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THE plan by Motorola to set up an advanced software engineering centre in Perth is positive recognition of Western Australia’s information technology capabilities.

The company is one of the world’s leading providers of communication systems and it is expected that in time the $50 million project could employ up to 400 people in research for the information technology and communications sector.

In making its decision, Motorola has highlighted Western Australia’s educational excellence, the availability of highly skilled postgraduate employees, our stable economy and our unique lifestyle qualities.

The Government welcomes the company’s decision which is another step forward in our commitment to ensure Western Australia continues to be at the forefront of technology developments.

IT was also terrific to see the success of Western Australian businesses in the latest Australian National Export Awards.

Besides our local companies taking off the awards in three of the 10 categories, Austal Ships also topped the honours when it was named DHL Australian Exporter of the Year. The Henderson-based company earlier won the award in the category of Australian Made Large Advanced Manufacturer.

Congratulations also to West Perth computer company Lasata on winning the Hewlett Packard Award for Information Industries and to Woodside Energy which took out the Melbourne Port Corporation Minerals Award.

The strong performances by all of the Western Australian finalists in the awards again underlines our strength as Australia’s leading export State.

THIS strength will be boosted further with the development of the Jervoise Bay marine industrial project.

The State and Federal Governments are jointly funding the $200 million project that will give us a world-class fabrication and maintenance complex.

Work has started on the massive development that is expected to be operational by mid 2002. About 400 construction jobs will be created over the two years with about 1000 direct full-time jobs after it is finished.

Next year, we will be able to enjoy an extraordinary diversity of events making up the Best on Earth in Perth calendar for 2001. There will be 15 major international events, with the blend of top cultural attractions and extraordinary sporting events.

Perth will be one of only two cities in the world to host the Monet and Japan art exhibition, one of the highlights of the cultural events on the calendar. Winning the exhibition is another coup for WA and the State Art Gallery.

The Global One-day Provincial Cricket Tournament is another initiative set to attract major interest from around Australia and overseas. Our own Western Warriors, the 1999-2000 Mercantile Mutual Cup champions, will represent Australia against the champion one-day teams from South Africa, India and New Zealand.

AS this is the last column before Christmas and the New Year, on behalf of the Government and my family to wish everyone a happy, peaceful and safe festive season.

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