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Janelle Macri

Heritage work a challenge and an opportunity to develop

THE experience of working with a heritage building can present architects with both major constraints and a unique opportunity.

Coalmine canary still on the perch

PERTH architecture firms have remained resilient in the face of adversity, with many emerging from the early stages of the downturn without significant changes to staffing.

Woodland a man for the times

New government architect Steve Woodland wants WA to forge its own identity.

Patient approach needed for delivery of bold projects

Has Perth missed its opportunity to deliver bold, city-making projects?

New projects help drive city’s creative, cultural development

IN addition to the vigorous commercial construction activity in the city in recent years, the resources boom and resulting prosperity also ignited discussions around 'place making' and the opportunity to create a liveable, attractive and sustainable city.

Design element critical for uni projects

PERTH universities have embarked on major capital works programs, developing award-winning, world-class research and learning facilities without sacrificing design aesthetics.

Major players differ over freight

While there’s agreement on the need for action, those involved in grain transportation are divided on how to proceed.

Metcash deal enables meat supplier to map out fresh business direction

NATIONAL retail distributor and IGA supermarkets owner Metcash has bought its first fresh meat supplier, buying Osborne Park business Fresh Market Meats, for an undisclosed sum.

Making up the numbers on green grants

WESTERN Australia has received just less than 6 per cent of the total grant allocation from the first two rounds of the federal government's Green Building Fund, securing a total of $1.

Work on Jindee village to start in two years

PLANS for a new beachside suburb 37 kilometres north of Perth, featuring a pedestrian- and cycle-oriented mixed-use village, are a step closer with Planning Minister John Day tabling a metropolitan region scheme amendment this week.

Wilson recasts the mould

Rick Wilson’s part of the new generation of agri-leader that’s already making its mark

SVT adjusts focus to make the most of its best people

THE death of its co-founder, Michael Norton, six years ago had a dramatic effect on West Leederville-based consulting engineers SVT Engineering Consultants.

Building on state’s $8.3bn capital spend

THE building and construction sector has welcomed the state government's record capital works program, as the industry looks to the government to stimulate activity while private sector investment languishes.

Benefits from budget tax reform

RESIDENTIAL property developers and builders were big winners from state and federal budget initiatives, which will provide much-needed stimulus to the property industry.

State to spend $8.3bn on capital works

The government has committed to a $23.8 billion capital works program over the next four years - an increase on the $18.5 billion spent over the past four years - with a record $8.3 billion to be spent in 2009-10.

WA budget provides tax relief for SMEs

The state budget will deliver $123 million tax relief, mainly in payroll and land tax, as part of measures to support business and jobs.

Gas wants cleaner billing

RESPONSIBLE for more than half of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, the energy sector will be one of the biggest industries affected by the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).

Scarborough revamp on hold

THE revitalisation of the Scarborough coastal strip has been halted indefinitely, with the State Administrative Tribunal hearings into the Observation City redevelopment appeal adjourned until further notice.

Claremont still leads in retail rental stakes

BAY View Terrace in Claremont has the highest suburban retail strip rents in Western Australia and the fourth highest in the Pacific region, according to a CB Richard Ellis report.

Call for collaborative approach to ETS

The business sector remains concerned about some aspects of the proposed emissions trading scheme, despite having been given a year’s grace.

Fuel suppliers wear cost

THE inclusion of transport fuel emissions in the emissions trading scheme puts the compliance burden on fuel suppliers.

Renewables investors eye opportunities

THE renewable energy sector has welcomed the government's commitment to an expanded national renewable energy target, saying the emissions trading scheme alone won't encourage renewable energy investment.

CBD offices need green upgrade

MORE than two-thirds of Perth's CBD office stock will be below the federal government's new increased energy efficiency requirements, expected to be introduced in two years.

Property industry builds a case for change

Property players believe the time is ripe for a visionary state planning strategy. Janelle Macri reports.

Changed bank practices challenge market

ACCESS to finance and tighter lending criteria by the banks remain the biggest obstacles for the property industry.

Uncertainty haunts stimulated sector

LAST year's boost to the first home owners grant and cuts to interest rates have given rise to a two-tiered property market, with the first home buyer and sub-$500,000 market firing while the middle to upper end of the market languishes.

Input pressures ease but build costs stable

IF there's any upside to the current housing slump it would have to be the easing of several boom time pressures, such as labour shortages, input costs and time blowouts.

Confidence the key in property market recovery

THE property industry was one of the most affected by the global financial slowdown, which gripped the state in late 2008 as plummeting global markets and job losses became more and more prevalent.

Grant brings first home buyers out in force

EARLY analysis of the property market for 2009 is showing signs of revival, as the effects of the increased first homeowners grant, lower interest rates and stamp duty concessions for first homebuyers start filtering through.

Fort Knox revamp a Match for building

THE first stage of the transition of Fremantle storage facility Fort Knox into warehouse apartments is taking shape, with major upgrades of the facility recently finalised.

Gee wiz, it’s a new sales tool

AFTER causing a stir in the 1990s with his ANREPS business, real estate veteran Tony Wiles is aiming to shake up the industry again with a new venture, online auction site geewhizauctions.

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We've reached the bottom: Satterley

Property developer Nigel Satterley believes the Perth residential property market is virtually at the bottom of its downward cycle, with increases to the first home owners grant and the drop in interest rates injecting some stimulus into the market.

Wellard invests $270m in livestock ships

Livestock exporter Wellard Rural Exports and Italy-based ship-owning arm, Siba Ships, will invest $US250 million ($A270 million) on two, new, state of the art, livestock carriers.

Arafura Pearls announce record profit

Managed investment scheme player Arafura Pearls Holdings Ltd has reported a record net profit after tax of $10.05 million, despite a 50 per cent reduction in MIS sales for the 2008 financial year.

WA engineers in running for desal plant

The Water Corporation today began evaluating the tenders of two consortia bidding to win the job of designing, building and operating Western Australia's second desalination plant in Binningup.