Health & Education

Not for profit: Servicing an aged-care niche

What started out as a small gardening service for elderly Bayswater residents has become a 25-year commitment to aged and disability care from Bayswater Extended Community Help Organisation.

Wungong a winner

A MASTER plan to transform the Brookdale area over the next 15 years with sustainable urban development has won two prestigious awards from the Planning Institute of Australia (WA).

Today's Business Headlines

BHP tips Pilbara rail access unchanged by merger plan » Good times keep rolling for Australia's top executives » Most farmers 'care little' for single desk » Orica welcomes merger deal » JBWere talks the talk after exodus.

Australasian to spin-off nickel assets

Perth-based Australasian Resources Ltd will spin-off its former namesake asset - the Sherlock Bay nickel project - into a new company so that it canh focus on its iron ore assets.

Biotech investors hang in

A small group of Perth investors who continue to support the unfashionable biotechnology sector are hoping that patience will prove to be a virtue, just like for the mining investors who stuck to their guns during the tech boom and are now reaping the rew

$11m collaboration to free gas reserves

AN $11 million research collaboration designed to unlock stranded offshore oil and gas reserves through improved subsea pipeline design was launched in Perth last week.

Nano collaboration

A new centre for nanochemistry research linking Curtin University, the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University has been launched, four years after the concept was proposed.

Christopher Stevenson appointed judge of District Court

Former Mallesons Stephen Jaques partner Christopher Stevenson has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of Western Australia, to take up his position on December 3.

IBT to develop pathway provider for Anglia Ruskin University

Churchlands-based education provider IBT Education Ltd will develop a pathway program provider for the Cambridge campus of Anglia Ruskin University in the UK, the company has announced.

Chamber of Minerals, Energy appoints Howard-Smith as CEO

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy has appointed Reg Howard-Smith as chief executive, replacing Tim Shanahan, who now serves as director of the University of Western Australia's Energy and Minerals Initiative.

IBT enters Welsh market

Churchlands-based education provider IBT Education Ltd has signed an agreement with Wales' Swansea University to establish a pathway program provider for students from outside the European Union, the company's third UK venture, it has announced.

Western Areas signs $4m nickel exploration deal with Troy

West Perth-based Western Areas NL and Melbourne-based Troy Resources NL have signed an agreement to explore for nickel at Sandstone in Western Australia, the companies have announced.

Australian of the Year finalists named

The National Australia Day Council has announced the State and Territory finalists for the Australian of the Year Awards 2008, with Western Australia's Mark Bin Bakar, George Jelinek, David Joske and Patricia Lavater among the nominees for the top prize.

State urges employers to take on more apprentices

The State Government has launched an advertising campaign to encourage businesses to take on more apprentices and trainees, after Education Department figures revealed employer numbers were not keeping pace with the growth in numbers of budding tradespeop

CSIRO, Universities launch $11m subsea pipelines project

An $11 million collaboration between universities and the CSIRO to unlock stranded offshore oil and gas reserves through improved subsea pipeline design will be launched today at the University of Western Australia.

Blair wins top science gong

University of Western Australia physics professor and expert in gravitational science, Professor David Blair, has been named as the 2007 Western Australian Scientist of the Year.

The search for satisfaction

Self-employed business owners are generally happier than their salary-earning counterparts, experiencing higher levels of overall life and job satisfaction, according to a new study.

Riesling's good run continues

Semillon sauvignon blanc may be the drop of the moment and chardonnay may be the white wine style that put Margaret River whites on the map, but it is riesling that has dominated the trophy podium at the Qantas Wine Show for the past five years.

Approval for university land project

The University of Western Australia’s long-running battle to develop a 33-hectare parcel of land in Shenton Park looks set to proceed after the Environmental Protection Authority concluded that its proposal was acceptable.

Wesfarmers-PIAF wins top national Business Arts award

Wesfarmers Ltd and the UWA Perth International Arts Festival have won the top prize for a business arts partnership at the national Australia Business Arts Foundation Awards, held in Sydney last night.

UWA's David Blair named WA Scientist of the year

UWA physics professor and gravity expert David Blair was last night named Western Australian Scientist of the year at the Premier's Science Awards.