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Valley under threat

A FORTHCOMING review of the Swan Valley Planning Act has raised the spectre of more residential development in the region.

Floats flood onto market

INVESTOR appetite for technology stocks and a buoyant economy were the primary driver behind a 138 per cent increase in initial public offerings in 1999 according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Cobalt in crisis

THE price of cobalt is forecast to slump with detrimentalconsequences for new cobalt-related projects in WA.

CPA president looks forward

TAX changes and the increase in e-commerce are the two major issues which CPA Australia and its new WA president Colin Murphy will have to deal with in the coming year.

Red tape blocks investors

Investors hoping to invest in what could develop as a major gas and oil field in the Philippines have been stymied by Australian Stock Exchange bureaucracy.

Survey taskforce welcome

A TASKFORCE to review and advise on the Geological Survey Division (GSWA) of the Department of Minerals and Energy has been formed.

Showroom for Canterbury Court

COUNCIL has granted approval of an application submitted by Greg Rowe and Associates for an $8 million development in Beaufort Street, Perth.

$130,000 to be spent on Forrest Place unrest

ANTI-social behaviour in Forrest Place will be acted on with Council committing $130,000 to improving the area.

Barrack hotel given go ahead

Council has approved an application for a $13 million Barrack Square hotel development to be built over the Swan River.

Council writes off govt debt

COUNCIL has written off a $88,000 debt owed them by the WA Government through the Building Management Authority – now Contract and Management Services.

Council books balance up

FINANCIAL statements for the year to 31 March show the Council is well on track to meet its budgeted revenue. Since July, Council has received almost $60 million in revenue.

Sphinx enters carpark

SPHINX Restaurants has entered into a lease agreement with the Council for an area of 73 square metres at the north-west corner of the Roe Street car park on James Street.

House becomes nine

A DEVELOPMENT at 57 Forrest Avenue, East Perth has been approved by Council.

Emails garner slow response

Email may not be the best way to correspond with other businesses – that, is if you want a quick response.

Tidal power rethink forced

STRONG public interest in tidal power for Derby has forced the WA Government to set up a committee to compare the recommended gas proposal with the Derby tidal power bid.

Business News hits top people

BUSINESS News is looming as one of the best ways to reach influential business leaders and professionals, according to a study by Asset Research.

House sales head downwards

HOUSE sales appear to be on the decline, falling almost 16 per cent during the March quarter compared to the previous quarter according to the latest housing report by the Real Estate Institute of WA.

Premier in Print

This year’s $8.3 billion State budget is a responsible plan for the future of Western Australia.

ATO given money for GST

THE Australian Taxation Office will receive $43.5 million over the next two years to help implement the Government’s tax changes.

Democrats welcome farm help

THE Australian Democrats have welcomed some of the initiatives outlined in the Federal Budget aimed towards farming families.

Coca-Cola to turn green

WA’S first independent electricity retailer has taken a major step for the newly deregulated power industry.

Government forecasts cautious

BOTH the Federal and State Government’s seem to be taking the cautious approach to economic forecasting so that any surprises emulating from the tax changes will be positive not negative.

TAFE runs hi-tech celebrations

PERTH’S oldest TAFE college has celebrated its centenary with hi-tech demonstrations, futuristic visions and reminiscences of a century as a leader in vocational education and training.

$9m salt fighters

A $9 million tree planting program in WA is underway to combat salinity and other environmental issues such as the greenhouse effect.

Public design defies conventions

Over $110 million of your money is about to be spent to plunk a huge convention centre cum soccer stadium in central Perth.

Looking back over ten years of change

So much has happened so fast in the past decade in respect of the emergence of the online economy that it is easy to forget some of the interesting responses we have confronted on this remarkable journey.

Terrific future beckons if optimism awakes

AUSTRALIA has a terrific future but we need to reawaken our natural optimism, according to International Trade Strategies managing director Alan Oxley.

Boffins’ funds boosted

FOUR WA scientists have each received a $100,000 boost from the WA Government.

Maritime museum work nears

WORK on the western end of Victoria Quay in Fremantle will start within weeks following the release of the masterplan recently.