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Abetz still hopeful Bill will get political support

Almost a year after Liberal maverick Peter Abetz proposed contentious reforms to WA’s franchising laws, the issue is still causing division in the industry.

M on the Point brings a bit of Subi to the sea

Operating a ‘gastro-pub’ in what for many is a holiday getaway destination has its own set of challenges. Carolyn Herbert reports.

Bakers bank on big business with biscuits

GRAHAM Baker made the major career move from banking to biscuits when he and wife Carol bought For the Coffee Table in 2005. 

L7, BT make new moves in IT sector

IT company L7 Solutions has reported a 36 per cent growth in annual sales revenue and announced plans to expand its operations through the launch of a recruitment business. 

Franchising reforms proceed to next stage

Contentious reforms to Western Australia’s franchising laws, aimed at creating a level playing field between franchisees and franchisors, have progressed to a second stage of parliamentary review,

Cream built for comfort

The owners of Cream say it’s like an intimate dinner party every night at their inner-city restaurant. Carolyn Herbert reports.

Top-shelf strategy for growth

THE concept for DMD Shelving Direct was hatched in 1995, when (then) 17-year-old metal fabrication apprentice Mark Antonio and his mates, Danny and Dave, were at a barbeque talking about setting up

Hedland gets a boost

PLANS by property developer Mirvac to build a $125 million hotel and residential project in Port Hedland will add to the already significant investment in accommodation and infrastructure within th

Trampled cattle exports make slow return

Exporters expect the resumption of the live cattle trade to Indonesia to move at just a ‘trickle’ for the rest of the year, with the first shipment due this week.

Employers slow to recruit: report

ECONOMIC uncertainty and employers’ caution in their recruitment decisions have brought the labour supply-demand numbers to their closest level in nearly a decade, according to the Clarius Skills I

Down by the riverside

150 East Riverside may offer premium views and premium wines, but there’s no premium price tag on the relaxed, bistro-style cuisine. Carolyn Herbert reports.

Trenchless technology cuts time and costs for pipe repair business

SIX years ago, investment banker Jaqueline Outram and her brother-in-law Scott Baggs, a commercial fencing contractor, were looking for a career change. 

E&Y award winners to step up on the big stage

SEVEN of Western Australia’s top entrepreneurs have been recognised at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Awards held in Perth last week.

Galaxy charges downstream

Galaxy Resources is poised to be the first Australian lithium producer to adopt a ‘value- add’ strategy, using its lithium carbonate to manufacture battery packs to capitalise on China’s growing de

Pearl pioneers focus on local product

WESTERN Australian jeweller Alan Linney introduced Perth to South Sea pearls more than 20 years ago, when he opened his first Linneys store in Subiaco in 1983. 

SKA zone accord

WESTERN Australia’s mining industry and the scientific community claim to be pleased with new regulations governing activity around the proposed $2 billion Square Kilometre Array radio telescope in

Magnetite, uranium royalty hit

WESTERN Australia’s magnetite and uranium sectors are concerned the state government’s recent decision to set royalty rates at 5 per cent could affect their fledgling industries. 

Toro takes uranium project by the horns

WESTERN Australia’s uranium market is showing new signs of life with share prices stabilising, prices expected to rise and four major uranium projects currently going through the environmental appr

Retail law plans divide tenants, landlords

THE Barnett government’s planned push to give retail tenants more say and power in lease negotiations continues to divide the industry.

From ‘drabulous to fabulous’

MILLION Dollar Makeovers founder and CEO Sasha deBretton bought her first property at the age of 21, then renovated the house and sold it at a profit.

Projections point to public transport need

Population growth and increased freight are the key drivers of the government’s $4bn public transport plan for light rail, new bus services and an extension of the northern train line.

Broker Baillieu expands into Perth

Australia’s oldest stockbroking firm, E.L. & C. Baillieu, has expanded its business into Western Australia, following similar moves by global and national players in law and management consulting areas.

Land focus for Pritchard Francis

SUBIACO-BASED engineering consultancy firm Pritchard Francis has appointed land development experts Cory Johnson and Phillip Patterson as part of the expansion of its civil engineering practice.

Smaller raisings lead IPO market

IN what is viewed as a tough market for floats, a number of smaller initial public offerings have forged ahead with their plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Housing finance up again: ABS

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown a rise in housing finance commitments in Western Australia for the third month in a row, indicating some confidence is returning to the state’s sluggish property market.

Directors warned on tough OHS laws

A prominent Perth lawyer has warned that sitting on a company board will become the ‘management of the brave’, with stricter occupational health and safety laws to be introduced into Western Australia from December.

Bunbury eyes a shopping mecca

Bunbury is hoping to cement itself as the retail hub for the South West by investing more than $150 million into the development of its shopping centres.

Egami: making first impressions last

Four years ago, Egami Style founder Natasha Di Ciano saw a void in the market for a business that could help people make the best of their image to advance themselves in a professional environment.

New contractor rule panned

INDUSTRY groups have outlined their opposition to the federal government’s new tax reporting requirements for businesses in the building and construction sector, saying the changes will only create more red tape for contractors and small business operator

Merger puts JacMac at 2

Law firms Jackson McDonald and McKenzie Moncrieff will merge to create a 32-partner firm with more than 120 professional staff, cementing it as the second biggest law firm in Western Australia.

HIA expects 20% fall in home starts

AUSTRALIA’S largest residential building organisation, the Housing Industry Association, says there will be fewer housing starts in Western Australia than originally forecast, due to the struggling established home market and a continuing lack of consumer

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Growers take fight to CBH over rail system

The Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) has launched a campaign to introduce competition into Western Australia’s grain haulage system to provide a more open, transparent and low-cost service.

Buswell launches state housing strategy

The state government says that its new affordable housing strategy will increase the availability of affordable housing in WA, making it easier for the average Western Australian to own their own home.

Turning adversity into WA’s Advantage

A FACTORY fire, the global financial crisis and the rise of Chinese imports have not stopped David Devoy and Darren Bee from cementing Advantage Air as the largest manufacturer of air-conditioning components in Western Australia.