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Corporate Finance DealsView all

Foreign capital driving local takeover deals

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: WA companies have been on the receiving end of nearly every major takeover completed during the past two decades, with Wesfarmers a notable exception. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

HomeStay lists on ASX

Tech company HomeStay Care started trading on the ASX today after completing a reverse takeover of Antilles Oil and Gas and a $4 million capital raising.

ACCC approves Quadrant takeover

The competition watchdog has cleared Santos’ planned $2.9 billion takeover of Quadrant Energy despite concerns from some businesses in the Goldfields region about reduced competition for gas supplies.

Cycliq to raise up to $2m

Perth-based Cycliq has announced plans to raise up to $2 million as the cycling products developer ramps-up its business in the lead up to Christmas.

Healthscope opens books to $4.5bn offer

Healthscope has opened its books to Brookfield Capital Partners after the private equity firm made a $4.5 billion play for the private hospital operator, trumping a rival offer already on the table.

Politics & the EconomyView all

Major shifts at top of biggest employers list

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: The annual Business News Biggest Employers survey has tracked changing employment patterns in WA over 13 years. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

WA unemployment rate dips to 5.7%

Western Australia’s jobless rate has fallen to 5.7 per cent in October, while the national figure remains at a six-year low.

WA wages growth slow

Wages growth in Western Australia is lagging the country, with ABS data showing the state's wages increased just 1.6 per cent year on year, compared with a national increase of 2.3 per cent.

WA to pay down debt with GST windfall

The state government has confirmed it will use an estimated $1.7 billion GST windfall to pay down its debts, after the legislation cleared federal parliament today.

New CEO for City of Perth

The commissioners running the City of Perth have appointed an acting chief executive, with local government consultant Murray Jorgensen set to take the reins.

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PropertyView all

Lending squeeze puts brakes on new housing

A crackdown on lending by Australian banking regulators has placed further pressure on Western Australian homebuilders, with a decline in housing finance in the state extending to a sixth consecutive year.

WA has the biggest homes in Australia

Newly built homes in Western Australia are the largest in the country, with new houses averaging 235.3 square metres and new apartments increasing in size by 8.7 per cent.

Blackburne plans 24-storey tower for Subi

Property group Blackburne has released further details of its planned development of the Pavilion Markets site in Subiaco, with its plans including a reduced number of apartments spread across three buildings.

Cedar Woods builds beyond Perth base

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: While half of Cedar Woods’ 30 projects are in its home state of WA, the company has taken opportunities in Victoria, Queensland and SA. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Commercial sector cycles as home builds stumble

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: As Australia was emerging from the recession it had to have in 1991 and 1992, the commercial construction sector in Western Australia was at the tail end of a boom that would add 200,000 square metres of office space to the Perth CBD. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

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

Laugh Resort kicks off at The Shoe

The Laugh Resort Comedy Club will return to regular programming tomorrow night as it presents a sold-out opening show at a purpose-built venue within The Shoe Bar & Café, Yagan Square.

Woodside secures naming rights for Fringe venue

Oil and gas giant Woodside Petroleum has increased support for Perth’s Fringe World Festival, with a three-year sponsorship agreement including naming rights for the festival’s Pleasure Garden

Picabar gets ministerial reprieve

Northbridge venue Picabar may have been granted a reprieve, after intervention by Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman that will grant Picabar first preference in lease negotiations.

Youth Focus announces new CEO

Charity chief executive Arthur Papakotsias has been appointed the new chief executive of Youth Focus, replacing the outgoing Fiona Kalaf.

Theatre Trust leads big changes

Duncan Ord is overseeing major changes to the way in which the Perth Theatre Trust manages arts venues and the Perth Cultural Centre.

EnergyView all

RAC invests in $15m EV chargers

The Royal Automobile Club of WA has invested in Sydney-based Chargefox’s $15 million rollout of electric vehicle charging stations across Australia, which includes two in Perth.

Woodside, ENN pursuing options

Woodside Petroleum has signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese gas company ENN, while it is continuing work on the Scarborough, Browse and Pluto projects.

Govt seeking more info on waste project

Just hours after the developers of a $670 million waste-to-energy project announced they planned to start construction after obtaining all necessary approvals, the state government disclosed it has asked the Environmental Protection Authority to conduct further investigations.

$670m waste-to-energy project to proceed

Construction of Australia’s first large-scale waste-to-energy facility will start this month in Kwinana after investment groups Macquarie Capital and DIF bought the Phoenix Energy project. Once completed at a cost of $668 million, the Kwinana facility will transform waste treatment in Perth.

Coal powers ahead amid political pressure

As the key commodity soars on healthy demand in Asia, big Australian companies may be rueing decisions to offload valuable coalmining assets in the face of intense opposition.

"Mark My Words" PodcastsView all

16 November 2018

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the Navitas takeover, Karrinyup expansion, Belmont Park apartments, GST changes, Woodside's future, Wesfarmers demerger, and our look back at the past 25 years, including our special report on WA's biggest employers.

09 November 2018

PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the BHP derailment, lithium plant approval, North West Shelf Gas agreements, construction news, hotel developments, PEXA sale, and our special report on WA's innovation awards.

02 November 2018

PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the lithium industry, tourism challenge, state strategies, Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill, Power Ledger and Jemma Green, property market deals, Gascoyne Resources, ResApp and our special report on fund managers.

26 October 2018

PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss market volatility, young rich, gaming fortunes, property taxes, fraud cases, Cisco and our special report on commercial property.

19 October 2018

PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss waste-to-energy development, Port Hedland property, Airbnb regulations, unemployment, tech listings, and our special report on WA's biggest exporters.

Food & WineView all

New owner for Beach Bar

Scarborough Beach Bar has been thrown a lifeline, with insolvency specialist WA Insolvency Solutions selling the company to hospitality operator the ARK Group, which currently operates venues including The Generous Squire and Market Grounds.

Settlers Tavern finds growth formula

Never settling for second best, a hardworking couple has spent the past 15 years transforming Margaret River’s local pub, Settlers Tavern, into a venue of national note.

Xanadu wins top gong

Margaret River-based Xanadu Wines has claimed the coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, which were held last night.

Small fish expanding the gin pool

WA gin distillers Grumpy Fish and The West Winds Gin are taking small steps in a crowded market, using local flavours and sustainable techniques to attract lovers of the spirit.

Regional restaurants beat Perth in Food Guide

Regional restaurants have received the top accolades in Western Australia, as the national Good Food Guide released its 2019 edition.

Special ReportsView all

Fund Managers 2018

Fund Managers 2018

05 November 2018

New strategies to deliver returns

Funds grow as dynamic shifts
Ibaera filling a funding niche
NWQ making volatility work
Commercial property 2018

Commercial property 2018

29 October 2018

Foreign buyers lift market share

Perth office market absorbs foreign funds
Brookfield builds for the future
Sirona positive on Perth growth
Biggest Exporters 2018

Biggest Exporters 2018

22 October 2018

Rio Tinto leads our updated rankings

Exports jump as outlook improves
Mid-tier miners iron out positions
Agribusiness chews on challenges
Corporate finance September 2018

Corporate finance September 2018

08 October 2018

Review of September quarter deals.

Gold revival boosts deal flow
Mining, energy take IPO reins

MiningView all

WA construction work on the rise

A new report shows construction work in Western Australia has increased for the first time in five years, while warning that local industry must future-proof itself from capacity and capability risks.

Adriatic raises $10.8m

Peter Bilbe-led Adriatic Metals has announced a $10.8 million placement backed by major shareholder Sandfire Resources.

NRW up on earnings update

Shares in NRW Holdings have jumped 7.14 per cent today, after the mining contractor said it expected a 45 per cent uptick in revenue for the six months to December compared with last year.

S2 takes stake in Todd River

Mark Bennett-led S2 Resources has acquired a strategic stake in Northern Territory-focused Todd River Resources in a deal worth about $1.6 million.

EPA backs Mt Keith expansion

The revival of BHP’s Nickel West business has taken another step forward with the environmental watchdog recommending approval of a satellite mine at its Mt Keith operation.

OpinionView all

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the Navitas takeover, Karrinyup expansion, Belmont Park apartments, GST changes, Woodside's future, Wesfarmers demerger, and our look back at the past 25 years, including our special report on WA's biggest employers.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the BHP derailment, lithium plant approval, North West Shelf Gas agreements, construction news, hotel developments, PEXA sale, and our special report on WA's innovation awards.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the lithium industry, tourism challenge, state strategies, Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill, Power Ledger and Jemma Green, property market deals, Gascoyne Resources, ResApp and our special report on fund managers.

Bold choices required to secure prosperity

Opinion: A Committee for Perth report says the WA capital has dropped the ball, and lacks a strategy for its economic future.

Align interests with outcomes

Opinion: Why not align private sector tax cuts to cost-effectively improving the performance of education and health?

RetailView all

Wesfarmers shares down without Coles

Coles shares have floated on the Australian Securities Exchange at $12.49, with Wesfarmers' price adjusting in early trade without the supermarket giant in its stable.

Myer shares fall as Lew feud rages on

The war of words between Myer and Solomon Lew has escalated after the troubled retailer's shares went into freefall following its forced admission of another drop in sales. 

Tommy Hilfiger opens Perth store

International designer clothing brand Tommy Hilfiger has today opened its first full-price store in Western Australia, with a new outlet located in the Claremont Quarter.

Retail reward for Quick Flick

A retail deal with Priceline Pharmacy is the latest win for local makeup business The Quick Flick, which was launched last year by Perth university student turned entrepreneur Iris Smit.

SCA in $270m Perth shopping spree

Sydney-based SCA Property Group has purchased four Perth shopping centres for a combined $269.4 million as part of a larger deal with ASX-listed Vicinity Centres.

SkylineView all

Skyline

Property Council cautiously backs noise reforms

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed proposed laws governing apartment projects in entertainment precincts, but has expressed caution about where the policy applies and its impact on planning approvals.

Hibernian Place tops UDIA awards

BGC Development’s Westin Hotel and Hibernian Place development was picked as the top project in Western Australia in this year’s Urban Development Institute Australia WA awards.

Regus takes space at new Raine Square office

International serviced office provider Regus is close to finalising a lease for new office space at Raine Square, being developed by Charter Hall Group.

Access key at Linc industrial estate

Mining services, logistics warehousing and food services firms are boosting demand for industrial property.

The Village Margaret River on the market

Sirona Capital has engaged Colliers International and CBRE to offer its 5,706 square metre shopping centre in Margaret River to the market.

Bulls N' BearsView all

Bulls N' Bears

CVCheck streamlines software for SAP

CVCheck’s new platform connector technology is expected to streamline its clients’ hiring processes by allowing them to connect their SAP human resources management software directly to its CV and resume screening platform. SAP SuccessFactors is a leading cloud-based software suite that covers everything from payroll to employee engagement for more than 6600 customers across more than 60 industries.

St George continues to expand footprint near Leonora

St George Mining has delineated further extensions to the nickel/copper mineralisation in an ongoing diamond drilling program at its emerging Investigators prospect located near Leonora in the WA Goldfields region. Recent exploration intersected wide, massive sulphide intersections of between 5-6 metres true width and returned portable XRF analyses averaging from 8.0 - 8.8% nickel and 4.5 – 5.0% copper in the massive sulphide intercepts.

Kairos makes new nugget find in Pilbara

Kairos Minerals has found another 135 gold nuggets weighing over 11 ounces at its Croydon Project in the Pilbara region of WA, barely two months after its initial discovery of 256 nuggets. Most of the nuggets were found about 2.5km south of, and within the same stratigraphic corridor as the first patch while the third patch of nuggets marks the first time the company has recovered gold from the lower Hardey Formation.

Ore sorting looking lucrative for Novo

Ore sorting could be the panacea for conglomerate gold projects that are notoriously hard to drill after Novo Resources reported positive results from trials on bulk samples from its Comet Well conglomerate gold project near Karratha. The company said that ore sorting rejected up to 99.7% of the waste materials, with visual and X-ray examination of the ore concentrates showing gold nuggets, providing encouraging feedback from the trials.

Drilling extends Myanmar’s Bawdwin ore system

Myanmar Metals has delineated extensions to its new Western hanging wall Lode during resource development drilling that targeted areas outside of the existing mineral resources at its Bawdwin base metals project in Myanmar. This extends the strike of the lode to over 250 metres, with exceptional intersections up to 24m grading 2.2% lead and 0.9% zinc from 25m down-hole, including 6m @ 5.3% lead and 2% zinc.

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Canning – a welcoming and thriving City

OPINION shapers from the government, investment, transport and construction sectors were invited to the Business News boardroom to discuss the future development of Perth’s growing south-east corridor

Breast Cancer Researcher Honoured with Order of Australia

In September, Professor Arlene Chan was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to breast cancer research. The clinical trials she leads are helping to increase survival rates in breast cancer patients.

Fair Work Changes to Casuals

Australian Industrial Relations legislation has provided casual employees with a 25% casual loading to compensate for paid sick and annual leave, redundancy and other entitlements, but this has now been challenged by an unprecedented Federal Court decision, followed by updates to all Modern Awards.

Energy efficiency makes learning a breeze at South Bank TAFE

TAFE Queensland’s South Bank campus is a multi-building tertiary educational facility located in Brisbane’s South Bank Precinct. It was Queensland’s first PPP (Public Private Partnership).

New gaming and networking facility prepares students for the workplace of tomorrow

Technology has changed the way we live and work so much that it’s heralded a new era.