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Resources hit back

A SIGNIFICANT number of large mining and oil and gas developments are under way in and around Geraldton as the sector emerges from the shadow of the failed $2 billion Kingstream iron and steel project.

Property Upturn On

LONG overlooked by local investors, the seaside town of Geraldton is attracting the attention of investors around Australia.

Cockatoo Island mining continues

IT seems an unusual concept – find iron ore under the Indian Ocean, build a dam to hold out the sea and dig out the minerals.

Kleenheat grows eastern States market

WESFARMERS entity Kleenheat Gas has signed an agreement with GasNet to design, procure, build, commission and operate a Liquefied Natural Gas truck loading facility in Melbourne.

Farm hall of famers inducted

THERE are now 32 inductees in the Royal Agricultural Society’ of Western Australia’s Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Sights set on defence dollars

Almost $8 billion worth of defence spending is coming up in the next 10 years and WA appears ideally positioned to secure a large portion of that, as Noel Dyson reports.

Local defence players target export markets

ONE of the Western Australian Government’s major aims is to see local industries involved in the defence sector export their expertise.

Rationalisation concerns loom

A PROPOSAL to consolidate the number of defence contractors from four to one or two could pose major concerns for the subcontractors that service the industry.

Lawyers question bills

LAWYERS working in debt recovery are concerned about the implications of part of a package of seven bills aimed at making sweeping changes to Western Australia’s lower courts.

Contenders line up to replace Brown

WITH Clive Brown announcing his intention to retire from politics at the next election, and assuming that Labor is returned to office, one question looms large – who will replace him as State Development Minister?

Local Court fees jump up 17%

THE move to raise court fees in the Local Court by an average 17 per cent from the beginning of February has started some mutterings within the legal community.

Avon to float off energy arm

AVON Resources is to spinoff its energy arm Avon Energy into a new body to be called Liquefied Natural Gas.

Export providing funding fillip

EXPORTING exhibits that it creates for its own use is providing a handy funding fillip for Scitech.

Builders fall through IR cracks

THE recent attempts mounted by two construction businesses to sue the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has happened because those businesses fell through the cracks in Western Australia’s

Hot work at HiSmelt

WORKERS at Rio Tinto’s HiSmelt project at Kwinana have been ordered by the Australian Industrial Relations Commissions to stop the practice of walking off site when the temperature reaches 37.5° celsi

Tree cropper plans to list

TWO years after buying into Australian Stock Exchange-listed plantation timber player Australian Plantation Timber, Integrated Tree Cropping has decided to take the ASX route.

Shave aims to build village

THIS year’s Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave, to be held on March 12 and 13, is going for more than just a world record.

Farmers fight pipe land grab

AT least 13 landowners are preparing to launch legal action in the Supreme Court of Western Australia to challenge the State Government’s decision to take a 100-metre wide corridor along the Dampier t

Mixed results for WA’s leaders

IT has been positive news for most of Western Australia’s top 20 publicly listed companies that have lodged their half-yearly reports.

Port plan to avoid queues

FREMANTLE port’s two main stevedoring firms will switch to a complete booking system from March 1 in an attempt to remove the problems that led to last November’s blockade by truck drivers.

C3 burns treatment gains European acceptance

C3 has announced that its CellSpray and CellSpray XP spray-on skin products have been accepted for use in The Netherlands and Denmark, in one case in an application the company had not previously considered.

BEC review raises more questions

SMALL Business Minister Bob Kucera has branded a recent review into the operation of Western Australia’s 37 Business Enterprise Centres as "disappointing".

Surprise Metabolism creditor emerges chasing $751,400

A SURPRISE creditor of failed Metabolism Health Limited has emerged seeking $751,400, about 10 times the amount owed to identified unsecured creditors of the company, which had one of the shortest rec

CPA looks ahead

THE Western Australian division of CPA Australia has adopted a youth policy with the appointment of 31-year-old Ian Watt as its new State chief.

Farmers ready for land power battle

A GROUP of farmers is preparing for the final stage of a 17-year battle with Western Power over compensation for land the utility has taken to carry high voltage power lines.

Rowe bows out on top

AFTER almost 26 years representing Western Australian business Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Lyndon Rowe is leaving to become the State’s economic regulator.

Audit concerns raised over WA companies

AN Australian Securities and Investments Commission accounting surveillance project shows 47 Western Australian listed companies have issues regarding whether they can continue as a going concern.

Ballet offers behind scenes view

WEST Australian Ballet has taken an entrepreneurial approach to fostering its relationships with its sponsors by taking them behind the scenes.

Signs point to Singapore

THE company that put businesses such as Bunnings, Action and BankWest in the public eye is negotiating to enter the Singapore market.

Crage extends his HI bid

HIRE Intelligence managing director Tom Crage has extended the takeover offer from his private company Hamwrex Nominees until February 11.

Rottnest wind power plan stalled

A WIND turbine project planned for Rottnest Island has been put on the backburner.

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BOOKKEEPING looks set to boom once the GST comes in.