Alison Birrane

Nickel future bright

WITH nickel prices at a three-year high of around $US4.50 a pound, it is all good news for Western Australia’s junior mining producers and explorers that are experiencing record revenues and a positiv

Selling the South West

THE South West Development Commission is in the midst of a push to promote the State’s South West region to overseas markets as a great place to live, work and invest.

Risks worth Indo trade

DESPITE concerns over security and political instability in the troubled nation, Australian business should not disengage with Indonesia, according to a delegation of Jakarta-based Australian business leaders who visited Perth this week.

Reforms transform South Korean trade

WHILE the minerals, energy and resource industries underpin Western Australia’s trade with South Korea, there are many opportunities in other sectors.

Local spirit helps secure win

DONEGAL Resources directors Leigh and Ian Junk have played a significant role in breathing new life into the once boom town of Kambalda.

Firefly reignites open-source duel

FREE software that does the same job as Microsoft products but isn’t susceptible to the myriad security concerns of the software giant’s products sounds like a great move for business.

Kimberley fruit & veg plan

THE Kimberley Primary Industries Association is examining the viability of establishing fruit and vegetable packing and processing facilities in the Ord River Irrigation area, in addition to a regional brand.

Tech coup for City of Stirling

BY December this year, the City of Stirling will be the most advanced location in the world, in terms of communications technology, with its residents able to connect to each other over a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) using light posts as antennae.

Big plans for Bubs Duds

FRUSTRATION with the lack of online stores provided a Perth mother with the incentive to start her own Internet-based baby products business.

Freo trade activity up

OVERALL trade through Fremantle Port has increased by more than 40 per cent over the period from 1990-1991 to 2002-2003.

Terror survey points to bilateral damage

RECENT terrorist activity in Indonesia is expected to have a more damaging effect on bilateral relations than on the day-to-day operations of Australian businesses, according to members of the Australia Indonesia Business Council.

Devil’s in the detail of FTA: Cusworth

WESTERN Australia could lose out in the long term under an Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) if bilateral trade arrangements are entered into at the expense of multilateral trade a

Immunity impossible so minimise exposure

In a follow up to her story on computer worms and viruses, and the differences between them, Alison Birrane this week looks at strategies to prevent and minimise attacks.

Omnitronics tunes in to international frequency

ELECTRONICS and manufacturing company Omnitronics is in the midst of a national marketing campaign as it prepares to take its latest product into the international arena.

Many SMEs unaware of risk factor

MANY small and medium-sized businesses don’t believe they are at a high risk from hackers...

Saracen Estates targets international markets

SARACEN Estates wines is ramping up its international marketing efforts to increase exports to the United Kingdom, the US and Europe.

Worms, viruses attack

In a special report, Alison Birrane looks at the difference between viruses and worms and recent worm attacks that have been making headlines around the world. takes maps to market

REAL estate multimedia developer has launched a new mapping service six months after signing a deal with UK mapping developer MultiMap.

Wild Child global push

PERTH-BASED natural health care products manufacturer Wild Child is set to expand into global markets with a new international contracts and an expanded product line.

Legislative reform fears

Despite an overall decline in workplace injuries the contentious issue of OSH is back on the agenda due to proposed State Government legislation, as Alison Birrane reports.

WorkSafe commitment up

THE State Government plans to boost the number of WorkSafe inspectors by 25 per cent over the next four years in a bid to crack down on dangerous work sites and negligent employers.

Authorities fight cost of fatigue

UP to 30 per cent of fatal road crashes in regional areas and up to 25 per cent of fatal truck crashes are believed to be fatigue related, according to Department of Consumer and Employment Protection

New site hunt on

WITH all available land on the Burrup Peninsula allocated to major projects, the State Government has started looking for further locations for future downstream processing projects.

Safety an investment

A WORKER is killed on average every 17 days or injured every 25 minutes in Western Australian workplaces with time lost to workplace injuries costing WA businesses about $382 million each year.

PNCS launches real-time help

A NEW service from the Police and Nurses Credit Society will allow customers to talk to loan staff when completing a loan application online or using Internet banking.

Sodashi to target European markets

SKINCARE product manufacturer Sodashi has appointed a European distributor for its range of spa products as the company prepares to target markets in Europe.

FracSiS brings data together

In the final instalment on a series on technology in mining, Alison Birrane talks to a company that says it is bridging the issue of inter-operability between different mining software packages.

New push for Sanford

WITH the dust settling on IWL Group’s acquisition of Sanford Limited and its subsequent restructure, plans to reposition the business as a wholesale and outsourced platform provider for ‘white label’

FTA puts us in main game: Thawley

AUSTRALIANS needed to overcome any fear of US economic power and grasp the opportunity of a Free Trade Agreement, according to Australian Ambassador to the US Michael Thawley.

Bombing will hit short term

THE recent bombing in Indonesia is unlikely to have a direct long-term impact on business in the region, provided it is an isolated incident, however it may deter new businesses from entering the regi

Locals dominate world market

In this week’s look at technology in mining, Alison Birrane talks to some of the major players about the industry and where they fit.


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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.