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Fingerprinter aligns

WA-BASED ‘fingerprint’ technology distributor Triton Resources has formed a strategic alliance with Melbourne-based Computer Detection Systems.

Region share

A SHARE portfolio management computer program is being produced and distributed nationally from Geraldton.

BHP’s northwest dream has come true

DESCRIBED as a “dream come true” BHP’s newly commissioned $2.45 billion hot briquetted iron processing plant has set an historic precedent.

Illegal mining and political unrest stall Aurora’s efforts

PERTH-based gold miner Aurora Gold Ltd has suspended some of its mining operations due to illegal mining and political uncertainty in Indonesia.

Newcrest’s resilience rewarded

Stockbroker DJ Carmich-ael Pty Limited has ratedNewcrest Mining Ltd a buy for its “enormous resilience” in the current tough gold mining environment.

Titan on the verge

TITAN Resources NL believes it is on the verge of a major metallurgical breakthrough to biologically recover nickel from base metal sulphide ores –a process which is attracting keen international attention from other base metal miners around the world.

Hardman to Italy

HARDMAN Resources NL plans to drill the Colom-bo 1 gas exploration well, in the Italian Fiume Tevere permit, in October this year.

Deep work comes to WAPET

Some of the deepest hydrocarbon exploration drilling offshore Australia soon will be undertaken by West Australian Petroleum Pty Limited (WAPET).

Macmin cuts costs

Junior minerals explorer Macmin NL has reduced its operating costs by as much as 50 per cent to concentrate on its Twin Hills prospect on the Texas project in Papua New Guinea.

Agents may face new rules

Real estate agents providing financial advice to clients will be regulated in line with other financial advisors if a report by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission gets the nod from the Federal government.

Advertiser’s home auction

A FULLY restored and extended character office at 54 Ord Street, West Perth – once the home of Benchmark Advertising – is being auctioned on 18 August.

Local lender named Australia’s best

The four major banks have performed poorly in a new survey undertaken by independent assessor, CANNEX.

Focused vision for LandCorp

The Western Australian Land Auth-ority (LandCorp) recently launched its new business directions for the 1999/2000 financial year.

Investors given more protection

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has moved to ensure greater consumer protection for people who have placed money in mortgage investment schemes.

Y2K readiness on show

MAJOR national and state utilities and key service providers will disclose the position for their Year 2000 preparedness in a series of infrastructure forums to be staged around Australia in coming weeks.

Loans threaten homes

Home owners should be wary when mortgaging their home to buy shares says Hegney Property Valuations, managing director, Gavin Hegney.

CBD office vacancies jump to 12.3%: report

Office vacancies in the Perth CBD have risen by nearly a full percentage point to 12.3 per cent according to the Property Council of Australia’s latest office market report.

WA taxpayers should pay to save forests

THERE’S an old but enduring adage that there are two certainties in life – death and taxes.

Small businesses need to prepare award entries

BUSINESSES intending to enter the South West Small Business Awards should be preparing their applications now, says Leschenault Business Enterprise Centre manager Alison Lannin.

Enviro friendly treatment a winner

A MARGARET River company’s environmentally-friendly head lice treatment is set to gain 18 per cent of the $5.3 million Australian treatment market by December.

Operator wins scholarship

THE owner-manager of an expanding Bussel-ton-based tourism business has won a Bank-West scholarship to participate in a management training program.

Caterer well-regarded in awards

BUNBURY-based Leonie’s Cater-ing Service has been nominated five times in seven categories at the Restaurant and Caterers Industry Association of WA’s Awards.

Opportunity to purchase forest property

ONE of WA’s largest privately owned forests has been placed on the market.

Lessons in business are now learned young

STUDENTS from St Mary’s Ang-lican Girls’ School are being taught the facts of business life.

Mastectomy boutique pioneer branches out into regions

THE woman who pioneered the mastectomy boutique concept is now spreading her company’s reach.

Business association is back in action

THE Northbridge Business Association is back in action after a two year hiatus.

Tenancies sorted

LONG-awaited amendments to the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act have come into effect.

Malaysia shows that it is back in business

For a long time Malaysia was one of those nations considered to be a land of plenty and, being blessed with substantial resources, was always going to be successful.

Electronic banking code call

THE code of conduct covering electronic funds transfer should expand to cover all forms of electronic banking, an Australian Securities and Investments Com-mission-formed working group has found.