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. Fraser left Business News in 2017.
Local agribusiness Wellard has promoted non-executive director Fred Troncone to an executive position on the board, as its founder and chief executive committed to remaining with the company until at least the end of the year.
The state government has set itself the target of increasing the number of women appointed to its boards, committees and advisory bodies to 50 per cent by 2019, though it has a long way to go before hitting gender equality at its major trading enterprises.
Poseidon Nickel is in discussions with Empire Resources for the processing of gold ore at its mothballed Black Swan processing facility near Kalgoorlie, while Empire has secured two loan deals to help pay for essential mining costs.
The University of Western Australia has fallen just short of its ambition to be a top 100-ranked institution in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but gained ground alongside Curtin University, which also landed a higher position.
The state government is considering amendments to the Mining Act in the wake of the High Court’s recent ruling that kept sand mining off Andrew Forrest's family pastoral station in the Pilbara but cast into question the legitimacy of other granted mining leases since 2006.
Western Australia was the largest contributor to an increase in exploration spending in the three months to June according to new data which was released just days after the federal government announced a $100 million exploration incentive.
Local telecommunications company Vonex has launched its prospectus for an $8 million initial public offering on the National Stock Exchange, following its reverse takeover - and subsequent failed backdoor listing - of Aleator Energy last year.
An inspection on 13 local building projects that sourced materials from the Chinese supplier of roof panels for the Perth Children’s Hospital, which were later found to contain asbestos, has produced no trace of the deadly material.
Gold miner Blackham Resources has outlined a potential $114 million investment in its Matilda operation to boost production beyond 200,000 ounces a year, despite failing to hit its initial forecasts since production began in late 2016.
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.