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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. 

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss property development challenges, weak housing market, Fast Brick Robotics (FBR), subcontractor protections, and our special report on Business Dynasties, including the Buckeridge, Perron, and Blackburne families.

Burrup projects gain momentum

New industrial projects planned for the Burrup Peninsula will need to co-exist with the area’s heritage features.

Stan Perron's family to maintain legacy

Nearly 1,000 people attended the funeral of the late Stan Perron this afternoon, with his daughter Elizabeth Perron promising to maintain his legacy as a great philanthropist.

BGC appoints Macquarie Capital

The planned sale of BGC Australia has taken another step forward with the appointment of investment bank Macquarie Capital as corporate adviser to the family-owned business.

Ellison earns $4.7m, or is it $2.4m?

SPECIAL REPORT: There can be wide differences between the statutory pay reported by listed companies and the ‘take home’ pay of their senior executives.

Drop in million-dollar club

SPECIAL REPORT: There has been a notable reduction in the number of high-earning executives in WA, though some individuals do well year after year, research by Business News has found.

Roobix acquires Titan Digital

Perth marketing agency Roobix has substantially expanded its customer base and staffing by acquiring the assets of Titan Digital for $3.5 million.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the Rio Tinto expansion, fracking move, Rob Scott, Eastern Goldfields, Stan Perron and our special report on CEO salaries.

Robo adviser’s retirement role

A Perth-based fintech startup is aiming to shake up the retirement incomes market with a new twist on a frequently maligned product.

Win for Doric in ongoing Rivershores dispute

Construction group Doric has clocked up another tactical win in its legal battle with the property developers it partnered with on the ill-fated Rivershores apartment project in North Fremantle.

GCS shares slump on earnings update

Shares in Global Construction Services have fallen to a one-year low, on the same day the company’s shareholders voted to change its name to that of merger partner SRG Global.

Perron Group set up for long haul

The late Stan Perron, who passed away last Friday after building a $4 billion self-made fortune, started preparing for his succession more than 25 years ago.

Landgate sale a boon for advisers

PwC has joined KPMG, BIS Oxford Economics and Investec in winning advisory work on the partial privatisation of Landgate – with each adviser securing increasingly large contracts.

Professions operate in global realm

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Professional services firms in most industry sectors in WA have increasingly become aligned with international groups. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Continuity, diversity drive success

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: The ranks of WA’s largest public companies have changed dramatically over the past two decades, but Wesfarmers has been a constant near the top. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

SNC-Lavalin wins Perdaman contract

Vikas Rambal’s Perdaman Industries has signed up Canadian engineering company SNC Lavalin as lead contractor on its $4 billion Karratha urea project, one day after announcing a gas supply deal with Woodside Petroleum.

Foreign capital driving local takeover deals

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: WA companies have been on the receiving end of nearly every major takeover completed during the past two decades, with Wesfarmers a notable exception. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

BHP pays $529m to settle tax dispute

BHP Billiton has reached a settlement with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) relating to their long-running dispute over the miner’s part-owned marketing hub in Singapore.

EPA backs Mt Keith expansion

The revival of BHP’s Nickel West business has taken another step forward with the environmental watchdog recommending approval of a satellite mine at its Mt Keith operation.

Wodgina shows Pilbara mining diversity

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: The Pilbara has a diverse and colourful mining history, including gold, tantalum, beryl and lithium.

Blackburne plans 24-storey tower for Subi

Property group Blackburne has released further details of its planned development of the Pavilion Markets site in Subiaco, with its plans including a reduced number of apartments spread across three buildings.

BHP reveals multiple braking failures on ore train

BHP Billiton has disclosed that the driver of last week’s runaway iron ore train failed to engage the emergency air brake after getting out to check on a problem with another part of the braking system.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the Navitas takeover, Karrinyup expansion, Belmont Park apartments, GST changes, Woodside's future, Wesfarmers demerger, and our look back at the past 25 years, including our special report on WA's biggest employers.

Major shifts at top of biggest employers list

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: The annual Business News Biggest Employers survey has tracked changing employment patterns in WA over 13 years. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Coleman tips hydrogen power by 2030

Woodside Petroleum has urged governments across Australia to back its ambitious growth projects, which include $30 billion on LNG projects along with development of industrial-scale hydrogen power.

New CEO for Metals X

Poorly performing copper miner Metals X has appointed Damien Marantelli as its new managing director, with incumbent Warren Hallam and chief operating officer Allan King leaving the company.

Albemarle brings forward WA project

Albemarle Corporation has revised the construction schedule for its $1 billion lithium plant at Kemerton, with site works due to start next month and the US company accelerating expansion of the project.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the BHP derailment, lithium plant approval, North West Shelf Gas agreements, construction news, hotel developments, PEXA sale, and our special report on WA's innovation awards.

Swedish construction firm enters WA market

Swedish construction company Serneke Group, which has annual turnover of $940 million, has established a foothold in the local market by purchasing an equity stake in Nedlands firm Consortium Builders.

BHP facing ore shortfall

BHP Billiton disclosed today that its iron ore stockpiles at Port Hedland will not be sufficient to cover the supply disruption caused by this week’s train derailment.

Financial adviser ready for change

Troy MacMillan reckons his financial advisory firm is prepared for sweeping changes facing the sector, unlike many of his peers.

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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.

Cooper & Oxley on the brink

Cooper & Oxley Builders, which is one of the 10 largest construction companies in Perth, has suspended work on its projects while it reviews its financial viability.

JCY goes into liquidation

Major Perth architecture practice JCY has been placed into liquidation after being hit by the slowdown in work volumes, pricing pressures and losses on the Perth Children’s Hospital.

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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.