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. 

Stag oil field sold for $US10m

Singapore-based Mitra Energy has completed the $US10 million ($A13.3 million) purchase of the Stag oil field off the Pilbara coast, but is still awaiting regulatory approval to take over as operator.  

Integration key for Airstream

Bibra Lake company Airstream has started rolling out a series of wireless control systems for home lighting, reticulation and security as it seeks to stay ahead of competitors in the home automation market.

Tech sector wants strategy clarity

The government’s failure to explain some fundamental details of its innovation plan has raised questions.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss innovation strategy, Wheatstone, Pilbara mining, Sam Walsh and commercial property.

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.

Living the best of both worlds

In May 2015, mining executive Julie Shuttleworth had to deal with two major developments in her life. She had just started as general manager of Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon mine when she found she was pregnant with her first child.

Innovation strategy maps out spending plan

A co-funding program with angel investors and a commercialisation fund for Western Australia’s universities are the ‘big ticket’ items in the state government’s $20 million innovation strategy, released last night.

Arise Racing’s Radical drive

Perth property developer Adam Lisle has long had a keen interest in motor racing, but it was a visit to a country club outside Las Vegas set up especially for motor sport that steered him down the path to his new business venture.

Chevron discloses Wheatstone cost blowout

Chevron has blamed problems at one of its overseas suppliers and inadequate planning for a $US5 billion ($A6.6 billion) blowout in the cost of its Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

Waste plant fails after $165m technology investment

An ambitious waste recycling project using technology developed by ASX-listed AnaeCo and jointly built by contactor Monadelphous Group has gone into administration.

Ai Group opens Perth office

Western Australia’s peak business group is facing competition for members after the Australian Industry Group established a Perth office, shortly after ending a commercial alliance with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA.

Cleartech taps recycling opportunity

Waste management companies in Perth are enjoying more demand for their services, but face continuing challenges finding markets.

Patersons wins Alinta gig

Perth-based broking firm Patersons Securities is understood to have won a spot on the panel of retail brokers that will support the $2 billion initial public offering of Alinta Energy.

WA lags nation on recycling: report

The state government has failed to hit any of the targets in its own waste management strategy, and part of the reason is a lack of coordination among its two key agencies, a review by the auditor general has found.

Court ruling exposes developer rift

The co-founders of a successful property developer Nicheliving are mired in a legal dispute after plans to buy out key executive Danne Forte were halted when other directors questioned his financial projections.

Curtin spin-out ePAT to list

Curtin University is set to benefit from the listing today of ePAT Technologies, which adds to a steady flow of tech companies that have attracted support from investors over the past six months.

Telcos jockey to ride the NBN

SPECIAL REPORT: The national broadband network is throwing up unexpected competitive challenges for players in the communications sector.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss the Roe 8 project, house prices, DAPs, private infrastructure, Tony Grist and the telco sector.

Euroz tops $1bn in funds

Euroz has reported a bumper first-quarter profit of $9.75 million, driven by strong growth in capital raising deals and good performances by its funds management businesses.

Tourism sponsorships stay secret

The amount of money the state government pumps into big events like the Hopman Cup, the Perth Fashion Festival, V8 Supercars and Margaret River Gourmet Escape is set to remain a secret after a review by the auditor general.

ASIC guidance draws mixed response

Advisers to mining and exploration companies have tentatively welcomed new guidance from the corporate regulator on forward-looking statements but believe more clarity is needed.

Riders Choice, Cycliq hit issues

Two well-known Leederville cycling businesses have hit differing problems this week, with retailer Riders Choice going into voluntary administration and accessory manufacturer Cycliq facing a regulatory speed bump on its path to an ASX listing.

Telstra defends network, warns against roaming changes

Telstra has defended the quality of its network after a series of major disruptions this year while also warning against the possible regulation of mobile roaming charges.

AMP buys $232m Kalgoorlie prison

AMP Capital has bought the newly built Eastern Goldfields regional prison, joining the likes of Catholic Super, Australian Super and Aberdeen Asset Management as private owners of public infrastructure assets in Western Australia. Click through to see the BNiQ listing of public assets in private hands.

Business brokers jostle for market lead

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth’s major business brokers are adapting their strategies to deal with a changing buyer profile and a general softening of prices.

Private capital backs testing lab merger

SPECIAL REPORT: The recent sale and merger of two testing laboratories in Perth has allowed the vendors of each business to achieve very different outcomes.

Market enables new listings

SPECIAL REPORT: The stock market’s appetite for new listings is allowing a range of companies, from family-owned engineering firm Veem to big national player Alinta Energy, to raise capital.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss residential property, Malaysian investment, innovation, fracking and our quarterly report on corporate finance deals.

Resources innovation hub opens

Perth’s first innovation hub dedicated to the resources sector plans to focus on the impact of disruptive technologies after its official opening last night.

Dowell on cusp of breakthrough opportunity

Perth leadership and strategy consultant Kia Dowell has become the first Australian to be selected for a global mentoring program she hopes will help propel her business to international markets.

Micromine gets new CEO, advisory board

Mining software supplier Micromine has promoted Claire Tuder to the role of director and chief executive while also establishing an advisory board with two industry veterans.



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.