Politics & the Economy

Proposal to triple Port Hedland capacity

The State Government is evaluating the establishment of a new outer harbour at Port Hedland to accomodate the Pilbara's surging export volumes, marking a major shift from its plan to develop a new iron ore port at Ronsard Island.

Harold Clough steps down

Harold Clough has stepped down from the engineering company founded by his father.

Empired pays $1.7m for Quadrant Group

Two weeks after listing on the Australian Securities Exchange, Empired Ltd has acquired fellow Western Australian IT services company Quadrant Group for more than $1.7 million in cash plus 300,000 share options.

Super Pit expansion gets environmental approval

The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended approval for a major expansion of Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Pty Ltd's Super Pit mining operation.

ERM Power set to build 330MW power station

Private Brisbane company ERM Power is expected to proceed shortly with a new gas-fired power station at Neerabup, just north of Perth, after gaining environmental approval.

Round 2: Rating their interest in View from the Arch

This week, as Prime Minister John Howard incurred the wrath of dog-walkers and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd was ticked off by angry choristers, the economy remained the number one issue as the consumer price index was released.

Precious Metals wins environmental approval for Windimurra

West Perth-based Precious Metals Australia Ltd has secured the principal environmental approvals necessary to reconstruct and commence operation of the Windimurra vanadium mine, the company has announced.

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.

Gindalbie, Midwest projects at risk

Gindalbie Metals Ltd and Midwest Corporation Ltd could be the losers from a state government review of the Mid West, which has endorsed the big iron ore projects planned for the region but put a question mark over several others.

Sundance attracts Wedlock, Stewart home at Grange

The recently-retired managing director of iron ore hopeful Grange Resources Ltd, Geoff Wedlock, has been appointed to the board of Sundance Resources Ltd as a non-executive director, the company has announced.

Cygnet Capital named 54th fastest in BRW survey

Perth-based financial services provider Cygnet Capital has been named the 54th fastest growing company in the annual BRW Fast 100, the company has announced.

Desert sculptures donated to WA

A major artwork which gained international recognition after being installed on a white, salt surface in the Goldfields has been gifted to the people of Western Australia by British sculptor Antony Gormley.

Today's newspaper headlines

Gindalbie and Sundance tipped to drop share swap merger; BHP might switch hundreds of more jobs to Perth; ConsMin on trail of mystery investor; pre-election rate-rise imminent; Chaney calls for teachers pay rise.

McWilliam's Wines to acquire Evans & Tate

NSW-based McWilliam's Wines Pty Ltd has emerged as the successful bidder for collapsed Margaret River winery Evans & Tate following a seven week tender process sparking interest from operators including Foster's Group Ltd and De Bortoli Wines Pty Ltd.

State releases Mid West iron ore sustainability strategy

A State Government strategy for sustainable development in the Mid West has committed to the creation of Class A nature reserves over the Helena-Aurora Range, Die Hardy Range and Mt Manning Range.

Daylight Saving starts again this weekend

Western Australians are being asked to put their clocks forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday, with the second period of daylight saving will commence this weekend.

Criterion, London Court share in Heritage Council grants

London Court and the Criterion Hotel will be among the 32 places to share in this year's Heritage Council grants program, allocating $1 million, Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts has announced.

State opens 16 wireless hotspot sites in Kimberley for $6m

The State Government has launched the Kimberley Broadband Solutions Project, providing 16 wireless hotspot sites and three fixed satellite and portable mobile satellite communication systems, to key locations within the Kimberley region.

Business investment driving demand

Western Australia’s economic growth remains strong, with key measures of economic activity remaining well above historical trends and outstripping national growth.

Synergy the bright spark in energy

Electricity retailer Synergy has emerged as the only one of the four disaggregated electricity corporations to exceed budget forecasts, reporting earnings before interest and tax of $64.9 million for the 2006-07 financial year.

Resources investment driving future growth

WA has certainly become the ‘state of excitement’, as a result of its remarkable growth record in recent years.