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Albany mill plans soon finalised

ARRANGEMENTS for the development of a plantation-based woodchip mill in Albany are expected to be finalised by the end of May.

Dam to be upgraded

KUNUNURRA company JJ McDonald & Sons Engineering has won the $3 million contract to enlarge Wyndham’s 27 year old Moochalabra Dam.

2010 business revisited

The integration of biological systems with microprocessors is already happening with the deaf and visually impaired.

Nutrition awards nominations open

AS part of the implementation of Nutrition WA:2000, the food industry is encouraged to apply for a nomination for the WA Nutrition Awards.

Germans chase drug

A small Sydney-based company, with widespread WA distribution of its mostly pharmaceutical products, has achieved an international breakthrough with a new technology.

Cobalt heart torn from Congo

THE cobalt-rich mineral resources of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are being exploited to the detriment of the country’s environment and to the financial benefit of African leaders of state.

Unrest causes junior to lose mine...

A JUNIOR Canadian-listed company, Banro Resources Corporation, has had its 13 million ounce gold mine in the southern Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seized, its field equipment looted and four of its staff jailed for treason in Ki

Quantum opens two new mines

In its first year of operation, Perth-based First Quantum Minerals Ltd has commissioned two new mines in Cen-tral Africa and placed its Likasi copper-cobalt tailings project in the Shaba province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into mothballs.

WA threatens world nickel leaders

The stunning growth of WA’s nickel industry over the past two years has more than surprised even the most optimistic industry observers. The state now has the capacity to become the world’s biggest producer by 2003.

Nickel sources investigated

The eyes of the nickel world were firmly fixed on WA at an event to examine progress at the nickel laterite processing facilities at Murrin Murrin, Bulong and Cawse in the eastern Goldfields.

Pinnacles shapes up

The Pinnacles nickel project, 100 per cent owned by junior gold explorer Kanowna Lights NL, appears to be shaping up into the next laterite resource to hit the boards in WA.

Sovereign seller

Melbourne-based consultant Peter Moore has been appointed by Sovereign Resources (Australia) NL to spearhead their marketing strategy for its $78 million SRDC manganese sulphate project, locat-ed 61 kilometres southeast of Nullagine in the Pilbara region

Debate hold up taxes patience

WA’S small business seem to have become disenchanted with the proposed GST – or at least with the way its implementation is moving.

Entrepreneurs turn out to expo

ENTREPRENEURSHIP is alive and well in WA, judging by the turnout at the recent Business Opportunities and Franchising Expo.

Small business awards draw sponsors

SMALL business awards appear to be drawing more support, if this year’s Belmont Small Business Awards are any indication. Belmont Enterprise Centre manager Carol Hanlon said support for the awards had been excellent.

Training needs support: Mazzarol

THERE is inadequate support and encouragement for Australian small business owners to train themselves and their staff a study by the Society of Australian Certified Practising Accountants has found.

IT&T group to tour Israel

AN INFORMATION technology and telecommunications trade mission will visit Israel from 4 to 9 July.Information Technology Minister Richard Alston will lead the mission.


A TWO hour workshop for beginners covering starting a new business, will be held at the Belmont Business Enterprise Centre on 16 June 16 and be repeated on 6 July.

International finance giants trade globally

INTERNATIONAL finance leader Merrill Lynch has experienced great interest in its international online trading system since being launched early this year.

ASIC extends employee share relief to casuals

THE Australian Securities and Investments Commission recently announced it would extend relief granted from the prospectus provisions of the Corporations Law for employee share issues.

Virtual share trading soars

Online share trading has been in Australia for two years, and now Internet stockbrokers are fighting for business through full-page press and television advertising.

ASIC crack down on ‘hi-tech’

THE Australian Securities and Investments Commission is currently scrutinising companies that fundamentally alter the direction of their business to incorporate Internet-based and ‘hi-tech’ assets.

Why choose full service brokers?

WHAT value is there in using a full service broker and having your own client advisor?

Gold tumbles to floor

THE recent move by the Bank of England to sell 125 tonnes of gold this year stopped dead a rally in the precious metal.

GPS Online oversubscribed

Investor interest in technology stocks in Aust-ralia remains intense with the recent announcement that a portion of GPS Online’s float is already over-subscribed – in less than a week.

New role for customer champ

INCREASING membership in under-represented industries such as retail is the main task facing new Australian Customer Service Association president Jillian Mercer.

Shopping centres employ one in 20

SHOPPING centres in WA generate one in 20 jobs, a new economic impact study by retail consultants Jebb Holland Dim-asi has found.

Beachfront restaurant plan

Visitors to the City Beach foreshore in the near future may be surprised to discover a new cafe/restaurant for their entertainment.

Foray into health

THE first foray into WA’s healthy food retail market is expected to prove successful for retailer Healthy Life.