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Bayswater turns bank tide

A COMMUNITY-owned bank in Bayswater is a step closer to reality with the launch of the marketing plan for the venture.

Fremantle port opened to view

FREMANTLE Port’s North Quay will be open to the public for the first time in many years on 30 April as part of a Port Open Day organised by the Fremantle Port Authority.

Gas still not competitive

WHILE Australian gas reform to date has focussed on the mid and downstream sectors of the industry, gas supply is still not seen as particularly competitive.

ECU opens services institute

EDITH Cowan University has responded to the changing economic climate with the establishment of a new Institute for Services – the first of its kind in Australia.

Rally planned for tunnel

A PROTEST rally targeting the Premier is planned to disrupt the opening of the Northbridge Tunnel on 22 April.

Bank grows

BANKWEST’S total housing loan book has reached $7 billion, representing growth of 8.9 per cent in the twelve months to February 2000.

Bottom line triples in new century

CHANGE is certain – progress is not according to a statement made by British historian EH Carr in the middle of last century.

Executives need training in use of new tools

Australians in their 30s, 40s and 50s were educated and trained for their workplace responsibilities before the digital era. Millions of us are now coming to grips with the challenges of becoming Internet savvy.

Olive project for Gingin

ANOTHER olive oil project is off the ground, this time north of Perth near Gingin.

Saleyard for Mt Barker

A NEW $4.26 million cattle saleyard, soon opening for business in Mt Barker, has been hailed as a major asset to the cattle industry in the South West of WA.

Export boost for metal maker

WELSHPOOL-based sheet metal manufacturer AD Coote & Co has forecast a 250 per cent rise in its export sales in the next three years to about $1.7 million per annum.

Clough named as export hero

CLOUGH Limited patriarch Harold Clough was named one of Australia’s export heroes by the Australian Institute of Export at a recent gala dinner in Sydney recently.

$10 million for trees

FORESTRY business Powton Land Holdings is hoping to raise $10 million to expand its operations by way of a debenture program.

ABC officially endorses village

IT’S OFFICIAL – the Austra-lian Broadcasting Corporation board has endorsed East Perth’s new media village as the preferred site for its relocation.

Campaign kicks agency creatives

PERTH’S top creatives got a kick out of AdShel’s ‘creatives’ campaign last month.

Local talent promoted: Cunneen

Channel Nine is active in developing the careers of new local talent according to production manager and senior director Russ Cunneen.

Industry code under review

WHILE the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct has reportedly been successful in cleaning up the franchising industry, not all are happy with it.

Research, planning the keys to survival

GIVEN the sobering statistics of small business failure in the 1990s, thorough research and planning are critical to the success of franchise operations, says Entrepreneur Business Centre owner Greg Hart.

GST focus for expo

Despite the volume of GST seminars and information available, many businesses still have unanswered questions.

Jester takes a slice

DEMAND for fast food alternatives continues to increase and gourmet pie shops are taking a big slice of the market.

Signs right for Quick

WA-based Quick Sign plans to open new franchises in West Perth and Joondalup by the end of the year.

Steve help available

Government support is just a phone call away for victims of Cyclone Steve.

Coach can help executives to win

MANY CEOs are so caught up in running the day to day affairs of a business that they do not allow time to step back and assess longer term goals and strategies.

GST checklist designed to help firms meet deadline

WITH the GST fast approaching, the Australian Tax Office has created a checklist to help small businesses meet the required deadlines.

Incubator gets $10m

THE LARGEST information technology and communications incubator project in WA has been launched under the Federal Government’s $76 million Building on Information Technology Strengths program.

Check credit online

SMALL and medium businesses can now use Australia’s first online credit checking service at

Japanese sun rises again

In the 1990s, many Western economies reshaped theirstructures utilising globalisation and technological change.

GST consequences hit home

WHEN the legislation giving effect to the New Business Tax System (Integrity and Other Measures) Act 1999 was passed by Parliament in December 1999, no-one in the funds management industry had foreseen anomalous implications for the cost bases of investor

GST anxiety bites small business hard

Small business anxiety over the GST has hit new heights, analysis by CPA Australia has revealed.