Noel Dyson

Business, charities find third way

With the demand for community services increasing and the amount of money flowing into the sector not growing at the same rate, businesses and charities are coming together to find a third way of satisfying those needs. Noel Dyson reports.

All even in court gas battle

AN epic court battle over a gas sales contract amendment that dates back to 1996 has concluded with neither side able to claim a decisive victory.

Romberg out of BGC plan

FOUNDER of failed building company Renowned, Rob Romberg, has missed out on the general manager’s position at BGC’s Perception Homes.

FAL considering fuel scheme

SPECULATION is mounting that FAL is putting together a plan to counteract the petrol-retail plans of its rivals Coles and Woolworths.

Loans provide new fundraising option

A NEW fundraising vehicle is giving charities access to home loan commissions totalling $100 million a month.

JWH taking over Renowned homes

NEWLY formed JWH Group will complete work on the 30 or so homes under construction by Renowned Homes, which was placed into voluntary administration earlier this month.

Power price gap concern

WHILE the major political parties bicker over whether Western Power should be fully broken up or only its network and regional operations separated out, the price differential between Western Australi

Local weed drug goes into trials

A MINER turned biotechnical player making an anti-cancer drug from a declared weed is three months away from getting the first results from clinical trials relating to its cancer drug.

Small cap waits on Anaconda windfall

A SMALL telecommunications player that has been suspended from trade on the Australian Stock Exchange for more than a year is on the verge of receiving a $19 million payout from nickel producer Anaconda.

Hardware groups nail down joint venture operation

INDEPENDENT hardware buying group Cooperative Purchasing Services Limited has entered into a joint venture wholesale operation with Mitre 10 in Western Australia.

Unions agree to keep the peace

AN agreement has been struck between the four major project construction unions, the Western Australian Government and the Australian Council of Trade Unions to limit industrial unrest on the $630 million Burrup Fertilisers project.

Student Styal wins big

IMAGINE creating a business that turned over $18,000 in its first nine weeks with virtually no capital backing and no business experience. Well that is what Styal has done.

Morgan buys big on Nido

NIDO Petroleum executive chairman Charlie Morgan has upped his stake in the petroleum player by 2,828,684 shares in a buying spree that ran from September 16 to October 30.

EBA claim dismissed

A CONSTRUCTION Forestry Mining and Energy Union attempt to force an enterprise bargaining agreement onto a Perth employment hire firm and have it charged with unfair dismissal has failed in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

Mentors making a difference

BUSINESS mentors are providing a helping hand to fledgling small businesses.

DJs finally back in management hands

AFTER months of will they won’t they speculation, the management team at stockbroker DJ Carmichael has successfully completed a management buyout of the 50 per cent stake held by Australian Heritage G

Big blockade costs

THE cost of last week’s truck blockade at Fremantle port, sparked by a dispute between truck drivers and stevedores from Patricks and P&O over truck turnaround times, could be in the millions of dollars.

Missing the sponsorship cut

Golf has retained its popularity among players in Western Australia, however the sport is facing a minor sponsorship crisis. Noel Dyson and Mark Beyer report.

Liddell, Forrest up their stakes

TWO of Western Australia’s better known directors, Keith Liddell and Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, have dramatically boosted their stakes in two companies they are associated with.

Happy in hot water

RETRAVISION stores around the country are stocking a new range of solar hot water systems from Western Australia.

Engineer pares back operations

LISTED Western Australian auto parts company Advanced Engine Components, once linked to failed telco New Tel and its boss Peter Malone, has concluded the sale of two of its non-core assets and is now concentrating on its natural gas technologies.

ATO lining up BankWest share sellers

MUM and dad investors who took advantage of the Halifax Bank of Scotland takeover offer for BankWest shares could face a capital gains tax liability.

Clough moves to rebuilding phase

A NEW focus on projects where Clough can earn a premium for its engineering expertise is the key plank of a five-year plan to turn around the engineering company’s fortunes.

New mail sorter trebles capacity

WESTERN Australia has received 8 per cent of Australia Post’s $100 million national rollout of new large letter sorting equipment.

Changes ring through local insurance scene

A MERGER, an acquisition and a float have made 2003 a year of major change for the Western Australian insurance industry.

Biodiesel tax move offers hope

IT seemed typical.

Safe Effect hits bumpy ground

LISTED automotive parts manufacturer Safe Effect Technologies has hit some bumpy ground in its efforts to take its wet brake technology to the world.

Conference to challenge leaders

SEVERAL Western Australians are among 200 representatives from 40 Commonwealth countries, all earmarked as future leaders, who are meeting at a conference to look at the relationship between industry

Sub contract goes to Adelaide

IN a move that has surprised absolutely no-one, the Federal Government has officially awarded the $3.5 billion, 25-year Collins class submarine refit to the Adelaide-based Australian Submarine Corpora

Jandakot home to sweet maker

TUCKED away in Jandakot is a small listed company that is growing its business of making and supplying confectionery and bakery filling products to customers around Australia and in South East Asia.

Light starting to shine on Orbital

THE light seems to be shining at the end of the tunnel for the Orbital Engine Corporation.


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Bookkeeping industry gets set to boom

BOOKKEEPING looks set to boom once the GST comes in.