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Underground gas project races time

CONSTRUCTION of a $125 million underground gas pipeline running for 58 kilometres from Wagerup to Worsley is chasing the weather.

Logging supported

SOUTH West communities strongly opposing anti-logging moves, have launched a fight-back campaign to secure their future in the forestry industry.

Energy needs must be evaluated

AUSTRALIA is at a crossroad in terms of effectively and efficiently using its energy resources, says Epic Energy CEO Jay Holm.

Region's gateway proves profitable

THE sprawling facilities of the Bunbury port have been recognised as the gateway to the South West region of WA.

Awards hint at new industries

A REMARKABLE string of awards won by businesses in the South West is providing an insight into the way commerce and service sectors could develop in the future.

New solutions hit town

NEW electronic business solutions launched recently in Bunbury will sharpen the competitive edge for small-to-medium businesses supplying goods and services to the WA Government.

Internet helps Lamac snare award

THE Internet has played a major role in helping the Bunbury-based Lamac Group win the annual Telstra Small Business of the Year Award.

Diverse growth for South West

THE South West is WA’s most diverse regional economy. The region’s wealth of attractions, including national parks, forests, beaches and wineries, make it the most popular regional tourist destination for local, interstate and overseas visitors.

Journo loose in Jervoise Bay

Briefcase ventured out to discover what’s special about Jervoise Bay – seven weeks out from facing the bulldozers.

Love that deep frontage

In a government-commissioned report, Ernst and Young identified job opportunities. But it also established that a number of Kewdale and Welshpool firms would be lured to the modern industrial estate.

Jervoise perfect choice for industrial park

Jervoise Bay was chosen for the marine industrial complex because it was the only location meeting all requirements.

Jervoise is jumping

Jervoise Bay preparations involve dredging channels, reclaiming land and building breakwaters akin to those at neighbouring Henderson.

Sutherland sails into sunset

That looked like Jervoise Bay development supremo Bruce Sutherland with wife Noel cruising off Fremantle aboard a classic wooden powerboat – on a weekday.

Petrol pump turf fight looms

SERVICE station operators are digging in their heels to fight for survival against new conditions in the industry that could put them out of business.

Major chance for WA food

WA FOOD and beverage producers will soon have a huge chance to break into the UK market as Selfridges turns its London and Manchester foodhalls over to WA produce.

Shipbuilder WA drawcard

WA’S fast-growing aluminium fast ferry industry has drawn a major international firm to Perth.And other international companies are showing interest in the works of shipbuilders such as Austal Ships and WaveMaster International.

Is government too involved?

GOVERNMENT involvement usually falls short of our expectations and, in most cases, achieves the opposite of its intention. So what is the ‘legitimate role of government’?

Entrepreneur not dirty word

ENTREPRENEUR is not a dirty word says Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship school director Graeme Herps.

Possible Perth future mapped

A GRUELLING five-day process has turned out a series of visions for the future of Perth.On April 9 three teams of architects, town planners, landscape architects and urban designers undertook a brainstorming session.

Candidates thrash out issues

MONEY management, a convention centre, a town planner, sinking the railway line and giving property owners’ votes more weight were some of the issues canvassed in the recent Lord Mayoral debate.

Council 'bends' for developer

COUNCIL has bent the rules to get a multi million dollar development off the ground at 131-137 Adelaide Terrace.Apparently the development is to be conducted by the Fini Group, which Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass said had done a lot for the city.

Fourth try for site

DEVELOPERS will have another try at developing the former Wesfarmers Building on Wellington Street.

Two councillors leave on election eve

After the May 1 Perth City Council election at least two of the presiding members will be replaced.

Contest signals major development

THE recent controversial ideas design competition by the City of Stirling will be the prelude to a multi-million development on the Scarborough foreshore to attract tourists and more visitors.

PCH extends east

FRESH from its acquisition of Finn International, PCH Group Ltd has extended its business interests into the eastern Goldfields of WA.

Channel 31 delayed

PERTH’S last free to air television service Channel 31 has had its launch date pushed back by a worldwide shortage of technical parts.It is now likely the community access station will start broadcasting in June.

Buildings increase

Building approvals in WA increased by 0.9 per cent in February, taking it 4.6 per cent above the recent lowpoint of October 1998.

Premier in Print

The Premier looks at a new report on the oil and gas industry, the New Living program in Balga and healthcare developments in Bunbury.

$120m development for Joondalup

CONSTRUCTION worth more than $120 million is underway or planned in Joondalup. Lands Minister Doug Shave said a LandCorp review found projects worth $38 million were underway, $82 million were planned and $25 million were recently completed.