Jamie Burnett

Upgrade needed for nickel exports

THE controversy over lead exports from Esperance may have attracted intense public focus over the past two years, but a potentially larger commercial issue that remains unresolved is the future of bulk nickel concentrate exports.

$3m order for rescue ‘black box’

PERTH-BASED Remote and Rural Communications is chasing capital to help produce its 'rescue radio' unit, after a $3 million order from China.

Miners lead recruitment drive during buoyant 2007-08

THERE was an increase of more than 50,000 full-time workers in Western Australia for the year to August 2008, with a total of 842,500 full-time employees in the state.

Curtin expands with Singapore campus

CURTIN University of Technology has opened its second overseas campus in nine years, with the launch of its Singapore site last week.

Agencies appoint CEOs

THE state government has announced the appointment of chief executives for three of its major agencies as the focus turns to who will take the reigns at the departments set to be restructured.

A Creative approach

CREATIVE Nature Communications has won the top prize for its WA Museum Alcoa Frog Watch website at the 2008 WA Web Awards.

Waste management in a new business environment

THE push for environmentally sustainable waste treatment solutions in Australia is paying dividends for two companies operating in Perth, with AnaeCo Ltd and SITA Environmental Solutions announcing progress on their projects this month.

Organic juice the real deal

THE first completely organic and biodynamic fruit juice to be produced in Western Australia will be launched on November 23 at the WA Biodynamic Festival.

Mentor service launch

An initiative that will provide discounted mentoring and training services to Western Australian small business owners is due to be launched by state Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan later this month.

Malaria treatment close

Perth-based Eastland Medical Systems Ltd is a step closer to bringing its revolutionary anti-malaria treatment to market, with African field trials to hopefully begin as soon as September.

Prospects rising in Mexico

Perth-based mining explorer and developer Azure Minerals Ltd has found a wealth of opportunities in Mexico, currently holding 22 base and precious metals mining projects in the region.

Business blooms for Flying Flowers

In a world where the uptake of technology can lead to a rise in efficiency and market reach for a business, O'Connor-based florist Flying Flowers believes it's the personal touch and a specialised customer tracking system, not the internet, that has led t

Newbold among E&Y winners

Strategic Marine chairman Mark Newbold has won his second major award for the year, joining five others as winners of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year western region 2008 awards.

Era focused on building better communications

While the importance of keeping up to speed with the latest technological advancements is paramount, communications provider Era Communications believes a strong, personal focus and relationship with suppliers and its clients has been integral to the fami

New owners fine tune music business

After buying a small, underperforming musical instrument retail and tuition business, Joondalup Music Centre, ten years ago, husband and wife team Peter and Genelle Picton-King now operate in three locations.

Not for Profit: Alcoa helps kick goals for Clontarf

Established in 2000, the Clontarf Foundation uses football in an effort to keep young indigenous boys in education, preparing and helping them to find full employment and a more positive future.

Flexibility key for shirt printer

Online shirt printing business,, was born after Paul Morris had an idea for customised kids wear on Christmas Day in 2006.

What’s in a name?

When a company decides it's time for rebranding, what exactly are they looking for in a new name that the old one didn't offer?

Antaria sets up for fresh start

Experienced engineer Bruce Cameron is hoping his commercial skills will help turn around the fortunes of struggling technology company Antaria Ltd, which this month adopted a new name to signify a fresh start and change of focus.

IT contracts shape industry

The ability of local IT players to win work against larger multinational competitors will become clearer over the coming weeks, as two major contracts from government departments are set to be awarded.

Volona cut out for long-term growth

Volona and Associates owner Helen Brown says a focus on the simple things has helped her company expand to include more than 24 salons and a fully accredited training academy for apprentices.

Big contract wins validate local focus

Three manufacturing companies in Perth with exposure to the booming resources sector have reported good news this month, despite having to contend with increased competition from Asian suppliers.

Governance survey

Western Australian companies have delivered diverse results in a report of corporate governance standards by chartered accountants WHK Horwath.

Integration key to success

Kitcraft Kitchens began in a small showroom and assembly area in Wangara in 1999 and in seven years has grown to eight locations throughout the state, with all manufacturing and assembly done in-house.

State govt launches gas trading scheme

The state government will launch an online gas trading bulletin board on Thursday, but energy minister Francis Logan warned the scheme is not the sole answer to the gas supply crisis.

Hedland port set to expand

Port Hedland's status as one of the world's largest bulk export ports is set to be reinforced with current and proposed developments leading to further growth in export volumes.

Scope plans parallel growth

Changes are under way at local IT company Costing and Logistics Systems, with the adoption of a new brand and business founder Norman Pater handing over the reins next week.

The right fit for company expansion

After immigrating to Australia from Ireland in the 1970s, Paul Carroll started a small shoe retail and repair business in Tuart Hill.

Small step for iron ore haulage regime

With the release of the state government's Pilbara Third Party Haulage Regime last week, iron ore juniors in the area are hopeful their production aspirations will get a boost, though they are not expecting quick resolution of the issue.

Freo incubator helps design dreams

Former emergency ward nurse and Glasgow native, Margaret Irvine, has turned her dream of a fashion business into reality, and she attributes a business incubator in Fremantle for her success.

ARF winner in gas crisis

North Perth-based biodiesel company Australian Renewable Fuels Ltd has restarted production at its Picton site, with the state's current gas shortage leading a prominent Western Australian company to place a purchase order with the producer this week.


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House prices drop 1.5%

Perth housing prices have continued to decline, with new indicative data showing prices have dropped 1.5 per cent for the month of April.