Alison Birrane

Portacom keeping mobile

Twenty-one years is a long time in information technology, so it’s fair to say that mobile computing specialist Portacom is a veteran of the sector.

China deal for QRSciences

Listed technology firm QRSciences has secured a deal with the Chinese Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) to develop a security screening system for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Shared services questioned

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.

Failed DBNGP compressor highlights expansion need

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.

CommodiTel in pre-paid deal

Listed firm CommodiTel has launched the first of its retailer-branded services in the pre-paid mobile sector in a deal with 7-Eleven.This is the first major deal for the company’s pre-paid model in Au

eBooks makes a smart phone deal

Digital literature firm eBooks Corporation has signed a major five-year distribution deal with Nokia Finland.  Estimated to be worth in the millions of dollars, the deal means eBooks will supply a ran

Industry cooperation grows

The rock lobster industry in Dongara-Denison is one of the world’s few sustainable ‘wild’ fisheries.

Explorers ready to boost activity

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.

Demand for land signals sustained growth period

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.

Special Report - Growth spurt stretches Dongara

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.

LNGLTD makes African inroads

Recently-listed Liquid Natural Gas Limited has announced that it has signed the latest in a string of LNG deals, this time for the supply of LNG from Tanzania to an unnamed South African company.

River spill highlights green concerns

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.

QR Sciences ready to travel

Listed technology firm QR Sciences’ star has continued to rise on the back of several positive announcements.

Optus wins mobile base station deal

Optus has secured a multi-million dollar deal with the State Government to provide telecommunications services across Western Australia.

Tapping in to oil sentiment

Tap Oil has outlined plans to participate in up to 25 wells in Australia and New Zealand during the next year, targeting total reserves of up to 100 million barrels of oil equivalent.While the company

Oil and gas activity still high for State’s juniors

Perth oil and gas companies have remained a hive of activity with several companies making key announcements in the past week.Exploration partners ARC and Origin Energy announced that they had found o

Mining Manners on show

Only those individuals who have managed to fully infuse their ethics throughout their business, personal and family lives are the true leaders, according to mining industry leader Ron Manners.

Loan decision cost bitter blow to Goh

Perth businessman Steven Goh is expected to declare bankruptcy this week following a soured loan on which he provided a guarantee.

Motorola to up local workforce

Motorola’s University of Western Australia facility is set to increase its number of employees to 100 as new projects come online.

Strike Oil stays on the offensive

The aggressive exploration program of recently listed Strike Oil is on track with the company set to drill three wells in the Carnarvon basin this month.

Russell-Brown’s mission pays off

Mission Australia State manager Anne Russell-Brown has been named the 2004 Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year.Ms Russell-Brown was named out of 24 finalists from various fields aroun

Aviva Corporation in pre-feasibility for major Mid-West downstream project

Aviva Corporation has joined the ranks of companies hoping to develop downstream processing of iron ore in Western Australia’s Mid-West.The South Perth-based company is hatching plans for a pig iron p

Challenge seals milk deal

Challenge Dairy believes a new joint venture with Singapore’s QAF is the first step in its plan to tackle the value-added market.

Small player finds life a gas

The liquid natural gas market has long been the domain of the big end of town.

Chinese sign on to get local iron

BHP Billiton has announced $US3.2 billion in additional sales contracts over the next 10 years and the formal signing of the agreement for the Wheelarra joint venture.

East Timor gas talks continue

The territory dispute over the Greater Sunrise gas fields in the Timor Sea has created a question mark over Woodside's $5 billion Sunrise joint venture.  Alison Birrane reports.Woodside's plans to dev

Hopes up for basin

Oil junior Kimberley Oil has signed an option agreement with Canada’s Golden Dynasty Resources Ltd that could see up to $3 million spent on its Canning Basin projects and a further $500,000 on the development of its oil solidification technology.

Lack of care wilting flower sales

Western Australia’s native flower exporters are struggling under increased cost pressures that are threatening their viability.Exporters are being hit with increased costs – particularly for freight –

Gove $1.8b plan a spark

In giving the green light to the $1.8 billion expansion of its Gove refinery, Canadian alumina producer Alcan has cleared the way for a further $1 billion investment in the Northern Territory and Western Australia to move forward.

Early close to $5.5m ISS capital raising

Industrial IT specialist Industrial Software Solutions Pty Ltd has closed its $5.5 million capital raising one week early and oversubscribed.


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Loan decision cost bitter blow to Goh

Perth businessman Steven Goh is expected to declare bankruptcy this week following a soured loan on which he provided a guarantee.