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WA records $26.8bn trade surplus

Western Australia has bucked the national trend and recorded a $26.8 billion trade surplus in the 12 months to October.

Minerals expansion, productivity to continue: PwC

Australia will see continued expansion in minerals production and exports with high levels of capital expenditure in mining, smelting and refining set to continue, according to a recent survey.

Hazardous waste grants to regional centres

The state government's Core Consultative Committee on Waste has made three grants of to community groups in Bencubbin, Kalgoorlie and Northam to fund an examination of potential hazardous or industrial waste sites.

WA float funds more than double to $1.2bn in '05: Deloitte

IPO activity in Western Australia soared in the December 2005 quarter as the state continued to lead a boom in resource exploration.

Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance formed

Midwest Corporation Limited, Murchison Metals Limited and Gindalbie Metals Limited have joined forces to create The Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance.

Knight Frank in $50m of sales

The first half of 2005-06 has been one of the most active sales periods in the Perth CBD for many years according to Knight Frank, which has sold more than $50 million worth of buildings in the last few months.

General counsel of the CCC steps down

Patti Chong, general counsel of the Corruption and Crime Commission has stepped down from her position.

Cape Lambert in talks with Chinese investors

Cape Lambert Iron Ore has revealed that it has been negotiating with two major Chinese traders interested in taking a stake in the company.

Bowler fires Joondalup councillors

The councillors of the City of Joondalup were today dismissed by Local Government and Regional Development Minister John Bowler.

No quick fix to property shortage: industry group

The Western Australian division of the Property Council of Australia has warned that the shortage of property across all sectors in the market will not ease for at least two years.

New Senior Counsel announced

Two lawyers from the State Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have been announced as Senior Counsel in Western Australia from 32 applications received this year.

Mining Lease issued for Aquila's Issac Plains Coal Project

WA based Aquila Resources Limited has announced the issue of a Mining Lease for the Issac Plains Coal Project in Queensland's Bowen Basin.

The Brand Agency announces east coast JV

Perth-based The Brand Agency has announced its intention to partner Melbourne firm Badjar and Sydney's Fame Advertising to establish a major new agency brand.

Fortescue Metal's Group State Agreement signed

Fortescue Metals Group today signed a state agreement with the state government relating to its proposed iron ore mine in the Chichester Ranges.

Minara resolves $48m conflict with Glencore

Minara Resources Ltd has announced the resolution of its long-running dispute with Swiss-based project funder Glencore, ending claims totalling about $48 million.

Austal wins $145 Turkish ferry contract

Henderson shipbuilder Austal Ltd has confirmed a $145 million order from a Turkish customer to build two 88m high-speed, vehicle-passenger ferries for use in the waters off Instanbul.

Moves for LNG-powered mine trucks

Western Australia's fuel hungry resources sector may be quite keen to see progress in a joint Queensland-Canadian effort to develop LNG-powered trucks for mine sites.

This advice is general, it may not be right for you

Professionals who provide general advice about financial products can water down the warnings they have to give clients, with new rules allowing them to give shorter, simpler disclaimers face-to-face or over the phone.

Entrepreur supporters offered grants from $8m fund pool

The federal government has opened a new round of funding for its small business entrepreneurship prorgam, offering grants of up to $300,000 from a pool of $8 million set aside for the purpose.

Visiomed raising capital for overseas expansion

Perth based medical imaging technology and biotechnology company Visiomed Group Ltd has announced a capital raising of approximately $1.6 million.

Perth Lord Mayor named new head of world energy cities group

The Lord Mayor of the City of Perth, Dr Peter Nattrass, has been appointed to head the world's foremost energy cities partnership.

Good oil for WA carbon credits

Western Australia has created the nation's first tradeable legal right to offset carbon dioxide pollution by tree plantings, according to the state government.

Increasing fuel costs douse business confidence

Western Australian small business confidence has fallen as petrol prices have risen, according to a new survey.

Housing capacity constraints hurting growth: industry group

The Housing Industry Forecasting Group says capacity constraints emerging in the housing sector are causing severe problems for further growth in the industry.

Port Bouvard announces big interim dividend

Property developer Port Bouvard Ltd has announced an interim fully-franked dividend of 40 cents a share, up 300 per cent on the payout for the company's shareholders this time last year.

Eldridge takes up post at Vulcan

Finland-focused junior nickel player Vulcan Resources has appointed former Portman Mining boss Barry Eldridge as deputy chairman at its annual general meeting held today.

Four from WA in Deloitte Tech Fast 50

Deloitte has announced a list of what it believes is Australia's 50 fastest growing technology companies, with four groups from Western Australia making the grade.

Deep Yellow awaits more tests on doubtful dirt

Deep Yellow Ltd, one of Western Australia's uranium hopefuls, aims to have the results of more lab tests on Monday following bad news earlier this week.

Rio, AusQuest agreement on Nameless iron ore prospect

Diversified exploration company AusQuest is set to fast-track its iron ore interests in the Pilbara following an agreement with mining giant Rio Tinto aimed at progressing an iron ore development near Tom Price.

States concern over airport land use

State and Territory Governments have united at the Australian Transport Council in opposition to the way in which the Commonwealth Government was dealing with non-aviation developments on airport lands.

Feds allocate $40m to WA rail infrastucture

The Federal Government's allocation of an extra $40 million for vital rail infrastructure is recognition of Western Australia's need for a fairer share of transport infrastructure funding, according to Alannah MacTiernan.



Unregistered builder to pay $42,500 for illegal work

Richard Jonathon Sheridan, the director of One Emperor Pty Ltd (deregistered – ASIC) trading as WOW Makeovers, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in relation to a $250,000 renovation of a Scarborough house between May and November 2011.

Hall & Prior proceeds with $67m development

Hall & Prior Health and Aged Care Group has today announced plans to proceed with a $67 million aged care facility in High Wycombe, due for completion in the second half of 2019.

WA venues top national awards

Two Western Australian businesses and a WA venue manager have won major titles at the Australian Hotels Association national awards for excellence, announced at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast last night. 

Alan Tough dies at 77

Local businessman Alan Tough has passed away at the age of 77.

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Broadband network waste of money: iiNet

iiNet managing director Michael Malone has warned a Senate Committee that the federal government's national broadband network is doomed to be a huge monumental failure and a waste of $5 billion of taxpayers money.

Moore River project gets approval

The state government has given conditional approval for the Plunkett family's proposed residential development at Moore River, north of Perth, but has substantially scaled down the size of the project.

WA School of Mines under threat

The globally-respected Western Australian School of Mines campus in Kalgoorlie will inevitably be closed unless far reaching changes are made, some of the school's most prominent graduates have warned.

Port Bouvard lodges Gidgegannup plan

Port Bouvard has lodged its master plan for the Gidgegannup townsite with the City of Swan and the Western Australian Planning Commission following 18 months of planning and environmental investigations.