Employers take route to AWAs

FURTHER evidence is emerging that WA businesses are seeking protection under the Federal industrial relations system, particularly through the use of Australian Workplace Agreements. Recent changes to WA’s industrial relations laws, which will ultimately include the removal of the popular State workplace agreements, are being blamed for the exodus. Full report, Page 4.

When second choice is more than good enough

A SMALL engineering firm’s revolutionary iron-ore transport wagon has beaten some big engineering names to take out this year’s Institution of Engineers (WA Division) Award. And to make the award more memorable, the winning project was a second-choice entry. Lynx Engineering’s subsidiary LynxRail’s won the praise of the engineering community and several iron-ore companies for its New Generation Wagon, which won the overall prize as well as the Small Projects Award. Full report, Page 5.

Government wants tougher pilot rules

PLANNING and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan has hit back at claims that the Government will not tighten regulations surrounding pilotage in WA ports. At the same time she has exposed a rift between herself and the part of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure responsible for marine safety. Tougher regulations are likely to mean higher training standards, which will increase the cost of pilotage to ports – a cost ultimately paid by shipowners. Full report, Page 6.

Leisure players widen their business reach

PROJECTV, a joint initiative between project development managers Clifton Coney Stevens and leisure managers and marketers V3 is being touted as a concept that will change the face of event management in Australia. V3 was established in February 2001 in response to burgeoning market for leisure products. The company brings together the expertise of former WA Tourism Commission chief executive officer Shane Crockett, founding partner of commercial law firm Fearis Salter Power Shervington, Clare Power, and former 303 chairman and managing director Stephen Wells. Full report, Page 7.

Small wineries are missing out

SMALL wineries may be missing out on a big chunk of revenue that could help them survive in this increasingly competitive sector. A new study shows that small wineries, which dominate the WA market, could be missing out on vital income from merchandising and other areas ancillary to their main focus of wine sales. Local commentators believe this issue had been recognised by the WA industry where winery numbers have doubled in 10 years to 220, a figure dominated by smaller producers with 187 of these producing less than 450 tonnes. Full report, Page 12.

Model rush for dealers

AUSTRALIA’S three car manufacturers are all lining up to release new versions of their star vehicles to the showrooms this month. An itchy Ford decided to gain a jump on its competitors, revealing its BA or Barra Falcon series to the public more than a month before it was to hit the caryards. Toyota also uncovered its new fifth generation 380N Camry more than one month ago. Holden, however, held out until this week to release its new-look VY Commodore.

Full report, Page 13.

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