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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

Caution continues on IPOs: Deloitte

A DELOITTE corporate finance survey has found a recovery in stock market floats in Western Australia during the past financial year, although the annual data disguises a slump in activity in recent months.

JacMac and McKenzie Moncrieff to merge

Jackson McDonald and McKenzie Moncrieff have announced they will merge to create a 32-partner law firm with more than 120 professional staff, cementing it as the second largest firm in WA.

Freo to lure developers with high-rise options

Fremantle is a step closer to becoming a more attractive prospect for developers following the state government’s announcement to amend planning guidelines allowing for taller developments in the city’s east end.

Ningaloo a world treasure

Western Australia’s Ningaloo Coast has been given the highest level of international recognition with its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its striking landscapes and biological diversity.

State cash for councils to fix roads

A NUMBER of agreements entered into between the state government and local governments have signalled a renewal of WA’s local road network.

Compass points east to Qld coal

PARAMEDIC Christy Whitby says one of her motivations for starting Compass Health with Tony Metcalf in 2007 was the lack of support she felt during her time working on mine sites.

Serving it up in style

A long-time resident of the area, Stephen Hollow knows the market for his Vic Park restaurant, The Silver Spoon. Carolyn Herbert reports.

Committee cool on new franchising laws

A WESTERN Australian parliamentary committee has added its voice to the critics of proposed franchising laws intended to offer greater protection to franchisees.

Committee opposes franchising reform

Proposals for a sweeping change to regulation of the franchising industry are unlikely to proceed after a parliamentary committee opposed the plan.

Franchise move serves up profits

Over the past four years under the ownership of Quadrant Private Equity, Balcatta-based Quick Service Restaurant Holdings has undergone a complete restructure of its business model.

Lawyers embrace fixed-price fees

One year on from implementing a 100 per cent fixed-fee billing structure, Perth law firm Bowen Buchbinder Vilensky says the move from traditional time-sheet billing to the new model has transformed the firm’s relationships with its clients.

Full steam ahead for Midland projects

PROPERTY developers are pressing ahead with their projects in Midland despite the withdrawal by Singapore-based Raffles Education Corporation from plans to establish a university at Midland’s heritage-listed Railway Workshops.

Granny Flats not just a backyard business

The founder of Granny Flats WA.com, Mike Nicholls, has brought a very 1970s concept into the new millennium, proving granny flats are much more than your typical, done-up ‘shed’ in the backyard.

Fresh focus a Boost for Allis

Janine Allis took on some major challenges to get her Boost Juice business up and running.

Business builds case for light rail in Perth

With Perth’s population predicted to double over the next 40 years and traffic conjestion set to worsen, the Committee For Perth is putting pressure on the state government to invest more heavily in Perth’s rail infrastructure, with a focus on a light rai

Colorado cuts on retail woes

There only appears to be more gloom and doom for Australia’s retail sector, with clothing and footwear retailer Colorado being the latest chain to fall victim to weak consumer spending.

Whistler’s meets changing market

CONTINUING the family tradition of operating Western Australia’s oldest confectionary manufacturer hasn’t been all sweetness and light for owner Ian Sargent.

Ocean to Outback stays grounded

THE flexibility to refine his business plan after initial setbacks has delivered Adam Lamond a thriving operation that provides engineering, maintenance and industrial services to the likes of BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group.

Hanlong investment gives Moly its mine

THE past seven years have been anything but smooth sailing for Derek Fisher and his team at Moly Mines, with attempts to become Australia’s only molybdenum producer foiled by the GFC and the commodity’s fluctuating price.

WA pay tops

A NEW study has shown that workers in Western Australia are at the top of the pack with the best salary increases in the country.

Business first for overseas visitors

NEW statistics have shown that international visitors don’t see Western Australia primarily as a holiday destination, with more and more ‘tourists’ coming to WA for business purposes only.

Volatile FX risky business

BANKS and risk management groups say the Australian dollar’s volatility makes it a good time for businesses to start using hedging instruments to protect against foreign exchange risk.

Quarter comes around full circle

Gourmet breakfasts featuring steak and black pudding are among Ryan Taylor’s latest creations at his fine-dining restaurant, the Quarter on Hay. Carolyn Herbert reports.

Ausgold completes $25m placement

Gold and copper explorer Ausgold has announced completion of a $25 million placement at $1.35 per share to major offshore institutions.

New CEO for Neptune

Perth-based subsea engineering services provider Neptune Marine Services has appointed Robin King as CEO of the company.

Business only for travellers to WA

New statistics show that international visitors do not see Western Australia as a holiday destination, with more and more 'tourists' coming to WA for business purposes only.

Billion dollar deal for QR National

Iron ore producer Gindalbie Metals and freight haulage business QR National Freight have announced the signing of a billion dollar Rail Haulage Agreement for the Karara Iron Ore Project in Western Australia.

Mid-tier players target niche growth areas

THE local property market may be in the doldrums, but boutique property developers and builders are targeting niche markets to take advantage of Perth’s changing property landscape.

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.

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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.