Mark Beyer

As News Editor, Mark Beyer oversees the day-to-day editorial team at Business News. Mark has nearly 30 years experience, primarily in business journalism. He has worked in corporate affairs roles, both in-house and as a consultant. Mark’s is a former economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra.

BHP takes over final Pilbara mine

BHP Billiton has notified Macmahon Holdings that it plans to take over the Orebody 18 iron ore mine this year, while also announcing its intention to close one of its smaller Pilbara mines.

Global firms target WA gas

The influx of global oil and gas players to Perth for a major conference this month has provided a platform for some to announce plans to expand their operations in Western Australia.

WA acquisition helps QUBE

QUBE Holdings is confident of continued growth in revenue and profits, helped by the acquisition of Canning Vale-based IML Logistics and the increase in volumes under its port services contract with Chevron.

Maximising gas potential

Debate continues over the best way to maximise returns from the state's rapidly growing oil and gas sector.

Crown hotel faces big cost increase

Gaming and resort company Crown has posted solid growth in interim profit, thanks to a strong performance from its Macau business, but the news wasn't so good in Australia, where the group reported lower earnings and a big cost increase at its planned Perth hotel development.

Atlantic set for extra funding

Embattled miner Atlantic is once again set to obtain extra funding from major shareholder Droxford International, which has proposed a new $32.6 million loan facility.

Wesfarmers profit up 11% on retail strength

Wesfarmers has lifted its first-half profit more than 11 per cent following another strong performance from its Coles and Bunnings businesses, offset partly by continued problems in its Target stores and weakness in its coal mining and industrial supply businesses.

Panoramic up 70% on drill results

Panoramic Resources' share price rocketed higher today after the company reported drill results that it described as a "potential game changer" for its Savannah nickel project.

$27m marine studies to proceed

The Australian Institute of Marine Science has teamed up with three universities for a major environmental study off the state's Kimberley coast that will be funded by gas project developers Shell and INPEX.

Forge management’s epic fail

In hindsight, Forge Group founder Peter Hutchinson was unwittingly prophetic when he spoke to Business News in June 2012, on one of his last days at the company. Explaining his decision to hand the reins to more experienced managers, Mr Hutchinson said he wanted to ensure Forge didn't enter the "graveyard of mining services contractors that have come unstuck".

Job losses don’t discriminate

The spectacular collapse of Forge Group highlights some of the big differences between the resource states and other parts of Australia.

MinRes plans new port facilities

Mining services company Mineral Resources is close to implementing ambitious plans to develop new transhipment facilities in the Pilbara and in Cockburn Sound to support growth in iron ore exports.



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