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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. 

Monadelphous closes US JV as profit slips

Monadelphous Group has continued to refine its business as it deals with tough conditions in its core Australian market, revealing today it has closed a US joint venture, opened a workshop in Houston, expanded its operations in Manila and acquired a fabrication business in Newcastle.

Mining upswing lifts Imdex

The share price of Balcatta-based Imdex hit its highest level in four years today after the mining equipment and technology company reported a strong improvement in earnings.

Austal close to $100m ferry deal

Austal has announced it is negotiating to build a ferry worth more than $100 million for Norwegian shipping company Fjord Line, after the Norwegian group said it had already commissioned the local shipbuilder.

Paladin to keep main asset

The restructuring of Paladin Energy has taken a surprise turn after Chinese group CNNC Overseas Uranium Holdings advised it would not exercise an option to buy the Langer Heinrich uranium mine.

Feds knock back WA irrigation projects

UPDATED: The federal government has declined to provide co-funding for two irrigation projects in Western Australia’s South West that were expected to trigger a total investment of $460 million and create 1,500 jobs, after an expert panel found the WA government did not fully address the assessment criteria.

Santanol imbroglio rivals Quintis saga

A dispute over Indian sandalwood producer Santanol Group has pitted 21 Western Australian investors, led by forestry veterans Bob Bunning and Tony Jack, against private equity giant KKR and its local representatives, including Jock Clough and incoming Wesfarmers executive Ed Bostock.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss South West irrigation schemes, sandalwood, NRW, and Lawleys, plus power and energy.

Coleman flags ownership changes at NW Shelf

Woodside Petroleum chief executive Peter Coleman said today that changes to the ownership of the North West Shelf Venture would be a natural progression as it became an infrastructure asset servicing offshore gas fields.

DM Civil, Karara at odds over $32m

A long-running dispute between Karara Mining and DM Civil over a contract originally worth $26 million has highlighted the extraordinary gulf that often arises between project developers and contractors when their relationship sours.

Mining, infrastructure projects boost local workshops

Steel fabrication workshops on the Kwinana industrial strip have secured some big contracts.

Aurizon to close Forrestfield terminal

Rail freight operator Aurizon has announced the closure of its Forrestfield terminal by the end of the year, as part of a national restructure that will result in the loss of 250 jobs.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Woodside’s Fifo project, contrary views in the nickel sector, Jimmy Wilson’s lateral move, Port Hedland’s dust issue and small business.

Nickel sector tells two tales

This week’s announcement that First Quantum Minerals plans to close its Ravensthorpe nickel mine, at a cost of 450 jobs, has overshadowed several positive developments in the nickel sector.

Trucking firm fallout leads to wind-up

The Supreme Court has ordered the winding-up of the company behind a successful, well-established trucking business after a complete breakdown in relations between founding directors Ken Shepherd and Tony Maddever.

B Corps tilt business focus beyond merely bottom line

The fledgling B Corporation movement is attracting diverse backers, from ASX-listed companies to mutuals and private businesses in WA.

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.

National growth drives HealthEngine

SPECIAL REPORT: Two senior recruits reflect the growing size and changing focus of the Perth-based online business.

Tape Ark has data storage wrapped up

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth tech entrepreneur Guy Holmes launched his fifth business last month, partnering with a global giant to improve data storage.

Civmec wins bridge contract

Henderson company Civmec has won the steel fabrication contract for the Swan River pedestrian bridge at Burswood, with the government hopeful the bridge will be completed in time for the start of next year’s AFL season.

Boost for local steel industry

The push for increased local content on big projects appears to be paying dividends, with Rio Tinto announcing a $70 million order for port equipment and local businesses Civmec and Doina Construction and Engineering undertaking work for coal and gold projects.

Court rejects Built claim on C&L

Construction company Built has found itself in an unwanted legal and contractual predicament, after a computer glitch led to it making what it says was an accidental $565,000 overpayment to sub-contractor C&L Ceilings.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss office vacancies, Richardson Hotel, Mandogalup, residential housing, David Flanagan and home grown tech heroes.

Perth miner ordered to open books

The Supreme Court has ordered privately owned mining company Global Advanced Metals to open its books to a minority shareholder, despite the shareholder being a competitor, a litigation adversary in the US, and having a chief executive who was found to have carelessly handled confidential information supplied earlier this year.

Carnegie weighs wave options

ASX-listed Carnegie Clean Energy is evaluating three sites for the initial deployment of its CETO 6 wave power technology, including Albany and Cornwall, after it was confirmed today its Garden Island microgrid project will initially not include wave power.

Georgiou wins $40m NSW contract

Perth-based contractor Georgiou has added to its portfolio of east coast construction work, winning work on the Pacific Hwy upgrade in northern NSW.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the $A, Richard Goyder, egg producers, a Perth venture capital pioneer passes away, and arts and culture.

Rule change to boost renewables

Renewable energy company WestGen has moved close to proceeding with WA’s second new solar farm this year, after appointing key contractors for its $75 million Byford project.

Former Nido MD joins Santos

Oil and gas producer Santos has recruited former Nido Petroleum and BHP Petroleum executive Philip Byrne, who will take over from retiring executive vice-president John Anderson.

Radium’s capital R&D funds plan

Companies investing in research and development have access to an increasingly competitive new source of finance.

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.

CSR closes Perth factory

Building products company CSR has closed its Jandakot glass factory resulting in the loss of 58 jobs, though growth by competitors including Walshs Glass and Tough Glass will mitigate the impact.

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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.

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.

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.