Two former BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto engineers from the Wheatbelt officially launched a wave energy prototype in the Swan River today as part of a long-term plan to produce electricity at costs so low it will rival wind energy.
Leading players in Western Australia's disability services sector claim the National Disability Insurance Scheme has set unrealistic cost parameters that could force up to 40 per cent of local providers out of business.
A single worker en route to the Roy Hill mine site has been found to be in possession of cannabis, after police searching for illicit drugs visited a number of remote Pilbara worksites serviced by fly-in, fly-out workers.
A senior Woodside Petroleum executive has urged Perth companies to be less secretive, saying recent deals it struck with local businesses had occurred only after learning of their world-class expertise by chance.
Reigning 40under40 winner Angus Turner has welcomed an investment of almost $4 million into the Lions Eye Institute and pledged to use the funds to implement a new mobile eye healthcare service for use in the state’s most remote regions.
The operator of a waste treatment plant developed in Perth’s western suburbs with support from Monadelphous Group has been told it will no longer run the plant following the disclosure of further delays and warnings of increased costs.
Leaders from more than a dozen businesses in Western Australia have come together with a “great sense of urgency” to address issues of female inequality in the workplace, according to Diane Smith-Gander.
In some of the state’s more remote towns, where electricity can be 700 per cent more expensive to deliver than in Perth, embracing cheaper new technology is only part of the solution to driving down costs.
The opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital has enabled two suburban hospitals within five kilometres of one another to completely change their services, dropping gynaecological and maternity offerings to focus separately on aged care and rehabilitation.
Investment uncertainty in the renewable energy sector hasn’t dampened demand, according to a local clean energy business, which is self-funding major growth plans it says are viable in the current market.
A nearly $50 million national research facility opened in Perth yesterday is set to further define Western Australia’s place in the world as a resources hub, but has its work cut out for it convincing the public of its benefits according to industry leaders.
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.