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A STEER that jumped from a cattle ship in Fremantle and evaded authorities for 24 hours has died. The cow jumped into the water at Fremantle Port on Sunday and legged it through Fremantle and down to North Coogee before being wrestled to the ground by rangers on Monday night. A Wellard spokesman said the cow died in its sleep. “To protect the health and safety of the general public the steer was heavily sedated prior to its return to the quarantine facility, where it was monitored by a veterinarian,” he said. “Unfortunately the steer did not recover from the combined effects of sedation and its physical exertion and passed away in its sleep.”

WA’s housing authority has confirmed some public housing residents will be relocated to surrounding areas when the “Beacy Bronx” is redeveloped. The area in Beaconsfield — bounded by South Street, Fifth Avenue, Lefroy Road and Caesar Street — has around 83 per cent public housing and is infamous for its anti-social behaviour and crime. Under a plan being pushed by Homeswest, public housing would be scaled back to about 10 per cent. Commercial operations manager Nigel Hindmarsh says the reduction would be achieved through a number of measures, including “moving tenants to more appropriate accommodation in surrounding areas that are close to their networks; creating a new community through the redevelopment of Beaconsfield Precinct with more new homes and diversity of housing options; offering a wider range of shared equity and affordable housing options for Western Australians looking to purchase a new home.”

FREMANTLE council will spend $22,000 installing lights at the Rainbow shipping container artwork to make it more visible at night. Council arts manager Pete Stone says the cost was budgeted for as part of the city’s annual public art program. The Chook asked how much had been spent on maintenance of Rainbow since it was installed in August (council workers are often seen cleaning off graffiti), but Mr Stone wouldn’t give an amount. “Ongoing maintenance costs are also budgeted for as part of the city’s annual public art program,” he says.

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