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Poseidon attracts $66m takeover

Privately-held US group Black Mountain Metals, which has recruited three experienced Perth mining executives to its leadership team, has flagged a takeover bid for Poseidon Nickel at six cents per share.

Cassini raises $4.2m

West Perth-based Cassini Resources has completed a $4.2 million share placement, with backing from the chairman of Chinese company Tinci Materials.

Sultan debuts after $4.8m IPO

Shares in Sultan Resources began trading on the ASX today, after the company raised $4.8 million via an initial public offering.

Risco ups Tap offer to $39m

Tap Oil major shareholder Risco Energy Investments has increased its takeover offer for the oil and gas company to $38.7 million on the back of BDO’s independent expert valuation.

ACCC backs Fero takeover

Kewdale-based manufacturer Fero Group appears set to be acquired by global outifit DYWIDAG-Systems International (DSI) Group, after the competition watchdog said it would not oppose the deal.

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Tourism isn’t rocket science

Opinion: A more creative approach is required if the state’s weak spots on tourism are to be overcome.

SAT sides with Como Hotel developer

Woolworths subsidiary ALH Group has had a win in the State Administrative Tribunal this week over its plans to develop a Dan Murphy's liquor store as part of its Como Hotel redevelopment, following a multi-year saga involving liquor licensing and the City of South Perth.

International students bypass WA

South Australia is giving Western Australia a run for its money in the race to attract international students.

Supreme Court rules on broken soap dish

It may seem a trivial matter, but a recent Court of Appeal ruling on who was responsible for maintaining the shower recess in a $1,700 per week rental property should be of keen interest to many landlords and insurers.

Dodds dives into water venture

Suzanne Dodds puts much of her entrepreneurial success down to dogged persistence and an ability to remain focused when the pressure is on.

Politics & the EconomyView all

Rates to head up as jobs market booms

The next move for interest rates is up, but the outlook for jobs is good and a wage rise could be around the corner, says Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe.

Govt seeks to revive international student market

The state government has foreshadowed a new graduate visa scheme to attract international students to WA but has no plans to reverse earlier policy decisions that have contributed to a plunge in the state's share of foreign students coming to Australia.

WA jobless rate at 6%

The state’s unemployment rate has declined for a fourth straight month, after the economy added about 13,000 full-time jobs in July, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

WA wages beat inflation

Western Australia continues to have the slowest nominal wages growth in Australia, with the latest data showing growth of 1.5 per cent, slightly ahead of local inflation at 1.1 per cent.

No leadership challenge for WA Libs leader

Opposition leader Mike Nahan insists he'll lead the Liberals to the next state election and says he has the overwhelming support of his colleagues, rejecting reports confidence in him is wavering.

PropertyView all

Ric New honoured with Robert Law Award

Midland Brick founder, the late Ric New, has been honoured for his influence on Western Australia’s building industry, receiving the Master Builders Association’s Robert Law award.

Work starts on $55m SwanCare project

Adco Constructions has broken ground on SwanCare’s $55 million retirement living and aged care project at Bentley Park, which will include a new residential care facility as well as a leisure precinct.

New land sales rise again

New land sales in Perth have increased for the third straight quarter, according to new data out today, with the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA saying the results reflect rising confidence in the local market.

Brokers building a better process

From a reputational point of view, Tristan Kirkham acknowledges the role played by building brokers is not as well understood as that of insurance and mortgage brokers.

Office facelifts shape success

Construction company SHAPE Australia has ridden the surge in office building revamps, resulting in two awards and its highest revenue in five years.

WA Event CalendarView all

WA's most comprehensive guide to forthcoming business-related events. To list an upcoming WA event on this page, complete the online submission form.

Arts & CommunityView all

Obscure venues provide opera diversity

From an asylum to a pool, Lost and Found Opera artistic director and co-founder Chris van Tuinen is bringing shows to unlikely Perth spaces.

Collaboration key for niche art works

Rick Vermey has been creating art since childhood, and recently found a niche producing integrated public works.

Grants for WA not-for-profit groups

Anglicare WA and UnitingCare West are among eight not-for-profit organisations nationally to have secured financial backing from Community Sector Banking, which has distributed $300,000 through its 2018 national grants pool.

Ned Kelly provides opportunity for AGWA

The Art Gallery of WA has welcomed an exhibition of works by Sidney Nolan in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia, providing an opportunity to showcase an existing historical collection of art.

Perth Festival primed for 2019

Perth Festival has released the first taste of its 2019 program, one day after festival sponsor Adrian Fini won a national award for his philanthropic work.

EnergyView all

Calima raising $65m for Canada

Subiaco-based oil and gas junior Calima Energy has raised $25 million through a placement, and aims to pick up a further $40 million through debt to underpin a drilling campaign at its Canadian exploration tenements.

Origin lifts profit, signals dividend return

Origin Energy has more than doubled underlying profit on the back of improved performance in its retail and gas production operations, and signalled a return to dividend payouts in the current financial year.

Nahan commits to electricity competition

State opposition leader Mike Nahan has locked in part of his party’s energy policy early in the election cycle, pledging on the weekend to allow competition in retail power markets if his party wins the 2021 election.

APA accepts $13bn offer from CKI

The board of APA Group has accepted a $12.98 billion takeover offer from a consortium led by Hong Kong's CK Infrastructure (CKI), in a deal that will see major gas pipelines in WA sold to a new owner.

NEG approved by states, questions remain for WA

States and territories have signed up to the federal government's proposed National Energy Guarantee today, and it will have a big impact on Western Australian industry despite the state not being part of the National Electricity Market.

"Mark My Words" PodcastsView all

17 August 2018

This week Mark My Words covers a broad range of topics including international students, health department corruption, liquor licenses, Ausdrill and Barminco merging, our exclusive report on retail property, and our special projects list.

10 August 2018

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Matt McKenzie discuss a newly created Business News database with details of more than 140 major projects, Carnarvon Petroleum, York Civil, RCR Tomlinson, Tourism, International education, energy policy, a record grain harvest, and WA’s tech sector leaders.

03 August 2018

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Matt McKenzie discuss the WA Club, Subiaco Pavilion Markets, two hotels changing hands, house prices, Andrew Forrest's philanthropy, WA's award winning wineries and our special report on small business.

27 July 2018

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss lithium's $2 billion plus expansion, iron ore revival continues, Charlie Bass, digital health, Brendan Gore, and our oil and gas features reveals 15 projects.

20 July 2018

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss positive signs in the property market, new mining and gas projects, a 'staggering' oil discovery, and our annual review of WA's arts companies.

Food & WineView all

Liquor licensing reforms take effect

State government reforms that liberalise the rules governing permanent licensed premises but tighten up on pop-up venues come into effect this weekend, as new data shows 114 licensed premises have opened in Western Australia this year.

Gage secures nib Stadium supply deal

Gage Roads Brewing Company has won a five-year beer and cider supply contract with nib Stadium, adding to a similar deal with Optus Stadium.

Patience, provenance key ingredients for Yarri

Six months after Dunsborough restaurant Yarri opened to much fanfare, we talk to the team behind the venture about their long-term strategy.

New Northbridge venue shuts down

Northbridge restaurant and microbrewery Cyril Mason’s has closed its doors less than three months after opening at the William Street location.

WA tops Halliday wine awards

Great Southern wine producer Duke’s Vineyard and Deep Wood Estate’s Julian Langworthy have topped the prestigious Halliday Wine Companion Awards announced in Melbourne last night.

Special ReportsView all

Technology Innovators 2018

Technology Innovators 2018

13 August 2018

Who are the WA market leaders?

Tech leaders slowly emerge
Progress made on submarine cables
Oil & Gas 2018

Oil & Gas 2018

30 July 2018

Fifteen projects under way or planned as sector turns.

Expansion plans get energy sector pumping
Cha play buoyant FLNG role
Staff cuts add to red tape concerns
Corporate finance June 2018

Corporate finance June 2018

16 July 2018

Six-page analysis of the top advisers

Sternship making its mark
New corporate advisory players lift market share
Growth in alternative financing

MiningView all

Kangaroo approves PT Bayan bid

Directors of junior miner Kangaroo Resources has given a tick to a bid from Indonesian coal miner PT Bayan which values the company at $515 million.

Evolution full-year profit jumps

Evolution Mining has lifted full-year profit 21 per cent to $263.4 million, helped by the sale of its Edna May gold mine in Western Australia for $90 million.

MineArc wins Telstra WA business of the year

Welshpool-based supplier of emergency refuge chambers to the mining industry, MineARC Systems, was declared the Telstra WA Business of the Year last night, while Perth Cat Hospital, Pachamama and Earbus Foundation also picked up prizes.

Investigation into Rio mine death

The state government is investigating the death of a haul truck driver at Rio Tinto’s Paraburdoo mine, which occurred last night.

Neometals to demerge vanadium project

West Perth-based Neometals will demerge its Barrambie vanadium and titanium project early next year, as the businesses gears up for a final investment decision on its planned Kalgoorlie lithium hydroxide refinery in mid-2019.

OpinionView all

Mark my words podcast

This week Mark My Words covers a broad range of topics including international students, health department corruption, liquor licenses, Ausdrill and Barminco merging, our exclusive report on retail property, and our special projects list.

Energy policy a power failure

Opinion: WA’s interest and those of other states are poorly aligned in terms of national energy policy, and the same is increasingly the case given US trade tensions with China.

Winning play on home turf

Opinion: Home-ground advantage works for sports teams, and it can work for your business, too.

Mark my words podcast

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Matt McKenzie discuss a newly created Business News database with details of more than 140 major projects, Carnarvon Petroleum, York Civil, RCR Tomlinson, Tourism, International education, energy policy, a record grain harvest, and WA’s tech sector leaders.

Targets are fine, just not on your back

Sustainable growth based on realistic projections and outcomes can help business avoid the pitfalls some in the timber and wine sectors have experienced.

RetailView all

Bunnings UK savages Wesfarmers profit

Wesfarmers has suffered a 58 per cent drop in full-year net profit after taking more than $1.3 billion in costs and losses on its disastrous Bunnings UK exit and a $300 million write-down on underperforming Target, while also announcing leadership changes at its department stores.

Wesfarmers in $350m KTAS sale

Wesfarmers has struck a deal to sell its Kmart Tyre and Auto Service (KTAS) business to German company Continental AG for $350 million.

KFC expansion swells Collins Foods profit

Collins Foods, Australia's biggest KFC franchisee, has lifted full-year profit by 16 per cent, buoyed by the addition of new stores to its network, and despite the Western Australian market being an under-performer.

Metcash shares lift despite $150m FY loss

Metcash shares have rallied after the supermarkets wholesaler announced a $125 million share buyback alongside an impairment-driven full-year loss of $149.5 million.

Kambo's into administration

Customers of local whitegoods and home appliance retailers Kambo’s and Liebe + Haus have been told they will need to wait several days before finding out if their credit purchases are still valid after the two jointly-owned businesses were placed into administration on Friday.

Bulls N' BearsView all

Bulls N' Bears

Terrain generates new gold targets near Leonora

Terrain Minerals has outlined a number of new gold exploration targets on its Wild-viper exploration licence that completely surrounds its Great Western gold project, north of Leonora in W.A. The company will shortly commence reconnaissance geological mapping and soil sampling programs over the areas of interest. Terrain also said this week that drilling results from its RC drill program at the Red Mulga exploration play near Geraldton are imminent.

Artemis back on gold trail at Purdy’s

Artemis Resources’ JV partner Novo Resources has shown that a highly prospective gold-bearing conglomerate unit strikes for at least 1.2km at the Purdy’s Reward project near Karratha. Recent field work has located fault structures and a distinctive mafic marker horizon that control the distribution of gold. The JV partners are presently diamond drilling at Purdy’s Reward and preparing to take bulk samples of the deposit.

Ducks all lining up in a row for Strike

Strike Energy’s Jaws-1 horizontal coal seam gas well in the Cooper Basin of South Australia, is currently flowing water at a rate of about 1,100 barrels per day and rising with the electric submersible pumps operating near their lowest setting. This indicates significant reservoir inflow from the targeted Vu Upper coal seam and the company will continue to ramp up water production until sustained operations are achieved.

Infinity looks to lithium hydroxide in Spain

Infinity Lithium has started a scoping study that will look into the potential for the company to economically produce lithium hydroxide alongside its San Jose lithium mine in western Spain. The study is due to be released in September and could result in the company progressing its ongoing feasibility study towards producing a higher value lithium hydroxide battery chemical product rather than lithium carbonate.

Myanmar picks up pace at Bawdwin

Myanmar Metals has commenced a 15,000 metre resource development drilling campaign at its Bawdwin polymetallic mine in central Myanmar. The program is expected to grow the project’s mineral resource estimates and define a large ore reserve, underpinning a feasibility study due for release in late 2019. The drilling will also allow a more thorough evaluation of the mine’s copper-cobalt-nickel potential and help delineate extensions of the existing lodes.

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Thought LeadershipView all

Cyber Villains and Heroes: the quest for a cyber-secure future.

The Cyber Security Review, led by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, found that cybercrime costs the Australian economy up to $1 billion annually. According to the U.S.

No point going back to the future, we’re in it!

Do you use Siri on your iPhone? Own a smart vehicle? Used the on-line pop-up helper on the ATO or a similar website?

Breaking into the global marketplace

With the rise of globalisation comes the increasing demand for businesses to expand into international markets in order to stay competitive. This can create significant opportunities for organisations of all sizes, however it can also pose a great risk if approached in the wrong way.

Helping people with no choices

Imagine what you would do if you found yourself homeless, if you lost your job and couldn’t pay your bills, if you couldn’t provide a meal for yourself or your family, if you didn’t have a safe and se

How the GDPR affects you, even if you think it doesn’t

You’ve probably heard about the GDPR, but have you taken action in time for the 25 May enforcement date? Here’s my quickstart guide to compliance for Australian businesses.