PerthNow looks back on the highs and lows of 2021

Goodbye 2021 and hello 2022.

The people of Perth would say this year has turned out better than the year before with more no face masks, less time in lockdown and the re-election of our state dad, Prime Minister Mark McGowan.

But we can’t forget the moments that reminded us of how unpredictable living with the threat of COVID-19 can be.


Perth, Peel and the Southwest were plunged into the first five-day lockdown of the year on January 31 after WA recorded its first case of community transmission of COVID-19 in nearly 10 months. A security guard reportedly contracted the virus while working in a quarantine hotel and unknowingly traveled to more than a dozen places while he was infected.


Australian Development Capital has received approval for a $ 30 million ‘game-changing’ mixed-use redevelopment of the former Maylands Lyric Theater. The development, which had been under construction for several years, comprises a seven-story building with 52 apartments and five commercial rentals joining the Rossonero Pizza and Lyric Lane bar and the concert hall at Lyric Lane.

Camera iconA rendered image of the Lyric Theater Residences development in Maylands. Credit: Australian capital of development


Mark McGowan and WA Labor won a landslide victory in the March 13 state election, winning 53 of 59 seats. The Liberals ended up with just two seats – Libby Mettam in Vasse and David Honey in Cottesloe – while the Nationals won four.


The tragic death of 7-year-old girl, Aishwarya Aswath, after a two-hour wait in the emergency department at Perth Children’s Hospital has shocked the state and highlighted massive failures in the healthcare system of Washington State.

The northern suburbs of Perth became the center of a three-day COVID-19 lockdown after two Uber drivers infected by a quarantine worker at a Perth hotel picked up and delivered food from more than 100 outlets . The long weekend lockdown saw Anzac Day events canceled in the Perth and Peel areas, with 2020 Alley Dawn services being encouraged again.


Beaufort Street The Queens pub became the first licensed establishment in the town of Vincent to go smoke-free after city council adopted its goal of smoke-free town centers as part of its public health plan.

Queens, a Perth institution, is now a completely smoke-free place.
Camera iconQueens, a Perth institution, is now a completely smoke-free place. Credit: The Queens


The northern suburbs were once again the center of a COVID-19 lockdown for Perth and Peel for four days starting June 29. This time it was triggered by a physical therapist who contracted the virus in NSW and passed it on to a woman who attended the same Gym in Joondalup.


Australia exceeded expectations at the Tokyo Olympics finishing sixth in the medal count with 17 gold medals as Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon and Jessica Fox captured the hearts of local sports fans.


Problems along Hay Street in Subiaco were resolved in August after a five-month closure of the strip. Businesses rejoiced after the partially closed two-lane strip reopened on August 27, again with pedestrian access and additional on-street parking.

Hay Street in Subiaco was barricaded and partially closed earlier this year.
Camera iconHay Street in Subiaco was barricaded and partially closed earlier this year. Credit: Andrew Ritchie


Perth hosted the AFL Grand Final for the first time on September 25 after Melbourne was unable to host for the second year in a row due to an outbreak of COVID-19. The Demons defeated the Bulldogs, 140-66.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Max Gawn of the Demons celebrates during the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Willson / AFL Photos)
Camera iconMax Gawn of Demons after in the 2021 AFL Toyota Grand Final at Optus Stadium. Credit: Michael willson/AFL Pictures

ECU Joondalup football player Danny Hodgson has been fighting for his life since September 5. The 25-year-old was on his way home from the end of season celebrations with his teammates when he was punched in the back of the head in front of the Perth train. station around 2 a.m., suffering from a brain hemorrhage and a fracture.


Local elections were held across Washington state, with Bayswater Councilor Filomena Piffaretti elected the city’s first female mayor in a secret ballot. Hannah Fitzhardinge was elected mayor of Fremantle after former mayor Brad Pettitt left the city in March to represent the Greens in the state parliament.


The nation rejoiced when four-year-old Cleo Smith was found on November 3, 18 days after she went missing from a Carnarvon campsite. Her alleged kidnapper has been taken into police custody.

Mitch Marsh led the Australians to glory at the Twenty20 World Cup, while the Perth Scorchers won their first Women’s Big Bash League title. After winning four of their first seven games, the Scorchers continued their momentum by winning the last seven games to win the silverware, with Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine being an integral part of the league’s most feared opening partnership.

Grease was not the word at Presbyterian Ladies’ College and Scotch College after their 1970s musical co-production was canceled in November.


Once tipped for prime minister, Christian Porter put an end to politics, saying a new Liberal candidate was the best candidate for Pearce’s electorate in next year’s federal election.

Christian Porter in Parliament in Canberra on the day he announced his retirement.
Camera iconChristian Porter in Parliament in Canberra on the day he announced his retirement. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

Christmas arrived early for 55 ladies at Curves Gymnasium in Beldon when a union organized by the owner won an $ 80 million Powerball jackpot.

A reinvention of the Indiana Teahouse was finally unveiled after years of waiting, with three levels of restoration and a luxury hotel offered as additions to the 1996 facade.

Violence at Hillarys Boat Harbor has been in the spotlight again after a scuffle left a man in his 20s in critical condition. The news follows a brawl the previous month that left a father and a fitness instructor in a coma and fighting for his life.

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