Rich natural resources have brought a business boom to Perth’s sunny shores, reports Chris Pritchard.

Perth is “easy Australia” – that’s my conclusion after my first day in Western Australia’s state capital. Having spent a productive yet unhurried day visiting a number of contacts, I phone a friend at 5pm, who suggests a drink in his 18th-floor office on St Georges Terrace. The view is captivating – the Swan River, along which the city’s residents sail their yachts in a stiff breeze. “We work hard and play hard,” says my friend, a British émigré, noticing my repeated glances out of the window.