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The Western Australian Government is committed to implementing a container deposit scheme (CDS) for Western Australia.  Under the scheme, consumers will be able to take eligible beverage containers to an approved refund point and receive a 10 cent refund for each container.

The Government has released a discussion paper seeking public input to the design of the scheme.  The discussion paper, available at, is open for an eight week comment period closing on 23 October 2017.

For further information please email

Your input and assistance to develop an effective container deposit scheme for Western Australia is welcomed.

WA did once have this Scheme and SA has kept it successfully alive...South Australia leads the nation in the recovery, recycling and litter reduction of beverage containers with a current, overall return rate of 79.9%. With the refund scheme, beverage containers make up only 2.9% of litter.

Have your say WA ... you know you want too!

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Help stop illegal dumping in and around Morangup and Toodyay

Please call the 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 if you see any suspected illegal dumping.

The DER has released this press statement to inform people that offenders will and are being prosecuted.

Cameras nab return dumper.

On 30 June 2017 a 33-year-old Camillo man who was twice caught on covert cameras emptying trailer- loads of waste in Forrestdale was fined $1000 in Armadale Magistrates Court.
The Department of Environment Regulation’s (DER) Illegal Dumping Program launched the prosecution against Steven Gventer Hill during a covert surveillance operation at a roadside dumping ‘hotspot’ on Kargotich Road.
The first incident occurred on 18 February 2016, when Mr Hill drove a Toyota Landcruiser to Kargotich Road and unloaded a tandem trailer loaded with green garden waste onto the road verge.
Four days later the accused returned to the same spot, this time dumping a trailer-load of household waste including plates, boxes and clothes onto the road verge. 
Hill, who runs a small business mowing lawns and cleaning yards, admitted dumping the waste.
On the first occasion, he claimed he did not charge his client enough to cover disposal fees and on the second he said he dumped the waste as the tip had just closed when he arrived.
Mr Hill was found guilty of two counts of illegal dumping.
In addition to the $1000 fine, Magistrate Lemmon ordered him to pay court costs of $1250. 
DER Acting Senior Manager Investigations for the Illegal Dumping Program, Cliff Bliss, said he hoped successful prosecutions like this would deter ‘would-be’ dumpers’.
“Instead of making sure the waste was properly disposed of at the tip nearby, this person chose to illegally dump it – on two separate occasions – leaving an unsightly mess that had the potential to impact people’s health and the environment,” he said.
“In this case the City of Armadale, which we would like to thank for their ongoing work to combat illegal dumping, footed a clean-up bill – which has an impact on ratepayers.”
DER conducts more than 200 illegal dumping investigations every year and monitors covert surveillance across the State.

Anyone who witnesses illegal dumping can report it to the DER's 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or via
Mr Hill caught on covert cameras on 22 February 2016    
The dumped waste along Kargotich Road.
See DER website for more information CLICK HERE

Review of Saturday 12th August 2017

Toodyay Sections

Shannons Leg 2 9.00am to 10.40am


Rally Stages on Racecourse Stage in Toodyay 9.15am to 1.45pm

Toodyay Service Park - Charcoal Lane, Toodyay 10.20am to 12.35pm

Rally Stages on Coondle West Stage - breaks between runs 11.20am to 1.10pm

Rally Stages on the Toodyay Stage  1.50pm to 3.30pm

Rally Stages in Lower Chittering & Maryville Downs 3.30pm to 5.10pm

Rally Stages in Bullsbrook 5.05pm to 7.30pm Bullsbrook Service Park - Corvette Rd, Bullsbrook

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Competitors head to Whiteman Park and the Perth Hills for the second section of Leg 1 where they will race the clock over 65.10 competitive kilometres.


The 13th Quit Targa West has attracted 64 rally teams in a mix of performance, classic and exotic vehicles.


Competitors will race the clock on 34 stages over 242 kilometres in Malaga, Wanneroo, Whiteman Park, Kalamunda, Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook before the finale on Sunday 13th August at the City of Perth Super Stage and Shannons Classics car display at Langley Park from 12pm.


Spectating is free and all 34 stages feature a number of locations where the public can witness prime motorsport action.


On Friday 11th August, cars will on display at the Northbridge Show and Shine on James Street from 6pm to 9pm.


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Full details of spectators can be found in these links

Spectator Guide – download it here.

Where to Enjoy the Action overview         

Entry List



Quit Targa West Highlights


Friday, 11th August: 6pm to 9pm – Northbridge Car Display, James St, Northbridge (Rally action can be seen in Whiteman Park & Kalamunda between 9am to 5pm)
Saturday, 12th August: 9am to 5pm – Rally action can be seen in Toodyay, Lower Chittering and Bullsbrook
Sunday, 13th August: 9am to 3:30pm – Shannons Classics in the Park, Langley Park (Rally action can be seen in Malaga and Langley between 9:00am to 3:00pm)

News update from Quit Targa West 2017

City revs to life and mere seconds separate leaders in all classes   


The heart of the City of Perth, Forrest Place, today roared to life with high-octane energy at the Ceremonial Start of Quit Targa West, a premier tarmac rally taking place in Perth and surrounds until Sunday 13 August. Live results


After being flagged off by Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi who officially started the rally, competitors headed to Wanneroo for the rally’s first three stages and then onto Malaga for two night stages. Competitors enjoyed dry conditions over all five stages.


Quit Targa West is divided into Competition and Challenge categories with classes for Modern and Classic cars in each. There’s also an award for the Quit Targa West Rallye Rookie (first timer). The Challenge category is for showroom style or non-roll caged vehicles. Vehicles manufactured earlier than 1985 are classed as Classic and the Modern class for vehicles manufacture from 1986 onwards.



Competition Modern


Reigning champion of Quit Targa West Peter Major started the rally as he intends to finish – fastest.


Winning every stage of the day in their Porsche 996 Turbo, Major and co-driver Ben Searcy have a narrow 8-second lead over Peter Rullo and James Marquet in their 2012 Nissan R35 STR.


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Major said he was happy to open Quit Targa West with a clean sweep of stage wins.


“We had a good day and the car is good, just a few little handling issues which we’re sorting out. To be honest, I haven’t driven it properly since Targa last year besides the recce, so it’s nice to get back in to the rhythm of driving a rally,” Major said.


“Ben and I have worked well which is a good thing given it’s our first rally together.


“On stages like today, I don’t really have to think about what Ben’s saying, it’s pretty straight forward. Tomorrow where the stages are longer, faster and more technical is when I’ll be relying on him to make the right calls at the right time. I’m looking forward to it,” said the 32-year-old owner of Tyres and More Mobile and Totally 4×4.


Peter Major has won four of the last seven Quit Targa West events, finished second in another and fourth in the Classic category.


In current third place is Will White and Matt Thompson in their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, trailing Rullo / Searcy by just 12 seconds.


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Competition Classic


In the competition classic, brothers Mick Bray and Daniel Bray have just snuck in with a 1.6 lead in their 1975 Holden Torana over current title holder Simon Gunson and Murray Armenti in their 1971 Ford Capri Perana.


Mick Bray said that his nerves calmed down as soon as he got started at Quit Targa West.


“Waiting for the start in Forrest Place was building my nerves to be honest!” Bray said.


“Once we got going, it was fun, but I had a little scare at Wanneroo where I came in a bit too hot and spun around – I did a 360 – and didn’t hit anything, just some flags. I was alright after that,” the 40-year-old communications business owner said.


In third place behind Gunson by less than 12 seconds are Simon Line and Andy King in their 1974 Proche 911.



Challenge Modern / Classic


The rally’s only all-female team, Sharon Gunson and Helen Lunsmann of GTI Girls Racing finished on top today in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7, 14 seconds ahead of rookies Nick Bailey and Kyle O’Neil in their 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI.


“We did a sun dance all night and I’m delighted it didn’t rain today,” Gunson said.


“We had a ball, a smooth and trouble free run, the car was really good, so yes, I’m really happy.


Winner of 2016 and 2015, Gunson said a third consecutive win is on her mind.


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“There’s a bit of pressure now we’re on a hat trick for Quit Targa West, and another win would be lovely, but we race our own race, have fun in the process and the results will be what they will be. I’m looking forward to it.” Gunson said.


In third place at the end of Section 1 of Leg 1 are Justin Gan and Greg Levene in a 1978 Porsche 911, trailing second place by 1 minute and 23 seconds.


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Photos courtesy of Tim Allott | CMR Photographic and 3 Abroad

The iconic Avon Bridge in Northam was reopened to traffic last Friday 4th August 2017, after an eight month closure for refurbishment works. Main Roads and the Shire of Northam opened the bridge on Friday evening in conjunction with the Avon River Festival parade to allow members of the public to get an up close look at the newly refurbished bridge, before opening it to traffic at 7.00pm.
The refurbishment works included widening of traffic lanes, a new wider footpath, upgrading the guardrail, replacement of the bridge deck and strengthening works. 

The Avon Bridge was built in 1940 and is used by an average of 5,600 vehicles per day.
SRG Civil undertook refurbishment took a refurbishment of the aging Newcastle Road Bridge (Avon Bridge), at a cost of $4.4 million.

Main Roads and the Shire of Northam would like to thank the public for their patience during the construction period. 
The new improvements have increased community safety and the overall lifespan of this iconic bridge.
Further Information

Phone: 138 138


Another Fine Mess | 7 years ago - Avon Bridge Hotel Northam

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