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Jessica Mascione

Jessica Mascione joined Business News in August 2019 and commenced as the online reporter in October. She covers a variety of topics for online, including junior mining. In 2019, Jessica completed a Bachelor of Media at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, with a major in Journalism. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Advertising) at Curtin University in 2014.

Bankwest appoints new MD

Bankwest has announced the appointment of Sinead Taylor as the first female to lead the organisation in its 124-year history.

AusGroup wins new contracts

AusGroup has been awarded two major contracts, one of which is valued at $6 million for further work on BHP’s South Flank iron ore project.

BHP fined $50,000

BHP has been fined after failing to ensure road access to one of its mine sites was safe, causing injury to a fuel delivery driver.

Push for regulation of short-stay sector

Industry bodies are divided over a plan to increase regulation of short-stay accommodation providers such as Airbnb, with Tourism Council WA and the Australian Hotels Association among supporters of the proposed rules.

Perth business goes carbon neutral

Family-owned fertiliser producer Baileys has been the given the green light as a carbon neutral certified business, as part of an overall strategy to become more environmentally friendly.

Mapizy’s big vision for resources

A computer vision scientist says the resources sector could benefit from his startup’s deep learning technology.

Pilbara startup wins seed funding

Indigenous skincare business Jummi Factory has gained financial backing from Minderoo Foundation after receiving top prize at the inaugural Dream Summit in Sydney last week.

Inner Perth Australia's most liveable urban area

Inner Perth’s natural environment is among the characteristics that contribute to it being the most liveable metropolitan region in Australia, according to a recent report by Ipsos Australia.

WASO appoints local artist

WA Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has announced the appointment of Perth soprano Sara Macliver to its board of directors.

Teachers need better incentives: report

A recent Grattan Institute report has proposed a $1.6 billion reform package to make careers in teaching more attractive to students with strong ATAR scores.

Family Business Australia appoints WA chair

Family Business Australia has appointed a new state chairman in the same month it launches its national event, Family Business Day.

Sapien Cyber appoints new chair

Joondalup-based Sapien Cyber, which was recently backed by Woodside Petroleum, has announced four high-profile board appointments as the company looks to move into the US market.

88 Energy to raise $6.75m

Alaska-focused oil and gas explorer 88 Energy, formerly Tangiers Petroleum, has announced it will raise $6.75 million through a share placement to fund operations at its flagship Project Icewine venture.

Perth company starts medicinal cannabis exports

Perth-based Little Green Pharma has become the first Australian company to export a locally grown medicinal cannabis product.

Blackham to raise $7m

Gold miner Blackham Resources has announced its third capital raising for the year, bringing the total to $45 million, following a series of delays in production at its gold mines in the Wiluna region of Western Australia.

Valmec, WestStar boost order books

Perth-based energy services group Valmec says it expects continued revenue and earnings growth after securing $43 million worth of contracts.

Paladin to raise $37m

Uranium company Paladin Energy has announced it will raise $30.2 million through a share placement and a further $7 million from a share purchase plan, with the proceeds to help cover the cost of maintaining its mothballed African mines.

Youth Focus encourages Australia to Sock it to Suicide

Australia Post staff are among those wearing bright, bold socks as part of a Youth Focus suicide awareness campaign launched today.

Brewing up a point of difference

Two new breweries have recently opened in WA with three more on the way

Women CFOs increase as chief executives drop

The number of women in executive leadership positions across Australia’s largest listed companies is slowly increasing according to a new report, with Emeco Holdings, Wesfarmers and South32 the top performers for Western Australia.

Perth startup chasing clicks for funding

Perth company OncoRes Medical is in the midst of an unusual fundraising campaign, the success of which is tied to the number of clicks on one of its videos on social media (click through to see the video).

Millennium revises production target

Millennium Minerals has announced it would update its production guidance in October following recent delays in open pit mining approvals and production at its Nullagine gold project.

Aspire raises $33.5m

Metallurgical coal developer Aspire Mining has announced a strengthened financial position with a $33.5 million proposed investment by its major shareholder along with a strategic board restructure.

Perth in top 20 most liveable cities

Perth has continued to be ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities but sits below Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide because of the poor rating for its culture and environment.

Carbon Group targets more growth after 18 acquisitions

Business services firm Carbon Group has achieved rapid national expansion on the back of multiple acquisitions.

New roles at Probuild

Australian construction company Probuild has announced the appointment of Adam Barker as managing director for its Western Australian operations, while Sam Delmenico will move into a new role interstate.

WAFC announces chairman, claims $220m benefit

The WA Football Commission has announced the appointment of Wayne Martin as its next chairman, while also launching a report that quantifies the impact of the sport.

Perenti shares up after Gresham sale

Shares in mining services company Perenti Global were up more than 6 per cent today after investment bank Gresham Partners announced an agreement to sell its $91.2 million stake.

Perron recruits AHG finance chief

Perth-based Perron Group has bolstered its management team with the recruitment of a dedicated chief financial officer, while also appointing a general manager of governance, taxation and risk in a ne

WA health research receives $34m boost

Researchers at Telethon Kids and Harry Perkins institutes have been awarded more than $18 million in funding for health and medical research from both state and federal governments.

Proponents shortlisted for $146m Metronet project

The state government has shortlisted two proponents to design and build the new Bayswater station, with early construction to commence later in the year.

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Nev Power to lead COVID-19 commission

Former Fortescue Metals Group chief executive and current Perth Airport chairman Nev Power has been recruited by the prime minister to lead a National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.

Perth house prices to fall further in 2020

House values in Perth are expected to hit a trough next year according to the latest report from CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics, which has pushed out its predicted recovery to 2021.

Miners hit by COVID-19 regulations

Mining companies are scaling back their operations, with Newmont Corporation and Kirkland Lake Gold cutting exploration in Australia and others including Rio Tinto shelving some of their international mines.

Premier not budging on restrictions

The WA premier has refused to be drawn on when the government will lift COVID-19 restrictions despite more evidence of their economic damage and another day of zero new infections.

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Austal signs $126m contract

Henderson-based shipbuilder Austal has finalised a $126 million contract to build two vessels for the government of Trinidad & Tobago by the second half of 2020.

Ora Banda raises $18.5m

Ora Banda Mining, formerly known as Eastern Goldfields, has continued its revival after gaining commitments to raise $18.5 million through a share placement.

OreCorp raises $13.3m

Gold explorer Orecorp is raising $13.3 million from an institutional share placement to fund its move to full ownership of the Nyanzaga gold project in Tanzania.

Beacon raises $8m

Beacon Minerals has taken advantage of a strong run-up in its share price to raise $8 million through a share placement at 4.2 cents a share.