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Perth airport traffic grows 10%

04 June 2015 In: Travel, Perth, Western Australia, General

Perth Airport has seen overall passenger numbers rise by 10% in the past year with over 4.13 million travellers using the airport to and from international destinations. Across the whole of Australia international passenger traffic last year climbed to 33.089 million, compared with 31.345 million in 2013, according to a report by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. Qantas leads the market with 15.9%, followed by Emirates (9.7%), Singapore Airlines (8.7%), Jetstar (8.3%)…

Perth to be capital of W.A.

02 June 2015 In: Perth, Western Australia, General

Legislation to officially recognise Perth as the capital city of Western Australia is now before State Parliament. It will also establish Perth City Council as the State’s main Local Government authority, Lisa Scaffidi, Lord Mayor of Perth, said the City of Perth Act was bold and aims to develop stronger collaboration between the City of Perth, State and Federal governments and the private sector to strategically plan and manage Perth as a developing global city. “Perth…

$650m for social housing in W.A.

02 June 2015 In: Property, Western Australia, Family, General

The government of Western Australia has announced a $560 million plan to increase social housing in the State. Housing Minister Colin Holt said the money would deliver up to 1500 homes, including 1000 that would be built, purchased or leased over the next two years for seniors and families with children on the priority waitlist. Funding includes $85 million of Department of Housing land, $452 million – including $85.2 million from Royalties for Regions – for…

$55bn growth in Australia Natural Gas

23 May 2015 In: Jobs, Migration, Western Australia, Economy, General

Australia’s Liquefied National Gas industry could become the world’s largest and most technologically advanced, contributing more than $55 billion to Australia’s GDP in 2020. Darrell Todd, CEO of thinking australia, says: “Australia’s LNG industry will expand greatly over the next three years and beyond. Many hundreds of skilled workers will be needed to meet this increase in production”. Over the next five years natural gas production will increase by more than 90%, the number of…

Mining in Australia

21 May 2015 In: Jobs, Migration, Western Australia, Economy, General

Mining in Australia is no longer a matter of pick axe and shovel, today it’s hi-tech computerised operations and giant driverless trucks. “A lot has changed since our first shipment of iron ore from Tom Price mine to the Japanese steel mills,” says Andrew Harding, chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore group. “Innovation and new technology are significant drivers for our business”. For example, Rio Tinto is the largest owner and operator of autonomous…

Western Australia $499m new roads

18 May 2015 In: Western Australia, Economy, General

Western Australia is set to benefit from a string of new road building schemes and an economy-boosting plan for deregulation and new privatisations. The Government is to invest $499 million in road infrastructure to improve communications, ease congestion and create jobs. And with a further boost to the W.A. economy, there will be further privatisations, including ports, the TAB and poles and wires; the abolition of the Potato Marketing Corporation; and further deregulation of trading…

Fall in Perth rental costs

10 May 2015 In: Property, Finance, Perth, Western Australia, Family, General

The cost of renting a home in Western Australia has fallen and the number of available properties is rising. Latest figures show the average weekly cost of renting in Perth has dropped $30 in the past year to $430, while the number of empty properties has risen by almost 5 per cent. More and more Perth rentals are being left vacant as the city’s population growth falls and record low interest rates encourage tenants to…

23,000 new homes for Western Australia

08 May 2015 In: Jobs, Property, Western Australia, General

Western Australia will see 23,000 new homes built in the state in the coming 12 months. The Housing Industry Forecasting Group has predicted that there would be 23,000 dwelling commencements in 2015/16, a 23 per cent decrease on original forecasts. A new report by the H.I.F.G says even though there will be a fall in new homes being built, the numbers were at a “healthy level” and was still above the long-term annual average of…

World’s biggest plane for Australia

01 May 2015 In: Travel, Perth, Western Australia, General

The world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, made its maiden flight into Perth Airport on Friday, promising a new era in travel to Australia. A specially-built new arrival gate is now in use at Terminal 1 to accommodate the giant new plane following Perth Airport’s $1bn redevelopment. The new double-decker aircraft will carry up to 982 passengers inbound and outbound daily between Perth and the Emirates’ hub of Dubai. “Emirates is pleased to now…

1.4 million new jobs for Perth

01 May 2015 In: Jobs, Migration, Perth, Western Australia, General

Over 1.4 million new jobs will be created in Perth Western Australia in coming years, according to a new government report. A predicted huge increase in population will also require the building of 800,000 new homes according to Western Australia’s Planning Minister John Day who says that W.A.’s population is expected to increase to 3.5 million by 2050. Darrell Todd, CEO of thinkingaustralia, says: “This new government forecast is good news for potential migrants seeking…

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