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Blake Wilshaw

Prices, drought hit WA wheat earnings

WEAK prices and lower volumes have eroded the value of Western Australia’s largest agricultural commodity, the wheat crop.

Gold production up, export value down

GOLD exports from Western Australia last year totalled $13.65 billion, down on the $16.5 billion a year earlier, as a rising Australian dollar wiped off some of the gains of higher production.

CCI calls for state tax reform

An unexpectedly large budget surplus announced this week by Premier Colin Barnett comes just days after the state’s peak business association highlighted tax and the public sector as areas in need of reform.

Precious metal is a golden contributor to the Western Australian economy

WA is having a gold renaissance, with exciting new areas in the far reaches of the state being opened up to exploration.

Price and production key to gold

Few of the recent successes in the gold sector would be possible without a buoyant gold price to support them.

Navigator back on track after pit slip

Navigator Resources has resumed mining from the Central Pit at its Bronzewing gold project, after a pit wall failure last week.

Forge Resources boosts AusAmerican

Perth-based AusAmerican Mining received a boost from the listing of Forge Resources on the Australian Securities Exchange yesterday.

Strategy and staff drive acQuire’s success

Bill Withers established a software company in Perth that now employs more than 120 staff. Blake Wilshaw reports.

Recognition for eco-friendly Hatch office

Being green has paid off for the Perth office of international engineering firm Hatch Associates, with an annual 18-tonne reduction in waste from the introduction of straightforward environmental initiatives.

CBH weighs up tax status in restructuring

Grain storage, handling and marketing co-operative CBH Group is exploring new corporate structures that may require it to pay tax, despite a long battle with the government to protect its tax-exempt status.

HKEx opens doors for junior miners

When the Hong Kong Stock Exchange changed its rules to allow junior exploration companies to list on the bourse, it opened an alternative source of equity to Western Australia’s mid-tier resources companies that have mainly been wooed by Toronto and Londo

Fortescue upgrades Solomon resource

Fortescue Metals Group has upgraded the resource estimates at its Solomon project in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

Confidence issue affecting retail sales

The opening of high-end retail stores across Perth belies a major slowdown in consumer spending that is hurting many businesses.

Pluto part of Handley push

HANDLEY Surveys, a family-owned business from Karratha, has come a long way since it was established in 1976 and worked on residential sub-divisions.

Merger boosts IP protection

THE increasing development of mining services technology in Western Australia has led to a surge in the need for intellectual property protection, evident in this week’s merger of local law firm Mallon & Co with the Perth office of national firm Griffith