Ben Creagh

Major contractors flourish in historic market

Numerous major contracts have been awarded to the state’s mining and civil companies, creating a robust job market for contractors.

QR eyes multi-user rail model for iron ore

Two major rail freight operators are pursuing growth opportunites in WA’s mining sector.

ASX changes bring optimism and caution

As global competition for resources stocks builds, the Australian Securities Exchange is aiming to stay at the front of the pack.

Karara eyes conveyor option

The Karara Mining iron ore joint venture in the Mid West is considering its expansion options ahead of the construction of the Oakajee port, including a conveyor system to transport concentrate around

Panoramic, Minemakers takeovers turn hostile

Hostility surrounding takeover offers by Minemakers and Panoramic Resources has escalated, with the merit of independent expert reports and company valuations being challenged in both cases.

Copper Range moves into African oil

Explorer Copper Range has outlined a move into the African energy sector after signing an agreement that could see it acquire up to an 80 per cent interest in the Bezaha oil project in Madagascar.

Chaney backs Mindax holders in fight

Prominent Western Australian businessman Michael Chaney has joined shareholders of iron ore hopeful Mindax in returning fire on a pair of directors at the company seeking to oust two fellow board memb

UWA scores sponsorships

The University of Western Australia’s business school has received a funding boost through sponsorship agreements with two international companies. 

Rio, BHP review gems

Rio Tinto’s decision to review its diamonds business has potentially left both of Western Australia’s producing mines on course for new ownership.

IMX pushes into South Australian iron ore

Western Australian resources companies are helping to develop the South Australian iron ore sector as more projects in that state head towards production in the coming years.

ASX clears way for smaller players to raise cash

Western Australian resources companies will have a more attractive path to listing on the Australian Securities Exchange under new proposals by the bourse aimed at strengthening the country’s equity c

African iron ore proves a powerful lure

WESTERN Africa is fast becoming known as the world’s third major iron ore province, as miners explore and develop high-grade, low-cost prospects in the region.

Miners seek to calm speculation over iron ore outlook as China slows growth

CHINA’S decision to slow national growth has cast doubt over the strength of the iron ore trade and led to uncertainty about the sector’s outlook, at least in the near term.

It’s up, up and away as expansion hits top gear

Across the Pilbara, in the Mid West, Yilgarn and Great Southern, WA’s iron ore sector is planning substantial growth.

Veteran miner Jones aims to get job done

A tough upbringing gave George Jones the tools he needed to forge a distinguished career in the resources industry.

Copper explorers back up big Sandfire discovery

The appetite for copper in Western Australia is growing amid some promising discoveries and strong prices for the key metal.

WA companies shine despite drop in IPOs

WESTERN Australian-based resources companies are experiencing mixed results from their plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange this year.

Cash boost for projects

The Town of Port Hedland plans to use proceeds from BHP Billiton’s approved proposal to construct a large temporary workers’ accommodation facility in the town to fund its key Spoilbank Marina precinc

Norton aims to lower costs

GOLD miner Norton Gold Fields is aiming to reduce costs at its Paddington operations near Kalgoorlie during the second half of the 2012 financial year to better compete with its low-cash peers.

Threat to investment

FUTURE investment by Western Australian companies in Indonesia’s resources industry is under threat after the Indonesian government outlined plans to tighten mine ownership laws.

WA miners top charts with gold output

Western Australia boasts the top four producing gold mines in Australia as the country remained the world’s second-largest producer of the precious metal during the 2011 calendar year, gold mining con

OccuMED responds to growth in mining sector

THE increasing needs of mining companies and their staff for a range of support services in Western Australia has led to new opportunities for employment and growth in a number of sectors.

Northern Star seeks acquisition

THE market should expect gold miner Northern Star Resources to make an acquisition soon, according to managing director Bill Beament.

WA miners top charts with gold output

Western Australia boasts the top four producing gold mines in Australia as the country remained the world’s second-largest producer of the precious metal during the 2011 calendar year, gold mining con

Emerging companies find opportunities in oil, gas

Local players are making their mark on the multi-billion dollar oil and gas industry.

Murchison miners to ramp up gold output

THE number of gold-producing mines in the Murchison is expected to spike during the next 18 months, as miners’ interest in the region grows on the back of prices nearing $US2,000 per ounce.

Business builder tops field

WA Business News 2012 40under40 1st Amongst Equals winner, Grey Egerton-Warburton, believes a business is only as good as its clients.

WA exploration drive surges to $1.6bn

Western Australia dominates minerals exploration despite rising costs, fewer quality discoveries and a lengthy approvals process.

Murdoch job for Brookfield

Construction giant Brookfield Multiplex has consolidated its position as a leading builder of hospitals in Western Australia after being picked by St John of God Health Care as managing contractor for

Archae-aus hooks big miners

FIONA Hook has never thought of herself as a businesswoman. Ancient history was her favourite subject at high school and this led her to studying archaeology at university.

Smaller players find niche role in liquor

THE relentless growth of Woolworths and Coles in the liquor sector hasn’t stopped smaller players from finding a position in the market.