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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. 

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss property development, university donations, lithium action, crowd-funding and Japanese buyers. 

Third Chinese bank opens Perth branch

China Construction Bank has become the third Chinese banking group to establish a presence in Perth, and those managing its operations are planning to make a larger impact than the competition.

Macmahon shareholders approve AMNT deal

Macmahon Holdings chairman Jim Walker said the contract miner would focus on executing its growth plans after shareholders voted overwhelmingly today in support of a tie-up with Indonesian company PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara (AMNT).

UWA campaign exceeds $400m

Former Wesfarmers boss Trevor Eastwood has stayed out of the limelight since exiting Perth’s corporate scene, but has broken his silence to publicise his largest-ever philanthropic donation.

Landmark deal for MIS investors

Dogged legal action led by Fremantle-based Primary Securities has given investors in a failed Willmott Forests scheme the prospect of getting a return on their money.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Paladin's collapse, Fastbrick Robotics, Peet and Perron Group, indigenous contracting and this year’s Total Shareholder Return survey.

300-plus truckies lose their licence

More than 300 truck drivers in Western Australia have had their licences suspended after the state government alleged they failed to pass their driving test.

Lavan boss joins HHG

West Perth law firm HHG Legal Group has bolstered its leadership team by recruiting Lavan executive chairman Greg Gaunt, who expects the move will rejuvenate his career.

Report carves-up remuneration

Chief executives at mid-cap companies in Western Australia are better paid than their peers in other states, but those at small companies in WA are worse off, an in-depth remuneration survey has found. Click through to access the report. 

Resources for a robotic future

Three resources sector leaders have given very different insights into the role robotics and automation may play in the industry’s future.

Paladin Energy into administration

Uranium miner Paladin Energy, which at its peak was one of WA’s most valuable companies, has lost its battle to stay afloat after creditor Electricite de France demanded repayment of a $US277 million ($A370 million) debt.

$100m-plus for indigenous businesses

Fortescue Metals Group, Chevron and Rio Tinto have announced six new deals with indigenous businesses and charities, with the winners including Pilbara contractor Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Enterprises and Perth stationery supplier Kulbardi.

Law firm moves into forensics

As the big accounting firms in Australia move to build up their legal practices, law firm Clayton Utz is pushing back, setting up its own forensics and technology services practice.

Renewables projects compete for backing

Competition among developers of renewable energy projects in WA's South West is hotting up, with two solar farms starting construction this year and a further eight major projects hoping to join them.

Support for new skilled visa list

The business sector has cautiously welcomed an updated list of occupations eligible for skilled migrant visas, which covers more than 200 occupations.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss BHP expansion, EPA decisions, renewable projects, Rising Stars, and BN Awards.

Barnaba leaves Macquarie, joins RBA

Five years after joining Macquarie Group as its Western Australian chairman, Mark Barnaba is leaving to pursue a career as a non-executive director, with his first new role to be on the board of Australia’s central bank.

Lithium supply to fall short: Tianqi

Global demand for lithium is expected to increase by three to four times by 2025 and projected supplies will not keep up, Tianqi Lithium Australia general manager Phil Thick told a Mining Club lunch today.

Wattnow on rapid growth trajectory

Derby business Wattnow Electrical has learned how to overcome major challenges on its way to achieving significant growth over the past three years.

Camera Electronic focused on growth

Fifty years after Ronald and Valerie Frank started a camera repair business from their home, their two sons oversee a fast-growing business that combines a new bricks-and-mortar store with an expanding online presence.

Fujitsu to spend $17m at Malaga

Fujitsu has committed to spend up to $17 million upgrading its Malaga data centre, where it is aiming to gain a competitive edge by securing the highest level of industry certification.

Tourism WA board shake-up

The McGowan government’s shake-up of public sector agencies has triggered unexpected departures from key agencies, with road safety commissioner Kim Papalia resigning and three Tourism WA board members following chairman Peter Prendiville out the door.

Govt agency invests in lithium mine

The federal government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation has emerged as a surprise backer of Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora lithium mine, and has outlined a broad range of projects that may attract future support.

Diverse opportunities for indigenous businesses

SPECIAL REPORT: Indigenous businesses across WA are pursuing opportunities across a range of areas from mining and agriculture, to hospitality.

Yagahong Alliance into positive territory

SPECIAL REPORT: A joint venture between a major contractor in the Mid West and a traditional owner group has been many years in the making.

BHP commences next big iron ore project

BHP has approved initial funding for its $3 billion-plus South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, and the company's top Australian executive said he wanted to hear from local suppliers who could add value to the development.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Dan Wilkie and Mark Beyer discuss the state budget, fees and charges, skilled migration, the outlook for Perth property, new mining projects, the roadhouse blues, and indigenous business.

Supreme Court upholds 53% loan charge

A Supreme Court dispute between West Perth firm Quantum Credit and a City Beach developer has shone a light on business practices at the risky end of the property finance market. 

Brierty confirms contract suspension

Brierty announced today that its $300 million mining contract at Rio Tinto’s Western Turner Syncline project, which was undertaken in partnership with three indigenous contractors, has been suspended.

Outback Trust investors face uncertainty

Perth entrepreneur Craig Mitchell and property funds manager Angelo Del Borrello are facing off over the future of four large roadhouses in northern WA, with the outcome having a big bearing on investors who pumped $22.5 million into four related property trusts.

AFG upgrades profit forecast

Australian Finance Group announced today its net profit for the current financial year would come in nearly 45 per cent higher than consensus forecasts, after a change in the way its treated certain commission income.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.