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.
Perth entrepreneur Steve Tobin is gearing up for an expansion of oil and gas and minerals exploration in Australia, after selling a majority stake in Terrex Seismic to a private equity group to fund the acquisition of what he believes is a breakthrough technology.
Mining services company Ausdrill has expanded its partnership with Hockey Australia, while AGL Energy has sponsored the West Coast Eagles as it seeks to lift its profile ahead of its planned entry to the Western Australian gas market.
In this Business News podcast, Dan Wilkie and Mark Beyer discuss big changes to the public service, property developers, opportunities in defence, a new Qantas service, and our annual review of mining projects.
Four Western Australian medical research organisations are aiming to boost collaboration after moving into the Ralph and Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute in Nedlands, which was officially opened this week.
Nearly 4,000 shareholders in West Perth company Moly Mines have effectively become stranded in the $63 million cashbox after a stand-off between its board and the ASX ended in a delisting of its stock.
UPDATED: Building commissioner Peter Gow has issued a clarifying statement today (Tuesday), essentially confirming the state government's view that lead leaching directly from brass fittings remains the only significant source of lead at Perth Children’s Hospital.
CPB Contractors has failed in its application for an injunction against engineering group JKC Australia, which is claiming $39.2 million of liquidated damages related to work on the Ichthys LNG project.
A Chinese consortium is set to take control of the Dampier to Bunbury gas pipeline and several power stations across WA after regulators and shareholders today approved the $7.5 billion takeover of listed company DUET Group.
The University of Western Australia could be forced to pay nearly $5 million to Bibra Lake business TSW Analytical after the Court of Appeal found its relationship with the spin-out company was largely undocumented and opaque.
The Japanese owners of the Bluewaters Power Station near Collie face the prospect of substantial payments to the energy market operator, after an incident that has put one of its generating units out of service for up to six months.
SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australian stockbrokers and companies raised nearly $1.1 billion in 104 transactions in the March quarter, with gold deals being a major driver of activity, according to new data compiled for the BNiQ Search Engine.
SPECIAL REPORT: The mergers and acquisitions market was eventful in the March quarter, with Chinese and private equity investors to the fore, multiple WA businesses on the block, and a surprise advisory switch on a key takeover.
In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss property in Scarborough, Claremont, Elizabeth Quay and the Hyatt, Private capital boosts HealthEngine and Muscleworx, distilleries win gongs and March quarter deals environment.
The top Western Australian company in this year’s Energise accelerator program is developing an ambitious plan for robotic on-site manufacturing of equipment it believes will boost safety and dramatically cut costs at open pit mines.
Perth-based HealthEngine has shown that investors still have an appetite for quality tech companies, announcing today it has raised $26.7 million from venture capital and private equity investors in a deal led by major global player Sequoia India.
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.
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.
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.