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Major R-code review underway

Concern about the effectiveness of residential planning codes in dealing with infill development has forced the Ministry of Planning to undertake a review of the current code.

Home prices skyrocket

PROJECT home prices in WA are rising at a rate not seen for more than a decade, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Interest rates drive commercial market

Low interest rates coupled with a low inflationary environment are driving current interest in the Perth commercial property market, according to agents Knight Frank.

Vic Park showroom to go under hammer

A RETAIL showroom complex in the heart of East Victoria Park, one of Perth's premier commercial showroom strips, is to be auctioned by Colliers Jardine on site on 14 October.

Landlords move to cut vacancy exposure

LANDLORDS are moving to reduce their exposure to vacancies according to the September WA Property Review by valuation firm Herron Todd White.

Lease document tells only part

OVER the past two years there has been a fundamental shift in the landlord-tenant relationship in commercial leasing.No longer can the lease document be regarded as the entire agreement.

Northbridge picture becoming clearer

BROAD brushstrokes have been laid for the Northbridge Urban Renewal Project with an extensive consultation process planned soon.

Property Council to fund three new projects

DELIVERING results that improve the business environment for the property community continues to be the Property Council’s key objective.

Submission gives Council a real voice

ComplEmenting the Property Council’s pro-active reform projects will be the 2000/2001 financial year pre-budget submission.

Moves to streamline process welcomed

AT A recent national planning conference sponsored by the Department of Transport and Regional Services, the Property Council-led planning reform agenda received public support from the Federal Government.

Study shows need for cyber rules

A recent study titled Consumers@shopping, conducted by Consumers International, has indicated a real need for cyber rules when it comes to online shopping.

Form system could save councils millions

A SOFTWARE solution that fully automates the design, filling and printing of forms could save local councils millions of dollars, according to Perth-based information technology company Business Management Information Systems.

ASIC joins with US to stop free share offers

THE Australian Securities and Investments Commission has joined a US Securities and Exchange Commission campaign to stop Internet-based free share offers.

ERG profit jumps 47%

Smart card technology group ERG has recorded a jump in group profit of 47 per cent in the 1998-99 financial year.

Computers ain’t what they were

The ill-fated date 9/9/99, which had techies sweating from banking to Qantas, has passed without a glitch.

Nokia contract remains in WA

WA COMPANIES are playing an increasing role in the information and communications revolution.

Finance group sees value in software upgrade

FINANCIAL services group IOOF Aust-ralia Trustees Limited has purchased a package of software systems from Perth-based financial software developer All Solutions.

Murdoch plays host again

THE South Pacific Regional Computer Programming Comp-etition will be hosted by Murdoch University on 18 September for the second year running.

Fraud auditing a wise measure: Westall

FRAUD auditing should be more widely embraced in Australia to combat rising levels of corporate fraud says corporate fraud expert and Orna Management managing director John Westall.

Tough justice needed for crime

RETIRED consultant Tom Lawson became so annoyed with the escalating rate of WA crime, he decided to write and publish a book about it.

Security industry booms as crime rates continue to rise

DESPITE growing crime statistics, it seems many people are waiting until their property has been stolen before taking action.

Security film proves a deterrent

AN UNPROTECTED window can render even the best security system useless, says Glass Security Services sales director Lloyd Gaunt.

Personal protection is a growing market

BODYGUARD services are growing in demand thanks to Perth’s high crime rate, says Australasia Protective Services director of operations and investigations and close protection specialist Michael Martino.

ECU offers security to Singapore

AN EXERCISE to find an industry not backed by a WA university has led to the creation of a soon-to-be-exported degree course.

Found: Perth’s best risotto & gelati

Arborio rice – whether cooked in Italy or Australia – is the same. Good chicken stock is the same here as it is in Italy. The same can be said for fruit and veg.

Technology alliance seeks moves on CGT

Leading Australian technology associations have banded together to pressure the Federal Government to lower the Capital Gains Tax in order to bring the rate in line with other nations.

$15 billion lost to fraud

CORPORATE fraud affects more than 50 per cent of Australian companies and costs between $15 billion and $20 billion a year, according to the latest national KPMG National Fraud Survey.

Fever tale may have chilling end

Inoculating clients against speculation fever may be a financial planner’s most valuable service right now. It’s not that often I get a sign directly from heaven, so when it happens I really pay attention.

Mergers easier with treaties

COUNTRIES adopting uniform regulatory procedures and offering greater cooperation will make it easier for companies to deal with transnational mergers, says Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman, Allan Fels.