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New focus on food and wine

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Mauritius tastes WA

WA food, wine and aboriginal art has been showcased at a recent festival at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port Louis, Mauritius.

Hilton the place for class

TOP chefs from Australia and around the world will share their secrets at the 1999 WA MasterClass Weekend to be held at the Parmelia Hilton Perth on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July.

Lunch with Soloman

RENOWNED chef and cook book author Charmaine Soloman is the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s special lunch time guest for July.

Windows a clear winner once again

WINDOWS Restaurant has been named the American Express Best Restaurant in an International Hotel for the fourth time this decade.


KARRIDALE, in the Margaret River wine region, is to be home to a 1,000 tonne capacity winery due to open in December.

Trading hour change stalled

DESPITE a report recommending shops be allowed to remain open from 6:00am to 9:00pm, with a total deregulation of shopping hours in five years time, it is unlikely trading hours will change.

Native Title claim boom may be imminent

WHILE the number of active Native Title claims has fallen, there is a real danger they could skyrocket soon.

Isolation no longer a barrier

Is this the golden age for local companies to go global? The landscape of Western Australian business is altered forever. We are less isolated and more open to global threats and opportunities.

Recovery timing uncertain

AFTER WA’s December quarter economic slump, experts agree the recovery is coming. They just cannot agree on when.

Mining R&D falls by wayside

A damning report on the state of the mineral and petroleum R&D industry has been released by the WA Technology and Indust-ry Advisory Council.

Honey flowing to Middle East

WA honey producer Wescobee is enjoying sweet success in the Middle East, recently signing an export deal with Jordan.

$6b losses disallowed

THE Australian Tax Office has disallowed more than $6 billion in losses claimed over the past three years by a variety of entities – some owned by wealthy individuals.

Belmont awards variety

THE Belmont Local Chambers Awards has demonstrated the diversity of commercial and industrial activity in the area.BJC Enterprises won the Business of the Year Award.

Farm production set to fall

The net value of farm production is forecast to fall by 7.6 per cent to $3.3 billion in 1999-2000 according to the latest issue of Australian Commo-dities – Forecasts and Issues, released by the Australian Bureau of Agri-culture and Resource economics.

Trust exists: PCC told

MINISTRY for Culture & the Arts director general Ricky Burges has assured the Perth City Council the Perth Theatre Trust did exist.

Store owners attack licence bid

WA LIQUOR sellers have hit back at the latest attempt by petrol station owners to gain liquor licences.

Bali tourists timeshare hit

WA TOURISTS in Bali are being pressured into buying timeshare property worth thousands of dollars, says Commissioner for Fair Trading Patrick Walker.

Gamblers lose $11,000m

GAMBLING businesses took more than $11,000 million in 1997-98, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, representing an increase of 42 per cent since 1994-95.

RTC merges

WA AGRIBUSINESS Rural Traders Com-pany will merge with Peters & Brownes Foods Limited. The deal involves a $20 million transaction to be paid by the issue of 17.9 million shares in RTC Agribusiness and a payment of about $2.5 million cash.

Premier in Print

THE State Government has taken another big step forward with the announcement of the details for the proposed sale of AlintaGas next year.

Sponsor dollar valued

A PERTH company has developed a system it claims will maximise returns from sponsorships.

Sponsorship valid marketing tool

Sponsorship is slowly becoming an integral element of a company’s marketing profile.

Support for local aviation

THE Westralia Airports Corporation is providing $5 million to help develop WA’s economy.

Environmental incentive

A STRONG financial incentive is needed to help families act green when building a new home, says Solar Edwards general manager Vaughan Boultwood.

BGC succeed in awards

BGC received three high commendations in the recent Master Builders’ Excellence in Construction Awards.

Seeing the dream home

TWO Perth companies have developed a computer program to help builders and their clients visualise what the finished product will look like.

ASIC applauded

THE Australian Securities and Investments Commis-sion’s implementation of the Managed Investments Act has been judged favourably by the managed investments industry.

Top WA women named

A 25 year career in the information technology industry has won AlphaWest network services manager Sharon Brown the Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year Award.