Report suggests one council for Perth

Western Australia’s peak business body has backed a new report that has called for a drastic reduction in the number of local councils in the metropolitan area, saying it provides clear evidence that

Perth-based director jailed for stealing $230,000

A Western Australian company director has been sentenced to jail for two years with a non-parole period of 12 months, for stealing $230,000 in 2005.

Rinehart fights ASIC to keep finances private

Gina Rinehart's private company made a net profit of $225 million in the 2009 financial year, and she is trying very hard to stop the public finding out how much profit she has made since then.

State drops Varanus prosecution

Mines minister Norman Moore said today he is “extraordinarily frustrated” after the state government withdrew its prosecution against US petroleum company Apache and its joint venture partners over th

Labor stirs privatisation pot

Labor has accused the state government of secretly privatising Water Corporation services, after raising questions about a contracting deal that was announced by Transfield Services three months ago.

Visa changes to lure more permanent workers

The federal government has created a fast-track pathway to make it simpler for employer-sponsored workers to gain permanent visas.

Waste plan eyes more recycling

The Barnett government has lifted the lid on its long-awaited waste strategy, pledging to improve recycling and regulation but has held off on increasing the landfill levy.

Barnett says WA should have two energy utilities

Premier Colin Barnett has stated that Western Australia should have two energy utilities rather than four, raising the ire of shadow minister Bill Johnston who believes investment in the sector is bei

Cape Riche desalination plant given approval

The Environmental Protection Agency has given conditional approval to the Cape Riche desalination plant, proposed by Grange Resources.

FMG gets nod for Cloudbreak expansion

The state’s environmental umpire has given its conditional approval to Fortescue Metals Group’s plans to expand its Cloudbreak iron ore mine in the Pilbara.

Riggers fined $32,500 over lack of safety

The owners of a rigging and construction business have been fined a total of $32,500 for failing to provide workers with a fall injury prevention system on a construction site.

New office to drive energy policy

The state’s two major business groups appear to be divided over the merits of a new Public Utilities Office, with CCI welcoming its establishment but the Chamber of Minerals & Energy saying the ag

Readhead leaves Mt Gibson board

Mount Gibson Iron chairman Geoff Hill has secured final control of the iron ore miner's board, after the last of his critics, Craig Readhead, resigned today.

Paynes Find critics are confused: chairman

The heated battle for control of explorer Paynes Find Gold has resulted in the election of one out of three candidates who stood at Friday’s specially-requisitioned meeting of shareholders.

CME hails certainty for resource project rates

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy has welcomed new state government policy for the rating of land for resources projects, saying the move delivers fairness and certainty for local governments and ind

Mt Gibson finds an old ‘new’ independent director

The controversy over director independence at Mount Gibson Iron has taken another surprise twist, with a majority of the board resolving that one of its existing members should be reclassified as inde

Emeco, Fleetwood, AHG…who’s next?

Automotive Holdings Group has become the third Perth-based company to record a large protest vote by shareholders against its remuneration report, potentially leading to a board spill next year.

Fitzpatrick ready to stir the waste pot

THE new chair of the state’s Waste Authority is looking to shake up the sector, starting with a new waste strategy with measurable goals and vowing to challenge the government over how it uses the lan