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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. 

Bocol wins Kalbarri contract

Specialist civil engineering company Bocol Constructions has been awarded a state government contract to build two 100-metre-high skywalks in Kalbarri national park.

$2bn takeover bid for Navitas

Navitas co-founder and former managing director Rod Jones has backed an indicative takeover bid for the education services company led by Australian private equity giant BGH Capital.

Bechtel for Pluto train 2

Woodside Petroleum has picked Texas-based Bechtel as the most likely contractor to build a new LNG train at its Pluto facility near Karratha, but has hit a hurdle in approvals for an associated fly-in fly-out camp.

Property buyers levy coming in 2019

The McGowan government will introduce its levy on foreign buyers of residential property after the WA Greens and One Nation parties supported the plan.

BCI confirms multiple interest

BCI Minerals has confirmed it is in discussions with multiple parties over the sale of its Pilbara iron ore assets, including three current producers and one aspiring port developer.

Hancock secures 90% of Atlas

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting plans to focus on how to integrate Atlas Iron’s operations into its existing business after acquiring more than a 90 per cent shareholding in the struggling iron ore miner.

From Ken Court to Li Ping, Oakajee saga ongoing

Plans announced last month by a private Chinese group to revive the multi-billion dollar Oakajee port project add a new twist to a 45-year saga.

Gold revival boosts deal flow

SPECIAL REPORT: WA companies participated in 175 corporate finance transactions worth $7.6 billion in the September quarter, with one of the most complex and innovative being the recapitalisation of Eastern Goldfields.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Lawyer Michael Hollingdale’s career has taken a new turn after being asked to help wealthy families with their estate planning.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss ScoMo’s visit, Rio Tinto invests, mining contractor wins, BN30’s all time high, Scarce Skills and labour costs, shopping centre acquisitions, Chevron HQ, building approvals and our special this week on corporate finance deals.

Survey pinpoints wages pressure

The cost of employing critical tradespeople and professionals in the mining sector could jump by as much as 12 per cent over the next two years.

East Timor buys into Sunrise project

The government of East Timor has struck a deal to buy a 30 per cent stake in the Woodside Petroleum-operated Sunrise gas project, as it continues pressing for development of an LNG plant on its own territory.

Stealth to list after Heatleys acquisition

Perth company Stealth Global Holdings will start trading on the ASX tomorrow after completing a $12.5 million IPO and paying $9 million for local firm Heatleys Safety and Industrial.

Carnegie CEO departs, asset sales to be renegotiated

Carnegie Clean Energy’s long-serving managing director Michael Ottaviano has resigned, with the company also announcing major updates on three projects and plans to renegotiate its asset sale deal with Tag Pacific.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss the possible revival of the Oakajee port project, WA’s strong jobs market, four vanadium projects, gold miner Eastern Goldfields saved from the brink, University rankings, the outlook for residential housing, and how apartment builders are outperforming house builders.

HBF lifts surplus to $61m

HBF has flagged the possible sale and lease-back of its head office building in central Perth after reporting a lift in its financial performance and a major shift in its east coast growth strategy.

Lexvoco and Dovetail join the legal disrupters

The WA market is continuing to attract new providers of alternative legal services.

Scarborough site sold for $25m

Singaporean group Chip Eng Seng Corporation has struck a deal to sell the White Sands Tavern development site near Scarborough beach for $24.5 million.

‘The Hulk’ cuts through on mental health

Contractors Macmahon Holdings and AK Evans Earthmoving have found different ways to bolster mental health programs.

Sirona spins-off Harvis

Private investment group Sirona Capital has been split in two, with founding director Kelvin Flynn establishing a new business named Harvis with a focus on real estate, agriculture and infrastructure financing.

New funding for business

Two recent initiatives have created new funding options for startups and proprietary companies in WA.

WA tech firm sacks CEO

Perth tech company iCetana, which has raised $11 million over the past 18 months to support its global expansion, has terminated the employment of its chief executive after identifying an alleged fraud.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss government contractor failures, house prices, population growth, LNG revival, Austal, performance share winners, and our special report on tourism.

UBS begins Perth rebuild

Global investment bank UBS is rebuilding its Perth office after a short hiatus, luring Tim Andrew from his Cottesloe boutique practice.

Property Council cautiously backs noise reforms

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed proposed laws governing apartment projects in entertainment precincts, but has expressed caution about where the policy applies and its impact on planning approvals.

Panel makes adverse ruling on Tribune

The Takeovers Panel has made a finding of unacceptable circumstances against ASX-listed Tribune Resources, which is led by managing director Anthony Billis.

All Earth Group into administration

Maddington-based civil contractor All Earth Group, which held contracts on two state government projects, has gone into voluntary administration.

Poseidon averts Asic objection

Aspiring miner Poseidon Nickel has completed a $69 million entitlement offer without having to call on support from its sub-underwriter, Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Resources.

Devwest directors, Sincap dispute settled

Singapore company Sincap Group has announced a settlement of its long-running commercial dispute with three directors of Perth property developer Devwest Group.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Startups, Metronet, Perth Airport, Volt Power, Kreepy Krauly, and BN's special report on gold miners

WA tech firms raised $295m

Western Australian startups and ‘young’ tech companies raised $295 million last financial year, which was 8.3 per cent of the amount raised nationally, a new report has found.

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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.