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Feds boost cheap housing scheme

The federal government has announced that 2,300 properties will be built in Western Australia under the fourth round of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

Focus needed on mining compliance: Auditor General

Government agencies need to do much more to ensure mining companies comply with their environmental, Aboriginal heritage and local content obligations, a report by Auditor General Colin Murphy has con

Fitzpatrick heads up Waste Authority

Environment Minister Bill Marmion has announced the appointment of Peter Fitzpatrick as the new chairman of the Waste Authority.

IGA opens $12m meat processing plant

Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien has officially opened a $12 million IGA meat processing centre in Canning Vale; a facility he says will give a significant boost to the local economy.

Buswell allocates $35m for safer roads

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has announced $35 million to fund 31 road safety projects across the state over the next year.

Agreement signed for regional radio

 The state government has signed an agreement it says will formalise its plans for a new police and emergencies services network in regional Western Australia.Police Minister Rob Johnson said the

Perry Lakes development progresses

The state government has released a further 27 lots for residential development at Perry Lakes.

Businesses for Sale

Wholesale food and propertyPrice: $2.15m.High demand wholesale food processing and distribution.

Developers shortlisted for Eglinton

Mirvac, Peet and Satterley Property Group have been shortlisted by LandCorp to develop its 240 hectare landholding at Eglinton, in Perth's northern suburbs.

Marmion gets tough on sprinkler bans

Water Minister Bill Marmion says a tough new inspection regime has seen the number of people fined for not complying with winter sprinkler bans increase dramatically.

McGrath to oversee stadium plans

Premier Colin Barnett has appointed South Perth MLA John McGrath as the new parliamentary secretary to assist with the planning and development of Perth's multi-purpose sports stadium at Burswood.

WA IPO activity continues to grow

Deloitte's corporate finance survey has shown a recovery in stock market floats in Western Australia in the past financial year, though the annual data disguises a slump in activity in recent months.

Grylls releases Pilbara industrial land

The state government has announced the release of 39 lots earmarked for industrial purposes at Hedland Junction, near Port Hedland.

$147m upgrades for country hospitals

The state government has revealed details on $147 million of budget commitments for upgrades to six country hospitals in the south of the state.

Buswell releases Peel affordable homes

Housing Minister Troy Buswell says two recently-completed Department of Housing projects at Meadow Springs and Lakelands have provided 151 more affordable housing options in the Peel region.

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.



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.