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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.

Quickstep raises $17.3 million

Manufacturing technology company Quickstep Holdings has struck a $17.3 million funding deal, primarily through the issue of convertible notes to US based financier La Jolla Cove Investments.

AHG confirms acquisition rumour

Automotive Holdings Group has responded to rumours that it is looking to acquire an automotive group in New South Wales by saying negotiations are underway.

Sundance Resources in $60m placement

Sundance Resources has entered into a placement agreement to raise $60m from international investors.

Sherwin Iron undertakes $8.5m placement

Sherwin Iron Limited has undertaken an $8.5 million share placement at 16 cents a share to accelerate the drilling and development of its Roper River Iron Ore Project in the Northern Territory.

WorleyParsons wins $250m Fortescue deal

WorleyParsons has won a $250 million contract with Fortescue Metals Group to provide engineering services to expand port facilities in Port Hedland.

Lowrie wins LNG construction contract

Perth-based switch room manufacturing specialist Lowrie Constructions has won its second contract on the US$15 billion PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Papua New Guinea.

Decmil recruits Sputore as new MD

Civil engineering and construction firm Decmil Australia has appointed former Leighton Holdings general manager Ray Sputore as managing director.

MACA to sign $450m Regis deal

Mining services provider MACA says it is about to sign a $450 million, eight-year deal with Regis Resources for its proposed Garden Well gold mine.

Aspen syndicate secures finance facility

Property developer Aspen Group has announced its unlisted syndicate, Aspen Parks Property Fund, has received credit approval for a $130 million debt facility with St George Bank.

Transfield/Worley JV wins NW shelf deal

Woodside Petroleum has awarded a $65 million contract at the North West Shelf to a joint venture between Transfield Services and WorleyParsons.

Mirvac launches Highland Reserve

Development giant Mirvac has unveiled its latest Western Australian residential community, the $75 million Highland Reserve at Jane Brook.

Largest wind farm now connected

The state's largest renewable energy project, located near Merredin, has passed a major milestone with Western Power completing a $20 million project to connect the wind farm to the grid.

Ramelius proceeds with 2nd gold mine

Ramelius Resources has agreed to spend $28 million to bring the Mount Magnet operation back into production, making it the company's second producing gold mine in WA.

van Onselen chief of UWA journo course

Author and political commentator Peter van Onselen will head up the University of Western Australia's new masters of international journalism course.

Logicamms appoints new board members

Engineering services company LogiCamms has appointed Peter Watson as non executive chairman and Giles Everist as a non executive director.

Nolan to head new finance department

The state government has announced Anne Nolan will head the newly established Department of Finance, a move that follows the cabinet reshuffle of last year.



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.