Alison Birrane

Rio Tinto weighs up its options at Argyle

 Rio Tinto’s plans for the future of its giant Argyle mining operations in Western Australia’s remote East Kimberley region have attracted the attention of a range of interested parties, from go

Certainly fancy, but not cheap

 While it could be assumed that so-called ‘fancy’ or coloured diamonds may sell themselves, the success of the stones in achieving a demand niche has been crucially assisted by clever marketing.

BLINA SNAPSHOT - Blina looks to IPO

Kimberley Diamonds’ spin-off exploration company Blina Diamonds is hoping to raise $10.4 million through an initial public offering.West Perth-based Blina is looking to issue 34.7 million shares at 3

RAMS extension a boost for Empired

Software development company Empired Limited has secured an extension to the lucrative e-recruitment deal with the State Government worth about $2 million over the next three years.

iiNet sparks a spectrum review

iiNet sparks a spectrum review Costs associated with spectrum sharing are set to become the next battle ground between Internet service providers and Telstra with complaints on the issue already befor

Federal grant win for Computronics

Federal grant win for Computronics Electronics firm Computronics has been awarded a $945,000 Federal Government research and development Start Grant.The funds will be used by the Technology Park-based

Mincor appeals Kambalda ruling

A disagreement between Mincor Resources and the Coolgardie Shire Council over the location of a residential facility for mine workers in Kambalda has gone to the State Town Planning Appeal Tribunal.

Revenir bones-up on biotech

One-time property management firm Aliquot Asset Management Limited,now called Revenir Limited, has acquired UK-based biotechnology firm, Bone Limited, in a deal estimated to be worth about $4..5 million.

Snowden plays to its statistical strengths

Vivienne Snowden and her husband Phillip established mining consultancy Snowden Australia 17 years ago. Mrs Snowden has been instrumental in growing the company to one of the largest private mining consulting firms in the world, as Alison Birrane reports.

Omnitronics’ Qld sale

Perth electronics firm Omnitronics has signed a $200,000 deal to supply the Queensland Police service with a new radio communications system.

Industry welcomes new energy policy

Industry welcomes new energy policy Western Australian business and industry is likely to benefit from sweeping reforms to the fuel excise after Prime Minister John Howard unveiled his long-awaited en

Secure Systems win

OSBORNE Park-based Secure Systems Limited has won the ‘best of show’ award in the Enterprise Systems Defence category at CeBIT New York 2004.Against a strong line up of multinational competition the

Quadrant, Beacon in tender congruence

CUSTOM software developer Beacon Technology and information technology consultants Quadrant Group have struck an agreement to jointly market their services and work on specific tenders.This is the lat

May IT sector jobs slump

THE number of information technology job advertisements in Western Australia fell almost 10 per cent in May on the previous month.

Unisys West ties up Newmont deal

IT outsourcer Unisys West has secured a deal with Newmont Australia Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s largest gold miner, Newmont Mining Corporation.

Demand drives local telco growth

SEVERAL Western Australian-based firms are playing a key role in the development of the State’s telecommunications industry on the back of increased consumer demand.This comes as the number of teleco

Isolation hinders tech roll out

Access to telecommunications infrastructure, particularly affordable broadband services, remains a problem for some Western Australian businesses. WA Business News brought together some of the State’s key players to discuss the issue. Alison Birrane repor

Not all broadband created equal

WITH greater demand for broadband and an increasingly technology savvy consumer base, the availability, cost, type and quality of broadband is being brought into question.

ADSL available to those willing to pay

WHILE broadband comes in a range of guises, it is already an essential service for many business and residential consumers.

Cost of fibre to homes down

AUSTRALIAN Telecommunications Users Group national director Walter Green said there had been a significant cost reduction in the delivery of fibre to homes in the first half of last year.

Population a factor in cost structure

A PRODUCTIVITY Commission Report released in 1999 indicated that Australians were paying too much for telecommunications services compared with OECD standards.

Last-mile access a critical factor

TECHNOLOGY and Industry Advisory Council spokesman Rob Meecham told those at the WA Business News luncheon that access to existing telecommunications infrastructure already in the ground remained problematic as it was too costly for businesses to access.

Governments’ role in spotlight

WITHOUT world class, affordable telecommunications infrastructure the distance between an already remote Western Australia and the rest of the world is even greater.

Telstra holds off niche players’ challenge

MOST of the world’s developed economies operate with a single incumbent ruling the telecommunications market.

Cuts to BITS will hurt some

INFORMATION technology incubator Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR) may soon be without Federal Government funding as Canberra prepares to wind down the Building on IT Strengths (BITS) incubator program.

Oil finds fire Perth Basin heat

Once thought to contain only gas, the oil exploration renaissance in the Perth Basin continues with a hive of activity capturing market attention. Alison Birrane reports.

Seismic approach cuts risk

THREE dimensional seismic technology and data analysis is playing a vital role in the Perth Basin revival.

Tech drive in South West

THE State’s South West is embracing technology as a means to promote business and tourism in the region.

HP sells ASG stake

HEWLETT Packard has completed the sale of its 18 per cent stake in Perth-based IT outsourcing firm ASG Group for $3.8 million. HP sold 11.85 million ASG shares for 32 cents a share, which

Negotiating better outcomes

People power is an increasingly influential component in the decision making process with regard to major projects in Western Australia. Alison Birrane reports on community consultation and the tussle over public involvement in industry and government dec

CAZ wins new deal in Asia

LOCAL software developer CAZ software has won its second Hong Kong contract in six months, securing a deal to supply its school management software to the German Swiss International School.


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Imago changes hands again

PERTH multimedia firm Imago has been sold for the second time in six months for an undisclosed sum.

Set no limits approach pays off

HIGH profile surgeon Fiona Wood is no stranger to challenges.

Surf the Web and bask in the sun

KEEN surfers Cinde and Craig Fisher have never been more aware of the opportunities and limitations of operating an IT business in regional WA.

Hotbods broadens markets

LOCAL exporter of cuddly wheat-filled products, HotBods Creatures, this week sent a trial batch of its toys to Canada where it hopes to secure a major order shortly.