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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. 

$400m waste project gets new backing

Phoenix Energy has announced major changes to its planned waste to energy project at Kwinana, with Macquarie Capital becoming lead sponsor and two European groups negotiating to take on construction and operations.

Budget deficit hits record

The state government has revised its budget deficit for the current financial year to a record $2.6 billion but insists the budget outlook has improved while also confirming it has added Landgate to its list of potential asset sales.

Business leaders behind medical donation

Indonesian businessman Eddy Sariaatmadja has donated specialist medical equipment that is expected to form the cornerstone of an emerging clinical innovation, skills and training hub being planned by Perth business executive Michael Henderson.

WA ministers gain bigger roles

Christian Porter, Matthias Cormann and Michaelia Cash were among the winners from a reshuffle of the federal government ministry announced today by prime minister Malcom Turnbull.

Empired wins education contract

Catholic Education Western Australia has modified its delivery strategy for the ambitious ICT project it has created in collaboration with Microsoft, with local firm Empired wining work under a new fixed-price contracting model.

Strategic Ellison seizes opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: Chris Ellison’s astute commercial achievements placed him at the top of our short list of nine people contending to be person of the year.

Soft outlook for construction jobs

The number of workers on big projects in Western Australia is likely to stabilise at just one quarter of the peak level recorded during the mining construction boom, and that’s only if planned projects get approved, a new study has found.

Moly Mines in $51m Qld takeover

One-time WA iron ore miner Moly Mines, which was delisted from the ASX early this year with nearly 4,000 shareholders and $63 million in the bank, has struck a deal to buy copper stock Queensland Mining Corporation.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Scarborough high rise, Colin Barnett, construction jobs, Tox Free, AWE takeover and our person of the year.

MinRes to invest $600m in lithium

Mineral Resources has disclosed that its planned lithium processing projects in the Pilbara will cost in excess of $600 million to build, with managing director Chris Ellison also revealing ambitions for more downstream processing projects.

Nicheliving changes IPO after legal claim

Property developer Nicheliving Holdings has substantially revised its plans for a stock market float after striking a deal to give 20 per cent of the company to a Singaporean investor who recently launched a $21.4 million legal claim.

Scott focuses on gender balance

SPECIAL REPORT: The new boss at the state’s biggest private sector employer wants to get more women into senior management.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss WA’s economic growth, land development softens, Scarborough development knocked back, architecture firm collapse, Mark Povey fined, EPA approves Southbank, gas project bid, company directors cash in and WA’s biggest employers

Tropicana gold mine set for new phase

The joint owners of the Tropicana gold mine have approved spending of $48 million to underpin a new mining strategy that will see waste material from new pits tipped back into the original open pit mine, delivering increased production and a longer mine life.

FMG awards towage contract

Dutch company KOTUG and local subcontractor Westug have been selected to provide towage services for Fortescue Metals Group at Port Hedland, 18 months after the iron ore miner won a tender that broke BHP Billiton’s monopoly at the port.

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.

Gaines for women at the top

Elizabeth Gaines’ selection last week as the incoming chief executive of Fortescue Metals Group has shot her to the top of a very short list of genuinely powerful women in business in Western Australia. Click through to read more and see our listing of 12 leading WA women in business.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss FMG’s new leadership, the iron ore market, Craig Mostyn’s acquisition, WA's boom/bust economy, Fiona Wood, Rod Jones and the state’s wealth creators.

Court backs Habitat 1 claims

The fate of once-thriving Perth business Habitat 1 provides salutary lessons for investors and company directors, especially those who have signed non-compete agreements.

Sadleirs chief investing for growth

Two years into his job as Sadleirs Logistics chief executive, Ian Kent is preparing the family owned business for increased national growth after overseeing major changes to its local operations.

The banker, the marketer and the watchmaker

Perth watch brand Haigh & Hastings has been revived nearly a year after the business was placed in administration, with founder Matt Sears gaining backing from two investors who share his passion.

Boom-bust economy a myth: report

A new report has challenged the accepted wisdom that Western Australia has a boom-bust economy that rises and falls on the back of the resources sector.

ECU secures state innovation grant

Edith Cowan University is the first beneficiary of the state government’s much-touted innovation strategy, with $800,000 earmarked for a cyber security hub at Joondalup.

Firstmac will not extend Goldfields Money offer

Brisbane-based Firstmac Holdings said today it would not extend its cash takeover offer for Goldfields Money, which has recommended shareholders support an alternative scrip-based merger with mortgage aggregator Finsure.

Citic assessing options after Palmer awarded $US149m

Chinese group CITIC is evaluating its options after the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that it owed Clive Palmer nearly $US150 million in royalties on its Sino Iron project in the Pilbara.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss shipbuilding, Landcorp/MRA merger, Margaret River Gourmet Escape, AHG, Sirona Capital and WA dynasties.

Westpac expands business banking arm

Westpac Bank has absorbed the Western Australian business banking operations of its wholly-owned subsidiary St George Bank, adding to a string of changes in the sector.

Austal, Civmec positive on $4bn naval build

Perth companies Austal and Civmec are looking forward to working on the construction of 10 navy vessels at Henderson but the amount and type of work they will undertake is unclear after the federal government selected Germany's Luerssen as its preferred designer and builder.

Monadelphous tips 30% growth

Engineering and construction contractor Monadelphous Group has painted a positive outlook after tough trading conditions in recent years, with the company tipping strong revenue growth in the current financial year.

New gold levy plan immediately condemned

Treasurer Ben Wyatt has announced details of a new gold royalty increase that is budgeted to raise $332 million over four years while seeking to address the industry concerns that killed off his previous proposal, but the new plan has failed to win support.

Stargroup goes into receivership

ATM operator Stargroup has been placed in the hands of insolvency firm KordaMentha after the loss-making company was unable to complete a restructure of its $9.1 million debt.

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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.