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Swick preferred for work with Newmarket

Swick Mining Services shares closed 14 per cent higher on the ASX today after the company announced it had been named the preferred proponent for underground drilling work for Newmarket Gold.

Study finds locals choosing to work from home

Freedom and flexibility are in high demand for Western Australians when it comes to working from home, according to new research from telco giant Telstra.

Finders raises $12m for copper project

Perth-based copper explorer Finders Mines has tapped investors for $12 million to fund ongoing work at its Wetar project in Indonesia.

Pilbara signs another lithium offtake deal

Shares in Pilbara Minerals have surged on news the company has locked in a second offtake agreement for its Pilgangoora lithium project.

Cash Converters to pay $12m after Asic probe

Perth-based Cash Converters International has agreed to refund $10.8 million to customers and pay a $1.3 million fine after enforceable undertakings were accepted by the corporate watchdog.

Decmil wins $22m contract

Perth-based Decmil Group has won a $22.1 million contract for road work in Victoria through a subsidiary it acquired earlier this year.

Resolute flags board renewal as chair retires

Resolute Mining’s long-serving chairman Peter Huston has announced plans to retire as the gold miner seeks to refresh its board.

Decmil wins $17m contract extension

Engineering and construction contractor Decmil Group has won a $17 million extension to its contract with QGC for work at the Queensland Curtis LNG project in Gladstone.

Altura attracts Chinese firm for $41m deal

Altura Mining has attracted a Chinese lithium battery producer for a $41.6 million investment in the business to assist with the development of its Pilgangoora lithium project in the Pilbara.

Construction contracts and tenders October 20 to November 3, 2016

Cockram Construction has been awarded a $23.5 million contract for the redevelopment of the Onslow Health Service.

Seven West wraps up Sunday Times, PerthNow buy

The first Sunday Times newspaper to be published under ownership of Seven West Media will be printed later this month, after purchase contracts were officially signed today.

Matthews leaves MZI

Mineral sands miner MZI Resources has announced the resignation of both its managing director and chief operating officer, while finalising a $US16 million loan deal.

Metals of Africa raises funds for graphite project

Graphite explorer Metals of Africa has announced a $9 million capital raising and rebranding plans, with the company to change its name to ‘Battery Minerals Limited’.

Xstate to buy into Californian onshore oilfield

Oil and gas explorer Xstate Resources has entered into an agreement to acquire a 24.5 per cent stake in a producing onshore oil field in California for $US13 million ($A17 million).

Saracen signs up for $150m facility

Perth gold miner Saracen Mineral Holdings has locked in a financing facility of up to $150 million with a banking syndicate, replacing a previous loan deal that expired in September.

Grist, Murphy join Fremantle board

Water Corporation chief executive Sue Murphy and technology entrepreneur Anthony Grist have been appointed to the board of the Fremantle Football Club.

Threat Protect secures $10.5m for acquisitions

Belmont-based security company Threat Protect Australia has locked in a $10.5 million funding package with a Melbourne-based wealth management business, to continue its growth plans.

MMJ accepts rival offer for subsidiaries

MMJ Phytotech has accepted a competing bid for the spin-out of its medical cannabis-focused Canadian subsidiaries onto the TSX Venture Exchange, with the new deal worth $C42 million ($A41 million).

South32 buys NSW coal assets for $261m

Perth-based miner South32 has entered into an agreement to buy the Metropolitan Colliery and a 16.7 per cent stake in the Port Kembla coal terminal in NSW from Peabody Energy Corporation for $US200 million ($A261 million) in cash.

Tim Roberts joins MinRes board

The youngest son of the late John Roberts, who founded construction company Multiplex, has joined the board of Mineral Resources, filling the seat left vacant when long-serving director Joe Ricciardo retired in April.

Emeco says merger on-track despite new proposal

Emeco Holdings has sought to reassure investors that its planned three-way tie-up with Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmovers is progressing smoothly, despite news that one of the parties involved has received a takeover bid of its own.

Altura buys Roy Hill mine camp

Altura Mining has followed the example of neighbouring lithium project developer, Pilbara Minerals, by purchasing a mothballed mine camp from Roy Hill Holdings.

Site found for WA's first open-range zoo

The state government has locked in a location for Western Australia’s first open-range zoo, which is expected to cost up to $100 million to develop.

Insolvency appointments October 22-31, 2016

CompanyAppointee/SolicitorRoleCompany NamePublished DateWA Insolvency SolutionsDavid Ashley Norman HurtadministratorOresome (WA) Pty Ltd31/10/2016BRI FerrierGiovanni Maurizio Carrelloliquidator36

Hoyts to open cinema in Karrinyup

Hoyts Group has announced plans to open a new cinema complex in Karrinyup and redevelop its Garden City complex, as part of shopping centre redevelopments in those areas.

Galaxy borrows $16m for Mt Cattlin

Soon-to-be lithium miner Galaxy Resources has expanded an existing agreement with investment group OCP Asia to borrow a further $16 million to meet working capital costs until first revenue is achieved at its Mt Cattlin mine.

Pilbara Minerals to buy Roy Hill camp

Aspiring lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has agreed to purchase Roy Hill Holdings’ dormant 300-person camp facility for use at its Pilgangoora project for an undisclosed sum.

CFC merges Cape Crushing, Underground Services units

Diversified investment and development company CFC Group has combined its mining services and infrastructure businesses to form a single subsidiary, in response to the tough mining environment.

Bannerman raises funds for uranium project

Perth-based explorer Bannerman Resources has tapped investors for $4 million to fund an engineering program to help reduce cost estimates at its $US793 million Etango uranium project in Africa.

Constable recognised at UWA

Lions Eye Institute founder Ian Constable has been recognised by the University of Western Australia which will name a new senior academic role after him.

Children’s hospital won’t open this year

The state government has said the new Perth Children’s Hospital, which has been plagued by delays, won’t open before February next year.

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$120m in new work for Monadelphous

Perth-based Monadelphous Group has received a number of contracts with multiple clients including Fortescue Metals Group, BHP Billiton and Chevron, with the work worth a combined $120 million.

FMG appoints Gaines as CEO

Fortescue Metals Group has announced major changes to its leadership, with a new chief executive taking the reins and its directors taking a hands-on role to support an updated strategy that focuses on producing more higher-grade iron ore.

Perth tax agent deregistered

The Tax Practitioners Board (TFB) announced this morning that it had terminated the tax agent registration of Peter Moltoni, following an investigation into the Perth accountant’s ties to a shell company in the British Virgin Islands.

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.

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EPA rejects MinRes, Sinosteel iron ore mines

The environmental watchdog has recommended rejection of two proposals to mine iron ore in Western Australia because they would cause irreversible damage to the land.

Govt unveils marina, dust plans for Port Hedland

The state government is planning to restrict new residential developments in the west end of Port Hedland while also implementing a new regulatory framework for air quality in the town, which is located adjacent to large iron ore stockpiles.

Robert Kennedy passes away

Company director Robert (Bob) Kennedy, who was a director or chairman of four ASX-listed companies, has passed away after a short illness.

Taxi plate buy-back part of transport shake-up

Perth taxi and Uber users may see a 10 per cent fare hike for the next four years to fund taxi plate buy-backs as the state government revamps on-demand transport.