Securing support proves a lottery for developers

THE $100 million redevelopment proposal put forward by Multiplex for the Raffles Hotel site in Applecross will spark some robust community debate if the history of development in the area is any guide. An extensive proposal 18 years ago for the Majestic Hotel site at Point Dundas in Applecross sparked a fierce reaction from the local community such that the proposal was shelved. Full report, Page 4.

East powers ahead of WA

A CLOSE analysis of figures released by the Electricity Supply Association of Australia comparing electricity prices in real terms shows WA is a big loser, particularly in terms of costs to large business. Chamber of Commerce and Industry director industry policy Bill Sashegyi said electricity prices had risen about 30 per cent more than prices in New South Wales and Victoria – WA’s main competitors for large business over the seven years the ESAA survey covered.

Full report, Page 6.

Kay, Butler tipped for election

NEW blood is lining up for a chance to take a seat around the City of Perth council horseshoe next May. Two of those named as new contenders, entertainer Max Kay and former City of Subiaco councillor Robert Butler, appear to have the support of a number of councillors, including deputy Lord Mayor Judy McEvoy, Bert Tudori, and Michael Sutherland. While a number of other issues envelop the council, councillors already have a view who they would like to have joining them in seven months’ time. Full report, Page 7.

Season heats up for Origin

RAMPING up downstream activity west of its traditional base, eastern States energy heavyweight Origin Energy is simultaneously extending its WA upstream influence with an energetic spring-summer exploration and production program in the Perth Basin. In eastern Australia, Origin has two million gas and electricity customers and is continuing its expansion there, most recently negotiating to purchase output from two of Pacific Hydro’s wind projects. Full report, Page 12.

New privacy date approaches

BUSINESSES turning over less than $3 million a year will be drawn into the Privacy Act from December 21. The businesses affected are those trading in personal information that are related to a larger business or contract to Commonwealth agencies. However, other small businesses not covered by the Privacy Act can elect to opt into the legislation. Indeed, The Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner’s website recommends that small businesses should opt in.

Full report, Page 13.

Change is not likely on sites

WITH the Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry concluding its hearings in WA, some builders are questioning whether anything will actually change. During its several weeks of Perth hearings the commission uncovered a raft of questionable practices involving both the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union and builders. Full report, Page 14.

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