■ WA is still the nation’s powerhouse and the gap between the best and worst performing states appears to be widening. CommSec says WA and the Northern Territory are likely to hold their top positions over 2013.
■ Qantas is increasing services and investment in WA, raising its bets on demand for air travel among mine workers.
■ WA is adding 226 people to its population each day. Numbers grew 83,000 last year.
■ Construction on Perth’s major stadium will begin soon, after the State Government announced a preferred $30 million tender for the 18-month preparatory site works.
Major construction on the Burswood peninsula is expected to begin late next year.
■ Urban infill is likely at the Princess Margaret Hospital site, which is tipped to be rezoned for apartments and other commercial facilities. Mr Ryder says LandCorp has confirmed it could also add to the stock of inner-city residential sites in 2015 when PMH is decommissioned.
■ A $70 million water park is to be built in Perth’s north eastern suburbs. The $1.5 million first stage, a three storey high waterslide playground, is expected to be finished by December after getting planning approval from the City of Swan and a grant from the Federal Government. To be known as Outback Splash, the park will be built in six stages over 10 years.
■ Multi-million dollar developments are taking place in the city, which will result in apartments, offices and a hotel.

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