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Radio for allWHY must those of us living outside the metropolitan limits constantly fight for the same rights that city dwellars take for granted?We had to force Telstra to upgrade its services to an acceptable level, we’ve had an ongoing struggle...

Dreaming of the big time

A MARGARET River company could be the next Billabong if predictions by its managing director Hamish Younger eventuate.The company, which supplies surfware including clothing, roof racks, tie downs and surfboard bags, hopes to spread its wings around...

Another winery for south west

YET another winery and vineyard is planned for the Margaret River – the third fully integrated project in two years.Headed by ex-Bond Corp executive Cedric Williamson, the Settlement 22 project plans to raise $37 million for a 113 hectare vineyard c...

Premier in Print

THE State Government is keen to ensure the arrival of new airlines on the east coast is just the start of more competition in the skies around Australia.The Western Australian Tourism Commission has been assessing all of the new start up airlines an...

Endeavour’s healthy plans

PERTH-based Endeavour Health Care Limited has announced plans to list on the Australian Stock Exchange later this year.Endeavour managing director Garry Garside said the company was established to provide health care practitioners with equity part...

Industry needs more innovation, says professor

INDUSTRY needs to increase the number of strategically and technically competent company directors if it is to become more innovative.That is according to Rio Tinto’s former managing director now deputy chairman of the Australian Minerals Research C...

WA firm still serving it up

PERTH company Kailis & France Foods hopes its new $15 million factory at Osborne Park will help it become the largest Australian exporter of frozen convenience foods to the south and north Asian regions by 2004.The 4,000 square metre factory will p...

A disconcerting flashback

WHILE nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, sometimes something occurs which zaps you back to a previous time, place, situation or event which reminds you how far civilisation, if not you, has advanced since then.Sometimes you realise what has not adv...

Prices under spotlight

SINCE July 1 consumers have been comparing actual price changes with those listed in the ACCC’s Everyday Shopping Guide. Products and services that have attracted particular interest include milk, bread, take-away coffee, shampoo, video recorders,...

Centre for management

ON JULY 1, the Graduate School of Management at UWA joined forces with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) to form the Senior Management Centre.The Centre is the trading name of GSM Executive Programs Ltd. The company was formed by the GSM...

Major GST hurdle still to come

NOW that businesses have survived the earliest weeks of the GST implementation and the pricing issue has subsided, it is important to conduct a quick review, says CPA Australia tax consultant David Boydell.Mr Boydell said that, for most businesses, ...

Report a win for consumers

CPA Australia believes a new Parliamentary report on the Financial Services Reform Bill (CLERP6), moves the industry, practitioners and consumers a step closer to more certainty about financial planning advice.A measure in the report, by a Joint Par...

Convention next week

WA’s premier strategic resources event for business and finance professionals will be held next week.CPA Australia’s 2000 Resources Convention is a unique opportunity to learn more about the issues facing the resources sector in the new millennium....

GST questions answered

Q. I operate a small business that sells mainly to business customers. I have decided to keep my prices the same because some customers have threatened to go elsewhere if I raise my prices. Am I doing the right thing?A. You deal mainly with business...

Genetic testing for insurance

A PROPOSAL to use genetic testing when granting customers discounts on life insurance is being considered in Australia.Similar schemes operate in the US. Customers are tested to see if they have a genetic pre-disposition to life-threatening illnesse...

Swiftel starts cable roll out

WA’S newest telecommunications carrier Swiftel Ltd has started its Perth roll-out of fibre optic cable.The new high-capacity Allwave fibre cable will be initially laid in Perth’s central business district and has the capacity to deliver data at up ...

Linux grossly under-utilised: E-Syn

LINUX may be popular in the engineering and computer industries but it hasn’t broken into wider use because of its ‘nerd’ image, says E-Syn Engineering managing director Frank Veldkamp.According to the Linux Networking Overview “How To” by Danie...

Wavenet signs deal with SingTel

PERTH-based Wavenet International Ltd has signed a distribution agreement with telecommunications giant Singapore Telecom.The agreement is between Wavenet and SingTel’s wholly owned subsidiary Telecom Equipment Pty Ltd, the equipment supplier for m...

webwise - new on the net

Car parking made easyTHE WORLD’S first free Internet car parking service and industry hub has been launched at www.carpark.com.au Carpark Australia managing director James Maund said the site would enable drivers to access information about the loc...

Basin set to tap in

BASIN Minerals Ltd’s commitment to the development of a major mineral sands industry in the Western Victorian Murray Basin, with first production expected by 2004, has received a substantial boost from a joint government-industry mineral sands infrast...

WA set for another sulphide nickel project

ANOTHER embryonic sulphide nickel project is about to be created in WA.Perth-based Bullion Minerals Limited, established as a private minerals explorer in 1969, has launched a new $3 million float targeting a package of exploration ground immediatel...

Drilling program closer

WOODSIDE Petroleum Ltd and its joint venture partner British Borneo have completed a large 3D seismic survey over portions of tenements held by Hardman Resources NL offshore Mauritania, West Africa.Initial data processing has now been completed and ...

Macmin close to production

JUNIOR explorer Macmin NL is on track to start mining in February 2001 with the first silver to be poured by April from its Texas silver project.Initial development will focus on the Twin Hills deposit, where Macmin announced a 39 per cent increas...

Kagara a swift mover on Perilya

KAGARA Zinc Limited is moving ahead swiftly to develop its mineral interests in North Queensland, with the acquisition of Perilya Ltd’s entire interest and rights in the assets of the Mt Garnet and Walsh River joint ventures.Under the agreement, Ka...

Rental looms high in the office of the future

SMALL businesses should soon be able to hire the same high-end software used by big business.A number of companies are setting themselves up as Applications Service Providers – a sort of Coates Hire for the software world.WA-based Chrome Global ha...

Water cleaner makes finals

FINDING a way to stop bore water stains qualified a WA company for the finals of this year’s Yellow Pages Business Ideas Grants.Aquabiotics managing director David Bennett said the idea was simple. Like most “simple” ideas, it took two years to deve...

Simplified tax system continues

THE Federal Government’s deferral of the Tax Value Method will not delay the introduction of the Simplified Tax System.Federal Small Business Peter Reith said STS would be implemented on July 1 2001 as planned.He said the changes, recommended by t...

Top spindoctors recognised

RILEY Mathewson stole the show at the recent Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) State Awards for Excellence.The awards were open to WA individuals or organisations practising public relations in the private, public and non-profit sector...

Press Council upholds ACC complaint

THE Australian Press Council has upheld complaints from the Anti-Corruption Commission against The West Australian.The complaints were based on a series of articles and an editorial concerning the work of the commission and were said to be highly c...

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