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

Nickelore share price doubles on deal

Shares in Perth-based gold and nickel explorer Nickelore doubled in price today after the company announced it would acquire a Brazilian renewable energy provider.

Power lobby steps up campaign

A new lobby group associated with influential players in the power industry has warned the state government it risks a voter backlash at the 2017 poll if proposed changes to the sector trigger higher prices to households.

Murdoch course focus on health management

Murdoch University is seeking to capitalise on WA’s growing health industry with a new course aimed at creating better management and leaders.

Affordable housing gets green boost

Some of Western Australia’s lowest income residents may soon be able to access solar panels and other energy efficient devices following the announcement of a $250 million national package aimed at improving existing and helping build greener community housing.

WA youth pessimistic about job market

Young Western Australians are spending up to half the year looking for a job, with many blaming a slowdown in the economy and limited training opportunities.

Leaders tap into The Big Issue(s)

Local vendors of The Big Issue showed prominent Perth business leaders and politicians what it’s like to sell the street magazine today as part of a campaign to increase awareness of the everyday challenges facing the homeless and disadvantaged.

Neometals' Chinese partner ups stake

Neometals shares have closed more than 9 per cent higher on news its Mt Marion joint venture partner Jiangxi Ganfeng has exercised its option to acquire an additional 18 per cent in the lithium project for $US27 million.

Synergy a barrier to investment: Tesla

Two niche operators in Western Australia's electricity market have accused the state government of being more concerned with protecting its own interests than creating a truly competitive industry

EMC seals $40m NZ deal

One of Perth’s leading solar power and lithium battery storage providers has struck a strategic alliance with a New Zealand power provider expected to be worth $40 million over the next five years.

Homeless crackdown concerns

An initiative aimed at stamping out begging will redirect funds to a Fremantle homeless shelter, but concerns it doesn’t address root issues remain.

Connecting NFPs, UWA students

Students across all disciplines at the University of Western Australia this year will be offered courses and internships on issues such as homelessness, mental health and chronic disadvantage.

FBT changes to hurt NFPs

The head of Community Employers WA, a representative body of 130 not-for-profit employer organisations in the community service sector, has expressed concerns for NFPs over restrictions to Fringe Bene

Rocky Bay takes on Spina Bifida

Disability services provider Rocky Bay has taken over the services of 45-year-old agency Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Western Australia.

Growth shapes new Anglicare WA board

Anglicare WA chair John Barrington has heralded the arrival of two-high profile board members as key elements in the organisation’s efforts to pursue growth in a competitive environment.

Recalibrating fire warning science

As Western Australia and the rest of the world prepare for a hotter, drier climate in the years and decades ahead, Murdoch University researchers are working to determine which areas of the state may be at a greater risk of bushfires.

Resource no guarantee of lithium value-add

WA is one of the world’s largest producers of lithium, but a plan to diversify from mining into advanced manufacturing opportunities will be tricky to shore up.

Tecside acquires SeaStone

Perth-based international recruitment agency Tecside Group has acquired health and resources-focused Subiaco recruitment firm SeaStone Group for an undisclosed amount.

Rugby league Test at nib Stadium

The wait for top-level competition is over for rugby league fans in Western Australia, with Perth to host its first international Test match in October between the Kangaroos and Kiwis.

Fringe genetically engineers growth

Fringe World Festival has gone from strength to strength since not-for-profit organisation Artrage first tested it on Perth audiences in 2011

Diversity reigns at private schools

Parents who send their children to private schools in 2016 are paying on average 2.2 times more than they did a decade ago.

Affordability, opportunity key for schools

A faltering economy and an increase in the number of people leaving the state compared with arrivals has failed to halt growth in enrolments at both local Catholic and other private schools, and public schools.

Plan to cut WA electricity costs

Economist and climate change adviser Ross Garnaut has called on the Barnett government to write down the value of coal-fired power stations and other ageing assets, warning that keeping them online threatened its ability to reduce power prices.

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.

Wheelchair Sports targets new revenue streams

A year after Wheelchair Sports Association WA was staring down the barrel of a $500,000 deficit, the organisation is advancing plans to secure a sustainable income.

Charity CEOs seek funding, synergies

In an exclusive Business News survey, leaders of some of WA’s top charities reveal they are more optimistic than last year, despite increasing competition for funds, challenging economic times and charity fatigue.

Investigating the depths

The recent commissioning of a $120 million research vessel, the RV Investigator, could be a game changer for scientists and the mining sector.

Vinnies overwhelmed by fire response

Western Australians donating household items for people affected by the bushfires in the South West have been so generous that St Vincent de Paul Society WA has been inundated with goods exceeding its capacity to deliver them.

Karratha gas plant breakdown

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

No boofheads, just fitter, focused blokes

Stephen Pollard reckons there aren’t many industries where uniforms come in size 5XL, but the chief executive of contracting and materials company All Earth Group, who spends his days surrounded by big equipment and a workforce of big blokes, is on a mission to prove less is more.

Small charities rely on donors more than ever

Western Australia’s top charities have reported an average 4.2 per cent increase in revenue this past financial year, with only two of the top 10 reporting less turnover this year than last.

Innovation school for Rockingham

A partnership led by a Peppermint Grove-based engineering group is seeking to provide budding entrepreneurs with unique training and job opportunities.

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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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Synergy boss ups ante on energy reform

Synergy chairman Lyndon Rowe has mapped out a detailed agenda for energy market reform, saying there would be catastrophic consequences if the government did not tackle market players with vested interests.

Perth gets modular building factory

A UK company has joined forces with a Perth projects and contract management group to set up the state’s first manufacturing business dedicated to modular building.

Coles, IGA complete store swap

Independent grocery group Metcash is set to finalise its first store swap in Western Australia with supermarket giant Coles.

Female tradie business to expand to Perth

An all-female plumbing business, the Plumbettes, is set to expand its operations from its Brisbane base into Western Australia.