Fraser Beattie joined Business News in May 2014 and covers all of the latest mergers and acquisitions, contracts and deals, state politics and resources news online. Fraser graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2012 with a bachelor of communications degree, and majored in Journalism and broadcasting. He had a stint at a local radio station in Park City, Utah, in 2013, where he covered the latest trends in music in the US.
Programmed Maintenance Services has announced it has sold half of its marine services business to a Netherlands-headquartered company, on the same day it revealed a return to the black with a full-year net profit of $12.3 million.
Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia says Western Australia has been dudded in the federal government's $89 billion naval shipbuilding plan, of which WA will receive just over $3 billion of work, while the prime minister has lauded it as "unashamedly nationalistic".
A former New Zealand bureaucrat has been appointed to lead a three-person panel that will conduct a review into the state's public service, where Premier Mark McGowan is targeting $750 million in savings.
Shares in Pilbara Minerals were up 20 per cent on news the company has inked a major offtake and $US20 million investment agreement it says will pave the way for final funding of development of its Pilgangoora lithium project.
Junior explorler Azonto Petroleum has announced plans to farm-in to an oil and gas project in Canada through the acquisition of one of the project's joint venture partners, which is owned by Perth executive Alan Stein.
Multiple public holidays in April are considered a likely contributer to a soft housing market for the month, with Perth house prices slipping into negative territory again amid a slowdown across the country.
Mount Gibson Iron will spend nearly $100 million on the redevelopment of its Koolan Island iron ore mine, with the company's board giving the green light to bring the operation out of care and maintenance.
Ausdrill-Barminco joint venture African Underground Mining Services has won a $US280 million ($A373 million) contract to provide its services to Newmont Mining's Subika underground gold operation in Ghana.
UPDATED: Building commissioner Peter Gow has issued a clarifying statement today (Tuesday), essentially confirming the state government's view that lead leaching directly from brass fittings remains the only significant source of lead at Perth Children's Hospital.
The recently recruited global sales manager of Perth engineering company VEEM has been forced to resign after his former employer took Supreme Court action, claiming he breached terms of his employment agreement.
TRG Properties executive Tanya Trevisan has been elected president of the Property Council of Australia's WA division, replacing Tony Perrin who left the role after just two months following his departure from Frasers Property Australia.
A day after the Takeovers Panel put restrictions on the voting power of a group of shareholders in Indiana Resources, the same group has withdrawn plans to seek a board restructure vote at an upcoming general meeting.
Telstra shares fell today after internet provider TPG Telecom said it would build Australia's fourth mobile network for about $1.9 billion, after securing much-needed mobile spectrum in a government auction.
After locking in a $US20 million ($A26 million) debt facility agreement last week, aspiring coal miner Paringa Resources has tapped investors for $53 million to fund development of its Poplar Grove mine in Kentucky.
A research collaboration between CoreLogic and ratings agency Moody's has predicted a turnaround in Perth's depressed property market this year, with a 2.8 per cent rise in detached house values foreshadowed.
Neometals hopes to reap about $US96 million ($A125 million) from the sale of its interest in the Mt Marion lithium mine near Kalgoorlie, with the operation's joint venture partners given a pre-emptive right to buy the stake.
Two competing subsea cables are set to be built between Perth and Singapore after Vocus Communications finalised construction contracts this week, coinciding with a Telstra-led consortium striking an agreement with the same builder.
Bronwyn Barnes has been appointed the new chair of West Perth-based Indiana Resources, on the same day the company went to the Takeovers Panel to fight attempts by a group of shareholders to oust existing directors.
The state government has named a consortium led by Leighton Contractors as the preferred proponent for construction of the $500 million Roe 8 highway project, which is the first leg of the contentious Perth Freight Link.
Opponents of the state government's controversial Roe 8 highway extension project have taken their fight to the High Court following a recent decision that validated the project's environmental approval.