A new lobby group associated with influential players in the power industry has warned the state government it risks a voter backlash at the 2017 poll if proposed changes to the sector trigger higher prices to households.
Some of Western Australia’s lowest income residents may soon be able to access solar panels and other energy efficient devices following the announcement of a $250 million national package aimed at improving existing and helping build greener community housing.
Local vendors of The Big Issue showed prominent Perth business leaders and politicians what it’s like to sell the street magazine today as part of a campaign to increase awareness of the everyday challenges facing the homeless and disadvantaged.
Neometals shares have closed more than 9 per cent higher on news its Mt Marion joint venture partner Jiangxi Ganfeng has exercised its option to acquire an additional 18 per cent in the lithium project for $US27 million.
As Western Australia and the rest of the world prepare for a hotter, drier climate in the years and decades ahead, Murdoch University researchers are working to determine which areas of the state may be at a greater risk of bushfires.
A faltering economy and an increase in the number of people leaving the state compared with arrivals has failed to halt growth in enrolments at both local Catholic and other private schools, and public schools.
Economist and climate change adviser Ross Garnaut has called on the Barnett government to write down the value of coal-fired power stations and other ageing assets, warning that keeping them online threatened its ability to reduce power prices.
In an exclusive Business News survey, leaders of some of WA’s top charities reveal they are more optimistic than last year, despite increasing competition for funds, challenging economic times and charity fatigue.
Western Australians donating household items for people affected by the bushfires in the South West have been so generous that St Vincent de Paul Society WA has been inundated with goods exceeding its capacity to deliver them.
Stephen Pollard reckons there aren’t many industries where uniforms come in size 5XL, but the chief executive of contracting and materials company All Earth Group, who spends his days surrounded by big equipment and a workforce of big blokes, is on a mission to prove less is more.
The resource sector’s safety record has been brought into doubt after a contractor was crushed while working at a liquefied natural gas plant and hospitalised, but the incident was not recorded as a lost-time injury.
Engineer, entrepreneur and restaurateur Michael O’Hanlon has declared he will run for the position of Perth lord mayor at the October election, based on an ambitious three-point economic plan for the city.
Synergy chairman Lyndon Rowe has mapped out a detailed agenda for energy market reform, saying there would be catastrophic consequences if the government did not tackle market players with vested interests.