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Cimic makes bid for Macmahon

Construction giant CIMIC Group has proposed to acquire all the shares it doesn't own in Perth-based Macmahon Holdings, with the deal valuing the target at about $174 million.

$107m Birimian deal falls over

Subiaco-based lithium explorer Birimian has terminated a $107.5 million cash offer for its Bougouni project in Mali after the Chinese bidder failed to make a deposit in time.

Aurora in venture with WorleyParsons

Shares in Aurora Labs were higher on the announcement of a commercial venture with engineering business WorleyParsons to incorporate its metal 3D printing technology into operations across a number of industries.

Huntsman launches $4.5m IPO

Perth-based gold exploration company Huntsman Resources is seeking to list on the ASX with the launch of its prospectus for a $4.5 million initial public offering.

Galaxy borrows $US40m to refinance debt

Galaxy Resources has secured a $US40 million ($A53 million) facility with BNP Paribas to square off its existing owings to investment group OCP Asia.

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Builton close to collapse

Residential construction outfit Builton Group is closing its doors, becoming the second local homebuilder associated with Tim Guest's Infinite Wealth to go bust in as many years.

McGowan to cancel Roe 8

The Roe 8 road project will be cancelled if the Labor Party wins the upcoming state election, opposition leader Mark McGowan said today, even though the government has already signed a contract for construction, with $236 million of funding to be re-allocated to three alternative roads.

State go-ahead for Cameco uranium project

The state government has approved Canadian miner Cameco's proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine in the Goldfields, despite its failure to meet one of nine Environmental Protection Authority recommendations.

Police arrest 30 at Roe 8 site

Western Australian police say they have arrested 30 people this morning for disrupting land clearing works as bulldozers moved in on the controversial Roe 8 highway extension project.

Outback WA housing market the nation's worst

Outback Western Australia is the worst-performing property market in the nation, according to a new report by ratings agency Moody's, which also found housing prices in Perth have fallen by 8 per cent since peaking in December 2014.

Politics & the EconomyView all

Builton fails, administrator appointed

One of state's biggest residential construction firms, Builton Group, has succumbed to the financial stresses engulfing the sector, appointing an external administrator earlier today after reports of the company's financial troubles emerged last week.

Culleton faces parliament office deadline

Former One Nation senator Rod Culleton insists he won't be clearing out his offices and is determined to attend the start of federal parliament.

Labor to keep ministerial control on projects

The Labor Party moved swiftly today to reassure the business sector that it would not hand over responsibility for project approvals to an independent tribunal, after reports it was considering such a change.

Outback WA housing market the nation's worst

Outback Western Australia is the worst-performing property market in the nation, according to a new report by ratings agency Moody's, which also found housing prices in Perth have fallen by 8 per cent since peaking in December 2014.

Jobless rate improves in WA

The state's unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points in December to 6.6 per cent as the number of women in the labour force eased slightly, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

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PropertyView all

Perth CBD office vacancy hits 25-year peak

Downsizing in the resources sector is outstripping emerging demand from technology, medical and education businesses for CBD office space according to a new report by independent property research firm Y Research.

Builton failure a costly housing hit

The collapse of yet another Western Australian residential builder appears set to further upset the delicate state of the sector, with financiers, insurers, 350 trade creditors and as many as 130 home owners facing losses.

Car parks a speedbump for Belmont hotels

Perth's hotel development boom is spilling out of the CBD and into the City of Belmont, but developers are encountering issues in providing enough parking to support their proposals.

Double take on Woodside logo

Woodside Petroleum's impending move to its new offices has provided an unexpected visibility and branding boost, with the oil and gas company's logo appearing on two prominent Perth CBD skyscrapers.

KeepSafe to open Welshpool facility

The parent company of self-storage business KeepSafe Storage has announced plans to open its third facility in Western Australia, committing $10 million towards the purchase of land in Welshpool and construction of the new site.

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Arts & CommunityView all

Education to inspire entrepreneurial minds

Local not-for-profit group Ausum Initiatives has teamed up with Kulbardi, a partly owned and managed Aboriginal office supplies company, to deliver an intensive entrepreneur program for young Aboriginal men and women.

Artists get creative on sales

With fewer exhibition opportunities or prospects of gallery representation, local artists have diversified their approach to the market. 

Upgrades for Kings Park naturescape

The Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park facility will close next month to allow a $3 million expansion, which has been funded by the mining giant.

Minchin to lead care provider

Former Silver Chain Group senior executive Dan Minchin will lead three community care providers into a new era when they merge into one organisation later this year.

Who comes after Sarich and Fini?

In 40 years' time, when people look back at the recent crop of winners of the Western Australian of the Year business awards, how will they be remembered relative to the early winners like Ralph Sarich, Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall and Michael Edgley?

EnergyView all

Oil Search forecasts steady output

A strong fourth-quarter performance has helped Oil Search narrowly beat its full-year production guidance, and the company forecasts steady output for 2017.

Sims hits back on union Western Power campaign

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims has written to the local branches of two trade unions, saying they misrepresented his views on the float of Western Power in a recent advertisement campaign.

Santos tops guidance after strong quarter

Oil and gas producer Santos has topped its guidance for 2016 with a 7 per cent rise in production and a 31 per cent jump in sales, boosted by the ramp-up of its Gladstone liquefied natural gas plant in Queensland.

Higher production at Woodside

Oil and gas producer Woodside Petroleum achieved a 3 per cent lift in production in calendar 2016, although the company expects output to fall by up to 12 per cent in the year ahead.

WA LNG steady while national exports grow

National LNG exports were up 38 per cent in 2016, but Western Australian facilities did not contribute to the increase despite first gas being produced at Chevron's Gorgon project, according to the latest research from EnergyQuest.

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20 January 2017

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss World Trade Centre, UWA, uranium mining, conventions and conferences.

13 January 2017

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss South West water, building subcontractors, WA Business awards and the deals environment.

06 January 2017

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Roe 8, house prices, Libor scandal, Atlas Iron and WA’s education market.

16 December 2016

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss residential property outlook, Monadelphous and Civmec diversify, Nev Power, Adrian Fini and Brendon Grylls are our people of the yea

09 December 2016

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Asian property investment, Diploma group’s battles, Liberal party moves, John Gillam and who are WA’s biggest employers?

Food & WineView all

Bega brings Vegemite home in $460m deal

Vegemite will be back in Australian hands after Bega Cheese agreed to buy brands including the iconic spread for $460 million.

Goodman Fielder to close production sites

More than 200 jobs could be lost under plans by food giant Goodman Fielder to close production sites in Western Australia and Queensland.

Woolworths hires new supermarkets boss

Woolworths has appointed long-standing Tesco executive Claire Peters as managing director of its supermarkets chain, which is battling Coles and Aldi to lure customers.

Brewery to catch stadium foot traffic

Fans won't have to walk far for refreshments before and after events at the new Perth Stadium, with a 2,500-person capacity tavern and microbrewery to be built adjacent to the Swan River pedestrian bridge on the Burswood Peninsula.

The Grand Cru experience, a top cellar

Mount Lawley liquor retailer Grand Cru Wine Shop has undergone an evolution since being established more than 42 years ago.

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Person of the year 2016

16 December 2016

Nev Power leads Fortescue Metals Group through an outstanding 12 months

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Biggest employers 2016

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Consolidation continues among major employers
WA dynasties 2016

WA dynasties 2016

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MiningView all

Nickel sales up for Western Areas

Local miner Western Areas closed flat on the ASX despite posting an increase in cash on hand and nickel sales in the three months to December.

Iron ore price rise helps Atlas

A higher iron ore price has helped Atlas Iron post operating cash flow of $58 million in the December quarter, as the company maintained that it would reach a net cash position by the middle of the year.

Sandfire to pay off $50m DeGrussa debt

Copper-gold miner Sandfire Resources says it plans to use its strong cash position to pay off what remains of a $380 million facility it took out for construction of its DeGrussa mine in 2011.

Emeco surges on solid quarter

Shares in Emeco Holdings surged after the mining equipment supplier posted a solid performance in the December quarter, with fleet utilisation numbers up and positive earnings results.

Next step for $5.6bn Balla Balla project

A final investment decision on the state's next major greenfields iron ore project could come as early as next year, after Balla Balla Infrastructure Group today signed a state agreement with the government for a new transhipment port and rail facility in the Pilbara.

OpinionView all

Tech solutions in need of problems

OPINION: Tech marketability increasingly depends on a back-to-basics approach to usefulness.

Control at the core of AI rise

OPINION: Checks and balances are vital if artificial intelligence is going to work for us, rather than the other way round.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss World Trade Centre, UWA, uranium mining, conventions and conferences.

This week's property round-up

OPINION: Sales activity experienced an expansion over the week with REIWA members reporting an increase in weekly sales to 535.

Make your first impression count

OPINION: Salespeople must make sure the hard work is done before they get into the CEO's office.

RetailView all

David Jones lifts its first-half sales 4%

David Jones' South African parent company says the department store chain lifted adjusted first-half sales four per cent.

Customers control the retail relationship

ANALYSIS: The popularity of online shopping in the US has reached a tipping point, breaking bricks and mortar retailers' hold on the market.

Alexium in US pillow contract

ASX-listed manufacturer Alexium International Group has signed an initial agreement to supply chemicals to a US homewares company for a new line of cool-touch pillows, in a move the company said could eventually generate revenues of $US10 million per annum.

Don’t ignore the hype

Business News work experience student Jay Lake explains how some fashion consumers aim to profit from their purchases.

Street wear locals take global approach to fashion

Perth's specialist street wear vendors are part of a global trend to acutely restrict supply of distributed and in-house labels - following in the footsteps of many luxury brands that use scarcity as a marketing tool.

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Thought LeadershipView all

Industry leaders say Collaboration critical for local oil and gas industry

With the petroleum industry struggling through one of the toughest periods in recent memory, there has been a growing call for government, academia and oil and gas operating and service and supply

Essential learnings of a smart city initiative

After four years of intense work on the Presqu'ile smart city project in Grenoble, France, let me share with you two aspects of the initiative that are absolutely central to a s

Is there a solution to the Millennial challenge?

Narcissistic, adaptable and creative are character traits commonly associated with Millennial (Upwork Inc. 2015).

Saving Money with recruitment

The past 12 months has seen fulltime jobs decline by approximately 53,000, the first annual decline in almost two-and-a-half years.

Has the role of the Graduate died?

The fourth industrial revolution theory predicts entry level white collar jobs will be eradicated by technology.