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Sea Harvest fishes for takeover of Mareterram

South Fremantle-based seafood company Mareterram has backed a takeover offer from its largest shareholder, Sea Harvest.

Healthscope agrees $4.5bn Brookfield buyout

Healthscope has agreed to a $4.5 billion takeover by Canadian investment firm Brookfield, despite rival bidders suggesting they could increase their offer.

NRW buys RCR businesses for $10m

Belmont-based contractor NRW Holdings will purchase the mining and heat treatment businesses of RCR Tomlinson for $10 million.

Wangara business buys RCR Laser

Unique Metal Works is set to double in size after striking a deal with the administrators of RCR Tomlinson to purchase its laser business, which employs about 200 people.

Sandfire seeks $94.5m takeover of MOD

Sandfire Resources confirmed today it has approached MOD Resources about a potential takeover, with the target proceeding instead with a $15 million capital raising to support work on its T3 copper project.

Politics & the EconomyView all

Rates forecast of 0.5%

There will be a big reduction in the Reserve Bank of Australia’s official cash rate in the next year or two, according to investment analysis Jonathan Pain.

Government compromises on rock lobster plan

The state government and the Western Rock Lobster Council have reached a comprise on the future of the industry, with the annual catch to increase by just 315 tonnes. However, details of how this will be delivered to the local market have not yet been worked out.

Julie Bishop declares intention to run for Curtin

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop says she intends to stand for her seat again at the coming election and has given her backing to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

ASX posts gains while Aussie dollar drops

Australian shares have finished higher for a third straight day, while the Australian dollar has hit the skids after the Reserve Bank opened the door to a possible rate cut.

WA exports step on the gas

Exports from Western Australia increased by 17.7 per cent to a record $144.8 billion in 2018, underpinning a strong improvement in the nation’s overall trade performance.

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$500m Galleria expansion deferred

The long-anticipated expansion of Galleria Shopping Centre in Morley has been deferred, just days after receiving final planning approval, though its co-owner has committed to a $63 million expansion of Ellenbrook Central.

Developers line up for Perth’s next office opportunity

Developers across Perth’s CBD are positioning themselves to ride the city’s next wave of office development, with options for tenants with large space requirements becoming scarce despite an overall vacancy rate of 18.5 per cent.

HBF to sell Kings Square headquarters

Insurance giant HBF has placed its headquarters at Kings Square on the market, appointing JLL to handle the sale of the asset in an improving Perth CBD office market.

Office vacancies continue downward trend

Perth’s office vacancy rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2015, with increasing momentum in commercial leasing reflecting brighter sentiment across Western Australia’s business sector.

High-value assets hit commercial market

A raft of high-value commercial property assets has hit the market this week, including a shopping centre in the northern suburbs, a two-level office on Stirling Highway in Claremont and a large parcel of land in Muchea.

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

Funding feeds good food growth

Perth-based EON Foundation is growing its food and nutrition programs in remote communities.

Sunset to become cultural precinct

The Sunset Hospital site on the riverfront in Dalkeith will become a cultural and creative precinct, with Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman today announcing an expressions of interest process.

Kimberley art pays off for artists, Rio

The curators and sponsors of the Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA are hopeful the more than 150 pieces on display will challenge and broaden the public’s perception of Aboriginal art.

Regional route a funding play

Having spent years working overseas in Europe and the UK, director and lighting designer Mark Howett is acutely aware of the need for art to appeal far beyond its own cultural base.

Stafford drives growth at MSWA

Neurological services provider MSWA has undergone substantial growth in the past 10 years, working towards reliance on private revenue sources.

EnergyView all

AGL increases WA customers by 57%

AGL Energy has continued its growth in the Western Australian gas market, revealing it had approximately 33,000 customers by the end of 2018, a rise of 12,000 from six months prior.

Granny Smith to go solar

Gold Fields has awarded Aggreko a contract to construct and operate a microgrid with 20,000 solar panels and battery storage, which will be integrated with the existing natural gas power supply to reduce fuel consumption at the Granny Smith gold mine near Laverton.

APA's Badgingarra wind farm producing power

Electricity has started flowing from APA Group’s Badgingarra wind farm in recent days, while two of the state’s major coal generating units have been powered down due to low demand.

Sumitomo moves on growing solar market with Infinite buy

Sumitomo Corporation has grown its presence in Western Australia’s retail power market with the acquisition of Infinite Energy, its first investment in a distributed grid business and a move beyond its local coal and gas-focused portfolio.

Clough for civil works at $4bn Snowy 2.0

Perth-based contractor Clough has been chosen in collaboration with Italian business Salini Impregilo as preferred tenderer for civil works at the Snowy Hydro 2.0 pump storage project.

"Mark My Words" PodcastsView all

15 February 2019

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss a tourism business sale, Airbnb, Vicinity Centres, Galleria Shopping Centre, future CBD development opportunities, infrastructure priorities, and our special report on ports and transport.

08 February 2019

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the banking royal commission fallout, private schools, Graham Griffiths' passing, export data, office vacancies, Architectus and our 25th anniversary event

01 February 2019

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss house prices, RCR sell-off, Zhenya Tsvetnenko, Optus Stadium, lithium strategy, big miners back Indigenous campaign, The Simpsons, and our special report on the big risks to WA.

25 January 2019

PODCAST: Mark Pownall, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss Dale Alcock and Adrian Fini, South Perth development, house market sentiment, Infinite Energy, Wright Prospecting’s financials, Kinetic IT, and our special report on major WA private companies.

18 January 2019

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Woodside projects, Heath Development, Navitas, rising philanthropy and our special report on WA’s biggest deals and dealmakers.

Food & WineView all

Evolving the offering a priority for Perth publican

With the recent acquisitions of The Breakwater and the Newport, Perth-based hospitality group Capitol Corp is continuing to diversify its offering.

Single Fin drives solid quarter for Gage Roads Brewing

Gage Roads Brewing’s Single Fin Summer Ale has propelled the Palmyra-based brewer to a quarter of solid growth, after the brew was named the nation’s fastest-growing beer brand late last year.

New Normal for restaurant waste

A small bar in Subiaco is demonstrating the benefits to business of developing more efficient waste management practices.

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.

Special ReportsView all

Risks to WA

Risks to WA

04 February 2019

Concern over China, skills shortages, politics

All eyes on China amid slowing global trade
Project pick-up puts pressure on skills
Business, investors count down to key poll
Private companies 2019

Private companies 2019

29 January 2019

The latest update to the BNiQ listing of Western Australia's largest private companies has once again highlighted major shifts in economic activity.

Iron ore boosts private companies
Kinetic IT keeps it private
Corporate finance 2018

Corporate finance 2018

21 January 2019

Annual review of WA deals and outlook

Goldman, Freehills top deal tables
Cutting through tech funding maze
Lithium, gold  and  base metals driving deals

MiningView all

RCR’s remaining WA assets sold

The sale of RCR Tomlinson’s Western Australian operations is complete, with RCR Resources, RCR Power and RCR Water West sold to AvidSys Group for an undisclosed sum.

Liontown to raise $7.9m

Liontown Resources has announced a $7.9 million capital raising, with the funds set to go towards project development activities at its Kathleen Valley lithium project, located 60 kilometres north of Leinster.

Coal, commodity prices lift South32 profit

South32 has posted an 18 per cent rise in half-year underlying profit as a surge in metallurgical coal output and stronger commodity prices helped boost its bottom line.

Flinders shares soar 33% on delisting agreement

The Takeovers Panel and Flinders Mines have come to agreement on a new proposal for the iron ore explorer to delist under which its biggest shareholder will lose out.

We must counter anti-mining advocates: PM

Scott Morrison says Australia must counter the "noisy voices" that want to shut down its mining industry.

OpinionView all

Business News marks 25 years at cutting edge

The media is like any other business, where adapting to consumer needs is the only way to survive.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss a tourism business sale, Airbnb, Vicinity Centres, Galleria Shopping Centre, future CBD development opportunities, infrastructure priorities, and our special report on ports and transport.

Retail reels as net closes in

OPINION: This reporting season will most likely deliver some uncomfortable news for the retail sector.

Payroll tax cut will help jobs

OPINION: Nearly two years in, Mark McGowan is finding it tougher in government to realise a key poll promise to create more jobs in WA.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the banking royal commission fallout, private schools, Graham Griffiths' passing, export data, office vacancies, Architectus and our 25th anniversary event

RetailView all

Super Retail to repay $32m in unpaid hours

Rebel Sport owner Super Retail Group is set to repay six years' worth of unpaid overtime and allowances to retail managers in an expected $43 million pre-tax hit to first-half earnings.

JB Hi-Fi lifts H1 profit 5.5% to $160m

JB Hi-Fi has lifted first-half profit 5.5 per cent to $160.1 million despite volatile holiday trading for the electronics and home entertainment retailer.

David Jones boss David Thomas quits

David Jones chief executive David Thomas has resigned after almost 18 months in the role and just weeks after results showed an improved first-half performance.

Prominent Perth fashion label to close

One of Perth’s most prominent fashion designers has announced the closure of an internationally successful label, but hinted at plans for something big in the pipeline.

Napoleon Perdis Group in administration

Australian cosmetics empire Napoleon Perdis Group has gone into voluntary administration, putting jobs and 56 local stores at risk.

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

Lithium Australia eyes battery components in Germany

Lithium Australia will carry out a preliminary study into the production of lithium-ion battery components using lithium micas sourced from its wholly-owned Sadisdorf project in Germany. This will involve the extraction of lithium phosphate utilising the company’s proprietary SiLeach process. Cassiterite mineralisation will also be processed into a saleable tin concentrate to add more value for the project.

Great Southern finds more mineralisation in Qld

Great Southern’s rock chip samples taken from weathered and oxidised gossanous outcrop at the SW-1 prospect of its emerging Edinburgh Park project in northern Queensland has returned high grade results of up to 10.6g/t gold, 315g/t silver and 1.95% copper. Further mapping and sampling programs are being carried out to better define the polymetallic prospect.

Vonex closes in on commercialising conference app

Vonex is making solid progress towards commercialisation of its ground-breaking Oper8tor communications App with the company poised to make a “white label” version available to businesses next month. The company also plans to make the iOS and Android versions of the Oper8tor Conference app available for download in Australia in March, ahead of a commercial launch in Europe by July.

46% uplift in copper resources for Caravel in WA

Caravel Minerals has reported a global mineral resource of 366 million tonnes grading 0.35% copper for its namesake project near Perth in WA, which is a 46% increase in just under three years. The new resources will underpin a new scoping study for the project, which will incorporate all recent technical work to assist in updating capital and operating costs to potentially develop the project.

Tyranna maps out cobalt/base metal targets in Nevada

Tyranna Resources has identified a number of cobalt and base metal targets that indicate the potential for a much larger mineralised system around the historic Whale mine at its Goodsprings project near Las Vegas, Nevada. Some areas have coincident geochemical responses and are considered to be high priority targets. The company plans to carry out a drilling campaign later this year.

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Babies, beagles and a bright future for solar savings

Significant energy-bill savings can be made with solar power in almost any business, but the upfront cost of panels and installation can be a barrier, particularly in the not-for-profit sector.

Visa Legislation: Lessons and Tips for Recruiting Overseas Talent

In September Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged the Australian Government will make it a priority to encourage migrants to move to smaller capital centres - including Perth - and into regional and

More than "giving for good", supporting BCRC-WA saves lives

Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA (BCRC-WA) will open a world class integrated breast cancer treatment, research and patient support service centre in Perth in 2020 which will further consolidate our r

Land of Sweeping Plains

Schneider Electric and SA Power Networks combine to combat distributed power network outages.

Amazon Alexa is coming, you're invited.

In 1950, Bell Labs invented Audrey, a machine that could understand the digits zero to nine with a degree of accuracy up to ninety percent.