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.
The state government and local farmers are pressing ahead with planning for a $30 million cotton gin in WA’s north despite a recent PwC study finding Katherine in the Northern Territory was a better location.
The new Perth partner-in-charge at law firm King & Wood Mallesons has become a strong believer in the benefits of technology, saying COVID-19 has accelerated changes already underway and there is no going back.
Property developers Adrian Fini and Ben Lisle have merged their operations under the name Hesperia, with the new entity having nearly $1 billion of projects under development and a busy pipeline of future opportunities.
The co-operative that distributes water in the Ord River irrigation area has scored a big court victory over the state government, retaining its current water allocation to support the development of new cotton farms. The state government had wanted to slash the Ord Irrigation Co-operative’s annual water allocation by one third.
PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Sean Cowan discuss phase four COVID restrictions, aviation and tourism, Deloitte, retail property landlords, housing recovery, planning reform, some positive market news, Canva, and our special report on indigenous business.
The administrators of Gascoyne Resources have recommended creditors support the planned deed of company arrangement for the gold miner rather than an 11th hour alternative from China’s Hanking Gold Mining.
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.