We hear Nedlands-based corporate investment advisory firm JP Equity Partners is doing a whip-around to help fund a chartered flight to the annual Diggers & Dealers gabfest in Kalgoorlie this year.
The Jason Skinner-headed firm is seeking 10 companies to chip in $2500 each to join it as corporate sponsors for the flight. Each corporate will get the chance to chew the ear of 70 brokers expected to be on the flight.
Skinner told the Bull yesterday the one-hour flight would take on a speed-dating format, with each corporate getting the chance to speak to a row of brokers on the 80-seat jet.
“It’s an opportunity for corporates to get in front of brokers before the conference when they have a clear head,” he said.
Skinner says the idea has already received strong interest from corporates and brokers alike.
The only catch is that JP is not planning a return flight to Perth, so those on board will have to make their own plans. Skinner said finances did not allow for the return flight but it could be on the cards for next year.
The Bull was saddened to hear the news yesterday that a green sea turtle found floating in Port Hedland harbour had died despite a spirited effort by the Pilbara community to save it.
This month, crew aboard a Pilbara Ports Authority pilot vessel spotted the stricken animal floating in the busy harbour and unable to dive.
The authority’s environment team retrieved it and took it to South Hedland Vet Hospital.
But it was decided the reptile needed specialist attention at the Exmouth Vet Clinic, which provides care for the Ningaloo Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
After a call-out on social media for a turtle ambulance, Townlink Couriers picked up the sick animal and took it to Karratha. From there, a member of the Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association in Karratha, Andrew Poisat, and a friend drove the turtle to Exmouth, a total of 780km.
The turtle was named Minderoo, after the Andrew Forrest-founded charity footed her vet bills.
But despite desperate efforts by Ningaloo Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre founder Dr Jane Giliam, Minderoo died at the weekend.
Dr Giliam has nominated Pilbara Ports Authority for an RSPCAWA Humane Award for its efforts to save endangered sea turtles.
Minderoo was the second sick turtle Pilbara Ports Authority has rescued that was sent to the Ningaloo Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
The nomination also aims to acknowledge the huge community effort to get Minderoo to Exmouth.
Dr Giliam said there were a few reasons why turtles might be found floating.
“Either they’ve ingested plastic or have internal parasites, which can lead to bacterial infections,” she said. “If a turtle can’t dive, it can’t eat sea grass and will starve.
“Only one in 1000 turtle hatchlings make it through to adulthood, so every single turtle that can be treated represents those 1000 hatchlings who did not survive.”
Green sea turtles can live up to 80 years in the wild and are listed as an endangered species.
Mining executives in the annual Walk the Plank fundraiser have raised $112,100 for childhood brain cancer research after taking the plunge from the 5m diving board at HBF Stadium on Friday.
We hear some needed prodding at the end of a cutlass to make the plunge but all ended up in the drink.
Those taking part included Sandfire Resources boss KarlSimich, Pilbara Minerals chief Ken Brinsden, Western Areas head honcho Dan Lougher and Venturex Resources managing director Ajanth “AJ” Saverimutto.
Also joining the mining- oriented throng on the diving board were prominent mining lawyer, Gilbert + Tobin senior partner Michael Blakiston, mining contractor Byrnecut Australia chief Pat Boniwell and Brunel boss Mike Duncan.
With Stuart McKinnon