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Mark Beyer

As editor, Mark oversees the day-to-day online news at Business News. His particular brief is following major deals, the professions and private/family businesses. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. 

Halom takes MMA to panel

Halom Investments has asked the Takeovers Panel to revise MMA Offshore’s planned $97 million capital raising, claiming the deal is designed to entrench the control held by the incumbent board.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Brownes acquisition and Chinese investment, Richard Goyder, Shell exits Woodside, Stockland’s land purchase spree, domgas deal, waste to energy, and CEO remuneration.

mWave generates interest in Bombora

Perth company Bombora Wave Power will proceed with construction of its first commercial sized mWave device after securing multi-million dollar backing from international renewable energy consultancy Enzen.

New Energy, Phoenix engineer ways forward on waste

Two companies pursuing ambitious waste-to-energy projects in WA remain positive despite hitting problems with their original engineering partners.

Cautious optimism on civil construction

Civil infrastructure work in WA is expected to stabilise at around $6.5 billion a year, underpinning renewed optimism in the sector, the Civil Contractors Federation WA has found.

Equus deal targets domgas supplies

A newly established company led by a group of Perth oil and gas executives aims to become a major supplier to the domestic gas market after buying the offshore Equus gas fields from US company Hess Corporation.

IMF to bankroll Santanol fight

The private investors in sandalwood business Santanol Group, led by Tony Jack and Bob Bunning, have gained backing from litigation funder IMF Bentham for their fight against private equity group KKR.

$15m for Smart Cities projects

Six projects designed to make Perth a smarter city were launched yesterday, and they comprise a very eclectic collection, from a driverless electric bus in South Perth to management of wetlands in Joondalup.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss stock market hits highs, renewables privatisation, Perth Stadium, Historic Heart, Perth Festival, and junior miners.

Govt to privatise renewables

Synergy intends to develop up to 280 megawatts of renewable energy projects in WA by 2020 after the McGowan government approved plans for a private investor to acquire a majority stake in its existing wind farm and solar farm and in two new projects.

Civmec reports $3.5m profit

Engineering and construction contractor Civmec, which plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange, has reported a quarterly net profit of $S3.7 million ($A3.5 million) and modest growth in its order book.

Change-agent Green embraces new gig

Jemma Green notched up two big achievements last month. Her company, Power Ledger, raised $34 million in Australia’s first ever ‘initial coin offering’, and she was elected deputy lord mayor of the City of Perth.

China JV to boost education links

West Perth-based Phoenix Academy is using this month’s state government trade mission to China to officially open a joint venture college it has established in Shanghai.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss business failures, Hancock's $1 billion profit, UWA's $450 million deal, Pilbara mine camp merger, taxi levy, and commercial constr

Pilbara mine camp merger

Global facilities management giant Sodexo, which counts Rio Tinto’s iron ore business among its major clients, is buying Australian competitor Morris Corporation, the manager of Fortescue Metals Group’s three major camps.

CPB signs $48m Lord St contract

Long-running negotiations between CPB Contractors and the state government have resulted in the CIMIC Group subsidiary signing a $47.9 million contract for the New Lord St project at Ellenbrook.

Jaxon to build $80m hotel

Perth’s hotel construction boom shows no sign of letting up, with Jaxon set to commence work this month on a 27-storey Mantra hotel that will be a stone’s throw from three recently completed hospitality projects at the western end of the city.

Finders disputes takeover claims

The independent directors of Finders Resources have questioned some of the claims and assumptions used by Indonesian group Eastern Field Developments, which has announced a takeover offer for the West Perth company.

Major indigenous contractor into administration

Indigenous contracting group Eastern Guruma, which has contracts or joint ventures with the likes of Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals Group, NRW Holdings and Carnegie Clean Energy, has been placed into administration.

Chinese group buys WA superyacht builder

WA company SilverYachts, which is one of three major boat builders at Henderson, is planning to establish international operations after a Chinese aluminium manufacturer bought a majority stake.

Zetta gears up for acquisitions

SPECIAL REPORT: Privately owned ICT firm Zetta Group has mapped out multiple growth paths, including Asian franchises and larger acquisitions.

Tech firms tap into data trends

SPECIAL REPORT: Rapid advances in cloud computing and data analytics are creating business opportunities.

Stadium supply deals done but no word on name

Pie producer Mrs Mac's has joined Gage Roads Brewing Company as WA-based suppliers to Perth Stadium, as the state government finalised a deal with the AFL but remained silent on speculation on the naming rights.

Mining innovation hub for Kalgoorlie

A cooperative research centre focused on minerals extraction has teamed up with mining industry groups and training providers to announce plans for an innovation hub based in Kalgoorlie.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss housing affordability, privatisation and infrastructure, mining projects, distilleries, Black Monday anniversary and our special report on ICT looking at cloud computing, big data and internet of things.

Poulsen to retire from law

John Poulsen, who has been a prominent fixture in Perth’s legal scene for many years, is planning to retire from his current role and seek chief executive opportunities.

Flat year at Fremantle Ports

The volume of freight through Fremantle Ports has remained static for the third year running, raising further questions about when the proposed outer harbour development at Cockburn Sound will be needed.

Industry backs Landgate sale

The state government has been encouraged to follow the lead of NSW and South Australia and privatise its land registry agency, Landgate, which posted a net profit of $20.1 million last financial year.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer, Mark Pownall and Matt Mckenzie discuss Rod Jones, Feral Brewing, state finances, Tronox and WA exporters.

Tronox plans $220m mine projects

US company Tronox has gained state government backing for the development of two mineral sands mines north of Perth, to support its value-added manufacturing operations at Kwinana.

Cole appointed Synergy chair

Outgoing Synergy chairman Lyndon Rowe said today he was disappointed he could not continue at the energy utility after the state government announced oil and gas executive Rob Cole would take the role.

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Shortlist to run Rio facilities

Sodexo has been shortlisted with two other companies to manage all of Rio Tinto’s camps and other facilities in the Pilbara, in the same week it has been awarded a contract to run Shell’s Prelude Floating LNG facility.

TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Civmec gets nod for $196m project

A joint venture comprising Henderson-based contractor Civmec and international engineering firm Black & Veatch has been selected as preferred proponent for a $196 million wastewater project south of Perth.

Chinese group buys Kailis Bros

The Kailis family has folded its Kailis Bros seafood business into a larger, newly-capitalised venture called KB Foods that will be 90 per cent owned by Hong Kong-listed conglomerate Legend Holdings. Click through to see the multiple WA businesses owned by members of the Kailis family in WA. 

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TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Canberra is "really hopeless": Walsh

WA industry leaders Richard Goyder, Sam Walsh and Andrew Forrest lined up today to criticise deputy prime minister Julia Gillard and the federal government's tax and economic policies.

Woodside to spend $400m on Fifo camp

Woodside Petroleum is hoping to win state government backing for a new 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp at Karratha, after selecting a consortium led by Multiplex and Compass Group to build, own and operate the facility.

Perth tech pioneer passes away

Conrad Crisafulli, who was one of the pioneers of venture capital investing and technology commercialisation in Western Australia, has died after a long illness.