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, as well as contracts and corporate finance for print. 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.

Panoramic appoints new MD

Nickel miner Panoramic Resources has announced Victor Rajasooriar will commence as its new managing director and chief executive on November 11.

Perth Energy wins $4.5m gas contract

AGL Energy subsidiary Perth Energy has secured a $4.5 million three-year contract with the North Metropolitan Health Service, its biggest natural gas supply agreement with a state government agency this year.

Work starts on $52m water project

The state government has announced the start of works on a $52 million upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant in Neerabup as part of the expansion of Perth’s groundwater replenishment scheme.

Ammon loses final bid to close Raffles Hotel bar

The Supreme Court has rejected the final bid from Perth mining executive Derek Ammon to have the Raffles Hotel bar closed at night over noise complaints.

Agworld puts data at forefront of farming

A Perth business running a collaborative farm management system will chalk up 10 years as one of the world’s key players in agricultural software this month.

Altura to raise $21.5m

Altura Mining has announced plans to raise approximately $21.5 million through a rights issue to primarily fund works on its flagship lithium operation in Western Australia.

Bis secures three-year haulage contract

Logistics company Bis, which traditionally operates in the resources sector, has been awarded a three-year contract by Water Corporation to provide on-road haulage services in and around Perth.

Synxsole steps into US market

Perth podiatrist turned entrepreneur Rachael Ferguson has turned her company around in just two years, with rebranding and partnering with the right distributor the keys to unlocking the full potential of her fast-growing footcare business.

Taylor goes solo at PICA

Emerging visual artist Curtis Taylor will hold his first solo exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts later this month, titled ‘Untitled (Uura)’.

Soter’s wearable tech a workplace safety solution

A wearable safety device developed by Soter Analytics is helping prevent injuries to industrial workers and could save companies thousands of dollars a year on compensation.

Alcoa appoints new Australia president

Alcoa has confirmed the appointment of former Rio Tinto executive Michael Gollschewski as the new vice-president of the company’s Australian operations and as president of Alcoa of Australia.

Shell appoints new chair

Shell has announced forthcoming changes to its board with Zoe Yujnovich to be replaced by Tony Nunan as the new executive vice-president of Australia and country chair.

No refunds from Facebook-based travel agencies

Consumer Protection has warned Western Australians not to pay for flights and holiday deals through travel agencies using the Facebook platform after receiving more than 200 complaints from customers.

Coventry Village installs 4,600 solar panels

Coventry Village in Morley has joined the list of Perth shopping centres to go solar, with the installation of a new 1.3-megawatt solar power system.

WA increases lobster catch

UPDATED: A three-year trial to boost rock lobster availability in Western Australia is expected to increase visitor expenditure and grow jobs in marine tourism, though the lobster industry has expressed concern over the changes.

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 two 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.



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.

Former Kleenmaid boss found guilty of fraud

Andrew Young, the former director and founder of collapsed whitegoods distributor Kleenmaid, has been found guilty today on 19 charges involving fraud and insolvent trading.

$150m housing boost for WA

Western Australia’s property sector has welcomed the state government's announcement of a $150 million housing investment package for first home buyers and low income earners.

New house sales grow in WA as recovery approaches

Western Australia recorded the largest new home sales growth over the quarter of any Australian state, as the broader housing market begins to show signs of a recovery.

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Minderoo pledges $70m bushfire response

Andrew and Nicola Forrest's Minderoo Foundation has committed $70 million to Australia's bushfire response, far exceeding the contributions made by big companies across the country.

CPB, Downer chosen for Metronet projects

A consortium comprising national firms CPB Contractors and Downer has been selected as the preferred contractor for the Yanchep and Thornlie-Cockburn rail projects, with construction expected to commence in May next year, well after the state government's goal of starting this year.

$150m housing boost for WA

Western Australia’s property sector has welcomed the state government's announcement of a $150 million housing investment package for first home buyers and low income earners.

John Holland wins $59m PTA contract

John Holland has won its first substantial contract in Western Australia in several years, with the Public Transport Authority of WA awarding the Chinese-owned company a contract for track maintenance services on Perth's urban rail network.