Flat year at Fremantle Ports

The volume of freight through Fremantle Ports has remained static for the third year running, raising further questions about when the proposed outer harbour development at Cockburn Sound will be needed.

Clough JV wins marine infrastructure work

An joint venture between engineering group Clough and Dutch company BAM International has won a contract to provide its services to a $100 million marine project in the Northern Territory.

Shorten commits $700m to Perth rail line

Opposition leader Bill Shorten confirmed today that $700 million of federal money will be provided for a train line to Ellenbrook in Perth's north-east if Labor wins the next national election.

Decmil wins $60m of new work with VicRoads

Decmil Group has won more work on a highway extension project in Victoria, with the new package worth about $60 million.

Parkd seeks ASX listing

A modular car park construction company chaired by former Automotive Holdings Group boss Bronte Howson has announced plans to raise $6 million from investors and list on the ASX.

Utilities face financial flux

Across the state’s major government-owned utilities, more money goes in through subsidies than out through dividends, according to the latest batch of annual reports.

Civmec wins work on NT pipeline

Henderson-based Civmec has been awarded contracts for work on the Jemena northern gas pipeline in the Northern Territory, which will employ 160 people at its peak.

Indigenous JVs win $6m in work

Two indigenous business joint ventures have been awarded a combined $5.9 million worth of contracts in the Pilbara.

GCS sells hire business

Global Construction Services has entered into an agreement for the sale of its equipment hire division to Onsite Rental Group for an undisclosed sum.

Tech, new port to shape freight future

New ports, better planning and increased use of technology are in the sights of transport industry leaders preparing the state’s freight network for coming decades, according to a panel of experts at a recent Committee for Economic Development of Australia lunch.

Karratha opposes new Fifo camp

The City of Karratha has strongly opposed Woodside Petroleum’s plans for a 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp, but the final decision rests with Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti, who is playing her cards close to her chest.

MinRes, Zenith add board diversity

Perth companies Mineral Resources and Zenith Energy have added to the diversity of their boards, appointing Chinese businesswoman Xi Xi and local executive Stephanie Unwin to their respective boards.

Brierty falls into administration

Troubled civil construction and mining services business Brierty has been placed in voluntary administration after failing to secure what it considered to be an adequate pipeline of future work.

Buildings cleared of PCH-linked asbestos risk

An inspection on 13 local building projects that sourced materials from the Chinese supplier of roof panels for the Perth Children’s Hospital, which were later found to contain asbestos, has produced no trace of the deadly material.

State govt to review Southern Ports Authority

The state government has ordered a review of the effectiveness of the Southern Ports Authority since its formation in late 2014, after receiving conflicting reports about its success.

Clough suffers big profit hit

Engineering group Clough has suffered from a massive fall in operating profit for the 2017 financial year, as revealed by South Africa-based parent company Murray & Roberts.

Water costs need to rise, sewerage to fall: ERA

A further 4 per cent rise in metropolitan water usage charges will be needed for the 2019 financial year to ensure pricing is cost reflective, according to a draft report by the Economic Regulation Authority.

Upgrades for Perth freeways

Travel time estimates on Perth’s freeways will be displayed on electronic signs in real-time from today, as the state government puts the wheels in motion for about $140 million of freeway upgrades.

Peter Hunt wins Armadale design contract

West Perth firm Peter Hunt Architect has won a $2.2 million contract to design the new Armadale Courthouse and Police Complex.

Civmec wins bridge contract

Henderson company Civmec has won the steel fabrication contract for the Swan River pedestrian bridge at Burswood, with the government hopeful the bridge will be completed in time for the start of next year’s AFL season.

Papalia fires on federal navy program

The state government will be seeking to pile pressure on the Commonwealth to secure more defence industry spending in the west, according to Minister for Defence Issues Paul Papalia, as he hit out at his federal counterpart over a perceived lack of naval shipbuilding cash flowing to local players.