantle’s music scene. The company runs the annual West Coast Blues and Roots Festival, is planning 12 concerts a year at its mooted micro brewery at Bather’s Beach, and wants to open a venue called the Freo Social Hall in the heritage listed building from which the landmark Fly By Night Club was recently evicted.

Pic of entrance to Corona Sunsets, and the target act list: From Corona application document.

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'Ahoy, me hearties!' catchcry for new Perth playspace.

Shipwreck theme for Elizabeth Quay playground


EXCLUSIVE: A big old adventure playground with a shipwreck theme is set to be erected on the island at Elizabeth Quay by the end of the year.

A state government document seen by oneperth.com.au claims the pictured playground will be “unique, striking and of a quality of concept and build that honours the site’s importance to the children and families of Western Australia”.

“It will create an opportunity for children to extend themselves physically and imaginatively in connection with the natural world and to the story of WA,” the document waxes.

“Elements of the WA landscape (sand, rock, timber, native plants and water) will be incorporated into the playground, through interaction with a vertical climbing piece that takes cues from the masts, crows nests, rope and crafted details of the ships that explored, and wrecked, on the WA coast.”

Elizabeth Quay adventure playground

Underwater-theme wall detail at the planned playground

The document asserts that a “bespoke climbing piece will reference WA’s long and living maritime history of exploration, resourcefulness and innovation and draw on a rich vein of craftsmanship that has been nurtured through the building of the Endeavour and Duyfken replicas”.

The Duyfken replica, currently moored out the back of Little Creatures brewery in Fremantle will spend future winters docked at Elizabeth Quay, within spitting distance of the planned park.

“The playground will draw on this world of ships, timber and ropes to inform the play elements,” the document continues.

“Located on The Island, and adjacent to a seasonal mooring for the Dufyken, proximity to the river and the playground provide a rich context from which to draw reference.

“Connection to Perth’s history, and the craftspeople of Perth are further ways to integrate the maritime history of Perth and the Duyfken within the playground design and as adventure play components.”

Timber and metal elements from the defunct Midland railway sheds may also be incorporated into the playgound, the document reveals.

The government wants the park to be a “place to explore, take risks and engage with natural materials and children’s own physicality”, “a place to interact with nature, with other children and the waterfront setting”, and a “great place for families”.

In a development that was subsequently much reported, oneperth.com.au recently revealed the government expects Elizabeth Quay will not likely be completed for 15 to 20 years. The government is also putting contingency plans in place for potentially delayed food services at the quay.

Renders by: ASPECT Studios.

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Elizabeth Quay food may be delayed



EXCLUSIVE: The State Government has moved to nullify negative press and public dissatisfaction in the event of delays to food outlets at the massive Elizabeth Quay project which it has conceded is unlikely to be completed until at least 2030.

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority is seeking expressions of interest from several “unique operators” to provide a stop-gap anti-Dullsville solution at the Quay.

The MRA is seeking a range of “tourism, business, entertainment, or social enterprise concepts” to energise the Quay in case opening day in late 2015 proves a big flop.

From as early as January 2016, the public will be able to promenade around the quay’s artificial inlet, sit and look at South Perth, walk over a bridge to an artificial island, chill out in the so-called BHP Billiton Water Park, moor a luxury yacht, catch a ferry or river cruise, or grab a bite to eat.

Elizabeth Quay on opening dayThe Canberra-esque picture, left, is how Elizabeth Quay will look on opening day. With the last of the planned private sector skyscrapers around the quay’s perimeter not due to rise for 15 to 20 years (see extract below from MRA document seen by oneperth.com.au), the MRA is keen to stop tumbleweeds gathering.

With tenders for the construction of one major MRA food outlet not closing until June 19, the Authority has put out a last-ditch call for entertainers, artists, musos, retailers and food vendors to help out on a temporary basis.


Government document reveals Elizabeth Quay not likely for completion for 15 to 20 years.

“The activation mix may include commercial operations, not for profit, social enterprise, business incubation, innovation and things that Perth has never seen before,” an MRA document seen by oneperth.com.au jargonises.

“In the first six months of Elizabeth Quay opening, the purpose is to provide something to eat, drink and do, maximise patronage and frequency [and] act as a flexible gap filler until other offerings come on line.”

The MRA says that whatever unique operation is selected, it must “provide a buffer should there be any delays in food and beverage outlets opening”, and “create a high level of goodwill to offset any negative media that may arise”.

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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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Bentley bash turns feral


A 200-reveller party was declared out of control at Bentley last night after a young man received facial injuries and complaints of gatecrashing were lodged with police.

Police spokeswoman Ros Weatherall said her colleagues were called to reports of people fighting outside a house on Gambar Court.

Ms Weatherall said that about 11.50pm complaints were received about a party being held at a house.

Police arrived to find about 200 people at or near the address.

The owner of the house told police that uninvited guests were refusing to leave.

The constabulary entered the property and tried to remove several people while declaring it an out of control gathering.

Ms Weatherall said that a man, 20, of The Vines allegedly refused to comply with police instructions. He was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing police.

A Menora man, 20, received facial injuries after being involved in a stoush with another party guest.

A Nollamara man, 20 was arrested and later charged with two counts of assault causing bodily harm.

Two men were issued with move-on notices.

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Cops shut down party of popular 13 y.o.


No less than 26 police cars attended to break up a rowdy party hosted by a 13-year-old girl in Perth’s east last night.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said that at 9:40pm her colleagues were called to reports of a large number of youths creating a disturbance at a house in Purley Crescent, Lynwood.

Ms Usher said about 100 youths were on the street outside the house. A

She said the group was rowdy, but police did not see any violence.

On entering the house, police saw about another 200 youths.

The girl, 13, who was hosting the party was spoken to and the party shut down.

Ms Usher said there was no adult supervision at the rowdy soiree.

A total of 26 police vehicles arrived at the party.

The crowd was dispersed and 33 youths aged between 12 and 18 years were taken to a safe place for an adult to pick them up.

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Girl stops breathing during go-cart ordeal


A go-kart hire company and its director have been fined $30,250 after a 13-year-old girl stopped breathing and lost consciousness when her hair was caught around the rear axle of a go-kart.

Australian Racecare Pty Ltd – trading as Wanneroo Kart Hire – pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not an employee, and was fined $21,000 in Joondalup Magistrates Court yesterday.

The company’s sole director and manager of the business, Michael William Laughton, also pleaded guilty over his personal role in his company’s offending and was fined $9250.

In August 2011, the 13-year-old girl was at Wanneroo Kart Hire with a friend and the friend’s parents, where they bought two 20-minute rides in the go-karts.

The two girls both had long hair. The hair nets provided were designed for hygiene purposes, not for holding in long hair.

The girls tucked their hair inside their jumpers instead. No comment was made about the girls’ hair or loose clothing when the go-karts were started by track attendants.

The girls’ hair remained tucked into their jumpers throughout their first 20-minute session in the go-karts, after which they removed their helmets and hair nets, untucked their hair from their jumpers and had lunch.

When they returned to the track for their second ride, they replaced their helmets and hair nets, but the girl did not tuck her hair inside her jumper.

When she got into the go-kart, her hair was down between her jumper and the go-kart seat. Again, no comment was made about the girls’ hair or loose clothing when the go-karts were started by track attendants.

After a few laps, the girl felt her hair being pulled sharply backwards.

Her hair had come out from between her jumper and the go-kart seat and had tangled around the rear axle of the go-kart.

She was pulled backwards over the seat with her back arched over, and her helmet was against the brakes on the rear axle.

The chin-strap of her helmet was cutting into her neck and preventing her from breathing.

She lost consciousness.

The girl’s hair was cut to free her from the axle, and she started breathing again and regained consciousness. She did not suffer any lasting injuries.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today said the incident demonstrated the importance of ensuring that the moving parts of all machinery and vehicles were guarded.

“It is particularly important to ensure the safety of items such as amusement devices that are used or operated by members of the public who may not be aware of the hazards involved,” Mr McCulloch said.

“The 13-year-old involved in this incident did not suffer any lasting injuries, but that was pure luck and the potential outcomes from this type of incident are just horrendous.

“Simple guarding of the hazardous moving parts of machinery is the easiest way to prevent injuries, and this need not be an expensive exercise.

“The track attendants at Wanneroo Kart Hire failed in their basic duty of care to ensure the girls’ hair was restrained, illustrating the importance of ensuring that employees are trained and instructed to enforce all safety measures where members of the public are involved.

After the incident, all Wanneroo Kart Hire go-karts were fitted with guarding between the seats and ends of the go-karts which now prevents loose clothing and hair coming into contact with the rear axle.

“It was practicable for these guards to have been fitted much earlier, avoiding this potentially tragic situation from arising,” Mr McCulloch said.

Photo: Jina Lee, Wikimedia Commons

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Mary G face for sex health campaign


Larger than life Kimberley character Mary G has been enlisted as the face of a new sexual health campaign for young Aboriginal people.

The campaign will run on radio stations across Western Australia and on Facebook. oneperth.com.au has not been approached, but could do with the dosh.

Rates of sexually transmitted infections, particularly chlamydia and gonorrhoea, remain high among young Aboriginal people, especially in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields regions —where notifications of chlamydia and gonorrhoea are higher than anywhere else in WA

WA Health sexual health and blood-borne virus program director, Lisa Bastian, said 11,804 Western Australians tested positive for chlamydia last year with nearly 14 per cent of those being Aboriginal and in the 16 to 24 year old age group.

“As well as chlamydia, gonorrhoea remains a significant issue for young Aboriginal people,” Ms Bastian said.

“From June 2012 to June 2013, 54 per cent of gonorrhoea infections were in the 15–24 year old age group and 54 per cent of the infections reported were in Aboriginal people.

“It’s important we continue to develop innovative ways to reach young Aboriginal people to educate them about the importance of safe sex.

Ms Bastian said Mary G was an established Aboriginal character, whose messages have a proven record of reaching all levels of the Aboriginal community.

“Sexual health can be tricky to talk about and research shows that humour is a great way to cut through the embarrassment and shame that people can feel when talking about these sensitive topics,” she said.

“The Mary G campaign messages to young people are simple—use a condom when you’re having sex and if you’ve had unprotected sex, get tested.”

Photo courtesy Mark Bin Bakar and Kimberley Page (a WA-owned and operated site like this one, which is worth a look).

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Murdoch builds mock meth lab


A student/lecturer production team at Murdoch University has built a mock meth lab at the university’s campus in southern Perth.

Film director Jeff Asselin and his crew have launched a crowd funding campaign to add the finishing touches to Pinch, a flick shot entirely in Perth’s southern suburbs.

“We set up a mock meth lab on the outskirts of [Murdoch’s] South Street campus and also used the hospital wards at the Mandurah campus,” Asselin said of his locations.

“Visually, the film is looking fantastic and we have some brilliant performances, but we need the services of a professional sound mixer and composer to really bring the story to life.

“We’re also hoping these funds will allow us to enter the film into festivals, which could help us to secure a distributor.”

Pinch is a coming-of-age crime drama about a light-fingered teenager who tries to rip off a major drug syndicate to pay for his mother’s life-saving surgery.

“The plot explores the pitfalls of society’s battlers – issues of drug abuse, survival and temptation,” Asselin said.

“We’ve really tried to capture the sights and sounds of industrial Kwinana and Cockburn areas which represents the world the film is set in.

“It’s a fairly bleak slice of life culminating in a hero’s ending.”

The microbudget production made the most of the resources available at Murdoch University.

Senior lecturer Melanie Rodriga served as executive producer, while screen production students gained experience on set.

“The Kwinana Motorplex gave us full access to shoot at one of their drag nights, with the City of Cockburn and City of Kwinana also giving us a lot of support,” Asselin said.

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Bikie link to karaoke brawl


A 23-year-old nominee of the Comanchero bikie gang has been charged with grievous bodily harm after a fight at a karaoke bar saw a woman hospitalised with a broken jaw.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said that about 12.15am a fight broke out between two groups of people at the Hit Studio Karaoke Box on Francis Street in Northbridge.

Ms Usher said that one of the groups comprised members and associates of the Comancheros.

During the fight, a 29-year-old woman was allegedly struck in the face, resulting in her jaw being seriously broken and several teeth dislodged.

She was due to undergo corrective surgery today at Royal Perth Hospital.

The 23-year-old man of Beechboro, who is a Comanchero nominee, has been charged with grievous bodily harm and will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday.

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Business versus buskers


Fifty white collar workers who claim their offices are being bombarded by busker noise have requested Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi to ban street entertainers from the William Street end of Murray Street Mall.

The 50 workers, led by Jenny Morrow, operations manager of defence technology company Calytrix Technologies, have signed a petition seeking a ‘busker exclusion zone’ at the top of the mall around the Perth Underground train station.

The petition came after telephone complaints to the city about the level of busker noise. A city noise inspection of the Calytrix office in April last year detected no excessive busker noise.

The workers petitioned Ms Scaffidi on August 13 last year.

Ms Scaffidi referred the petition on to Perth council supremo Gary Stevenson “for consideration please”, and the council has been formulating a response ever since.

In her cover letter for the petition, under Calytrix letterhead, Ms Morrow thanks the council’s marketing and events manager Louise Scott for her “positive support” in relation to “ongoing noise issues”.

However, in a report to her political masters five months after the petition was received, Ms Scott has now recommended that the petitioners’ demands be refused.

“Busking is a key element to maintaining a vibrant city centre,” Ms Scott advises.

“It is recognised that not all buskers are welcome, however the [city’s busker] policy enables buskers to be moved on regularly and the rangers attend to this where required or when requested by a business.

“The policy also limits the time a busker can perform in one spot.”

Aside from Ms Morrow, 13 of her Calytrix colleagues, six workers at the CBD Wellness Centre, 12 from the Council on the Ageing WA, four from the Yes Centre and 14 from Conducive IT Consultants signed the petition. All the petitioners work in an office block at 110 Murray Street at the southwest corner of the mall.

The petition says the signatures were being collected to demonstrate “the impact … the disruptive nature [of] street entertainment has on commercial operations currently tenanted adjacent to the west end of the Murray Street Mall”.

Ms Morrow advises that in the month to January 6 the city issued 115 busking permits, and only 13 of the approved buskers said they would require amplification.

The city marketing committee will consider Ms Scott’s recommendation on Tuesday.

Businessman photo: ‘foundphotolj’, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr

Buskerman photo: Alex Proimos, Wikimedia Commons

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Dysfunctional Christmases captured on film


A Perth film maker who’s making his own dark Christmas flick has let oneperth.com.au readers in on his favourite shadowy productions.

Film maker and Murdoch University media producer Jeff Asselin (pictured alongside Santa) says modern films such as Bad Santa (2003) is the holiday film he revisits every year.

“I love it because it revels in undermining the syrupy veneer of Christmas, in particular the overwhelming materialism and consumerism, with its mall retailers out to gouge guilt-wracked parents,” Asselin says.

“At the same time, Billy Bob Thornton’s character shows that alcoholism, misery and crappy jobs don’t disappear over the holiday season.

“They get intensified.”

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a close second on Asselin’s list.

“National Lampoon perfectly captures what so many people face: horrible family coming over for the day, or worse, the week,” he says.

“It’s a perfect black comedy.”

Asselin says the genre’s popularity can be attributed to its universality.

“A lot of people see Christmas as an obligation, when you get together begrudgingly and face the weight of expectation that everything has to be perfect, but you get the same issues every year with the same personalities,” he says.

“This is great for writers and filmmakers, because you have a claustrophobic setting with a range of conflict-generating characters, including whingers, hypochondriacs, drunks and cheapskates.

“There’s always someone mentioning the napkins aren’t nice enough, an auntie telling you about her chronic skin condition and a couple of uncles hitting the sauce hard at 11am, because it’s a ‘special day.”

Asselin and screenwriter Meg Shields are working on their own Christmas black comedy, Full Circle.

It’s about a girl who is forced to come to a family reunion at Christmas,” Asselin says.

“Her mum has died, the family is quite dysfunctional and nobody wants to be there.

“From that high point, basically everything goes wrong.”

Asselin says he’s not a total Scrooge and plans to watch a few lighter films with his children this year, including Will Ferrell’s Elf and Tim Allen’s The Santa Clause.

Jeff Asselin’s suggested dark Christmas viewing:

Bad Santa

“Revels in undermining the syrupy veneer of Christmas, in particular the overwhelming materialism and consumerism.”

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

“Perfectly captures what so many people face: horrible family coming over for the day, or worse, the week.”

Die Hard

“Alan Rickman and his gang take hostages during the office Christmas party. As most people can’t wait to escape this excruciating annual event, it’s clearly a bad situation.”


“Bill Murray being Bill Murray in a modern version of A Christmas Carol with great set pieces and supporting performances by Carol Kane and John Forsythe.”

Polar Express

“Scary for kids as it paints the world in quite an imposing way – whether this was the filmmakers’ intention or not, I’m not sure. Either way, I enjoyed it.”

Home Alone

“Chaos and hijinks in what most people forget is a holiday film.”

Santa photo: Alex Proimos, Wikimedia Commons


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Rockingham’s Top 5 Saturday night nasties


Rockingham city officials are calling on police to pump more resources into the city’s waterfront entertainment precinct to quash an “unacceptable” level of antisocial behaviour on weekend party nights.

In a report to their political masters, the officials have this week ranked their Top 5 Friday and Saturday night nasties as:

* public drunkenness;

* urinating in public places;

* street drinking;

* street fighting; and

* obscene language.

The officials have also recommended that the council put more thought into the placement and type of toilets in the waterfront area, which sprawls behind popular Palm Beach.

The recommended greater police presence would roll out against the backdrop of Rockingham council’s war against seaside nightclubs.

In recent times, the city has moved to ban new night clubs opening in the seaside strip.

The city and police have also waged a protracted and largely impotent campaign to banish controversial nightclub Zelda’s from the face of the planet.

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