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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.

All change as space becomes available

A WINDOW of opportunity for new office space exists around 2002-03 with a significant number of Premium and A grade CBD tenant leases due for renegotiation.

West End retail moves upmarket

THE transformation of one of Perth’s more neglected streets three years ago has formed a the nucleus of a high-end retail enclave.

Dream team named

THE Perth Convention Bureau has recruited a ‘Dream Team’ of leading Perth identities to market WA as a convention and incentive travel destination.

Groovy Subi Centro is in hot demand

DEMAND is running hot for residential and commercial-mixed use lots in the Subi Centro redevelopment.

Council moves challenges

THE relocation of the City of Perth’s administration from two city premises to the refurbished Council House could well be the largest and most strategically difficult commercial moving assignment to be tackled in Perth this year.

Facelift includes world first for Burswood Casino

BURSWOOD International Resort Casino is currently undergoing a $4 million refurbishment of its main gaming floor and the installation of special lighting effects with new state-of-the-art technology.

West Perth proves a CBD alternative

WEST Perth has become the major alternative office market to the CBD. Located within a kilometre of the CBD fringe, its reputation as a CBD alternative, combined with outgoings and parking efficiencies, makes it attractive.

Lease of life for factories

ONE of the biggest changes to the face of Perth has been the redevelopment of disused industrial land in the city’s east.The East Perth Redevelopment is now nearing completion and will be home to about 2,900 in people in 18 months’ time.

Crockett calls for beauty use

PERTH must trade on its natural beauty, WA Tourism Commission CEO Shane Crockett recently told members of the Property Council. Mr Crockett said exit surveys on visitors leaving Perth found overwhelming enthusiasm for the city.

Executives share $10,000 convention scholarship

TWO Perth association executives have shared a $10,000 scholarship offered by the Perth Convention Bureau to further their professional development.

DIY presentations need careful handling

A CLIENT was complaining bitterly the other day about a presentation he attended over east, where he had been subject to hours of complex strategizing presented on an overhead projector.

Intellectual capital needs to be preserved

THE integrity of human knowledge capital must be preserved for successful future business practice, said Tim Mazzarol in his key-note address at the recent Asia Pacific IT&T Awards Exposition of Nominations.

Wesfarmers reaps rewards

WESFARMERS CSBP has chosen Tivoli’s IT Director product to manage its information technology systems in its Perth headquarters and six remote locations in the WA wheatbelt region.

Smart business pleases 4,500

ABOUT 4,500 Western Australians took an opportunity to learn about electronic commerce at the recent SmartBusiness ’99 Electronic Commerce Expo.

Call centres follow the sun

While only around 100 of the 3,000 call centres in Australia are in this state, an increasing number of companies are choosing to locate teleservices in WA, according to AlintaGas customer services co-ordinator John D'Arcy.

Phone work offers flexibility

DRAKE International call centre specialist Connie Dattilo said the industry was increasingly becoming 24-hours a day, seven days a week in nature, and most call centres offered a number of flexible employment opportunities.

New call for health

IN a first for WA, the Health Department is planning to launch a telephone triage service in mid May as part of a joint State and Federal Government initiative.

Outsourcing not common practice

OUTSOURCING call centre business functions to a third party organisation is not a common practice in the Asia Pacific region, the recently released 1999 Call Centre Research (a division of ACA Research) Asia Pacific Call Centre Study revealed.

Recruitment a specialised area

THE rapid growth in the call centre industry over the past few years has put much greater demands on those involved in the recruitment of call centre ‘agents’ — those people at the other end of your call.