Rate rise 0%

Cambridge council has frozen its rates for the first time in 23 years, making it the only Perth council not to raise its rates. At the end of an hour-long special meeting on Wednesday night, the council voted 5-2 to approve a 0% average rate rise, a motion moved by Coast ward councillor Andres Timmermanis. The draft budget had been prepared with a 1.5% increase, but Mr Timmermanis said Cambridge needed to trim the fat in recognition of tough economic times.

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Shenton College student Arnold Nyamadzawo became an instant star after winning a national music competition. The Year 12 student beat hundreds of entrants to win the Triple J Unearthed High competition on Thursday with his stand-out track, Destiny’s, which he wrote and produced. Classmates cheered rapper Arno Faraji, his new stage name, as he walked the corridors of his high school on Thursday. “It’s been crazy,” Arno said. “The school has believed in me and now I’ve got my foot in the door my primary course of action will be music.”

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