Nicholas Brant

Grants helping innovators to reach the next level

GOVERNMENT grant schemes are providing a significant boost for product innovators, from early-stage research businesses to established companies.

Kailis reopens Trigg cafe

THE Trigg Island Cafe near Scarborough has reopened under a new name, and is due to undergo a major refurbishment next year costing up to $3.5 million, after new owner Victor Kailis struck an innov

Three WA-based family businesses in Hall of Fame

Australia's oldest family-run business Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group along with MG Kailis Group and footwear retailer Betts Group have been made the inaugural inductees into Family Business Australi

ABT garbage truck brake program gets nod

Osborne Park-based company Advanced Braking Technology has given the green light to commercially launch its patented SIBS garbage truck brake technology.

Browse gets EPA green light

The Environmental Protection Authority has approved the proposed $30 billion liquefied natural gas hub at James Price Point, imposing 29 strict conditions on the proposal.

Resources hit by global uncertainty: CME

Western Australia continues to grow off the back of the resources sector but the state's economy is being hampered by faltering commodity production and a possible slowdown in Chinese growth, accor

Aboriginal dance takes next step

FLEDGLING arts group WA Aboriginal Dance Company has launched plans to establish itself as a permanent business and will do so under the new name Ochre Contemporary Dance Company.

Seeber centre design takes out top awards

THE refurbished Hilton Community Centre near Fremantle took out the architecture industry's top award at a ceremony last week.

Bernard Seeber takes home top industry award

The refurbished Hilton Community Centre near Fremantle took out the architecture industry's top award at a ceremony last week.

Lifeline makes the call on growth

THE Western Australian branch of suicide prevention organisation Lifeline will take its fight to the internet with the development of a chat crisis service to support members of the community.

Government bungles fees and tenders: report

THE state's auditor general has found that a clerical error by the Department of Commerce has meant plumbers across the state have collectively been overcharged almost $1 million, while weaknesses

DORIC gets $90m prison break

THE state government awarded more than $116 million in construction and architecture contracts to local companies last month, with DORIC and Esslemont Cockram among the big winners.

$20m for Kalgoorlie's school of mines

The state government has committed $20 million in Royalties for Regions funding to support the redevelopment of student accommodation at Agricola College in Kalgoorlie.

Watpac expands Nullagine contract

Brisbane-based contractor Watpac has secured a $35 million addition to its existing $289 million mining services contract with BC Iron at its Nullagine iron ore joint venture in the Pilbara.

$14m for Gero, Mandurah projects

The cities of Greater Geraldton and Mandurah will use multimillion dollar grants from the federal government to back local infrastructure projects, as part of the plan to support housing developmen

Kalparrin review points the way forward

NEARLY 18 months ago, local not-for-profit organisation Kalparrin was facing the prospect of closing its doors due to a sudden lack of funding.

Software providers help with hard yakka

MAJOR and emerging resources players may dominate the conversation around the state's mining boom, but many lesser-known yet highly innovative mining services companies are also reaping the rewards

Sales soar for simulation specialist Immersive

PERTH company Immersive Technologies, which specialises in developing mine equipment simulators for the global market, has continued to enjoy strong growth, with sales up more than 50 per cent duri

Doubts over process for Serco hospital contracts

THE head of a parliamentary committee investigating the decision to award Serco Australia the contract for non-clinical services at Fiona Stanley Hospital has questioned the selection process used

$300m investment for Karratha algae project

THE owners of an algae production facility in Karratha have announced plans to invest nearly $300 million to expand its Pilbara operation.†

Business foundations built for innovators

NOT-for-profit business advisory group Business Foundations has been selected to run the Innovation Centre WA, which is designed to assist the commercial potential of small to medium enterprises.†

Dura Composites expands east

Perth-based manufacturer Dura Composites Australasia has branched interstate, by purchasing Melbourne business Composite Engineering.

Hotel developers eye state incentives

PLANS for hotel developments in Busselton and Albany could hinge on the application of state government incentives, announced last year to assist hotel investment in Western Australia.

Three miners to raise $34m

Mid-cap exploration companies Rey Resources, Deep Yellow and Arafura Resources have announced capital raisings worth a collective $34 million to fund works at their respective projects.

Access Analytic proves crowd favourite

Business analytics consultancy Access Analytic Solutions has won the inaugural People's Choice Award as part of this year's Rising Stars Awards.

Bristow invests in Karratha

Bristow Helicopters Australia has started work on the construction of a $7 million helicopter hangar and heliport at Karratha Airport.

Albany hotel plan steps up

The owner of Albany's All Seasons Hotel, Roger Foster, who is leading a private consortium that has been selected by the state government as the preferred proponent to advance a four-star hotel in