Mark Beyer has responsibility for all content produced by Business News, including daily online news, the fortnightly magazine and the BNiQ database. As well as overseing the Editorial team, he has a particular interest in reporting on corporate finance, the professions and family business. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra.
PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the election overview, Bob Hawke's passing, retail challenges, hotels and tourism, housing construction, Andrew Forrest's big pay day, Danny Psaros, and our special feature on mining projects.
Independent corporate advisory firm Azure Capital has announced two major changes, with French banking group Natixis buying a majority stake while sister company Azure Consulting will be bought out by its four partners.
PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the state budget, lithium expansion, medical research, Chevron's new headquarters, Sterling First and Rosendorff collapses, a rare IPO, Azure Capital, and our special report on universities.
WA BUDGET: Medical research has received a substantial boost in the state budget, with the government allocating a further $52 million to its Future Health Research and Innovation Fund over three years.
WA BUDGET: WA Treasury has revised its forecasting methodology for iron ore prices to assume that prices fall away quickly from the current inflated levels, which have provided a large boost to government coffers.
Construction of Perth’s next premium grade office tower will commence in the middle of next year at Elizabeth Quay after Brookfield Properties and Chevron signed a 15-year sale-and-leaseback deal today.
Mining icon Sir Arvi Parbo, whose achievements included concurrently chairing three of Australia’s largest companies - BHP, Western Mining Corporation and Alcoa of Australia - has passed away at the age of 93.
Property analyst CoreLogic has suggested the worst of the residential market downturn across Australia has passed after releasing new data showing Perth dwelling prices fell by 0.4 per cent in April, taking the total decline since the market peaked to 18.4 per cent.
The Plunkett family is seeking to sell a major landholding just south of the coastal town of Guilderton, after updating development approvals to address issues that adversely affected an earlier sales campaign.
Fortescue Metals Group has agreed to revise the alignment of its Eliwana rail line, currently under construction in the Pilbara, to avoid damaging Aboriginal heritage sites. FMG’s decision is a win for Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation.
PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss two major private WA companies – Andrew Forrest’s Harvest Road Group and mining contractor Byrnecut – plus the outlook for the Perth Basin and LNG projects, female directors, China’s Huawei, and our special report on construction companies.
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.
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.