Mitchell Crowe-Hardy

Many Rivers plans WA expansion

A NATIONAL microfinance group has announced plans to expand its presence in Western Australia following the receipt of a $300,000 grant from the state government.

Carboni goes top shelf with intimate Fuku

Brett Carboni has Nobu in his sights with the appointment of a new head chef and the opening of a fine-dining restaurant in Mosman Park.

Perth stares at big shortfall in housing

PERTH faces a much bigger housing shortage as rapid population growth continues to outstrip the construction of new homes, according to a new report on Australia’s cities.

Hedland arts get a bigger picture

THE Hedland Arts Council is poised to undergo a dramatic three-year expansion with a new studio, increased funding and assistance from Country Arts WA and BHP Billiton.

PC Locs snares big Qantas deal

THE growing use of iPads by airlines for passengers has created a growth market for Malaga-based company PC Locs, which has just won its largest contract with Qantas.

Cloisters Arcade gets $85m office upgrade

THE Perth Diocesan Trustees has added an $85 million office and retail development to its CBD projects pipeline.

Crib Lane homes in on easy, affordable fare

What started as a conversation between friends has resulted in Crib Lane, a new affordable and casual tapas-style eatery in the city.

Grow Zone builds business bridges

A MENTORING program designed to produce better outcomes for rural-based businesses will be launched later this month following a three-year pilot program.

Members keen on The Gardens

PROPERTY developer Ascot Capital and the Western Australian Cricket Association have started marketing the first stage of a major residential project at the WACA ground.

UWA wins innovator of the year

A University of Western Australia research team has been awarded this year’s WA Innovator of the Year award, for its development of a gene technology that greatly improves the quality of life of peopl

$100k makes Impact for Manna

ONE of Western Australia's newest charity groups, Impact100 WA, has announced the recipient of its first annual $100,000 grant.

Blackburne’s $110m plans

BLACKBURNE Property Group is ramping up its development activity with $110 million worth of projects in its pipeline.

$130m towers for Murray St site

A BIG Murray Street site previously earmarked for Luke Saraceni’s stalled $300 million office development is subject to fresh plans for a $130 million double-tower office and residential project.

Salitage sells off suites

Pemberton-based Salitage Winery is selling its luxury chalets located at the vineyard on Vasse Highway.  

Funding for homeless up in the air

A STATE and federal program to fund the housing and care of home­less people in Western Australia runs out in June next year and its future remains unresolved.

Report calls for 12 metro councils

A review of local government in metropolitan Perth has called for a reduction in the number of councils from 30 to 12 and the introduction of compulsory voting in local council elections.

Scitech’s indigenous school win

SCITECH’S Aboriginal Education Program has received international recognition for its work to increase school attendance by Aboriginal children in remote communities.

WALGA’s stars align in West Leederville

THE WA Local Government Association's new headquarters currently under construc­tion is one of the first developments in West Leederville ahead of an expected rezoning of the eastern end of the suburb

Beating the credit impasse

A REPORT released by accounting firm Grant Thornton has found that a customer’s relationship and track record with their bank is key to securing funding in the current risk-averse environment.

Beazley harnessing science talent

THE state’s chief scientist, Lynn Beazley, was awarded the second annual ‘Governors Award for Giving’ last week at a ceremony at Government House ballroom to mark the official launch of the Corporate

Syndicate takes punt on strong CBD market

A CONSORTIUM of private investors has kicked off construction of a Perth CBD office building without pre-committed tenants, punting on the continuing strength of the market.

Culture shift driving Westcare

PROMINENT disability employer Westcare has undergone a drastic 18-month overhaul of its plant and equipment and its management team, resulting in a $950,00 increase in company profits and a $5 million

First timers lead revival in local property market

Western Australian property industry bodies say the fourth consecutive month of building approval growth and a burgeoning first homebuyer market are promising signs for the future of the local sector.

Push to free up sand, limestone supplies

The state and federal governments have joined forces to make it easier for raw building materials suppliers south of Perth to access their product, which is increasing costs for developers in the area

Sales, investment boost Port Coogee

Development of Australand’s $2 billion Port Coogee development has been reinvigorated by increased sales, $40 million of infrastructure investment and two commercial buildings on the waterfront.

Wine family Burch gets language right

A well-known WA wine-making family has rebranded its main company to better market its wine labels. Mitch Crowe-Hardy reports.

Bigger Fogarty targets Asia wine growth

FOGARTY Wine Group has embarked on a significant expansion into Asia’s wine markets with its acquisition of the largest wine-processing facility in Margaret River.

$20m sought for care-stay house

AFTER 22 years of housing country families of seriously ill children being treated in Perth, Ronald McDonald House will move from its Subiaco premises to the site of the new children’s hospital in Ned

Developer Peet sells Yanchep land for $28m

LISTED property developer Peet has sold a $28 million parcel of land next to its recently promoted Yanchep Golf Estate development to the Department of Housing, in what appears to be part of an announ

Supercomputers power radio telescope projects

AS Western Australia moves a step closer to the construction of its part of the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, the supercomputers behind the scenes are set to provide flow-on benefits to comm

Pipeline issues muddy waters at Baldivis

THE pending final approval of the East Rockingham wastewater plant pipelines and a 2015 completion date for the ocean outlet marks the end point of a much-delayed approvals process for about 5,000 hou


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First land release at Elizabeth Quay

The state government is seeking developers to deliver a 400-room riverfront hotel and residential tower on the first land made available at Elizabeth Quay (see video fly-through).

Perth Airport to raise US$300m for expansion

A US$300 million private placement has been offered by Perth Airport to US investors to help fund part of its $750 million airport expansion, a necessary extension the airport needs to cope with growi

New Alkimos coastal development launched

Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob launched the first stage of the Alkimos Beach development, the largest development in the north-west corridor in 50 years.

Wooldridges turns the last page

Schools supplier Campion Education has agreed to purchase the stock of one-time market leader Wooldridges, bringing to an end any hopes of reviving the Wooldridges business and delivering a return to