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THE Pilbara is headed for another big round of development following the signing of an agreement that takes us a step closer to seeing a major expansion of liquefied natural gas exports from the area.

The North West Shelf Gas participants have signed letters of intent with two Japanese companies for new purchases of LNG totalling a million tonnes a year.

These are expected to be the first of several deals over the next few months that would lead to an expansion of the LNG project.

The $2.2 billion expansion would provide up to 2000 construction jobs over three-and-a half years.

GOOD news too, for another Western Australian product vying with the world’s best.

The Evans and Tate 1999 Margaret River Shiraz beat 4,875 red wines from around the world to win the overall trophy for the best red wine at Britain’s International Wine Challenge.

The challenge is the world’s biggest and most credible wine competition with the wine industry rating it as “the” competition to win – and Evans and Tate topped the lot.

It’s a fantastic result but, even better news for local red wine drinkers, is that the wine will be widely available in Western Australia. It’s due for release here in late November and I’m assured the price will be under $30 a bottle.

WE WILL see plenty of new activity in Mandurah again soon with the latest action there in line with the State Government’s commitment to encourage and assist regional urban development.

LandCorp has awarded a $13.8 million contract to Georgiou Group to build the first stage of the Mandurah Ocean Marina. This includes the construction of the northern part of the marina basin and the creation of a new marina entrance.

A second contract will be let in November for work to construct the marina’s boat mooring facilities.

The project is another jobs boost for the State with the construction contracts creating work for local sub-contractors and the finished product opening up new opportunities with shops, restaurants, tourism ventures and new housing.

WESTERN Australia continues to be an attractive proposition for business migrants.

In recent years, the Coalition Government has increased our focus on business migrants and we are seeing an increasing number of business people looking to settle here.

The Small Business Development Corporation received 1400 business migration inquiries during the last financial year and these translated into 500 formal expressions of interest.

During 1999-2000 more than 170 business migrants were approved for permanent residency in the State, a 25 per cent increase on the number approved the year before.

Our State now attracts 26 per cent of all business migrants relocating to Australia and is the second most popular destination in the country for business migrants.

Each business migrant transfers an average of $914,319 in to the State economy and creates an average of 4.9 jobs.

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