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Bill ramifications ‘huge’

THE draft Bill, which has been released for public comment, provides for identification and classification of contaminated or potentially contaminated sites.The Department of Environmental Protection and the Water and Rivers Commission will each hav...

Internet threat to retail played down

THE perceived threat of the Internet to shopping centres often mooted by industry players is not warranted, Woolworths CEO and managing director Roger Corbett told a recent Securities Institute luncheon.“There’s lots of talk about there being clicks...

Salt project mixed blessing

THE commissioning of the Onslow Solar Salt Project is placing added pressure on the local community and its infrastructure.The Ministry of Planning has addressed concerns in the Onslow Structure Plan released last week that makes provision for the p...

Market lull forces prices down

A NUMBER of advertised homes have dropped their prices by up to 10 per cent in the last two weeks just to find a buyer, Hegney Property Valuations managing director Gavin Hegney said.He said the real estate market was in a lull.“We have an abnorma...

New Living program awarded

THE WA Government’s urban renewal program, New Living, has won the United Nations World Habitat Award.The $320 million program defeated five international finalists.Housing Minister Kim Hames said New Living enabled more than 2,000 individuals or ...

Industry groups on the move

PROPERTY industry groups have been repositioning themselves in the marketplace, with the latest move by the Urban Development Institute of Australia to the old Perth Property Council headquarters at the National Mutual Centre, 111 St George’s Terrace....

Romany welcome

EVERYTHING changes, I constantly tell my staff. That is, until I lunched at the Romany Restaurant and was proved wrong.I reflected on this 60 year old Northbridge time warp come Italia-Australian eatery and had to change my philosophy.The Romany, ...

In praise of shiraz

PETER Lehmann placed his tongue firmly in his cheek to maintain that, when god created shiraz, it was with the Barossa Valley in mind.The god in question would have to be Allah because shiraz vines were brought to France from Persia by the Crusaders...


FRASERS Restaurant received the award for Most Popular Hall of Fame Restau-rant for 2000 in the recent American Express National Restaurant Awards. To enter the Hall of Fame, Frasers won American Express Restaurant Awards in three consecutive years....

tasting notes

NEW people are breathing new life into our city’s doorstep wine region.Thirty minutes from Perth a revitalised Swan Valley awaits a city population still slow to realise the goodies offered by a short drive.Once recognised as our major wine produc...

Colorbond CD-ROM puts colour choice at your fingertips

BHP Coated Steel – Australia has launched a COLORBOND steel Colour Selector CD-ROM that can be used to create, choose and compare colour schemes for any building at the click of a mouse.The powerful new tool, the product of almost a year of dev...

Limited edition extras for Saab 9-3 coupe and sedan at Henley Saab

SAAB Automobile Australia is celebrating reduced GST car prices with Limited Edition extras for the Saab 9-3 TS Coupe and S Sedan to create the best value entry car in Australia at $49,990.The Limited Edition extras for the Saab 9-3 TS Coupe and S ...

Anglo digs up investment gem

THE WA mining sector looks increasingly like a garage sale.This state of affairs is largely due to the timidity of Australian institutions that have refused to pay up for world class assets.

China move bodes well for WA harvest

CHINA’S accession to the World Trade Organization, hopefully by the end of this year, will be good news for WA.

Rowe steers employer group

IT IS nearly eight years since Lyndon Rowe took the top job at WA’s top employer organisation – the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Bigger, brighter, better

WELCOME to the weekly Business News.WA’s business paper of the past seven years will now be published twice as often.

Retail revitalised

PERTH’S CBD retail scene is on the cusp of a major revitalisation.

$20m CBD civic square plan

A NEW $20 million civic square has been earmarked for the Perth CBD. The plan involves demolishing the old Law Chambers building and replacing it with a public square.Architect Ken Adam has been pushing for the project for the past nine years.

Proposals on display

PERTH people will have a chance to view the proposals from the three main bidders for the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre from August 10.

Councils bank on community

TWO Perth municipalities are drawing closer to entering the banking business.

Gas deal poses questions

WA GAS Holdings’ successful bid for 45 per cent of Alinta Gas valued the gas supplier at $950 million, according to WA Energy Minister Colin Barnett.

Development put on hold

PLANS by Monteath Properties to build residential apartments on its Northbank property in Fremantle following the collapse of the proposed Ramada hotel complex could hold up development at the site for months, according to City of Fremantle urban mana...

Clough wins major contracts

TWO offshore oil and gas field contracts worth more than $38 million have been secured by Perth-based Clough Engineering.

Games ’R’ Us launches float

WA-BASED computer games retailer Games ’R’ Us Australia has launched a public share offer to raise $3.5 million to fund the next stage of its expansion program.

Unconventional approach

THE State Government’s decision to display the proposed models by the three bidders for the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre is at best a token exercise.

Tourism refund oversight

A MAJOR gap has come to light in the GST refund scheme for tourists after a Hong Kong resident was refused a refund on a large painting purchased in WA.

Sanford in demand

Shares in Perth online financial services provider Sanford Limited opened at a 40 cent premium on Tuesday before closing at $1.55 – five cents above the issue price with more than one million shares changing hands.

Signs of bright times

PERTH-based high-resolution imaging company Lumacom has launched the first of its planned worldwide network of high-impact, full colour video displays.


CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved in the organisation of last week’s Diggers and Dealers Forum in Kalgoorlie.