Portrait of Sir James Stirling, ca. 1833.
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales ML 15 Ref: 897230’
James Stirling was WA’s first governor from 1829-39. He condoned numerous acts of murder by white settlers.
Last week the Bureau of Meteorology declared a negative Indian Ocean Dipole — a natural climate phenomenon set to bring wet weather. Let’s look at what you can expect, and the role of climate change.
A statue of James Stirling in Perth.
Perth’s City of Stirling, which honours James Stirling, is considering a name change. New research shows how Stirling’s family’s wealth was built on the back of slavery business.
New research fired laser beams on tiger snake scales, and found arsenic was 20-34 times higher in wild wetland snakes than in captive snakes.
AAP Image/Supplied by DFES, Evan Collis
Perth’s bushfires have destroyed 81 homes. It provides important lessons as we face a future of worsening climate.
Richard Wainwright/AAP Image
Perth and surrounds will spend the next five days in lockdown, as authorities scramble to prevent a single case – a quarantine hotel security worker – from escalating into a full-blown COVID cluster.
Paintings from the artists of Balgo in the south-east Kimberley are among the expansive collection at the Berndt Museum.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer
Too often in conversations about cultural centres, the incredible resources already available are neglected.The Berndt Museum, in Perth, is a collection of national and international significance.
The rise of global cities, metropolises that dominate their states, is exposing Australia’s lack of metropolitan governments. It’s time to restart the evolution of our states after a century on hold.
Demonstrations against freeway construction in Melbourne included a street barricade erected in protest at the F19 extension of the Eastern Freeway.
Barricade! – the resident fight against the F19
Public protests eventually forced the scrapping of some proposed freeways in 1973. Today, we have another round of projects and people are protesting again, with good reason. Government should listen.
Declining water levels in Warragamba Dam reflect generally falling national levels of stored water.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Australia’s capital cities have collectively lost 30% of their stored water over the last six years. But this loss is not evenly distributed across the country.
In Perth it’s called the Crawley Edge Boatshed, but this building is better known around the world as the #blueboathouse.
A blue boat shed in Perth, Western Australia, shows the power of social media and the rise of unpaid influencers in marketing.
Analysing big data can tell us how a big city ticks, including where suitable housing and jobs are, and how best to get to them.
We have learnt to be wary of big data, but it can also be your friend: one platform combines and analyses data about housing, jobs and transport to reveal very useful information about living in Perth.
Kamsani Bin Salleh and Matthew McVeigh, Foodland, 2018, found metal sign and acrylic, 125 x 400 cm.
Janet Holmes à Court Collection
This Perth exhibition is a raucous, overwhelming, exciting and at times confusing immersion into ideas about national identity.
Keeping up appearances at the Gold Bar in Subiaco, Perth.
Paul j. Maginn
Ultimately, most regulatory interventions in nightlife precincts are about imposing particular ideas of social and moral order not only within these spaces but also in the city more broadly.
The report examined housing affordability in Perth through individual transaction records over a six year sample period.
A new report shows building smaller houses as opposed to apartments in city fringes could provide more affordable housing.
The Hawkesbury’s waters look beautifully natural but treated sewage makes up to 20% of the river flow where the North Richmond Filtration Plant draws its water.
Perth is looking at recycling all its sewage in the city’s future water supply. But many Australians’ drinking water already contains indirectly recycled treated sewage.
The future of Perth’s urban wetlands is in doubt.
Perth, unlike Cape Town, faces no prospect of its tapwater running out. But other problems lurk beneath the surface, as the city’s drying climate puts increasing pressure on irrigation and wetlands.
Water treatment plants can’t afford not to think about electricity too.
Cities all over the world are facing growing challenges to provide clean, reliable water. And many of the fixes, such as desalination plants, have a huge carbon footprint.
With water storages running low, residents of Cape Town get drinking water in the early morning from a mountain spring collection point.
The situation in Perth in particular has some parallels to that of Cape Town, but Australian cities responded to the last big drought by investing in much bigger water supply and storage capacity.
RMIT University transformed the look and function of its city campus as part of its New Academic Street project.
European ideas of the campus as a place apart shaped Australia’s “sandstone” universities. Now universities are adopting urban regeneration strategies, bringing the city to the campus and vice versa.