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Agency in the black

LANDCORP, the government’s land development agency, made a after tax profit of $13.1 million for the first six months of the current financial year – almost double its target of $6.6 million.

Construction has not dented rents

STRONG building activity during 1999 has not translated into a drop in rents indicating there is no over supply in new homes according to BGC housing director Julian Ambrose.

LandCorp helps thrash out issues

ISSUES affecting Australia’s land development agencies were the subject of a recent talkfest hosted by WA’s LandCorp.

Industrial estate for Westrail land

WESTRAIL’S former Forrestfield marshalling yards are to be redeveloped as a sixty-three hectare industrial estate to meet long term needs for industrial land in Perth.

Innovative TAFE design melds centuries

MATERIALS from the twentieth and twenty-first century have been brought together in the new Central TAFE building in Northbridge. forms alliance

PERTH-based has formed a strategic alliance with another Perth company, National Geographic Information Systems.

Wesfarmers sell warehouse

WESFARMERS has sold a major distribution warehouse in Bassendean to a local investment syndicate for $5.7 million.

New private dwellings down by 300

PRIVATE dwelling approvals in WA fell 15 per cent in February after a 7.3 per cent seasonally adjusted rise in the previous month, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.

Bill increases protection

THE Real Estate Legislation Amend-ment Bill which relates to fidelity guarantee funds has been passed through WA Parliament.

WA developers receive praise

THE WA land development industry is alive and well thanks to a competitive market driven by innovative land owners says Urban Development Institute of Australia WA president Graham McArthur.

Landowners are fair game: McArthur

THE land development industry is hampered by government policies that see landowners as an easy target says Urban Development Institute of Australia president Graham McArthur.

Integrate land use and transport: consultant

Curtin academic and consultant to the Ministry for Planning, Carey Curtis, called for better integration of land use and transport planning at the recent Breaking Frontiers conference.

Greenhouse efficiency star rating planned

A new voluntary star rating scheme to estimate the greenhouse emissions of buildings has been proposed for WA by the Office of Energy.

Solutions submitted to government

THE Property Council of Australia has called on the WA Government to use preparations for the State budget to remove policies retarding WA’s property industry.

Changes to wiring rules sought

The Property Council of Australia has asked the Office of Energy to review the start date of new wiring standards.

Wray keeps South West stake

CREATING a niche for themselves in the South West is WA’s oldest and largest patent and trade mark attorney, Wray and Associates.

Brander to take on Margaret River

MARGARET River has the potential to be one of the world’s best known regional brands says 8M Media and Communications managing director Thomas Murrell.

Dardanup a region leader: Edwardes

ENVIRONMENT Minister Cheryl Edwardes has described the Shire of Dardanup as a leader among the South West Shires in terms of environmental management.

Review highlights boom

TOURISM brings revenue of $343 million a year to the South West.

Marlston Hill award cause to celebrate

CELEBRATIONS are ongoing in Bunbury over a national award granted by the Urban Development Institute of Australia for the Marlston Hill urban renewal project.

Demotion can be unfair dismissal

DEMOTING or moving an employee ‘sideways’ can be grounds for unfair dismissal.

Internet hurts productivity

ALMOST 23 per cent of female and 16.4 per cent of male employees believe the Internet has affected their productivity adversely, according to a recent survey by recruitment firm Alectus Personnel.

Big spend aims to boost jobs

ALMOST $1 million has been provided by the WA Government to support ten training sector and industry projects in WA.

Staffing more flexible

The boom in flexible staffing is currently growing at 20 per cent, according to a recent survey by recruitment company Drake.

Via Valdarno

What is it that makes a restaurant popular? Importantly, what is it that makes one man’s cuisine another man’s dyspepsia?

Aussie fleece no longer golden

Australia needs its farmers, or so we are told. They feed us, earn lots of export dollars and populate the less pleasant parts of the country far from the coast.

Bond is rebuilding...

Bond watch. Hot from the back streets of Cottesloe come reports that our Alan is working on his first property deal since leaving the comforts of Karnet.

About the West Australian's new editor...

Brian Rogers has done well to win the job of editor at The West Australian newspaper, though his appointment is causing some catty comments from the staff.

Review brings fear

WA SMALL businesses could be behind the eight ball if the WA Government takes up plans to remove insurance brokers from the workers’ compensation system.