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Centre brings opportunity

PERTH’S new convention centre means big opportunities for WA’s small business sector, says Small Business Develop-ment Corporation managing director George Etrelezis.

Business confidence slips

SMALL businesses expect profits to fall significantly in the short-term, according to latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.In contrast, the business expectations survey showed medium-sized and large businesses were optimistic for both the ...

Small firm protection upped

A PROPOSED amendment to the Fair Trading Act is expected to increase small business protection against unfair practices.The amendment is one recommendation of the Small Business Safeguards Reference Group that reports to Fair Trading Minister Doug Sh...

Venture seeks vineyard expansion

BLACK George Wines and Warren River Estate have been merged into a single project which is now seeking to raise up to $14 million to expand its vineyard and build a winery.Black George Wines has been established since 1981 and has 25 hectares already...

Boom results in new land plan

THE residential building boom sweeping the Busselton area will be accommodated by a new land release plan recently announced by Planning Minister Graham Kierath.The plan, believed to be the first of its kind for the South West, stems from estimations...

Sunday trading approved

THE Busselton Chamber of Commerce has won approval for Sunday trading for the South West seaside town.Fair Trading Minister Doug Shave said Busselton shops could trade between 11:00am and 4:00pm on Sundays.The Chamber application was made in order t..

Web guides doctors

PERTH-BASED Optum Group has launched an online medical directory for general practitioners and specialist doctors in WA.Web-Doctor is a secure service that allows doctors to access information on specialists to ensure patients are referred to the be...

AeM makes healthy move

INSURANCE giant HBF and information technology consulting firm AeM Consulting Group have formed an alliance.Under the partnership, HBF has taken a minority shareholding in AeM Consulting Group.AeM specialises in electronic business design, project ..

Chrome pushes into Malaysia

#CHROME Global Malaysia has been established following a heads of agreement between Malaysia-based Amtech Solutions and Chrome Global.The company is set to pursue health, court management and information technology opportunities in Malaysia.Chrome ..

EftNet seals bill pay deal

EFTPOS solutions provider EftNet has won a major supply, installation and support contract for the recently announced Australian Newsagents Federation BankWest bill payment service.The service is expected to attract at least 1,000 of ANF’s 3,800 new...

Phone standards now tougher

NEW, tougher consumer standards would spur telecommunications companies to offer better service, according to Minister for Communi-cations Richard Alston.Senator Alston said, while Telstra had steadily improved its quality of service since the custo...

Healthiness of port competition queried

COMPETITION is alive and well within WA’s ports.However, Fremantle Port Authority CEO Kerry Sanderson said competition could lead to over-investment in infrastructure that could increase costs.“My own view is potential competition is better than ac.

SW needs mapped to 2039

FOLLOWING five years of consultation, the WA Planning Commission has released a report which maps out infrastructure planning for greater Bunbury and the South West.Central to Industry 2039: Greater Bunbury Industrial Land and Port Access Planning i..

Initial airport proposal out

THE Perth International Airport Terminal remodelling proposal is in its initial stage, according to a spokeswoman for Westralia Airports Corporation director of engineering and maintenance Torben Petersen.

Car still rules city access

DESPITE a WA Government plan to spend nearly $1.8 billion onpublic transport, it is likely the car will still be king when it comes to getting into the CBD.

October start for Jervoise

CONSTRUCTION of the Jervoise Bay marine industrial project is expected to begin in October and the project could be operational by July 2002.

Key to port potential lies on the land

MORE efficient land transport corridors are needed to boost the potential of WA’s ports, says Seafreight Export Council executive director Michael O’Callaghan.

Major action planned in Goldfields

ONE of the biggest infrastructure proposals to be put before the WA Government is expected to progress to the next stage in July.

Sale of Westrail Freight drawing near

PRIVATISATION of Westrail’s freight arm is close to reality.Legislation allowing the sale of Westrail Freight has rolled through Parliament, clearing the way for the sale to proceed without delay.

Panel challenges brick’s building supremacy

PANELISED building technology is becoming increasingly popular in the construction of commercial and residential properties, says Building Technologies Australia director Matt Hornibrook.

GST ruling welcome on residential rentals

THE Real Estate Institute of WA has welcomed an Australian Taxation Office ruling removing requirements for residential rental strata unit owners to be registered for GST.

Research Institute brings BGC reward

BGC Construction has won the major prize in the 2000 Master Builders’ Excellence in Construction Awards for the $14.2 million TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Subiaco.

Sustainability a winner: Minister

ENVIRONMENTAL protection – and by extension the Department of Environmental Protection – is good for developers.

Rate hikes slow building market

THE last four interest rate increases had significantly slowed the new housing market, according to Master Builders Australia.

Uncertainty to influence property market: survey

RESEARCH by property consultants Stanton Hillier Parker has shown that more than half of people surveyed and involved in the property industry believe GST uncertainty will have a major influence on the property market.

GST the ‘greatest challenge’

THE complexity of the GST and other tax changes and their far reaching effects on builders, subcontractors and homebuyers present the greatest challenge faced by the building industry.

Suburbs show strong growth

THE lower and middle-priced housing markets have performed well during the past year with many suburbs rising at a faster rate than the overall median house price of 5.4 per cent during the past year.

Clough building sold to NAB

CONSTRUCTION firm Clough Engineering Limited has sold its nine-storey Perth headquarters building to the National Australia Bank Superannua-tion Fund for $21.3 million.

Council role affirmed

THE Property Council of Australia’s role in economic, industrial and legislative reform has recently been reaffirmed in our dealings with the WA Government.