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Woodside seeks delay to Browse

Woodside Petroleum denies it is having doubts about building a gas processing plant in Western Australia's north, following a delay on a decision on the $30 billion liquefied natural gas project in th

Indonesia to slash Australian live cattle imports

Indonesia will slash live cattle exports from Australia by nearly half in 2012, and will move to phase out all cattle imports from Australia within three or four years.

GR Engineering bosses sell $32m in company shares

GR Engineering's founding shareholders and key executives have sold $32.4 million worth of shares in the company, reducing their collective stake from 79.3 per cent to 67.3 per cent.

Quickflix adds another studio to growing stable

Perth-based online video rental firm Quickflix has entered a licensing agreement with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for its movie streaming service.

Kangaroo signs contractor for Mamahak

Perth-based coal miner Kangaroo Resources has signed a 5-year, $US270 million mining services contract with contractor PT Putra Perkasa Abadi for its Mamahak coal project in Indonesia.

Norman Moore opts to stay; London posting off the agenda

Mining Minister Norman Moore has turned down the opportunity to become WA's next Agent-General in London, a likely disruption to Premier Colin Barnett's plans to bring new blood into the cabinet well

Alchemy names Aamodt to lead new board

Gold explorer Alchemy Resources has elected a new board of directors headed by former Independence Group director Oscar Aamodt, after the previous board resigned en masse on Friday.

Hertel Modern in $90m Gorgon win

Malaga’s Hertel Modern has won a three-year, $90 million contract to provide paint, insulation and fireproofing  services on Chevron’s Gorgon liquefied natural gas development.

Pinctada pulls out of Rottnest bid

Marylyn Paspaley’s Pinctada Hotels and Resorts has pulled out of its bid to develop a luxury hotel at Longreach Bay, a day after new data revealed a slump in visitors at the holiday destination.

GR wins Westgold contract

Westgold Resources has appointed GR Engineering to carry out a processing and surface infrastructure study for its Central Murchison gold project.

Quickstep launches $10m raising plan

Quickstep Holdings has announced a $10.3 million capital raising to fund the construction of its new headquarters and manufacturing facilities in New South Wales and support its involvement in the Joi

Transperth launches bus efficiency trial

Transperth has signed on with transport systems technology specialist Vix Technology, formerly ERG, to carry out a trial aimed at improving Perth’s public transport network.

Satterley chosen for Eglinton

The state government has announced Satterley Group as its preferred partner to develop around 3,000 new homes in the northern half of the new suburb of Eglinton.

Minemakers lines up $15m equity fund

Perth-based minerals explorer Minemakers says it has secured a $15 million equity facility with New York-based Haverstock Fund.

Moore breaks ground at MMG's Golden Grove expansion

MMG has broken first ground at its new $22 million copper open pit at its Golden Grove operations, in the Mid West.

Santos keen to retain Timor Sea gas fields

Santos says it plans to hold on to its Barossa and Caldita gas fields in the Timor Sea, saying they provide a long-term option to feed the established Darwin LNG plant.

Monadelphous wins $140m in new work

Engineering firm Monadelphous Group has announced new contracts in Australia and Papua New Guinea with a combined value of $140 million.

Malone wins Entrepreneur of the Year

iiNet founder Michael Malone has become the second Western Australian businessman in as many years to be named Ernst & Young's Australian Entrepreneur of the Year.

Barnett signs new Japan agreement

The state government has signed a new agreement with the international wing of the Japan Finance Corporation, in an effort to foster business links with the country.

Matrix wins $61m in new deals

Matrix Composites & Engineering has announced $61 million in new contracts, taking its order book through February 2013 to $105 million.

Mobilarm secures Dutch Navy contract

Marine safety equipment provider Mobilarm has secured its first production order for its Crewsafe V200 emergency beacon from the Dutch Navy.

MACA wins $65m services deal

Mining contractor MACA has announced a $65 million contract with Kimberley Diamonds Company at the Ellendale project, 120 kilometres east of Derby.

$70m raising for Silver Lake

Silver Lake Resources says it has received strong support for a $70 million share placement to fund the development of its Murchison gold project and ramp up its copper exploration activities at the m

BHP plans $1.4bn power, mine projects

BHP Billiton has added a new power station and a new iron ore mine costing a combined US$1.42 billion to its suite of expansion projects in the Pilbara.

Criddle to step down as Decmil chair

Construction and contracting firm Decmil Group has announced Denis Criddle will retire as chairman, to be succeeded by non-executive director Giles Everist.

Warburton resigns from Barminco

Underground mining contractor Barminco is looking for a new chief executive, after Neil Warburton resigned from the company.

GCU may list early next year

Goldfields Credit Union may proceed with its plan to demutualise and list on the Australian Securities Exchange early in 2012, more than a year after its original target listing date.

Lend Lease Waterbank win fills the books: Day

Planning Minister John Day believes the state government's planned major inner city developments are achievable but admits that its role as the driver of the Waterfront, Riverside and CityLink will li

pSivida plunges on FDA knock-back

Stocks in Perth-based biotech pSivida have halved in value after the United States Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its treatment for back-of-the-eye problems associated with diabetes.

Perth broker charged with fraud

Former Hogan and Partners stockbroker Jonathan Kur has been charged with fraud after an 18-month investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Perth Rigging wins national award

Perth Rigging Company has taken home one of the top prizes at the Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards for 2011.



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.See more responses he

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.