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Gregson appointed new FESA chief

Western Australian Police assistant commissioner Wayne Gregson has been appointed as chief executive of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority for the next 12 months.

Rain to deliver fourth biggest winter crop

Consistent rain, especially in arid Western Australia, has buoyed hopes of a bumper winter crop for 2011/12, the federal government's commodity forecaster says.

Westpoint's Rundle receives suspended sentence

Former Westpoint chief financial officer Graeme Rundle has received a suspended 18-month jail sentence after being found guilty of making false or misleading statements with intent to obtain a financi

Peel Mining reports increase in gold reserves

Peel Mining has reported a 48 per cent increase in the resource estimate for its Apollo Hill gold project near Leonora.

Iluka elevated to S&P/ASX50

S&P Indices has completed its quarterly shakeup of its stockmarket indices, with Perth-based mineral sands miner Iluka Resources being elevated into Australia’s top 50 companies.

Apache gets approval for two new gas fields

International oil and gas giant Apache Corp says it has received federal government approval to develop two new natural gas fields off the Western Australian coast.

Growth set to continue in mining services

The mining services industry is going from strength to strength, with earnings per share growth averaging 15.7 per cent, according to analysis of the August 2011 reporting season by UBS.

Macmahon wins final road maintenance deal

The state government has announced Macmahon Contractors as the winner of a $187 million contract to maintain the road network in the Pilbara.

Broad to build new airport terminal

Westralia Airports Corporation has appointed Broad Construction to build the new $120 million domestic terminal at Perth Airport.

Perth company fined for false pay records

Perth company Professional Gyprock Solutions and its sole director, Lin Qiao, has been fined $19,000 for breaches of the Fair Work Act relating to false, misleading and inadequate records of payment.

Forrests donate $1.3m to Murdoch

Murdoch University’s Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases has received a record personal donation; a $1.3 million gift from Fortescue Metals group chairman Andrew Forrest and his wife Nico

Greg Wall to take helm at Capricorn

Former Home Building Society managing director Greg Wall is moving back into a management role after being named as the new chief executive at motoring industry cooperative Capricorn Society.

Fenner Dunlop in $20m Kwinana expansion

Conveyer belt manufacturer Fenner Dunlop has announced a $20 million expansion of its Kwinana plant.

Hancock pours $60m into MinRes

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has spent more than $60 million exercising options to increase its stake in Mineral Resources to 8.26 per cent.

Longmore appointed to regional advisory board

Shire of Roebourne chief executive Collene Longmore is the sole Western Australian representative to be appointed to the federal government's new Ministerial Advisory Council on Regional Australia.

Newcrest confirms chopper crash

Newcrest Mining and Indonesia’s Aneka Tambang have suspended operations at their Gosowong joint venture after the death of nine people, including two Australians, in a helicopter accident.

Firestone gets right to develop Waterberg

Perth-based coal explorer Firestone Energy has announced it has received mining rights approval from the South African government for its joint venture development, the Waterberg Coal project.

Corporate boxes now in nib Stadium plans

The state government has tipped in an extra $7 million to include corporate facilities in the first stage of redevelopment at nib Stadium.

Local firms’ record highs

THE strength of Western Australia’s commodities sector has again been underlined, with WA-listed company values hitting all-time highs, according to new research from Deloitte.

Pindan launches transportable hire division

Building and construction group Pindan has announced the launch of a joint venture hire business for its Formas range of modular accommodation.

Deloitte salutes fastest growing WA firms

Bathurst Resources, Fortescue Metals Group and Atlas Iron were recognised as some of Western Australia’s most successful listed companies at an awards ceremony in Kalgoorlie last night.

Bonaparte LNG venture begins drilling

The Bonaparte LNG joint venture has begun drilling at its Petrel-7 appraisal well in the Timor Sea, as it moves toward a possible go-agead for development of the offshore gas field.

van 't Riet ousted as Coretrack CEO

Coretrack chief executive Nanne van ‘t Riet has been told his services are “no longer required” and he will relinquish control of the drilling technology company immediately.

Territory restructures in wake of Noble offer

Territory Resources managing director Andy Haslam says he will step down as part of a major restructure following the $133 million on-market takeover bid by Hong Kong investment house Noble Group.

Desal plant to be doubled

Premier Colin Barnett has announced a $450 million plan to double the capacity of its desalination plant near Binningup, as it attempts to secure future water needs for communities stretching from the

WA company values at record highs: Deloitte

The strength of Western Australia's commodities sector has again been underlined, with WA-listed company values hitting all-time highs, new research from Deloitte says.

Union says apprentice numbers a cause for action

One of Western Australia’s largest unions says a significant decline in the number of people taking up apprenticeships in the state is a clear signal for urgent government intervention.

Begley, Vassallo among top Entrepreneurs

Matrix Composites and Engineering chief Aaron Begley and Vassallo Corporation boss Rory Vassallo were among the eight regional winners at Ernst & Young's Western Australian Entrepreneur of the Yea

Brierty nominated for $100m Main Roads deal

Civil and mining contractor Brierty has been nominated as the preferred proponent for a $100 million Main Roads maintenance project in a joint venture with AECOM Australia.

APPEA announces Byers as new CEO

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association has appointed former Committee for Economic Development of Australia boss David Byers as its new chief executive.

Harvey Fresh wins Coles milk deal

Harvey Fresh has announced it will take on the contract to supply Coles with private label milk for its Western Australian supermarkets.



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.