John Ely

Metier taps into Chinese appetite for big brands

A Perth property consultant has secured a major contract in China, indicating ample opportunities for WA service providers willing to embrace the Chinese way of doing business.

New buds amid Sino slowdown

A moderation in the growth of China's economy has sharpened the focus on trade opportunities beyond the mining and resources sector.

Mount Gibson reports record iron ore sales

Iron ore miner Mount Gibson Iron has reported its second best quarterly sales figures in the June 2013 quarter, and record full year sales, despite a decline in production.

Corazon shares soar after discovery

Subiaco based explorer Corazon Mining's share price soared today following an announcement regarding its exploration activities in the Gibson Desert.

Calibre snags $60m in mine and rail projects

Perth-based engineering services provider Calibre Group has been awarded $60 million worth of rail and mine project contracts with iron ore giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

Lower dollar and Chinese visitors to fight tourism uncertainty

Both a drop in the Australian dollar and increasing Chinese interest in the region are likely to offer comfort to tourism operators facing uncertain market conditions, according to data released by De

Perth’s hotel rooms emptier as resource sector slows

A decline in domestic corporate travel is behind Perth's hotels experiencing the lowest occupancy rate since June 2011 according to data released by Deloitte today.

OTOC buys big Fortescue kitchen

Perth-based contractor OTOC announced today it has acquired full ownership of a 700 person commercial kitchen/diner facility at a Fortescue Metals Group site.

Argonaut underwrites MZI’s $3m share purchase plan

Perth based mineral sands miner MZI Resources announced today that Argonaut Capital has agreed to underwrite the company's $3 million share purchase plan.

Perth mortgage broker banned

A Perth based mortgage broker has been permantely banned from practising after he falsified a letter stating finance approval had been provided for a client, the Australian Securities and Investment C

Gold Road delays study on cost hopes

Perth-based Gold Road Resources has delayed a pre-feasibility study in the belief that project development and operating costs in Western Australia will become cheaper.

Jacka Resources raises over $3m

Subiaco based oil and gas explorer Jacka Resources has raised $3.25 million through the issuing of 38.5 million shares.

Govt refunds bolster Atlantic, Kimberley

Cash-strapped miner Atlantic has obtained two new sources of funding, with the company using an expected R&D tax refund to secure a $15.3 million bank loan.

Buy Local policy up to $250,000

The Barnett government has increased its price preference for regional business to $250,000, it announced today.

Pilbara miners warned after injury spike

Western Australia's Department of Mines and Petroleum has issued a warning to Pilbara miners following a rise in recovery time for serious injuries.

Consumers still keen on new cars

New vehicle sales are on the rise, with new data showing 4.8 per cent more cars were sold in the six months to June 30 than the same six month period last year.

Poseidon boss hits back at 'sacking' claims

Poseidon Nickel has hailed new drilling results at its Windarra nickel project and outlined plans to resume drilling in coming months, which meant it expected to re-engage contractors who had finished

'We’ve got to get rid of the Cottesloes': Lenzo

Leading property industry player Joe Lenzo says the proposed amalgamation of a number local councils would benefit property development in the state.

State to return $1bn to mining companies

Pluton Resources and Gunson Resources have become the first companies to benefit from the state government’s new mining rehabilitation scheme, which replaces project-specific environmental bonds with

Perth gets taste of a ‘reimagined’ world

Great artists of the 20th and 21st centuries feature in the third exhibition to come from New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Home improvement for North Cott

North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club has moved into its expanded building on Marine Parade, which is designed to accommodate its growing membership.

Monford, Lush TV highlight business awards

Construction contractor Monford, which was one of 10 winners in this year's Business News' Rising Stars awards, has made the finals in another business awards program, along with communications compan

Greater transparency needed for native forests

A report tabled in parliament today has indicated a lack of transparency and accountability in the state government's management of native forests.

Apex slips into receivership

Gold producer Apex Minerals has been placed into receivership following an attempt to raise $1 million to repair a generator at its Wiluna mine.

Grant’s business strategy pressing all the right buttons

For half a century and over four generations Grant Elevators has evolved to meet the demands of a changing industry.

Chrysalis and Emergent turn to China

Junior miners Chrysalis Resources and Emergent Resources have turned to Chinese investors for funding.

Concern over new reporting regs

THE WA Council of Social Service has expressed concern that many small businesses and charities remain unaware of looming changes to national reporting regulations, which come into effect on July 1.

WA CEOs top $1m in Sleepout

Western Australian CEOs have raised more than $1 million as part of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s CEO Sleepout this week.

Slowdown in business travel

Interstate business travel into Western Australia has fallen 6 per cent during the past year, and much of the blame is being sheeted home to the drop in resources activity.

Reed's Meekatharra output drops

Gold miner Reed Resources has announced a series of operational setbacks at its recently opened Meeekatharra operation, triggering a slump in its share price to a new closing low of 3.7 cents.


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Princess Yachts expands Perth presence

Luxury yacht brand, Princess Yachts Australia is ramping up its Perth operations following its purchase of major yacht broker Grant Torrens International Marine.

Woodside declared WA’s most popular employer

Woodside Petroleum has been voted the state’s most attractive employer at this year’s Randstad Awards, which also revealed that competitive salaries had become the most important factor for Western Au

Red Mountain to raise $2.8m for gold project

Perth-based gold explorer Red Mountain Mining is seeking to raise up to $2.8 million for drilling operations designed to increase the gold resource of its Batangas gold project in the Philippines.

Global Construction Services downgrades earnings

Perth-based Global Construction Services today announced a range of restructuring measures including branch closures and staff redundancies in response to weakness in its residential and commercial di