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Challenge claims 20%

WA’S CHALLENGE Bank is claiming a 20 per cent market share in the local home loan market as the bank continues its recovery in this sector.

Greeks seeking new ships

WA’S aluminium fast ferry industry is a source of fascination for Greek shipping companies, says Greek consul Theodore Tsakiris.

WA TAFE opens in China

WA’S latest TAFE college has opened its doors — in China.The Anhui China Australia TAFE College in Hefei, the capital of the Chinese province of Anhui, is jointly managed by Central TAFE, TAFE International WA and the Anhui Academy of Science and Techno

Polymers provide clients termite free posts

TERMITE-riddled verandah posts are a thing of the past. WA company Polymer Design Building Products has developed a range of posts from polymer that repel termites and do not warp, rust, rot or split.

Shopfitter shortage

RETAILERS are being urged to book shopfitters for renovations or refits well in advance.

Preston plant sets new nickel precedent

Producing its first metal from the Bulong nickel/cobalt project has set a new precedent for WA-based miner Preston Resources Limited.

Chirano right address

STOCKBROKER State One Equities analyst Alan Hill believes the evidence to date suggests the Chirano project offers real “company making” potential.

Power crisis cuts mine operations in Ghana

A major hurdle for Red Back Mining NL (RBK) to overcome will be the power crisis currently underway in Ghana. This has affected Ranger’s operations at Damang mine.

Aurora beats climate

Perth-based Aurora Gold Limited’s Mt Muro gold and silver mine in Indonesia overcame another year of climatic extremes to post a lower $14.5 million operating profit.

WA diamonds set in gold

THE value of diamond production in WA has increased substantially, mainly due to the devaluation of the Australian dollar, but partly due to the Asian economic crisis.

AIC hits top gear

Australian International Carbon Limited (AIC) has completed the relocation and upgrade of its activated carbon processing plant and moved to full production.

Timor Sea proves to be feasible prospect

The Northern Australia Gas Venture (NAGV) has confirmed that development of Timor Sea gas is technically feasible, but ultimate success depends upon capture of markets and project economics.

Troy extends mine

HIGH-grade gold intersections by Troy Resources NL have extended mineralisation at the Bulchina prospect in the Sandstone region of WA.

ACCC targets small business

SMALL business operators are the latest target for the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission.

Local printers priced out of profit

TOO many WA printers have priced themselves into a hole they cannot escape says Touchstone Colour founder Terry Stone.Mr Stone said sheet-fed printing in Perth was the cheapest in Australia.

Moving to London a Snap for WA firm

SNAP Printing has extended its global expansion program to London, opening its first centre in Marylebone High Street.

Timely transport pays dividends

BUSINESS people’s need for timely transport is paying dividends for Bruce Cross. Mr Cross, owner of Quality Personal Transport, is one of Perth’s growing number of Small Charter Vehicle operators.

Tumultuous time for markets

Ever get the feeling that the market over the past twleve months was particularly volatile?

12 deadly work sins

RECRUITMENT firm Catalyst has release its list of the 12 deadly sins in the work place – ambition, customer service, job security, deadlines, office politics, management style, envy, technology, autonomy, workload, lack of appreciation and lack of control

Males are still dominant

MALES still have the weight of numbers in the workplace says a survey by Morgan & Banks. According to the survey, 76.2 per cent of employees report more males than females in their workplaces.

Carousel opening highlights Westfield spread

THE opening of the first stage of its $190 million expansion of the Carousel shopping centre in Cannington marks a further step in the growth plans of retail giant Westfield into Perth’s commercial and retail market.

Commercial stability norm for Perth

CONTINUED stability reigns supreme across the board in the Perth commercial property market.

Architect in the swim

PERTH-based Donovan Payne Architects has been awarded an $18 million contract to design the Sydney 2000 Olympics water polo pool complex — the only WA architect to be involved in the project.

Kewdale sale opens door

THE recent sale of industrial property in Kewdale has opened the doors to future development opportunities, according to Stanton Hillier Parker’s manager of commercial and industrial sales Andrew McKerracher.

Old dairy makes way for $34m city village

THE familiar Brownes Dairy in Charles Street, North Perth, has been demolished to make way for a $34 million village-style concept for this conveniently located inner city area.

Plan for secure city designs

In recent years there has been a trend in major Australian cities to revitalise inner city and adjacent suburbs by encouraging people to live in the city.

Supply and demand rules West Perth

THE law of supply and demand with regard to quality office space has allowed rental levels within the West Perth office precinct to steadily increase.

New living revitalises suburbs

CONTRACTS for three further Homeswest New Living projects have recently been signed by Housing Minister Kim Hames.

Square poses controversial queries

BARRACK Square’s facelift looms as one of the most controversial public works programs in Perth. WA Premier Richard Court wants to build a glass and chrome monolith to house the 18 bells of St Martin in the Fields given to Perth.