Shannon McKenzie

Tourism the brightest jewel in the Kimberley

THE natural wonders of the Kimberley are the focus of a tourism industry that is fast becoming the driving force of the State’s far north.

Acting late on privacy change

DESPITE a long-running awareness campaign, many businesses are still not prepared for the Privacy Act amendments that will become law tomorrow.

Figures point to bright start to 2002

WITH Christmas sales up by 2 per cent on last year, WA retailers are hoping the festive cheer is an indication of

Recognising region’s long-term appeal

HOUSING prices in some South West property markets are growing by up to 18 per cent a year as towns in the region start to appeal as more than just holiday destinations.


THE concept of a central work location is starting to become outdated, with new technologies providing Internet-savvy employees with the opportunity to ‘web-work’ from alternative locations.

Council denies marketing plan

CITY retailers have been unsuccessful in their push to take control of the promotion of the city as a shopping destination, but have been somewhat sated by an alternative proposal by the City of Perth.

Property Overview

It has been a year of mixed fortunes in the Perth property market, with inner city residential developments a real high point and low interest rates driving housing demand.Commercial

Computer chain floats a good idea

PERTH-BASED computer rental chain Hire Intelligence’s planned float on the Australian Stock Exchange has aroused the interest of several big players.

Multi-agents bracing for major change

MEMBERS of the financial services industry are concerned about the effect of new cross-endorsement regulations on the sector when they are introduced as part of the Financial Services Reform Act.

Partnership makes $8 million purchase

FINBAR International Ltd will continue its ongoing partnership with Wembley Lakes Estates with the $8 million purchase of the Freemasons Grand Lodge site at 78 Terrace Road.

The barrels just keep rolling out

THE Western Australian wine industry is going from strength to strength with three cellar door facilities, worth a total of almost $5 million, either having opened within the past week or opening within days.

Mixed fortunes for developers

TWO multi-million dollar apartment developments were this week given the green light by the City of Perth, although a $20 million proposal to build a hotel and 140 apartments above Hoyts Cinema City was sent back to the drawing board.

Port Kennedy decision nears

THE State Government is close to accepting a bid from Pac Asia Holdings to take over the development rights to the stalled Port Kennedy tourism resort project.

Travel aversion bites

DUTY free stores have lost up to 50 per cent of their business as a result of the global aversion to travel following September’s terrorist attacks in the US.

City retail icon to close

PERTH retailing icon Sportslane will wind up its business early next year after selling women’s fashion for more than 50 years.

Workplace evolution an office revolution

EVOLVING management structures and rapidly changing technologies are forcing workplace environments to become more flexible to ensure they maintain their relevance.

Heritage theme for redevelopment

THE rich history of the Westralia Square site will become a feature of the $300 million campus-style office development.

Departmental review of auction action in train

VENDOR, dummy or shill bidding at auctions has been put under the microscope as the Department of Consumer Protection and Employment examines the Auction Sales Act.

Lofty living in the inner city

A PERTH property consortium has unveiled another inner city living project, a $60 million apartment complex at the eastern end of St Georges Terrace.

Making a career of shopping

JONES Lang LaSalle marketing manager Cathy Turner is the latest addition to the ranks of nominees for the Business News 40 Under 40 program.

Opportunity not to waste

WA-BASED Hillcrest Resources could be the next company to step into the field of waste-to-energy, following its commitment last week of $US50,000 for an option to secure the exclusive rights to use Pyromex PLC technology

Everyone benefits from transparency

CONSUMERS will benefit from increased transparency and protection when the Financial Services Reform Act is introduced on March 11 next year.

Boom tipped for industrial land

DEMAND for heavy and special industrial areas will strengthen next year as the State’s resource sector picks up and new value-adding industries emerge in the agricultural sector.

Filling in the cracks at Wallpaper World

THE restoration of Wallpaper World, one of Northbridge’s landmark buildings, is expected to provide impetus for the rejuvenation of Newcastle Street.

Early sales encouraging for Pindan Group

PINDAN Property Group has sold more than a third of the first stage of its $12 million Leeuwin Resort project in Margaret River.

Forging common ground

AN alliance has emerged between conservation groups and developers over the need to develop a form of environmental levy.

Designers in tune with local conditions

THE region from the Goldfields to Esperance may soon become known for more than precious metals and beautiful beaches.

Homes fighting to fit in

DESIGN will be a key issue in the success or failure of the State Government’s proposal to build public housing in the western suburbs.

Back to the drawing board

THE University of WA and the Water Corporation will head back into mediation talks despite an initial failure to resolve their long-running dispute over university land in Shenton Park.

Better managing medical practices

TWO WA-based technology providers have linked their resources and developed a system with the potential to revolutionise management of the medical world.

Planned Welshpool recycling option not to be wasted

WESTERN Australian firm Waste Stream Management is planning a $2.5 million inert waste depot in Welshpool that will provide a viable recycling option for construction companies.


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Locals weigh port bid

WESTERN Australia’s first private port proposal has yet to win the full support of Kwinana industries and businesses, despite the massive economic benefits predicted by proponents, James Point Pty Ltd.

Harris Scarfe eyes Aherns

HARRIS Scarfe would be more than willing to step in to fill the gap if retail giant David Jones pulls out of Rockingham City Shopping Centre.

New environment for political power plays

BUSINESS is clamouring to rub shoulders with the newcomers in the seat of WA’s political power, with the minority parties attracting an unprecedented level of attention.

Tower start for west end

CONSTRUCTION on a multi-million dollar office and retail development planned to revitalise the western end of Wellington Street is expected to start within weeks.