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Indonesia still languishes

EVEN without the controversy in East Timor, Indonesia is unlikely to enjoy anything more than a slow economic growth rate for some time.

Customs charge hit coming

IMPORTERS, exporters, brokers and forwarders will be hit by changes to cargo management to be introduced by the Australian Customs Service in 2001.

Food fight outweighs council business

COUNCIL’S latest food fight has erupted over a plan to limit its dining room opening hours to one week day per week and one Saturday a month.

Street markets plans are finally laid to rest

PLANS for street markets in Perth’s West End and Northbridge have finally been killed off by the Perth City Council.

Crawley apartments approved

A ten-storey apartment building proposed for 2 Mounts Bay Road, Crawley has received council approval.

Motorcyclists given places to park

MOTORCYCLISTS have been given twenty special parking bays in Northbridge. Currently there is a dearth of motorcycle parking bays in the area.

Director appointed

CHARLOTTE Stockwell has been named council’s new director of strategic planning.

Students taste business virtually

WA students are tasting the business world through an employment program that closes the gap between education and work.

‘GAGS’ program proves healthy

RESEARCHERS at Curtin University have commenced a project to develop a new generation of drugs for treatment of HIV-AIDS, asthma and melanoma.

Childcare may draw FBT exemption

COMPANIES setting up childcare facilities, particularly shared ones, may be entitled to fringe benefits tax exemptions.

Women face big change

THE recent Women in Timber Conference has faced the prospect of major change.

Small firms face GST scare

MANY small business operators are overestimating their GST readiness and may be unprepared for its introduction, says a business survey by the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.

Premier in Print

THE recent visit of the President of China Jiang Zemin to Sydney was another positive step forward in Western Australia’s bid to be the first supplier of liquefied natural gas to China.

Perth poised to take off

THE advent of ‘new generation’ airliners could provide opportunities for Perth to grow as an airline destination, says aviation industry commentator Tom Ballantyne.

Dam study awarded

WA’S Waters and Rivers Commission and two consulting groups have won a tender to conduct a feasibility study on storage dams and water harvesting in the Sultanate of Oman.

Title pressure may ease

FEDERAL Senate willing, WA should get a state-based Native Title system that will help alleviate the 11,000 mining title backlog.

Centre given US$5m boost

CURTIN university has received US$5 million industry support for a new international study and training centre for the oil and gas industry.

Sunny outlook for grain crops

LATE August rain across much of WA will result in a bumper winter grains crop according to the crop report released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Norwegians chase WA ferry

THE first WA-built fast ferries ever imported into Norway have been delivered to ferry operator Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskipsselskap.

Councillor handbook

SHIRE, town and city councillors and staff have a new handbook to guide them in disclosing interests.

Changes may cut export cost

TAX changes will reduce the cost of producing goods and services for export by $4.5 billion per year, according to a Federal Govern-ment estimate.

Kleenheat supplies coffee plant

The supply of energy to a Gympie coffee plant has set a precedent for Kleenheat Gas Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Perth-based national agricultural and industrial group, Wesfarmers Limited.

Disability access worth $6b

Estimates have revealed improved access for people with disabilities would add $6 billion to Australia’s gross domestic product

Tourist web snares 300K

THE WA Tourism Commission’s website has attracted more than 300,000 hits since its launch five months ago.

Resurgence for Midland

Midland is set for a resurgence in interest prompted by the state government’s plan to revitalise the derelict Westrail marshalling yards, Tuohy Gardens and land around Ray Marshall Park.

Visitors to Australia up 6% on last year

AUSTRALIA enjoyed the benefit of more than 2.5 million visitors during the first seven months of 1999 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Christmas shopping hours released

SHOPPING hours will be extended in the Perth metropolitan area during Christmas and New Year.

Blueprint for science out now

A blueprint is being created to improve science teaching in primary and secondary schools.

Old dogs need mouse skills to survive

In the context of the digital revolution, if you were born before 1975-80 you are an old dog and need to learn new tricks.