Politics & the Economy

Burke spotlight on McGinty

It’s not often a really fascinating tip-off falls into a journalist’s lap.

New retail design challenges big box dominance

With hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on the development of new shopping centres in Western Australia, the design of the centre can make or break it.

EPA approval lifts Olympia

Shares in Olympia Resources got a much-needed boost this week after the company received approval from the state’s environmental watchdog for the development of a mineral sands mine at Keysbrook, 70 kilometres south of Perth.

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.

Arts community seeks funds

The head of the Association of Western Australian Art Galleries has labelled the Art Gallery of Western Australia an embarrassment and is hopeful that an incoming director will be able to attract more government funding to help turn the gallery into a wor

Food retailing in Australia – an independent’s success

The Food Industry Association WA Inc.

Developers call for consistency

Retail property owners and developers may be keen to build new shopping centres and expand existing assets amid WA's booming population and prosperity, but they face a number of planning challenges at a state and local level to achieve their goals.

Shortage hits home in state's north-west

The housing shortage in regional Western Australia has become a bigger issue than skill shortages for companies like BHP Billiton, according to one of the mining giant’s senior executives.

Boom's slow leak under way

Did you enjoy the boom?Briefcase hopes so, because the evidence continues to flow in that, after five bumper years, we might actually have to start working for a living.Easy money, the stuff made when

Economic strength spurs growth in retail developments

The growth in Western Australia’s retail property market is fast approaching that of the state’s commercial offices and industrial sectors.

No limits

Geraldton Economic Alliance is hosting the fourth bi-annual Mid West Economic Summit on November 8 at Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton.

Trade opportunities

The Western Australian Trade Enquiry Service is operated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) with the support of the WA Government’s Department of Industry and Resources

AST makes Kimberley connection

Osborne Park-based satellite communications provider Applied Satellite Technology Australia Pty Ltd has won a bid to provide hardware for a new high-speed broadband project in the Kimberley region.

State seeks comment on Millstream-Chichester National Park

The State Government is seeking public comment on the future management of the Millstream-Chichester National Park, in the Pilbara, Environment Minister David Templeman has announced.

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.