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.

WestStar buys local business

Precast concrete business WestStar Industrial has acquired a recently formed Perth concreting business in an all-scrip deal worth about $2.2 million.

Georgiou wins $40m NSW contract

Perth-based contractor Georgiou has added to its portfolio of east coast construction work, winning work on the Pacific Hwy upgrade in northern NSW.

Rule change to boost renewables

Renewable energy company WestGen has moved close to proceeding with WA’s second new solar farm this year, after appointing key contractors for its $75 million Byford project.

BGC wins more east coast work

Osborne Park-based BGC Contracting has been chosen to deliver the main civil construction work on part of a $4.4 billion highway upgrade project in NSW.

Veris leaves Otoc behind

Listed company Veris, which has built a national surveying and town planning operation over recent years, has discontinued its foundation business, mine camp contractor Otoc Australia, after carving-out Otoc's communications arm into a new entity.

Peet gets nod for Swan Valley land

Land developer Peet is planning to establish a joint venture with Perron Group after being named by the state government as its preferred developer for the Brabham housing project near the Swan Valley.

Veris buys east coast surveying business

Diversified company Veris has further expanded its national surveying division through the acquisition of Canberra-based LANDdata Surveys for up to $4.8 million in cash.

Siemens buys Perth business

Global business Siemens is expanding its footprint in the rail infrastructure sector with the acquisition of Perth-headquartered MRX Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

GR Engineering flags lower earnings

Shares in GR Engineering Services took a hit this morning after the company lowered its revenue and earnings outlook for FY17 after expected income from some projects were deferred until next year.