Private passions into the spotlight

Private passions into the spotlight

A COLLECTION of works on display at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery reveals the private passions of local art collectors. Personal + Particular: Private collection and contemporary art in Perth is a collection of paintings, sculpture and works on paper drawn from 17 private collections in Perth. Gallery director and exhibition curator John Barrett-Lennard said the process of putting the collection together had unearthed many treasures.

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Milne slots in to Laitt empire

GRAHAM Laitt is aiming to build a $100 million WA agribusiness enterprise after taking control of Welshpool-based Milne Feeds and folding it into his pastoral holdings. Mr Laitt, who steps down as chief executive officer of Peters & Brownes from December 1, is also in the process of adding some large southern land holdings into what he hopes will be a vertically integrated operation from “paddock to plate”. Full report, Page 5.

Textbook approach would work

SOLUTIONS straight out of the university textbooks provide the modus operandi for David Day as he applies well-honed accounting and auditing skills to the dust and sweat of a timber-machining workshop. Last April Mr Day turned his back on a desk job with accounting firm William Buck and took over one of his client’s businesses, Vintage Hardwoods. He made the move to the 4,500sq m Rockingham factory with the financial backing of his family after the previous owner walked out on the business. Full report, Page 10.

Gold exodus has locals tarnished

OVER the past five years the ownership of WA’s gold mines has headed offshore with Newcrest among the few to have escaped the attention of raiders from South Africa and North America. Gold sector profiler Surbiton Associates Pty Ltd managing director Sandra Close said five years ago overseas control of Australia’s gold production was around 20 per cent. By 2000 it had climbed to around 30 per cent and today 70 per cent of production was foreign-owned.

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Simcoa wins with flexible approach

THREE years ago Simcoa Operations was in big trouble with the WA Forest Alliance, the Conservation Council of WA, Greens WA and numerous koala-suited protesters. Simcoa had an annual 150,000-tonne jarrah residue log allocation from the State Government, 120,000 tonnes of which it burned to produce low ash charcoal for its Kemerton plant, 160 kilometres south of Perth. Now, after extensive negotiations with stakeholders, the silicon producer uses only 40,000 tonnes each year. Full report, Page 12.

Rio Tinto ramps up at Kwinana

RIO Tinto is in the process of deconstructing its iron ore processing test plant at Kwinana, ahead of plans for a commercial 800,000-tonnes-a-year processing facility. Rio is hoping that, after 10 years as a research and development site, the Kwinana holdings will be the proving ground for processing that requires no sinter or separate coke oven and is able to deal with ore unsuitable for current technologies. Full report, Page 14.

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