Heather Bennett

Resource sector fraud on the rise

THE resource sector has been exposed to higher levels of fraud involving the theft of funds and physical assets due to increased jobs uncertainty, according to KPMG.

Soft infrastructure the key for uranium

FOLLOWING Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson's endorsement of Australian uranium export trade with China, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy believes working with communities on providing soft infrastructure will be the key challenge facing the st

‘Sophisticated Feral’ no oxymoron

The team at Feral Brewing Company are wild about making beer ... and it seems the punters are wild about drinking it. Heather Bennett reports.

CME urges recovery plan

THE Chamber of Minerals and Energy says government and industry should use the current slowdown to plan for Western Australia's development once the economy returns to full strength.

Gold price good but not forever

GOLD is seen as an attractive investment due to its strong performance in a down turning economy, but one senior economist has warned the good times will not last forever.

Tailor-made for the water

Marathon swimmer turned motivational speaker Shelley Taylor-Smith discusses what drives her.

Waste management a growing concern

THE provision of non-landfill or 'alternative' waste management is a growth business in Western Australia, as population centres expand and infrastructure reaches capacity.

Morrison goes to Hollywood

SINCE Australian label Sass and Bide appeared on US television show Sex and the City, it has turned into a $100 million business.

Mines minister upholds WA sovereignty

Mines Minister Norman Moore has delivered an assurance Western Australia will retain control of local mining operations despite increased foreign investment in Australian mining companies.

96FM up in ratings as 720 slips

Perth's 96.FM was the big winner in the latest ratings survey, recording a ratings rise of 1.3 percentage points to 10.4 per cent for its breakfast show with Gary, Fitzi and Aleysha, and an overall jump of 0.8 percentage points.

Malaga auto company sprinting forward

Malaga-based Automotive Technology Group says it has developed world-leading green technology for its headline product, the Sprintex Supercharger.

State funds $10,000 for local govt merge

Local Government Minister John Castrilli has announced $10,000 financial packages for local councils that agree to prepare submissions for voluntary amalgamation by the August deadline.

VDM closes in on $120 million contract

VDM Group's negotiations for a $120 million mine processing contract are in the mature stages, the company has told the ASX today.

EPA plans new assessment approach

Government and industry have endorsed the Environmental Protection Authority's proposal to adopt a new 'risk based' approach for project assessment, unveiled in a report today.

Scaffidi 457 workers facing deportation

The seven Filipino 457 workers who were laid off from Premier Building Solutions have lost their bid to stay in Australia and are likely to be deported after April 9.

Price talks disappoint timber companies

Australia's major forestry companies are disappointed they have not negotiated an increase for the benchmark price of exported Tasmanian bluegum woodchip with Japan.

Hannans director resigns on Fox takeover

Hannans Reward director Terry Grammer has resigned following outraged calls yesterday by chairman Richard Scallan that he step down after accepting Fox Resources' takeover offer.

Aviva shortlisted for WA energy contract

Aviva Corporation's Coolimba power station project in the Mid West has been shortlisted by Synergy for the 2009 energy supply procurement contract.

Monarch awaits proposal assessment

Administrators for collapsed Monarch Gold Mining have closed the due diligence period for the sale of the company's remaining assets, including the Davyhurst mine and exploration tenements.

BHPB safety report after site death

BHP Billiton has accepted calls for safety standards at its iron ore operations in the Pilbara to be improved following the death of a John Holland construction contractor at its site in Newman.

Australian women big spenders on credit

AUSTRALIAN women seem to be doing their bit to reinforce traditional stereotypes of financial irresponsibility, according to a global survey of women's financial independence.

Businesses hit by fraud

ABOUT 45 per cent of Australian businesses have been affected by fraud in the past two years, according to the 2008 KPMG Fraud Survey.

National support needed for natural gas

Peak gas industry groups have urged government backing for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry to achieve its economic and environmental potential.

Erica Smyth to chair Toro Energy

Former Woodside Petroleum executive Erica Smyth will take over the chairmanship of uranium developer Toro Energy, after the resignation of founding chairman Dr Ian Gould.

Gindalbie, TAFE team up for education

The $1.8 million Karara iron ore project has joined with Central West TAFE in Geraldton to launch a partnership for education, vocational training and skills development to bring new employment opportunities to the region.

Westpac tops BankWest in WA survey

Westpac has pipped BankWest as the bank having the most satisfied customers in Western Australia, a survey by financial ratings service Canstar Cannex has found.

Rio plugs Chinalco alliance

Rio Tinto iron ore chief Sam Walsh says the miner is focused on securing regulatory approval for its $US19.5 billion Chinalco deal while a prominent analyst has tipped iron ore prices to fall 50 per cent.

Training tough in downturn

PEAK industry figures have cautiously welcomed state and federal government initiatives to soften the impact of the economic downturn on business, including the announcement of cuts to skilled migration.

Past meets present at Mundaring

There is no shortage of attractions in Mundaring, as Heather Bennett discovered.

Organic growth a Core focus

HAVING led Perth marketing group Core Marketing for a number of years, it seems somewhat ironic that Yvonne Renshaw doesn't signpost her new venture, Core Luxury Retreat, in Mundaring.

Darlington Estate principal stays true to character

IN his quest to create a unique product, Darlington Estate winemaker Menno Bakkers' philosophy makes good business sense - work with the characteristics of the region.


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Power on for new firm Napier Legal

Corporate lawyer Stephen Power has established a new law firm less than three weeks after Sydney-based Middletons moved into Perth by merging with his old firm Salter Power and with Franklyn Legal.

Dedicated to charter

A NEW air charter company is looking to grow its business during the economic slowdown after identifying a niche market opportunity.

Pilbara water supply key

WITH mining activity in the Pilbara forecast to double over the next ten years, demand for water in West Pilbara could outstrip long-term supply within the next two to six years.

Rio postpones driverless trains

RIO Tinto has announced the postponement of plans for an automated train operation program in the Pilbara, as part of its strategy to cut costs and debt.