Saskia Pickles

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

Music building bridges

WHEN Australia China Business Council Western Australian president Adam Handley met WA Symphony Orchestra chair Janet Holmes a Court in a Qantas lounge a few years ago, their conversation eventually l

Regions next for SolarisCare services

More Western Australians are asking for the cancer care provider’s unique model of services.

Ice-cream market heats up

Sydney-based Gelatissimo is set to crack the Western Australian market, with plans to open a pop-up shop in Perth within months, followed by three cafes.

Resources sales up despite iron ore drop

Sales from Western Australia’s minerals and petroleum industries totalled $114 billion in 2014, up $200 million from 2013, according to the latest industry snapshot from the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

Power players want a piece of the action

Energy Minister Mike Nahan’s announcement earlier this week of the government’s planned introduction of greater competition to the electricity sector has already spurred the growth prospects of one market entrant.

Australian-first cancer equipment comes to WA

Western Australian cancer researchers seeking to improve radiation therapy have received a $500,000 grant from BHP Billiton.

Serious safety incident at FMG

A serious incident that occurred at Fortescue Metals Group’s port operations at Port Hedland earlier this week is being investigated.

Doray drops cash call

Doray Minerals will seek to raise a smaller-than-expected amount of capital for its second gold project following yesterday’s announcement the state would leave royalty payments unchanged.

Synergy to compete as subsidy cut

The state government has announced its intention to phase out its $500 million-plus annual electricity subsidy within the next four years, paving the way for deregulation allowing households to buy their electricity and gas from competing suppliers.

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.

Ancient philosophy, modern application

GIVING an ancient Hindu philosophy a modern business-like feel has provided Meredith Forder the chance to create a growing not-for-profit organisation.

Bigger role for local workers at Ichthys

Unions claim to have played a major role in ensuring an increase in the number of Western Australia-based workers building a 900-kilometre pipeline for Ichthys liquefied natural gas project off Darwin.

Grassroots focus for oil and gas women

Recent events putting the spotlight of increasing female participation in the resources sector have focused on learning from personal experiences.

Triton Minerals shares up 79%

Shares in explorer Triton Minerals skyrocketed today on the back of a discovery its graphite resources can be converted into a wider range of more valuable products.

RAC buys three WA resorts

RAC of WA has bought three regional tourist resorts for $33.7 million, from a subsidiary of Aspen Group.

State to cut back on its $1bn IT costs

The state government has outlined a plan to rein in IT spending, which currently exceeds $1 billion, on the back of Treasurer Mike Nahan’s pledge to make the public sector leaner.

Karratha adjusts to its new ‘normal’

The transition of the Karratha economy away from its reliance on big construction jobs for resources projects has resulted in thousands of job losses.

Clothing designers tap crowd for ethical fashion capital

Two Perth fashion labels have found success for their unique initiatives via crowd funding.

OMD WA keeps iiNet

Takeover target iiNet has re-signed media consultant OMD WA following a competitive tender process.

Rescue mission on Haywood’s watch

Personal experience is the driving force behind Kelly Haywood’s determined efforts to motivate and inspire others to help prevent suicide.

Tuke has power, and the passion

A passion to utilise Australia’s abundance of renewable energy sources drove Mark Tuke to establish Sun Connect.

East Timor sticking to its guns on Sunrise

East Timor’s resources minister Alfredo Pires has revealed new studies by his country show an onshore liquefied natural gas plant for Woodside’s shelved Sunrise project is a commercially viable option.

High-cost environment still a concern

Chevron and Shell have singled out high costs as a major challenge facing Western Australia's ability to further develop its globally recognised oil and gas industry.

BHP rules out buying mid-tier miners

Iron ore rivals BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are united in their forecast more high-cost producers will leave the market, but have stopped short of predicting how Western Australia’s higher-cost producers will fare over time.

Rio Tinto denies flooding the market

Australia’s biggest and lowest cost iron ore producer has hit back at claims it has flooded the market with supply, with Rio Tinto pointing the finger at its big Australian competitors.

Bhagwan launches subsea arm

Australia's largest privately owned vessel hire and offshore marine services group, Bhagwan Marine, has launched its own subsea division.

Trades must work to woo women

Construction is booming across Perth and regional centres, with high-rise developments, new houses and roads contributing to the sector’s growth; but don’t expect to see more women working on site any

Alcoa gas deal keeps job hopes up

Alcoa of Australia has signalled its long-term commitment to Western Australia, signing a new gas supply agreement with Santos at the same time as a review revealed the global aluminium giant is considering big job cuts.

Sombre reminder at resources awards

Alcoa chairman Alan Cransberg has called on businesses to take responsibility for ending domestic violence through workplace initiatives, in an address to the Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Women in Resources awards today.

Toastface gets a Killah reception

Perth entrepreneur Michael O’Hanlon is surely the envy of many hip hop fans, not only meeting US rapper Ghostface Killah, but becoming his business partner in the process.​

Port Hedland investors look to solar

Businesses in the Pilbara are increasingly recognising the value to their bottom line offered by solar and other energy efficiency measures, according to green bank Clean Energy Finance Corporation chief executive Oliver Yates.



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.