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Investing in your health may be a wise move

If you were looking for an industry that had the potential to outperform others in the immediate to near future, one industry to consider would undoubtedly be health and biotechnology.

Schemes bound to lose: ASIC

MANY investment schemes advertised as tax reducing are destined to fail, warns the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Super provisions not good: ICAA

THE Government’s proposed provisions for superannuation funds will undermine the superannuation system, according to the Institute for Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Ralph II affects bluegums

CHANGES to the old tax effective investment prepayment system as a result of Ralph II is the most significant factor affecting the majority of this year’s blue gum projects, says Norgard Clohessy Equity managing director Ken Richards.

Kangaroo Island investment approved

WRF Securities Ltd has achieved significant milestones in relation to its proposed blue gum project on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

Money to grow

INTEGRATED Tree Cropping Limited is seeking up to $60 million to establish more than 17,000 hectares of timber projects.

Rulings protect revenue: accountant

WHILE tax officials applaud the product ruling system as protecting small investors, others say the system is nothing but an attempt at revenue saving.

APT cashes in on old growth forests issue

ONE company taking advantage of the current political climate in relation to removing old growth forests is Australian Plantation Timber.

FEA are optimistic

The popularity of forest investment can be judged by the recent share issue offer by Forest Enter-prises Australia.

Focus attention on profits, not tax

INVESTORS should concentrate on making a profit rather than minimising tax, says Newman Partners partner Glenn Trinick.

Government floor space take up booms

GOVERNMENT agencies and departments take up more than 430,000 square metres of floor space in the central business district – equivalent to around eleven BankWest towers.

GST not hitting homes

PREDICTIONS of a housing slowdown as the GST introduction looms closer are not reflected in enquiries received by WA’s largest home-building company, BGC Australia.

Freeway offers opportunities

NORTHBRIDGE is receiving interest from developers and real estate agents who see benefits flowing from the tunnel project and associated redevelopment.

EPRA takes time to look

THE East Perth Redevelopment Authority is spending time looking at what influence the authority’s actions could have on the market as it enters a new phase of its existence.

Suburbs will reap benefits from tunnel

THE opening of the new Graham Farmer Freeway will have a major impact on the Perth property market says Hegney Property Valuations managing director Gavin Hegney.

Web site takes off

Real estate industry-owned web site,, has almost doubled its listings in the past six months to 110,000 active listings.

Negative gearing challenged

USING negative gearing as an objective to invest in property is not advisable according to Nick Renton in his book Understanding Investment Property.

Investors show interest in Exmouth

THE interest shown by developers in the Exmouth Marina Village has demonstrated an ever-growing commitment to investing in regional WA, according to CB Richard Ellis’ David Kennedy.

Expansion plans sweet

MARGARET River Chocolate Company is hoping to emulate its success in the South West when it expands into another wine region – the Swan Valley.

SW tourism leader

THE South West continues to lead the way for tourism project development in regional WA, according to the latest figures released by the WA Tourism Commission.

Whittakers sawmill to reopen

THE former Whittakers Greenbushes saw-mill is to reopen despite criticism from the Conservation Council.

Bunbury plan released

THE plan for the next thirty years of industry in the greater Bunbury area has been released by the WA Government.

NetFX lauded for services

SOUTH West information technology advisory service provider, NetFX Internet, was recently awarded the WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Award for innovation and services to regional Australia.

Right royal feast for the media

THE South West Development Commission did not let the international media contingent following Queen Elizabeth to Busselton go past without wooing their hearts through their stomachs.

Paternity leave on the rise

SOME employers are saving millions of dollars with the return of women who have been on maternity leave into the paid workforce, according to case studies from the Affirmative Action Agency.

Unemployment set to drop

AUSTRALIA’S unemployment rate should fall to about 6.1 per cent by the last quarter of 2001, according to the latest Western Australian Quarterly Bulletin of Economic Trends, which is published jointly by Curtin University of Technology and the University

Bad smell in the City...

Sniff carefully as you walk past the stock exchange Ð there is an unmistakable odour in the air. ItÕs the smell of burning money and rotting companies.

...and New York stinks

If you doubt that the smell in the air is cash burning, take your nose to New York.

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