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Housing starts slump 19.9% in WA

New housing starts in Western Australia were down 19.9 per cent for the September quarter.

Austereo keeps dominating radio ratings

Austereo continues to dominate the radio ratings in Perth, but top rating station Mix 94.5 has lost some of its market share in the final Nielsen poll for 2010.

Buswell back, Porter takes on treasury

Premier Colin Barnett has returned Troy Buswell to the front bench and Christian Porter will take on the role of Treasurer in a major front bench reshuffle announced today.

US company wins CBH freight contract

CBH Group has awarded its long-term grain rail contract to US transportation group Watco Companies, replacing QR National subsidiary Australian Railroad Group.

Qantas takeover of Network Aviation

After months of speculation Qantas has confirmed it has taken over regional airline Network Aviation to move into the fly-in-fly-out air charter market in a deal believed to be valued at more than $30 million.

Rinehart to join Ten board next week

The Ten Network has announced Gina Rinehart, along with James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch will take up their seats on the television station's board next week.

Woodside signs US$1.1b syndicated loan

Woodside Petroleum has executed a five-year US$1.1 billion syndicated loan to refinance existing debt.

WA's unemployment rate falls to 4.5%

Western Australia's unemployment rate has fallen to a seasonally adjusted 4.5 per cent in November compared with an unrevised 4.7 per cent in October.

Professor advocates CBD toll

Retiring University of Western Australia transport Professor John Taplin has advocated the introduction of a congestion tax in the CBD as one way to reduce traffic problems and make public transport more attractive.

Neptune chairman forecasts major changes

The chairman of Neptune Marine has promised wholesale changes at the company after the engineering contractor recorded an operating loss of $6 million in the September quarter.

Perth house prices fall further

Perth house prices have continued their downward slide falling 1.8 per cent in October according to the latest RP Data-Rismark Hedonic Home Value Index.

Coote changes name to Engenco

Shareholders of Coote Industrial have approved the company changing its name to Engenco.

Vmoto falls on forecast loss

Shares in scooter manufacturer Vmoto have dived 20 per cent today after the company announced on Friday it expected to record a $2.24 million loss for the first half of the 2011 financial year.

Skywest falls on profit downgrade

Shares in Skywest Airlines have plunged more than 10 per cent today after the company's executive chairman announced the airline has halved its 2011 half-year profit outlook to $2.9 million.

WA new home sales rise slightly in Oct

New homes sales improved slightly in October, led by an increase in sales of detached houses, a survey shows.

Frank Timis to chair African Petroleum

The National Stock Exchange has approved the appointment of controversial businessman Frank Timis as non executive chairman of African Petroleum Corporation, but subject to unusual rules relating to the company's disclosure and governance.

AE&E calls in administrators

Several weeks after being dumped from the Sino Iron project in the Pilbara, Austrian contractor AE&E has been placed in administration leaving hundreds of workers at the Worsley Alumina project with an uncertain future.

Push to delay James Price report: Greens

The Wilderness Society is calling on the Commonwealth government to further delay the release of a key report on the proposed gas hub at James Price Point.

Faragher resigns from Cabinet

Environment Minister Donna Faragher has resigned from cabinet ahead of the birth of her first baby, increasing speculation about the imminent return of disgraced former Treasurer Troy Buswell to the front bench.

Moore hits back over Margaret River mine

Mines minister Norman Moore has attacked South West Greens MLC Lyn MacLaren accusing her of whipping up hysteria over the issue of a proposed coal mine in Margaret River.

Scientific study on Montara released

Two scientific studies into the impact of the Montara oil spill have been released and have found no oil reached Australia's mainland or the Indonesia coast.

Committee questions Oakajee benefits

A Labor-dominated parliamentary committee has questioned whether the state government's contribution to the Oakajee port project was the best value for money for taxpayers.

Resource states lead average earnings

Western Australians take home the second highest average annual wage in Australia at $71,706, beaten only by the residents of Canberra, according to new data.

Familiar names in winners’ circle

BUSINESSES from Carnarvon and Karratha have scooped the pool at this year’s GWN Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards.Karratha hire car company McLaren Hire, owned by Sean and Lisa C

Progess on Guildford Hotel redevelopment

The owners of the Guildford Hotel, which was gutted by fire more than two years ago, have appointed heritage and architect consultants to advise on the redevelopment of the pub.

Perth wins bid for 2016 LNG conference

Perth has been chosen to host a major Liquefied Natural Gas conference in April 2016, which is expected to inject up to $50 million into the state's economy.

Shell gets environmental OK for Prelude

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has given environmental approval for Shell's Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas Project in the Browse Basin with strict conditions.

Yara lodges legal action against Burrup

The dispute between Burrup Holdings managing director Pankaj Oswal and the company's 35 per cent shareholder Yara Australia has escalated after Burrup blocked an independent audit of its financial accounts.

Barnett accused of misleading parliament

The state opposition has accused Premier Colin Barnett of misleading parliament by not releasing hundreds of documents relating to contact with Queensland mining magnate Clive Palmer.

Opposition opposes Serco contract

The state opposition says it will do whatever it can to reverse a decision to award the contract for non-clinical services at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital to UK-based Serco.

Western Woodlands strategy released

Environment Minister Donna Faragher has released an integrated conservation strategy for the Greater Western Woodlands in the state's south east, saying the area will be protected but benefits from mining, pastoralism, tourism, and forestry will continue


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WA businesses online but not tweeting

Western Australian businesses are the most likely in the country to have a website but many WA small businesses are choosing not to use social media, according to two new surveys.

Professor advocates CBD toll

Retiring University of Western Australia transport Professor John Taplin has advocated the introduction of a congestion tax in the CBD as one way to reduce traffic problems and make public transport more attractive.

House prices fall in WA in July

WA house prices fell one per cent in July according to the latest RP Data-Riskmark Hedonic Home value index, continuing WA's weak performance compared to other states.

Perth City Council considers light rail

Councillors at the City of Perth want further investigations carried out on a light rail concept linking Curtin University, the QE2 Medical Centre and UWA.