Carolyn Herbert

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.

La Monakella a glass act

A penchant for traditional Italian food and service are in the genes for a Perth couple. Carolyn Herbert reports.

Funds boost for regional events

TOURISM industry groups have welcomed a $60 million funding boost in the recent state budget to develop a range of high-profile events in regional Western Australia.

State funds boost SKA bid

THE state government has announced an $11 million investment in new roads, power and optic fibre infrastructure in the Mid West, to further enhance Western Australia’s chances of hosting the $2 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

Liberty Executive joins serviced office space

INCREASED demand for serviced office space in Perth has prompted a new provider to enter the Western Australian market to compete with the sector’s two dominant players, UK-based Regus and Sydney-based Servcorp.

Legal star set for regal role

One of the WA legal profession’s best-known figures, and the state’s next governor, almost became an astronomer.

Moly signs $600 million deal

Perth-based iron ore miner Moly Mines has announced that it will enter into a $600 million engineering contract with one of China's top engineering companies and ASX-listed GR Engineering Services to develop its Spinifex Ridge molybdenum project.

Time-billing a legal health risk

LAW firms that put pressure on their staff to meet billing targets could be in breach of occupational health and safety laws, and could find themselves the target of criminal legal action, a seminar in Perth was told this week.

WA housing starts down 25 per cent

FALLING house prices and the potential for a rise in interest rate are causing the state’s home building market to stall, with the state government’s housing forecast group saying there will be no recovery in the next financial year.

Succession plan serves Homestyle well

THE death of Homestyle Salads co-founder Tina Merenda after a long illness has spurred the family to continue growing the business in line with her vision.

Budget focus on contractors irks industry

INDUSTRY groups are angered by the federal government’s budget announcement of new tax reporting requirements for businesses in the building and construction industry, which they believe are the latest in a string of attacks on independent contractors.

Kagara aligns with Monto Minerals

WA-based copper and nickel producer Kagara has reached an agreement with explorer Monto Minerals that aims to strengthen Kagara's North-Queensland copper production pipeline.

AHG to raise $83m for acquisitions

Automotive Holdings Group is continuing on a path of expansion after it agreed to acquire Coventry Group's WA automotive parts distribution business and Adelaide-based freight business, Harris Refrigerated Transport.

CBH still nation’s top cooperative

WESTERN Australian grains handler Co-operative Bulk Handling, also known as CBH Group, has been ranked number one for the second consecutive year in Co-operatives Australia’s top-100 list, based on annual turnover.

Astronomy projects gravitate to the west

WESTERN Australia is developing a name as a hub for astronomy research, with international consortiums asking the state to host some of the world’s major projects in the field.

Early Eoin mixes it at the top

The release of Nielsen’s third radio survey for 2011 has shown that while ABC’s breakfast presenter Eoin Cameron resonates best with Perth’s breakfast listeners, Austereo’s Mix 94.5 was the clear winner with the biggest audience share overall.

Property valuers in national push

CONSOLIDATION within the property valuation sector has continued with the announcement by CB Richard Ellis that it will acquire national property valuation firm Megaw & Hogg National Valuers.

Italian like mama makes at il Ciao

Family-friendly hospitality and fresh food are essential ingredients behind the longevity of an Applecross favourite. Carolyn Herbert reports.

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.

Mobilarm reaches out

Perth-based Mobilarm hopes that recent contract wins and a UK acquisition will accelerate the take up of its marine safety equipment in the international offshore oil and gas sector.

Buyers alert as house prices slip

Perth’s house prices have continued to weaken in the March quarter, latest figures show, tempting more homebuyers to consider entering the market.

Jandakot Airport signs big-name tenants

JANDAKOT Airport has secured a number of notable national and international tenants for its multi-million dollar commercial and industrial precinct following approval of its $60 million master plan more than a year ago.

Blaikie’s Must moves into web wine world

Russell Blaikie goes ‘Underground’ in his latest business venture. Carolyn Herbert reports.

No secret to Catalano’s seafood success

SELLING seafood has always been in the Catalano brothers’ blood sine, as teenagers, Nick and Paul Catalano started working at their father Frank’s Cannington fish and chip shop.

Land prices down to $215,000

LAND prices have fallen more than 12 per cent from their boom-time peak, prompting a leading development organisation to claim that affordability is returning to the Western Australian market as it cools down.

SAT rejects Swanhill proposal

THE State Administrative Tribunal has rejected an application for review of a City of Perth decision that refused development approval for an eight-storey building adjoining Jacob’s Ladder.

Designtec stands up to import threat

ALMOST two decades ago, husband-and-wife team Sten and Rita Campbell bought Designtec, a manufacturer and wholesaler of free-standing office furniture.

Scaffidi plays on her terms

As the October 15 lord mayoral elections near, Lisa Scaffidi is hoping for a second term as Perth’s first female lord mayor.

Tox Free acquires Waste Solutions (NT)

Henderson-based Tox Free Solutions has entered into an $18 million agreement to purchase Darwin-based Waste Solutions (NT) Pty Ltd.

LogiCamms to 'break even'

Engineering services company LogiCamms has completed an $8 million capital raising to bolster its balance sheet after disclosing it would suffer a break-even result in the current half-year.


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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.