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Prendiville joins Tourism WA

Sandalford Wines owner and proprietor Peter Prendiville will fill the Tourism Western Australia board vacancy left by the resignation of Dixie Marshall, minister Kim Hames says.

Buswell launches 4am weekend trains

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has announced the launch of a free 4:00am weekend train service for six months from November.

Auditor General finds efficiency lacking

An Auditor General's report into the efficiency of government departments' procurement processes has found that just two of nine departments assessed complied with four principles of best practice.

Westpoint's Rundle found guilty

Former Westpoint chief financial controller Graeme Rundle has been found guilty of two charges of making a false statement with intent to obtain a financial advantage.

Buswell announces new state road deals

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has announced a new five-year funding arrangement that will see state funding to local government grow by 22 per cent over the next five years.

Former GESB boss signs on with Peet

Former GESB chief Michelle Dolin has joined property developer Peet as chief financial officer.

More upgrades for Cultural Centre

The state government has announced a suite of new upgrades for the Perth Cultural Centre, including an LED screen, a new children's play space and feature lighting.

Garnett new Curriculum Council chair

Education Minister Elizabeth Constable ahs announced former Edith Cowan University deputy vice chancellor Patrick Garnett as the new chair of the Curriculum Council.

Big spike in boat facilities funding

The state government has allocated an unprecedented $8.93 million in recreational boating facilities grants.

State releases NW infrastructure study

The state government has released a study that nominated Anketell Port or Port Hedland's Lumsden Point to house a marine-based common user facility in the north-west.

Higgott new Murdoch vice chancellor

Murdoch University has named political economist Richard Higgott as its new vice-chancellor and president.

Buswell announces Kwinana freeway deal

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has announced Highway Construction Pty Ltd as the preferred proponent to widen the Kwinana Freeway between Leach and Roe Highways.

Evans to head state solicitor's office

Freehills senior lawyer Paul Evans has been appointed state solicitor.

Brierty revises earning guidance

Civil and mining contractor Brierty has revised its earming guidance for the financial year ended June 30 2011, and now expects full year net profit after tax will be in the range of break even to $750,000.

CCI maps out IR reform plan

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA has released a policy paper that spells out a major revamp of Australia's industrial relations system.

Grylls announces 7 new Pilbara projects

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls has announced $20 million in royalties for regions-funded infrastructure projects for the Pilbara.

Fiona Stanley to retire

The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research announced at its annual meeting last night that Professor Fiona Stanley would retire as director at the end of 2011.

MacTiernan joins EMC Solar board

Perth-based EMC Solar has appointed Alannah MacTiernan to its board of directors after acquiring interests in clean energy firms HAC Australia and Clear Energy.

Ausco wins Rio Argyle deal

Ausco Modular has announced it has won a contract to supply Rio Tinto's Argyle diamond mine with emergency staff housing.

New centre to help Aboriginal jobseekers

Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier has launched a new Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre in Broome.

Brockman urges Wah Nam rejection

Brockman Resources continues to recommend shareholders not to accept a takeover from Wah Nam International, after the Hong Kong investment house declared its offer unconditional.

Applications jump shows confidence: UDIA

A large jump in residential lot applications in the December quarter is a sign of the development industry's confidence in the medium-term property market, according to the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Grylls launches Broome North packages

The state government says it is delivering on its promise to meet demand for land in the Kimberley, with the release of 50 house and land packages at Waranyjarri Estate tomorrow, part of the new residential development, Broome North.

Pindan wins $58m Karratha contract

Property and construction group Pindan has been awarded the design and construction tender of the $58 million Karratha Leisure Complex.

New Gorgon contract for Strategic Marine

Perth-based shipbuilder Strategic Marine has added another contract to its burgeoning order book, signing a deal with Bhagwan Marine to deliver two new vessels to service the local offshore oil and gas industry, including the $44 billion Gorgon project.

New appointments for Perth Theatre Trust

Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day has announced Helen Cook and Max Kay have joined the board of the Perth Theatre Trust.

Prison to be state's 4th PPP

The state government has reached out to the private sector to design, construct, finance and maintain the $232 million Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison Redevelopment project.

State awards $317m railcar contract

The State Government has selected EDI Rail-Bombardier Transportation as the preferred tenderer for a $317 million major railcar maintenance and cleaning contract.

WA deserves more arts funding

The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA has called for more equitable Federal Government investment in Western Australia's cultural sector.

Nomad wins $10m FMG contract

Nomad Modular Building has won a $10.6 million contract to design and manufacture a camp kitchen and dining buildings for Fortescue Metals Group's Solomon Iron Ore Project.

Padbury discloses potential China deal

Padbury Mining said today it has received a non-binding offer from China's Taifeng Group Co to take a 30 per cent stake in the company and a half share of its Peak Hill iron ore project.

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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.