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. 

From $30m lotto win to legal bunfight

Prominent real estate agent and City of Joondalup Deputy Mayor Russell Poliwka has been ordered to pay $2 million to Perth investor Sherif Girgis after a Supreme Court judgement this week.

Empired flags buy-back, updates outlook

Empired plans to undertake a buy-back of up to 10 per cent of its shares, while also announcing that it would cut operating costs and capex in the current financial year to help boost earnings.

Indigenous business thrives on opportunity

Local Aboriginal leaders hope WA can match the success of the federal government’s indigenous procurement policy.

Charities helping Aboriginal boys and girls

SPECIAL REPORT: Clontarf Foundation, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, The Girls Academy, and Glass Jar Australia.

Wyatt’s old wounds still scarred

SPECIAL REPORT: Ken Wyatt has overcome numerous challenges on the path to becoming the most powerful advocate for Aboriginal Australians.

RAPs elevate words into tangible deeds

SPECIAL REPORT: Reconciliation Action Plans are used by hundreds of organisations across Australia to deliver better outcomes. Click through to our Indigenous Development feature.

Macmahon brings back former director

Macmahon Holdings has responded swiftly to last week’s unexpected retirement of two directors, including chairman Jim Walker, by reappointing Vyril Vella to its board.

WA population growth slowly lifting

Australia’s annual population growth rate increased to 1.63 per cent in 2018, and while WA’s growth rate has improved, it continues to be one of the slowest growing states.

Work starts on $40m Hotel Rottnest upgrade

FIRM Construction has begun work this week on the redevelopment and expansion of Prendiville Group’s Hotel Rottnest.

Gold explorer scraps listing plans

The tally of new ASX listings from Western Australia remains at just two this year, with Gold Tiger Resources (Australia) canning its IPO after being hit by weak equity markets and gold sector woes and having to issue a supplementary prospectus.

Tim Shanahan to chair Zetta

Perth-based IT services firm Zetta has recruited Tim Shanahan as its new chair, as it continues to pursue acquisition opportunities.

WA Labor backs Setka expulsion

WA Labor’s state executive has backed a motion calling for the expulsion of construction union boss John Setka, albeit by a small margin, and with Premier Mark McGowan using the issue to step up his attack on Maritime Union of Australia boss Christy Cain.

Surprise win in WA tech awards

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been selected as Western Australia’s tech company of the year for 2019 with Robert Nathan, Derek Gerrard and Alerte Digital Health among other winners in the annual INCITE awards.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Liberal leadership change, State of the Arts, agricultural outlook, Patersons sellout, Curtin's expansion, gold challenges, Western Australians honoured, and our special report on defence.

Borrello bought by national law firm

Thomson Geer has become the latest in a string of east coast law firms to enter the Western Australian market, acquiring LSV Borrello 10 years after the local firm was established.

Liza Harvey new Libs leader

Liza Harvey has been elected unopposed as leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party in WA with Bill Marmion chosen as her deputy.

Mike Nahan resigns as Liberal leader

Mike Nahan announced at 7pm last night his intention to step down as leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, with a view to installing a new leader by the end of this week.

New unit to help subbies

The state government has taken a first step to protect subcontractors by introducing a bill to establish a specialist investigations unit within the Small Business Development Commission.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss house prices, economic growth data, interest rates, WA’s credit rating, gold miners, arts festivals, cryptocurrencies and craft breweries.

Research investment key at UWA hub

A healthy WA population and economy are twin goals at UWA’s new Life Sciences Innovation Hub.

Lotterywest lifts retailer commissions

The 500 retail businesses that earned $63 million selling Lotterywest products last year can look forward to higher incomes after the state government agreed to increase their gross commission.

Sandalwood producer wins UN award

Kalgoorlie business Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils, which supplies global fashion brands including Estee Lauder, has become the first Australian organisation to win the United Nations’ Equator Prize.

Roberts to leave MIN board

Tim Roberts, whose estimated net worth varied wildly in three recent rich lists, has stepped away from the public limelight by resigning from the board of ASX-listed Mineral Resources.

Next gen takes reins at listed companies

A small number of ASX-listed Perth companies are following the example of Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes, with second-generation family members taking over.

Fogarty lifts wine dominance

Western Australia’s largest wine producer has increased its dominance of the sector in a year when many producers were affected by extreme weather events.

Record turnout for reconciliation

More than 1,300 people attended a National Reconciliation Week breakfast this morning in Perth and heard newly installed minister Ken Wyatt deliver a positive message about progress to date and urge optimism and trust for the future.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss indigenous business and reconciliation week, David Singleton, Simonds Group and residential construction, generational change at listed Perth companies, Black Swan, and our special report on the wine industry plus our Great for the State feature on health and well being.

Govt awards ICT deals worth $10.9m

Perfekt and Data#3 are among a host of ICT companies to have secured six state government contracts collectively worth more than $10 million.

Business sector backs Uluru Statement

Woodside Petroleum, Curtin University, Lendlease and Qantas are among a raft of prominent organisations to join the country’s big miners, major law firms and finance businesses in pledging support for the politically contentious Uluru statement.

EPA to start consulting on greenhouse policy

The Environmental Protection Authority will commence formal consultation next month on its greenhouse gas guidelines, refuting media reports it has already decided to revive the guidelines that caused industry outrage earlier this year.

Seven West takes 100% of Community News

The publisher of The West Australian has increased its dominance of WA’s media sector by purchasing News Corp’s 50.1 per cent stake in Community Newspaper Group.



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.