The announcement of preferred tenderers for the Western Australian government's 10-year, $80 million shared service centres has created ructions within the local information and communications technology industry.
A recent compressor failure on the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline has highlighted the important contribution to the gas supply in the South West of developments driven by junior players such as ARC Energy.
The latest quarterly reports from the oil and gas players with stakes in the highly prospective Perth Basin indicate strengthening prospects on the back of a rising oil price and planned joint venture activity.
Property prices in Dongara and Port Denison have risen significantly during the past 12 months as increasing numbers of retirees, and those in search of a sea change lifestyle, add to the towns' already thriving industry and business sectors.
The seaside towns of Dongara and Port Denison are booming. But developments in the oil and gas industry and an influx of new residents are putting pressure on local amenities, as Alison Birrane reports.
As greater accountability is demanded of business, so-called 'triple-bottom-line' reporting is become the norm. But are 'green', or sustainable, business practices delivering tangible benefits? Alison Birrane and Marsha Jacobs report.