Politics & the Economy

Patersons launches funds management division

Patersons Securities Limited has announced plans to establish a funds management division, joining other stockbroking firms such as Euroz Securities and Argonaut Securities in making this move.

Culture corner

Loretta Martella - KULCHA Multicultural Arts of WA

Luxury brands buying in to Perth

Their stores occupy some of the most exclusive real estate in the world, but with retail spending at an all-time high in Western Australia, luxury brands such as Versace, Tiffany & Co, Chanel and La Perla are suddenly taking notice of Perth.

Lot release to salve shortfall

The state government's land agency, LandCorp, is planning a 40 per cent increase in the number of housing lots it releases across regional Western Australia in 2007-08 as it seeks to keep up with burgeoning demand in mining-rich regional towns such as Por

The new WA economy

The term ‘new economy’ was a popular buzz phrase during the dot com boom of the late 1990s.

Not for profit: Hands-on role for Spare Parts

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is aiming to boost its international profile as it prepares to host the puppetry equivalent of the Olympic Games next year.

Premium rents for premier positions

Retailers may be enjoying some of the strongest market conditions on record in Western Australia, but their landlords are making sure the good times are shared around.

IR changes planned

The state government has introduced a package of industrial relations reforms that look set to undermine parts of the federal government’s WorkChoices legislation and increase the powers of the WA Industrial Relations Commission.

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.

Gindalbie, Midwest projects at risk

A state government review of iron ore developments in the Mid West has been welcomed by companies with major projects in the region but left a cloud over several potential mines.

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.