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Fringe World a taste of what’s to come

A century-old travelling tent is part of Marcus Canning’s plan to bring a fringe arts festival to Perth.

Solo travellers start to pay off

TRAVEL is a good business to be in, because it’s a product that almost everyone is interested in, according to travel agent and internet entrepreneur Annette Porter.

Mrs. S serves up quirky charm

The newest addition to Mayland’s burgeoning cafe scene has attracted a loyal and passionate following in just a couple of months. Natalie Gerritsen reports.

Government blamed over mill

The Australian Workers Union has placed the blame for Gunns’ closure of its Deanmill sawmilling site squarely on the shoulders of the state government.

CHOGM ties

ANZ, BP, Fortescue Metals Group and Rio Tinto are among the principal sponsors of the business forum to be held in tandem with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in October.

Positives emerging as educators travel the road to recovery

International educators say they can see light at the end of a very long tunnel.

Diversification balances good ship Navitas

UNCERTAINTY in the Australian international education sector hasn’t stopped provider Navitas from delivering a $32.6 million profit after tax for the half-year to December 31, up 18 per cent on the previous year.

UWA heads field as state’s top research university

The Group of Eight universities have dominated the first ever national research ranking results released this week, with the University of Western Australia taking out the title of top WA research university.

Mid-week dining on menu at Clarences

Clarences bar in Mount Lawley is aiming to liven up the mid-week dining scene. Natalie Gerritsen reports.

Beach fare with a Twist(er)

A beachfront location and casual vibe are the standout out features of the newest Clancy’s venture at City Beach. Natalie Gerritsen reports.

Plugging in to the local network

THE rise of Facebook and the fall of MySpace may be regularly reported on in the traditional news media, but several local sites are quietly making their own news by carving out a niche in the social networking race.

Leederville displays independent streak

SEASONED retailers in Leederville believe the area’s appeal lies in the independent streak displayed by the stores and entertainment outlets rather than the chain operators that have come to dominate other high street precincts.

Flood funds flow from local business

COMPANIES across the spectrum of Western Australian business have pledged their support for flood-ravaged communities in the eastern states and the Gascoyne region in WA’s north.

No surprises in regional air shift

WESTERN Australia’s intrastate air services have received a long-awaited shake-up, but Transport Minister Troy Buswell is disappointed more routes couldn’t be opened up to competition.

In it for the music

WA’s concert promoters say the rewards of their business outweigh the risks. Natalie Gerritsen reports.

Career change hits right note

IN the late 1990s, David Chitty stepped off the corporate treadmill to walk a path less travelled.

Sandalford steps it up

WITH a new promoter and a brand new venue, Sandalford Wines is looking forward to growing its summer concert series.

Richmond office buy for local JV

A JOINT venture between two Western Australian companies has bought two office buildings in Richmond, Melbourne, in recent months, paying about $30 million for the two.

They love cognac at XO

Brothers Sam and Rob Franchina have made the move from club to corporate with their new venture at Exchange Plaza. Natalie Gerritsen reports.

Division over tax report findings

THE state’s top business group says a report into state business tax regimes across the country has got it wrong when it comes to Western Australia.

Hart’s in the beauty business

Belinda Hart had an experienced campaigner in her corner when she decided to go into business.

Verve, Macquarie team up for wind farm

VERVE Energy is developing a $150 million wind farm near Geraldton with a private partner.

Shipments halt on lead fears

Lead contamination concerns at two WA ports have dominated the festive season, with two mines ordered to cease all lead shipments until further notice.

Festive season flurry of backdoor listings

WHILE most of the state was taking a breather over the festive season, three Western Australian companies were busy tying up backdoor listing deals that radically change their areas of operation.

Peet settles in Yanchep

THE Peet Yanchep Land syndicate has settled the $62 million purchase of its development site after Peet Limited bought the majority of syndicate shares.

Fifth test all but gone on day four

Australia is facing a humiliating defeat in the fifth Ashes test after collapsing to 7/213 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Frasers to be leaders retreat for CHOGM

The Premier and Prime Minister have put aside their differences to announce the refurbishment of the Frasers complex at Kings Park to provide a retreat for leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

House sales stay slow but WA up slightly

Sales of new homes faltered in November, falling 0.2 per cent amidst fears over rising interest rates, but Western Australia managed to buck the trend.

Mobilarm in US Navy test deal

Marine safety equipment provider Mobilarm has achieved further progress in commercialising its submariner locator beacon, with the United States navy agreeing to purchase $300,000 worth of test units and engineering services.

Young Labor joins rumbles around Ripper

The rumblings around Opposition leader Eric Ripper continue to get louder, with the party's youth division calling for a fresh face to lead Labor.

Satterley joins builders in cheap deals

The Satterley Property Group and 17 of the state's leading builders are set to combine resources in a partnering arrangement to deliver more affordable housing.

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Satterley joins builders in cheap deals

The Satterley Property Group and 17 of the state's leading builders are set to combine resources in a partnering arrangement to deliver more affordable housing.

Young Labor joins rumbles around Ripper

The rumblings around Opposition leader Eric Ripper continue to get louder, with the party's youth division calling for a fresh face to lead Labor.

Navitas welcomes student visa review

Education provider Navitas has welcomed the federal government's announced review of the student visa program, saying it will be a crucial step forward in revitalising the international education industry.

$1bn budget surpluses on the way

Newly-appointed State Treasurer Christian Porter today announced a small downward revision in Western Australia's economic growth rate and a large upward revision in the expected budget surplus, but warned WA that the good times would not last forever.