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Mark Beyer

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 overseeing 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. 

$511m waste project to proceed

Construction of Western Australia’s second large scale waste-to-energy project will begin this month near Rockingham after the development consortium reached financial close just before Christmas.

Woolies tops biggest employers

Business News’s updated ranking of WA’s largest employers highlights the increased use of casual and contract staff.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss residential property recovery, Chris Ellison's house plan, biggest employers, St Hilda's management change, mid-tier growth stories, rail car manufacturing, person of the year, and our Great for the State feature on WA's cultural growth.

ASIC takes action on Sterling First

The corporate regulator has started court action against Sydney-based company Theta Asset Management and its director Robert Marie over Theta's role as responsible entity for one of the main businesses in the collapsed Sterling First property group.

Ellison to demolish $57m home

Ten years after paying a record WA price of $57.5 million for their Mosman Park property, mining magnate Chris Ellison and his wife Tia Ellison are planning to demolish the existing dwellings and build two new houses.

GenusPlus adds to growth with EC&M acquisition

Privately-owned contractor GenusPlus Group has completed its fifth acquisition in the space of two years, confirming today it has bought EC&M out of administration with plans to retain a small group of key staff to help rebuild the business.

Hill resigns from $28m training fund

The chair of the Construction Training Fund has resigned 18 months before his term was due to expire, as the state government proceeds with changes to the fund's operation and governance.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss economic data, housing stimulus, property prices, Garden City, new hotel developments, mining IPOs, Deborah Terry, accounting rankings and our special report on WA dynasties.

ASIC slams mining IPO promoters

The corporate regulator has strongly criticised company directors and lead managers involved in mining IPOs, saying they often have conflicts of interest, favour select clients and are focused on chasing short-term gains.

US software group buys Perth’s Meercat

Perth company Meercat, which counts some of Australia's largest businesses among its client base, is planning a global rollout of its RiskView software after being bought by Chicago-based VelocityEHS.

Metals X gets new chairman, MD to leave

Metals X has announced a sweeping board restructure after last week’s closure of the Nifty copper mine, with three directors resigning and APAC Resources nominee Brett Smith joining, just two months after he was rejected by the incumbent board.

Agrimin, Mitchell form JV

Experienced trucking operator Craig Mitchell has formed a logistics joint venture with aspiring sulphate of potash producer Agrimin, seven months after he reached a similar agreement with budding iron ore miner Fenix Resources.

Equity deals deliver big rewards

Mining executives Bill Beament and Raleigh Finlayson have highlighted the way in which equity incentives can deliver big returns.

WA companies use mix of pay strategies

Our comprehensive annual survey of chief executive remuneration shows wide variation across companies.

Deloitte takes top spot in WA

Over the course of two decades, Deloitte has overtaken all its major rivals to become the largest accounting and consulting firm in Western Australia, helped by multiple acquisitions.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss mining projects — the good news and bad, mining technology, BGC Contracting changes hands, Metronet, John Holland legal action, Water Corp contracting, new hotels, the Royal Flying Doctor Service WA, and our special report on chief executive remuneration.

Rinehart, MacTiernan go head-to-head

Two of WA’s most influential women presented competing views on the role of government at a recent agribusiness forum.

iCetana signs Hartleys for IPO

Western Australia’s latest initial public offering has brought together an unlikely pairing – a tech company that has been strongly supported by venture capital investors and a stockbroking firm that has traditionally focused on the mining sector.

$112m renewables project hits milestone

Mining company Gold Fields and energy producer EDL have completed the first stage of a renewable energy project that will eventually see wind and solar deliver half the power needs of the Agnew gold mine.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss the Super Pit sale, three hotel openings, infrastructure funding, Scarborough LNG agreement, mining and renewable energy developments, new apartment projects in South Perth and Claremont, agribusiness, and our special report on disability employment.

SAT approves Claremont apartments

Iris Residential is preparing to launch a $130 million apartment project overlooking Claremont oval after the State Administrative Tribunal overturned objections raised by the development assessment panel and the local council.

Fund managers offer strategy options

With uncertainty surrounding global share markets, Business News has taken a close look at the strategies of six Perth-based fund managers.

Saracen pays $US750m for Super Pit stake

Saracen Mineral Holdings confirmed today it has agreed to buy a 50 per cent stake in Kalgoorlie’s famous Super Pit gold mine with managing director Raleigh Finlayson saying the asset has already delivered positive surprises.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Invest and Trade WA, BHP CEO change, executive remuneration, Fini's Shenton Park project, Woodside's new tech partnership, our special report on fund managers and great for the state focuses on regional engagement

HBF revises investment strategy

Health fund HBF has shifted to a more conservative investment strategy in response to the risks facing global share markets.

Beament gets $28m windfall

Northern Star Resources executive chairman Bill Beament has been handsomely rewarded for the gold miner’s strong performance over the past few years, with the recent exercising of three million performance rights.

Mine tech pioneer lifts export focus

Kewdale company RCT has pioneered a lot of technology used in the mining industry, and its increased focus on export markets has lifted sales to a record level.

Hofmann seizes new opportunities

Bassendean-based Hofmann Engineering has credited increased orders from the mining sector and a major contract in the defence sector as the major drivers behind a surge in revenue to a record $149 million in its 50th year in business.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss ASX listings, including Danny Pavlovich's Nutrition Systems, Spudshed's growing profit, shopping centre developments, profit results for contractors Ertech and Georgiou, successful METS companies Hofmann Engineering and RCT, and our special report on the Innovator of the Year awards.

Bodybuilder strikes $85m ASX deal

Perth bodybuilder Danny Pavlovich is planning a stock market listing of his business Nutrition Systems, which has quietly grown to become one of Australia's leading suppliers of supplements with annual sales of $50 million.

NEC wins police, health contracts

NEC Australia has been contracted to deliver ICT services to the WA Police Force and the state's major hospitals, with the two agreements collectively worth up to $97 million over seven years.

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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.