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• Shelley Blechynden and Jodie Ferdinando in October last year with the fig tree they hoped to save. 

LOCALS fought hard to save the 75-year-old tree at Mt Hawthorn Primary School, but the old Port Jackson Fig is now gone. The group Trees4Vincent petitioned education minister Sue Ellery to alter plans for a $3.5 million early learning centre at the primary school so the tree wouldn’t have to be removed. But despite a 1000-signature petition, the minister maintained the alternative ideas weren’t suitable and the tree’s now been removed.

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with stabbing a woman five times outside Claisebrook train station on Saturday night around 9.20pm. The boy allegedly demanded Stella Trevisani’s phone and stabbed her five times, leaving her bleeding badly and requiring 300 stitches. The boy fronted the Perth children’s court on and attempted to plead guilty but the judge implored him to talk to a lawyer first, as he reportedly has learning difficulties and didn’t fully understand the charges. Ms Trevisani, 27, is on a working holiday and she’ll likely need months of rehabilitation. Her boyfriend Billy-Joe Birch has set up a gofundme page to raise money to replace the loss of income and help with physiotherapy, and it’s smashed the $10,000 target and was at $14,000 donated by 300 people, as of going to print.

THE Department of Health has issued a measles alert after two people came back to WA infected with the disease. One of the infected had been in Bali and the other in three South-east Asian countries. The department’s released a list of locations the two have been since returning to WA and warned the disease can remain infectious for four days. Local hotspots include Busy Bee Pharmacy in Northbridge on March 12, 12.30pm to 1pm, March 14 around 12.10pm to 12.45pm, and March 16 around 8.40am to 9.15am. They were also at the emergency department at Royal Perth Hospital on March 17, 11.30am to 2.30pm, and then in the acute care unit from 2pm to 7.30pm. Imported measles cases are treated as a public health emergency because of the speed it can spread and the danger to infants too young to be vaccinated, pregnant women and people with low immune systems. If you’ve been in any of those spots and notice a cough, runny nose, sore red eyes and a rash developing, the health department says “stay at home” and call ahead before going to your doctor so they can make preparations. For measles tips see http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/J_M/Measles

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