Staff Reporters

Wages survey confirms CCI warnings

Western Australia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released a new survey that has confirmed its warnings that wages growth in the state is unsustainable and out of control.

Garrett dishes out $97m schools funding

West Australian schools have received $8 million out of a total of $97.7 million in Commonwealth funding announced by federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett today.

Troy opens Casposo, pays dividend

Troy Resources shareholders have celebrated the official opening of its Casposo gold and silver mine in Argentina, after the Perth-based miner announced a 4 cents per share interim dividend.

Extract finds more uranium at Husab

Extract Resources has released an updated resource estimate for its Husab project in Namibia, which shows it is the fourth largest uranium deposit in the world.

Thiess wins $222m NSW coal deal

Leighton Holdings subsidiary Thiess has won a $222 million contract to continue mining operations at Peabody Energy's Wilpinjong coal mine in New South Wales.

VDM finalises new-look board

Construction and engineering contractor VDM Group has announced Michael Fry and Richard Mickle have been appointed to its board as non-executive directors.

Wage rise a damaging blow: CCI

The state's peak employer body says Western Australian businesses will either shed jobs or cut back hours to cope with today's 3.4 per cent national minimum wage increase.

Allens Arthur Robinson grows Perth team

International law firm Allens Arthur Robinson has signalled its intention to take advantage of Western Australia's continued economic growth, appointing two new partners to its Perth office.

NRW, Bathurst elevated to ASX200

Perth-based companies NRW Holdings and Bathurst Resources have been elevated to the S&P Australian Stock Exchange top 200 index as part of ratings agency Standard and Poor's quarterly re-weighting of key indices.

Downer JV wins road maintenance deal

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has announced a joint venture featuring contracting group Downer EDI has won its third significant road maintenance deal, this time a $152 million contract in the Kimberley.

Bansemer to chair science council

Science and Innovation Minister John Day has announced Alan Bansemer as the successor to Charles Morgan as chair of the Technology and Industry Advisory Council.

Alcoa signs up Transfield for Pinjarra

Alcoa has announced Transfield Services as the preferred tenderer for a $66 million maintenance contract at its Pinjarra alumina refinery.

Sudden CEO switch at AusGroup

John Sheridan has made a quick exit from AusGroup, with the engineering contractor announcing today he would be replaced by former boss Stuart Kenny as chief executive after just three years.

Vector completes gold tenements buy

Vector Resources has announced it has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of highly prospective gold tenements near Leonora.

Stonehenge enters Korea trading JV

Stonehenge Minerals has announced an agreement with one of Korea's largest steel companies to establish a joint venture trading company.

New AECOM office is a 5-star NABERS

The Perth office of technical services consultancy AECOM, located in the General Post Office building in the CBD, has been ranked as one of the nation's most energy efficient workplaces.

Aquila to spend $1.25bn at Eagle Downs

Tony Poli's Aquila Resources has resumed trading on the Australian Securities Exchange after releasing a study that put a $1.25 billion price tag on its Eagle Downs coking coal project in Queensland.

Deloitte adds to Perth office expansion

Deloitte Australia has appointed six new partners to its Perth office, taking its total expansion by July 1 to 11 new partners, an increase of almost 37 per cent on the previous year.

MBA seeks answers on carbon tax

The Master Builders Association says it cannot support the introduction of a carbon tax from July 1 unless cost impacts and uncertainties relating to building are properly addressed and compensated for.

Skywest launches new SW services

Skywest has announced twice-weekly flights between Perth, Busselton and Albany will commence on July 8.

10 projects approved for heritage grants

The City of Perth has allocated nearly a quarter of a million dollars in heritage grants for ten inner-city buildings.

Compass hotels hit market

Receivers and managers at Taylor Woodings have appointed Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels and CB Richard Ellis as joint agents for the sale of the Compass Hotel Group's 12 metropolitan hotels.

Papillon adds Middlemas as chairman

Mali-focused gold explorer Papillon Resources has added resources industry stalwart Ian Middlemas to its board of directors as company chairman, while at the same time announcing a $4.75 million capital raising.

National merger for Blakiston & Crabb

Perth-based resources specialist law practice Blakiston & Crabb has announced it will merge with national law firm Gilbert + Tobin.

$140m gas storage plan approved

Natural gas infrastructure developer APA Group says it will spend up to $140 million over the next two years building a gas storage facility near Dongara, one of two new state government initiatives designed to boost the state's energy security.

Modena secures $25m for exploration

West Perth-based gas explorer Modena Resources has announced a new $25 million finance facility to fund exploration of its natural gas assets in south Texas.

Charges laid over City of Stirling rorts

A former employee of a City of Stirling contractor has been charged with three counts of corruption and one of giving false testimony by the Corruption and Crime Commission.

Swan, Barnett clash again over royalties

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says the government decided to lift royalty rates fully aware it could lose in GST revenue, while Treasurer Wayne Swan has conceded he knew of Mr Barnett's plan as early as last year.

WorkSafe launches construction checks

Western Australia's workplace safety regulator is launching an inspection program to see if the construction industry is complying with requirements for consultation on safety management.

City moves carbon offset plan to stage 2

The City of Perth is planting 85,000 trees in rural Western Australia as part of its ongoing initiatives to offset carbon emissions in the inner-city.

Perth to host short course swim champs

The state government has announced next year's Australian short course swimming championships will be held in Perth.



Nalder stripped of finance portfolio

Dean Nalder has been stripped of his finance portfolio as part of a cabinet reshuffle after conflict of interest controversies.

Wenco wins Beenyup recycling contract

O'Connor-based engineering services company Wenco has been awarded a structural, mechanical and piping contract by the KEP Recharge Alliance for the Beenyup advanced water recycling plant in Craigie.

CEO Survey Results - the year ahead

More than 60 CEOs from WA provided Business News with detailed views on the year past, the next 12 months, their vision for the state, and what they expect from political leaders.

Pacific Energy MD resigns

Pacific Energy managing director Adam Boyd has announced plans to leave the role at the end of March next year, after more than eight years at the company.

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Gillard clings to power

Julia Gillard will remain Prime Minister after securing the support of two of the three rural Independent MPs to form government.

First farmer loses crop to GM

A WA oat and wheat grower has become the first farmer to lose his organic certification after his crop was contaminated by a neighbour's genetically modified canola crop.

Labor to oppose retail trading change

The push for extended retail trading hours in Perth is doomed to fail after the Labor opposition decided to oppose the move, joining the Nationals who also oppose change.

Kleenmaid appoints administrators

Around 150 employees of national kitchen and laundry appliance retailer Kleenmaid Group face an uncertain future as administrators are appointed to the company after the global financial crisis hits sales and margins.