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Queensland focus for VDM

National civil and structural engineering player VDM Group Ltd has just completed a $12 million capital raising to fund an aggressive acquisition strategy and support current contracts worth nearly $70 million.

Mermaid figures lure investors

Mermaid Marine has enjoyed a strong recovery in its share price during the past fortnight after forecasting an increase in full-year pre-tax profit to $12 million.

Biofuels tax criticism

The federal government’s u-turn on tax incentives for the burgeoning biofuels sector threatens to derail the viability of an industry potentially worth up to $2 billion in the next five years.

Langoulant wants sporting agreement

John Langoulant has moved to take some of the heat out of the debate over the state’s future stadium needs.

Local market pushes ahead

Despite recent fluctuations in the market nationally, the resources-led Western Australian economy continues to demonstrate its resilience.

Market volatility gives some pause for thought

Having ridden the crest of a seemingly endless wave of positive sentiment and upward movement, the Australian Stock Exchange recently showed its first major signs of vulnerability in more than three years.

Exporters confident despite hurdles

Western Australian exporters expect a tough three months ahead as business adjusts to the impact of higher oil prices and exchange rate fluctuations, but the longer-term outlook remains strong.

Buoyant times for Mermaid & Amcom

Western Australian companies, Mermaid Marine and Amcom, have provided evidence of the buoyant status of the state's economy with both forecasting significant earnings growth in the second half of 2006.

Playing hardball for the corporate dollar

With the state’s two AFL teams continuing to attract blanket media coverage, and the rise and rise of football’s global codes, soccer and rugby, competition for Perth’s sponsorship dollar has never been stronger.

Cockburn on the front foot

The City of Cockburn has continued its attack on the interim report by the state government’s Major Stadia Taskforce, flagging the possibility of legal action as part of its next move.

Bilateral deal to boost Russian trade

Australian companies can expect greater access to the fast-growing Russian market following the recent signing of a bilateral access agreement between the two countries.

WA exporters dished up

The Western Australian branch of the Australian Institute of Export will host the ‘Putting WA on the World’s Table’ seminar later this month, focusing on how the state’s food industry is achieving success in export markets.

A Western Pacific solution

Geoff Pritchard’s Western Pacific is aiming to extend its national presence.

O’Connor takes aim at small caps

Former Churchill Capital managing director Patrick O’Connor has emerged with a plan to launch a public investment company aiming at the volatile smaller companies sector.

Perth sky no limit for Finbar developments

Leading Perth residential apartment developer Finbar International Ltd has just completed the $21 million purchase of two new inner metropolitan sites, as its high density apartment model continues to benefit from the state’s property boom.

Dental group capitalises

Former Neptune Marine managing director Andrew Harrison’s new corporate dental group Capitol Health listed on the Australian Stock Exchange last week after a $1.8 million initial public offering.

Multiplex founder Roberts passes away

Multiplex founder and construction pioneer John Roberts, one of the giants of Western Australian industry, passed away last week at age of 73 after succumbing to a long illness.

ITC resumes trading, target statement delayed

Shares in Western Australian plantation timber manager Integrated Tree Cropping Ltd recommenced trading on the Australian Stock Exchange today.

St George Growth Equities to raise $50m for small cap portfolio

Former Churchill Capital managing director Patrick O'Connor is planning to raise $50 million via St George Growth Equities, a newly established investment company, spun out of the O'Connor-led St George Capital.

ITC shares remain suspended,as Hatmore increase bid

Western Australian-headquartered plantation timber manager ITC Group Ltd shares remain suspended from trading on the Australian Stock Exchange, ahead of an expected announcement next week, as takeover suitor Hatmore Pty Ltd increases its bid.

Browning & Voelte added to UWA Business School board

The University of Western Australia has added some significant corporate muscle to its Business School, with the appointments of Woodside managing director and CEO Don Voelte, and Alinta CEO Bob Browning to the board.

New system for WA's heavy vehicle transport management

The state government today announced significant improvements to the way heavy vehicle transport is managed on the state's road network.

Frankland River Olive Co. moves closer to ASX listing

Frankland River Olive Company's plans to list on the Australian Stock Exchange took another step forward, with the passing of a number of resolutions at a shareholder/grower meeting last night.

Multiplex founder John Roberts passes away

Multiplex founder and patriarch John Roberts passed away today at age 72 after a long illness.

WA and national unemployment at record lows

New figures show that Western Australian and national unemployment has fallen to new record lows, after an unexpected surge in the job market.

New $8m Australian Technical College for Pilbara

The ongoing issue of skill shortages in Western Australian industry is to be addressed with the announcement of a new multi-campus $8 million technical college to service the resources sector and the Pilbara community.

Stadium taskforce favours greenfields sites, Subiaco may go

The state government's John Langoulant-led major stadia taskforce interim report was released today by Sport and Recreation Minister John Kobelke, with greenfield locations emerging as the favoured sites for a new 60,000 seat stadium.

PowerTel MD appointed to iiNet board

Western Australian internet service provider iiNet today announced the appointment of PowerTel managing director Paul Broad as a non-executive director of iiNet, with immediate effect.

WA move to enhance pearl industry

The Western Australian and Northern Territory governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to ensure better management and co-operation of the pearling industry.

Bendat’s Wildcats go corporate

Amid an increasingly competitive Western Australian sporting landscape, one essentially community-based brand has stood the test of time, and now the Jack Bendat-owned Perth Wildcats hopes to reassert itself in the sporting market.

EPA blocks Gorgon's $11b Pilbara LNG project

Western Australia's Environmental Protection Agency today provided a dent to the aspirations of the Gorgon liquefied natural gas project partners off WA's Pilbara coast with confirmation of its decision to block the $11 billion project.

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