Saskia Pickles

Saskia Pickles worked as a journalist at Business News from June 2013 to March 2016. 

Bespoke is best for Perth jewellers

PHOTO ESSAY and MULTIMEDIA: Perth-based jewellers Linneys, Rohan Jewellery, Blennerhassett Fine Jewellers, and Vildosola Jewellery Atelier remain committed to local manufacturing, resisting the temptation to lower costs by shifting their operations offshore.

Financial firm stifled on client data

A local financial services firm has been unable to secure its clients’ data following the failure of its east coast-based execution broker.

On My Feet aims for sock run out

AN idea that came to Perth businessman Keegan Crage during a run one day is morphing into a social enterprise that’s helping homeless people resurrect their sense of self-worth.

Going big for fitness challenge

UWA researchers are organising a mass activity challenge in Perth to encourage greater fitness and wellbeing, and provide researchers with insights into what motivates people.

Farmers adjust to changing climate

New research by a Perth-based national innovation centre has confirmed significant rainfall and climate changes in the state’s agricultural regions for the past 15 years, and found these conditions will be the new normal.

40under40: Fair Game plays out van Bockxmeer vision

John van Bockxmeer has been named a 40under40 finalist for his commitment to creating healthier WA communities. He has also been recognised with the Inspiring Possibilities award. 

40under40: Lewis turns experience into action

Jade Lewis’s program to help female offenders gain employment, overcome stigma and resist temptation is now being expanded into a social enterprise.

Unemployed engineers chart a new course

WA continues to experience falls in available jobs for engineers, prompting many to take up chartered qualifications.

Esperance bushfire victims go solar

Solar-powered battery storage devices are being installed in Esperance to provide power to a handful of people previously connected to the electricity infrastructure razed by last November’s bushfires.

Numbers focus in gender pay gap

WA’s yawning gender pay gap can in part be contributed to young women forgoing maths in years 11 and 12, according to Programmed managing director Chris Sutherland, who today called for societal change to address the problem.

Bubdesk a flexible work space

Perth’s first co-working space with a childcare facility has added a new dimension to workplace flexibility in the city.

DSM players target Muja

A lobby group set up to defend a major component of Western Australia’s oversupplied electricity market has stepped up its political stunts today presenting a large likeness of a gold watch as a symbol that it's time to retire Muja AB power station.

Resources women leading the way

As five women and one male champion were honoured at this year’s Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s women in resources awards, Premier Colin Barnett declared the resources industry to have reached a mature level of growth that will likely be eclipsed by advances in the state’s other sectors.

WA businesses save 65,000 lives

It appears Water Corporation employees know the value of precious liquid more than most, with the government-owned entity recording the most blood donations of any Western Australian organisation for a fifth year in a row.

Male-dominated industry no barrier

Western Australia’s unenviable position as national leader in gender pay gap cannot be explained by the prominence of male-dominated industries, according to new national research.

Kalbarri microgrid investigation

Thermal power company Enerji has been appointed co-developer in a $300,000 state-run trial to determine the economic case for a micro electricity grid in Kalbarri that could potentially become Australia’s biggest fringe-of-grid network.

Charitable campaign to take out 'Gary'

Another well known Western Australian political identity’s days may be numbered, with Scott Ludlam, WA Greens Australia senator and Leukaemia Foundation’s World Greatest Shave participant, stepping up his campaign to eliminate Gary, also known as his hair. 

Chief executive for day at FMG, chance for life

A recent participant in Fortescue Metals Group’s VTEC program has notched up another notable achievement, having slipped into the role of ‘chief executive for a day’ as part of the miner’s unique approach to creating opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Immunology shows cancer promise

A private company backed by Curtin University has announced a breakthrough in the treatment of several cancers in small animals, with trials set to commence in humans and dogs. 

Art Money buyers comfortable with price

A national plan that lets people take home works of art with only a 10 per cent deposit and a nine-month interest free loan is attracting new buyers in Perth.

Elip’s fresh take on philanthropy

A unique Western Australian project aimed at challenging the perception that philanthropy is the preserve of a wealthy elite has facilitated its first major donation.

PIAF seeks diversity in art, audiences

The artistic director of the 64th Perth International Arts Festival, Wendy Martin, has found several ways to keep Australia’s longest running cultural festival fresh, with ticket sales already exceeding the 80 per cent box office target several weeks before the end of the event.

WA seeks to partner with EU

The state government has signalled its intentions to proactively support Western Australian companies interested in growing energy commodity exports to Europe and participating in European Union activities.

Rehab centre in planning dispute

The future of a not-for-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre considered among the strictest in Australia is in doubt due to a planning dispute.

Watpac hit hard by iron ore fall

Watpac has revealed the financial impact of a dispute with BC Iron and declining work at Pluton Resources’ Cockatoo Island project, including $41.7 million worth of write-downs.

BrainChip shares surge

BrainChip Holdings shares surged upwards 25 per cent today upon news it had developed advanced technology capable of learning, unsupervised, at high speed.

Eye study looks at lifestyle

The Lions Eye Institute is developing a study aimed at ameliorating high rates of short sightedness among Asians, while at the same time attracting more overseas students to Western Australia’s universities.

Attitudes drive liveability factor

Two separate UWA studies have unearthed surprising findings about what drives frustrations between drivers and cyclists, and how liveable Perth is (and could be) in terms of ‘walkability’.

CLCs host Justice Fellows

Perth is now home to 19 Piddington Justice Fellows, the first graduating cohort of a program that connects recent law graduates struggling to find compulsory work experience with cash-strapped communi

Making it real in the classroom

Richard Johnson reckons he’d be a millionaire if he had a dollar for every time an adult walked into his laboratory at Rostrata Primary School and said: “Wow, I wish I had this when I was a kid.”

Nahan, power lobby group trade blows

The state government has hit back at a number of claims made by a new power industry lobby group, calling its campaign a scaremongering tactic run by companies seeking to protect their taxpayer-funded incomes.



Karratha gas plant breakdown

Western Australia’s biggest and most productive gas production facility suffered an equipment failure early this morning.

Unpoliced safety statistics questioned

The resource sector’s safety record has been brought into doubt after a contractor was crushed while working at a liquefied natural gas plant and hospitalised, but the incident was not recorded as a lost-time injury.

Perth businessman to run for lord mayor

Engineer, entrepreneur and restaurateur Michael O’Hanlon has declared he will run for the position of Perth lord mayor at the October election, based on an ambitious three-point economic plan for the city.

City of Perth axes CEO

City of Perth chief executive Gary Stevenson has been sacked, three years into a five-year contract, following a horror year for the council.

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One in five SMEs lose more than 10% of profit to theft

A survey of 500 small to medium business owners in Australia has found nearly one in five respondents lost more than 10 per cent of annual profit to theft.

EPA approves Tronox mine

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended approval for a new mineral sands mine in the Mid West.

Shale gas to secure WA's energy future: Marmion

Unconventional gas developments could ensure Western Australia's energy security and provide significant economic benefits within the decade, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion says.

Shortlist for Esperance Port expansion

Two private consortia have been short-listed to tender for the design, finance, construction and operation of a new multi-user iron ore facility (MUIOF) at Esperance Port.