Susan Bower

Bill a response to ageing population

A BILL introduced into Federal Parliament in the winter session will complement Australia’s suite of anti-discrimination legislation.

Development networks grow

NETWORK organisations offering confidential career and business development, and targeting senior management and advisers, are reporting significant growth in Australia.

Breakfast network’s new chapter

THOSE who are familiar with organised networking groups in WA could readily list names such as Executive Connection, Rotary and Young Entrepreneurs.

WA company to set up its first biodiesel plant in SA

WESTERN Australian company Australian Renewable Fuels will establish Australia’s first large-scale commercial biodiesel operation in South Australia after securing a bus contract with Transport SA.

Serious thinking comes too late

LOCAL financial planners fear women and young people are leaving it too late to consider establishing a financial plan.

Junior explorers not idle after assistance plea

WHILE Australia’s mineral explorers presented a host of recommendations to the Federal Government last month, formally seeking assistance to boost flagging activity, WA’s junior explorers are not sitting on their hands waiting for a response.

Corporate health gets competitive

WA businesses appear well-catered for when it comes to having a choice of corporate health and wellbeing services, and more sectors are showing increased interest in what is on offer.

De Grey shows its metals

ONE of last year’s disappointing floats, De Grey Mining, is rising from the ashes on some interesting exploration results.

More changes at Mustang Group

MUSTANG Group will change identity again this October if an agreement to acquire The Metabolism Centre goes its way.

Land-use wait continues

SIXTEEN councils and 20,000 people in the Central Country Zone still do not know if an Indigenous Land Use Agreement reached with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) will get the go ahead.

Working on a balanced plan

This week Susan Bower looks at what businesses and employees want from health and wellbeing services.

Specialty fitness programs

WORKERS with disabilities face plenty of challenges finding appropriate and satisfying employment, but dreams of finding a fitness program to suit can be even more elusive.

Remote health can be a matter of life and death

HEALTH, fitness and wellness responsibilities can be especially onerous, not to mention expensive, for companies sending employees overseas or to remote locations.

OHS uptake slow in the regions

THE mining services industry and large construction companies operating in WA’s regional areas are often considered the most focused of all employers on workplace safety.

Farrell bows out as GESB chief

WA’S largest home-based superannuation fund, the Government Employees’ Superannuation Board, now has its new chief executive officer at the helm.

Midwest issue

MIDWEST Corporation has opened its rights issue almost four months after putting its plan to long-suffering Kingstream Steel shareholders.

Not all beer and skittles

VICTOR Coopman has been in Australia less than four months but has already worked in Wagin, Esperance and Three Springs, and is now in Pannawonica.

State’s south proves popular with business

WA is well served by 123 business migration agents, with more than one quarter of Australia’s business migration coming to the State. And the State’s southern half seems the most popular destination, with both the South West Development Commission...

Trade thwarted by visa uncertainty

THE cautious attitude of Australian immigration authorities is thwarting potentially large trade and business immigration markets from China, according to agents and organisations.

Overseas doctors fill local vacancies

WA’S medical system is crucially dependent on overseas sponsored doctors.

WA education sponsors overseas staff

UNIVERSITIES worldwide compete for research dollars and recognition to remain viable, and WA’s universities are no exception, advertising internationally to fill academic and executive positions with the best possible talent.

Mind games added to fitness push

Susan Bower finds that best-practice corporate health has shifted towards a broader ‘wellness’ approach.

Funds facing change

Industry funds, established to cater for workers within particular sectors, are facing some changes, as Susan Bower reports.

Navigator seeks second float

A NEW-LOOK Navigator Resources IPO officially opened last week with the same people – chairman Barry Bolitho, managing director Tom Sanders and non-executive director Ian Macpherson – at the helm, but an East Kimberley project portfolio somewhat...

Individual choices

Susan Bower looks at the attractions of self managed funds and master trusts.

WA planners have the answers

ON population proportions, WA financial planners have again come out tops in the Personal Investor Masterclass exams.

Healthy partnership

ST John of God Healthcare Murdoch is hoping to lower its annual $12,000 kitchen waste disposal bill by processing its food waste in an industrial-sized prototype worm farm supplied by Murdoch Universi

Voyager fires up home hearth

LOCAL junior oil producer Voyager Energy is considering forays into gas and possibly renewable energy after cashing in on a Queensland asset sale.

Workplace focus on wellbeing

Corporate health management has gone well beyond the 1970s version of an annual check-up for those at the top. This week Susan Bower looks at why.

Millions may walk when courses close

WESTERN Australia has most likely lost the opportunity to train 200 podiatrists for Malaysia, according to two podiatry groups.

Westscheme trust ties in with Murdoch

INVESTORS in one of the State’s largest superannuation funds will be offered the chance to commercialise some promising Western Australian research projects.


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Asia eyes the credibility gap

WOODSIDE Petroleum may have slipped through Royal Dutch-Shell’s fingertips but arguably it had already lost one of the key reasons for its takeover bid — shutting out a rival technology from Asia.

Freight company takes lateral view

A PERTH-based international freight company servicing the mining industry is touting for extra business from humanitarian aid agencies and developing nations.

Fast food a long haul for Asian café

PERTH’S weather, childhood experiences and tragedy make an unlikely threesome, but they have combined to bring the city its most successful restaurant franchise story in 10 years.

Location, management the keys

ONE of the State’s major lenders believes a combination of location and management is the secret to the success of any franchise venture.