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Swan Taxis launches new app

Swan Taxis has targeted its Perth customers with a new app aimed at making taxi bookings more convenient.

Ausdrill eyed for supply contract

A subsidiary of mining services business Ausdrill has received a contract offer from global miner Peabody Energy to supply equipment to its Australian coal assets.

McClellan to head Leadership WA

Former US Consul General Robin McClellan has been appointed Leadership WA’s new chief executive officer, following Sue van Leeuwen’s retirement after seven years at the helm.

Barnes appointed under-treasurer

Michael Barnes had been appointed the new under-treasurer for Western Australia with immediate effect.

State govt starts legal action against Uber

Legal action is being taken against ride-share company Uber for not having the appropriate licence to operate in Western Australia.

Austal wins $US11m navy deal

Henderson-based Austal has been awarded an $US11 million ($A14.1 million) cost-plus addition to its contract to build a Littoral Combat Ship for the US Navy.

John XXIII seeks new principal

Western Australia’s seventh biggest private school John XXIII College is seeking a new principal after announcing its leader of the past nine years, Anne Fry, has taken a position in Sydney.

Michelle Gordon appointed to High Court

Former Western Australian lawyer Michelle Gordon has been appointed as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia, replacing her husband, Justice Kenneth Hayne, who soon reaches the mandatory age

Kitay to take the reins from Kidd at Crowe Horwath

Mervyn Kitay has been anointed as chief executive in waiting at Crowe Horwath Perth, Western Australia's eight biggest accounting firm, taking over from Geoff Kidd, who has run the partnership for the past 19 years.

PERMAcast wins multi-million dollar Wheatstone contract

Mundijong-based concrete pre-caster PERMAcast has won a multi-million dollar precast package for the inside/outside battery limits concrete and civil works for the Wheatstone project, awarded by Laing O’Rourke.

Caratti appeal dismissed

One of Western Australia's biggest private property landholders, Allen Caratti, has lost a Western Australian Supreme Court appeal to his 2013 conviction for obstructing an environmental inspector.

WA's best on show

Western Australia’s business and political leaders mingled with the next crop of entrepreneurial talent as a crowd of 850 people celebrated the 2015 40under40 Awards at Crown Perth last night.

Just four workers remain at New Standard Energy

West Perth-based oil and gas junior New Standard Energy has announced further cuts to its workforce in response to the falling oil price environment, with just four employees remaining across Australi

Rinehart honoured for second time in Malaysian awards

Mrs Rinehart, the chairman of Hancock Prospecting group and the Roy Hill joint venture, received the honour at the McMillan Woods Global Awards in Kuala Lumpur.President of the organising co

VDM taps investors, strengthens balance sheet

Dongyi Hua-led VDM Group is looking to strengthen its balance sheet by signing a share placement agreement with a private investor to raise $3 million.

WA’s more JR than Alexis

Business dynasties are relatively hard to find in youthful WA.

Western Areas to supply nickel to Chinese producer

Nickel miner Western Areas says it has awarded an offtake agreement to Jinchuan Group, building on a five-year relationship with the Chinese nickel producer.

ZipTel to provide global data sim card

Subiaco-based ZipTel has announced the launch of its latest product which provides overseas travellers with mobile data usage, through partnerships it has made in over 180 countries.

EDA to drill in PNG for Heritage Oil

A subsidiary of mining services group Ausdrill has won its first international contract, which will be to supply drilling services at a tenement in Papua New Guinea held by Heritage Oil for an undisclosed sum.

Homeloans founder Holmes dies at 67

Founding director of ASX-listed mortgage management firm Homeloans, Timothy Holmes, has passed away at the age of 65.

IMX seeks $3 million for Tanzania

IMX Resources will seek to raise $3 million as part of an entitlement offer for the exploration and evaluation at tenements on its Nachingwea property in Tanzania.

Latin in $3m funding deal with Lind

Latin Resources has entered into a $3.12 million funding agreement with US-based Lind Partners Australia to fund the development of its copper projects and its Guadalupito Andaulsite heavy mineral sands project in Peru.

New franchising code welcomed

The Franchising Council of Australia and the Australian National Retailers' Association have welcomed the release of the updated Franchising Code of Conduct by the federal government.

$5m in unclaimed money held by Treasury

About $5.6 million owed to thousands of Western Australians is lying unclaimed in the Department of Treasury’s register of unclaimed money database, Treasurer Mike Nahan says.

Tilbrook joins Woodside board

Woodside Petroleum has appointed former Wesfarmers senior executive Gene Tilbrook to its board as a non-executive independent director.

Skippers to fly direct to Onslow

Skippers Aviation will this month begin providing regular public transport flights between Perth and Onslow, where Chevron operates its $29 billion Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project.

BHP scraps Nickel West sale

BHP Billiton officially confirmed today it has scrapped the sale of its Nickel West business in Western Australia "at this time" after failing to attract a buyer at an acceptable price.

Range signs $US50m MOU

Perth-based oil and gas company Range Resources entered into a memorandum of understanding with investor Core Capital Management for the provision of about $US50 million in cash and shares.

Lucas JV wins Goldfields gas project

Sydney-based AJ Lucas has partnered with French company Spiecapag to win the major contract on APA Group’s $140 million expansion of its Eastern Goldfields gas pipeline.

Todd lifts Rutila shareholding

New Zealand-based Todd Corporation has more than doubled its interest in aspiring Pilbara iron ore miner Rutila Resources to 46 per cent, by electing to convert a $5 million loan into ordinary shares.

‘Solid’ Western Areas performance

Nickel miner Western Areas has had a slight share price uplift on the release of its September quarter results and annual report. Its shares closed today at $4.34, up 2.8 per cent.



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State govt starts legal action against Uber

Legal action is being taken against ride-share company Uber for not having the appropriate licence to operate in Western Australia.

Vale Shane Gherbaz

Former stockbroker and the founding managing director of Euroz, Shane Gherbaz, has passed away after a battle with illness.

Brierty bags $300m contract

Brierty and three Aboriginal contracting firms have won a $300 million contract with Rio Tinto to complete mining and civil works on a project in the Pilbara.

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State govt starts legal action against Uber

Legal action is being taken against ride-share company Uber for not having the appropriate licence to operate in Western Australia.

Rinehart comments an 'insult': Swan

Treasurer Wayne Swan has slammed mining magnate Gina Rinehart for insulting Australian workers after she called for a cut to the minimum wage and accused people of being jealous of the wealthy.

Rayney sad his wife's killer is still free

Acquitted murder suspect Lloyd Rayney has spoken of his sadness that his wife's killer is still at large, rather than the relief he feels at being cleared of killing her himself.

Leighton/Georgiou consortium wins Gateway works

A consortium led by Leighton Contractors and Georgiou Group has been chosen by the state government to deliver its $1 billion-plus Gateway WA project.