Adrian Rauso joined Business News in February 2018 as the morning email producer and will take over as the online news reporter in January 2019. Adrian completed a degree in journalism and politics at the University of Notre Dame, where he was the co-editor of the University’s student magazine for nearly two years. He also has experience in corporate affairs at the United States Consulate in Perth.
Austal will build a ferry for the government of Trinidad & Tobago, in a deal worth approximately $97.7 million, while also announcing it had won an advanced $54.9 million order for materials to construct a transport vessel for the US Navy.
Valmec has secured $25 million worth of construction contracts, including at Mineral Resources’ Wodgina project, while fellow local contractor Weststar Industrial was awarded a $4 million contract at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas mine near Newman.
Nuheara has tapped investors for $5 million to primarily fund an increase in inventory levels and marketing for its IQbuds Boost hearing bud, after winning a contract to supply the UK’s National Health Service with the product.
Verdant Minerals has entered into a non-binding agreement for a $160 million debt facility from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund, adding to a string of mining projects in recent months to reach a funding agreement with the fund.
The number of new homes being built in Western Australia has fallen to its lowest level since records started in 1984, with little signs of improvement predicted in the next few years, according to the latest report from the Housing Industry Forecasting Group.
Rio Tinto has approved a $3.5 billion investment to develop its Koodaideri iron ore mine in the Pilbara, lifting the total amount to be spent on new iron ore projects in Western Australia to $12 billion.