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Abalone, Huon deals boost WA aquaculture

ASX-listed Huon Aquaculture has been granted a license to operate an aquaculture farm off Geraldton, while Fremantle-based Ocean Grown Abalone has awarded a $2.7 million contract to build a processing facility in Augusta.

Midway invests in WA biomass

Victorian forestry company Midway has announced plans to invest up to $8 million in two Western Australian biomass companies.

CipherTel wins telco grants

Bunbury-based CipherTel has won the latest round of state government grants to deliver high-speed broadband to areas not adequately covered by the National Broadband Network.

Regional restaurants beat Perth in Food Guide

Regional restaurants have received the top accolades in Western Australia, as the national Good Food Guide released its 2019 edition.

Bannister Downs opens $20m facility

Sue and Mat Daubney’s Bannister Downs Dairy officially opened its $20 million-plus robotic milking operation and tourism centre at the weekend, with the pair cutting a special ribbon with major investor Gina Rinehart.

WA wineries taste more success

Western Australian wineries have continued their recent run of success, with Howard Park’s Janice McDonald crowned the Gourmet Traveller winemaker of the year and Frankland Estate's Judi Cullam claiming the Len Evans award last night.

Haunold driven by quest for quality

People, not produce, provide the biggest challenge for Wills Domain and its owner, former 40under40 award winner Darren Haunold.

Wesfarmers startup picks CEO

Wesfarmers’ new technology agribusiness, Decipher, has appointed its first chief executive, after recruiting Anthony Walker from international geospatial services company AAM.

Transport, agriculture lead death count

With higher fines, longer prison sentences and possibly industrial manslaughter laws coming to WA, Business News has analysed trends in workplace fatalities.

Judge surprised by Wilson's lack of knowledge

The Supreme Court has dismissed a defamation claim brought by former Quintis managing director Frank Wilson, after the trial judge said he was surprised by Mr Wilson's asserted lack of knowledge of the sandalwood producer’s contracts.

Curtin Uni appoints new chancellor

CBH Group's former chief executive Andrew Crane has been appointed chancellor of Curtin University.

WOA signs Wheatbelt agreement

Newly-listed Wide Open Agriculture has signed a management agreement with a Netherlands-based investor and a group of Western Australian farmers in relation to a $4.3 million property in the Wheatbelt.

Lock to join CBH Board

Former chief executive of Craig Mostyn Group David Lock has been appointed independent director of the CBH Group board, replacing current member David Willis.

Mercer to acquire Santanol

Canada-based forest products company Mercer International has confirmed it will acquire privately owned Indian sandalwood producer Santanol for an unspecified sum.

Grants to further grains research growth

A trio of young female researchers is at the forefront of efforts to improve WA’s grains industry.

Capilano gets $190m takeover

Kerry Stokes looks set to accept a takeover offer for one of his agribusiness investments after private equity groups launched a friendly takeover bid for Australia's biggest honey producer, ASX-listed Capilano Honey.

Bonanza grain harvest anticipated

Farmers could be set for a near record grain harvest of 15.5 million tonnes this season in Western Australia, according to the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia.

Targets are fine, just not on your back

Sustainable growth based on realistic projections and outcomes can help business avoid the pitfalls some in the timber and wine sectors have experienced.

State awards $2.3m broadband grants

Geraldton-based LogicIT has been awarded $1 million worth of state government grants to provide broadband coverage to farmers in the Mid West region.

Wellard names interim executive as Troncone, Braithwaite depart

Livestock exporter Wellard has appointed current chairman John Klepec as interim executive chairman, after executive director of operations Fred Troncone resigned.

Forrest pledges $100m for oceans research

Minderoo Foundation has today announced a $100 million research initiative designed to study and protect global marine life and its chairman Andrew Forrest has used the occasion to attack the federal government’s new marine parks plan.

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