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Perth’s housing choices

What will new housing developments look like in the future.

Urban infill key for 2050 vision of Perth

Perth is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, but what will happen as the population approaches 3.5 million?

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Beijing imposes 80% Australian barley tariff

Oil prices surge after early vaccine tests

Oil prices overnight jumped to their highest values in over two months on positive early results on a potential coronavirus vaccine, optimism about a resumption in economic activity and signs producers were following through on planned output reductions.

Gold eases amid vaccine hopes

Gold retreated overnight from a more than seven-year high, as stocks and oil surged on optimism surrounding the trial of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

Restarting WA’s economy in a COVID safe way

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Western Australia’s economy, and the State is now ready to get back to work. From 18 May, the State will enter Phase 2 of the WA government’s road map.

How do we go about designing pandemic-resilient cities?

Since the mid-20th century, a favourite pastime of some planning critics has been vilifying suburban sprawl for its links – rightly or wrongly – to obesity, environmentally negligent living and social

ASX gains 1% as iron ore and gold soar

The Australian share market has gained more than one per cent for the second straight day, with miners shining after iron ore and gold prices both jumped.

Three active COVID cases in WA as businesses reopen

Western Australia has officially moved into the second phase of lifting some of its coronavirus restrictions, while recording no new infections and two recoveries overnight.

$112m microgrid complete

A $112 million hybrid microgrid to power Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine has been completed, with 22 megawatts of renewable capacity, a battery, and gas/diesel backup plant in what the company claims is the largest such grid in Australia.

Ventura now under BGC Housing banner

BGC Australia has taken its second major step to consolidate its residential businesses, announcing the merger of the BGC Housing Group and Ventura Home Group.

Village Roadshow in takeover talks

BGH Capital has entered into talks with Village Roadshow to acquire the cinema and theme park owner for between $429.4 million and $468.5 million.

Hot Chili launches $9m capital raising

Copper explorer Hot Chili is targeting its first resource estimate for two projects in South America after announcing an oversubscribed $5 million placement and $3.9 million rights issue, with majority of the funds going towards a drilling restart at the Cortadera project in Chile.

Agrimin project granted major status

The federal government has granted Perth company Agrimin major status for its Mackay potash project in Western Australia for an initial three-year period.

Lessons from pandemic recess

As students return for term two, some of the state’s private and independent schools are embracing new practices born out of the COVID-19 disruption.

Unis drive broader value message

WA’s university sector is concerned with the lack of federal support for international students, warning that choices made now could cause years of damage to the country’s economy and reputation.

Lateral INCITE Awards names finalists for 2019

The Lateral INCITE Awards has shortlisted 26 entrants for this year’s program, with Leederville-based startup InteliCare and IT consultancy firm Modis Australia among those advancing to the second round of judging.

Service providers adapt to accommodate volunteers

Some volunteer programs have been put on pause due to COVID-19 restrictions, while those continuing to operate are welcoming new volunteers.

Hospitality hungry for recovery

Perth bar and restaurant operators are looking forward to reopening, but hope further easing of restrictions will be on the menu soon.

Emirates to cut about 30,000 jobs: report

Emirates Group is planning to cut about 30,000 jobs to reduce costs amid the coronavirus outbreak, which will bring down its number of employees by about 30 per cent from more than 105,000 at the end of March, Bloomberg News reports.

Four Virgin Australia bidders shortlisted

Four private equity firms are the leading candidates to buy Virgin Australia, the biggest regional casualty of the coronavirus crisis in the global aviation industry.

Cafes, pubs open as WA returns to work

Normality is starting to resume for Western Australians with cafes, restaurants and pubs reopening their doors and workers returning to offices

Aust shares up more than 1% early

Shares on the Australian market are off to a good start, with a gain of more than 1.0 per cent and most sectors trading higher.

Morning Headlines

Perth is test case for return to office

Oil prices jump on signs of higher demand

US crude prices have reached their highest price since March, on strengthening fuel demand as countries around the world eased travel restrictions they had imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

US-China tensions help gold to 7-year high

Gold prices have jumped to levels last seen in 2012, as renewed US-China trade tensions added to concerns about a deep economic slump due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WA to resume half of all elective surgeries

The state government has said it will allow public and private hospitals to increase elective surgeries to 50 per cent of normal activity as of Monday, following new guidelines set today by the national cabinet.

See-saw ASX up 1.4% as miners shine

The whipsaw action on the Australian share market has continued for a fifth straight day of back-and-forth action.