As Senior Editor at Business News, Mark Beyer has a wide-ranging brief to research, analyse and report on the issues, trends and personalities affecting the business community in Western Australia. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. He joined Business News in 2002 and previously 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 North West Shelf shakeup, Westport development, broker consolidation, DUG Technology IPO, environmental approvals, #Perth, universities, and our special report on apartment developments.
Stockbroking firm Hartleys has confirmed it is in advanced merger discussions with listed rival Euroz. If the merger proceeds, it would add to a string of changes among Perth’s top corporate finance dealmakers.
There are five major commodities mined in WA that have substantial downstream processing. Credit for most of the value adding can be attributed to investment decisions taken decades ago, as Mark Beyer reports.
The Committee for Perth has renewed its push for a world-class centre for indigenous culture as part of a two-year action plan to boost the city’s international reputation. Another key recommendation was to establish Perth as a renewable energy leader.
The London-based exchange that sets standards for the global gold industry has commenced a review of The Perth Mint following reports the WA government-owned business was buying gold from unethical miners.
Plans by Ingham’s Group to vacate prime real estate in Wanneroo have been delayed after property developer Harvis Capital won a Supreme Court ruling overturning development approval for the chicken producer's new site in Muchea.
PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss market volatility, iron ore outlook, Pilbara issues, indigenous heritage, property stimulus, honoured leaders, our special report on Asian engagement, and our Great for the State feature on value adding.
UPDATED: The Perth Mint has launched a review of its audit practices after reports the WA government-owned gold refiner failed to apply appropriate checks on its customers, notably unethical gold miners in Papua New Guinea.
Iron ore miner Vale has been ordered by a Brazilian court to shut down one of its mining hubs to help address the spread of COVID-19, adding to a string of supply disruptions that have bolstered the commodity’s price.
Farm cooperative CBH Group has announced a review of its governance structure, shortly after one of its directors was narrowly voted off the board at a special general meeting and its long-serving chair was ousted.