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New market for WA wheat

Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman says the state’s grain industry has received a significant boost with a new consignment of wheat exports to Saudi Arabia.

McKinnon joins Programmed board

Maintenance services and staffing group Programmed has appointed former Austal Ships and Fleetwood Corporation managing director Robert McKinnon as a non-executive director.

NRW wins $99m Wheatstone contract

NRW Holdings has been awarded a $99 million contract for the construction of access roads for Chevron’s Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project.

Car sales not reflecting economic strength: MTA

New car sales in Western Australia were down nearly 3 per cent in October compared to the same month last year, taking the year-on-year fall in sales to 7.6 per cent.

Supreme Court to anchor new tower

The Supreme Court of Western Australia has been promised shiny new digs, in the yet-to-be constructed office tower of the St George’s Cathedral precinct redevelopment.

Wah Nam confirms Brockman talks

Hong Kong-based investment house Wah Nam Holdings has confirmed it is in discussions with Brockman Resources regarding a “potential transaction and co-operation”.

Gindalbie iron ore project schedule slips

Gindalbie Metals' timeline for its flagship Karara iron ore project in Western Australia has slipped but the $2.57 billion development cost remains the same.

Arccon to buy out construction division

Allmine Group subsidiary Arccon has entered an agreement to acquire the remaining 50 per cent stake in Construction Industries Australia that it does not already own in an all-scrip offer worth $3 mil

Jeff Dowling joins Atlas Iron

Former Ernst & Young managing partner Jeff Dowling has joined the Atlas Iron board as an independent non-executive director.

SKM ponders new structures

COULD one of the state’s biggest professional services firms be on the cusp of breaking new corporate ground?

First land released under Ord expansion

The state government has released more than 15,000 hectares of agricultural land near Kununurra, in the first stage of the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project.

Ertech wins $50m Gorgon deal

Civil contracting group Ertech has won a $50 million general services contract with Chevron for works at its Gorgon liquefied natural gas project on Barrow Island.

Minrex to trade on ASX from Friday

Perth-based minerals explorer Minrex Resources has been admitted to the official list of the Australian Securities Exchange. The company said it shares would begin trading at 2:00PM EDST on Friday.

Grylls commits $65m to Karratha town centre

The state government has committed $65 million to complete the first two stages of a new city centre in Karratha.

Monadelphous to join S&P/ASX100

Engineering contractor Monadelphous Group will become the eighth Western Australian company included in Standard & Poor’s ASX 100 index when trade resumes on Monday.

Shipping milestone for BC Iron

On a day its chief executive was making headlines battling politicians over the minerals resources tax in Canberra, BC Iron achieved a milestone of its own.

Nolan, Coleman and Willinge join Business School board

The University of Western Australia has appointed Department of Finance director general Anne Nolan, Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman and Alverstoke Group founder John Willinge to its Business S

Developers sought for Karratha bulky goods

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls has launched a nation-wide expressions of interest program, seeking a development partner to deliver a bulky goods complex in Karratha.

Power plant boost for SKA bid

The state government has announced a $15.5 million plan to provide power for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio astronomy project in the Mid-West.

Ipernica restructures as Griffith resigns

Ipernica founder Graham Griffiths has resigned as the company switches its focus to the growth of mapping services company nearmap.com.

Allmine subsidiary wins $50m contract

Allmine Group subsidiary Construction Industries Australia has won a $50 million service contract with MCC Mining.

Kiewit JV wins $247m FMG work

A joint venture led by US-owned construction contractor Kiewit Australia, which is a new player in the local mining sector, has won a $247 million contract from Fortescue Metals Group for works on the

Mystery shrouds Brockman's Marillana

The fate of Brockman Resources’ Marillana iron ore development in the Pilbara is up in the air, after major shareholder Wah Nam International commissioned a review of the Perth-based junior’s operatio

Danger for MinMetals' Anvil bid

Anvil Mining shares slipped today after the company said its $C1.3 billion ($1.2 billion) takeover offer from MinMetals Resources may be in danger of falling over.

Quickflix signs up Hollywood

Online movie rental firm Quickflix has announced deals with leading Hollywood movie studios that will underpin its digital streaming subscription service.

Super Pit could rank in world's top ten gold mines

Only one of the world's top ten gold mines will surpass the production levels achieved in 2010, opening the door for Kalgoorlie-Boulder's Super Pit to make its way up the rankings, new research says.

Coles to buy more WA milk

The Western Australian Farmers Federation says Coles' announcement that it will source more milk from WA is a positive step for the supermarket giant to repair its relationship with the state's dairy

Matrix falls after cutting guidance

Matrix Composites and Engineering shares have tumbled after the engineering company slashed its earnings guidance for financial year 2012.

Alacer commits $25m to South Kalgoorlie

Alacer Gold says it will spend $25 million on the construction of a new mill, the recommencement of open pit operations at three pits, and ongoing feasibility studies as part of the first stage of exp

Fairstar changes tack on funding

Fairstar Resources is pursuing a $300 million debt funding deal for its Steeple Hill iron ore development, after previously seeking a joint venture with equity investors.

Bannerman cools on Hanlong deal

Bannerman Resources has advised would-be Chinese suitor Sichuan Hanlong Group that it will pursue discussions with other parties regarding development of its uranium project in Namibia, after Hanlong

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Nalder stripped of finance portfolio

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Wenco wins Beenyup recycling contract

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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.