Special Reports

Growth through diversity

MORE than 25 different species are farmed in aquaculture enterprises in WA, according to the WA Fishing Industry Council.

China leads tourism prospects

THERE is one country that will stand apart from all others in the international tourism market over the coming decade.

Meeting market change

The Australian economy is constantly changing, with new industries emerging to replace the old. Mark Beyer looks at the forces driving change and identifies sectors with high growth prospects.

Projects wait for green light

FEDERAL Government pressures and proposed new access laws could bring a multi-billion dollar boost to WA’s renewable energy industry.

Household changes expected

A RAPID growth in the number of one and two-person households will be one of the defining trends of the next decade, according to the WA Planning Commission.

Outsourcing personal services

CONSIDER It Done Personal Concierge Service – the name of this Subiaco business says it all.

Tree farms grow from environmental roots

OPPORTUNITY through adversity could well be the catchcry of WA’s tree farming industry.

Demand drives aquaculture

THE next serve of snapper you buy may never have been in the ocean. Instead it may have been born and bred at the Aquaculture Development Unit (ADU) at Challenger TAFE.

Age firmly on agenda

THE ageing of Australia’s population has been widely predicted. Less well understood is the commercial and social impact of this change.

Scientist calls for lift in support by government

Dr Tan said the best scientific results were achieved when there was cross fertilisation.

Nanotech’s place in the sun

NANOTECHNOLOGY developed by UWA researchers as part of a ‘Centres of Excellence’ program is poised to revolutionise the sunscreen market and is set to attack the cosmetics, microelectronics, baby care and homeware industries.

Fighting Alzheimer’s

A RECENTLY formed WA company is making significant strides in its quest to find a treatment to arrest Alzheimer’s disease. UWA research offshoot Alzhyme Pty Ltd has a patent pending on its research and has secured investment to further its research.

Tinnitus treatment in-train

A PERTH company is developing a treatment that may provide a breakthrough for sufferers of tinnitus.

WA takes wooden spoon for CRC funds

WA’S poor performance in the latest Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program funding is a reflection of the State’s inability to compete for Commonwealth funding, according to academics spoken to by WA Business News. The CRC is the nation’s major coll

Micro-cell LNG unit a hot item

COOL Energy is running hot. The company, which was formed three months ago, is enjoying the fruits of LNG research breakthroughs by Curtin University Professor Robert Amin.

Scientist calls for lift in support by government

PROVIDING seed funding, encouraging better collaboration between universities and industry, and promoting WA as a R&D hub are vital if WA is to make it into the big league.

Companies bypass broking firms

PHARMACEUTICAL developer Chemeq and gold miner Abelle were two prominent companies that managed to raise fresh equity last year without using broking firms. Chemeq raised a total of $18 million in fresh equity while Abelle completed a successful $10m

Euroz plots course on growth path

STOCKBROKER Euroz Securities is moving to new premises to accommodate recent and planned growth in the business. A major recent initiative was the establishment of a dedicated corporate finance department, headed by new recruits Karl Paganin and Doug

Brokers tip better times

WA Business News’ inaugural survey of Western Australian equity capital markets has highlighted the dominance of a handful of stockbroking firms. Mark Beyer looks at the market in 2002 and its prospects for 2003.

Keeping watch on agent-free property sales

AN increase in institutional ownership of major commercial and retail properties in Perth led to a rise in the number of sales completed in 2002 without an agent’s involvement.

Croesus deal takes top gong

CORPORATE finance executives have nominated Croesus Mining’s purchase of Central Norseman Gold as WA’s top deal for 2002. The $65 million Croesus-Great Central deal gained high praise from nearly every corporate finance executive surveyed by WA Business