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Ventnor and Sandfire JV for Thaduna/Green Dragon

Base-metals company Ventnor Resources has announced a joint venture with Sandfire Resources to  fast-track the Thaduna/Green Dragon copper project into production while removing the need for raise add

Buru cleared by DAA

Buru Energy has been cleared of any wrongdoing related to disturbance of Aboriginal heritage sites in the Canning Basin.

Tim Minchin awarded honorary UWA doctorate

Former Perth arts student Tim Minchin's achievements on the stage have been recognised by the University of Western Australia, which awarded him an honorary doctorate last night.

Lime Street Project wins UDIA award

The $30.6 million, seven-storey Lime Street development has won a major prize from the Urban Development Institute of Australia, taking home the President’s Award on Saturday night.

Kanopy, Sun Connect among the new names recognised for entrepreneurship

Seven outstanding Western Australian business and community leaders will go on to represent the state in the 2013 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards after being announced ascategory winners for the We

Business debtors taking longer to pay their bills

Australian businesses are taking longer to pay each other in 2013 compared to a year earlier, in an indication that their level of financial health has not improved, according to credit bureau Dun &am

Australia most costly for foreign students: HSBC

Australia is the most expensive country for overseas students with a combined average cost of university fees and living costs totalling more than US$38,000 per year, according to recent research by H

More retired people may face tax on their super fund earnings

A lobby group for self-managed superannuation users has warned that five times more Australians could be hit by the federal government’s proposed 15 per cent tax super profits tax on retirement earnin

WA minimum wage increased 3 per cent

The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has moved to increase the state's minimum wage more than 2.8 per cent, slightly above the recent rise granted by the federal Fair Work Commission

AHG, Sirius into ASX200 index

Leighton Holdings and Perseus Mining were among the losers from the latest rebalancing of Australian stock market indices, while Automotive Holdings Group and nickel explorer Sirius Resources were amo

Curtin gets SKA funding nod

Curtin University is in the running to build a key component of the Square Kilometre Array radio-astronomy project after securing Federal Government support.

John Bond joins Fleetwood board

Prominent Perth property identity John Bond has joined the board of transportable housing and caravan manufacturer Fleetwood Corporation.

Police & Nurses officially re-branded P&N Bank

The state’s largest locally-owned lender, Police & Nurses, has today officially changed its name to P&N Bank.

West Perth hotel expansion approved

The City of Perth has approved a 10-storey extension to a West Perth hotel.

New MD for Apache Energy

Oil and gas firm Apache Corporation has announced a new managing director for its Perth-based Australian operating unit Apache Energy.

Northern Star signs JV with Fortescue

Perth-based gold miner Northern Star has signed a joint venture agreement with Fortescue Metals Group to acquire non-iron ore mineral rights to what it described as "barely explored" acreage near seve

AnaeCo enters Indian agreement

Perth-based AnaeCo has secured its second international agreement in as many weeks for deployment of its patented waste-management technology.

Local boost from Rio Tinto, Fortescue

Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group has awarded more than $1.8 billion of work to WA companies in the September quarter, the state government has revealed.

Perkins wins $16m in contracts

Bunbury-based Perkins Builders has won two contracts valued at a combined $16 million for work in Jandakot and East Victoria Park.

New King for Pilbara Development Commission

The state government has appointed a new chief executive to the Pilbara Development Commission, which overlooks the $1 billion Pilbara Cities initiative.

WA government hikes up Sandfire royalties

The WA government has told Sandfire Resources it intends to lift the royalty rate for some of the output from its DeGrussa copper mine to 7.5 per cent, which could mean an extra $7 million the miner w

Mermaid Marine wins $50m BHP contract

Shares in Mermaid Marine Australia were higher after the oil and gas support company won a $50 million contract from BHP Billiton.

Leighton secures major Ichthys contracts

Leighton Holdings has been awarded two contracts, together worth around $1.2 billion, for work on the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, bringing the total value of oil and gas contracts awa

Hire Intelligence seeks delisting.

Jolimont-based computer and audio visual rental company Hire Intelligence has applied to be delisted from the ASX, citing a lack of liquidity, a small amount of trades and high listing costs as reason

Wet weather frustrates farmers

Unseasonable wet weather has caused major frustration for the state’s grain growers, with grains handler CBH Group forced to revise down its harvest estimate as a result of the disruptions.

Muirhead, Dowling to lead redevelopment authority

Former Tourism Western Australia chief executive Richard Muirhead has been appointed chair of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, replacing inaugural chair Eric Lumsden who was in the role for o

Decmil wins $30m Pilbara contract

Construction and engineering firm Decmil Group has won a $30 million contract with Rio Tinto to construct workshops and other minesite facilities in the Pilbara.

Clough renews finance facility

Engineering contractor Clough has extended its $200 million finance facility with a consortium of banks for a further three years.

Kinetiko shares rise after first drilling in South Africa

Shares in Perth-based oil and gas play Kinetiko Energy have risen after the company reported better than expected results from drilling activities at its Amersfoort joint venture in South Africa.

Ansaldo wins $20m metro rail contract

The State Government has announced that Ansaldo STS Australia has been awarded a $19.7 million signalling contract to be undertaken on the Butler rail project.

Margaret River Pro upgrade a boost for tourism

Western Australia's most well-known surfing event, the Margaret River Drug Aware Pro, has been granted World Championship Tour status by the Association of Surfing Professionals.



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.