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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. 

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.

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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.

$400m waste plant signs supply deal

Plans for a second waste-to-energy plant in Perth have advanced after the HZI consortium signed its fourth supply deal, with the City of Cockburn.

Construction contractors on a roll

Four of the largest construction contractors in WA - unlisted companies Pindan, Georgiou Group, Doric/Jaxon and Perkins Builders - have achieved strong earnings and anticipate better conditions ahead.

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PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the lithium industry, tourism challenge, state strategies, Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill, Power Ledger and Jemma Green, property market deals, Gascoyne Resources, ResApp and our special report on fund managers.

Roy Hill boosts Hancock profit

The production ramp-up at iron ore miner Roy Hill Holdings has helped the company lift annual profit by 69 per cent, in turn boosting the annual earnings of its major shareholder, Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting.

Georgiou turnover hits $574 million

Construction and engineering contractor Georgiou Group has lifted its annual profit and turnover and tipped a positive outlook, helped by recent contract wins at Perth Airport, in the Pilbara and on the east coast.

Hancock Prospecting posts $1.37bn profit

The money-making power of Gina Rinehart’s mining business has been abundantly demonstrated in the group’s latest financial results, with her private company Hancock Prospecting lifting annual net profit 28 per cent to $1.37 billion.

LWP and PRM set to merge

Perth land developers LWP Property Group and PRM Property Group have announced a merger, with the combined group to have four equal shareholders.

Court rules on Hancock costs

A Supreme Court ruling has shed light on the multi-million dollar legal bills incurred by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting and Wright Prospecting in their long-running battle over ownership of the Rhodes Ridge iron ore deposit in the Pilbara.

Navitas, Jones continue stand-off

Navitas founder Rod Jones and his fellow board members have failed to reach agreement on insider protocols designed to manage conflicts of interest affecting the takeover target.

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PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss market volatility, young rich, gaming fortunes, property taxes, fraud cases, Cisco and our special report on commercial property.

Perth gaming company' s income soars to $379m

Perth-based online gaming company VGW Holdings, founded by ‘young rich lister’ Laurence Escalante, has achieved spectacular revenue growth over the past year and reported its maiden net profit.

Uni VCs skip education strategy launch

Premier Mark McGowan and StudyPerth chair Rod Jones this morning launched a new strategy to attract international students to Western Australia, with Mr Jones throwing out a challenge to the sector to turn the strategy into action.

Marketforce launches new services

Advertising agency Marketforce has recruited Jon Amery and Dixie Marshall and partnered with Debra Neve to support the launch of new services.

EPA backs second waste-to-energy plant

The environmental watchdog has recommended approval of a second waste-to-energy plant in southern Perth, just days after a Macquarie Capital consortium announced it would start construction this month on a similar facility.

Marketforce pair launches Longreach

Former Marketforce executives John Driscoll and Angela Nutton have jointly established a new media buying and consulting group, adding to changes in Perth’s advertising market.

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PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss waste-to-energy development, Port Hedland property, Airbnb regulations, unemployment, tech listings, and our special report on WA's biggest exporters.

Directors share turnaround insights

Cheryl Edwardes and Rick Crabb know better than most what it takes to steer a troubled business through a ‘near-death’ experience.

Govt seeking more info on waste project

Just hours after the developers of a $670 million waste-to-energy project announced they planned to start construction after obtaining all necessary approvals, the state government disclosed it has asked the Environmental Protection Authority to conduct further investigations.

$670m waste-to-energy project to proceed

Construction of Australia’s first large-scale waste-to-energy facility will start this month in Kwinana after investment groups Macquarie Capital and DIF bought the Phoenix Energy project. Once completed at a cost of $668 million, the Kwinana facility will transform waste treatment in Perth.

Govt backs Airbnb inquiry

The state government has backed an inquiry into short-stay accommodation providers, just days after the Australian Hotels Association called for a tightening of regulation of the sector.

$63m boost for ICT contractors

SPECIAL REPORT: Four state government contracts have delivered extra work for six information and communications technology contractors in Perth.

Omega Construction on the brink

BGC Contracting and Laing O’Rourke have terminated their contract with Omega Construction on the Northlink road project after the sub-contractor disclosed it had major financial problems.

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PODCAST: In this podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss investment market volatility, property prices, BGC, Navitas heads three major deals in the offing, restaurant awards, Beaumonde Catering, Julie Bishop, and our special report on ICT infrastructure

CipherTel wins telco grants

Bunbury-based CipherTel has won the latest round of state government grants to deliver high-speed broadband to areas not adequately covered by the National Broadband Network.

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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.