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Heritage access launched on net

INFORMATION on Aboriginal heritage sites is now easier to access, thanks to the Aboriginal Affairs Department’s new heritage site management system.

Perth designer plans for Taipei

INSIGHTS from the recent design forum on the future of Perth will be brought to bear at an international design forum in Taipei.

China takes help from Curtin University

CURTIN University is helping China to prepare for membership of the World Trade Organisation.

WA justice for Sri Lanka

THE WA Ministry of Justice has won an AusAid contract to develop the pilot for a community corrections program in Sri Lanka.

Cheap calls help centres

CALL centres are poised to reap the benefits of lower telecommunications costs.

Pharmacy opens 24 hours

THE first 24 hour pharmacy in WA has opened its doors. The Beaufort Street Pharmacy in Mount Lawley will offer 24 hour public access to the full range of pharmaceuticals.

Wheat board shifts its focus

The Australian Wheat Board, privatised on 1 July 1999, is operating under a new structure which, according to AWB Limited WA regional manager, Greg Harvey, is more commercially focussed while continuing to be customer driven.

Resources industry must face GST: Ince

WA’S resources industry needs to confront how it will handle the introduction of a GST on 1 July next year.

Convention a valuable resource

Want to learn the secrets of the man dubbed the AFL coach of the 90s?

Bankruptcies jump 8%

THE number of Australians going bankrupt jumped by more than eight per cent last financial year, according to the latest official figures.

Business must get house in order

SMALL to medium size business should rein in debtors and get their cash management houses in order to help prepare for the GST, the Aust-ralian Society of CPAs has warned.

Farm output tipped to drop 7.6%

The net value of farm production is forecast to fall by 7.6 per cent to $3.3 billion in 1999-2000 according to the latest issue of Australian Commodities Forecasts and Issues, released by the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics.

Perth developer draws recognition

PERTH-based web development company Vivid Interactive & Design’s achievements are being recognised by international players.

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.